Admit it, at some point in your life you’ve probably screamed or cursed at a television screen upon seeing a footballer feign injury only to get back to up seconds later and bound away without any sign of having been touched.
Of course nine times out of ten he probably wasn’t touched, and was simply showcasing a part of football that has been lambasted and criticised for as long as players have been partaking in it; the dive.
As the speeds of players have increased and the levels of competition continued to grow diving has become an element of football which is now considered a staple. Rightly or wrongly a player uses his ‘skill’ to fool the referee into thinking he was fouled, usually to either win a free-kick or a penalty.
Usually it’s a source of great frustration for fans who suffer thanks to a player’s ability to cheat the system, but there are occasions when it can provide genuine entertainment. YouTube is full of highlight reels and hit videos which have been produced after terrible dives were caught on camera, but we feel that this latest little number might just be the best one yet.
Watch the dive in the highlight reel below... (2.30mins)
That’s if by best you mean one of the most appalling attempts at a dive ever witnessed.
This one comes courtesy of the German third division, brought to our attention by Metro. During a recent clash between Preussen Munster and Sonnenhof Grossaspach, Munster’s striker Benjamin Siegert produced a downright bizarre attempt at claiming he had been fouled.
His theatrics are so eye-catching that it completely detracts from the foul itself, as he bids to win a free-kick from the ref. After his opponent attempts a tackle from behind the 33-year-old throws himself into the air before executing a roll and then jumping from the floor once more, only to writhe around until he lands on the ground again clutches his face.
Admittedly the description doesn’t do it anywhere near justice, so you’ll have to watch it yourself if you want to grasp the spectacle first hand. If it makes it any easier for you to imagine, we’re debating whether it looks more like a dance move or the reaction a WWE wrestler might have after having been choke-slammed.
If you’re a protester against diving in football then this may well be the worst video you could watch. If on the other hand you fancy watching a ageing footballer making a fool out of himself on video then you’re in for a treat.