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Citta the elephant predicts Italy
Posted Sunday, July 01, 2012 by SNTV


Citta the elephant on Saturday backed Italy to win the final of Euro 2012.

The Italians will face defending champions Spain at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev on Sunday.


With the Euro 2012 final approaching, most people will be looking to the bookmakers for the latest odds.

Others, however, will look no further than Krakow zoo - home of Citta the elephant.

After correctly 'predicting' Italy to win their semi final, Citta has again backed the Italians - this time in the final against defending champions Spain.

Italy, who continued their unbeaten tournament record against the Germans, won 2-0 in the last-four clash courtesy of two first-half goals from striker Mario Balotelli.

Several onlookers watched the 33-year-old pachyderm eat a melon situated behind the Italian signpost first before eventually taking the fruit on the Spanish post.

Despite getting her first three predictions wrong at the start of the tournament, Citta has enjoyed an unblemished record in the knockout phase, correctly opting for Portugal, Germany, Spain and Italy.

Director of Krakow Zoo, Doctor Jozef Skotnicki, praised the elephant after her quarter-final predictions.

SOUNDBITE: (Polish) Doctor Jozef Skotnicki, director of the zoo in Krakow:
"The elephant unfortunately did not hit even once in the group stage. There were three matches with Poland. In the quarter-finals Citta predicted all the results (correctly). Citta hit once in the semi-finals.

Spain face Italy in the final of Euro 2012 at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev on Sunday. And if Italy come out on top, you can be sure this elephant will never forget it.

    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