I thought it would be fun to compare the top Hockey countries to the top soccer/football countries in terms of playing style, level of success, etc. I'm not a big soccer fan but I always watch the world cup. Here is my take. Canada = Germany or Italy - Germany and Italy are always in contention and have a long tradition in the sport. I thought about saying England but they never win . Russia = Brazil - Brazil is known for its flashy players and Russia produces a lot of talented forwards. Sweden = Netherlands - they have some very talented players and are always in contention, but usually fall short. Czech Republic = Argentina ? - talented teams that always have a shot. USA = France - this was a tough one. I was trying to think of a soccer country with a large populate that has improved quite a bit recently. I'm not sure Americans would like to be compared to France . Finland = Denmark ? - a team that can beat anyone but not a threat to win it all. Any thoughts?