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Pretty soon I won't be able to stomach "professional" soccer anymore.

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    Pretty soon I won't be able to stomach "professional" soccer anymore.

    There are many things you can say about professional soccer players. They typically lead exceptionally healthy lifestyles. They have world-class endurance and skill. Most all of them have mind-blowing ball control.

    But what is it with all the whining? I am getting sick and tired of watching grown men, "professionals", roll around on the ground and scream because somebody from the opposing team brushed their jersey and as a result they fell down, rolled over six times, and broke their ankle, which is clearly the only reason they didn't score. If you breathe on a soccer player he'll fall down and cry for a full three minutes, five minutes if he was within 45 yards of the goal. Two minutes after that, he's running around again at full-strength like nothing happened.

    This is a growing phenomenon and globally-televised events like the Olympics, World Cup, EURO, etc. only seem to be making it worse. What is wrong with these people? Here's an idea: shut up and play the game.


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    Whole heartedly agree with you, it's one of the reasons i've been losing interest in watching football the last few seasons.

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    I have to agree with this, sadly. I love soccer, and have recently been seeing a bunch of games on tv when I'm on break at work. But the actual play seems to stop every couple minutes cause someone fell and decided not to get up. But just like you said, as soon as they get attention, they're back on their feet and running with the best of them. It pisses me off because it slows the game down and wastes time. I can't imagine what the players actually gain from this nonsense.

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    They oughta treat football like horse racing, if a player goes down and looks like he's in distress, get the shotgun out and put them out of his misery.


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    Simple solution: don't watch football. Amazing how problems like this have simple answers .

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    Never in my life i enjoyed watching people run after a ball, don't get why so many people would even hurt another because they lost
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    I only just finished watching holland vs germany.. and omg you hit the nail on the head
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    The only reason why I never watch soccer (or football since most people call it that) because it's flat out boring to me. Same reason why I don't watch golf, tennis, nor baseball. They may be intense sports to play in their own ways, but it just doesn't interest me. I lol'd at the things the OP said though.

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    I just don't even watch sports. I love playing them but watching them is boring, why watch other people do what you can do yourself?
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    I agree with you (though I have always found soccer ((other than FIFA)) boring). I hate when people do that in any sport though, it is downright sad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enviouswrath View Post
    I only just finished watching holland vs germany.. and omg you hit the nail on the head
    Not entirely. Ever been kicked while playing football by someone who plays the game constantly? It hurts. A lot. And then play another match less than 5 days later, and get kicked another dozen times in that same leg. It hurts more. Football players usually stay in the ground for a while because it actually hurts them and, much like normal pain from hitting a table's leg with your foot, it fades quickly.

    Them diving is different. They sometimes do it to avoid getting kicked by a pig like Terry or, much to the game's dismay, gain a foul. Good thing is that during this Euro, most refs haven't marked them dives as fouls, ignoring them instead, which is good progress.

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    they should just start handing out penalties for this crap

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    Antonios, this was actually the thing that turned me off of Soccer. After Philadelhpia got their own soccer team, the Union, I decided to start watching soccer. I went to a Union game, watched a few matches on tv .... and all I could think was "wow, really?" I do understand that some of these injuries are real .. but c'mon, going down for like 5 minutes screaming because someone steped on your toe? Christ, when I was 12 i had a 130 pounds kid literally jump on my foot (I ws only 65ish punds at the time). Sure I fell over and it hurt but I was down for like a mintue or two and walked it off.
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    That my friend is called ''flop'' its not just hurting soccer, its hurting all sports, and to me its the worst tactic ever in sports
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    Im a big football fan and i love watching the premier league and i cant wait for it to start.But i completely agree with the original post.Ive seen some of the more seasoned players of the league go down at the slightest tap or if they lose the ball and i think "just f***ing get up".But then you see vids on you tube or you hear of these players getting in scraps in night clubs and what have you and then all of the theatrics you see on tv or at a game are just proof that they are intentionally going down (which is obvious in the first place) even though theres sod all wrong with them and they should be getting up and keeping the game going and not spoiling it because you lost the ball.

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    I especially love it when they take a dive or flop and the camera zooms in on them and they look up for a second and see that people are watching them and then they realize this and go back to acting like they are hurt. Soccer/football is by far the worst sport I've watched where people constantly fake injuries to try and get an advantage. Because of this, I could never get into it.
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    I HATE diving and play acting. It pisses me off so much. There is no need for it at all. I play football a few times a week, we kick ten tonnes of shit out of each other, but we don't whine about it, we get on with it and play. For some reason, picking up 40,000+ a week means you can act like a complete twat.

    This is where camera technology and another official would come in handy. Player goes down, quick check of the replay, he took a dive, communicate with the ref through an ear piece, ref books diver. Or just give them a straight red, would soon make them think twice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DragonWolfVII View Post
    This is where camera technology and another official would come in handy. Player goes down, quick check of the replay, he took a dive, communicate with the ref through an ear piece, ref books diver. Or just give them a straight red, would soon make them think twice.
    Yeah, you'd think for the money they're getting they wouldn't have anything to complain about. I do like your idea about quick replays too. Give them hard penalties for doing it and they'll all quickly fall in with the new rules otherwise cost their teams in the long run.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MTL_TKO View Post
    They oughta treat football like horse racing, if a player goes down and looks like he's in distress, get the shotgun out and put them out of his misery.
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