Giant Brains Required
If you hadn't already noticed, the FIFA World Cup is taking place in Russia from 14 Jun to 15 Jul 2018.
A common octopus hatched in Weymouth and nicknamed Paul by keepers at the Sea Life Centre in Oberhausen, Germany correctly chose the winning team in four of Germany's six Euro 2008 matches, and all seven of their matches in the 2010 World Cup - including Germany's third place play-off win over Uruguay. He also correctly chose Spain as the winner of the 2010 FIFA World Cup final. In all, Paul amassed an overall record of 12 correct predictions out of 14: a success rate of approximately 85.7%.
We are throwing down a challenge to predict results from the Group stage of this year's competition and will award
- 3 points for predicting a match outcome correctly and
- 1 point for the exact score.
So are you smarter than an octopus? [Don't worry it's not a TV show. Yet!]
If you happen to be Fred the Flounder on the bottom of Clevedon Marine Lake or simply want to see how your World Cup predictions fare against Club colleagues, workmates and other giant brains, then email firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
Email Title: WC2018 - [Insert your name]
[Insert your name]
[Insert your Club / Group name] optional
Predicted scores [in the format and match order shown below under each Group Heading]
Only one set of predicted results for the Group Stage per person please. We will publish regular leaderboard updates during the competition.
Participation in the next stage will be optional and by invitation and require further predictions.
There is no entry fee. No prize. Just kudos. And probably a nickname that will stay with you.
The closing date for predictions for the Group phase by 5pm on 12 June 2018 or earlier if entry limit reached.