Best National Soccer Teams

Which county has the best current soccer squad and don't base your choices on the world cup.

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Spain PlayStation very well but I don't understand why many considers them the best of all time. They have been 35 consecutive official matches undefeated before been destroyed by young brazil team ( first match playing brazil what may justify why took so long to loose ), but this record is shared with Brazil. Brazil and Argentina can not play europian cups, but in all major world wide cups brazil is far more successful. 7 world cups finals, 5 World Cup wins and 4 confederation cups. What about Spain? Just one World Cup and 0 confederation cups? Before comparing with brazil Spain must match the success of many other nations... ( Italy, Germany, Argentina e Uruguay are far more successfull )

Five world cups.
Top team in FIFA World Cup - All-time rankings (best numbers overall)

It doesn't matter how good the "current" European sensation is --recent years, Spain before them, Italy before, France, before Germany, etc. -- Brazil IS ALWAYS THE TEAM TO BEAT.

Brazil won the confederations cup in 2013. When Spain won the confederations cup in South Africa, they won the world cup in 2010. Further more, the teams are playing in Brazil. Perhaps the players will be inspired by their giant audience. I'm pretty sure it's the biggest in the world. Neymar, Oscar, and Fred have shone in the confederations cup. Probably Neymar is one of the players in the top 10 best players in the world. The world's greatest football legend Pele said that Neymar is better than Messi who has better experience. Brazil won 5 world cups. they will win the 6th this year. They are the best. Germany is the worst.

Messi keep winning games

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Germany is historically one of the three most successful national teams at international competitions, having won a total of three World Cups and three European Championships. They have also been runners-up three times in the European Championships, four times in the World Cup, and further won four 3rd places. East Germany won Olympic Gold in 1976. Germany is the only nation to have won both the men's and women's World Cups. Germany's rivals include England, The Netherlands, and Argentina.

Germany have a really good chance of winning the World Cup this year. Neur, Phillip Lahm, Bastian Shcweinshwigher ( If I spell your name wrong I am sorry) Mesut Ozil, Muller, Reus, Kroos, Gotze and so may more players that are star quality. 4 time winners of the world cup have been in the semi-finals 4 times plus there other 4 wins that is 8 times. Germany also are the only teams to ever have the men and the women both win the world cup. Germany is one of those big teams when you think about football. They are in the group of death and very one thinks that they are going to walk out with 9 points. In the group of death I don't think that is possible. They are the top 5 teams in the world. All of Spain's stars are getting old Xavi 33 years old this is his last world cup. ( I think because a 37 year old man can't compete) Inestia 30 years old. England's players are getting destroyed. Argentina only has Messi. There real threats are Netherlands Brazil and Italy. Italy almost got beaten by Japan in the Cup that went on in 2013 that I can't spell. 4-3 Japan is on a whole lower level. Netherlands didn't even get out of the group stages on that cup. Than that leaves Brazil to me Germany or Brazil are the best teams in the world with out a doubt. That is all I have to say - zotz99

Germany should be in 2nd place because they have one more cups than spain

I think that the German National Football Team is the best because it has won most FIFA World Cups in history

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Spain winning both the world and European cup in the last couple of years, are proving they are the best team ever. Yes this is certainly a golden age for Spanish football. But some of the players they have we'll be all time legends, not just in Spain but in history(Casillas, Xavi, Iniesta, Puyols). People we're talking about the best team ever!... Not the number of cups won. I hope they win Euro 12" that'll put the nail in the coffin!

Right now, they are the best by far. But not only the 11 starting players if you take a look to the bench you find Silva, Fabregas, Cazorla, LLorente and they have some of the top Goalkeepers in the world, Reina, Valdés, De Gea. And finally there are some really young talented players like Thiago, Javi Martinez, Negredo, Canales, etc.. Etc.. Etc..

Spain has won 3 major tournaments in the last 4 years and they have enough firepower to be major threat in 2014. Brazil got lucky in the confederations cup. Spain is fully capable of defending their World Cup if they recruit more young talent onto their squad. They also manage to dominate possession in almost every game. VIVA ESPANA!

I love Spain good team

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Definitely has the best fowards right now by far. Messi, Aguero and Higuain as first team choice with the amazing backup of Lavezzi and Milito. And though Tevez is fantastic it seems he is a very conflictive player to be playing in Argentina tight now.

When we come to the rest of the team (middle, defense and goalkeeper) that is when this team is very weak. Di María, Mascherano and maybe Pastore, zabaleta and Gago is the best Argentina has from middle to defense. But then Argentina lacks good defenders, specialy middle ones, the one Argentina have are really class C at tops and a class B goalkeeper.

In a nutshell Argentina is a very unbalanced team, maybe the most unbalanced in the world right now. Supper dangerous but very vulnarable at the same time. Argentina could maybe win 4-1 against any great team but could also lose 1-4 against the same great team one week later. Neither of these results would surprise me.

At least this is my opinion. I tried to be objective though you may already have guessed I am from Argentina for the lenght of this message =).

I am from India, Here peoples support Brazil mostly with Germany and Argentina resting at no. 2 position with tie... Definitely Argentina is not best right now but I feel special bonding with their team and attack of Argentina is by far the best... Argentina has shown good defense in FIFA 2014 wc in Brazil and its goalkeeper is not bad, he showed his skills against Netherlands in Semifinal... GO Argentina... FOREVER Argentina IN HEARTS OF MILLIONS OF IndianS

MAradona, the best player of the 20th century was from Argentina. Messi, the best current player is from Argentina. That says it all. Argentina has the most entertaining football ever, and they have some of the best players too. The reason that they are not achieving top level success right now is the don't have a high quality coach.

Even if I am a girl I love Argentina and the messy you got my vote.

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Nobody can match their talent, they have a beret of great players, including one of the best goalkeepers in the world

During the earliest days of Italian nation football, it was common for a Technical Commission to be appointed. The Commission took the role that a standard coach would currently play. Ever since 1967, the national team has been controlled by the coaches only.

For this reason, the coach of the Italian national team is still called Technical Commissioner (Commissario tecnico or CT).

Technical Commission (1910-1912)
Vittorio Pozzo (1912)
Technical Commission (1912-1924)
Vittorio Pozzo (1924)
Technical Commission (1924-1925)
Augusto Rangone (1925-1928)
Carlo Carcano (1928-1929)
Vittorio Pozzo (1929-1948) - World Champions 1934, World Champions 1938
Ferruccio Novo (1949-1950) - as Technical Commission Chairman
Technical Commission (1951)
Carlino Beretta (1952-1953)
Technical Commission (1953-1959)
Giuseppe Viani (1960)
Giovanni Ferrari (1960-1961)
Giovanni Ferrari and Paolo Mazza (1962)
Edmondo Fabbri (1962-1966)
Ferruccio Valcareggi and Helenio Herrera (1966-1967)
Ferruccio Valcareggi (1967-1974) - European Champions 1968, Runners-Up World Cup 1970
Fulvio Bernardini (1974-1975)
Enzo Bearzot (1975-1986) - World Champions 1982 - 4th Place World Cup 1978
Azeglio Vicini (1986-1991) - 3rd Place World Cup 1990
Arrigo Sacchi (1991-1996) - Runners-Up World Cup 1994
Cesare Maldini (1997-1998)
Dino Zoff (1998-2000) - Runners-Up European Championships 2000
Giovanni Trapattoni (2000-2004)
Marcello Lippi (2004-2006) - World Champions 2006
Roberto Donadoni (2006-2008)
Marcello Lippi (2008-2010)
Cesare Prandelli (2010-present)

- roblist

4 world cups the best team in Europe. In 2006 they only conceded two goals: 1 an own goal by Zaccardo against USA and zidane penalty in the final.

best defense on the planet best goaltending 12 goals by 10 different players in 2006. 5th in 1998. 3rd in 1990 2nd 1n 1994 1st in 1982...
MOST watched game against the germans and the 2006 final vs. france... 1 billion viewers beats 2010 FINAL by at least 300 million. YES FORZA ITALIA 2012 2014...

Italy is the best in world

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Dude they are the best team... you all suck for making them 21! I mean they have Robin Van Persie! He is amazing! I mean Brazil deserves to be number 1 because they have been to the world cup the most but Netherlands should be in the top 5!

I'm not dutch but you must admire there skills and contribution for the beautiful game over the past 4 decades, and that for such a small country, they really are the Brazil of Europe, football is in there genes

The dutch are the founders of total football. There legacy is not only in there game and for Holland, but the made football more interesting for the whole world.

Nether lands is going to get better be cause robbed is the best right mid in the world and van Persie is a really good striker

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1. Gary Linekar
2. Bobby Moore
3. Gordon Banks
4. Wayne Rooney
5. Bobby Charlton
6. Stanley Matthews
7. David Beckham
8. Bryan Robson
9. Jimmy Greaves
10. Kevin Keegan
11. David Beckham

All great players for England, England have a spirit for there footy matches, they have won the World Cup only once in 1966 - roblist

One of the best teams to ever play football. England also has the best players including Beckham & Rooney. By winning the World Cup in 1966, they've shown the whole world what a great team they are. GO ENGLAND!

England are all way on the minds of every other team in every World Cup, they know that even when they play bad they still can beat you. And when they are on there game nobody can beat them.

They are the best

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France should be in the top 5 France produced so many incredible players like Raymond Kopa Michele Pltini and of course the Legendary Zindine Zidane they won the 1998 World Cup the 1984 and 2000 euro cup they also won the two confederation cup and the 1984 Olympics.

France are much more successful than England... How come they are so low? They are a one time world champion, 2 times European champions and 1 time world cup runners up.. They should be placed after Brazil, Italy, Germany, Spain and Argentina. For me, France is the sixth most successful country in the world.

Well its simple why France should be ahead of England
France's European Championships- 2 England's European Championships- 0
France's Confederations Cup- 2 England's Confederations Cup- 0
France World Cup- 1 England World Cup- 1

I think this already says a lot so why is France 8 and England 7?

2 words " Franck ribery"

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One of the most decorated teams ever, this team is famous for Christiano Ronaldo, they have never won a world cup, they have been runners up in 1966 but lost to England 2-1, and have been runners up in the 2004 Euro Cup were they lost to Greece. But in the 2010 World Cup smashed North Korea 7 - 0 in a match were Christiano Ronaldo scored 3 or 4 goals, and could be one of portugals best performances - roblist

Portugal may be a small country, with very few football players comparing to other top national squads, but despite all of that, they still face the big ones in outstanding matches. Portugal may have never won a major competition but they already have a title: the most underrated team.

Although we have never won any title, we play good football, enjoyable and organized. The only thing left is a bit of luck...

Ronaldo the best player of all time

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Won first world cup EVER in 1930 very good team luiz suarez is a fantastic player

Respect from Romania! You're an amazing team, and I hope cause you will win the World Cup in 2014!

Uruguay is a very underrated team, they can play football, they showed one of the best efforts at the 2010 World Cup and have won the World Cup itself 3 times, A good effort. - roblist

Godin, Suarez, Forlan, Pereira, Ronald, and Muzlera are AMAZING!

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Colombia is an amazing team and knows their ways just cause they have some bad days we all do and Yea Brazil is good but only cause they cheat Colombia made Plenty of goals except since Brazil cheated on the World Cup against Colombia the referees didn't count most of them AND the referees have our cards when we didn't deserve them

Colombia has such a great team, they proved it today October 11 against Chile, they were losing 3-0 and they ended up tying. Now they have a spot in the World Cup and I'm pretty sure they will surprise us.

Falcao is the bomb if Colombia gets better players I see them far in the world cup tournament

Colombia was in third place in the World Cup they're better than a lot of those national teams

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Wait and see in 2014... Quarter finals at least

Just look at the team, its great, they are maybe not so good as spain or germany, but Wait and see..

Belgium is my favorite team courtios the best goalkeeper I now hazard fast and really good player fans love watching them play games and they win all there games they have really good talent I love watching them go Belgium

I love most of the players in Belgium and I feel like they are better than Uruguay and Colombia.

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Mexico is playing in such a better level, they have beaten The US almost half the time with 4 or more goals & they have beat Brazil over the past years more times than any other country I think they deserve to be higher in the rank.

Mexico is a great team because they beated france 2-0 I think. They might as well beated and lose against italy in the world cup. France too in the world cup and someone said they beat brazil like 2 times already. But never won a world cup in history

They should be in the top 10

Mexico is one of the best teams ever. They 100℅ deserve to be in the top ten. Maybe not in the top 5 YET! BUT they will get there very soon👌

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14United States

The united States are underrated and you shouldn't under estimate their ability to play Soccer. They have been Runners up in the World Cup, there biggest win was 11 - 0 and they have won the Gold Cup Four Times - roblist

This is the only country that calls football soccer and instead of calling soccer football they call American football, football that's why sometimes United States soccer team can't be taken seriously they are good but just sometimes dumb, but they are more American Football that's there excuse. Hopefully they don't call FIFA some other crap

First of all the it's not all about men's soccer. The women's national team is in first place. Also the Men's national team always beats Mexico and we beat Italy tied Argentina tied Colombia tied England and beat Spain when they were undefeated 2-0

USA is much better than Mexico and it is a fact.

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Greece have never won a world cup, but have won a euro cup. When Greece are on their best day you better watch out for this team, they have a lot of talent to give - roblist

Keep up the good work HELLAS OLE OLE

But England is better

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Chile could have the fastest rising talent than any other team, they have been runners up in the World Cup and have won the copa America Four times. And they put on a good show at the 2010 World Cup, when they shocked everybody by leaving the Group Stage undefeated. They may have only had 8 appearances, but in those 8 appearances they have shown a lot of talent and have been great! - roblist

Chile shouldn't be 20 there is a huge list of teams they are better than that are above them

I love team chile because I'm from chile to and I got an autograph from Sanchez

Chile is very good

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What we r way better then most of the teams above us

Japanese soccer team have lot of good player and they is beast soccer team.

Japan have improved over the few years, Creating legends such as Keisuke Honda, Shensuke Nakamura and more. We definitely are reasonably in the right spot but are the best Asian team of all.

There are good team works.

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Their present is not their best, I'll give you that. However, even though they didn't make it to the last WC, they have a good place in world football with Zlatan Ibrahimovic as their leading figure. There are nine "Greats" in football history: The eight champions plus the Netherlands. After that Sweden has the best record and presence throughout the years. Sweden played in a World Cup Final (even if it was theirs). Got in third place twice. It should be way higher on this list.

Sweden is me soccer defensive players, werry intellect style, of course Sweden is noting here legend, but me young speedly players excellent to attack.

19Costa Rica

Costa Rica has a good team as you saw in the world cup qualifying the beat the us and Mexico I think Honduras to some of the best teams in North America.


Please do your research. Hungary under puskas was best national team ever.

In early fifties Hungary's national team was the best national team. They destroyed the self-confident English team twice (6:3 and 7:1), and they lost the only (but the most important) match in the final of the World Cup 54. After having win against Brazil and Uruguay in the quarter final and semi final they could not win against West Germany team which did not missed the help of the English referee (Mr. Ling).

Hungary was undefeated in 100 friendly and championship matches in the early 50's. How many national teams can boast about that? NONE.

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