Football is such a global sport whose name can be heard by a 3 years old child. It is one of the best and most popular sports in the world. It also has the largest number of viewers than any other sport all around the world. Though it is played and watched by most of the countries and the planet there are some countries where it is watched most. But what are those countries? Let’s take a tour to the list of these top countries where football is most popular and watched the most.
When we think about Brazil, the first thing that comes to mind is football and its top players who are ranked as one of the best in the world. Brazilians are legends of this game. The people of this country also have the same craze for football. It is rare to see Brazil at the bottom of the list instead of at the top. The Brazilian men’s football team is ranked one of the best teams in the world. They have won the FIFA World Cup many times and many of the greatest Football players are Brazilians as well. It looks like football has become an integral part of Brazilian culture and tradition.
Germany is in the same list with Brazil when it comes to national popularity and international success. Standing at second position Germany national team is one of the top football Nations who have won the most FIFA World Cup which is held in every four years. It is among the top countries watching most football. Other than this, they also have several professional and amateur leagues including Bundesliga which is positioned at the top of the pile.
Italian league Serie A is one of top football leagues in the World thanks to the popularity of the sport. Football is one of the most watched and popular sports in Italy. Many of its professional clubs are counted as one of the best in the world including the Italian National team which is ranked as one of the most successful nations. They have also won the highest level football competition, FIFA World Cup and its titles several times.
Who can forget Argentina while making a list of countries full of craze and passion for football. Just like other countries of South America Argentina also possesses a deep love and craze for football. It is the most popular sport in the country. The people of the country keep embracing this sport by their endless efforts. Argentine players also are among the world’s best players including the king of game, Lionel Messi. The Argentine player is ranked as the greatest footballer on the planet who has been ruling the sport for decades. The Argentina national team has also achieved success in the World Cup with their first victory in 1978.
One of the most successful teams like Paris Saint-Germain is a French Ligue 1 club. France is one of the oldest countries in Europe who has made soccer a part of their traditions and customs. Football is the most popular sport in the country and is watched most after four nations. They have reached such a level of success in the sport that it is hard to imagine it in the bottom of the list. Many of the greatest footballers also hail from France. They also achieved the same amount of success in international competitions by winning FIFA World Cup more than once.
Here comes the nation which inaugurated the FIFA World Cup in 1930. The first FIFA World Cup was held in Uruguay (Uruguay won the same world cup defeating Argentina) which suggests it has a different love and passion for football. Football was first introduced there in the 19th century by British immigrants and its simplicity and inexpensiveness helped it to become a favorite of everyone. Now it has become the most popular sport in the country achieving every possible international success.
How can the country not watch a sport most especially when this invented it. Yes, though originally football was invented in China centuries ago, England gave it global recognition and uniformity. The unified rules of football you see today are their product. Several meetings were held in the 19th century as a result of England’s emphasis and rules were first codified. With over 40,000 registered clubs, England has become a hub of football. The sport is more prevalent and popular than any other sport. Even the first registered club and oldest professional football clubs are also found in England. The English Premier League is another indication of how popular it is in the country.
Have you ever heard of La Liga, one of the most successful leagues? Yes, it is a Spanish league which includes clubs like Real Madrid and FC Barcelona who are the most popular rivals to each other. Soccer is the most popular sport in Spain followed by Basketball and Tennis. The country is known for its Football craze and creations like Real Madrid. Their league La Liga is watched by citizens of the country with a different spirit and passion. The nation’s passion definitely turned into its international success by becoming the winner of the FIFA World Cup 2010 after defeating the Netherlands in the finals.
Europe apparently dominates the sport of football but the more interesting thing is that the most countries watching most football are also from Europe. Just like other European nations, Netherlands’ most watched and popular sport is also the football. Story of football’s introduction in country is appealing. It was in 1879 when soccer came into existence in Netherlands after a 14 year old boy named Pim Mulier founded first soccer club. Soon after this event Dutch Professional football club was formed. Even though Dutch Professional leagues are not counted as one of the top ones, they are known for their consistency and solid performances.
Turkey might not be in the list of top football playing countries but it is definitely the one watching most football. It has a long history of loving Soccer since the rule of Ottoman Empire in 1875. Yes, the first football matches were held at the time of Ottoman Empire in 1875. But just like so many countries, football came to Turkey through British visitors. Though the Turkish National teams have not seen much success, people contain a lot of craze for the game.