Quarter-finals A

Welcome to the first day of quarter-final play in the Philosophers World Cup. Today’s matches include Greece vs Chile and France vs Germany. Match reports and a recap follow after the break. As always, refer to the introduction for an explanation of this series.




Chile vs Greece

Chile have been the biggest surprise of the tournament, upsetting the Netherlands to advance out of their tough group and then defeating host-nation Brazil. Greece are one of the pre-tournament favorites and are expected to make short work of Chile today.

Corpus: Italian

First Half: Miguel Luis Amunátegui (CHI) vs Herodotus (GRE)

Chile are unable to find any rhythm in the first half, failing to get a single shot on goal. Greece have no such problem and ‘father of history’ Herodotus scores two goals.

First Half Goals: Greece 2

Ngram: https://books.google.com/ngrams/interactive_chart?content=Amunategui%2CErodoto&year_start=1900&year_end=2008&corpus=22&smoothing=8&share=&direct_url=t1%3B%2CAmunategui%3B%2Cc0%3B.t1%3B%2CErodoto%3B%2Cc0

Second Half: Andrés Bello (CHI) vs Aristotle (GRE)

Evidently, Greece have decided to save their elite players for this round, as Herodotus’ stellar first half is followed up an equally impressive by Aristotle. Chile’s Bello is unable to do anything to prevent Aristotle, who seems to be scoring at will. The whistle blows and the clock finally strikes midnight for tournament Cinderellas Chile.

Second Half Goals: Greece 2

Ngram: https://books.google.com/ngrams/interactive_chart?content=Bello%2CAristotele&year_start=1900&year_end=2008&corpus=22&smoothing=8&share=&direct_url=t1%3B%2CBello%3B%2Cc0%3B.t1%3B%2CAristotele%3B%2Cc0

Final Score:
Chile  0:4  Greece

France vs Germany

This is one of the most anticipated matches of the Philosophers World Cup. France and Germany have been two of the most dominant teams to this point and both have the talent to win the Cup. However, only one will be advancing to the semi-finals.

Corpus: French

First Half: René Descartes (FRA) vs G. W. F. Hegel (GER)

Descartes shocks Germany in the first half by scoring a quick goal. Attention turns to Hegel, who was thought to be one of the world’s premier players. However, Hegel is unable to score any goals while France nets another thanks to a Descartes header. The Germans are absolutely shocked at what is transpiring.

First Half Goals: France 2

Ngram: https://books.google.com/ngrams/interactive_chart?content=Ren%C3%A9+Descartes%2CG.+W.+F.+Hegel+&year_start=1900&year_end=2008&corpus=19&smoothing=8&share=&direct_url=t1%3B%2CRen%C3%A9%20Descartes%3B%2Cc0%3B.t1%3B%2CG.%20W.%20F.%20Hegel%3B%2Cc0

Second Half: Jean-Paul Sartre (FRA) vs Martin Luther (GER)

Germany’s play improves in the second half, as Martin Luther looks to be in rare form. The match looks gridlocked until Sartre overcomes his existential dread long enough to slip one past the German keeper on a counterattack. The whistle blows and France have defeated arch-rival Germany. They are truly the kings of continental philosophy.

Second Half Goals: France 1

Ngram: https://books.google.com/ngrams/interactive_chart?content=Jean-Paul+Sartre%2CMartin+Luther&year_start=1900&year_end=2008&corpus=19&smoothing=8&share=&direct_url=t1%3B%2CJean%20-%20Paul%20Sartre%3B%2Cc0%3B.t1%3B%2CMartin%20Luther%3B%2Cc0

Final Score:
France  3:0  Germany


Greece manhandled Chile as expected. They will now prepare themselves to face a French team that is coming off of a shutout win over high-scoring Germany. The Germans will no doubt see a change at manager after this Philosophers World Cup. Quarter-finals are simply not enough for a team with the talent of Germany. Today’s other losers Chile are in decidedly higher spirits, having proved all their doubters wrong and making a most impressive quarter-final run.

Relevant Semi-final
Greece vs France

Complete knockout stage bracket can be viewed here.


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