Despite everything brilliant and amazing about this World Cup, you can’t help but notice this irritating trend once again making its way into professional soccer. “Flopping,” or “diving,” is the art of faking a foul or injury in soccer and proceeding to wallow and roll about on the ground in agonizing pain (seemingly) in hopes that either, A) the referee will take pity on you and reward a free kick to your team, B) the referee will card the opposing player for the (alleged) heinous foul they just committed on said player, or C) your winded teammates will get a quick breather while you act out your flop and burn up clock time.
Well, the folks over at WSJ got the genius idea to watch every single World Cup match thus far and compile each team’s total amount of flops and “writhing time,” the time players spent rolling in pain, to create a ranking for each country. The results are hilarious, but I am a little disappointed to see the US team ranked so highly. Check out the table below to see the results.
Taken from the WSJ article linked above:
“The Team Most Commonly Seen in Anguish: Brazil. There were 17 incidents in two games when a member of the Seleção was seen on the ground in pain—the most of any country. World Cup poster boy Neymar had five such “injuries,” the most on his team. In every case he was back on his feet within 15 seconds.
The Overall Writhing-Time Champions: Honduras. Los Catrachos spent the most time on the ground or being tended to by trainers: seven minutes and 40 seconds to be exact. Naturally, five minutes and 10 seconds of that came in the first half against France when the match was tied (which would have been good enough for them).
The Team Most Likely to Grin and Bear it: Bosnia and Herzegovina. These World Cup newbies obviously don’t get how this works. They only had two “injuries” in two games for a total of 24 seconds of writhing time.
The Team With the Most Carnage in One Game: Chile. While they protected an early lead against Spain, the Chileans tallied 11 “injuries,” more than 24 other teams had in two games.
The Fastest “Injury” Yet: Enner Valencia, Ecuador. Against Honduras, Valencia was on the ground, clutching his leg after four seconds.
Worst Use of a Stretcher: 5 players (tie) Of the nine players carried off in these matches, five returned—all in less than 90 seconds, including American DaMarcus Beasley.”
While we’re on the subject of flopping, this gives me another excuse to share this awesome video on how to flop.