Top 10 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?
By far the country with the most medals in Olympics, Paralympics, Universiade, XGames, World Games, Continental Games, the highest amount of world championship/cup titles (all sports combined) in the world. Leads or dominate more than 40% of the sports. Have the best league/competition in the world in more than 70% of the sports. Highest number of stadiums and arenas. Named as the greatest sporting nation by all official rankings every year since their creation.
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 has the most Olympic success in both the winter and summer games. American athletes are driven by personal motives unlike top rivals like the old Soviet Union and China. Our best athletes play in three sports that are not the most popular in other countries (baseball, basketball and football) and while most of our citizens make fun of the world's most popular game, we can still put together a decent team. The USA is built to win, and our athletes are superior to the rest of the world not only in success but also in sportsmanship and passion.
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!
Inventing sports for the rest of the world to then beat us at is a huge part of Britain and the UK's cultural heritage and legacy.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Despite its best athletes playing Australian Football or Rugby League, Australia still punches above its weight at the Olympic Games, and various World Cups (cricket, Rugby Union, field hockey, netball etc.).
Australia is the greatest sporting nation per capita. As far as the NFL is concerned they would not stand up to a top International rugby team. They wouldn't be able to play for 40 minutes each way with no oxygen breaks on the sidelines and no sitting on the sidelines for half the game. Rugby players have to play offense as well as defense. Plus who else pays throw ball in the world. It is a joke when the team that wins the Super Bowl declares themselves the world champions who the hell else do they play.
America has some great athletes but they also have a population of 360 million people
I don't know one person who didn't grow up with competitive sport. With such a vast climate at our disposal we have the uncanny ability to practice sports ranging from skiing, to surfing, to tennis! Our cities all host at least one major international sporting event and we grow up asking "who do you barrack for? ". Sports legends always say we have the best crowds and I think I know why: because we are so darn interested in the wide world of sports! Pick an international sport and we have at least one contender for worlds greatest!
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.
Absolutely. This stems from the time of Yugoslavia too. The ratio of total population and how many accomplishments we have is incredible. Almost no country stands up to Serbia in relative terms. Not to mention that resources are nowhere close in quality to those in countries like Germany, USA etc.
A force in basketball and water polo. Good in handball, volleyball and futsal. Djokovic number 1 tennis player in the world by far at the moment. Produces great football players for top clubs though as a team they haven't achieved much internationally. Rugby league and American football are starting to grow more in Serbia.
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.
Top football nation, pretty good in both summer and Winter Olympics. I'm struggling now. Moustaches? Sausages? Oh I forgot Schumacher and vetal, Becker and stitch, Langer etc. Top 5 nation I agree.
Okay if they are fifth, then tell me what they are good at except football, hockey and Table Tennis. I think they should be 8th
Yeah I'm from India but seriously Germany deserves to be on this spot
Germany is the best...
Most successful at football, by far the most popular sport in the World. Australia and the US are successful in sports nobody else plays, such as american and australian football and baseball. Also, it is not fair to include winter sports in this discussion, since most countries are not suitable for them.
Brazil has won first place in almost every sport there is. All types of Soccer, MMA, Boxing, Volleyball, Basketball, Surf, Racing and many more... Pretty much every sport that they try, they sooner or later excel at it, maybe not for long, but they win at least one time. Not a lot if countries can say that. USA has never won any soccer international competition on the mens side.
Number 1 at soccer (won 5 titles), Number 1 at volleyball (both men and women)...They are awesome!
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.
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.
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.
For a country of only 4.6 million people New Zealand is definitely one of the best sporting countries there is. The All Blacks are the number 1 rugby team in the world with multiple records, with the women's rugby union team also being ranked number 1 in the world. Lydia Ko became the youngest ever professional golfer from either sex to be ranked number 1 in the World and she became the youngest women to ever win a major championship, shes also broken many other records. N.Z excel in many other sports as well such as netball, rugby league, cricket, rowing, just to name a few. There have been some amazing sportsman and legends that have come from New Zealand and they don't get the credibility and rescpect they deserve.
Spain is a small country (48M population), but it is in the World's top 5 in many (important) sports: Tennis, Basket, Football, F1, Motorbikes, Handball, , Sailing, Cycling, Hockey, Skate Hockey... even we have World's Champions in Badminton and Paddle.
Spain has been only one time in the top 10 medalist countries in Olympic Games (Barcelona 92), because Olympic Games include many minoritary sports and give the same value to a curling and a basket medal.
Barca and Real have historically got their best players from South America, Holland, Germany, Portugal etc as well as Spain - it can't bear on the rankings. However the national football team is very good. Tennis and formula 1 as well. Shame about other world sports like cricket, rugby and track and field. 7th about right.
It has the two of the greatest ever football clubs boasted of best players from the world... It also leads the world of tennis as of now..
We have had the best formula one racers, golfers, football teams, tennis players, swimmers... we are even good at basketball now!
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.
Collective sports (Handball, Rugby, Football, Basket... ) and individual sports (judo, swimming, ski, race driving,... ): France is well-ranked in a lot of varied domains
Just now in 2017 French Handball team won its 6th world title, it makes this Country the best Handball team in the sport History.
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.
India may not be a good sporting nation by western standards, but no one can argue it is drastically improving and sports are slowy being recognised by parents. Now, I'm an Australian who has a couple of very sporty Indian friends but due their culture they want to take up proffesions like engineering and medicine. If my friends wanted to take up a sporting career, there is literally no doubt that they will be successful.
Talented. But obsession with academics is a curse. Whatever laurels were achieved was despite governments.
Sports culture building up. But politicians run sports federations and they screw up. Don't you know they get more allowances than players to attend international meets?
Politics, corruption need to be weeded it. Then a sea change will happen
Indians are talented but they lack exposure. The players should be appreciated because they always compete against the best without proper coaching and management..
We don't play worldwide sports and our sports aren't worldwide yet.. But we have achieved more than something in every sport we take part.
People say China is not good at sports but that is not true! We are the worlds best country in many sports, including badminton, table tennis, volleyball, diving, etc.
Very good at sports, but mostly because of their massive population. They are very good at badminton, table tennis, volleyball, and basketball.
The modern leader in Olympics but not yet well established in major sports events.
China is amazing at sports. They should deserve far more than this.
May I just say to whoever said it's great for the size of the country, actually we are second biggest country in land mass I think I've heard. But anyways Canada is great and they still do well even though Usa has way more teams than us. And whoever said go Canada if the World Cup I agree with them :)
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 a population smaller than that of the state of California. When it comes to summer Olympics we never perform too badly but Winter Olympics are when we shine.
Just look at the winter olympic performance in 2018. Moreover, they pull their weight when you consider per capita stats in summer games as well.
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.
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!
I'm from Sweden, and it's amazing there, really suggest it. But focus on one sport, because they are really good at every sport
Third most Olympic medals per population 638. Over 50 medals per one million inhabitants
Well done at squash. I won the Morley poker tournament 16 time on the bounce, now that was special. Average at cricket, ok at hockey. The two biggest sports events in the world, World Cup and summer olympics - where are ya? Nowhere even close. The glory for you comes with beating India at cricket stay focused on that for now.
We aren't the best at anything now but our history is filled with great sports achievements in field hockey, squash, cricket, snooker, polo and many others.
We aren't a world force yet, and frankly won't be for some time to come, but we certainly are a regional force.
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 grate country in sports because they are world champion in every game except football...
Nibali, baresi, Baggio, Some stars for sure. Nowhere in the olympics, poor rugby nation. Tennis and boxing I can't think of world stars. But I love the Italian passion for Calcio, and for that alone they are a top sporting nation.
This great country always seems to be in the mix. For instance, world cup, euro cup, always in the top five in olympics summer and winter. Tour de france, Giro d'Italia and the list goes on.
The most versatile country in the sports world! Not a sport that Italians don't succeed in!
Forza italia just plain good at everything.
1.Jamaica is the sprint capital of the world. Usain Bolt the fastest man in the world
2.Jamaica is ranked 3rd in the world in Netball
3. Jamaica has the best football team in the Caribbean
4. Jamaica's Alia Atkinson is the first black female to win a gold medal in world record time in the womens 100m breast stroke at the Fina Championships.
5. Jamaica dominates track and field.
Jamaica has only 2.8 million people, yet it contributes top athletes to the UK, USA, and Canada. It does very good at boxing, netball, football, track and field, and swimming. Earning the nickname "The sprint capital of the world."
Jamaica has some of the best runners in the world!
Usain bolt and the relay team, that's all folks.
Japan has won the World Baseball Classic twice since the tournament was created. In the 2006 World Baseball Classic, they defeated Cuba in the finals and in 2009 World Baseball Classic Japan defeated South Korea in 10 innings to defend their title.
The national team is currently ranked #1 in the world by the International Baseball Federation.
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 have the best baseball program in Asia from Highschool baseball to College Baseball and from transistion to Professional Baseball. We train them to be good and to be globally competitive in Baseball.
Japan has produce Suzuki Ichiro one of the best Baseball players in Asia and the Whole World.
Norway is the #1 in winter sports by a giant margin. I think this gives them a good reason to be in the top 10! There are also a lot of talent I'm Norway outside of winter sports, just look at women's handball (which is the only relevant handball) results of the last years!
Winter sports, handball, chess, acrobatics, fencing, bike race.. Just to mention a few. And that's really impressive, because there are only 5 million norwegians in the world.
By population Norway is undoubtedly the greatest sporting nation in the world. Hard facts.
Best total olympic medals per capita ratio... (If you include winter olympics). enough said
Croatia is definitely one of the best countries at sport. This year alone they have come second in the world cup, won the davis cup, and was the only country with 2 tennis players in the top 15. Also Luka Modric, who won the Golden ball, best player, best midfielder, best play-maker and the ballon d'or this year, is Croatian. They also have world champions in sailing, rowing and karate. Their U16 basketball team are European champions. Sandra Perkovic became European discus champion for the record 5th time. That isn't even everything they have done this year and they are only a country of 4 million people! If that doesn't make them one of the best in the world, I don't know what can.
Football, handball, history in basketball, waterpolo, tenis, just look at the olympic medals. For example Rio, with population of 4 million, Croatia finished on 17th place in the world with 10 medals, if you look per capita, Croatia were 6th! For example, Serbia with medals they took from Yugoslavia, has smaller number of medals. In biggest competition in the world, WC in football Croatia has bronze and silver medal! Croatia won Davis Cup, the oldest competition in the world, two times! Just look at Janica and Ivica Kostelic, they have won everything in skiing, and Croatia has 1 place for skiing! That is just few things I had the will to write it down
Croatia has a population of just about 4.5 million People, but it has still produced some of the best and most famous sportspeople. Even though the country has been particularly successful in team sports, in which you need several good athletes to make up a team which might win one medal, whereas in some other sports one good athlete might even win several medals, Croatia has won many Olympic medals relative to its population.
And many athletes belong to the greatest in their respective sport, like Blanka Vlasic, Janica Kostelic, Toni Kukoc, Ivano Balic, Sandra Perkovic, Luka Modric.
This country has the best sports in the planet Croatia beat Mexico on May 27 This country plays better than Mexico. VIVA Croatia!
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 world leader in womens tennis.
Kidding? Russia win many championships!
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.
Only world undefeated mma fighter in the world, One of the best boxing nations on the planets. Decent at soccer, cricket. 3rd ranked in rugby in the world. Hurling and Gaelic football being Ireland's most popular sport being purely Irish are the fastest field sports in the world.
Ireland were recently ranked 2nd in the rugby world rankings. Outstanding for a country with such a small population. In soccer we have beaten the biggest names such as Germany and Brazil. We have the amazing G.A.A. We also pride ourselves in boxing e.g. Katie Taylor and our MMA star Conor McGregor knocked out Jose Aldo, former champion and undefeated for 10 years, in 13 seconds...
Very small country, performs consistently well at Olympics and awed many people in FIFA World Cups and in quite a few Winter Olympics. Best Speed-skaters in the world hands down and awesome hockey teams (male and female). Moreover, this country has produced world record breaking swimmers and a country that has no mountains yet still manages to win gold with snowboarding, must be something special… :-)
Always been one of the best countries in terms of sports. It is a small nation but has won loads of medals and prizes. If all countries were the same size then you'd see who really would be the best.
Great football history and a solid sporting mentality for a relatively small nation. Should be higher ranked.
They are either decent or the best in every sport that they participate in.
Baseball was past generation to generation. It is the gift of our ancestors that we should treasure and be good at it. That is why we are consider the best baseball country in the World.
We are good at baseball. We produce hundreds of Dominican Baseball players in the Major League Baseball. The highest international baseball player in the Major League history.
God, Country, Liberty and Baseball. That's what Dominican Republic is all about. We love Baseball and We are very passionate about it.
Baseball is the most famous sport in the Dominican Republic. It has the history of players making it into the Big Leagues.