Top Ten Greatest Sports Countries

I want to know which countries do you think of when the word, 'sport' is mentioned. Which countries are known for their sporting prowess, innovations, hosting of events, sports teams?

The Top Ten

1 Australia Australia Australia, officially known as the Commonwealth of Australia, is a country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania, and numerous smaller islands . Australia has a very warm climate and is very dry .

For our size in terms of population we punch way above our weight. Australia even finished 4th on the medals tally for 2 Olympic Games. 23 Million vs nearly 200 Million and above: US, China and Russia. Historically we have been a force in so many sports: cricket, Rugby League, swimming, surfing, squash, tennis, beach volleyball, rowing, cycling, aerial skiing, field hockey, rugby union, yachting, triathlon, and even recently champions in soccer for the Asian league. Sports run in Australia's veins.

For a country of 24 million, Australia punches well above its weight. They've won the World Cup in Cricket, Rugby League and Union, Netball, Softball, Women's Basketball as well as the Asian Cup in Soccer. Australia has dominated the medal tally in nearly every Commonwealth Games ahead of larger nations like England and Canada, and has finished in the top 10 in every Summer Olympic medal count since the 1992 Olympics.

The fact that our country is so small and insignificant proves that size doesn't matter. As an Australian 15 Year old, I know why we are the sportiest. At our schools if you don't do sports you aren't considered human, I know it's unjust but that's how we roll. As we have said, we have pushed above our weight, well WELL above our weight.

Wait so your saying your country is small and insignificant with 24 million people... While Serbia has only 7 million and has more titles then "insignificant" Australia. Not to burst your bubble but Australia is one of the most powerful countries out there. Does Australia deserve to be on this list? Definitely yes. Higher than Serbia? In my opinion... No. - trazel

I vote

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2 Serbia Serbia Serbia, officially the Republic of Serbia, is a sovereign state situated at the crossroads between Central and Southeast Europe, covering the southern part of the Pannonian Plain and the central Balkans.

People, why do you look at the United States as the best sports nation? Of course they will be the best, cause US have 320 000 000 inhabitants. Pretty big number, huh? But, the truly best sports nation is Serbia. You might wonder: how? Because, we've won at least a medal in every sport, if not a title. We were water polo world champions 4 TIMES, as well as European champions. We were basketball world champions. We've won handball world championship, and second place at voleyball world championship. And, right now, we became football world champions under the age of 20. But people, this is the most important thing: as I've already said, United States have more than 300 million inhabitants, Serbia HAS ONLY 7 MILLION. 7 MILLION, AND WE WERE WORLD CHAMPIONS AT MULTIPLE SPORTS. That' s why we're THE bes sports nation.

Serbia is by far the worlds best sporting nation, so any poll or discussion is unnecessary. The ratio between the population and the sports success is unbelievable, and no other country is even remotely close in comparison.

For a very small nation, we did extremely good, don't you think?


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3 Great Britain

My country and I am proud of our Olympic achievements consistently in rowing, cycling and track and field amongst others, current tour de France champion, current heavyweight boxing champion, Davis Cup Holders, involved in most sports in the world. Just proud proud proud

Well Great Britain certainly did very well in the London 2012 Olympics. To be honest, everyone thought we did better than we thought we would. - Britgirl

England won 2014 commonwealth games, we practically came third in the Olympics ( as Scotland,Wales, and Ireland hardly contribute) we are the best country in the world at athletics and Swimming 4th best team in Europe at Football and won the world cup in football, rugby union and won the rugby league world cup three times as well as ranking third in the world at it. We won the Davis Cup 2015 with Andy Murray ( who has won numerous grand slams). We hold the boxing world heavy weight champion in Tyson Fury and have had other brilliant boxers such as David Haye and Mohammed Ali, and we also got gold in boxing at the Olympics.In every netball competition we have placed top four. We received 29 gold medals in the Olympics, and 57 in the commonwealth games. We have won 3 out of the last 3 Tour de Frances in Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome and Mark Cavendish is the fastest cyclist in the world currently. England are historically the best team ever at Cricket.We have excelled in every sport ...more

Olympics, cycling, rowing... (10 hours later). Yeah, we are amazing at those sports.

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4 United States of America United States of America 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 British more.

Undoubtedly the USA is number one is sports, one obvious marker to support my claim is the fact that the US leads the world in Olympic medals-- on top of that we also lead in gold medals. The nearest competitor, which is Russia, is trailing behind us by nearly 1000 medals! This is an unprecedented lead on world sports. Not only does the US lead on Olympic sports, it also dominates championships held around the world.
Even sports that are not well known--or even disliked--in the states, for example soccer or "football" is a sport that the Americans only picked up in the 90's, but despite this we often play at a European soccer club level. I think the only reason the US is not on top is because all of the recent anti-American sentiment. So world, please be unbiased and place the US at number 1.

Regardless of population, the United States is the best sporting nation and it is not even close. Even though American football claims the best American male athletes, we still destroy every other country on a regular basis, especially in female sports. We have Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympic athlete of all time, our basketball team, who is lightyears ahead of the rest of the field, the USWNT, the best female soccer team in the world, and many other strong competitors in a variety of sports. I don't care how small Serbia is, the only relevant thing that came from there was Tesla, and that was probably because he was part Croatian. And lol at Great Britain. We can destroy them at any sport on any given day. Even at men's soccer. Same goes for Australia.

Are you kidding me! USA has the most medals of all time at the Olympics, and all the World Championships put together! Swimming, Athletics, Gymnastics, Tennis, Golf, Basketball, Baseball, Ice Hockey, Rowing, American Football, Cycling, Soccer... It doesn't matter what sport, USA could conquer! USA is even ranked 10th in Rugby League, no other nation is that versatile when it comes to sport! The first gym opened in the USA, they have state of the art stadiums, advance technology/supplements that other nations use, all come from the USA! Without USA, technology in sport would not be as advanced! Tiger Woods, Michael Jordan, Michael Phelps, Pete Sampras, Carl Lewis, Mohammed Ali…, could write down another 20 influential athletes just of the top of my head! How does this proud nation be placed 3rd? No other way, this country is the most proudest nation when it comes to sport by a mile! Australia is a proud nation when it comes to sport, but the bigger brother wins this one!


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5 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. more.

German people are good sport because they are ready for some sport and like They are practicing They already Good in Football they are Defending champions in FIFA World Cup 2014

One day Germany will be the country with the best sports

Best of best of best of best

I'm from malaysia.but I want to work in germeny as a heart spealist

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6 France France France, officially the French Republic, is a sovereign state comprising territory in western Europe and several overseas regions and territories . more.

Collective sports (Handball, Rugby, Football, Basket... ) and individual sports (judo, swimming, ski, race driving,... ): France is well-ranked in a lot of varied domains

France is almost everywhere in sports. We have a great national teams like in handball, football, basketball, rugby. We are the host of one of the most prestigious tennis tournament the French open, the best cycling competition Le tour de France. In summer and winter olympics we're always part of the elite nations.

Top 10 country in almost every major sports ( swimming, cycling, athletics, soccer, tennis, winter sports, summer olympics, cars, rugby, rowing..)

Just now in 2017 French Handball team won its 6th world title, it makes this Country the best Handball team in the sport History.

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7 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.

Barca and Real have historically got their best players from South America, Holland, Germany, Portugal etc as well as Spain - it can't bear on the rankings. However the national football team is very good. Tennis and formula 1 as well. Shame about other world sports like cricket, rugby and track and field. 7th about right.

It has the two of the greatest ever football clubs boasted of best players from the world... It also leads the world of tennis as of now..

The best at football (soccer)

Must be no. 1

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8 India India India, officially the Republic of India, is a country in South Asia. It is the seventh-largest country by area, the second-most populous country (with over 1.2 billion people), and the most populous democracy in the world.

Cricket, field hockey and doesn't make us best sporting country... Fact is we are light years behind the countries mentioned above... We don't play global sports.. Yet we think that we are the best...

India is a very talented country but most people neglect sports. How many Indians take up sports as their career? India is the second most populous nation but it still struggles to win even 10 medals!

India will become the best because they work hard. WE ARE AMAZING. CHAK DE India. Basically my prediction is they will win the world cup 2015 EASILY. Mostly they will crush Pakistan, West Indies, Afghanistan and Zimbabwe. They are also good at hockey By The Way


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9 New Zealand New Zealand

NZ is not a 'one sport nation' as we are #1 in rugby and rugby league and play a big role in minor sports such as rowing. What is wrong with being a one sport nation anyway? Eventually we will develop in sports like football/soccer but it isn't as popular here compared to rugby which explains why we aren't a top team. How can you compare us to a country like Australia? We only have a small population compared to the other top sporting nations. I do agree that Australia is a great sporting nation and is quite dominant in sports such as cricket but we don't have to insult one another based on this.

If the Olympics are a reflection of sporting greatness NZ has proven themselves again. Good medal tallies in Rowing, Sailing, Kayaking and Athletics at the Rio Olympics and a top medals per capita placing - Beating all the nations listed above here. Rugby world champs in 2015, Softball world champs 6 times, Oceania football champs 2016, Indy Car Champ 2016, Womens Golf World No1, Runners up in Cricket World Cup, World Champs in Surf Life Saving, World Champs in Cheerleading and top results in many other sports.

To be fair to the kiwis they are class at sport. Probably per capita the best, but that isn't the question as far as I can tell. All blacks are the team to beat, cricket is strong, good at many other sports. I'm just glad ( as an Englishman) there isn't more of them. Top 10 indeed.

Wow, some of these comments are harsh.. considering the size of the country, NZ does great in the sporting sector and is hardly a "one trick pony". A follow on from the listed sports. Dance is classed as a sport and NZ has held many hip hop international gold medals, as well as winning the 2016 world rally competition.. we are more than just a rugby nation and we do belong in the top 10. I agree that Australia should be #1 - Pride

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

Brazil isn't even a top nation at football now, just remember getting utterly destroyed by Germany on home soil in such a massive game. Even Neymar is behind Messi and Suarez. I hope Brazil come back as for me I want to see them as a top team, but now, no. If you take football away then it's nowhere near the top 10.

Brazil has won first place in almost every sport there is. All types of Soccer, MMA, Boxing, Volleyball, Basketball, Surf, Racing and many more... Pretty much every sport that they try, they sooner or later excel at it, maybe not for long, but they win at least one time. Not a lot if countries can say that. USA has never won any soccer international competition on the mens side.

Fact time, did you know that someone did 215 farts! In 2 minutes and they weren't from Brazil but from Greenland

It's not the best at at football anymore though that place has got to go to Spain or Germany

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The Contenders

11 China China China, officially the People's Republic of China, is a sovereign state in East Asia. It is the world's most populous state, with a population of over 1.381 billion. It was established in 1949. Its capital is Beijing. The other major cities are Hong Kong and Shanghai. Chinese (Mandarin) is the only official more.

You would think China would be better with all the people they have. Yet they can't even beat the United States in the summer olympics and barely even makes noise at the Winter Olympics.

Very good at sports, but mostly because of their massive population. They are very good at badminton, table tennis, volleyball, and basketball.

China has won so many medals in olympics and still 10th position

The u.s.a are 1st because they bribe sporty people with money in return the number 1 sports place. I'd say China or Great Britain

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12 Russia Russia

Yes some good women's tennis players, albeit some have failed drugs tests. And the athletes have. Not very good at football, the world game. Winter Olympics okay, good at ice hockey. Good nation overall, but for the size of the population a little disappointed.

Amazing at rhythmic gymnastics, synchronized swimming, tennis, winter sports etc.

Fact time, did you know the fastest and most ugliest person in the world was not born in Russia but in usa wow!

Home of the best ice hockey leagues

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13 Italy Italy Italy, in italian Repubblica Italiana, is a unitary parliamentary republic in Europe . Italy covers an area of 301,338 km2. With almost 62 million inhabitants, it is the 3rd most populous EU member state . Located in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea, Italy shares open land borders with France, Switzerland, more.

The most versatile country in the sports world! Not a sport that Italians don't succeed in!

Forza italia just plain good at everything.

This great country always seems to be in the mix. For instance, world cup, euro cup, always in the top five in olympics summer and winter. Tour de france, Giro d'Italia and the list goes on.

Nibali, baresi, Baggio, Some stars for sure. Nowhere in the olympics, poor rugby nation. Tennis and boxing I can't think of world stars. But I love the Italian passion for Calcio, and for that alone they are a top sporting nation.

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14 United Kingdom United Kingdom The United Kingdom (UK) is a sovereign state which consists of the political and economic union of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. It was a member of the European Union (EU) from 1973 to 2016. The UK is well known for ancient and modern literature, its influence in world music, its historical more.

How many of the above nations have won the FIFA World Cup, rugby World Cup, cricket World Cup, Tour de France, grand slam tennis, formula 1 title, top 3 Olympic medal table, top swimming nation, best at snooker and darts. I will tell you, not Pakistan, not Italy, certainly not Russia, China what an inept bunch, Brasil no, New Zealand good but not this good, India shambles, Spain are okay but not versatile, France competent, Germany strong but too focuses on few sports, USA best at baseball, basketball and gridiron - well done, Serbia some sort of joke but decent for a small nation, Australia depends on who has the ashes then it's probably the decider of the worlds greatest sporting nation.

Cricket, football, tennis, golf, rugby union, rugby league, snooker, darts, squash, badminton queens bury boxing rules, even modern Olympics were actually resurrected in Britain. A Frenchmen visited Liverpool, England in the early 1820s, he could not believe the amount of different sports being played at various university's. Obviously Greece invented the original Olympic games. But most of the Olympic sport events at present were invented or expanded into the rules and events we know today were in fact made in England. These games were called the Olympics too, the Frenchmen went back home to recreate the Olympics he witnessed that we know so well today. Today Britain participates in most of the world elite sports and is in the top 10 rankings of most sporting events.

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15 Pakistan Pakistan Pakistan was established in 1947 and is located in South Asia.Islamabad is the capital city of Pakistan and Islamabad is known as the world's second most beautiful capital city. Karachi, Lahore and Peshawar are other major cities of Pakistan. Urdu and English are official languages of Pakistan. World's more.

We aren't the best at anything now but our history is filled with great sports achievements in field hockey, squash, cricket, snooker, polo and many others.
We aren't a world force yet, and frankly won't be for some time to come, but we certainly are a regional force.

Yes pak is very good in everything but sports

Well done at squash. I won the Morley poker tournament 16 time on the bounce, now that was special. Average at cricket, ok at hockey. The two biggest sports events in the world, World Cup and summer olympics - where are ya? Nowhere even close. The glory for you comes with beating India at cricket stay focused on that for now.

We are a nation stronger than guns

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16 Canada Canada Canada is a country in North America that is next to the United States, and it's the 2nd largest country in the world (size is 9 . 985 million km²). This country has 10 provinces, and 3 territories. Canada declared independence from Great Britain on July 1, 1867. Its 10 provinces are: Ontario, British more.

Canada has people from all across the world in it who play pretty much all the sports where most countries don't know what lacrosse American football curling most countries haven't even seen snow

Canada has a population smaller than that of the state of California. When it comes to summer Olympics we never perform too badly but Winter Olympics are when we shine.

Dominant in Hockey and have competed fairly well in summer and winter Olympics. Considering the size of the country Canada is actually pretty impressive

They are dedicated team and so courage that makes them the best

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17 Sweden Sweden

Sweden are a player for sure. I like zlatan, I love Larson. But what else is there? Good at Winter Olympics, a bit of ice hockey, snow ball fights. Not bad for population size.

I'm from Sweden, and it's amazing there, really suggest it. But focus on one sport, because they are really good at every sport

Fact time, did you know Sweden was attacked by Norway in ww2 with wee bombs

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18 Jamaica Jamaica Jamaica is an island country situated in the Caribbean Sea, consisting of the third-largest island of the Greater Antilles.

You know that usain bolt uses steroids right? They caught him in 2015 april

Jamaica has only 2.8 million people, yet it contributes top athletes to the UK, USA, and Canada. It does very good at boxing, netball, football, track and field, and swimming. Earning the nickname "The sprint capital of the world."

Cricket or athletics they are the champions

Usain bolt and the relay team, that's all folks.

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19 Netherlands Netherlands

Always been one of the best countries in terms of sports. It is a small nation but has won loads of medals and prizes. If all countries were the same size then you'd see who really would be the best.

Great football history and a solid sporting mentality for a relatively small nation. Should be higher ranked.

They are either decent or the best in every sport that they participate in.

The Netherlands

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20 Ireland Ireland Formed in 1916 after the Easter uprising, Ireland is a small country with a population of roughly 5 million.

Ireland has a 4.5 million population. Let that sink in while you think of how many sports we have and will continue to dominate. Also, we have some our own homegrown sports that are definitely on another level of physicality. The clubs don't even pay their players, they just do it for pride, all the funds go back into the communities. Ireland is one of the last remaining TRUE sporting nations. The fact their not higher on this list is mind boggling.

'Because Gaelic football and hurling' aren't played in other countries... If USA, China and Russia took it seriously Ireland would be an also ran. Well done for being best at a minority sport. Ireland are okay at rugby and football, and credible at cricket. Take 19th in the rankings it's very respectable for your population size.

Well that's the reason why they are rubbish at sports because neither hurling nor Gaelic are played outside of Ireland and also you can't just say we're really good at only 2 sports that no one else plays so we should be on of the best

Have you heard our football fans, America run

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