Following his team’s elimination from the World Cup at the hands of Brazil, Mexico manager Juan Carlos Osorio was worried about how Neymar’s histrionics might corrupt the next generation. Those fears were well-founded, it turns out, as this clip from a Swiss club’s youth soccer training session proves:
Meet Jean Meneses, a midfielder for Chilean first division team, Universidad de Concepción. I’m sure he’s scored some great goals and hit some beautiful passes during his career, but it will be hard to top this truly exceptional dive of his from this weekend’s match against Colo-Colo as his career-defining highlight:
Here we have Demetrius Craft of Laurel High (Md.) catching what appears to be a sudden gust of wind, being tackled by a monster from the spirit realm, or pulling off the greatest flop of the year.
The New England Patriots wrapped up the No. 1 seed in the AFC today with a dismantling of the New York Jets. The primary highlight of the game, however, was this flop by Johnson Bademosi.
FourFourTwo published this wonderful video of Defensor Sporting’s Alejandro Acevedo pretend-crashing to the ground in pretend anguish over a pretend headbutt from a linesman. Acevedo’s cronies swarmed to drag him back to his feet.
Perhaps Marcus Smart’s most distinctive basketball skill is his gift for flopping. The Celtics point guard is liable to careen wildly in anticipation of any contact, and he pulled off my favorite flop in NBA history. “I was just trying to make winning plays for my team,” Smart said of the below flop, which makes Vlade…
Never has an eskimo kiss caused so much imaginary pain.
Most dives are fine. Some dives are bad. But few dives are so egregious that you skip over the whole “Should the player get a yellow for that?” logic and instead head right to the barn for the pitchfork. Valencia youth teamer David Pascual pulled off one of those:
One of two things happened here.
Leeds United took on Derby County over the weekend, and that's not at all interesting except for the fact that the game gave us a truly glorious flop.
You can't even be mad with Lance Stephenson for this. It's pretty genius, really.
Of all the things soccer fans have been known to chuck at opposing players—coins, batteries, bags of urine, flares—snowballs are probably the tamest. So we're not too pleased to hear CSKA Sofia manager claim he was knocked unconscious when a Levski Sofia fan pelted him in the back of the head with one.
Here it is, soccer haters. If any of you needed that one crucial piece of evidence that the sport's players were a bunch of diving, playacting wimps, this video showing five Defensor Bolívar players faking injuries, forcing the ref to end the match eight minutes early, should be just what you've waited for.
A.J. Pierzynski has long been one of baseball's most notorious heels, so it makes sense that he would become the first catcher to add shameless flopping to his repertoire. That's a flop Chris Paul would be proud of.
If only there was video of the kid actually asking Dwyane Wade why he flops. That would be beautiful. Wade's explanation of the story is a decent consolation prize.
Look, even soccer fans won't argue that there's too much theatrical diving in the sport. We don't need the anti-soccer brigade shouting at us about the umpteenth instance of a player rolling around in the grass, clutching his ankle with a grimace a horror movie actress would be jealous of to admit that point, okay?…
The NBA has brought swift justice against Dwyane Wade, who committed one of the most egregious flops you will ever see during last night's game against the Spurs. He will be fined $5,000 for convincing the referee that Manu Ginobili has telekinetic powers.
Up until now, I've believed that flopping was an unfortunate but inevitable aspect of a sport where fouls can completely change a match. But now? After this? Where a finger near the throat drops a grown man to his knees? There might just be something about a soccer pitch that turns all who step on it into master…
We all agree that flopping is terrible and nobody should do it, but you've got to respect this kid's hustle.