The Greatest Americas National Teams of All-Time

Historically, Recognizing of the Americas football, Argentina was the first nation to appear its national football team since the 1890s. The United States of America was the first team from the continent to participate in World football competition in the 1904 Olympic game. In accordance with the prosperity   of South American football in the 1920s, Uruguay won the first ever World Cup final tournament in 1930. The FIFA World Cup qualification zone CONMEBOL and CONCACAF was first organized for the 1950 tournament.  In history of World Cup, only South American team could win champions for nine occassions and vice-champions for four times.

Copa America was first held as South American Championship in 1916. It was competed between South American teams in the league system, held in every year since then until 1927 except 1918. Then, it was not consistency in a gap of period time between 1-3 years. However, some teams alternated withdrawing and there is no tournament having all nations to participate. Until 1975, it has been held between every 2-4 years and the system was changed to be tournament and all nations regularly entered to play and changed name to the current one. It has been inviting CONCACAF teams to participate since 1993. 

CONCACAF Gold Cup was founded as CONCACAF championship in 1963 as a merger of NAFC (North American Football Championship held in 1947 and 1949) and CCCF (Confederation of Central America and Caribbean Football Championship), played in the league system and held between 1941 and 1961 for ten tournaments) and played in every two years. Between 1973 and 1989, it was held in every four years to support the competition as the FIFA World Cup qualification round. Since 1990, it has been competed as tournament system and sometimes invited South American teams to participate. Note that NAFC championship was independency appeared again in 1990 and 1991. Caribbean Cup has been held every year since 1989 until the present.



20. Jamaica

Football Association Year of Establishment :  1910
Zone   :  Caribbean
Stadium : Independence Park (35,000 Seats)
All-Time FIFA World Cup Table : 60th
All-Time CONCACAF Gold Cup Table :  7th
Caribbean Cup : WN (6), RN (2)
CONCACAF Gold Cup : 2nd (1), 3rd (2), R6 (4)
FIFA World Cup Qualification : 3rd (2), R6 (4)
FIFA World Cup  :  R24 (1)
All-Time Top Scorer :  Luton Shelton (35 Goals)
The Greatest Player Ever :  Ricardo Gardner
The Greatest Manager Ever :  Carl Brown


“The Reggae Boyz” Jamaica national team is known as one of the strongest teams from Caribbean. They first played in international match in 1925. Jamaica was first a member of FIFA in 1962. Jamaica entered to play in the continental competition for the first time in the 1963 CONCACAF Championship. In 1965, they first affiliated to CONCACAF and  it made its first attempt at World Cup qualifying. During the 1970s and the first half 1980s, Jamaica withdrew in many CONCACAF championships and FIFA World Cup qualifying round. They finally met their best year in history in 1998 after it is the first time for them to qualify for World Cup and could win a game in final tournament, and also finished their best place ever in history of continental championship as the CONCACAF Gold Cup fourth place.






19. Panama

Football Association Year of Establishment : 1937
Zone   :  Central America
Stadium : Estadio Rommel Fernandez (32,000 Seats)
All-Time FIFA World Cup Table : -
All-Time CONCACAF Gold Cup Table :  6th
CCCF Championship  :  WN (1), 3rd (1)
Centroamericana  : WN (1), RN (1), 3rd (3)
CONCACAF Gold Cup : RN(2),3rd(1), QF (3)
FIFA World Cup Qualification : R6 (2)
FIFA World Cup  :  None
All-Time Top Scorer :  Luis Tejada (40 Goals)
The Greatest Player Ever :  Julio Cesar Dely Valdez
The Greatest Manager Ever :  Julio Cesar Dely Valdez

"The Canal Men"  Panama is one of the most incremental developing football nations with fulfilling the gap of 121 FIFA ranks within 9 years. It affiliated to FIFA in 1938 and played its first ever international match in the same year. Panama's first ever international tournament appearance is at the 1941 CCCF Championship and won the first international title at the 1951 at CCCF Championship. Panama was one of the founding members of CONCACAF in 1961. However, Panama first enter to FIFA World Cup qualification at the 1982 competition and first enter to CONCACAF Gold Cup in 1993 with the 30 years interval from the last participation in the 1963 CONCACAF Championship. Panama finished 5th in the 2014 World Cup qualification in which is the closest status to qualify in its history. 



18. Haiti
Football Association Year of Establishment :  1904
Zone Caribbean, Stadium : Sylvio Carter  (10,500 Seats)
All-Time FIFA World Cup Table : 75th
All-Time CONCACAF Gold Cup Table : 12th
Caribbean Cup  :  WN (1), RN (1), 3rd (4)
CCCF Championship  :  WN (1)
CONCACAF Gold Cup :  WN (1), RN (2), R6 (5)
FIFA World Cup Qualification : WN(1), RN(1), 3rd(2), R6(4)
FIFA World Cup :  R16 (1)
All-Time Top Scorer :  Emmanuel Sanon (47 Goals)
The Greatest Player Ever :   Emmanuel Sanon
The Greatest Manager Ever :  Antoine Tassy

Haiti national team is the greatest Caribbean team of all-time as the best performance in all-time CONCACAF Championship and FIFA World Cup qualifying record.Its first international macth was held in 1925. Haiti was first admitted to FIFA so early in 1933 and is one of the founding members of CONCACAF in 1961. They first entered in FIFA World Cup qualification since 1934. Haiti has one of the longest football traditions in the Caribbean. Throughout the 60s, and 70s, Haiti's football status in the region remained very strong, being considered the third strongest team in CONCACAF after Mexico and arguably Costa Rica. Haiti appeared in CONCAACF Championship final match three times in row between 1971 and 1977 and won the title in 1973, led them to qualify for World Cup as the only occasion in their history. However, they lost all three games in the final tournament. Since the second half 1980s until the present, Haiti has not been in the top level status of the continent.






17. Trinidad and Tobago
Football Association Year of Establishment :  1908
Zone : Caribbean, Stadium : Hasely Crawford (27,000 Seats)
All-Time FIFA World Cup Table : 67th
All-Time CONCACAF Gold Cup Table :  8th
Caribbean Cup  : WN (8), RN (5)
CONCACAF Gold Cup : RN(1), 3rd (2), 4th (1), R6 (4)
FIFA World Cup Qualification : RN(1), 3rd(1), 4th(1), R6(1)
FIFA World Cup :  R28 (1)
All-Time Top Scorer :  Stern John (69 Goals)
The Greatest Player Ever :  Dwight Yorke
The Greatest Manager Ever :  Leo beenhakker


“The Soca Warriors” Trinidad and Tobago national team currently holds the record the smallest nation both in size and population to ever qualify for World Cup and the most winners in Caribbean Championship. Its first international macth was held in 1934. Trinidad was first a member to FIFA and CONCACAF during the early 1960s. Trinidad entered to play in World Cup qualification round for the first time in 1965 and first participated in CONCACAF Championship in 1967.The middle of 1970s became their first memorable era when they finished second place in the 1973 CONCACAF Championship which is also the FIFA World Cup qualifying round. They missed the champion and a ticket to qualify for World Cup in the last game due to match fixing-scandal of referees. Nevertheless, this achievement is still the best place ever in their history of Continental championship. Trinidad was closest to qualify for World Cup again in 1989 but narrowly missed before finally won its first occasion in the 2006 FIFA World Cup and could win one point after drawing in a game.






16. El Salvador

Football Association Year of Establishment :  1935
Zone : Central America, Stadium : Cascatlan (45,000 Seats)
All-Time FIFA World Cup Table : 77th
All-Time CONCACAF Gold Cup Table :  9th
CONCACAF Gold Cup :  RN(2), 3rd(1), 4th(2), R6(1)
CCCF Championship : WN (1), RN (2)
Centroamericana  :  3rd  (5)
FIFA World Cup Qualification : FN (1), 3rd (2), R6 (4)
FIFA World Cup :  R16 (1), R24 (1)
All-Time Top Scorer :  Jorge Alberto Gonzalez (41 Goals)
The Greatest Player Ever :  Jorge Alberto Gonzalez
The Greatest Manager Ever :  Pipo Rodriguez

El Salvador national team is one of the greatest CONCACAF teams during the early 1980s. They played its first international match in 1921. El Salvador affiliated to FIFA and UNCAF in 1938 before made it to CONCACAF in 1962. It was one of the founding members and a finalist in CCCF Championship and CONCACAF Championship in 1941 and 1963, respectively. El Salvador won their only trophy in history after won the 1943 CCCF Championship successfully. The late 1960s became their first golden age after qualified for Olympic game in 1968 and the 1970 FIFA World Cup despite they just first participated in qualifying round. Their second best era was created after they qualified for the 1982 FIFA World Cup after finished runner-up in CONCACAF champion as the second time. All in all, they lost all six games in their history of World Cup final tournament. El Salvador also won two gold medals in Central American and Caribbean games.





15. Canada
Football Association Year of Establishment :  1912
Zone   :  Northern Americas
Stadium : Olympic Stadium (66,308 Seats)
All-Time FIFA World Cup Table : 71th
All-Time CONCACAF Gold Cup Table :  5th
NAFC Championship  :  WN (1)
CONCACAF Gold Cup :  WN (2), 3rd (2), 4th (3), R6 (4)
Olympic Games  : Gold Medal (1)
FIFA World Cup Qualifying : FN(1),RN(1),3rd(1),4th(1),R6(2)
FIFA World Cup :  R24 (1)
All-Time Top Scorer :  Dwayne de Rosario (22 Goals)
The Greatest Player Ever :  Bruce Wilson
The Greatest Manager Ever :  Tony Waiters


Canada national soccer team is the oldest team in North America continent. It first played in international match in the 1904 Olympic Games. Canada was first a member of FIFA so early in 1913. However, they withdrew from FIFA in 1928 before re-joining the confederation in 1946 and took part in World Cup qualifying for the first time in 1957. Canada was one of the founding members of CONCACAF in 1961. They did not enter to play in CONCACAF Championship for over decade since it was established until 1977 and their best era was started since then. Canada won fourth place for two times in row before won their first champion in the tournament in 1985, led them qualified for the 1986 FIFA World Cup automatically as the only once time in their history. In the 2000s, Canada is successful in CONCACAF Gold Cup when they could qualify in every final tournament and won its second trophy in 2000.





14. Guatemala
Football Association Year of Establishment :  1919
Zone   :  Central America
Stadium :  Estadio Mateo Flores (30,000 Seats)
All-Time CONCACAF Gold Cup Table :  11th
CCCF Championship  :  RN (3), 3rd (1)
Centroamericana  : WN (1), RN (5), 3rd (3)
CONCACAF Gold Cup : WN (1),RN(2),3rd(1),4th(1),R6(6)
FIFA World Cup Qualification : 4th (1), R6 (7)
FIFA World Cup  :  None, Olympic Games :  QF (1)
All-Time Top Scorer :  Carlos Ruiz (59 Goals)
The Greatest Player Ever :  Oscar Conejo Sanchez
The Greatest Manager Ever :  Cesar Viccino


Guatemala national team is the only top team in Central America to have never qualified for FIFA World Cup. They played its first international match in 1921. Guatemala was first admitted to FIFA in 1946 and CONCACAF in 1961. During the 1940s and 1950s, they played in CCCF championship but didn’t win any trophy. They first entered to play in the FIFA World Cup qualifying round for the 1958 tournament. Guatemala was one of the founding members in CONCACAF Championship in 1963 and met their golden era in the second half 1960s when it was appeared in CONCACAF Championship final for 3 consecutive times and won their only title in the history in 1967. Moreover, Guatemala victory participated in their only occasion in World tournament in the 1968 Olympic games. The closest time to qualify for World Cup was carted in 1989 as they finished fourth place in the final group.



13. Honduras
Football Association Year of Establishment :  1951
Zone  :  Central America
Stadium : Olimpico Metropolitano (40,000 Seats)
All-Time FIFA World Cup Table : 62th
All-Time CONCACAF Gold Cup Table :  4th
CONCACAF Gold Cup : WN(1),RN(2),3rd(3),4th(4),R6(3)
CCCF Championship : RN (1), 3rd (5)
Centroamericana : WN (3), RN (2), 3rd (3)
FIFA World Cup Qualification :  3rd (3), 4th (4), R6 (1)
FIFA World Cup :  R20 (1), R32 (2)
All-Time Top Scorer :  Carlos Pavon (57 goals)
The Greatest Player Ever :  Gilberto Yearwood
The Greatest Manager Ever :  Jose De La Paz Herrera

Honduras national team is the second greatest team of all-time in Central America. They played the first international match in 1921. Honduras was first admitted to FIFA in 1951 and was one of the founding members of CONCACFA in 1961. Honduras first entered to play in the FIFA World Cup qualification of the 1962 tournament and was one of the first participants in CONCACAF Championship. They met their best point in history in 1981 when it won their only CONCACAF Championship and qualified for World Cup for the first time. Honduras achieved to qualify again for the 2010 tournament. Even they have never gone further than group stage, they could keep three games draw in the record. However, their greatest achievement ever could be the 2001 Copa America third place despite they appear in the tournament just only time.



12. Costa Rica
Football Association Year of Establishment :  1921
Zone : Central America
Stadium : Ricardo Sparissa Ayma (24,000 Seats)
All-Time FIFA World Cup Table :  29th
All-Time CONCACAF Gold Cup Table : 3rd
CCCF Championship : WN (7), RN (1), 3rd (1)
Copa America : QF(2-B), Centroamericana: WN(8),RN (4)
CONCACAF Gold Cup : WN(3),RN(1),3rd(5),4th(2),R6(6)
World Cup Qualifying :1st(2),2nd(4),3rd(1),4th(4),R6(2)  
FIFA World Cup : QF(1) R16(1), R20(1), R32(1)
All-Time Top Scorer :  Rolando Fonseca (47 Goals)
The Greatest Player Ever : Alejandro Morera
The Greatest Manager Ever : Marvin Rodriguez


Costa Rica is the greatest Central American football nation of all-time, holds the record most winners in CCCF Championship and Centroamericana Cup and also has the greatest record in CONCACAF Gold Cup and FIFA World Cup qualifying round among Central American teams. The national team made its debut in the Independence Centenary Games in 1921. Costa Rica was first admitted to FIFA in 1926 and CONCACAF in 1962. Throughout the 50s and 60s, and were very much the second strongest team in the CONCACAF zone behind Mexico, finishing runners-up in World Cup qualifying in the 1958, 1962 and 1966 qualifiers. They first entered to play in the FIFA World Cup qualification round of the 1958 tournament. Costa Rica victory won the first edition of CONCACAF championship in 1963. However, between 1973 and 1981, it is their most failure era, not qualified for every final tournament. Costa Rica finally qualified for the 1990 FIFA World Cup and and reached their best result ever in 2014 FIFA World Cup. 



11. Ecuador
Football Association Year of Establishment :  1926
Zone : South America
Stadium : Estadio Olimpico Atahualpa (40,948 Seats)
All-Time FIFA World Cup Table : 40th
All-Time Copa America Table : 10th
Copa America : 3rd(1-A), 4th (1-A,1-B), 5th (2-B)
World Cup Qualification : 2nd(1),3rd(1),4th(1),SF(1),6th(3)
FIFA World Cup :  R12(1), R20 (1), R24(1)
All-Time Top Scorer :  Agustin Delgado (31 Goals)
The Greatest Player Ever :  Alberto Spencer
The Greatest Manager Ever :  Hernan Dario Gomez

Ecuador national team is one of the successful South American teams in the modern era. The affiliation to FIFA and CONMEBOL was crated during the mid 1920s. Ecuador played its first international match in 1938.They first entered to play in South American championship in 1939. Their first participation in a World Cup qualifying campaign was in the 1962 campaign. From a historical viewpoint, Ecuador has been in the bottom level of the continental standard. Their best place ever in Copa America is fourth place in 1959 and 1993. However, they finished third place in 1997 if consider result for only south American nations. Their golden era came true in the 2000s, Ecuador has become the top team in the continent and first qualified for World Cup of the 2002 tournament and could reach second round of the 2006 FIFA World Cup as their second participation. Ecuador won three games in the two final tournaments.






10. United States of America
Football Association Year of Establishment :  1913
Zone: North America,Stadium:Rose Bowl(94,542 Seats)
All-Time FIFA World Cup Table : 23rd
All-Time CONCACAF Gold Cup Table : 1st
CONCACAF Gold Cup : WN(5), RN(5), 3rd(2), R6(1)
Copa America : 4th(2-B), Olympic Games : 2nd(1),3rd(1)
All-Time Confederation Cup : 2nd(1),3rd(2)
World Cup Qualification: 1st(3),2nd(4),3rd(1),4th(1),R6(4)
FIFA World Cup : 3rd(1-A), QF(1), R12 (2), R16 (1-A,2-B), R24 (1), R28 (1), R32 (1)
All-Time Top Scorer :  Landon Donovan (57 Goals)
The Greatest Player Ever :  William Gonsalves
The Greatest Manager Ever :  Bob Bradley

The United States of America is one of the strongest sides from the North America in the modern era of football and is the oldest national team in the Americas when its first game was held in 1885. USA achieved winning medals in the 1904 Olympic Games. USA was affiliated to FIFA in 1914 and turned professional status in 1921 as the first nation in North Americas. It was one of the members in the first edition of FIFA World Cup in 1930 and won third place as highest place in their history of the tournament. In the post-war era, USA still performed well in the 1950 FIFA World Cup and ended the first half the 20th Century impressively. On the other hand, unpopularity in Soccer sport for the USA citizen was the very strong factor to lead them disappearing in the World stage between 1950s and 1980s, not qualified for World Cup and even CONCACAF championship final tournament until 1989. The 1990s is regarded as the rebirth of American soccer. They qualified for the 1990 World Cup for the firs time in four decades and was selected as host in 1994. Since then, its football has been much developed and reached their best achievement in the 2002 FIFA World Cup quarter-finalist. USA has been catching from an eye around the World to see their level in the prime.




9. Bolivia
Football Association Year of Establishment :  1925
Zone   :  South America
Stadium :  Estadio Hernando Siles (42,000 Seats)
All-Time FIFA World Cup Table :  68th
All-Time Copa America Table :    8th
Copa America: WN(1-A),RN(1-B),4th(2-A),5th(1-B),6th(1-B)
FIFA World Cup Qualification : 4th(1), SF(2), 5th(1), 6th(2)
FIFA World Cup : R12(1-A), R16 (1), R24(1)
All-Time Top Scorer :  Joaquin Botero (20 Goals)
The Greatest Player Ever :  Marco Etcheverry
The Greatest Manager Ever :  Danilo Alvim


Bolivia national team was first affiliated to FIFA and CONMEBOL in 1926. In the same year, they entered to lay in South American Championship as their first ever international match. It was one of the founding members of FIFA World Cup final tournament in 1930. Bolivia withdrew to play in South American champions for ten tournaments between 1929 and 1959. In their second participation in the 1950 World Cup, it is still no point for them after lost in all games. In 1963, Bolivia built the victory to win their only South American Champion in the history. The real golden age of the team was during the mid 1990s, Bolivia took advantage for their accustoming to play in very high altitude above sea level to win many home games until qualified for the 1994 World Cup and it is the golden generation to play in the period. They finally won one point in World Cup after draw a game. The golden age was ended in 1997 when they finished second place in Copa America.



8. Colombia
Football Association Year of Establishment :  1924
Zone   :  South America
Stadium : Estadio Nemecio Camacho (44,000 Seats)
All-Time FIFA World Cup Table : 28th
All-Time Copa America Table :  7th
Copa America  : WN (1-B), RN (2-B), 3rd(3-B), 
4th(3-B), 5th(3-B), 6th(3-B)
FIFA Confederation Cup : 4th (1)
World Cup Qualifying : FN(1),2nd(1),3rd(1),SF(2), 6th(3)
FIFA World Cup : QF(1),R16(2),R20(1),R24(1)
All-Time Top Scorer : R. Falcao, A. Iguaran (25 Goals)
The Greatest Player Ever :  Carlos Valderrama
The Greatest Manager Ever :  Francisco Maturana

“The Coffee Growers” Colombia national team is the greatest side from the North of South America. It was first member of FIFA and CONMEBOL in 1936. Its irst international match was held in 1938. Alfredo Di Stefano appeared to play under Colombian shirt in 1949. As its professional league was started so lately in the Continent, they first entered to play in South American Championship in the 1945 tournament before participated in FIFA World Cup qualification round for the first time in 1957. Colombia withdrew to play in South American Championship for six times after then. They could qualify for FIFA World Cup for the first time in the 1962 tournament. The 1990s became their golden decade of Colombia when the golden generation was formed and they could qualify for World Cup for three consecutive tournaments and reached best result in the 1994 World Cup second round, and achieved the outstanding record consecutive unbeaten for 27 games between 1992 and 1994. In 2001, Colombia finally won their only Copa America title. In all-time World Cup record, Colombia won three games and drew twice.


7. Peru


Football Association Year of Establishment :  1922
Zone :  South America
Stadium : Estadio Nacional (55,000 Seats)
All-Time FIFA World Cup Table : 37th
All-Time Copa America Table : 6th
Copa America  : WN (1-A,1-B), 3rd(4-A,5-B), 
4th(4-A), 5th(1-B), 6th(5-B)
World Cup Qualification : 3rd(1), SF(1), 5th(4), 6th(2)
FIFA World Cup : QF (2), R12 (1-A), R20 (1)
All-Time Top Scorer : P. Guerrero, T. Cubillas  (26 Goals)
The Greatest Player Ever :  Teofilo Cubillas
The Greatest Manager Ever :  Marcos Calderon

Peru national team is one of the most recognizable South American team in the prime. It was first member to FIFA and CONMEBOL and played the first international match during the mid 1920s. It first participated in South American Championship in 1927. The 1930s is considered to be the first golden era of Peruvian football. In 1930, It was one of the founding members in FIFA World Cup first edition.  Peru was the only South American football representative in the 1936 Berlin Olympics and the most outstanding point is the 1939 South American Champion. Peru sustain their level in the top flight of South America during the 1940s and 1950s before reached their prime as second golden era again in the 1970s to the early 1980s. Peru finished quarter-finalists twice in two World Cup appearances and won the first edition of Copa America in 1975. Peru played the last World Cup in 1982 before got decline. The 1987 Alianza Lima Air Disaster is still the symbol of the falling down of Peruvian football in the later era.



6. Mexico
Football Association Year of Establishment :  1927
Zone : North America,Stadium: Azteca(104,000 Seats)
All-Time FIFA World Cup Table :  13th
All-Time Copa America Table : 8th
All-Time CONCACAF Gold Cup Table : 2nd
NAFC Championship Performance :  WN (3), RN (1)
CONCACAF Gold Cup : WN(10),2nd(2),3rd(4),4th(1),R6(2)
Copa America : RN (2-B), 3rd (3-B), QF (3-B)
Olympic : 4th (1), Confederation Cup: WN(1),3rd(1),SF(1)
World Cup Qualification :1st(8),2nd(3),3rd(1),4th(1),R6(1)
FIFA World Cup : QF(2), R12(4), R16 (1-A,8-B)
All-Time Top Scorer :  Jared Borgetti (46 Goals)
The Greatest Player Ever :  Hugo Sanchez
The Greatest Manager Ever : Juan Agiurre

Mexico is by far the greatest national team in the North America continent, holds the record most winners in CONCACAF Gold Cup and is the first place in its all-time table, and has dominated the FIFA World Cup qualifying zone CONCACAF. The first international match was held in 1923, turned professional in 1927 and first joined FIFA in 1929. Mexico was one of the first members in the first ever FIFA World Cup in 1930. Mexico was one of the founding members of CONCACAF in 1961 before first won its championship in 1965. As being a dominance side of the CONCACAF zone, Mexico missed to qualify for World Cup just three occasions since the post-war era, one of those was banned in 1990 due to using players over the age limit in Olympic Games. Mexico ever host FIFA World Cup twice and their closest occasion to reach semi-final as a victory was created in the 1986 tournament when they lost on penalty in quarter-final match. Since 1994, Mexico has qualified for every World Cup and finish second round in all five. Mexico also holds the record most consecutive champions in CONCACAF Gold Cup with three between 1993 and 1998. Mexico was very successful in Copa America after they has been regularly invited to play since 1993.





5. Chile
Football Association Year of Establishment :  1895
Zone  :  South America
Stadium :  Estadio Nacional (49,000 Seats)
All-Time FIFA World Cup Table : 20th
All-Time Copa America Table : 5th
Copa America : 1st (2-B), 2nd (2-A,3-B), 3rd (4-A,2-B), 
4th (9-A,1-B), 5th (2-B), 6th (2-B)
FIFA World Cup Qualification : 2nd(1), 3rd(1), 4th(1), SF(3), 5th(2), 6th(2)
FIFA World Cup : 3rd(1), QF(1-A), R12(3), R16(3), R24(1)
All-Time Top Scorer :  Marcelo Salas (37 Goals)
The Greatest Player Ever :  Elias Figueroa
The Greatest Manager Ever :  Fernando Riera

Chile national team is the fourth greatest South American team in term of all-time FIFA World Cup final tournament record of results. Its firs international match was held in 1910. Chile was first joined to FIFA in 1913, and was one of the founding members of CONMEBOL in 1916 in which they also played the first tournament of South American Championship. Chile was one of the founders in the FIFA World Cup first edition in 1930. Brazil was introduced professionalism in 1931. The best Chilean result in the World Cup was third place in 1962, as the host nation. Regrettably, Chile withdrew to play in South American Championship in 1963 despite it was their golden period. In overall history, Chile’s performance has been performed irregularly and it has been always opposite result between FIFA World Cup qualifying round and South American Championship in each period. This led them to have never met the dark era. Chile became the best team in the Americas in the mid-2010s with two Copa America winners.






4. Paraguay
Football Association Year of Establishment :  1906
Zone   :  South America
Stadium :  Estadio Defensores De Chaco (36,000 Seats)
All-Time FIFA World Cup Table :  22th
All-Time Copa America Table :  4th
Copa America : WN (1-A,1-B), 2nd(5-A,1-B), 3rd(6-A,1-B),4th(1-B), 5th(5-A,1-B), 5th(4-B), 6th(2-B)
FIFA World Cup Qualification : 2nd (2),3rd(1),4th(3),
SF(2), 5th(1),6th(3)  : Olympic Games : 2nd (1), QF (1)
FIFA World Cup : QF(1), R12(1-A,2-B), R16(3), R20(1)
All-Time Top Scorer :  Jose Saturino Cardozo (25 Goals)
The Greatest Player Ever :   Arsenio Erico
The Greatest Manager Ever :  Gerardo Martino

Paraguay national team is one of the strongest and consistency teams in history of South American football. They played the first international match in 1921. It was first member to CONMEBOL in 1921 and FIFA in 1925. Paraguay participated in South American Championship for the first time in 1921 and was one of the founding members in the FIFA World Cup first ever tournament in 1930. It is one of the most outstanding periods of Paraguay between 1947 and 1953. In three tournament appearances, the team finished second place twice and won its first champion in 1953. Even Paraguay  met the hard time disqualifying for World Cup through the 1960s and the 1970s, they still perform well in Copa America and even won the second title in 1979. Since 1998, Paraguay has regularly qualified for World Cup for four consecutive tournaments. Paraguay has gotten a few football superstars in history and their top-class teamwork always compensates this.



3. Uruguay


Football Association Year of Establishment :  1900
Zone  : South America
Stadium :  Estadio Centenario  (66,106  Seats)
All-Time FIFA World Cup Table :  9th
All-Time Copa America Table :  2nd
Copa America: WN(11-A,4-B),2nd(4-A,2-B),3rd (7-A,4-B),4th(3-A),5th(2-B),6th (2-B)
Olympic Games: WN(2), FIFA Confederation Cup : 4th(1)
World Cup Qualification : FN(1),2nd(1),3rd(1),SF(4),5th(6)
FIFA World Cup : WN(2-A), 4th(3), QF(1), R16(5), R28(1)
All-Time Top Scorer : Luis Suarez (45 Goals)
The Greatest Player Ever : Juan Schiaffino
The Greatest Manager Ever : Oscar Washington Tabarez

Uruguay is one of the greatest national team of the World in the earliest era of its history, holds the record ties with Argentina as the most winners in Copa America. They tie with Argentina as the oldest team in the South America when its official first international mtch was held in 1902.  It was one of the founding members in CONMEBOL and South American Championship in 1916. It was first affiliated to FIFA in 1923. Uruguay victory won the first ever South American Champion ship in 1916 and FIFA World Cup in 1930. They absolutely dominate South American football during the second half 1910s, won three champions and one vice-champion. Uruguay was known as the greatest national team in the World in the 1920s after they won two gold medals in Olympic Games during the decade. Uruguay was introduced professionalism in 1932. After won the second FIFA World Cup champion in 1950, Uruguay has gradually declined in the second half of 20th Century. They didn’t qualify for World Cup for six occasions after then but still won fourth place in final tournaments for three times, include Copa America champions six times. Between 1983 and 1989, Uruguay met their most successful period in Copa America era, reached its final match for three consecutive times and won once.


2. Argentina



Football Association Year of Establishment :  1893
Zone : South America
Stadium :EL Monumental  (57,921 Seats)
All-Time FIFA World Cup Table : 4th
All-Time Copa America Table :  1st
Copa America : WN(12-A,2-B), RN(10-A,4-B), 
3rd(3-A,1-B), 4th (1-A,2-B), 5th (3-B), 6th (13-B)
Olympic Games : WN(2),RN(2),QF(1)
WC Qualifying : 1st(3),FN(5),2nd(1),4th(1),SF(1),5th(1)
World Cup : WN(2), 2nd(1A,2B), QF(4), R12(1A,3B), 
R16(1), R20(1), Confederation Cup : WN(1), RN(2)
All-Time Top Scorer :  Lionel Messi (55 Goals)
The Greatest Player Ever :  Diego Maradona
The Greatest Manager Ever :  Carlos Bilardo


Argentina national team is the greatest team in history of Copa America, holds the record most winners and is the first place in its all-time table. It is the oldest national team in South America alongside Uruguay whom Argentin aplayed its first international match together in 1902, affiliate to FIFA in 1912 and is one of the founding members of CONMEBOL in 1916. They first played in international tournament in the 1928 Olympic Games and won Silver Medal. Argentina reached final match in the first ever FIFA World Cup in 1930. Argentina was introduced professionalism in 1931. Regrettably, the War-time disappeared two World Cups in the 1940s and they also withdrew to enter in 1938, 1950 and 1954. That period is considered as the golden age of Argentinean football. The golden generation was created from the main base of the La Maquina, holds the record most consecutive South American champions with three between 1945 and 1947. Argentina every disqualified for World Cup just once time for the 1970 tournament. However, they finally won its first FIFA World Cup champion in 1978 as host. In the second half 1980s, Argentina was the best national team in the World, much influenced by the phenomenon performance of Diego Maradona who led the team won the second title in 1986. They built the record 31 consecutive unbeaten games during the early 1990s. Despite they always have the potential to be Champion of World Cup in the next era, it has never been fulfilled due to disappearance of top-class manager.


1. Brazil


Football Association Year of Establishment :  1914
Zone: South America, Stadium: Maracana(82,283 Seats)
All-Time FIFA World Cup Table : 1st
All-Time Copa America Table : 3rd
Copa America : WN (3-A,5-B) , 2nd (8-A,3-A), 3rd (4-A,3-B), 4th (3-A,2-B), 5th (2-B)
Olympic Games : 2nd (2), 3rd (2)
FIFA Confederation Cup : WN (3), RN (1)
FIFA World Cup Qualification :  1st (3), FN(6), 3rd(1)
FIFA World Cup : WN (5), 2nd(2), 3rd(1A,1B), 4th(1),
QF(5), R12(1), R16(1A,1B)
All-Time Top Scorer :  Pele (77 Goals)
The Greatest Player Ever :   Pele
The Greatest Manager Ever :  Mario Zagallo

“The Celecao” Brazil national team is the greatest South American team of all-time, holds the record most winners in FIFA World Cup with five and is the first place in its all-time table. The first international match of Brazil was held in 1914. Brazil was one of the founding members in CONMEBOL in 1916 and the affiliation to FIFA was created in 1923. It was one of the first participants in the first ever FIFA World Cup 1930. Brazil was introduced professionalism in 1933. Until the present, Brazil is the only team to make every appearance in history of FIFA World Cup final tournament and holds the record most consecutive appearance in World Cup final match with 3 between 1994 and 2002. Brazil’s greatest era was the 1960s when Pele and many top legends appeared to lead Brazil as a dominance side of the World. In history of South American Championship, Brazil is not closed as a number one, won only two trophies and did not enter for ten tournaments. However, Brazil is the best in Copa America era, reached seven final matches in nine tournaments between 1989 and 2007 and won five champions, it was three consecutive between 1995 and 1999. Brazil holds the World record most consecutive undefeated games in all competition with 35 between 1993 and 1996 and with 13 in World Cup between 1958 and 1966, holds the record most consecutive game wins in World Cup with 11 between 2002 and 2006 the South American record most consecutive game wins with 14 in 1997.
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Honorable Mention

Venezuela (South America)
Cuba (Caribbean)
Netherlands Antilles (Caribbean)
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Statistics by Zone
9 : South Americas
5 : Central America
3 : North Americas
3 : Caribbean


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