What’s the best hockey-football nation in the world? Oooh, the Germans!

Ken Campbell
German team

When Germany won the World Cup last weekend, it vaulted the country to the top of FIFA’s most recent world rankings. It also made Germany the best hockey-football playing country in the world.

Nothing defines a country’s athletic prowess more than its ability to excel in both soccer and hockey. (Why, you ask? Because we said so and it’s summer and in case you haven’t noticed, the hockey world is not exactly brimming with activity these days.) One is known as The Beautiful Game™ and the other one features corner kicks and lots of falling down and gnashing of teeth.

Think about it. Soccer and hockey are the only two games in the world where ties are decided by penalty shots. The greatest soccer players are known by just one name – he said Kaka – and so are the greatest hockey players. Just as Sid and Ovie.

We thought it would be fun to rank the top hockey-football countries on the world based on their rankings by FIFA and the International Ice Hockey Federation. In what was a precise and painstaking procedure, we added the two of them together and the lower the total, the higher the ranking.

We included the 49 countries that are ranked by both bodies. So where did Canada finish? Well, let’s put it this way: Iceland, Australia, Turkey, South Africa and United Arab Emirates all finished ahead.

RK.     COUNTRY                IIHF    FIFA   TOTAL

1.         Germany                    13        1          14

2.         Switzerland                 7          9          16

3.         USA                            6          15        21

4.         France                         12        10        22

5.         Russia                         3          23        26

6.         Netherlands                 25        3          28

7.         Sweden                        1          29        30

8.         Italy                            18        14        32

9.         Spain                           30        8          38

10.       Czech Republic           5          35        40

11.       Denmark                     15        26        41

            Belgium                       36        5          41

13.       Ukraine                       20        22        42

            England                       22        20        42

15.       Croatia                        28        17        45

16.       Slovenia                       14        37        51

            Mexico                        33        18        51

18.       Slovakia                       8          46        54

19.       Romania                      27        28        55

20.       Finland                        2          55        57

            Hungary                      19        38        57

22.       Austria                         16        43        59

            Greece                         46        13        59

24.       Norway                       10        53        63

25.       Japan                           21        45        66

            Serbia                          31        31        62

27.       Turkey                         41        32        73

28.       Korea                          23        56        79

29.       Iceland                         35        47        82

30.       Poland                         24        61        85

31.       Belarus                        11        81        92

32.       Israel                           32        67        99

33.       South Africa                40        66        106

34.       Australia                     34        76        110

            UAE                            45        65        110

36.       Bulgaria                       39        72        111

37.       Latvia                          9          103      112

38.       Ireland                         44        70        114

39.       Estonia                        29        92        121

40.       Canada                        4          118      122

41.       Lithuania                     26        104      130

42.       China                           38        94        132

43.       New Zealand               37        101      138

44.       Georgia                        47        96        143

45.       Kazakhstan                 17        129      146

46.       Luxembourg                42        108      150

47.       DPR Korea                 43        163      206

48.       Hong Kong                  48        162      210

49.       Mongolia                     49        189      238