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<b>Michael Owen </b><br/>

Michael Owen seems to have a special bond with Argentina, as many England supports will remember his spectacular diving skills during both the 1998 and 2002 World Cup matches...

<b>Michael Owen </b><br/> Michael Owen seems to have a special bond with Argentina, as many England supports will remember his spectacular diving skills during both the 1998 and 2002 World Cup matches...

&lt;b&gt;Kader Keita &lt;/b&gt;&lt;br/&gt;

The Ivorian received a slight nudge to the ribs from Brazil's Kaka. Yet remarkably it appeared to hurt his face, so he fell to the deck clutching his head in his hands. The referee gave Kaka a yellow card, his second, and the play-maker was sent off.

<b>Kader Keita </b><br/> The Ivorian received a slight nudge to the ribs from Brazil's Kaka. Yet remarkably it appeared to hurt his face, so he fell to the deck clutching his head in his hands. The referee gave Kaka a yellow card, his second, and the play-maker was sent off.

&lt;b&gt;Eduardo &lt;/b&gt;&lt;br/&gt;

Arsenal striker Eduardo aroused huge controversy when he won a penalty against Celtic in a Champions League qualifier at the start of last season. Fifa stepped in and banned him but an appeal saw the Croatian vindicated

<b>Eduardo </b><br/> Arsenal striker Eduardo aroused huge controversy when he won a penalty against Celtic in a Champions League qualifier at the start of last season. Fifa stepped in and banned him but an appeal saw the Croatian vindicated

&lt;b&gt;Gilardino &lt;/b&gt;&lt;br/&gt;

Celtic were at the centre of another mysterious dive in their penalty area in 2007. After an excellent run, AC Milan striker Gilardino suddenly realised he wouldn't get the ball in... so instead, he opted for ... well, suddenly falling dramatically to the ground, even though there was no Celtic player in sight. Fortunately, the referee didn't fall for it, and a stunned Gilardino got a yellow card.

<b>Gilardino </b><br/> Celtic were at the centre of another mysterious dive in their penalty area in 2007. After an excellent run, AC Milan striker Gilardino suddenly realised he wouldn't get the ball in... so instead, he opted for ... well, suddenly falling dramatically to the ground, even though there was no Celtic player in sight. Fortunately, the referee didn't fall for it, and a stunned Gilardino got a yellow card.

&lt;b&gt;Emerson Acuna&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br/&gt;

Possibly the funniest dive of all time occurred in Columbia. Atletico Junior were being held at home by America when Acuna was put through on goal. Clear of the last man, Acuna was hacked down by an invisible defender. Incredibly, the referee gave a penalty which was duly converted.

<b>Emerson Acuna</b><br/> Possibly the funniest dive of all time occurred in Columbia. Atletico Junior were being held at home by America when Acuna was put through on goal. Clear of the last man, Acuna was hacked down by an invisible defender. Incredibly, the referee gave a penalty which was duly converted.

&lt;b&gt;Rivaldo &lt;/b&gt;&lt;br/&gt;

Rivaldo was not only a great footballer, but also a great actor, as the 2002 World Cup game against Turkey reveals: when the Brazilian was hit by a ball in the leg, he instinctively clutched his head and then remained lying on the ground. A subsequent FIFA fine of £5,180 did not really concern Rivaldo: &quot;I'm calm about the punishment, and I am not sorry about anything. I was both the victim and the person who got fined. Obviously the ball didn't hit me in the face, but I was still the victim.&quot;

<b>Rivaldo </b><br/> Rivaldo was not only a great footballer, but also a great actor, as the 2002 World Cup game against Turkey reveals: when the Brazilian was hit by a ball in the leg, he instinctively clutched his head and then remained lying on the ground. A subsequent FIFA fine of £5,180 did not really concern Rivaldo: "I'm calm about the punishment, and I am not sorry about anything. I was both the victim and the person who got fined. Obviously the ball didn't hit me in the face, but I was still the victim."

&lt;b&gt;Francis Jeffers &lt;/b&gt;&lt;br/&gt;

In December 2002, Francis Jeffers's dive against Liverpool earned Arsenal a penalty and a point. But opponents weren't amused: whereas Ron Harris merely mused that he wouldn't be surprised if Jeffers practised diving in training, Peter Osgood remarked that &quot;he's the biggest cheat in football&quot; and that he would &quot;love to see him get really hurt.&quot;

<b>Francis Jeffers </b><br/> In December 2002, Francis Jeffers's dive against Liverpool earned Arsenal a penalty and a point. But opponents weren't amused: whereas Ron Harris merely mused that he wouldn't be surprised if Jeffers practised diving in training, Peter Osgood remarked that "he's the biggest cheat in football" and that he would "love to see him get really hurt."

&lt;b&gt;Juergen Klinsmann &lt;/b&gt;&lt;br/&gt;

During the World Cup Final of 1990, German striker Juergen Klinsmann collected the ball on the right and then, as Argentinian defender Pedro Monzan approached, arced through the air, breaking into three jarring, electric rolls. Monzon was sent off - the first red card in a World Cup Final ever - whereas Germany won the final thanks to a (similarly controversial) penalty decision later on.

<b>Juergen Klinsmann </b><br/> During the World Cup Final of 1990, German striker Juergen Klinsmann collected the ball on the right and then, as Argentinian defender Pedro Monzan approached, arced through the air, breaking into three jarring, electric rolls. Monzon was sent off - the first red card in a World Cup Final ever - whereas Germany won the final thanks to a (similarly controversial) penalty decision later on.

&lt;b&gt;Robert Meier &lt;/b&gt;&lt;br/&gt;

Yet bad dives are not confined to the players on the field, as the example of Duisburg manager Robert Meier shows. After headbutting Cologne player Albert Streit, he dramatically fell to the ground and pretended to be the victim. Subsequently, he got suspended by the German Football Association.

<b>Robert Meier </b><br/> Yet bad dives are not confined to the players on the field, as the example of Duisburg manager Robert Meier shows. After headbutting Cologne player Albert Streit, he dramatically fell to the ground and pretended to be the victim. Subsequently, he got suspended by the German Football Association.

&lt;b&gt;Steven Gerrard &lt;/b&gt;&lt;br/&gt;

One of Gerrard's worst dives took place during England's struggle against mighty Andorra in 2007. Not managing to get past goalkeeper Alvarez, the midfielder was reduced to throwing himself dramatically to the floor. He earned himself a booking for that. If he did it in this World Cup and won a penalty - I don't think we'd be complaining.

<b>Steven Gerrard </b><br/> One of Gerrard's worst dives took place during England's struggle against mighty Andorra in 2007. Not managing to get past goalkeeper Alvarez, the midfielder was reduced to throwing himself dramatically to the floor. He earned himself a booking for that. If he did it in this World Cup and won a penalty - I don't think we'd be complaining.

&lt;b&gt;Robbie Fowler &lt;/b&gt;&lt;br/&gt;

But, of course, there is also Robbie Fowler's famous anti-dive: when the referee gave a penalty in a league game against Arsenal, Fowler admitted that he had not been fouled by Arsenal keeper David Seaman and subsequently tried to convince the referee to change his decision. Having failed to do so, however, Fowler took the penalty, and - despite an initial save by Seaman - Liverpool scored from the rebound. Nevertheless, Fowler was awarded a UEFA Fair Play award for his fair sportsmanship.

<b>Robbie Fowler </b><br/> But, of course, there is also Robbie Fowler's famous anti-dive: when the referee gave a penalty in a league game against Arsenal, Fowler admitted that he had not been fouled by Arsenal keeper David Seaman and subsequently tried to convince the referee to change his decision. Having failed to do so, however, Fowler took the penalty, and - despite an initial save by Seaman - Liverpool scored from the rebound. Nevertheless, Fowler was awarded a UEFA Fair Play award for his fair sportsmanship.

<b>Michael Owen </b><br/> Michael Owen seems to have a special bond with Argentina, as many England supports will remember his spectacular diving skills during both the 1998 and 2002 World Cup matches...

The 2010 World Cup has inevitably been affected by footballers play acting in an attempt to gain advantage.

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The reaction of Kader Keita following his altercation with Kaka was laughable, while invisible elbows have been appearing all over South Africa, particular in Italy's match with New Zealand and in the sending off of Switzerland's Behrami in their match with Chile.

Although it's disappointing, diving and simulation are nothing new, as this guide proves.

Source:Independent

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