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Citta the Elephant predicts Italy to progress
Posted Sunday, June 24, 2012 by SNTV


Citta the elephant completed her predictions on Saturday as to which teams will reach the semi-finals of the tournament.


She guessed Poland would win its first two group matches, both of which ended in 1-1 ties.

But her quarter-final predictions started on a different note, with the pachyderm correctly predicting victories for both Portugal and Germany, who are now in the Semi-Finals.

The elephant is one of several pretenders to a throne vacated by Paul the Octopus, who won fame by correctly predicting eight matches at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

British visitor Andrew Philpot from Suffolk ignored Citta's foretelling, although he acknowledged that penalties could be how England might fall.

SOUNDBITE (English): Andrew Philpot, zoo visitor:
(Asked about elephant's prediction of Italy winning against England): "No, no, no. It will be a tight game, we know Italy can defend really well, we know England can defend really well, when they want to. I would think it will go down to penalties and England will lose as usual (smiles). No, no, it will be a really tough game."

Citta also predicted Spain will win against France in Saturday's quarter-final, where she'll have another chance to prove that she is no melon, and she does know what she's zooing!!

    Rank Team W/D/L Pts

    Cities & Stadiums

    The Top 3 Teams of Previous Tournaments

    Year Winners Runner-up Third place
    2008SpainGermanyRussia / Turkey
    2004GreecePortugalNetherlands / Czech Republic
    2000FranceItalyNetherlands / Portugal
    1996GermanyCzech RepublicFrance / England
    1992DenmarkGermanyNetherlands / Sweden
    1988NetherlandsSoviet UnionItaly / West Germany
    1984FranceSpainDenmark / Portugal
    1980West GermanyBelgiumCzechoslovakia
    1976CzechoslovakiaWest GermanyNetherlands
    1972West GermanySoviet UnionBelgium
    1964SpainSoviet UnionHungary
    1960Soviet UnionYugoslaviaCzechoslovakia