Top Ten Greatest Sports Countriesfuadmondeo I want to know which countries do you think of when the word, 'sport' is mentioned. Which countries are known for their sporting prowess, innovations, hosting of events, sports teams?
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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 1V 10 Comments
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 bestV 12 Comments
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.
Deserves top 10V 18 Comments
This country has the best sports in the planet Croatia beat Mexico on May 27 This country plays better than Mexico. VIVA Croatia!
Nine Olympic medals 4 million people
Yep one of the best no doubt.
Stone genesV 4 Comments
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!
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
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)
they suckV 4 Comments
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.
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 wV 4 Comments
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.V 4 Comments
Volleyball champions as well as they're one of the top teams in football and handball
Agreed great in athletics too
I'm English and Argentina should be higher than this, great sporting nation at football, golf, rugby, formula 1.
I am still happy with the result though.
Vamos Argentina! Go Argentina!
Argentina have shown to obviously be a higher ranking than this. Fourth best in rugby (mens). Second best in football after Belgium (mens). One of the best in mens hockey and the women are arguably the best in the world. plus our basketball side is one of the best (mens). Argentina is good at all the big sports. Not small ones like Olympic sports. And we are decent in some Olympic sports too. Argentina deserve a higher ranking.
Strongest country in asian weightlifting.
Iran is the best in Asia
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
They are an all round sporting nation
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 ...moreV 3 Comments
Great athletes at middle and long distance, bit of a one trick pony though.
I agree it should be in top 10
Should be top ten
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.V 3 Comments
Won three football Olympic cups and excellent team at water polo
Always does superbly despite coming from a pool of 10 million
Ria Ria HUNGARIA
Wrestling is "the" ancestral sport in Turkey. There are a lot of annually tournaments ongoing for more than 6 centuries.
Turkey is the best!
Finished 3rd in world cup 2002 in football
Finland does the best based on their small population other countries have more medals but they also have 100 times the population
Ice Hockey : 2 World champion titles
Bandy : 1 World champion title
Good ski team : Sotshi olympics 1 gold metal 2 silver
Biathlon ski : Kaisa mäkäräinen and Mari Laukkanen
Football : Sami Hyypiä, Jari Litmanen and Jussi Jääskleläinen
Basketball and volleyball has good future. Just won floorball World championships.
Also Finnish athletic legends like Paavo Nurmi, also called "Lentävä suomalainen" which means "flying Finn" and Lasse Viren. Javelin and swimming are bringing lot of victory to Finland
Wrestling, boxing, Golf and Tennis. All of them has one famous Finn. Any questions?
We hve good people at each sport
Denmark for the win!
Denmark is top
Badminthon won World cup, handball won olympic games, Football women euro final and 1992 European Champions.V 1 Comment
Have won the Boxing Tournament in First European Games
Good country in football, basketball, tennis, handball and so on. Well every country from ex Yugoslavia is good in sports so yeah.
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