This is equivalent to flopping in basketball and diving in soccer.
As the sport has advanced, diving has become more commonplace. When a player is in the best position to score or make an important play, it is not surprising that he clumsily falls to the ground in hopes of being awarded a foul.
Today, referees make it a priority to ensure that players are penalized if they dive or attempt in a simulation.
For example, Gareth Bale collected 6 yellow cards Six years of diving in the English Premier League was double the next player.
Neymar was the latest example in Paris Saint-Germain’s Ligue 1 match on 28 December. jump into the penalty box and scored his second yellow of the game, prompting the referee to send him off with a red card.
However, this is not the first time Neymar has jumped. Let’s take a look back at some of the worst dives in football history.
Neymar’s long roll, 2018 FIFA World Cup
During the 2018 World Cup group game against Serbia in Russia, Neymar smashed the internet in one of the worst dives in recent memory.
Picking up a hovering ball near the left touchline, Neymar tried to speed down the flank but was no doubt fouled by a sliding Serbian defender. But he didn’t roll once, he didn’t roll twice, he didn’t roll three times after the foul.
Not surprisingly, the total amount of time he spent on the ground became the latest challenge fans tried to recreate.
Arjen Robben, 2014 FIFA World Cup
“No age penalty.”
Three simple words that will rock Mexican fans.
In the round of 16 between the Netherlands and Mexico of the 2014 World Cup, Dutch right winger Arjen Robben, known for his diving antics, floored deep into stoppage time after defender Rafa Marquez stuck his leg out. I threw myself into
The penalty was in force because VAR didn’t exist at the time. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar spot converted his kick to eliminate El Tri.
Jozy Altidore, 2010 FIFA World Cup
In the 2010 round of 16, the United States faced Ghana in a thriller that went into overtime. Although this tournament rubbed fans the wrong way, it was also the first event where Jozy Altidore was introduced to the United States as one of his country’s famous youngsters.
During stoppage time in regulation, Altidore was racing by dropping the ball down the left flank when André Ayew appeared to trip him from behind.
However, replays showed that Ayew never had contact with Altidore. The American striker intentionally planted his face. In the end, the move backfired as the Blackstars won in overtime.
David Luiz, 2013 English Premier League
In the 2013 English Premier League match between Chelsea and Manchester United, Blues centre-back David Luiz made quite the meme while defending his team’s lead.
1-0 down in the 89th minute, the Brazilian centre-back sunk into the ground, grabbed his ankle as if he had been injured, put his face to the ground, and then stood up with a smile on his face.
United’s Rafael was sent off after fouling Lewis.
After the game, Lewis said he was laughing at a United fan calling him ‘The Simpsons’ character Sideshow Bob.
Meanwhile, Red Devils manager Sir Alex Ferguson accused Lewis of acting like a “dying swan”. Lewis literally had the final laugh of the game as Chelsea held on to the lead.
angel di maria, plural
If you have a 3 minute video of an athlete diving, you know it’s bad. Argentinian winger Angel Di Maria is his one prime example.
All of the clips above are from his time at Real Madrid in La Liga, so there are definitely some clips from his tenure at Manchester United, Juventus, PSG, etc.
He’s not the only one with a diving catalog focused on him. Other big names also have such reputations, such as Cristiano Ronaldo and the aforementioned Robben and Neymar.
That’s why the penalty Di Maria scored in the 2022 France-Argentina World Cup final could have gone unrewarded if the referee ruled that no foul had occurred.