Greatest Soccer Nations

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August 3, 2015 - Let's be honest on this one. Not where your from, honestly who is the best? Don't agree with the list? Vote for an existing item you think should be ranked higher or if you are a logged in, add a new item for others to vote on or create your own version of this list.

The Top Ten

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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.

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[Newest]Never missed a World Cup. No other country in the world can ever beat this record.
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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.
[Newest]They have the most 1st place world cup wins
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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!
[Newest]Best soccer team DUH we have the best player! Besides soccer is a Latino sport anyways so white people should stick with American football just saying 😉

4Italy
Baggio, Totti, Maldini, Buffon, Cannavaro, Conti, Rivera we are the best team
Italy and Brazil! Can't stand how great Mexico thinks they are.
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.
[Newest]4 world cups. Argentina 2. Enough said
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5Spain
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
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.
[Newest]The people who should actually be playing soccer and other Latinos 😘


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
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.
[Newest]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

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...

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[Newest]I think this should be number 2

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

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
[Newest]France should be in top 5. Vive La France!

10Uruguay
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
This is a nation where the sport defines their identity, with a state the size of Washington and a population of only 3 million, they have won the World Cup twice, more than Spain, France, Netherlands, and England. The Copa America 15 times, no other country has more. They produce quality superstar footballers like Cavani, Godin, Forlan, and Suarez. The only reason they're not in the top 4 or 5 is blatant ignorance and national pride for lesser countries.
[Newest]All pride aside. You can't argue numbers.


The Contenders

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.
[Newest]25 trophies Brazil only 22

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!
[Newest]They are getting better each year. Soccer in my opinion in the US is growing.

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
[Newest]Colombia not have a good team. Colombia SUCKS!

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!
[Newest]I think Belgium should be in the top 10 spot

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

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

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
[Newest]Kimmy said that they won the World Cup

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

20Sudan
How is Sudan #19 in the world
They beat the USA in 1966

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