The Ten Greatest Soccer Nations

The greatest soccer nations in the history of the sport, ranked by overall success on the world stage across generations. Rankings take into account World Cup, Confederation, Euro, Copa America, and Olympic finishes, as well as current FIFA ranking, famous countrymen, and national league prowess.

1) Brazil
Current FIFA Ranking: 2
Hardware: 5 World Cups (11 semifinal appearances), 4 Confederations Cups, 8 Copa Americas
Top Club League: Brasileirão

 

2) Germany
Current FIFA Ranking: 1
Hardware: 4 World Cups (13 semifinal appearances), 3 Euro Cups, 1 Olympic gold medal (East Germany)
Top Club League: Bundesliga

 

3)  Italy
Current FIFA Ranking: 20
Hardware: 4 World Cups (8 semifinal appearances), 1 Euro Cup, 1 Olympic gold medal
Top Club League: Serie A

 

4)  France
Current FIFA Ranking: 7
Hardware: 2 World Cup (6 semifinal appearances), 2 Confederations Cups, 2 Euro Cups, 1 Olympic gold medal
Top Club League: Ligue 1

 

5)  Argentina
Current FIFA Ranking: 5
Hardware: 2 World Cups (5 semifinal appearances), 1 Confederations Cup, 14 Copa Americas, 2 Olympic gold medals
Top Club League: Argentine Primera División

 

6)  Spain
Current FIFA Ranking: 8
Hardware: 1 World Cup (2 semifinal appearances), 3 Euro Cups, 1 Olympic gold medal
Top Club League: La Liga

Greatest Players: Xavi, Andres IniestaEmilio ButraguenoTelmo ZarraLuis SuárezAmancioLászló KubalaFrancisco Gento, Iker Casillas, Ricardo ZamoraDavid Villa, Carlos Puyol

 

7)  England
Current FIFA Ranking: 13
Hardware: 1 World Cup (3 semifinal appearances), 3 Olympic gold medals
Top Club League: Premier League

 

8)  Uruguay
Current FIFA Ranking: 17
Hardware: 2 World Cups (5 semifinal appearances), 15 Copa Americas, 2 Olympic gold medals
Top Club League: Primera División Uruguaya

 

9)  Netherlands
Current FIFA Ranking: 19
Hardware: 1 Euro Cup, 5 World Cup semifinal appearances
Top Club League: Eredivisie

 

10)  Portugal
Current FIFA Ranking: 4
Hardware: 2 World Cup semifinal appearances, 2004 Euro Cup runner-up
Top Club League: Primiera Liga

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