Top Ten Greatest Sports Countries

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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 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.

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.

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

That pretty good u.s.a is a reel number one.

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2 Australia Australia Australia, officially known as the Commonwealth of Australia, is a country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania, and numerous smaller islands. Australia has a very warm climate and is very dry. The country's official language is English.

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

We are raised with sports like Cricket, Rugby League, Hockey, Basketball, Touch Football etc. We have no shortage of amazing sportsman and it would be a challenge to find an Australian school that hasn't produced a professional sportsman/woman. With a population that is overshadowed by that of other Olympic nations such as China, Russia and the US, we still hold up on medal counts. We are a sports nation through and through and we're proud.

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!

We've won heaps of titles world cups and commonwealth games and not done too bad in the olympics winning gold medals in swimming and the pentathlon. We're one pf the best swimming countries in the world, if not the best and are pretty good in rugby (league and union), we've won the cricket world cup and done a lot more other stuff in sport

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

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

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

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?

The small country with a big heart! That's Serbia!

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4 Great Britain

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

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

For such a small country we are epic! Our cricket team (men's and women's) are among/are the best in the world, our netball team is among the best, our football team isn't too bad, Mo Farah is immense, let's face it, Paula Radcliffe was brilliant, Andy Murray is amazing - need I go on?!

The U.K. is the home of Tennis, Soccer, Rugby, Golf, F1, Boxing, Cricket, Horse Racing, Badminton and this is just to name a few. Most successful country in F1, countless number 1 sportspeople across all sports, cricket, rugby and football World Cup winners - U20s as well. Second in the olympics last time round and decent at winter sports despite the climate. All round a remarkable sporting nations that rivals the United States.

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5 Germany Germany Germany was formally united in 1871 under the initiative of Bismarck with King Wilhelm of Prussia as emperor. The previous 'Holy Roman Empire', basically a continuation of the empire of Charlemagne/Karl der Grosse was dissolved in 1806. ...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

One day Germany will be the country with the best sports

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

I hate Germany.It made world war 2

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

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..)

Je suis d’accord et tout le monde devrait aussi. Vous en pouvez pas discuter avec ça.

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7 Spain Spain Spain, officially the Kingdom of Spain, is a sovereign state largely located on the Iberian Peninsula in southwestern Europe, with archipelagos in the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea, and several small territories on and near the north African coast.

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

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

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8 New Zealand New Zealand

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

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.

New Zealand is such a strong sporting country with such a small population

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

India should be the first

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

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

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

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

Brazil is just good in soccer.it should not be here

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The Contenders

11 United Kingdom 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 it's 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

nigel

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12 China China China, officially the People's Republic of China, is a sovereign state in East Asia. It is the world's most populous state, with a population of over 1.388 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.

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

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

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

Yao Ming was drafted 1st overall!

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13 Canada Canada Canada is a country in North America that is next to the United States, and it's the 2nd largest country in the world 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 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.

Good at hockey, basketball, baseball, and soccer

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

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

Forza italia just plain good at everything.

4 times world cup winners

Italians are athletes!

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

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.

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

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

SWEDEN SUCKS SO MUCH IT SHOULD BE 50TH NOT 15TH

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16 Russia 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.

Russia is better than usa Russia is number 1 in winter olympics

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

Kidding? Russia win many championships! - Aita45

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

No ways

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18 Japan 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.

On all other websites, it was 5th...

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

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

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

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

They didn't catch us sin bolt with steroids

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20 Norway 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 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!

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)

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

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

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21 Czech Republic 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

22 Dominican Republic 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.

Baseball is the most famous sport in the Dominican Republic. It has the history of players making it into the Big Leagues.

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

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

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

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

I am from Ireland Ireland is a country and a great 1

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24 Croatia 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.

This country has the best sports in the planet Croatia beat Mexico on May 27 This country plays better than Mexico. VIVA Croatia!

Looking the population, there is no smaller country that can compare to croatia

Just 4,000,000 people live here! Amazing at football, great at handball, incredible at waterpolo, decent in hockey, decent in basketball, fantastic at any olympic sport etc. And also is one of the poorest countries in EU.

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25 Netherlands Netherlands

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

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

Everyone in the Netherlands does play at least one sports

They are the best

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26 South Africa 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.

very horty

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27 Portugal 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😄😄😄

28 Finland Finland

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

The best

ok

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?

29 Philippines 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.

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.

Yes the people here are super duper talented vote for the Philippines but know this,I'm from India

Top 7 greatest bowler:Paeng Nepomuceno top 4 greatest boxer:Manny Pacquiao top 3 pool player:Efren Reyes TOP 4 greatest boxer:Nonito Donaire top 5 greatest pool player:Francisco Bustamante top 6 greatest runner:Lydia De Vega. Carlos Loyzaga helped the Philippines to win the bronze medal in the world FIFA Championship in just 6ft3 in the 1950s and the 1960s era top 58 greatest chess player: Eugene Torre top 55 greatest boxer:Gabriel "Flash" Elorde w

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30 Colombia 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.

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 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.

If Slovenia is awesome at football I am a father to two dolphins

Must be on fifth place

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.

Great at winter sports (skiing - tina maze, ski jumps - peter prevc), european champions in basketball, former eu vicechampions in handball and volleyball, Division A hockey team, Nk Maribor.

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32 Poland 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 Kenya 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.

Definitely Kenya is among the best countries in sports it should actually be among the top 10 n not top 20 in athletics it the best.in the 2015 iaaf sports held in China.Kenya was the leading country in the world.beating United States,britain and Russia etc.

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

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

Lefteris Petrounias (gymnastics-Olympic, World and European Champion), Spyros Gianniotis (marathon swimming-World Champion and Olympic silver medalist), Katerina Stefanidi (pole vault-Olympic and European Champion), Mike Zambidis (kick-boxing-World Champion), Ilias Iliadis (judo-Olympic gold and silver medalist, World Champion), Yiannis Antetokounmpo (basketball, one of the best NBA players), Katerina Nikolaidou (rowing-European Champion, 2nd in World Championship), Michalis Papastathopoulos (football, one of the best defenders in Europe, plays for Dortmund), Kostas Manolas (football, one of the best defendrs in Europe, plays for Roma), Anna Korakaki (shooting-Olympic gold and silver medalist, European Champion)...also, one of the best basketball teams in Europe and worldwide (twice European Champions, runners-up at World Championship), one of the best water-polo teams (men and women) worldwide (Women World Champions and Olympics bronze medalists, men twice World Championship silver ...more

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36 Iran 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.

Wrestling,football,voleyball and..

37 Hungary 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.

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

38 Turkey 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 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 for the win!

Denmark rules

Denmark is top

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

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40 Bosnia and Herzegovina 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.

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 Korea

Most players in badminton and hockey

Korea is the best bitches

42 Mexico 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

Da best

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43 Azerbaijan 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

44 Egypt 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 Thailand 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

46 Bangladesh 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.

47 Romania 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 Kazakhstan Kazakhstan Kazakhstan, officially known as the Republic of Kazakhstan, is a country in northern Central Asia, with a sliver of its territory west of the Ural River extending into Eastern Europe.

The best of the country in the world! 😝

49 Switzerland 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.

Um is this a joke two words ROGER FEDERER

Switzerland in sports is peROGERFEDERERect

50 Indonesia Indonesia Indonesia, officially the Republic of Indonesia, is a country in Southeast Asia. Ruled by the Dutch for over 300 years and Japan for 3 years and 6 months, the country gained independence in 1945, or exactly in 17th August 1945. Jakarta is the capital city, located in the island of Java. Major languages ...read more.

Indonesia is very best sport and good badminton rank 1 in the world I love Indonesia though I'm is Japanese

They are good at Badminton and Weightlifting

250 million people in this Nation, but was never know for a sporty nation. Sad

Very good at badminton..
But the peoples really love football(soccer), and still bad at that..
They should try other sport.

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