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Top 10 World Cup Flops

Top 10 World Cup Flops

The FIFA World Cup is the biggest football manifestation in the world, and anevent billions of people follow from all around the world. It’s also a perfect stage where world-class floppers are able to transform minimal contact into an award-winning acting performance. In order to honour these great actors, we’re bringing you the top 10 World Cup Flops in history. Confused about where to bet? Find out more about where to bet on the upcoming world cup and to have the best odds and bonuses at lv bet.

10. Michael Owen, 1998
Michael Owen was only 19 years old when he got the chance to play at his first World Cup. And although a fairly young and inexperienced footballer at the time, he showed us one of the best-timed flops in the history of the competition. He was awarded a penalty, which helped England tie the match with Argentina at 1-1.


9. Diego Simeone, 1998
Staying with the same game, the popular El Cholo got back at Michael Owen and his team and the end of the same game. The popular midfielder flopped in front of David Beckham, which earned Becks the red card and also made England lose the game.

8.Jurgen Klinsmann, 1990
Before testing his skills as a football manager, Jurgen Klinsmann was a world-class footballer and an important screw in Germany’s well-oiled football machinery. Besides this, he was also a world-class diver. Klinsmann’s dive played a huge part in the 1990 World Cup finals, which helped them win their third world cup in history.

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7. Danielle De Rossi, 2010
Italian footballers have a reputation for being floppers, but Danielle De Rossi took this to a whole nother level in Italy’s World Cup game against Paraguay. Throughout his career De Rossi has become a notorious flopper, playing both for Roma and the Italy national squad.

6. Fernando Torres, 2010
In the group match between Spain and Chile, the then Liverpool striker threw himself on the ground, to the wonder of his nearby guard Marco Estrada, who wasn’t even on him. Estrada earned a second yellow and was ejected from the game, while Spain, thanks to Torres’s move, went on to win the match.


5. Arjen Robben, 2014
The fast-paced winger earned a penalty for his team against Mexico in the Round of 16 of the 2010 World Cup. Though his flop helped the Dutch progress all the way to the final later on, Robben himself was ridiculed heavily for his move.

4. Cristiano Ronaldo, 2006
The talented Portuguese will go down as one of the best players in the history of the sport. Flying in like Superman into the penalty box is efforts weren’t appreciated by the referee in Portugal’s game against France.

3. Rivaldo, 2002
The Brasilian magician was one of the best drivers in football history, but his dribbling skills weren’t the ones that earned him a place on this list. His acting performance against Turkey earned his ‘attacker’ HakanUnsal a red card. However, Rivaldo did suffer repercussions for his actions, as after FIFA reviewed the tape, he was fined with $9,600.


2. Luis Suarez, 2014
Suarez’s flop during the World Cup qualifier against Argentina remains one of the most frequently discussed flops even up to this day. The Uruguayan superstar excellently acted out a hit from an Argentinian defender, which earned him the number 2 spot on this list.

1.Italy vs France, 2006
The number one spot on our list isn’t taken by a single player but is shared by two teams. Besides the famous Zidane-Materazzi headbutt, this World Cup final was an Oscar Award-winningflop-fest of a match. Asides from the pretty average game, this final will stay remembered for its majestic displays of shameless simulations.

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  • Kingmaker 4 years ago

    The Grave Threat & Repercussions of SE Flop in Russia!
    Article on flops well written. Kudos, CSN!
    It is heart lifting to see how more enlightened Nigerians & Super Eagles players are coded as they contribute intelligently on this portal.
    People don’t want to imagine that a woeful outing for our team is possible. Some think I am inconsistent. How is that possible? U go and read our inputs from the start & stop misquoting us.
    But there is the beauty of critical thinking, something u get from rigorous learning.
    We are used to criticism but the motivation is purely to activate the critical thinking process in our football administrators & technical crew.
    We don’t wish to see the SE sink, so we must start pointing out the flaws now, using figures and data to predict probable outcomes & undeniable positions in order to assist in bringing amends before the D-Day & avoid player’s or team crash.
    I believe in the quality of this team but won’t be blinded by sentimental calls.
    Somebody said in his post, that the Coach is working in a “corruption prone environment” and not likely to be completely isolated from its influence. I agree, but partly the reasons the NFF technical committee, the media & fans feedback mechanism as this exist to help him maintain focus & balance.
    Make no mistakes, GR reads these feedbacks. It’s part of feeling the peoples pulse which might come handy in critical times.
    Junior Ajayi, Joel Obi joined the team because fans asked for them. And they are a great addition.
    We expect few crucial changes on the 35-man list.
    To advance beyond 1st round stage is the primary goal of the team, but failure to achieve this will be eternally damaging to many young careers of the SE players.
    We must avoid it, even if we fight to make our point clear.
    Gernot Rohr is the technical man hired to build a fresh team infrastructure; he is working on a broadbased blueprint for the national team. However, in trying to do so he must consider the interest, & reactions of Nigerians if such plans become unfruitful in the short term.
    Nigerians are all wired on short fuse especially when team performance and results in games are unrealistic & fail to match expectations.
    Nff have a duty to inform the amiable coach about that.
    Football is the indisputable bond that keeps Nigeria as a unit, and toying wit that might imply creating a tension capable of imploding and consuming everything, even the technical crew, players’ career, and GR longterm expectations.
    What can make SE flop & fail to advance to semifinals are few, significant and listed hereunder:

    1) Failure to have an experienced goalkeeper as undisputable No. 1

    2) Failure to add two (2) fresh instinctive killer-strikers to the team

    3) Failure to maintain team spirit & keep away political interferences & preference for tribal or quota consideration

    4) Failure to field the right players in every match based on external pressure

    5) Failure to keep away large contingent of sports ministry officials from coming in contact with the players

    6) Failure to block political interferences from presidency & NASS especially on team management

    7) Failure to control indiscipline amongst players

    8) Failure to remain fully focused on the task of doing well

    9) Failure of players to yield to Coach’s tactical & technical instructions

    10) Failure of Coaching crew to maintain high professional conduct

    11) Failure of players to demonstrate 101% commitment at play

    12) Failure of team to bury half-chances during the course of match.

    The following players career from our study would keep booming, attracting higher market value for thier stocks if SE does well, but a crash will take us to ground zero.

    1) Austin Ejide
    2) Francis Uzoho
    3) Tyrone Ebuehi
    4) Bryian Idowu
    5) Troost-Ekong
    6) Leon Balogun
    7) Chidozie Awaziem
    8) Uche Henry Agbo
    9) Wilfred Ndidi
    10) Oghenekaro Etebo
    11) John Ogu
    12) Joel Obi
    13) Mikel John Obi
    14) Simeon Moses
    15) Ola Aina
    16) Victor Moses
    17) Junior Ajayi
    18) Kelechi Iheanacho
    19) Alex Iwobi
    20) Shehu Abdulahi
    21) Cyriel Dessers
    22) Aaron Samuel.

    I am not the Coach, this is only my honest perspective from technical studies.
    We all have our considerations depending on our capabilities. Please don’t crucify me.
    However, several other talents abound who are not mentioned above, some not even a part of the WC team but whose stocks would be positively affected just because they are Nigerians doing well for their clubs.
    I don’t subscribe to the conspiracy theory that our midfield is our problem. Rather, it is the strongest unit, with Mikel riding the waves & coordinating the operations from deep play or advanced positions.
    We honestly believe and remain hopeful that the Nff & Crew would be very professional in attending to all matters relating to the team for optimal performance.
    Thank u readers, & May God bless the Team.

  • Tj Descanpio 4 years ago

    @kingmaker, may God bless u. Thanks for shedding light on this subject which many won’t want to talk about. When a man is boastful and too confident before a fight he is setting himself for an open disgrace. Our team can be super once we avoid these lapses mentioned above and get the right quality of players for positions in which we are deficient, we shall have positive outcome.
    Please politicians should steer clear from the world cup bound team if we want to succeed. We can still recall how they scuttle the 1994 world cup dream of Nigeria.
    Thanks again.

  • Greenturf 4 years ago

    Thanks kingmaker for your article.However in the absence of Mikel have we got anyone to Marshall and cordinate the midfield?observations from the last international break is evident our midfield struggled against a better cordinated side.Apparently a weakened midfield is a weakened team.
    Meanwhile Dessers for all his clamour has been playing from the bench in the second half of the season in a lowly Dutch eredivise.Nigerian technical head Gernot Rohr has been categorical in standards of league as a base for call ups.To make it clearer it’s easier to score a hat-trick in holand than scoring a goal in England Spain or Germany.
    I believe the coaches have identified the problems inherent in the team hopefully a quick fix when the team convenge for the wc preparations in may otherwise first round exit is looming.

  • Hope Odianosen 4 years ago

    Perfect one King-maker, this is my dream SE squard and with the exclusion of Echiejile, Musa and Ighalo, we a have balance team with no sentiment. With the right preparation, your suggested Eagle’s team will surely do well.

  • H-man 4 years ago

    @Greenturf & @Tj Descanpio ur observations are blunt and valid, but I may disagree wit u slightly on Dessers. What makes a good player is his quality not the Division, or England should be winning the WC back to back.. The abilities are already engrained in the player and u only need to encourage & grow it.
    It doesn’t matter in which league a player finds himself, if he isnt good, that’s it. Yekini was at Bovista, 2nd Div in Portugal before the ’94 WC & still was brilliant. Amunike was in Zamalek, Egypt and absolutely lovely in attack, was signed by Barcelona.
    Dessers is a complete striker, a box bully & World class lethal finisher with either foot. I have watched him play, he is so so talented.
    He will be a hit wit the Eagles, with Ajayi, Moses making the runs and Mikel sending the through passes. Eagles won’t be missing Abraham.
    My judgment.

  • Diuto Nwachuku 4 years ago

    I don’t think this Cyriel Dessers almost everybody here is clamouring for is all that good..bcos if he is, why starting from the bench for Fc Utrencht for sometime now, even in their 3-3 draw with Ado dehang this afternoon, why can’t he score???

  • Let Rohr come up with his choice, we will go with him, sink or fly. meant to say.


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