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If tennis is my favorite individual sport, then soccer is my most favorite team sport of all time. It is hard to compare both, both are exciting to watch and play. Both require a lot of foot speed and stamnina. I find soccer more challenging to the body than tennis.

A team which wins a world cup becomes a huge hero in the country for the next four years until they have to defend their world cup championship title at the next World Cup. World Cup is undoubtedly the greatest sporting event on earth; not even the Olympics come close to it. The passion, the emotion, the drama, and the world-wide popularity of the event is unparalleled. Though the sport has been dominated by South America and Europe for a long time, interest in Africa, North America, Asia and Oceania have been on the rise for many decades now. The World Cup has been so far won only by European and South American countries. I feel that trend will stay for a while. I feel that in my lifetime an African team might win it, as the African teams are better than North American, Asian and Oceanian teams in general. Oddly, the sport has never as big in the USA - a nation which could lay claim to be the greatest sporting nation of the 20th century and the 21st century so far. The World Cup is my most favorite sporting event and I follow it religiously.

One can say the most successful nations in soccer are the ones who have won World Cup the most. Euro Cup is the second most important tournament out there. It does not compare to the World Cup in terms of prestige but it is undoutedbly the second most important International soccer event. I am ranking them based on the amount of times they have won the World Cup and breaking ties by giving the nation which has won the title more recently

The World Cup Winners

1 Brazil 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002
2 Germany 1954, 1974, 1990, 2014
3 Italy 1934, 1938, 1982, 2006
4 Argentina 1978, 1986
5 Uruguay 1930, 1950
6 Spain 2010
7 France 1998
8 England 1966

The Euro Cup Winners

1 Spain 1964, 2008, 2012
2 Germany 1972, 1980, 1996,
3 France 1984, 2000
4 Portugal 2016
5 Greece 2004
6 Denmark 1992
7 Netherlands 1988
8 Czechia 1976
9 Italy 1968
10 Russia 1960

Brazil is of course, the most successful football nation out there. Germany would have been ahead of Italy before last World Cup as they made more finals. But they lost the semis (one of the best matches in recent times) to Italy who went on to win their fourth World Cup. Argentina and Uruguay both have won 2 World Cups, but Argentina lost in 2 World Cup finals, Uruguay won 2 out of 2 finals. France got a higher rank than England as they made last World Cup final. England have won the only final they played. Spain won the 2010 World Cup. South America has won 9 World Cup among three countries and Europe has won 10 World Cup among 4 countries