Tallest Soccer Player in the World

Who is the tallest soccer player and does height impact the game of soccer or football as Europeans call it?

In today’s soccer, goalkeepers typically stand out as the tallest members of the team, a trend affirmed by the roster of the current top ten tallest professional soccer players.

Good soccer players come in different sizes, but some physical traits like height matter.

For instance, goalkeepers need to be tall with long arms.

In the field, taller players with a good jump and smart positioning do better in aerial challenges.

Typically, the tallest soccer players are either goalkeepers or forwards.

In this article, join us as we explore the tallest soccer player currently, the tallest to ever exist and the impact of height to the game of soccer.

An image of the tallest soccer player
Simon Bloch Jørgensen
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Who is the tallest soccer player currently?

Simon Bloch Jorgensen is currently the tallest soccer player alive, standing at an impressive 6 feet 10.7 inches or 210 meters tall.

He is a Danish goalie presently participating in the Southern League Division One with Waltham Abbey.

The tallest professional soccer players in history

Here’s a list the tallest professional soccer players, spanning various club leagues globally, individuals representing their countries, and those who have graced the World Cup stage.

Rank Height (cm) Height (ft/inch) Player Nationality Position
1 210 6′ 10.5″ Simon Bloch Jorgensen Germany GK
2 208 6′ 10″ Kristof Van Hout Belgium GK/FW
3 208 6′ 10″ Paul Miller Scotland FW
4 206 6′ 9″ Tonny Brogaard Denmark GK
5 206 6′ 9″ Tomáš Holý Czechia GK
6 206 6′ 9″ Kyle Hudlin England FW
7 205 6′ 9″ Vanja Iveša Croatia GK
8 205 6′ 9″ Yang Changpeng China FW
9 205 6′ 9″ Daniel Müller Germany GK
10 204 6′ 8.5″ Tor Hogne Aaroy Norway FW
11 204 6′ 8.5″ Jason Mooney Northern Ireland GK
12 203 6′ 8″ Lacina Traoré Ivory Coast FW
13 203 6′ 8″ Costel Pantilimon Romania GK
14 203 6′ 8″ Øyvind Hoås Norway FW
15 203 6′ 8″ Even Iversen Norway FW
16 203 6′ 8″ Kjell Petter Opheim Norway GK

Who is the tallest Premier League player right now?

Lucas Bergstrom, the goalkeeper for Finland and Chelsea, is the tallest premier league player at the moment.

The young lad boasts an impressive height of 6 feet 7 inches and commanding a formidable presence in the goal area.

Who is the tallest Defender in the world?

Currently, the tallest defender in the soccer world is Mikkel Mena Qvist.

Qvist born on 22 April 1993 is a DanishColombian footballer, who plays for Iceland club Breiðablik as a centre-back.

An image of the tallest defender in soccer
Mikkel Mena Qvist, the tallest defender currently.
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The tallest defender in the premier league in 2023/2024

Dan Burn takes the crown as the tallest defender in the Premier League, edging out Jannik Vestergaard by a few centimeters.

At 31 years old, Burn shares the same towering height of 6 feet 7 inches.

His narrative is truly inspiring, considering he is currently playing for the club he grew up supporting on the grandest platform in club football.

Since joining from Brighton & Hove Albion in 2022 for £13 million, he has made almost 70 appearances.

A photo of the tallest defender in the premier league
Dan Burn celebrates scoring at St James’ Park
Photo Credit: Action Images via Reuters

The Tallest Players in the Premier League Currently

Despite being on loan at Vitesse Arnhem, Kjell Scherpen from Brighton currently holds the title of the tallest player in the Premier League.

As of the 2022-23 season, the tallest active players are Dan Burn, Paul Onuachu, and Fraser Forster, as Scherpen has not made an appearance in a Premier League match during this period.

Dan Burn takes the crown as the tallest defender in the Premier League, edging out Jannik Vestergaard.

The title for the tallest right backs goes to Nathan Patterson (189 cm) and Takehiro Tomiyasu (188 cm).

Among central midfielders, Scott McTominay of Manchester United currently stands as the tallest midfielder in the Premier League.

Typically, McTominay is 193 cm tall, followed closely by Everton’s Amadou Onana and West Ham’s Tomas Soucek both 192 cm tall.

The three tallest wide players in the 2022-23 season are Anwar El Ghazi, Ivan Perisic, and Dejan Kulusevksi.

El Ghazi stands at 189 cm, three centimeters taller than the Tottenham duo.

Sasa Kalajdzic holds the title of the tallest striker in the Premier League.

Kalajdzic measures 200cm surpassing Erling Haaland, Kieffer Moore, and Gianluca Scamacca, all of whom are 195 cm tall.

Tallest Players at the History of World Cup

Here are the ranking based on Height in World Cup History

Rank Height (cm) Height (ft/inch) Player Nationality Position World Cup
1 202 6′ 7.5″ Nikola Žigić Serbia FW 2006 & 2010
2* 202 6′ 7.5″ Peter Crouch England FW 2010
3 202 6′ 7.5″ Zeljko Kalac Australia GK 2006
4 202 6′ 7.5″ Jan Koller Czechia FW 2006
5 201 6′ 7″ Lovre Kalinic Croatia GK 2018
6 201 6′ 7″ Fraser Forster England GK 2014
7 201 6′ 7″ Dennis Lawrence Trinidad & Tobago DF 2006
8 200 6′ 6.5″ Thibaut Courtois Belgium GK 2014, 2018

Who is the tallest player in the MLS?

The tallest player in the US Major League Soccer (MLS) is Matthew Nocita who is 203 cm tall.

Furthermore, Nocita plays at the centre-back position for the New York Red Bulls.

Can Height Be Beneficial or Detrimental in Soccer?

Height can have both advantages and disadvantages in soccer, depending on the position and the skills of the player.

Generally, taller players are better at heading the ball, stronger in physical battles, and more effective as goalkeepers.

However, shorter players are usually quicker, more agile, and better at dribbling and passing.

Therefore, height is not the only factor that determines the success of a soccer player.

There are many examples of great players of different heights in soccer history.

Conclusion

Height is not the only factor that determines the success of a soccer player.

There are several advantages and disadvantages of being tall or short in the sport, and different positions require different skills and attributes.

However, it is undeniable that some of the tallest soccer players ever have made a mark in the history of the game, with their impressive feats and achievements.

Whether they are goalkeepers, strikers, or defenders, these giants of the sport have shown that size does matter, but not in the way you might think.

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