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Monday's World Cup round-up

Spain supporters hail Paul the octopus's role in their win
Paul the octopus backed Spain from the semi-finals onwards

Paul the 'psychic' octopus has retired after finishing the 2010 World Cup with a 100% record.

The two-year-old cephalopod became an international celebrity after correctly forecasting all of Germany's results by picking a mussel from one of two containers in his tank.

He was then asked to predict the final and plumped for the container with a Spanish flag.

However, the German aquarium where Paul is based has now decided the eight-legged oracle should return to his old job of "making children smile".

Paul has been rewarded for his forecasting feats with a replica World Cup trophy for his tank.

"The octopus will be very popular in Spain," said Spain midfielder Andres Iniesta, who scored the winner in extra-time.

Spain's victory was particularly sweet for Paul, as his rival tipster Mani the parakeet had backed the Netherlands. The Singapore-based bird had correctly forecasted the outcome of the quarter-finals, and Spain's semi-final win over Germany.

Under-fire English referee Howard Webb has received some vocal support... from his wife.

Kay Webb admitted she was so nervous, she was unable to watch much of the World Cup final in which her husband dished out 14 yellow cards, including two to Netherlands defender Johnny Heitinga.

"I have every confidence in him," Mrs Webb told GMTV, adding that she thought the referee had been "brilliant".

Meanwhile, Webb's mother Sylvia sympathised with her son, calling the game "horrible and scrappy."

"I think, for a scrappy game, he controlled it very well," she said.

Fifa has revealed the overall attendance at the World Cup was the third highest in history at 3.18m.

The average attendance in South Africa was 49,670. The 1994 World Cup in the United States still holds the record for the best-attended at 3.59m.

The final was thought to be watched by a worldwide television audience of 700m people. An estimated 15.6m people watched Andres Iniesta's extra-time winner in Spain, an 85.9% audience share, making it the most watched television broadcast in Spanish history.

Johan Cruyff is "a very happy and proud man" despite seeing Spain beat his home country in the World Cup final, according to his son.

"The only teams that have played total football in the last two years have been Barcelona and the national team of Spain," former Manchester United and Barcelona winger Jordi Cruyff told BBC Radio 5 live.

"I think my father is still proud knowing at least that a team that really wants to play, puts the smallest players in the tournament on the pitch and decides to play real football over the ground, the way it's supposed to be played, with a lot of passing, a lot of changing of position... I think my father is a very happy and proud man."

Spain striker Fernando Torres gave a potential boost to Liverpool fans by posing with the World Cup trophy wearing his club's scarf.

The 26-year-old has been linked with a multi-million pound move to Chelsea after Liverpool finished out of the Champions League places.

But he was happy to wear the red scarf of Liverpool on Sunday, raising hopes he might stay loyal to the Anfield club, whose official website published the photo under the headline 'Best Pic You'll See All Year'.

Torres suffered a miserable World Cup on a personal level, and was stretchered off at the end of the final having picked up a hamstring injury.

Germany have returned home to a low-key reception after finishing third.

The squad, managed by Joachim Loew, were in the air when Spain defeated Netherlands to win the tournament but were reportedly kept updated by the plane's pilot.

Forward Thomas Mueller won the Golden Boot as the top scorer, with five goals and three assists, and was also named best young player.

"I'm particularly pleased to have won the Golden Boot 40 years after Gerd Mueller," said 20-year-old Mueller.

Updated throughout the day.

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see also
Sunday's World Cup round-up
11 Jul 10 |  World Cup 2010
Saturday's World Cup round-up
10 Jul 10 |  World Cup 2010
Friday's World Cup round-up
09 Jul 10 |  World Cup 2010
Thursday's World Cup round-up
08 Jul 10 |  World Cup 2010
Wednesday's World Cup round-up
07 Jul 10 |  World Cup 2010
Tuesday's World Cup round-up
06 Jul 10 |  World Cup 2010
Monday's World Cup round-up
05 Jul 10 |  World Cup 2010

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