Pessimistic Spain fan wins €100k in free gas
While the rest of Spain slipped into a collective bout of national despondency following La Roja's shambolic start to the World Cup against the Netherlands on Friday evening, one grouchy fan who saw fit to back his negative hunch found himself much, much better off.
According to MARCA, Jacobo Rios-Capape, a 56-year-old architect from Valencia, entered a World Cup scoreline prediction competition after filling up his motorbike at a gas station several weeks ago.
The competition, run by fuel company Cespa, attracted just over 120,000 entries from across the nation, but Rios-Capape was the only Spain fan in the country pessimistic enough to correctly predict a 5-1 drubbing by the Netherlands -- thus landing him with the top prize of a voucher for 100,000 euros (around 80,000 pounds) of free gas.
Jacobo told MARCA:
"[I was] hoping that Spain would win, of course. I thought that if Holland were to beat us, it would be big, so I came up with the 5-1 scoreline, but I wasn't convinced.
"Actually, after, I thought it was outrageous and wouldn't come true.
"Watching the game, I could not remember if I had guessed 1-4 or 1-5, so when we conceded the fifth I thought I had screwed up the ante. But I hadn't, thankfully."
Feeling somewhat guilty about jinxing his national side with his catastrophic prediction, Rios-Capape has said that he will enter Cespa's next scoreline competition for Spain's second group game against Chile -- though this time he has vowed to back his boys.
"It will be my personal revenge for the defeat to Holland," he added. "Tomorrow I'm going to fill up and I'll bet that Spain beat Chile 5-1."