The Shakespeare World Cup: Final Summary

The Shakespeare World Cup
The Teams | Groups A & B | Groups C & D | Groups E & F | Groups G & H | Group Stage Summary, pt. 1 | Group Stage Summary, pt. 2 | Round of 16 Summary | Quarter Finals Summary | Semi Finals Summary | Final Summary

The dust has settled. After one month of non-stop action, the Shakespeare World Cup has finally come to an end. Let's take a look at what happened:

So, out of the entire field of 32 Shakespearean characters, the one that came out on top was the ruthless, single-minded, efficient and emotionally-repressed trained solider. What a surprise.

Congratulations to Germany, to Coriolanus, and to all my readers for putting up with my World Cup antics! Check back again in four years for the next edition of the Shakespeare World Cup!

The Shakespeare World Cup: Semi Finals Summary

The Shakespeare World Cup
The Teams | Groups A & B | Groups C & D | Groups E & F | Groups G & H | Group Stage Summary, pt. 1 | Group Stage Summary, pt. 2 | Round of 16 Summary | Quarter Finals Summary | Semi Finals Summary | Final Summary

And we're in to the home stretch! Only two plays are left standing after the last round of games. Let's take a look at how the action unfolded...

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So there you have it! Two Roman plays have made it through a crowded field of opposition to reach the final. We know the result is going to be a tragedy... but for whom? Check back on Monday for the (hopefully) thrilling conclusion to the Shakespeare World Cup!

The Shakespeare World Cup: Quarter Finals Summary

The Shakespeare World Cup
The Teams | Groups A & B | Groups C & D | Groups E & F | Groups G & H | Group Stage Summary, pt. 1 | Group Stage Summary, pt. 2 | Round of 16 Summary | Quarter Finals Summary | Semi Finals Summary | Final Summary

I can't believe we're into the last week of the Shakespeare World Cup! It's all gone by too quickly. I don't want to say goodbye, but we lost four more plays this week. Take a look:

And so we're down to the final four! Will Innogen, buoyed by home support and generous refereeing, manage to take down the implacable and relentless machine that is Coriolanus? Will Richard II manage to talk his way out of another tight corner, or will Antony demonstrate his prowess as one of the most feared generals in the Empire? STAY TUNED!

The Shakespeare World Cup: Round of 16 Summary

The Shakespeare World Cup
The Teams | Groups A & B | Groups C & D | Groups E & F | Groups G & H | Group Stage Summary, pt. 1 | Group Stage Summary, pt. 2 | Round of 16 Summary | Quarter Finals Summary | Semi Finals Summary | Final Summary

The first round of World Cup knock-out games is over, and teams have been dropping like flies! Let's check back in with their Shakespearean counterparts and see how everyone is doing...

I'm really proud of my Dutch penalty drawing. If you take away Richard II's crown, hair and beard, he looks just like Arjen Robben. Look:

It's uncanny, if I do say so myself.

Anyways, here's part 2...

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A moment of silence, on this American Independence Day, for Helena, who, despite using all her wiles, was unable to stand up to that big military bully, Henry of Monmouth.

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OK, that's enough of that. See you on Monday for a round-up of the quarter-finals! Who are you cheering for?

The Shakespeare World Cup: Group Stage Summary, part 2

The Shakespeare World Cup
The Teams | Groups A & B | Groups C & D | Groups E & F | Groups G & H | Group Stage Summary, pt. 1 | Group Stage Summary, pt. 2 | Round of 16 Summary | Quarter Finals Summary | Semi Finals Summary | Final Summary

As promised, here's the summary for the second half of the group stage of the Shakespeare World Cup.

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So, I finished putting this together during the Brazil v. Chile penalty shootout. If there are any errors, it's due entirely to me freaking out, because penalty shootouts always make me freak out. Just point them out in the comments and I'll get around to fixing them when I've recovered.

I'll be back for more after the first knock-out round!

The Shakespeare World Cup
The Teams | Groups A & B | Groups C & D | Groups E & F | Groups G & H | Group Stage Summary, pt. 1 | Group Stage Summary, pt. 2 | Round of 16 Summary | Quarter Finals Summary | Semi Finals Summary | Final Summary

The Shakespeare World Cup: Group Stage Summary, part 1

The Shakespeare World Cup
The Teams | Groups A & B | Groups C & D | Groups E & FGroups G & H | Group Stage Summary, pt. 1 | Group Stage Summary, pt. 2 | Round of 16 Summary | Quarter Finals Summary | Semi Finals Summary | Final Summary

The knockout stage of the World Cup is beginning today, so I thought it would be a good idea to take a look back at what happened in the group stage. 

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Seriously, so far Colombia has the best dance moves of the tournament.

Part 2 coming later today!

The Shakespeare World Cup
The Teams | Groups A & B | Groups C & D | Groups E & F | Groups G & H | Group Stage Summary, pt. 1 | Group Stage Summary, pt. 2 | Round of 16 Summary | Quarter Finals Summary | Semi Finals Summary | Final Summary

The Shakespeare World Cup: Groups G & H

The Shakespeare World Cup
The Teams | Groups A & B | Groups C & D | Groups E & F | Groups G & H | Group Stage Summary, pt. 1 | Group Stage Summary, pt. 2 | Round of 16 Summary | Quarter Finals Summary | Semi Finals Summary | Final Summary

Here we go, the last two groups in the Shakespeare World Cup!

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And now for Group G:

Thank goodness that's over. Now I can sit back and enjoy the tournament without freaking out about how I'm going to connect Algeria with Much Ado About Nothing.

The Shakespeare World Cup
The Teams | Groups A & B | Groups C & D | Groups E & F | Groups G & H | Group Stage Summary, pt. 1 | Group Stage Summary, pt. 2 | Round of 16 Summary | Quarter Finals Summary | Semi Finals Summary | Final Summary

The Shakespeare World Cup: Groups E & F

The Shakespeare World Cup
The Teams | Groups A & B | Groups C & D | Groups E & F | Groups G & H | Group Stage Summary, pt. 1 | Group Stage Summary, pt. 2 | Round of 16 Summary | Quarter Finals Summary | Semi Finals Summary | Final Summary

Apologies! I was trying to get this finished on Sunday, but a weekend full of incident (including, finally, a local screening of the RSC's Henry IV, part 1) kept me from sitting at my computer for hours trying vainly to come up with a stupid rationale for each of these teams.

This was one of those projects that seemed like much less work when I came up with the idea. 

The answer is no, Ecuador will not have a bright start to the tournament. However, I was right about Honduras's tactics (aka KICK ALL THE THINGS).

Some non-World Cup stuff tomorrow, and then I'll try and fill in the rest of the teams on Wednesday. Tally ho!

The Shakespeare World Cup
The Teams | Groups A & B | Groups C & D | Groups E & F | Groups G & H | Group Stage Summary, pt. 1 | Group Stage Summary, pt. 2 | Round of 16 Summary | Quarter Finals Summary | Semi Finals Summary | Final Summary