Greatest Soccer NationsLet's be honest on this one. Not where your from, honestly who is the best?
The Top Ten Greatest Soccer Nations
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
Most creative and free flowing beautiful style of play in history. Brazilian futbol is really something to behold and beautiful to watch.
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
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!
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
Germany because they are just so consistent, not since 2014 but they have been a top dog for a good 85 years now.
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
Lionel Messi greatest player ever no one else even come close to him only one beside him is Diego Maradona
Messi is a lot better than him there's not one player ever that is better than Messi
The best soccer player in the world is hands down messi and without messi there is no argentinian team
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
There amazing Messi is the best player in history
Italy is the best football team I have ever seen they are demonic with a ball
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.
Football is in our blood, anywhere you go people talk about the previous match and people still love football here even if they are not sporty! - NoChickenSoup
Best all around soccer nation in my opinion. Their legendary defense has won them world cups and if I had to pick a league to play in or watch for the rest of my life it’d probably be the Serie A.
Most technical team on this list with the best midfield in the world...France’s midfield is right up there though. Spain has mastered the passing game and technical futbol.
Spain has dominated soccer for a very long time and we know if germany brazil and italy's team go down spain is back on top
Spain is home to some of the greatest modern and older players in history. Whether or not they actually place in the world cup, their players are responsible for the wins of most other countries.
Spain is the best country as a team and individually also Spain is the best and not Brazil nor Italy that they even enter in the World Cup
Far and away, Holland is the best soccer nation through the decades to have never won a World Cup. Whoever said Portugal was is sorely mistaken lol.
Their players are just incredible. Van Dijk, De Jong, De Ligt etc. And on too of that its also where I'm from
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!
You can say what you want about Dutch football but for such a small nation, the passion for football is as great, if not greater, than Brazil. Football lovers will agree regard,ess of nation.
You won't see many boring matches, they have their own unique playstyle and it's an absolute joy to watch them play, whether they win that piece of precious metal or not.
Many great names and football moments got their roots in the Netherlands. Whatever the world may throw at them, the Dutch will surely persevere and keep popping up in international football!
Unquestioned #1 for football tradition. Not the best but how can anyone argue with the tradition? The first thing that comes to mind when you say England is soccer. Period. It is their sport. They also have and have always had the most competitive league by a wide margin.
1966 World Cup with Sir Bobby Charlton. One of the best midfielders of all time. England’s academy system and their fast paced play is the best in the world.
Ha, England, the history of football, the reason why we all are here talking about this very the subject, the reason FIFA, leagues and Neymar Ronaldo Messi Pele Maradona all became who they are. Not only this, but teams like Leicester and Spurs both are filled with English players some are there best: Deli Alli, Kane Dier, Vardy those teams have GREAT youth scouting and training and since they are English clubs we can be expecting many future English stars. And of course, my final point was the World Cup England won but it was a special cup because of how well England smashed the other teams, not even with some of their best ever players so how well do you think they did in the other cups with those legendary players!
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...
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
Since 1998, France has competed in 50% of the world cup finals. I think that it should be ranked #3 after Bresil and Germany
Since the last 20 years :
- 1998 world cup winner
- 2000 euro winner
- 2006 world cup finale
- 2016 euro finale
- 2018 world cup winner
How can France be behind Netherlands and even Spain?
How are France number 9? France are much better than Portugal and England.
Portugal have done tremendously well considering the lack of talent they have on the current side. They have the best player of all time in Cristiano, and he has done tremendously well carrying them to 3 finals and European glory.
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.
Uruguay is the pioneer of Soccer and has sustained itself as a soccer powerhouse throughout the decades evidenced by its large count of Copa America's, and good participation including titles on world cups.
Based on population and international titles Uruguay would be the most successful.
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.
If your talking women then yes the usa is number one. If your talking men then I think top 30 maybe
Dude how about Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe, Ashlyn Harris, Carly Lloyd, Tobin Heath, Ali Krieger, Kelley O'Hara, Mallory Pugh, Alexandra Long, Julie Ertz (etc.)? They're all good players. I would rank United States as number one for women, but not for men(no offense).
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
Hold on... How is this country ranked 12... Is this a joke?
Biggest die hard fans and passionate about their national team.
WHAT! Mexico are way better than usa they are so horrible at soccer and mexico are really good
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.
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.
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
Colombia loves soccer but the shadow of Uruguay Argentina and Brasil doesn't let Colombia show who it really is in recent years they have really grown and soccer is part of the Colombian culture
Same hope they beat dumb France in finals 1-0 or worse like 100000-1 or 0. Belgium is the best team in my opinion and I'm 9 so don't judge me!
They may not have as many legends, but with players like benteke, kompany, and hazard you don't need any
Much better than England, Argentina, Netherlands, Uruguay, Portugal and Italy. Should be number 5, just behind Germany, Brazil, France and Spain
Only 13th? Better then the Netherlands and France for the moment. For such a small country they have amazingly good players!
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.
North korea has the best team in everything and that's a fact. Glory to the greatest leader
Kimmy said that they won the World Cup
North Korea won the World Cup. Did you see the news?
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.
Chile, what a team. Their football is absolutely awesome to see
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
New zealand is doing well keep pushing
New Zealand is better than aussie
Keep doing your est and work hard you can accomplish anything not just soccer.
I am from New Zealand and they got the advantage from rugby
Japan is awesome, almost beat Belgium in Russia 2018, Womens WON 2011, Honda, Kagawa, Okazaki and they clearly deserve to be here. But I did not expect them to be this high up.
I love the Japanese team
Japan have beautiful team
Not many people is familiar with this but Japan's women's tham won the last World Cup against USA
That was in 1996 not 2015
They wins only in Football Manager - Aita45
How is Sudan #19 in the world
They beat the USA in 1966
Croatia should be much higher on this list, at least around 10th place. Such a small country but with great results...
Croatia won 2nd place in the 2018 World Cup and 3rd place in the 1998 World Cup, also most players play in the best soccer clubs in the world.
Croatia's football team was awesome in the 2018 World Cup. Despite of the fact they lost the final, Croatia made history!
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.
The worst team ever! Worse then Yemen!
Great half back. they have the best player. Sam Burgess
Yall have a little kid here named will who is from there and he is a and is on jv for highschool
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.
Wow New Zealand is better than Australia, this is a reality I can get used to
Aussie one time win world cup end world then aussie fear start because this time never give up
How the actual crap is San Marino in 26 they lost to england 8-0, Ukraine 8-0, Netherlands 11-0, Germany 13-0, Montenegro 6-0 and Switzerland 6-0
They qualified for every world cup and won it a record 6 times!
The best football nation
It's serious list. - Aita45
Go down and vote Norway. - Raxez
They’re not allowed to be in the World Cup because they’ve won it too many times to count and it considered unfair if they qualify
Because people are not support football in India so that's why India not good in football and selection process is also same,players are not want to play other sports event cricket
The craze of soccer is spreading throughout the country.
India has played soccer for a long time and they use to be the best at soccer long ago
I really disagree with you all go Argentina Iran Canada
Really this team should be at the bottom
You are way right
Does this country actually exists? wow
Pakistan is best sport material exporting country. This should be at top of the list in first 10 countries
Pakistan street football team impressed the best teams in the world. Pakistan is excellent in football
Beautiful team but the problem is that the people who know football don,t go in the team and those who don't know they go in the team
Pakistan is a hard working team just like when they won the world cup in cricket
South Korea is better than North Korea, u idiots. Son Heung Min, Hwang Ui Jo, Jo Hyun Woo, they beat Germany and was 4th in 2002 World Cup.
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
It must be under 20 rank...
Let's go coasta let's go
Why is it so low on the list. They are amazing. Way better than some of these other teams. Lets go ticos!
Costa Ricas great at soccer how r they so low
Turkey is a growing soccer power, they already finished third in the world. They have so many talented players who are playing all over for the world's best teams.
I play in turkey league but I want to play for spain or europe
Turkey is better than Canada, India and all of the teams on top of Turkey on page one. They deserve to be eleventh on the list.
Should at least be 12 Turkey has had a fair share of better moments then most of these nations
World Cup runners-up 1938, 1954, European bronze, three time Olympic champs
One of the under dogs for the euro 2016 should definitely be higher on the list!
One of the old powerhouses of football, not so much these days.
I'm from Hungary and I love soccer so much
They are the most worst and worst and worst football team
The women's team is very good but the men's team is horrible. - francesco
What? In FIFA rankings,there ranked like 100th. Everyone just needs more research
We are up there and very elite in women's soccer. But we are very poor at men's soccer.
Canada is the worst soccer team they never even get to top 50 in soccer
Oh Canada are home and native land true patriot love from far and wide oh Canada we stand on guard for the for Canada we stand on guard for the (I know my anthems and I am American)
Canadian soccer/football's biggest fan. We need more Canadians involved in this fantastic sport. It can't always be about hockey!
Lev Yashin needs to come back and make Russia football famous again.
Russia is unbeatable and the most powerful country in the world yes usa has no power compared to Russia
Russia is a is not better but it is a good football nation. It is the hosts of fifa world cup 2018.
Good beach football nation - Aita45
I'm English and Sweden are great team they should by much higher on the list
I think I'm blind, I did not just see Sweden so low... does anybody here watch football or even know who Zlatan Ibrahimovic is?
Lots of skills and they've got a lot of tricks up their sleeves
I love my country and I know that we are going to make it one day
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.
Nigeria have always played world cup and have good player like Okocha Kanu iwobi musa
Nigeria is the best and has always being the best. Nigeria is the 3th best in Africa, so why is South Africa and other African countries higher than Nigeria in the world.
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 a strong country but the problem is the circumstances that happened, I promise it will be from the top 5 one day
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 had a lot of street players play better than Messi but no one discover these kids we have guys that can play and win the world cup.
I want to say some thing about philippics that why they are 56 because there it dog donkey snake stupid people's yeah vote up up I am Russian
I weep for Philippines. It feel so bad being at 59. - joshsanz
The Philippines has the best Football Team in South East Asia
Best team in southeast Asia. YEAH
This country has a lot of successes and deserves to be higher on the list. FC Montana is also a nice team.
Go down and vote Norway - Raxez
Stoichkov, Berbatov, Balakov... CSKA Sofia
This list is a joke- Ghana? Faroe Islands? China?
Small country but still had legends and one of the most football loving nations in the world
Best team in the world beat italy 2 times in a roy
The euros in France says it all
Greece should be placed in top 15 or top 10. Greece has lots of growing talents and they won 2004 and have possibly the best defense in the whole world. Plus Greece should have pummeled the Ivory Coast 5-1 instead of 2-1 in World Cup in 2014.
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 is in the top 20 best soccer countries
Greece scored in the 90th minute against Costa Rico, who else can compare?!
I think Lewandowski alone id counted as a team would be in top 30. Poland should be placed around 20th position
This list is a joke! Poland should be way higher!
Lewandowski should be able to bring his team to at least top 50, the fact that Poland is this low beats me
I see it currently as 111th. So I'm guessing nobody knows Lewandowski, one of the highest rated forwards in the world?
People only don't go for them because they don't have a lot of people or money in their country. :-(
Haiti is in the top 15 if they weren't the poorest country in western hemisphere
Peru is great at soccer they should at least be in the top 20 not 65
I don't know why they all the way down when there one of the best team what
It's the best team.
Peru won against Uruguay and Chile
BEAT KOREA TO GO TO WORLD CUP IRAN SHOULD BE HIGHER
Iran is better than many teams rated higher on this list.
Iran has a DECENT squad, and qualified for the last world cup, they should be top 70-100?
What Yemen is worst than Iran and poland should be in the 30's
Would like more votes so we can get to number 11 on this god awful list, replicating true Scottish glorious failure.
Scots should be in the tops!
Scotland aren't the best but they are the best to me
Who compiled this shyte? An Englishman
Vietnam is HORRIBLE at soccer. They are ranked 131st on fifa world rankings as of June 2017
Vietnam try there best at soccer. Even though they didn’t won but they always try there’s best ( I’m not from Vietnam), love from Sweden
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 always make Africa proud in every competition they participate
Ghana is a great soccer nation. They can stand a chance of winning the world cup
Wales should be 20 because there better than Bulgaria
Beaten the 2nd best team in the WORLD, it deserves a better ranking
Gareth Bale and Ramsey they have produced a few good players
This is just crap, Wales made the semis in the euros, top 15 Please
Should be top 100 since they at least qualified for world cup?
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.
Their the definition of pros
The best technicians come from Bosnia