Which top hockey nation has the best football team?

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  1. ViD

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    1. Canada

    World Cup: Did not qualify. Copa America: Was not invited.

    2. United States

    World Cup: Last 16. Copa America: 4th place.

    3. Russia

    World Cup: Group stage. Euro: Group stage

    4. Finland

    World Cup: Did not qualify. Euro: Did not qualify.

    5. Sweden

    World Cup: Did not qualify. Euro: Group stage.

    6. Czech Republic

    World Cup: Did not qualify. Euro: Group stage.

    7. Slovakia

    World Cup: Did not qualify. Euro: Last 16.

    8. Switzerland

    World Cup: Last 16. Euro: Last 16.
     
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    Sweden for Zlatan
     
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    I don't consider Switzerland a top hockey nation but them.

    Otherwise the US I guess. Russia might have a more talented team though.
     
  5. ViD

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    isn't he retired from international football?
     
  6. ViD

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    I want to say the US has the best team given the latest results, but the fact that some of the top players have retired and the team has a lot of barely known names has me still wondering how good they really are.

    Sweden lost Ibra, so it's going to be interesting how they do without him.

    Finland and Canada are two lost causes right now.

    Russia had a great finish to the qualifying campaign, but a terrible Euro finals. Now they are only playing friendlies until Summer 2017.

    Slovakia, Switzerland and Czech are decent teams, but they overachieved a bit recently, in my opinion.

    Granted Swiss just beat the Euro champs, gotta go with them, but it's a very close call.
     
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    Switzerland if you consider them a top hockey nation.
     
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    Switzerland by the options, but I don't think they should be. Then it's a tossup between US and Russia IMO.

    US has been best of the group over the past 15ish years as a whole., but as of right now, that's how I see it.
     
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    It's USA. they are the only teams that go deep in both sports. Switzerland is getting better at hockey but I think the distance between USA and SUI in soccer is closer than USA and SUI in hockey. Also the Swiss soccer team on it is largely built on non-Swiss transplants which I feel hurts them here as well.
     
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    Usa isn't the most talented right now I don't think, but we've gotten the best results in major tournaments in recent years.
     
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    USA with the Swiss being a distant second, up until 2014 the Swiss would usually go to major tournaments and finish bottom of their group. Russia and Czechs have the tradition but in recent years are on the decline with not enough youngsters coming through (Czechs for their Euro success only have qualified for 1 WC post break-up which is unacceptable, Russia are not doing a good job considering their resources). Sweden seem to have a decent generation coming through but right now they are a solid low 2nd tier/high 3rd tier Euro team. Slovakia are what they are, 3rd tier Euro NT, a team which will qualify for the 24-team Euros from now on but won't reach World Cups consistently

    Finland and Canada, with all respects, are irrelevant in football today...Canada does have some potential but still a few years away from being competitive in CONCACAF. Finland develops some decent players but too few

    So my rankings as of today....
    1. USA
    2. Switzerland
    3. Russia
    4. Sweden
    5. Czech Republic
    6. Slovakia
    7. Finland
    8. Canada
     
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    1. Switzerland
    2. Russia
    3. Slovakia
    4. Czech Republic
    5. USA
    6. Sweden sans Zlatan




































    7. Finland









    8. Canada
     
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    USA has a massive advantage not having to go through UEFA qualifying. They wouldn't be qualifying for every World Cup/Euro if they were in UEFA.
     
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    Yeah, but he's on my team now so that makes up for it.
     
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    Slim pickings from that lot at the moment.:laugh:

    I'm excluding Switzerland from this since their hockey program is in the same tier as Germany in my book.

    The Czech Republic team of Nedved, Poborsky, Koller, etc. was hands down the best team any of these nations have ever put together though.
     
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    What?

    I'd take Slovaks ahead of anyone at the moment because I don't count Switzerland as a top hockey nation.
     
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    Czech Republic cause I love me some Nedved
     
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    I really meant more in recent times when I said historically.

    The question is being interpreted many different ways. Currently, recently, and historically.
     
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    Current Generation - Switzerland
    Previous Generation - Czechs
    Golden Generation - Switzerland/Russia
     
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    Still a complete and utter fallacy.
     
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    Do you mean the Arshavin era? The USSR teams never really amounted to much (They won a Euro in the 60's I think).

    As for Switzerland, I don't think they ever fielded anything remotely close to the Czech teams of the late 90's-2004 era.
     
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    Winning a euro is a lot more than the other nations we're discussing have accomplished. The ancient swiss team was probably the strongest relative to the teams of their time, but that euro crown goes a long way for russia; especially when paired with their 3 other finals appearances where they fell short...2 of which came not long after that triumph in 1960.
     
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    It should be Russia based on the talent they have/had but it's amazing how they always find new ways to suck
     
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    And I disagree with that.
     

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