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 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 ...read 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.

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!

The USA has the most Olympic success in both the winter and summer games. American athletes are driven by personal motives unlike top rivals like the old Soviet Union and China. Our best athletes play in three sports that are not the most popular in other countries (baseball, basketball and football) and while most of our citizens make fun of the world's most popular game, we can still put together a decent team. The USA is built to win, and our athletes are superior to the rest of the world not only in success but also in sportsmanship and passion.

USA have a problem in that a huge amount of their sport is limited to USA. They don't play cricket or rugby at the top level, the beautiful game is low on the agenda ( and they are top 20 at best at it) and who else plays in the 'world series'? However they are probably the best at track and field, basketball, good at tennis and boxing. I'd like to see USA have a great football team ( soccer - morons) though as it would only raise the profile of the game there which it deserves. 4th in the rankings is about right.

2 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. The country's official language is English.

Looking at its population, surely the greatest sporting nation. Australia competes in truly international sports such as tennis, rugby, cricket and of late, soccer. It has produced champions in swimming, golf, cycling, athletics, field hockey, formula 1 and boxing. Australian women have one of the best soccer teams in the world. Melbourne is considered a sporting mecca hosting Australian Open, Australian Grand Prix and has also been an Olympic city. Australia has also produced champion surfers, has won the America's cup, is home to the Australian Rules Football and has qualified for the last couple of FIFA world cups ( even without having a league a few years back. ). Although Aus is a dry continent, it has won medals in the winter olympics which is a great achievement.

I would say, Australia is truly a global sporting nation.

Australia is the greatest sporting nation per capita. As far as the NFL is concerned they would not stand up to a top International rugby team. They wouldn't be able to play for 40 minutes each way with no oxygen breaks on the sidelines and no sitting on the sidelines for half the game. Rugby players have to play offense as well as defense. Plus who else pays throw ball in the world. It is a joke when the team that wins the Super Bowl declares themselves the world champions who the hell else do they play.
America has some great athletes but they also have a population of 360 million people

I don't know one person who didn't grow up with competitive sport. With such a vast climate at our disposal we have the uncanny ability to practice sports ranging from skiing, to surfing, to tennis! Our cities all host at least one major international sporting event and we grow up asking "who do you barrack for? ". Sports legends always say we have the best crowds and I think I know why: because we are so darn interested in the wide world of sports! Pick an international sport and we have at least one contender for worlds greatest!

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.

3 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.

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.

No that,s not true brow we are not the best sports nation are champ and accomplishment in sports they Can,t compared to the U.S.A they are most Medal in Olympic games they are top 1. in most medal they are very good in world cup like basketball they are most recent champion in swimming track in filed, baseball,tennis,golf, boxing,volleyball,football and others they have many sportsmanship they are Huge country in population in sports U.S.A is number one IN SPORTS please accept the truth,We are not the truly best in sports.

Regardless of how many inhabitants are in a country, take for instance, China they are still better at sports than Serbia. This is exactly the sole reason they have different lists for that( and certainly then would Serbia, Austalia and New Zealand be "real" contenders). The only country I can think of, that deserves a position near the top is the
UK; and even for the UK, they're not that that sparsely populated compared to other major sporting forces such as: France, Germany, Spain, etc,etc...

In short Serbia aren't particulalry great at sports

A force in basketball and water polo. Good in handball, volleyball and futsal. Djokovic number 1 tennis player in the world by far at the moment. Produces great football players for top clubs though as a team they haven't achieved much internationally. Rugby league and American football are starting to grow more in Serbia.

4 Great Britain The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly shortened to United Kingdom, UK or Britain is a Sovereign State located of the Northwestern coast of Europe. It is a Parliamentary Constitutional Monarchy currently lead by Monarch Queen Elizabeth II and its current prime minister is ...read more.

No doubt about it!
The only country to win the Football, Cricket and Rugby world cups. Currently ranked top 5 in the world in Football, Cricket, Rugby League & Rugby Union (Male & Female).
In the top 3 in the Olympic medal table for the past 3 tournaments. We are the most versatile country for sports by a mile, the only sport we have never been competitive in or won anything in is Basketball! The only two countries which can rival us are USA & Australia, but we just edge the Americans because they're non-existent in Football, Rugby & Cricket (the 3 biggest sports).

Name another nation that has reached the World Cup Final in Football, Rugby and Cricket? Yes, the nations in the UK compete seperately, but England have done these things!

Then there is Combat Sports. Bisping has the most wins in UFC history, and how many awesome boxers has this nation produced?

Britain has produced record breaking athletes in so many Olympic sports, and is the only nation that can compete with the USA and China. London has hosted the event 3 times!

As for Motorsport...how many F1 and WRC champions over the years.

And the British invented Football FGS!

Clearly miles ahead of any other country. Top 5 in football (national and club sides combined). Cricket World champions (current). Rugby World cup finalists or winners (current). Cycling most grand tours last decade. Olympic Sports - usually 3rd / 4th recent medal tables. F1 - Way more champions than any other country. Golf 2nd in top 5 finishes over past decade at majors plus olympic champions. Tennis - recent Davis cup winners and olympic champions and a top 10 nation overall.

We are surely the greatest defiantly for the size of us. 2nd in the world in rugby, England women just won the cricket World Cup, 2nd in the medals at both the paralympics and Olympics. Most formula one world champions. Most darts and snooker world champions. Won the Tour de France 5 times over the last 6 years. The best in the world at cycling. Mo Farah, Phil Taylor, Mark Selby, Jason Kenny, Chris Hoy, Lewis Hamilton plus many more great sportsmen and women from this country

5 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.

Top football nation, pretty good in both summer and Winter Olympics. I'm struggling now. Moustaches? Sausages? Oh I forgot Schumacher and vetal, Becker and stitch, Langer etc. Top 5 nation I agree.

Okay if they are fifth, then tell me what they are good at except football, hockey and Table Tennis. I think they should be 8th

I started ww1 and ww2, killed millions of Jews, praised an evil man called Hitler...enough said!

Yeah I'm from India but seriously Germany deserves to be on this spot

6 United Kingdom The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly shortened to United Kingdom, UK or Britain is a Sovereign State located of the Northwestern coast of Europe. It is a Parliamentary Constitutional Monarchy currently lead by Monarch Queen Elizabeth II and its current prime minister is ...read more.

1. Football- England Men & Women teams 4th at FIFA World Cup 2018 & 2019. Former FIFA World Cup Champions. Most competitive football league in the world.
2. Olympics- 4th All-time Olympic Medal Table (883 Medals)
3. Cricket- England 2019 Cricket World Cup Winners
4. Field Hockey- 2016 Women Olympic Champions, 4th Overall Medal Table for Men & Women's Field Hockey
5. Tennis- 2015 Davis Cup winners,Wimbledon Champion 2013, 2016, US Open Champion 2012
6. Rugby- England 2nd 2019 Rugby World Cup, Former Champions
7. Formula 1- 1st Most Champions in the history of Formula 1 (20) Lewis Hamilton 2020 Champion
8. Cycling-6 Tour de France winners, 3 Vuelta a España winners and 2 Giro d'Italia winners in last 10 years
9. Rugby League, Golf, Boxing- Multiple champions
10. Hosted the Olympics 3 times, World Cup once, Wimbledon since 1877. Major influence in the creation/adaption of many of the world's biggest modern day sports.

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.

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.

Adjust all time Olympic medals for population - UK is the only country in the top 5 who still remains in the top 5. Low population, yet it can still deliver. Amazing at rowing and cycling as well as the other ones

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

Most successful at football, by far the most popular sport in the World. Australia and the US are successful in sports nobody else plays, such as american and australian football and baseball. Also, it is not fair to include winter sports in this discussion, since most countries are not suitable for them.

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.

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.

Number 1 at soccer (won 5 titles), Number 1 at volleyball (both men and women)...They are awesome!

8 New Zealand New Zealand is an island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. ...read more.

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.

For a country of only 4.6 million people New Zealand is definitely one of the best sporting countries there is. The All Blacks are the number 1 rugby team in the world with multiple records, with the women's rugby union team also being ranked number 1 in the world. Lydia Ko became the youngest ever professional golfer from either sex to be ranked number 1 in the World and she became the youngest women to ever win a major championship, shes also broken many other records. N.Z excel in many other sports as well such as netball, rugby league, cricket, rowing, just to name a few. There have been some amazing sportsman and legends that have come from New Zealand and they don't get the credibility and rescpect they deserve.

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.

Get outta here. We are second in the world per capita, and it is a robbery that we are considered this far down. We are banging on the rugby league door, deadly opposition in sailing, easily the greatest rowing, whether you are considering men or woman. Our shot-putters are the best in the world, and Lydia Ko is the best female golfer on any stage. We just broke records on the Indy Car stage, nearly won the Cricket World Cup, won the Surf Life Saving Championship, World Champs in Cheerleading, six-time softball champs. We were top of the medal per capita list for this Olympics, and were the team to beat in Sevens. We nurtured the Fiji to the point where the BEAT GREAT BRITAIN to win gold. So get outta here.

Did I miss anything? Oh, yeah.

Come to Aoteroa.
Bring your rugby team.
Beat the mighty All Blacks.
Until then, SHUT THE ***K UP!

9 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 a small country (48M population), but it is in the World's top 5 in many (important) sports: Tennis, Basket, Football, F1, Motorbikes, Handball, , Sailing, Cycling, Hockey, Skate Hockey... even we have World's Champions in Badminton and Paddle.
Spain has been only one time in the top 10 medalist countries in Olympic Games (Barcelona 92), because Olympic Games include many minoritary sports and give the same value to a curling and a basket medal.

Have been males World and/or Olympic and/or European Champions in Football, Basketball, Handball, Hockey, Futsal, Waterpolo, Voleyball and female Basketball, Waterpolo, Handball and Hockey.
Plus Tennis world dominators (not only Nadal) with 9 Grand Slam winners over the last 20 years.
Plus Moto GP world dominators in all categories.
Plus Carolina Marin Badminton World and Olympic champion.
Plus Javi Fernadez World Champion in Ice Skating.
Plus Cycling and Sailing Powerhouse.
Plus Real Madrid and Barcelona.
Plus decent F1, Rallies WC and Raid Rallies (with former WC and Dakar champions)
Plus decent martial arts (mainly taek-won-do and judo) golf, swimming, canoe/kayak and athletics level.
On the other side:
2 tier nation in Olympics as we focus mainly on Team Sports and are not a powerhouse on those sports giving a higher amount of medals..
Rugby amateur level.
Very poor Winter Sports level.

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..

10 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 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.

Ok. Having the Tour de France and the French open doesn't make France good at sport, you need a French national to win it! If anything it emphasises your shortcomings. Saying that I do think France is a top sporting nation - les bleus, rugby, Platini, zidane, Prost. Not great at the olympics though so for me should be lower ranked.

Athlete over athlete, team over team -there is no sport where France doesn't excell.
Even though the actual medals and trophies might not allways come along, you hardly see a sport in which France won't be part of the big players

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.

The Contenders
11 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. Its capital is New Delhi. Some other major cities are Mumbai, Chennai, and Ahemdabad. ...read more.

India may not be a good sporting nation by western standards, but no one can argue it is drastically improving and sports are slowy being recognised by parents. Now, I'm an Australian who has a couple of very sporty Indian friends but due their culture they want to take up proffesions like engineering and medicine. If my friends wanted to take up a sporting career, there is literally no doubt that they will be successful.

Talented. But obsession with academics is a curse. Whatever laurels were achieved was despite governments.
Sports culture building up. But politicians run sports federations and they screw up. Don't you know they get more allowances than players to attend international meets?
Politics, corruption need to be weeded it. Then a sea change will happen

India being 8th in the world is ridiculous. They aren't even the best at cricket and the population is greater than all other test nations by a big margin. Hockey they are good. That's about it. Honestly. I can't even imagine they really like sport there, as if they did surely they would be good at it. Improvement needed I'm afraid.

They are good at TT great at cricket hockey badminton shooting cycling tennis. They might be 127th in football but look at the rest 1st in kabaddi 1st in boxing 3rd in volley ball 1st in international wrestling 3rd in athletics what else do you expect? We are legendary awesome. And not to say this but Pakistan is 20-30 ranks below us they cannot compete with India.Please vote for India. I think India is only behind Australia and GBR,India should be placed 3rd

12 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 1.388 billion. It was established in 1949 by Chairman Mao, the president of the communist party. Its capital is Beijing. The major cities are Shanghai, ...read more.

As someone said 'China sucks as it has one billion people'. Sums it all up really. Good at gymnastics and ok at communism though. Table tennis should get a mention. Pound for pound probably the worst nation at sport in the world.

People say China is not good at sports but that is not true! We are the worlds best country in many sports, including badminton, table tennis, volleyball, diving, etc.

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

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

13 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 by area (size is 9.985 million km²). This country has 10 provinces, and 3 territories. Canada became a dominion on July 1, 1867. Its 10 provinces are: Ontario, British Columbia, Quebec, ...read more.

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.

Canada is probably the best at sports in the cold. Otherwise name a great Canadian footballer, athlete, rugby player, formula 1 ( OK villneuve), golfer or even tennis player - and remember rudeski is a Brit. 18th rank sounds about right.

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.

Just look at the winter olympic performance in 2018. Moreover, they pull their weight when you consider per capita stats in summer games as well.

14 Sweden Sweden, officially the Kingdom of Sweden, is a Scandinavian country in Northern Europe. ...read more.

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!

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

Third most Olympic medals per population 638. Over 50 medals per one million inhabitants

15 Pakistan Pakistan was established in 1947 and is located in South Asia. Islamabad is the capital city of Pakistan. Karachi, Lahore and Peshawar are other major cities of Pakistan. Urdu and English are official languages of Pakistan. World's second highest peak (K-2) and ninth highest peak (Nanga Parbat) are ...read more.

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 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.

THe greaatest players of squash were from Pakistan...this is one sport in which Pakistans achievements are unmatched...Pakistan is also one of the powerhouse in cricket...great acheivements in hockey in world cup as well as olympics...

Actually we are the best at everything but because of our corrupt government we can not show the world how talented we are!

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

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.

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.

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

Forza italia just plain good at everything.

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

1.Jamaica is the sprint capital of the world. Usain Bolt the fastest man in the world
2.Jamaica is ranked 3rd in the world in Netball
3. Jamaica has the best football team in the Caribbean
4. Jamaica's Alia Atkinson is the first black female to win a gold medal in world record time in the womens 100m breast stroke at the Fina Championships.
5. Jamaica dominates track and field.

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."

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

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

18 Japan Japan is an island country in East Asia in the Pacific Ocean. It lies off the eastern coast of the Asia Mainland (east of China, Korea, Russia) and stretching from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and near Taiwan in the southwest. ...read more.

The Best Athlete/Baseball I know is Suzuki Ichiro. With 26 seasons combined in top-level professional leagues, he has spent the bulk of his career with two teams: nine seasons with the Orix Blue Wave of Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) in Japan, where he began his career, and 12 with the Seattle Mariners of Major League Baseball (MLB) in the United States. After playing for the Mariners, he played two and a half seasons in MLB with the New York Yankees before signing with the Miami Marlins. Ichiro has established a number of batting records, including MLB's single-season record for hits with 262. He achieved 10 consecutive 200-hit seasons, the longest streak by any player in history. Between his major league career in both Japan and the United States, Ichiro has the most hits by any player in top-tier professional leagues. He also has recorded the most hits of any foreign-born player in MLB.

Suzuki Ichiro combined playing time in NPB and MLB, Ichiro has received 17 consecutive selections both as an All-Star and Gold Glove winner, won nine league batting titles and been named Most Valuable Player (MVP) four times. While playing in NPB, he won seven consecutive batting titles and three consecutive Pacific League MVP Awards. In 2001, Ichiro became the first Japanese-born position player to be posted and signed to an MLB club. He led the American League (AL) in batting average and stolen bases en route to being named AL Rookie of the Year and AL MVP.

Japan has won the World Baseball Classic twice since the tournament was created. In the 2006 World Baseball Classic, they defeated Cuba in the finals and in 2009 World Baseball Classic Japan defeated South Korea in 10 innings to defend their title.

The national team is currently ranked #1 in the world by the International Baseball Federation.

Shohei Ohtani is a Japanese professional baseball pitcher and outfielder for the Los Angeles Angels of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters of Nippon Professional Baseball's (NPB) Pacific League. Ohtani was the first pick of the Fighters in the 2012 draft. He has officially recorded the fastest pitch by a Japanese pitcher and in NPB history at 165 kilometres per hour (102.5 mph).

19 Norway Norway, officially the Kingdom of Norway, is a sovereign and unitary monarchy in Northern Europe whose territory comprises the western portion of the Scandinavian Peninsula plus the island Jan Mayen and the archipelago of Svalbard. ...read more.

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!

Winter sports, handball, chess, acrobatics, fencing, bike race.. Just to mention a few. And that's really impressive, because there are only 5 million norwegians in the world.

By population Norway is undoubtedly the greatest sporting nation in the world. Hard facts.

This country is getting taken over by Muslims and Osama bin laden was born in Norway no joke, they are currently supporting Isis behind the scenes and doing the beheadings in there country

20 Czech Republic Czechia, officially the Czech Republic, is a nation state in Central Europe bordered by Germany to the west, Austria to the south, Slovakia to the east and Poland to the northeast.
21 Croatia Croatia, officially the Republic of Croatia (independence since 1991), is a sovereign state at the crossroads of Central Europe, Southeast Europe, and the Mediterranean. Its capital city is Zagreb. It is a member of the European Union. During the Cold War it was part of Yugoslavia. It is a cultural ...read more.

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.

Football, handball, history in basketball, waterpolo, tenis, just look at the olympic medals. For example Rio, with population of 4 million, Croatia finished on 17th place in the world with 10 medals, if you look per capita, Croatia were 6th! For example, Serbia with medals they took from Yugoslavia, has smaller number of medals. In biggest competition in the world, WC in football Croatia has bronze and silver medal! Croatia won Davis Cup, the oldest competition in the world, two times! Just look at Janica and Ivica Kostelic, they have won everything in skiing, and Croatia has 1 place for skiing! That is just few things I had the will to write it down

Croatia has a population of just about 4.5 million People, but it has still produced some of the best and most famous sportspeople. Even though the country has been particularly successful in team sports, in which you need several good athletes to make up a team which might win one medal, whereas in some other sports one good athlete might even win several medals, Croatia has won many Olympic medals relative to its population.
And many athletes belong to the greatest in their respective sport, like Blanka Vlasic, Janica Kostelic, Toni Kukoc, Ivano Balic, Sandra Perkovic, Luka Modric.

I am Croatian, and I don't want to write that we are best sport nation ever (maybe per capita), but we are very small country with lot of talent. Our problem is our goverment because in America you can play any sport and be rich and famous in our country a lot of young people cannot do sports because they are poor and they don't have time to share. You can live from sport only if you are in top class. I personaly know a lot of guys that play futsall or other sport like wrestling, handball, kickboxing and they have full time jobs( they have medals from europian and world championships) its shame that croatia can't do better for our sport and I'm sure that if we do in future we will be more better in every sport.

22 Russia Russia, known as the "Russian Federation", was formed on Dec 25, 1991. It is located mainly in Asia. The capital and largest city is Moscow, followed by Saint Petersburg in terms of population. The country primarily speaks Russian, a Slavic language.

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.

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

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

Russia hasnt done anything. They are not that good in football. They haven't really won a world cup in anything

23 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.

Ireland were recently ranked 2nd in the rugby world rankings. Outstanding for a country with such a small population. In soccer we have beaten the biggest names such as Germany and Brazil. We have the amazing G.A.A. We also pride ourselves in boxing e.g. Katie Taylor and our MMA star Conor McGregor knocked out Jose Aldo, former champion and undefeated for 10 years, in 13 seconds...

'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.

Only world undefeated mma fighter in the world, One of the best boxing nations on the planets. Decent at soccer, cricket. 3rd ranked in rugby in the world. Hurling and Gaelic football being Ireland's most popular sport being purely Irish are the fastest field sports in the world.

24 Netherlands

Very small country, performs consistently well at Olympics and awed many people in FIFA World Cups and in quite a few Winter Olympics. Best Speed-skaters in the world hands down and awesome hockey teams (male and female). Moreover, this country has produced world record breaking swimmers and a country that has no mountains yet still manages to win gold with snowboarding, must be something special… :-)

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.

The Netherlands must be in the top 10 here. Of the winter and summer olympics Netherlands is always in the top 10. Footbal on the world cup second ore thirt place, hockey womens all time first, and swimming whe are win the gold silber ore bronze medal if whe fast,

25 Dominican Republic The Dominican Republic is a sovereign state occupying the Eastern two thirds of the island of Hispaniola, in the Greater Antilles archipelago in the Caribbean region.

San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic home of the Big League players one of them is Sammy Sosa. Sosa's Major League career began with the Texas Rangers in 1989. After three seasons with the Chicago White Sox, Sosa became a member of the Cubs in 1992 and became one of the league's best hitters. Sosa hit his 400th home run in his 1,354th game and his 5,273rd at-bat, the quickest in National League history. In 1998, Sosa and Mark McGwire achieved national fame for their home run-hitting prowess in pursuit of Roger Maris' home run record.

In recent years, Major League Baseball has made an effort to play a greater role in the development of baseball in Latin America. MLB has focused on creating scenarios for MLB Clubs and scouts to view and evaluate amateur talent from the Dominican Republic and other Latin American countries.

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.

We are good at baseball. We produce hundreds of Dominican Baseball players in the Major League Baseball. The highest international baseball player in the Major League history.

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