A British gambler placed the biggest World Cup bet of all time on Germany to beat Spain in the World Cup semi-final – and lost.
The £417,000 wager was placed with William Hill’s telephone betting service at odds of 10/11, meaning the punter would have walked off with just under £800,000 if Joachim Loew’s men had prevailed.
William Hill spokesman Graham Sharp admitted before the match that a Germany win would be a disaster, with the nation having received huge backing throughout the tournament including a £67,000 bet being placed on them before the championship at 14/1.
But Spain have also attracted the high-rollers, with one man putting £50,000 on Fernando Torres and co to lift the trophy.

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