Originally Posted by Betterread
You are aware that the video that started this thread is intended to deride the very POV that you are desperately trying to cling to, right?
In Italy and Brazil, coaching and teaching good technical skills and communicating tactical awareness is a priority. Are there players from those countries that simulate being fouled - yes - but that does not diminish the efforts of all the people from those countries who teach the proper way to play.
It is unfair and ignorant to take the conduct of an individual and attribute it to a dubious national characteristic. However, (ignorant) people do it all the time, and it creates tension and hatred. Don't settle for a typical, ignorant world view, you are demonstrably capable of more understanding than that.
I appreciate what you're saying, BR, but I've just seen too much Italian soccer to knock it off as a totally unfair and unearned prejudice.
Next you'll be telling me that the Mexican national team isn't a bunch of whiners and hack artists?