Top 10 worst ever football dives


Andy Carroll managed the ignominy of being booed by both sets of supporters on Sunday as he decided to take a tumble in the box when it appeared far simpler to slot the ball home. But he isn't the first player to be felled by the cruel hand of fresh air. Here are some more videos the subjects of which won't be keen to see again in a hurry.

1. Andy Carroll

Ok, so we start with Big AC's dive at Newcastle. Having nicked the ball past Mike Williamson in the opening few minutes, the pony-tailed striker burst into the box, tapped it round Pepe Reina and then fell to the floor so ungracefully, Wayne Sleep could be heard crying from wherever he is.

2. Morten Gamst Pedersen

Fresh from having ballsed up a move to Manchester United, the Blackburn winger took his frustation out on the Emirates turf with this swan dive against Arsenal. So bad it was Phil Dowd refused to acknowledge Pedersen even existed for the rest of the game.

3. Steven Taylor

This might be the funniest dive ever from Newcastle's Steven Taylor (keeping up the tradition of terrible tumbles st St James' Park). After handballing on the line, he decided to go for a Platoon style dying soldier dive, clutching his chest like he had just taken 10 rounds. The referee clearly wasn't a Charlie Sheen fan and sent Taylor off.

4. Dida

Some dives don't work and players instantly acknowldge this. But not AC Milan keeper Dida. Oh no. The Brazilian reacted to a slap in the face from a Celtic fan by stumbling for a few feet, crashing to the floor and then demaning to be taken off on a stretcher. That's some dedication to the dive.

5. Gilardino

Another dive from a Milan versus Celtic clash here as Italian forward Gilardino takes a tumble despite running three more paces after a lunge from a Hoops defender. It's so bad it looks like he's been taken out by a sniper from the Parkhead stands. 

6. Rivaldo

The most famous dive ever? Possibly. The former World Player of the Year shows he gets confused by all those different parts of the body as he takes a ball to the knee against Turkey, but then goes down clutching his face. The linesman is too shocked to do anything about it.

7. Meier v Streit

Two for one here as Duisburg coach Norbert Meier goes head-to-head (literally) with FC Koln's Albert Streit and both parties fall to the floor like the end of a game of Jenga. To be fair to Streit he does receive a mild headbut, but Meier's reaction is Oscar worthy.

8. Bryan Carrasco

The Chilean Under-20 international took diving to a new level when he used Ecuadorian Edson Montano's arm to hit himself in the face. Just like the old 'stop slapping yourself' game at school. The ref bought it and gave the free-kick. Montano was bemused, to put it lightly.

9. Hamit Altintop

The Turkish midfielder, and Brett from Flight of the Conchords look-a-like, does a great windmill impression as he goes to ground against Croatia in an attempt to win a penalty. Needless to say the referee, in resplendent flourescent stripes, just runs off, unimpressed.

10. Knut Anders Fostervold

And finally, a dive so bad it was later parodied by John Carew. Fostervold goes all Laurel and Hardy after a swing and a miss from an opposition player and spins in the air, falling to the ground like a character from Street Fighter. Carew did his best impression of the dive in a separate match. Not a bad effort John.