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.

Only like 10% of all US citizens haven't played on an organized sports team. think it's pretty safe to say the US is very athletic.

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.

The USA wins the olympics a lot and we have the NFL, NBA, MLB, and NHL

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.

Considering Australia's population it is by far the biggest sporting nation, almost everyone you speak to plays some form of sport.

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.

Definitely for its population. One of the only countries in the world to compete at all of the olympics should be #1 definitely

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.

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

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

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.

4 Great Britain

Most of the major sports in the world today came from Great Britain, including the biggest (football), Britain also is very good in these sports for example England reached the 2018 World Cup Semi Finals and the 2019 Rugby World Cup Finals.
Britain also has the best football league in the world with the FA cup final being one of the most watched matches in the whole of sports

2nd in the medal table for the Rio Olympics, 4th in the 2018 Football World Cup, Winners of the 2019 Cricket World Cup, 2nd in the 2019 Rugby World Cup, Multiple Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton, Multiple Tennis Tournament Winner Andy Murray etc. If we adjust for the population (66 million vs 330 million in the USA etc) England is by far the most successful and greatest nation for sports.

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.

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).

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.

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 best

6 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.

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.

The best in collective sports.

The best football league, one of the best nations (spanish players).
Very good at:
Tennis
Basketball
Handball
F1
Motocycles
Paddle
Athleticism
Natation (girls)
Rugby (girls)

7 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 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..)

8 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.

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 is the best at cricket and like second at hockey, they should in the top 3

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

9 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.

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.

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.

10 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

Brazil is the most popular country that play soccer...

The Contenders

11 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.

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 third

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.

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.

China is amazing at sports. They should deserve far more than this.

They are a competition to the US and are tough to beat

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.

Are you crazy u.s.a won in many of world cup such like basketball, swimming volleyball, and track in filed.

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.

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!

They have the most sporty WOMEN in the world … really, they are best in WOMEN sports!

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

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

Italy is the sixth nation in the World as medalist at olimpic games

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

Forza italia just plain good at everything.

4 times world cup winners

16 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.

We play 4 sports internationally cricket squash hockey snooker and have won a world tittle in every 1 of them

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

Pakistan is improving in every sport some legends have passed and some heroes are coming

Pakistan is the best country in sports.

17 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."

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

They didn't catch us sin bolt with steroids

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.

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.

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.

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

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 …

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.

Are you sure Osama was born in Norway and by the way I as a Muslim do not support bin laden (just to correct your information)

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.

We hve good people at each sport

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.

I smile when I see countries like India ranked a a better sporting nation. This list is absolute rubbish.
Croatia has only 4 million inhabitants and is independent a s a nation since 1991.
FIFA world cup finalists 2018, and also 3rd in 1998
Best football player in the world (Modric)
Former handball world, European and olympic champions,
Basketball Olympic finalists
Best European basketball player of all times D Petrovic
Waterpolo world, European and Olympic champions
Tennis Davis cup winners twice, Wimbledon winner Ivanisevic,
Several gold Olympic medals at both summer and winter Olympics (the best female sky champion of all times).
Rowing world champions
UFC world champion
Boxing world champions
Karate world champions
etc,etc,etc

You can not rank many nations above Croatia (such as according to this stupid list) and especially NOT India who is probably the worst sporting nation of the planet if you compare it with the number of ...more

This list is rigged as votes control the placements hover I am so happy to see Croatia so far up the list when there are only 4 million of us, hopefully Croatia's place will continue to rise over time so people can see the TRUE BEST SPORTING NATION EVER! Di u Hrvatsku!

They are just crazy, everything I watch there is croatian teams kicking ass, or just croatian players, and I googled it,they have Like 4 million People, damnn, they are so good per capita

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.

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

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 olympics

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

23 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.

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.

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.

I believe that the Dominican republic is the best country at baseball because it was the first country to go undefeated in WORLD BASEBALL CLASSICS ("WBC") history, plus the MLB has the most Dominican baseball players as 600+ and that is there main sport unlike USA that occupies many sport and it's not because I'm Dominican it's because there is a lot of facts in to proof

24 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

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.

25 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.

Everyone in the Netherlands does play at least one sports

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

26 Portugal Portugal (est.1152), officially the Portuguese Republic, is a country located mostly on the Iberian Peninsula in southwestern Europe. It is the westernmost country of mainland Europe, bordered to the west and south by the Atlantic Ocean and to the north and east by Spain. Its territory also includes ...read more.

Ronaldo pepe

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😄😄😄

27 Finland Finland, officially the Republic of Finland, is a sovereign state in Europe. It has a capital of Helsinki and got independence from the Soviet Union after WWI.

Finland does the best based on their small population other countries have more medals but they also have 100 times the population

The best

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?

28 Philippines The Philippines was established in March 16, 1521 and named in honor of a Spanish King whose name is King Philip of Spain II. It is located at Asia, specifically at Southeast Asia. The capital is Manila. 89% of the people there currently are native, while 11% of people there are foreigners.

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.

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.

If the Philippines are 24th best at sport in the world tell me when they made it to a World Cup or starred at either olympics. I would go as far as saying they are completely hopeless at sport, other than pacqiaou who is world class.

29 South Africa South Africa, officially the Republic of South Africa, is the southernmost sovereign state in Africa. It is bounded on the south by 2,798 kilometers of coastline of Southern Africa stretching along the South Atlantic and Indian Oceans, on the north by the neighbouring countries of Namibia, Botswana ...read more.

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 10

Second in the world in rugby, first in the second biggest sport in the world (cricket), swimming, gymnastics... South Africa live and breathe rugby. One of the strongest sport nations in the world

We have had owner struggles and I believe we are getting there as a nation. May the Lord bless you.

South Africa at the moment is the best sporting nation in the world

30 Colombia Colombia, officially the Republic of Colombia, is a country situated in the northwest of South America, bordered to the northwest by Panama; to the east by Venezuela and Brazil; to the south by Ecuador and Peru; and it shares maritime limits with Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Jamaica, Dominican Republic ...read more.

How could they be good if everyone who lives their gets kidnapped

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.

31 Slovenia Slovenia, officially the Republic of Slovenia, is a nation state in southern Central Europe, located at the crossroads of main European cultural and trade routes.

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.

32 Poland Poland, officially the Republic of Poland, is a country in Central Europe, bordered by Germany to the west; the Czech Republic and Slovakia to the south; Ukraine and Belarus to the east; and the Baltic Sea, Kaliningrad Oblast (a Russian exclave) and Lithuania to the north. With a population of approximately ...read more.

Volleyball champions as well as they're one of the top teams in football and handball

Agreed great in athletics too

Great in tenis (wimbledon)

33 Greece Greece, officially the Hellenic Republic, also known since ancient times as Hellas is a country located in southeastern Europe.

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 future

Are an all rounding sporting nation

34 Argentina Argentina, officially the Argentine Republic, is a federal republic located in southeastern South America.

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!

messi

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.

35 Kenya Kenya, officially the Republic of Kenya, is a country in Africa and a founding member of the East African Community.

Great athletes at middle and long distance, bit of a one trick pony though.

I agree it should be in top 10

Kenya is simply the best.

Should be top ten

36 Hungary Hungary is a sovereign state in Europe. It is situated in the Carpathian Basin and is bordered by Slovakia to the north, Romania to the east, Serbia to the south, Croatia to the southwest, Slovenia to the west, Austria to the northwest, and Ukraine to the northeast.

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

37 Iran Iran, also known as Persia, officially the Islamic Republic of Iran, is a sovereign state in Western Asia. The capital city is Teheran and the major city is also Tehran. The country's official language is Persian. ...read more.

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.

It is the best in most sports

38 Turkey Turkey, officially the Republic of Turkey, is a transcontinental country in Eurasia, mainly in Anatolia in Western Asia, with a smaller portion on the Balkan peninsula in Southeast Europe. Turkey is bordered by eight countries with Greece and Bulgaria to the northwest; Georgia to the northeast; Armenia, ...read more.

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

39 Denmark Denmark is a Scandinavian country in Europe. The southernmost of the Nordic countries, it is south-west of Sweden and south of Norway, and bordered to the south by Germany.

Denmark rules

Denmark for the win!

Denmark is top

Badminthon won World cup, handball won olympic games, Football women euro final and 1992 European Champions.

40 Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina, sometimes called Bosnia-Herzegovina or Bosnia & Herzegovina, abbreviated BiH or B&H, and, in short, often known informally as Bosnia, is a country in Southeastern Europe located on the Balkan Peninsula.

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

41 Mexico Mexico, officially the United Mexican States, is a federal republic located in North America. The country is located between the U.S. and Central America, and is known for its Pacific and Gulf of Mexico beaches and its diverse landscape of mountains, deserts, and jungles.

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

Very good at box

How is Mexico not top 20? What the heck! One of the best soccer teams ever! Hernadez!

42 Azerbaijan Azerbaijan, officially the Republic of Azerbaijan, is a country in the Transcaucasian region, situated at the crossroads of Southwest Asia and Southeastern Europe.

Have won the Boxing Tournament in First European Games

43 Belgium Belgium, officially the Kingdom of Belgium, is a country in Western Europe bordered by France, the Netherlands, Germany and Luxembourg. A small and densely populated country, it covers an area of 30,528 square kilometers (11,787 square miles) and has a population of more than 11 million.

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

My best country

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

They are qualified for Football WC 2014.
They got the best cyclist ever Eddy Mercks.
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44 Egypt Egypt, officially the Arab Republic of Egypt, is a transcontinental country spanning the northeast corner of Africa and southwest corner of Asia, via a land bridge formed by the Sinai Peninsula.

Ranked number in the world in squash

Egypt is a strong country

Egypt is good in football 20st and in basketball and volleybal

45 Switzerland Switzerland, officially the Swiss Confederation, is a federal republic in Europe. It consists of 26 cantons, and the city of Bern is the seat of the federal authorities. ...read more.

This site clearly has been created in the USA...

Um is this a joke two words ROGER FEDERER

Switzerland in sports is peROGERFEDERERect

46 Austria Austria was Celtic (Hallstadt) then as Noricum, part of the Roman Empire, Alaric, who took over Rome, studied at a monastery near Vienna. In the Middle Ages, the Holy Roman Emperors moved to Vienna, then Austria became separate. Medieval documents from Eastern Europe as far as West Ukraine were often ...read more.
47 Romania Romania is a sovereign state located in Southeastern Europe It borders the Black Sea, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Hungary, Serbia, and Moldova. It has an area of 238,391 square kilometres and a temperate-continental climate. With over 19 million inhabitants, the country is the seventh-most-populous member state ...read more.

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...

48 Thailand Thailand, officially the Kingdom of Thailand, formerly known as Siam, is a country at the centre of the Indochinese peninsula in Mainland Southeast Asia.

One of the best country in sport

49 Nigeria Nigeria, an African country on the Gulf of Guinea, has many natural landmarks and wildlife reserves. Protected areas such as Cross River National Park and Yankari National Park have waterfalls, dense rainforest, savanna and rare primate habitats. One of the most recognizable sites is Zuma Rock, a 725m-tall ...read more.

We are very crazy about soccer in every street it is impossible to not see a boy carrying a soccer ball or playing the game in fact we are so crazy about soccer that every now and then neighbors fight because of it we bet because of it and I can share a secret with you all that we get a lot of money by betting in premier league the bundesliga the la liga series a and more in fact to show you how crazed we are about it is that I'm a girl talking about it in fact I got some cash on betting on the match against real Madrid and Barcelona and barca won cash for me so we Nigerian are crazy about football

What people don't realise Nigeria the worlds most soccer crazed nation by far.

Nigeria is the best country in the u-17 football championships they are the only ones to win 5 (u-17 ) football cups

But in England we actually GO TO WATCH the premierleague. It doesn't get crazier than that. We also play football in the street, park, living room etc. Plus we are actually better than Nigeria at football. You have some good sprinters though, beat us on that front.

50 Bangladesh Bangladesh, on the northern coast of the Bay of Bengal, is surrounded by India, with a small common border with Myanmar in the southeast. The country is low-lying riverine land traversed by the many branches and tributaries of the Ganges and Brahmaputra rivers.

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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