Top Ten Greatest Sports CountriesI 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
We deserve our spot at number 1. We are the worlds best country at basketball, baseball, American football, ice hockey, athletics, golf, swimming, motorsports, etc. Also, the best athletes ever known to man are from the US: Michael Jordan, Muhammad Ali, Michael Phelps, Lebron James, Kobe Bryant, do I really need to explain why the US is the best in the world?
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.
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.
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.
Melbourne is literally the Sports capital of the world. Picking a sports team is like a religion. And Australia has 5 Cricket World cups the most of any country (next best is 2) We've also won rugby World cups. We have over 150 gold medals as well.
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.
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.
For a very small nation, we did extremely good, don't you think?
Serbia achieved more than many countries while having only 7 million citizens.
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
created football (Soccer), cricket, ice hockey, hockey, tennis, table tennis, rugby, badminton, rowing and so much more
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.
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
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...
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.
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..
The best at football (soccer)
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
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
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 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.
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
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..)
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.
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.
we have so much more golds then usa in winter olymipics like why the hell is serbia up there and plus this is as bias
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 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.
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
Yes #1 in idiotic 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!
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.
They have the most sporty WOMEN in the world … really, they are best in WOMEN sports!
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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 …
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)
We hve good people at each sport
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!
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
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.
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.