Shakespeare’s Fantasy Football

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As England bows out of the world cup, we have been considering alternative teams that may have served the nation better!  What better than a team made up of Shakespeare’s characters? Who should play in goal? Who should be the manager?

There have been several of these doing the rounds here at work but this one was done by Noel, one of our actors.

In Goal we have CASSIUS (from Julius Caesar) – slim and agile but makes rash decisions on occasion

As Right back we have MACDUFF (from Macbeth) – Family man who excels in tit for tat exchanges

Our centre backs are TYBALT (from Romeo and Juliet) – Good attitude he likes to make a mess of the opposition.

And HENRY 5th (from Henry V) – A born leader and great communicator

As left back we have HOTSPUR (from Henry IV part 1) – A bit of a hot head but quick on the overlap

Our mid-fielders are PUCK (from A Midsummer Night’s Dream)  – Creative with a good engine to cover the ground.

IAGO (from Othello) – Devious and cunning provider of dipping ball.

ENOBARBUS (from Antony and Cleopatra) – solid and loyal with a poetic touch

Our right wing is LAERTES (from Hamlet) – talented at cut and thrust wing play

Our inside forwards are TALBOT (from Henry VI part 1) – leads from the front (come on my son)

And CORIOLANOUS (from Coriolanus) – unstoppable when his blood is up especially when encouraged by his mother.

Our left wing is DON JOHN (from Much Ado About Nothing) – A dark horse who can think outside the box.

And our Manger is PROSPERO (From The Tempest) – A safe pair of hands as storm clouds gather who gets on well with his staff

Substitutes include

Goal Keeper THERSITES (from Troilus and Cressida) – a foul mouthed motivational therapist

PERICLES (from Pericles) – Integrity mixed with enduring good luck

And THE BEAR (from The Winter’s Tale) secret weapon to deal with babies on the field.

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Author:Liz Dollimore

Someone who loves listening to people talk about Shakespeare Liz tweets at @shakespeareBT
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  • Liz Woledge

    Chuckle! Great idea…

  • Liz Woledge

    Well you know I thought that too. But in the end I decided that after all real world cup football is male dominated and I should match that. But we did consider slipping Rosalind in there – disguised as Ganymede of course – just to see if anyone would notice! Viola is a good choice too, what about Lady Macbeth? she’s be ruthless? Perhaps you need to draw us up a ladies side and then we can pit them against the men!

  • Liz Woledge

    Chuckle! Great idea…

  • Liz Woledge

    Well you know I thought that too. But in the end I decided that after all real world cup football is male dominated and I should match that. But we did consider slipping Rosalind in there – disguised as Ganymede of course – just to see if anyone would notice! Viola is a good choice too, what about Lady Macbeth? she’s be ruthless? Perhaps you need to draw us up a ladies side and then we can pit them against the men!

  • Liz Woledge

    Why thanks! Noel should take the credit but he sure had fun doing this…

  • Liz Woledge

    Look again, Tybalt did make it! he is one of our right backs! There was a lot of debate about Tybalt v’s Mercutio and we had decided to limit ourselves to one character from each play. We chose Tybalt as we thought Mercutio might be a bit of a dreamer. But then again a team needs to dream!

  • Liz Woledge

    Why thanks! Noel should take the credit but he sure had fun doing this…

  • Liz Woledge

    Look again, Tybalt did make it! he is one of our right backs! There was a lot of debate about Tybalt v’s Mercutio and we had decided to limit ourselves to one character from each play. We chose Tybalt as we thought Mercutio might be a bit of a dreamer. But then again a team needs to dream!

  • Matt

    I'm surprised Tybalt doesn't make the side – fiercely loyal, proud to be part of the team, and aggressive in the tackle. Great post though – they can't have done any worse than the real side at the World Cup just gone by!

  • http://ajleon.me/ ajleon

    Best post ever. Period

  • Matt

    I'm surprised Tybalt doesn't make the side – fiercely loyal, proud to be part of the team, and aggressive in the tackle. Great post though – they can't have done any worse than the real side at the World Cup just gone by!

  • http://ajleon.me/ ajleon

    Best post ever. Period

  • http://twitter.com/doit4real DoIt4Real

    Seems a bit male-dominant. In these forward thinking times I think we could definitely have some women on the team too. How about Viola from Twelfth Night – she's got the strength (she survives that shipwreck afterall) and the wit. I'd put her in mid-field.

  • http://twitter.com/ShakespeareBT Shakespeare B Trust

    Fantastic blog Liz, and some great suggestions from our twittering friends – how about Macbeth as Nobby Stiles?!?

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