The Football World Cup has made for some bloody good, exciting viewing. But in New Zealand, where playing rugby with a broken rib, a ruptured scrotum or a severe brain injury is practically demanded of our international players, many Kiwis seem to find all the rolling around in largely faux agony hard to swallow. Thankfully, The Wall St Journal has conducted an exhaustive study of the first 32 games to find the winners of the "first ever international soccer injury-embellishment awards".
The most remarkable/shameful category was 'Worst Use of a Stretcher'. Of the nine players carried off in all the matches, five returned, all in less than 90 seconds.