Greatest Soccer Nations

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Let's be honest on this one. Not where your from, honestly who is the best?

The Top Ten

1 Brazil Brazil Brazil, officially the Federative Republic of Brazil, is the largest country in both South America and the Latin American region.

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

Brazil the best with most soccer legends like Pele Ronaldinho and other good players

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2 Germany Germany Germany was formally united in 1871 under the initiative of Bismarck with King Wilhelm of Prussia as emperor. The previous 'Holy Roman Empire', basically a continuation of the empire of Charlemagne/Karl der Grosse was dissolved in 1806. ...read more.

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

Germany is by far the best footballing nation of all time. They've been the most consistent throughout history and always rebuild and manage to produce world class caliber.

One of the major reasons is due to the number of national trophies. They've won 4 world cup, all in a different decade (1954, 1974, 1990, 2014), as well as hold the title for most European cups with 3, holding this record with Spain. Not only that, they reached more world cup finals than any other nation with 8, (1954, 1966, 1974, 1982, 1986, 1990, 2002, 2014) and have reached more EURO finals with 6 (1972, 1976, 1980, 1992, 1996, 2008). This consistency to always compete at the highest level as well as win national trophies proves that they deserve to be in this place. Over the years we have seen nations fail to compete and win trophies, Brazil during 1980s, Argentina during 1994-2010, Spain 1970s, France 1970s, just to name a few examples. Yet every decade since 1950s, Germany have managed to win a trophy ...more

Brazil loss to german

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3 Argentina

This is way off... it seems people are only focusing on world cup titles... Argentina and France are the only nations to have won every major competition at senior level. Argentina has 2 world cups, 14 Copa Americas (South American championships) two Olympic gold medals and a FIFA confederations cup...making them the nation with the most titles at a senior level behind Uruguay with 19 official titles, the reason I don't rank them 1st is they never won gold at the olympics. Titles are titles, tournaments are tournaments... how can Brazil be 1st if they are 3 in the South American titles behind Uruguay and Argentina? Also... you guys have nations solely on players...not enough to rank eg... Portugal, never won anything. my humble ranking would be 1st Argentina, 2nd Uruguay (remember Uruguay wears 4 stars on their shirts, they won the equivalent to the world cup before it was established twice making them 4 time winners), third Brazil, fourth Germany, fifth Italy.

Argentina is tied with Uruguay, Uruguay has 15 Copa Americas, 2 World Cups and 2 Olympic Golds (Uruguay won their 2 Olympic golds before the inception of the world cup which is why they count them as 2 world cups because at the time the Olympic championship was the biggest football tournament in the world) but they have never won a Confederations Cup, still they have 19 championships, Argentina also has 19, with 2 World Cups, 2 Olympic Golds, 1 Confederations Cup, and 14 Copa Americas, they are number 1 with Uruguay at 19 each, behind them is Brazil with 17 championships (8 Copa Americas, 5 World Cups, 4 Confederations Cups, 0 Olympics) - Leoda1234

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!

THE BEST

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4 Italy Italy Italy, in italian Repubblica Italiana, is a unitary parliamentary republic in Europe. ...read more.

Brazil, Germany, Argentina AND Italy. Those are your Big Four. Not sure how Spain is above Italy; no disrespect to Spain who have been outstanding the last eight years but their legacy (excluding Liga) is nowhere near Italy historically who have been a power since the 1930s. One has to be mighty impressed by Italy's national team and domestic achievements. They also have produced some of the greatest managers and players in history. Look at any list of greatest players - Italians measure up nicely against Brazilians. Never mind how many great Argentinians and Brazilians footballers/coaches have Italian blood too! Tactically, few countries measure up and they have been quite influential at different points. They also produce unique players with interesting styles like Totti, Pirlo, Baresi, Baggio, Rivera etc.

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

I know that each and every one of you and Soccer players can do anything that they put there minds towards. In the end Jesus Christ will always help you to know what to do when you are feeling down cause of a game, just get back up cause God is brought behind you even when you think that he is not he is, in a good way.

How is Argentina in front of Italy? Italy has won 4 world cups and Argentina has only won 2!

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5 Spain Spain Spain, officially the Kingdom of Spain, is a sovereign state largely located on the Iberian Peninsula in southwestern Europe, with archipelagos in the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea, and several small territories on and near the north African coast.

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

Finally, a World Cup and a 2nd European Championship. Combine this with unequalled club success of Barca and real Madrid... maybe #1?

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 is getting better and better each year, with great young players such as Morata or Isco

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6 Netherlands Netherlands

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

At least top 3 when you take statts that are more impressive to come forward with concerning the following;

Most/highest amount of transfered players to foreign clubs/countries for the last 25 years.
What was the most popular and desired nationality to get your clubs reinforcements from... (continued/considered/looking at)
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Oh; my bad...? got a bid carried away...?!

Bud serious...Í think, according to statts, over the last twenty or twentyfive years...
When add all totalls together (a). - amount of players, (b).- Succes. >> ...more

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7 England England

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...

I know England should not be coming seventh because England has: Rooney, Welbeck, Lampard, Cole, Sturridge, Sterling, Joe hart etc. England should at least beat Netherlands. I know Netherlands has Van Persie, Robben, De Jong but that's a bout it.

Why is England in Seventh? I honestly think they need to improve!

best team

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8 Portugal Portugal Portugal, officially the Portuguese Republic, is a country on the Iberian Peninsula, in Southwestern Europe.

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.

Greatest soccer nation never to have won the World Cup...

I don't think Portugal should be the best but they do have Cristiano Ronaldo. That's all I'm saying... Because Ronaldo is my second favorite player.

Portugal deserves to be in this #8 they have won the Euro 16 n Finals in 12 n 3 n 4th place in world cup. N so on! They produce the best players in the world! Viva Portugal

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9 France France France, officially the French Republic, is a sovereign state comprising territory in western Europe and several overseas regions and territories. The European part of France, called metropolitan France, extends from the Mediterranean Sea to the English Channel and the North Sea, and from the Rhine to ...read more.

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 ...more

How are France number 9? France are much better than Portugal and England.

I believe France should be much higher

Cool french # le bleus

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10 Uruguay

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 ...more

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.

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.

I'm Uruguayan. It's such a poor, but blessed country.

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The Contenders

11 Mexico Mexico

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 can't believe Mexico was ranked this low in the list. If people see how they make their goals it is pretty fascinating. They are probably not as good as Germany or Portugal but they still kick butt in soccer. Plus they have Chicharito who is one of the best, and people usually only like Christiano because of his looks and not his skill.

Always have bad luck if not mexico would have had at least one world cup under their belt.

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12 United States United States The United States of America, or the U.S.A. for short, is a federal republic composed of 50 states, 48 of them are contiguous states. There are two other states, Alaska and Hawaii, which are north and south of the contiguous states, respectively. The United States declared its independence from the ...read more.

If your talking women then yes the usa is number one. If your talking men then I think top 30 maybe

Lol.. the US at 12 is a joke. Let's be real. They have 1 player playing in the best leagues on earth. African nations can at least claim 2 some 3. Sweden, Turkey, Poland, and Wales produce better footballers

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

They are a growing team

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13 Belgium

They may not have as many legends, but with players like benteke, kompany, and hazard you don't need any

Only 13th? Better then the Netherlands and France for the moment. For such a small country they have amazingly good players!

They have really good youngsters playing in their league I bet they'll do a lot better if better teams get those players

What. a. team. Wonder full.. good luck. Red. Devil's

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14 Colombia

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.

Colombia is a really good team they deserve to be higher up. Plus it is unfair because when someone thinks soccer they think of Brazil or Argentina, Colombia is a good new team and they deserve more attention - Joansb

Colombia won all the countries in it group in the world cup of 2014 and got a full score 9/9

Vamos colombia

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15 Chile

Chile plays one of the best soccer than any other team in the world. How is Colombia ahead of Chile? Please stick to making empanadas. Only a couple years ago you were last in qualifying and now you guys think you can play. Win a copa america vs Argentina and then you can speak. You lose 2-1 vs Brazil. We tie 1-1 and lose in penalties. You guys don't have the same level of play as Chile.

How many cups you have Chile? you are so disgusting people! you have won just once in all your history to Argentina and you think you play good soccer. Think how many times Argentina beat you and didn't say anything. This is the main difference between having a mature and a loser attitude.

Come on!...They won the copa america twice in a row

CHILE SHOULD BE 4TH THEY ARE SO GOOD! PLUS I AM CHILE THEY ARE ALWAYS IN THE FINALS!

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16 South Korea South Korea South Korea, officially the Republic of Korea, is a sovereign state in East Asia, constituting the southern part of the Korean Peninsula.

Korea came 4th in 2002 world cup

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 ...more

South Korea is the best soccer nation in Asia

One of the best soccer country!

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17 North Korea North Korea The Democratic People's Republic of Korea, also known as North Korea, is a country in Eastern Asia. Its capital is Pyongyang. It is currently ruled by the dictator Kim Jong-Un, after inheriting the title from his father, Kim Jong-Il, who inherited it from his father, Kim Il-Sung. ...read more.

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

Kimmy said that they won the World Cup

If the entered a tournament they couldn't lose

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18 Japan

I love the Japanese team

Not many people is familiar with this but Japan's women's tham won the last World Cup against USA

Japan have beautiful team

Japan is AWESOME!

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19 Croatia

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.

For 4,250,000 people, they have world class players and can beat any team. Underrated team and has the potential to do big things.

Small country with so much Talent!

Modrić - Rakitić - Perišić - Kovačić... That says enough.

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20 New Zealand New Zealand

New zealand is doing well keep pushing

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

New Zealand is better than aussie

New Zealand is good and have to beat Brazil

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