10 of football's most embarrassing dives of all time

10. Knut Anders Fostervold, Molde vs Stabaek (1999)

If not the worst dive of all time, it's certainly got a case to be the funniest (or at least the other players thought so, when John Carew recreated the moment after scoring later that season). A clear swing of the arm by Petur Marteinsson was all Fostervold needed. A brain fart delay of comic proportions later and the hapless defender, who later played for Grimsby and now competes for Norway in cycling, ended up a crumpled heap on the floor.

9. Bryan Carrasco, Ecuador U20s vs Chile U20s (2011)

The dive that brought a whole new meaning to the term ‘drawing the foul’. With 14 minutes to go in this World Cup qualifier, Carrasco grabbed his unwitting marker's arm before striking himself in the face. The referee didn't hesitate in blowing for a free-kick the other way, though, while a guilty Carrasco scampered away without complaint. Full marks for bastardry.

8. Morten Gamst Pedersen, Arsenal vs Blackburn (2009)

No card from the referee, but the punishment for this dive was the squandering of a golden chance at the Emirates. Pedersen was through on goal until a bad touch meant his opportunity was gone; suddenly the winger's legs were too as he tumbled to the the turf. The two-yard gap between him and Bacary Sagna mattered not to the naughty Norwegian, who despite glancing backwards to check his distances, tried his luck anyway. Needless to say, Pedersen's protests were waved away by referee Phil Dowd, much to his dismay. 

7. Robert Meier, MSV Duisburg vs Cologne (2005)

Diving goes beyond players, as Duisburg boss Robert Meier proved. Despite nudging his head towards Cologne's Albert Streit, Meier dropped to the ground, head in hands before his 'victim' followed suit. Streit was sent off for his troubles, although the red was later rescinded by the German FA who went on to ban Meier from any managerial activities for three months (after he was sacked by Duisburg two days later). Karma, yo.