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Don't Worry, The World Cup Isn't The Only Place You Can See Diving

07/11/2014 06:24 pm ET | Updated Jul 11, 2014
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It doesn't matter what the sport is, there will likely be some flopping. And with the world's most popular sport being played on the world's biggest stage, the art of the flop (or dive) has been on full display.

While flopping tends to drive most sports fans (and some commentators) insane, some of the biggest athletes in the world continue to embellish contact or exaggerate an injury to gain an advantage. The NBA got so fed up with it that it created an anti-flopping policy, but fining players thousands of dollars hasn't seemed to dissuade some of them from flopping. It's no secret that flopping has been prevalent in soccer for a while, to the point where it has basically become an accepted part of the game (even though soccer fans around the world disapprove).

There has been no shortage of flops throughout the World Cup in Brazil. They've been done in different ways by different players and they should look very familiar for any sports fan who may not pay much attention to soccer, right down to the technique.

There's the late and blatant exaggeration of just a little contact.

GIF: Should be a yellow for embellishment to add to the red f... on Twitpic(GIF via @cjzero)

Throwing yourself around when there's no contact made

GIF: Best flop of the day (other than Fred's) goes to.... on Twitpic(GIF via @PeteBlackburn)

Falling down backwards after little to no contact

GIF: Anther look at a terrible dive.  on Twitpic(GIF via @myregularface)

Wild flailing of the arms

GIF: Arjen Robben drawing the key foul, two best views on Twitpic(GIF via @cjzero)

GIFs: Ahmad Brooks and the Cam Newton flop. guyism.com/sports... on Twitpic(GIF via @WorldofIsaac)

I'm running... I'm running... Fall down!

GIF: "Hmmm, this looks like a good spot to just fall dow... on Twitpic(GIF via @CorkGaines)

Jerking your head back to the extreme

GIF: Graze to the face? Go down. Head-butt? Go up even faster. on Twitpic(GIF via @CorkGaines)

Paul George's flop would make LeBron proud. on Twitpic(GIF via @SBNationGIF)

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