Italian Soccer Training Camp

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They are the 2006 World Cup Champions so you can’t really knock them. They do play tough and relentless defense but do seem to want to dive or act a bit too much, trying to draw other players in and get fouls. Check out this funny video of an “Italian soccer training camp”. You have to say though that the Italians do dive with a certain style and flair that makes it an art!

In the Euro 2020 match versus Belgium, Ciro Immobile recovered from a dive and fake injury after Italy scored. I don’t know, there is a place for deception in football. I almost appreciate some of the theatrics of the game, but too many dives or fake injuries only slows the game down.

I’m guessing this is where AC Milan forward Girardino learned how to dive.

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