World Cup-predicting camel making run at legend Paul the Octopus

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In just under a week, soccer fans the world over will find out who will take home the 2014 World Cup.

And with only three major games to go, one animal prognosticator is writing his success story: Shaheen, the camel.

Discovered by the Gulf News, the Dubai-based camel has been predicting the winners of the key matches right from the start of the tournament.

Despite rumors he was slaughtered (the internet is a cruel place), Shaheen is alive and well and still predicting matches.

SUCCESS RATE

Shaheen started off with a bang, hitting on his first four picks but then had a string of three straight misses. Of the 27 matches he has predicted so far, the camel has been correct 18 times. He was in top form during the round of 16, where he predicted seven of the eight winners correctly.

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In total, Shaheen has a success rate of 67 percent, but 75 percent in the knockout round. To compare, Paul the Octopus had an 85 percent success rate overall and 80 percent in the knockout round. If Shaheen hits on his final three games, he would have a chance to equal Paul the Octopus' winning percentage in the knockout round.

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Hosts Brazil face Germany in the first semifinal on Tuesday, and according to Shaheen, they should progress.

However, in two of Germany's previous clashes, Shaheen picked the opponents (France and Portugal) to win, so perhaps Brazil has something other than losing star player Neymar to worry about.

Hat tip to The 971 Report for the story.

FULL LIST OF PREDICTIONS

GROUP STAGE

WHEN

PREDICTION

Brazil vs. Croatia

June 12th

RIGHT

Spain vs. Netherlands

June 13th

RIGHT

England vs. Italy

June 14th

RIGHT

Argentina vs. Bosnia

June 15th

RIGHT

Germany vs. Portugal

June 16th

WRONG

Brazil vs. Mexico

June 17th

WRONG

Spain vs. Chile

June 18th

WRONG

Uruguay vs. England

June 19th

RIGHT

Switzerland vs. France

June 20th

RIGHT

Argentina vs. Iran

June 21st

RIGHT

Belgium vs. Russia

June 22nd

RIGHT

Croatia vs. Mexico

June 23th

WRONG

Italy vs. Uruguay

June 24th

RIGHT

Ecuador vs. France

June 25th

WRONG

Algeria vs. Russia

June 26th

WRONG

 

 

 

ROUND OF 16

 

 

Brazil vs. Chile

June 28th

WRONG

Colombia vs. Uruguay

Saturday June 28th

RIGHT

Netherlands vs. Mexico

Sunday June 29th

RIGHT

Costa Rica vs. Greece

Sunday June 29th

RIGHT

France vs. Nigeria

Monday June 30th

RIGHT

Germany vs. Algeria

Monday June 30th

RIGHT

Argentina vs. Switzerland

Tuesday July 1st

RIGHT

Belgium vs. USA

Tuesday July 1st

RIGHT

 

 

 

QUARTERFINALS

 

 

Brazil vs. Colombia

Friday July 4th

RIGHT

France vs. Germany

Friday July 4th

WRONG

Argentina vs. Belgium

Saturday July 5th

WRONG

Netherlands vs. Costa Rica

Saturday July 5th

RIGHT


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