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

We all know how good Germany is at soccer, but the Germans are no slouches at hockey. That's why Germany tops the first-ever hockey-football world rankings. Canada, meanwhile, has a little work to do to improve on its 40th rank among 49 nations.
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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

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