Greatest Soccer Nations

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1Brazil

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

Pele 3 Ronaldo 2 World Cups for both

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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.

Easily the most consistent country over the course of 20 World Cups (also won 3 euros)...

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3Argentina

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.

Your 100% right! No Germany by the way Germany sucks Argentina should be 2nd place!

Argentina is a football nation that is always looking for innovating techniques to make their games better. Using they're valuable and priciest resources, Messi, Aguero, Higuain, Mascherano, DiMaria, Palacio, Lamela, Rodriguez, and many more stars on the bench, Argentina has everything to be number 1. They just need to find the best & exact combination to make it work. My vote for them!

Argentina deserves to be before Brazil

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4Italy

Baggio, Totti, Maldini, Buffon, Cannavaro, Conti, Rivera we are the best team

If we look at both international and domestic success Italy is by far the #1 footballing nation. Brazil and Argentina have been great but Italy has been leading the way in tactics for decades and has the most exported managers. Germany is better than Italy internationally but of course a large gap in the club history department. anyhow not too much between Italy and Germany.

I am sorry it is true that Italy are 4times champion but you have forgotten that how many times it is out of group stages in the world cup. Perhaps equal to Australia on the other hand German has no world cup in a too much poor condition like this. Keep solace Germany is Germany.

4 world cups. Argentina 2. Enough said

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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.

Spain should be the best soccer nation the world because they've got like the t players ever such as: Iniesta, Ramos, David Silva, Xavi, Pedro, Xabi Alonso etc. Now I know Spain have only won 1 tittle in the world cup but they are better than any team. Just you watch them.

Spain needs to be at least 2nd, we have Xavi, Iniesta, Torres, Villa, Pedro, Busquets, Alonso, Fabregas, Puyol, Ramos, Pique and the best goalkeeper ever... Casillas! - phantomtheimmortal

They stole the style from the Netherlands Spain lost 5-1 from the Netherlands that's hard revenge

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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!

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Didn't You See How They Played At The World Cup 2010?!
They Were Absolutely Pwning.
They Should Be Number 3 Or 4

3 time World Cup finalist: 1974, 1978 and 2010. They almost made it to the final in 1998 and gave the French a worn out Brazilian Team in the final. Best Dutch team ever may have been the 1990 team (could have become world champion) but they didn't get far because of huge internal troubles with their coach. The Dutch have not only introduced Total Football and produced great players... by laying the foundations for FC Barcelona's greatness, Dutch Football is the basis of Spanish soccer successes... o irony 2010. Great football nation... even greater given its small to medium-size.

They a very strong forward line and can play very physically. Robben, Van Persie, and Sneijder are just a few stars that make this team the best

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7England

If there was something to REPLACE penalty shootouts, england would have won 2 more world cups at least. Great older players like Shearer, Liniker, Beckham, Owen and the legendary Bobby Moore. Plus some great nowadays players like Rooney, Sterling, Welbeck, Sturridge, Well, the now internationally retired Gerrard, and he may get VERY heavily criticised for reasons I have no idea of, heskey. Ye, Heskey was a TANK of a player. Its just the teamwork needs improving. LOOK HOW WELL THEY HAVE DONE IN THE QUALIFICATION! Its just really annoying how they mess up in the actual thing. But I hope this raises the English hopes. If only penalty shootouts didn't exist...

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

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I think this should be number 2

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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...

When I'm older I'm going to play for Newcastle and Portugal. Portugal is just the best

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9France

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

France is number 9! Huh? You guys suck

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10Uruguay

The Uruguay national football team is one of the most titled teams in the world. The squad won more than 20 awards and it is a record; World Cups (2), Copa Americas (15), Copa Libertadores (8), Pan Am games, Confederation Cup (1980, Summer Olympics games, etc, etc, etc, etc and we can go on and on and on.

It is an interesting fact that Uruguay is the smallest member country of South American Football Confederation but nevertheless the team won South American championship 15 times, taking the lead over such teams as Brazil and Argentina.

The Uruguay national football team won the very first World Cup in 1930 held in their home country. In 1950 the team won the World Cup again but after that it showed little success. The squad finished fourth in 1954, 1970 and 2010.

Oscar Tobarez is the head coach, Diego Forlan is the best goal-scorer (32) and the leader in the number of games, he played 85 games.

Uruguay should be amongst the top 10 on FIFA rankings at all times. It's inexplicable how other European countries with 1/3 of Uruguay success are much higher than Uruguay.

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 similar success

All pride aside. You can't argue numbers.

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11Mexico

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.

25 trophies Brazil only 22

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12United 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

Thanks to Clinton Dempsey who scored two goals for USA in Confederation Cup against Spain the score was 2-0 to USA. Go USA!

Us is the best by far

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13Colombia

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

Colombia is good by the way they are good they could of beat Venezuela if they just had to a little closer to the gol

Colombia not have a good team. Colombia SUCKS!

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14Belgium

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

Excellent goal by anyone I wish the they the World Cup!

I think Belgium should be in the top 10 spot

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15Chile

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 should be 3rd because they beat Argentina

16Croatia

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.

Small country with so much Talent!

Great players for20+ years

Most under rated EVER - mrcroatia

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17New Zealand

New zealand is doing well keep pushing

I am from New zealand and they got the advantage from rugby

New Zealand don't play soccer

18North Korea

Supreme Leader live and breathe football. All nations inferior to glorious king of football. He have won 2000 world cups so far. All other countries are run by little girls.

Kim Jung Ill is #1 and always will be

FIFA, more like Kim Jung Ill #1fa

Praise supreme leader best football in world

Kimmy said that they won the World Cup

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19Australia

The only reason they didn't get to the world cup final is because italy cheated by faking a trip

Australia is the best, the Brisbane Roar beat the Spanish Villarreal and Spain is al the way up there, we won the Asian cup and only lost to Italy because of a fake trip. We also have a great sporting background and have league Union and AFL to give us practice.

Aussie one time win world cup end world then aussie fear start because this time never give up

Why are they all the way down here? Who won the Asian Cup? Australia.

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20South Korea

South Korea has made it to the World Cup 9 times, the previous 8 consecutively. South Korea is Asia's most successful soccer nation. Top finish was 4th in 2002 and they beat Poland, Portugal, Italy, Spain, and tied the USA. They have beaten Spain once by penalty kicks, tied 2-2 while down 2-0 with 5 minutes left, have come back from 3-0 against Germant to score 2 goals in 1996. Have beaten Ivory Coast, Scotland, England, won the bronze medal at the London Olympics. Produced the German Bundesliga's legendary goal scorer Cha-Bum Keun (Cha-Boom! ), have had players in Europe for a couple decades now. Their arch rival in Asia is Japan, howeve historically Korea has won overwhelming majority of matches. Problem was that Asian football rarely produced many challenges for South Korea and making it to the world stage was almost a given. Now that Japan and Australia are stepping up their game, and Iran has resurged as a soccer power in Asia, this will only help South Korea and raise the level of Asian Football even further.

Korea came 4th in 2002 world cup

South Korea is the best soccer nation in asia

South Korea is far from the best but truly is the best in Asia and has proven itself many times that although they aren't always great sportsmen, they are diligent, hard working, hard core players who drive themselves to a huge extent. South Korea has a big soccer future ahead of them, but they have a long way to go before they enter top 10.

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