Football is one of the oldest sports in the world and also the most famous one. It is played in almost every part of the world. World has seen numerous great players, clubs and teams of football. All these players greatly entertained football players by performing brilliantly and showing extraordinary football skills. However, few countries continued to outperform others throughout or at least through most part of history. Here is the list of top five football playing nations along with glimpse of their superb record.
Uruguayan football team is another South American team which is known to have performed well throughout the history. Uruguay won FIFA World Cups in 1930 and 1950. At present, Uruguay is at number 8 in FIFA ranking with 1183 points. Juan Alberto Schiaffino, Luis Cubilla, Diego Forlan, Luis Suarez, Obdulio Varela and Enzo Francescoli are some of the big names.
Currently Argentina is at number third in official FIFA ranking with 1496 points. Argentina has won 2 mega events in years 1978 and 1986 and two FIFA confederations cups in 1992 and 1995. Argentina has also won South American Championship for 12 times. Lionel Messi, current football mega star, also belongs to Argentina and is the captain of the team. Along with that, Argentina has also produced various other legendary players such as Diego Maradona, Carlos Tevez, Javier Zanetti, Gabriel Batistuta and Ubaldo Fillol.
Currently Italy may be at number 13 in the official FIFA team ranking but it made to number third in our list due to its brilliant overall record in football. Italy won FIFA world cups in 1934, 1938, 1982 and 2006. Italy also won UEFA European Championship in 1968 and remained runners-up in 2000 and 2012. It also ended at third position in 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup. Italy produced a lot of great football players and the list may include many names like Adolfo Baloncieri, Agostino Di Bartolomei, Aimo Diana, Mario Balotelli and Daniele De Rossi.
Germany is another great football playing nation and is the current champion of FIFA world Cup. Overall, this mega title has been won 4 times by Germany (1954, 1974, 1990, 2014). On the other hand, Germany remained runners-up for four times. Currently, Germany is the top ranked team by FIFA with 1775 points. Franz Beckenbauer, Gerd Muller, Matthaus, Jurgen Klinsmann, Miroslav Klose and Philipp Lahm are among the great German footballers.
It is without any doubt that Brazil is one of the top football nations of all times. FIFA World Cup is the biggest and most famous international event of football and the performance of any team can be assessed by looking at its records. Brazil won this mega event for five times, which is maximum by any football team. Brazil won football World Cups in 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994 and 2002. Brazil also remained runners-up in 1950 and 1998 World Cups. Pele, Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Zico, Kaka, Neymar and Romario are among many great footballers Brazil produced throughout the history of the game. Brazil also won Confederation Cup for four times. Currently Brazil is at number five in official FIFA ranking with 1392 points.
This was the list of top five football playing nations of all times. Many other countries such as Portugal, Colombia, Belgium and Spain are known to be among top football teams and have produced legendary footballers. You may tell us about your favorite football playing nation in the comments section. Meanwhile, you may visit these links to get more information about top football playing nations.
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