Greatest Soccer Nations

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The Top Ten

1
Brazil
Only country not have missed a world cup (record impossible to be matched now), 5 championships in their pocket, no fear for any other team, players such Pele with 3 world cups wins... I respect Germany, Italy, Argentina, Spain, Argentina, but there is no equivalent to Brazil yet. Almost a third of all world cups won by this nation, amazing!
5 world cup wins, countless legendary players, and is recognized as the best by most of the world
I am certainly no fan of Brazil in soccer, but even I must admit that, historically, they are the greatest. First of all, they have the most World Cup titles. Second, they are tied first in appearances in the Final. Third, they have qualified for every single tournament-also first place there. In conclusion, they are first in every relevant statistic and, though Germany comes close, there is just no beating Brazil.

Blueyays

[Newest]Brasil is the bomb define fly the best I love brasil

2Germany
Germany have won more first, second, and third place titles in Fifa world cups than any other team in the world. Although they haven't taken first most, they are the most consistent team. They don't have star players that carry the team, but use strategy to overcome their opponents. Also, their average age is like 23!
I believe its more than just how many world cups a nation has won..germany for me outrightly deserves first place because of its consistency to always reach the semis or finals of the worlds most cherished championship...this alone proves that germany shall forever be a mighty force to reckon with..its the only team you can surely always place amongst the top three of every competition.the other two can change but germany has to keep its position
Football is a sport where luck always will be a part of the game. Germany mostly anytime was a member of the close finalists like, I guess, any other nation. After almost 120 years of football history, germany has proven to be one of the most consistent nations in football history, even if they didn't win a title every time. But how I've said in the first sentence, football includes a lot of luck.
[Newest]I think Germany is a great team and they a really good keeper name neuer
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3Italy
ITALY better than germany. Listen it doesn't matter how many times you reach the final, a win IN THE FINAL IS WORTH 10X A LOSS IN POINTS. You didn't see spain share the spotlight with holland because holland reached the final more than spain. ALSO besides italy 4 germany 3 (world cups) GERMANY HAS NEVER WON ITALY! In recent memory, Italy has always won them.. EURO RECORDS don't MATTER fifa world cup the only metric measurement and ITALY ARE FAR BETTER!
Baggio, Totti, Maldini, Buffon, Cannavaro, Conti, Rivera we are the best team
Italy and Brazil! Can't stand how great Mexico thinks they are.
[Newest]Italy did win 4 world cups, so its 2nd in that

4Argentina
Argentina lives and breathes football. They continue to produce amazing players, from both Argentina and from other countries, through their local leagues: think of Messi (newells), aguero (independiente), falcao (river. These are just a few examples

Not to mention a history with some of the greatest players of all time
Argentina deserve to be in the second place after Brazil. I'm talking about tradition and the quality of players are they produced over the decades. ex: Alfredo de stefano, Maradona(God of Soccer), Messi, Batistuta, Burruchaga, Valdano, Cannigia,
Bilardo... endless list.
Argentina is a country made for soccer. Not only does it have the best player in the world, but also many soccer legends have come from there. Argentina deserves 1st in every way point of view even possible, but what is missing in the players is the skill to control the ball JUST a bit more than how they are doing it now. Votes for Argentina, they own soccer
[Newest]Maradona, Messi 2 Players Who Can Beat The World

5Spain
Not only does Spain have the best teams such as real madrid and Barcelona, but also, its national team has the best players from the best teams. Moreover, in the past years Spain has won almost every tournament it has participated in, like the world cup, and the eurocup.
Hasn't been as strong as other nations in the past, but is quickly becoming the strongest soccer nation on the planet.
Spain is so good. They are the best modern team right now. They have an excellent team all around. I surprised they are not in the top 3. GO THE Spanish
[Newest]Casillas is in Spain he is the best goalie


6Netherlands
2 time world cup finalists and the 1988 Euro cup winners - consistently ranked amongst the top when it comes to fifa and elo world rankings- considered the best team never to have won the world cup - has generated some of the best players the game has ever seen - examples: cruyff, neeskens, bergkamp and van nistelrooy - all coming from a relatively small nation of just over 16 million - that compared to the 160 million brazilians - in other words... per capita, holland is tops when it comes to footballing quality - remember total football!
They're Much Better Than 8
Didn't You See How They Played At The World Cup 2010?!
They Were Absolutely Pwning.
They Should Be Number 3 Or 4
According to all players netherlands has the most good players total than any country. Their players and strategy games are so exciting to watch. Even according to fifa, Netherlands should be rated number 1 country in soccer
[Newest]Netherlands are the best team in the world

7England
OK, spain have the best team in the world currently but in history they have just one major legend, Di Stefano. England have loads, Bobby Moore, Bobby Charlton, Duncan Edwards, Jimmy Greaves, Alan Shearer, Gary Linekar ect...

sam11855

Best place for footballer
England are the true home of the sport. They invented it and is home to the greatest league in the world, ok, so their national team are not the best but as a nation they embrace the sport better than anyone else
[Newest]The passion for football in England is rivalled only by that in the mighty Brazil.

8Portugal
Portugal had and has legendary players such as Eusebio, Luis Figo, Cristiano Ronaldo, and many others. Even though they never won any World Cup, they are definitely in top 10.
Let's take population size into consideration. Portugal has only 10 million people, but currently has two world-class trainers, in the premier league as well as Cristiano Ronaldo possibly the best player in the world, and a host of other world-class and premier-league players (Meirelles, Postiga, Pauleta, etc.. ).
Greatest soccer nation never to have won the World Cup...
[Newest]This, team has the defensive thread and the likes of Cristiano, nani..

9Mexico
Honestly, I don't know how Mexico got to be ranked so high in this list. They might have some good players but football (soccer) is a team game. Individual players matter but team strategy and dynamic in my opinion matter most. An example would be Germany which doesn't have extremely good players like Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo and still is able to make it to the top four, semifinal or finals in the World Cup. In the future Mexico might be a decent team but right now you can't compare it to Uruguay or Croatia.
Hopefully in the future more stars will arise, they still have a pretty decent team.
I know Mexico is not the best but it tied Brazil in 2014 world cup and it would of beat Netherlands if they did not have bad luck in the last 10 minutes. Besides I think Ochoa is the best goalie this year.
[Newest]Mexico Mexico Mexico Mexico!

10France
France should definitely be in the top 5. I like to think that any football tournament before the 70s should not really count because back then, only a few nations competed and the organization was awful, giving the teams that cared the most the best chance (Italy, england, Uruguay, Brazil... ) France used to be horrible because they really did not care, and as a result not many people give them a change. However, if you look at their modern performance, they are definitely one of the greatest football nations ever. Euro 1984 winners, 1998 world cup winners, euro 2000 winners, confederation cup winners 2001 and 2003, world cup finalists in 2006 (which they frankly should have won)... I would honestly that France's 1998 through 2001 team was the second best team in the history of football, second only to Spain's current team. Of course, Brazil dominated in the earlier part of the 20th century, but if you look at the competition back then, it really is not saying much. Now, with all the best players being payed ridiculous amounts of cash and playing high level soccer in youth academies/clubs etc, the best each nation has to offer is put to the test, more so than before. And with that, you have to give France credit where credit is due. They have produced better players recently than most other nations. Those are my two cents.
France were one of the first nations to play football they were always in the top 50 France has so many titles to there name and produced the greatest football players of time including players like zidane, platini, Raymond kopa one of the greatest goalkeepers ever barthez france truly is a great football nation
France should be higher than Mexico, Portugal, England, Netherlands and Spain

The Contenders

11Uruguay
Wow there is something wrong here. How can Mexico be rated better than Uruguay? Someone must be on hallucinogenic drugs! That only serves to promote agreeing with me that France, Spain, Argentina, Portugal, England, and the Netherlands, should not be ranked higher than Uruguay. It's simple math: Uruguay = 3.5 million - England 63.5 million look at these numbers and compare tournaments won. Yeah Uruguay should be way way way higher. This is a crappy list.
Uruguay should be number 4 or 5! So Mexico, Spain, Netherlands, Portugal, England and France are all above Uruguay! You can make up your mind if Uruguay or Argentina should be number 4 but and the person who said "soccer is LIFE in Uruguay " you are most certainly correct Argentina and Uruguay are both very sim lair success
How can you forget the team who have won 2 World Cups and 15 times winners of the Copa America (South American Championship).

sam11855

[Newest]Uruguay made the semifinals in 2010

12Chile
Yeah sure, Canada, us, Pakistan are way better than Chile. They are higher because they are wasting their time in this page rather than being playing outisde
Chile has the most attendees per capita to international matches, while playing at home.
Chile had the whole Brazil team praying during the penalties, in their home, in the knockout!

Alexis-Arsenal
Vidal-Juventus
Bravo- Barcelona
Vargas-Napoli
Isla-Juventus
Medel-Sevilla

Hosted in the 62', 3rd place though

Canada, Pakistan, US, better than Chile? Are you serious? Lmao

13United States
America is growing with soccer skill and soccer fans. As soccer is becoming more popular in America we are getting better as a country. America is capable of a lot in the soccer World. Watch Out Europe America has Talent
If your talking women then yes the usa is number one. If your talking men then I think top 30 maybe
They beat Portugal in world cup 2014 head to head and Ghana in the group of death we deserve higher

14Nigeria
Nigeria is one of the great soccer teams in the world. They have the capacity to win the World Cup if politics in the country is separated from soccer.Excellent team and the best in Africa. The world should expect a surprise from the great Nation.
Can anything thing good come from Nazareth? Nigeria you will always be my home.
Nigeria is the best in Africa and one of the greatest soccer team

15Japan

16Belgium
They may not have as many legends, but with players like benteke, kompany, and hazard you don't need any
They are the best at soccer
Best soccer team in the world

17Colombia
The whole country lives and breathes soccer! Although they've only won once, they are currently #3 in the world! They definitely deserve a spot here.
Dude really in the real 2013 soccer chart Colombia is top 4th best playing soccer country
I think Colombia sucks to be honest las time they were in the World Cup was 1998 and they only face easy teams this year and they finally got a taste of real soccer team and lost

18Egypt
Egypt had won the African cup 7 times, plus it is the only African and arab country to beat Italy and score 3 goals on Brazil in a game, do you believe it, they almost beat Brazil once!
Egypt is the only nation that won its contents cup of Africa 7 times and all the Arab are saying Egypt should take 10 so how wort this sucks in soccer
Egypt is a strong country but the problem is the circumstances that happened, I promise it will be from the top 5 one day
[newest]
They are the bbest country didn't go to the world cup

19South Korea
Korea came 4th in 2002 world cup
South Korea is the best soccer nation in asia
Korean soccer is way better than any other countries in Asia... Even Japan!

20Bulgaria
Stoichkov, Berbatov, Balakov... CSKA Sofia

21New Zealand
New zealand is doing well keep pushing
I am from New zealand and they got the advantage from rugby

22Australia
The only reason they didn't get to the world cup final is because italy cheated by faking a trip
Australia is the best country in the world in soccer

23Faroe Islands

24North Korea
North Korea won the World Cup. Did you see the news?

25Sweden
Zlatan
Lots of skills and they've got a lot of tricks up their sleeves

26Canada
We are up there and very elite in women's soccer. But we are very poor at men's soccer.
Canadian soccer/football's biggest fan. We need more Canadians involved in this fantastic sport. It can't always be about hockey!
Canada is the worst soccer team they never even get to top 50 in soccer

27Guatemala

28Sudan
They beat the USA in 1966

29Croatia
Croatia is currently 7th in the world, 3rd in the world cup in 1998, only 4 million people, plus 160 in goals overall. Croatia is also undefeated against Italy.
Most under rated EVER

mrcroatia

Oh better then Egypt

30India
The craze of soccer is spreading throughout the country.
They will win everyday I tell you and they won't lose but they'll beat the wicked and undefeated Brazil in their socks and will be th champion of the world that nobody can beat ever again yo. Sampan Chaudhuri
India is the best

31Russia
Russia is unbeatable and the most powerful country in the world yes usa has no power compared to Russia
Russia is better than any Mexicans but Brazil on the other hand is sick

32Pakistan
When Pakistan isn't bombing, they like to look at each other's penises on the field. seems fair... I didn't even know Pakistan even knew what soccer even was
Pakistan street football team impressed the best teams in the world. Pakistan is excellent in football
Pakistan is a hard working team just like when they won the world cup in cricket

33Switzerland
Switzerland defeated many great teams like Netherlands, Brazil, Spain, Germany

34San Marino
They qualified for every world cup and won it a record 6 times!

35Costa Rica
Let's go coasta let's go

36Ivory Coast
Drogba! Toure YAYA pro

37Ireland
Small country but still had legends and one of the most football loving nations in the world
Best football team! Ever!
Ireland ARE THE BEST COUNTRY AT SOCCER BY FAR AND EVEN IF THEY DIDENT GET INTO THE WORLD CUP doesn't MEEN THEY ARE BAD ITS BECAUSE OF TRAP HE IS ABSULTLEY CRAP AND THAT IN 2018 WE WILL MAKE IT IN AND WE WILL MAKE IT IN THE 2016 EUROS DEFINTLEY

38Denmark
You kidding! They are just so much better! Eriksen, Agger, khran-Dehli, HĂžjbjerg, Fischer, Kasper schmichel, and a lot more, and mand Young upcomming Stars! About 2-3 they will be the Best, like back in 1986!

39New Caledonia

40Greece
Greece is in the top 20 best soccer countries
People love football here. They believe it's a passion. Plus we have very good football teams, we like playing it, we get crazy while watching a match! Should ABSOLUTELY be in the top 10
Greece scored in the 90th minute against Costa Rico, who else can compare?!

41Wales
Gareth Bale and Ramsey they have produced a few good players
Wales should be 20 because there better than Bulgaria

42Indonesia

43Serbia
So underrated...guatemala better than serbia...laugh out loud...no offense, just proving some points
Wales beter than serbia laugh out loud
Serbia is awesome! They should be the first! :D

44Bangladesh
I mean they won south asian cup
I hope next time bangladesh go to world cup
The best after Brazil and better than Spain!

45Honduras
They are rising in concacaf

46Czech Republic
Czech Republic have best goalie keeper of world name Petr Cech. In national teams me worst defense and attack. Czech Republic have great history, Czechia have in old year silver medail of Euro, in finaly lost fight of the Germany. Good play to oldest Czechoslovakia team.

47Haiti
Haiti is in the top 15 if they weren't the poorest country in western hemisphere

48Cameroon
This nation has become the new African leader with four African cup of nation, one Olympic, great worldly acknowledged players such as Roger milla, nkono, Omam biyick, and latest Samuel Etoo. Finalist of conferation cup against France. Winner 1-0 in opening match of 1990 world cup against the world champion Argentina. African continent was granted five places in the world cup tournament because of Cameroon performance in the 1990 world cup. The nation hit the quarter final against England and we all know how referee led this encounter to stop this nation's path through the trophee. Cameroon should be ranked among the top world ten.

49Scotland
Scots should be in the tops!
Scotland aren't the best but they are the best to me

50South Africa
South africa have won the african cup of nations a few times and is coming for the fifa world cup.
They are progressing to be better
They are coming up don't wori they will be 1 of the best
[Newest]South Africa should have been in the top 20

51Montengero
They are powerful everywhere exept GOALKEEPING but still there like very good they might beat France in the world cup they are a really good team they are very good I bet they are good enough to make it to brasil 2014 again they are really good they are like 14th place

52Jordan
There is a good chance we will go to the World Cup and become a pro team
Jordan is so good they had a tie with Uruguay 0-0 in Uruguayan stadium

53Somalia
Every where you go there's a group of young talents playing Football as if they don't have know any other sport exists. their second religion is football.
They have young talented players

54Ethiopian
They has good player like Mengistu Worku, Mulegeta Kebede, Mulegeta Weldeyese, Getinet Kebede, Saladin Said. In addition one of African football start one time African champion

55Lebanon
My back ground yeah
It will enter FIFA in the future.
Not the best but love him and I hope will enter the FIFA.

Ahmad_Istanbouli


56Norway
Norway is a pretty good team they've never wine a world cup but they should be placed much higher
Lower than North Korea, funny

57Slovakia
There a really powerful team but there not going to win in the world cup becauce there not really good but still good

58Algeria
Only Arab country that went into the world cup three times.
Ranked currently 19
In 2014, Made it farther than half the countries ranked higher than it in this list. Great country when it comes to soccer
Made it the farthest into 2014 WC of any African nation.

59Nepal
Nepal is better than Honduras. Honduras is too high because they weren't reversing against hard teams. They also came 2nd last in the 2014 world cup
It will better in future

60Saudi Arabia

61Masons M8
I don't even know what that is
What? What is this place? 0__0

62Zambia

63Thailand

64UAE

65Palestine
We're gonna get the world cup 2014 I guarantee it. Swag

66Kazakhstan

67Libya

68Senegal
They beat France after they won the World Cup

69Solomon Islands
Crazy football island nation;known as the small Brazil in the pacific, comes out only with futsal & beach soccer

70Finland

71Sri Lanka
Although not as big in soccer as it is in cricket. It has a thriving football fever.

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72Oman
So far it only lost to Japan, in Asia.

lukmanshafi4


73Morocco
You're the best just have fun

74Malaysia
Mokhtar Dahari was a Malaysian Association football player from Setapak, Selangor. He was one of the best players in Asia in the 1970s and is known as the best Malaysian footballer during that time, a legend in Malaysian football.

75Vatican City
Were small and stuff by the way Italy should be higher and USA the racist should be last for being racistt and saying go home to (your ethnicity) I just say (sometimes) go home to Europe trolololol haha so funny rofl laugh out loud, oh sorry just saw obamasface

76Singapore
They have good players

77Ukraine
Ukraine must also be in there in 2006 Ukraine was #8th best in the world but now it must be the 83rd :( so we will add it to the best countries in some good time in the future Ukraine will be in the top ten. I promise
Its was 8th best country at soccer in 2006 so it now could be in the top ten
Shevchenko, Blokhin, Belanov
Dynamo Kiev, Shakhtar Donetsk

78Lithuania
Tiny country with a lot of surprises. Skerla, Jankauskas...
FYI, they are @ #3 world's best basketball countries.

79Andorra

80Iraq
Too low, should be top 50 for sure

81Burkina Faso

82Western Sahara

83Mozambique

84China

85Tahiti

86Vietnam

87Yemen

88Albania

89Philippines

90Martinique

91Peru

92Cambodia

93Tonga

94Fiji

95El Salvador

96Samoa
Didn't enter the FIFA world cup but good

97Ghana
Ghana is four time Africa champion and for past eight years has been shaking world by wining against some countries USA, Brazil, England, Nigeria and rest. In fact, Ghana is the only Africa country that stand a chance to win the World cup before any country in Africa. No wonder soccer is major sports in Africa, especially Ghana. Go Ghana Go.
They have very talented players. They have also won the most youth competitions and are by far the best in Africa. Great performance in world cup, they will make it far next summer. Should be in top 15 at least.
Ghana is a great soccer nation. They can stand a chance of winning the world cup

98Iran
BEAT KOREA TO GO TO WORLD CUP IRAN SHOULD BE HIGHER
Iran is better than many teams rated higher on this list.
I agree, Iran CAN beat bosnia the weirdo by - by a lot

99Romania
Romania are not 91 they should be 42 this is just wrong
That's not true idiots

100Bosnia and Herzegovina
With talents like Dzecko, Begovic, and Misimovic, Bosnia could be great. They are young and developing but could quickly make their way up to top 25 and higher. They almost beat Argentina in the World Cup, losing 1-2 off of an own goal. They also beat Mexico and the Ivory Coast. When they play without stress (The 3 matches I mentioned, they had nothing to lose) they play great, but under some actual pressure to perform (Nigeria), they got sloppy. Give them time and they will develop.
You ididots bosnia qualifing 2014 for the first time ever for the world cup
He defeats Greece 3:1 and was first in the group.

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