WATCH: Dirk Nowitzki Takes A Penalty The Italian Way

Ethan Tait

This summer’s edition of the Euro Cup pitted the Italians against the Germans in a matchup that was good enough to be the final of the tournament.

The game ended in penalties and the German disposed of the Italians after 9 goddamn rounds of spot kicks.

But it was fate as according to Gary Lineker (when he’s not being bitter about Leicester stars leaving the club),

Football is a simple game. Twenty-two men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the German always win.

Gary Lineker

The bitter bastard was wrong as the hosts beat Germany, but for the most part it holds true.

Despite the underachievement at the Euros, the German, Dallas Mavericks’ star Dirk Nowitzki made sure that the Italians didn’t forget about their shortcomings in the penalty shootout.

Playing in a charity match, Nowitzki was tasked with taking a penalty for his side and hilarity ensued.

Doing his best Simone Zaza impression, Nowitzki running manned (I made it a verb, sue me) and skyed the penalty in a fashion Sergio Ramos would have been proud of.

Who knew Germans could be funny?

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