Your friend might find a pair of Beer Goggles will improve his success ratio. He should proceed with caution though and stop before reaching the mythical 7 pint threshold. 😟From my friend in England, after the U.S. - England World Cup match ending in 0-0 :
If I wanted to see a bunch of guys spend 90 minutes without scoring, I’d watch my friends trying their luck with the ladies in a pub.
Well said Dan, thanks for the insite, makes sense!Those “dives“ and acting performances have actually been a small, but effective part of the game‘s strategy for a long time …
It’s mostly the top players who are coached to do that, so as to draw as much of the referees’ consideration as possible, with hopes of earning the opposite team’s offending player(s) a yellow card, and possibly even a red card.. If and when that happens, the opposite team tends to start playing less aggressively against those players, for fear of getting further penalized.
And even though the refs are well aware that much of the falls are followed by exaggerated acting, there is always the benefit of the doubt that’s being sought..and if it works once out of three or four times, that’s good enough.
The flip side is that some of the unconvincing dives can backfire and also earn the bad actor a yellow card or worse if the refs don’t buy the fake. It’s a calculated risk .
There was a leaked video circulating in the soccer world a couple of decades ago which became viral , showing one of the top Italian clubs in training sessions where the players were specifically being taught how to dive and feign injury in the most convincing ways possible.
Truly shameful, but as noted above, if it works and manages to either fool the ref and / or make the opponent just a bit more apprehensive, it’s an effective tactic .