Originally written on NESN.com  |  Last updated 6/24/13
No longer can Dirk Nowitzki get away with flopping on the basketball court, but such antics still fly on the charity soccer field. The 11-time NBA All-Star stood out during an exhibition soccer game Sunday. Not only did he host the contest, which benefited deprived children, but he also took a shameless dive, won a penalty kick and scored a goal. Nowitzki was dribbling into the penalty area at one point in the game when a defender attempted to make a tackle. The hapless opponent came nowhere close to the ball or Nowitzki, but that didn’t stop the Dallas Mavericks star from taking a tumble. The referee awarded a penalty kick, which Nowitzki expertly scored. The ill-gotten goal wasn’t enough to secure the victory. Led by Bayern Munich and Germany‘s No. 1, “Manuel Neuer and Friends” beat “Dirk Nowitzki Allstars” 8-7 in Wuerzburg, Germany. See Nowitzki’s dive in the video below. Have a question for Marcus Kwesi O’Mard? Send it to him via Twitter at @NESNsoccer, NESN Soccer’s Facebook page or send it here. He will pick a few questions to answer every week for his mailbag.
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