Top Ten Greatest Sports Countriesfuadmondeo 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
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The USA wins the olympics a lot and we have the NFL, NBA, MLB, and NHL
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!
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.
If Australia and USA were to swap populations, USA would most likely be in the top 15-10 range while Australia would be on top. USA are only good because of the huge population advantage. In one of the comments in the USA section it states that "USA is even ranked 10th in Rugby League", sorry to burst your bubble but that is crap. Why would you brag about placing 10th, that is not even in the top 50 percent.
Imagine thinking India is the best in cricket LLL
Fletcher is Gay
USA is good in athletics only and Australia everythingV 131 Comments
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.
Of course, Serbia loses in sports like in everything else, no discussions. I mean, important sports, the one's that people actually watch. - 32537690968969
True, people live mostly for sports here, women, men, kids it doesn't matter here.
2015 u20 football champions, silver in men basketball in Rio, bronze in women basketball, now we are doing good in Latvia and Serbia, water polo champions beating croatia 2 times in finals now, we win medals, titles, and championships multiple times, even our clubs, like red star beat liverpool the worlds best club this season.
For a very small nation, we did extremely good, don't you think?V 87 Comments
Britain is the greatest sporting nation on earth! The only nation to win the world cups of football, cricket and rugby! A cycling powerhouse. Olympic giants...there is nothing more to say.
Outstanding performer with a constant presence in a diverse range of global sport. Short of the American-centric sports, you will see a Union Jack flying.
The most sports minded country ever, should be at first!
With cricket rugby soccer netball hockey and cycling all team sports England have won them all. enough saidV 42 Comments
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
Yeah I'm from India but seriously Germany deserves to be on this spot
One day Germany will be the country with the best sports
Best of best of best of bestV 9 Comments
France is good at pretty much every sports and mostly collective sports from football to handball (in both they are worldcup holders) but also basketball and rugby.
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..)V 15 Comments
The best football league, one of the best nations (spanish players).
Very good at:
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.
The best in collective sports.
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..V 18 Comments
If it is done by population it is so clearly NZ.
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.
I'm not from New Zealand but I can tell how much of an impact sports has on the little country. Sometimes it does astonish me looking at all the medals they have racked up at the olympics, not only are they the best sporting country per capita in the world in history I think that alone should be the winning determiner. Not to mention there incredible rugby team and good rowing, hockey, cricket and netball teams.
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.V 89 Comments
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 the best at cricket and like second at hockey, they should in the top 3
India has a very strong and good cricket teamV 148 Comments
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
Brazil is the most popular country that play soccer...V 11 Comments
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.
We held the best olimpic games
Idiot, it's GB up the list at thirdV 1 Comment
China is amazing at sports. They should deserve far more than this.
Very good at sports, but mostly because of their massive population. They are very good at badminton, table tennis, volleyball, and basketball.
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.
They are a competition to the US and are tough to beatV 14 Comments
Are you crazy u.s.a won in many of world cup such like basketball, swimming volleyball, and track in filed.
Has more gold medals in Hockey than the United States. Canada beats USA in hockey. USA has not won a gold medal in Winter Olympics since 1980. Have not won the World Cup since 1996. We won the 2016 World Cup of hockey. We have 5/7 world/Canada cups. One went to Russia and the other to the states. Canada is better at hockey. So USA has not won anything relevant since 1980 and 1996 when you exclude the world juniors. The USA is just simply overrated. Also they want to be better at everything. That seems kind of selfish if you ask me. But anyways seeing a team USA hockey jersey disgusts me. Canada rules.
Good at hockey, basketball, baseball, and soccer
#1 country in lacrosse and hockey by far! - Lacrosse17V 40 Comments
Incredible sports country per population size! Just imagine having that many Olympic medals and being sucessful in big sports like football, hockey, handball and athletics without any inhabitants!
They have the most sporty WOMEN in the world … really, they are best in WOMEN sports!
SWEDEN IS BEST
SWEDEN SUCKS SO MUCH IT SHOULD BE 50TH NOT 15THV 7 Comments
Italians are athletes!
Italy is one of the top soccer players and shoulfd be number 1
The most versatile country in the sports world! Not a sport that Italians don't succeed in!V 7 Comments
Kidding? Russia win many championships! - Aita45
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.
Russia is better than usa Russia is number 1 in winter olympicsV 9 Comments
4 hockey world cups, 2 cricket world cups, 36 Squash world Titles
We play 4 sports internationally cricket squash hockey snooker and have won a world tittle in every 1 of them
Pakistan should be in top 5 because pakistani take part in every game and pakistan is the only country with much talented people in every feildV 52 Comments
Japan has produce Suzuki Ichiro one of the best Baseball players in Asia and the Whole World.
Baseball is currently the most popular spectator sport in the country. Japan's top professional league, now known as Nippon Professional Baseball, was established in 1936.
We won the World Baseball Classics Championship in 2006 and 2009 Baseball Championship. Proud to be a Japanese.
On all other websites, it was 5th...V 41 Comments
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."
Usain bolt and the relay team, that's all folks.
They didn't catch us sin bolt with steroidsV 3 Comments
4 million and look at results
Croatia is definitely one of the best countries at sport. This year alone they have come second in the world cup, won the davis cup, and was the only country with 2 tennis players in the top 15. Also Luka Modric, who won the Golden ball, best player, best midfielder, best play-maker and the ballon d'or this year, is Croatian. They also have world champions in sailing, rowing and karate. Their U16 basketball team are European champions. Sandra Perkovic became European discus champion for the record 5th time. That isn't even everything they have done this year and they are only a country of 4 million people! If that doesn't make them one of the best in the world, I don't know what can.
They haven't won anything for real. Joke - Nalet
Second in football world cup in Russia, won Davis cup in tennis, best in the world in rowing, skiing, handball, athletics and many more sports just in 2018V 16 Comments
Norway should be in the top 5 cause they have the best successes in sports per capita! In Winter Sports they even dominate the much bigger countries …
Who has more Olympic medals per capita?
Norway is the #1 in winter sports by a giant margin. I think this gives them a good reason to be in the top 10! There are also a lot of talent I'm Norway outside of winter sports, just look at women's handball (which is the only relevant handball) results of the last years!
By population Norway is undoubtedly the greatest sporting nation in the world. Hard facts.V 7 Comments
We hve good people at each sport
The Dominican Republic has long been a player on the international baseball scene. The national team medaled in five of the first thirteen Baseball World Cups including gold in 1948. The team also won bronze in their only two Intercontinental Cup appearances and played in the demonstration sport tournament for baseball in 1984 and in the first medal tournament in 1992. The team also reached the semifinals in the 2006 World Baseball Classic. After a poor tournament in 2009, the team completed an undefeated run through the 2013 World Baseball Classic, winning all eight of its games and defeating Puerto Rico in the final. It was the first time a team other than Japan had won the tournament
The first baseball academy in the Dominican Republic was built in 1977 by Ralph Avila. In his description of baseball academies in the Dominican Republic, Alan Klein wrote "What the academy does in working with the Dominican players goes beyond teaching baseball skills. They teach career preparation, socialization and how to cope with the cultural changes they will face in the United States." Campo Las Palmas is the best is the best-run academy on the island and it is owned by the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Baseball was past generation to generation. It is the gift of our ancestors that we should treasure and be good at it. That is why we are consider the best baseball country in the World.
While Major League scouts watch very closely to look for the next star from the Dominican Republic, all 30 Major League Baseball clubs run their own academies on the island, attesting to the talent of so many of the natives playing there. Many of the country's players rank among the best in the world. On Major League Baseball's 2012 Opening Day, 95 of the 856 players on 25-man rosters and inactive lists -- 11.1% -- were born in the Dominican Republic, marking the highest total of any country outside the United States. Eleven participants in the 2011 All-Star Game were Dominican natives, the highest total of any country or territory outside the U.S.V 39 Comments
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
They may not be the best at all sports, but if Gaelic and Hurling were sports in every county Ireland would be one of the best countries in sport.V 10 Comments
There good at sports
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.
Everyone in the Netherlands does play at least one sportsV 13 Comments
NOT #1 AT CRICKET what ITS INDIA
Not Soccer Please!
An amazing multiracial society with a great sporting culture
Soccer, Cricket, Rugby, Swimming, Gymnastics you name it all South Africa participate in everything and they're the most active sporting country in Africa. Deserve a spot in the top 10V 22 Comments
Bycicle, football, basket
They did very well in the final of the 2016euros even without Cristiano ronaldo's help.and France played on their land and they're stronger than Portugal.but unbelievably portugal won😄😄😄
TRULY, U.S.A is a Greatest or Best Countries in SPORTS because they are Top 1 in most medal Table ranking in summer Olympics with 2,5022 search in top 10 countries most medal in summer Olympics games and they are most recent champion in FIBA world cup They are number one in greatest boxing countries because they have many champion total of 431, and second is mexico total of 192 they many greatest in boxer list in the world top 1. sugar ray robinson 2, roy jones 3, muhammad ali 4, mike tyson and other and swimming or Fina word cup THEY ARE MOST RECENT CHAMPION.
U.S.A IS ALWAYS DOMINANT IN SPORTS NOT OUR COUNTRY. PHILIPPINES.
No we are not good in boxing because we have no allot of champions in boxing compared to AMERICA THEY HAVE MANY CHAMPIONS AND GREATEST OF ALL TIME. but we have only one greatest like manny pacqauio. we are good but not in number one.
Filipino's have the pride, belief, and skill when playing sports. They have a good time especially with basketball (basketball player myself) and boxing because MANNY all the Way! They aren't the best in the world but they are good enough to make it to one of the most athletic countries list.V 12 Comments
Finland does the best based on their small population other countries have more medals but they also have 100 times the population
Ice Hockey : 2 World champion titles
Bandy : 1 World champion title
Good ski team : Sotshi olympics 1 gold metal 2 silver
Biathlon ski : Kaisa mäkäräinen and Mari Laukkanen
Football : Sami Hyypiä, Jari Litmanen and Jussi Jääskleläinen
Basketball and volleyball has good future. Just won floorball World championships.
Also Finnish athletic legends like Paavo Nurmi, also called "Lentävä suomalainen" which means "flying Finn" and Lasse Viren. Javelin and swimming are bringing lot of victory to Finland
Wrestling, boxing, Golf and Tennis. All of them has one famous Finn. Any questions?
Should be higher just for the great soccer team of the 90s and Carlos valderamas hair.
Colombia is World leader in speed roller blading, practically undefeated world champions for nearly 15 years.
Also in cycling; Mariana Pajon BMX gold at London 2012, Rigoberto Uran Silver in road cycling London 2012, Nairo Quintana king of the mountains and winner of the Giro d'Italia.
Watch out for weight lifting, another sport where Colombian dominance is being expected.
Must be on fifth place
If Slovenia is awesome at football I am a father to two dolphins
Just check Slovenian results in winter sport in last seasons, but also in summer sports Slovenia is awesome compared with population of 2 million inhabitants.
Winter sports, bascetball, athletics, ex.V 4 Comments
Great in tenis (wimbledon)
Volleyball champions as well as they're one of the top teams in football and handball
Agreed great in athletics too
Kenya should be in top ten
How exactly is Greece no35? You are talking about a 10 million country that has won 2 European Championships in basketball, beat the USA in the semifinals of the World Championship, has won a European Championship in football, and has a long tradition in water polo and volleyball.don't even get me started on Olympic medals.You are talking about the birthplace of sports itself.
They are an all round sporting nation
Greece deserve the most votes because in men they are 5th In basketball, 10th in football,8th in water polo and 10th in polo and in women 3 rd in Water polo and 5th in polo. They have a good past present and futureV 5 Comments
I'm English and Argentina should be higher than this, great sporting nation at football, golf, rugby, formula 1.
I am still happy with the result though.
Vamos Argentina! Go Argentina!
Argentina have shown to obviously be a higher ranking than this. Fourth best in rugby (mens). Second best in football after Belgium (mens). One of the best in mens hockey and the women are arguably the best in the world. plus our basketball side is one of the best (mens). Argentina is good at all the big sports. Not small ones like Olympic sports. And we are decent in some Olympic sports too. Argentina deserve a higher ranking.V 1 Comment
Kenya is simply the best.
Great athletes at middle and long distance, bit of a one trick pony though.
I agree it should be in top 10
Should be top tenV 4 Comments
It is the best in most sports
We have been and will be a proud nation no matter how much propaganda they feed the world with. "Terrorist nation", "camel jockeys" (this one is the funniest since most Iranians haven't even see a camel in their life time), and the list goes on. But it's just a matter of time when we gain our pride beck.
Iran is the best in Asia
Strongest country in asian weightlifting.V 1 Comment
Look at the statistics of medals of the last 10 years of Olympias and don't forget the size of the country.
Won three football Olympic cups and excellent team at water polo
Always does superbly despite coming from a pool of 10 million
Ria Ria HUNGARIA
Wrestling is "the" ancestral sport in Turkey. There are a lot of annually tournaments ongoing for more than 6 centuries.
Turkey is the best!
Finished 3rd in world cup 2002 in football
Denmark for the win!
Denmark is top
Badminthon won World cup, handball won olympic games, Football women euro final and 1992 European Champions.V 1 Comment
I think Bosnia and hercegovina is in top 5 at sports! How can they was 40 and serbia 3.?
Small country full of talents and young people with great potential to be great athletes! There is only two obstacles and that is bad economy and poor mentality, when those two things changes to the better, this country will then produce a mass of great athletes.
Good country in football, basketball, tennis, handball and so on. Well every country from ex Yugoslavia is good in sports so yeah.
Good athletes for such a small country
Most players in badminton and hockey
Korea is the best bitches
Very good at box
When did they win the World Cup or even finish runners up. Average football nation, in Europe they would be an also ran. Nothing else unless we count fat men wrestling in silly masks.
They won the football gold medal in 2012
How is Mexico not top 20? What the heck! One of the best soccer teams ever! Hernadez!V 4 Comments
Have won the Boxing Tournament in First European Games
Ranked number in the world in squash
Egypt is a strong country
Egypt is good in football 20st and in basketball and volleybal
Number one in both Football as field hockey,
only reason it isn't higher is because it's not a popular country.
For how small our population is we have ton of good sports people
Number one FIFA ranking men! Third Worldcup 2018.
Fourth WC Basketball women 2018
2015 and 2017 second Daviscup
Seventh WC volleybal men 2018
Worldtop in cycling
My best country
They are qualified for Football WC 2014.
They got the best cyclist ever Eddy Mercks.
I agree. Should be higher, loved Hagi, one of the best footballers in the world in his day. Good sporting nation I like Romania
Good at: Soccer, judo,weightlifting, fencing, canoeing,long distance running, marathons, and by far our most dominant sport is gymnastics! Considering the size of Romania I think we are very good at sports!
At the moment (23 August 2016), Romania is ranked 14th in the world, considering the total number of Olympic medals won at all the Summer Olimpic Games.
...Even though the participation at the Olympics this year (Brazil, 2016) was one of the weakest participation of Romania, in the last 40 years!
... And even though it only participated in 21 editions (of a total of 28)...
... And, if we consider that the Soviet Union included Russia, and East Germany is now part of Germany, we can say that Romania is ranked 12th.
Population: around 20 million
Think is not bad at all...
One of the best country in sport
This site clearly has been created in the USA...
Um is this a joke two words ROGER FEDERER
Switzerland in sports is peROGERFEDERERect
Play cricket best.there are many football grounds in this country but the players are not good enough.hockey,handball,volleyball,and others sports they plays.they have to be bring good coaches, players,facilities.then they can be genius in the all sports of world.but not bad also.
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