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The World Cup’s biggest fakers

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Rivaldo
Brazil v Turkey, World Cup 2002

Who knew that hits to the leg are felt in the forehead? Brazil’s Rivaldo, apparently. After receiving a ball to thigh, Rivaldo tumbles to the ground and covers his face in world-ending agony. It works: Turkey star Hakan Ünsal is thrown out and Brazil wins the game–and, eventually, the cup.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4RKo_50sWW4

Next video: Slaven Bilić

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Slaven Bilić
Croatia v France, World Cup 1998
A rare case of overacting. France’s Laurent Blanc, held by Bilić, brusquely pushes off the Croatian. Bilić reacts by grabbing his forehead and pretending to be in excruciating pain. The ref didn’t buy it, and Bilić was sent off for the remainder of the tournament.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWwkvALBuUs

Next video: Jürgen Klinsmann

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Jürgen Klinsmann
West Germany v Argentina, World Cup 1990

Here we see the dazzling German performing the trick of his career: a giant, windmilling exaggeration of Pedro Monzón’s slight foul. Close-up at 00:28.

Next video: Fabio Grosso

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Fabio Grosso
Italy V Australia, World Cup
2006
Grosso manages to draw a foul by becoming suddenly and incomprehensibly flatfooted by tripping over Australia’s Lucas Neill, then looking at the referee with feigned outrage. It works: Neill is red carded and Italy wins the World Cup. 

Next video: Diego Simeone

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Diego Simeone
Argentina v England, World Cup 1998
A classic bit of football camp. David Beckham is toppled by Diego Simeone, Beckham raises his foot in protest, Simeone trips theatrically over said foot and falls to the ground. Beckham is ejected. Advantage: Simeone.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RlMy7S04qGs

Next video: Andriy Shevchenko

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Andriy Shevchenko
Ukraine v Tunisia, World Cup 2006
At 1:50 in this video (and roughly 70 minutes into the game), Shevchenko masterfully sells a huge fall after tripping over his own ankle. Penalty for Tunisia, Academy Award for Shevchenko. The resulting penalty kick won Ukraine the game, knocking Tunisia out of the tournament.

Next video: El-Hadji Diouf

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El-Hadji Diouf
Senegal v Uruguay, World Cup 2002
Diouf would have done well in the WWE. After being touched by nothing but a strong breeze, the Senegalese star topples and collapses near Uruguay’s net.

Next video: Cristiano Ronaldo

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Cristiano Ronaldo
Portugal v France, World Cup 2006
In 2006, this month’s Vanity Fair cover lad went for a monster header near France’s goal, only to be brutally shoved mid-air by a marauding Frenchmen. At least, that’s what Ronaldo tried to sell. In actual fact, he collapsed on the ground untouched after completely missing the ball.

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