Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Tallest Soccer Players in the World

This is a list of the tallest players currently playing professional soccer around the world.




Kristof van Hout - 2.08m - (6ft10)
Belgian Goalkeeper who plays for the Belgium Jupiler League club, Standard Liege.

Yang Changpeng - 2.05m - (6ft8½)
Chinese striker (pictured above) who currently plays for the club Three Gorges Kangtian in China. He had a one month trial with Bolton Wanderers in 2006.

Vanja Iveša - 2.05m - (6ft8½)
Croatian goalkeeper playing with Turkcell Super Lig club Eskişehirspor

Tor Hogne Aarøy - 2.04m - (6ft8)
Norwegian Striker who plays with Aalesund FK in the Norwegian Tippeligaen.

Øyvind Hoås - 2.03m - (6ft8)
The Norwegian striker plays in the second tier in Norway with Sarpsborg Sparta FK. He is also a former Norway U21 player and has been linked to Norwich City.

Kjell Petter Opheim (GK) 2.03m - (6ft8)
The Norwegian keeper currently plays for Stryn Fotball in the Norwegian 3rd division after recently playing for FC Lyn Oslo in the Tippeligaen.

Even Iversen - 2.03m - (6ft8)
The 26 year old Norwegian Defender is, as far as I can tell, currently without a club, after leaving Arctic Circle based Bodø/Glimt in the Norwegian Tippeligaen in June 2009.

Jan Koller - 2.02m - (6ft7½)
The Czech Striker is currently playing in the French 3rd division with AS Cannes after recent years with Krylya Sovetov Samara, 1. FC Nuremberg, AS Monaco and Borussia Dortmund.

Nikola Žigić - 2.02m - (6ft7½)
Serbian striker who is currently playing for Valencia in Spain. Many clubs have reportedly gone after the big man, including Tottenham Hotspur, Fenerbahçe, Man City, Werder Bremen, Barcelona and Juventus.

Paolo Acerbis - 2.02m - (6ft7½)
Italian Goalkeeper currently playing with Grosseto in Serie B after a short spell with Livorno in Serie A.

Zeljko Kalac - 2.02m - (6ft7½)
Australian Goalkeeper who was up until last season, with AC Milan in Serie A. He now plays for recently promoted Kavala in the Greek Super League. Kalac made three appearances in 1996 for Leicester City in England while playing for current Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill.

Stefan Maierhofer - 2.02 m (6ft7½)
Maierhofer is a striker currently with Wolverhampton Wanderers in the EPL after a successful time at Rapid Wien in the Austrian Bundesliga. In 2007, Stefan was with Bayern Munich but he only managed two sub appearances before moving on.

Lazar Jovisić - 2.02m (6ft7½)
The 21 year old Serbian goalkeeper transferred to CD Nacional in Portugal in 2008.

Kevin Vink - 2.02m (6ft7½)
The 25 year old Dutch Striker plays for RKC Waalwijk in the Netherlands

Wojciech Kaczmarek - 2.02m - (6ft7½)
Polish goalkeeper who plays for Śląsk Wrocław in the Ekstraklasa

Jurgen Wevers - 2.02m (6ft7½)
Jurgen is a Goalkeeper who also plays for RKC Waalwijk in the Netherlands

Peter Crouch - 2.01m - (6ft7)
Random Fact: The Tottenham striker and his family moved to Singapore when he was 4 and lived there for a year. Early in his career he played for IFK Hässleholm in Sweden.

Dennis Lawrence - 2.01m - (6ft7)
After many years in England at Wrexham, Swansea City, and Crewe Alexandra, Dennis has moved back to his native Trinidad to play for San Juan Jabloteh.

Rob Jones - 2.01m - (6ft7)
English born Defender who recently transferred to Championship side, Scunthorpe United, after most recently playing for Hibernian in the Scottish Premier League.

Morike Sako - 2.01m (6ft7)
Sako is with 2.Bundesliga club FC St. Pauli in Germany after short stints in the lower divisions of England at Torquay United and Rochdale.

Stefan Postma - 2.01m - (6ft7)
Dutch Goalkeeper currently with AGOVV Apeldoorn in the Dutch Second Division. He had previous stints with Aston Villa and Wolves in England.

Ben Futcher - 2.01m - (6ft7)
The 28 year old Englishman made over 100 appearances for Lincoln City before moving around to various lower league clubs. He is current playing with League Two club Bury FC.

Bertrand Bossu - 2.01m - (6ft7)
The French-born keeper has played in the lower leagues in England for many years. He signed with Scottish club Aberdeen in 2008 and has signed with Crewe Alexandra for this season.

Robert Egbeta - 2.00m - (6ft7)
U20 Nigerian Defender who is playing with Dolphins F.C. (Port Harcourt) (I Think?) in the Nigerian Premier League

Lungisani Ndlela - 2.00m - (6ft7)
Ndlela is a South African International (9 caps) who plays in the South African Premier Soccer League with Moroka Swallows.

Marcin Krzywicki - 2.00 m - (6ft7)
Krzywicki recently move to Flota Świnoujście in Polish second division.

Jakub Dziółka - 2.00m - (6ft7)
The big defender plays with Polonia Bytom in Poland's Orange Ekstraklasa.

Adrian Rolko - 2.00m - (6ft7)
The 30 year old Central Defender plays with Czech Gambrinus Liga club FK Mlada Boleslav.

Bo Antal - 2.00m - (6ft7)
Antal, a young Hungarian goalkeeper, has recently made the leap to the Watford first team after spending a couple of years in The Hornets academy.





It was tough to find a good source for this list so, once again, feel free to let me know if there are any current professional players that should be included (2.00m or taller).

Original Post: 3/30/08
UPDATE 1/01/09: Kristof van Hout added; THANKS to commenter NKANU
UPDATE 1/07/09: Krzywicki, Maierhofer, and Sako added; THANKS to commenter NKANU
UPDATE 3/10/09: Rolko, Opheim, Iversen, Ndlela, Bossu added; THANKS to commenters NKANU and ANONYMOUS
UPDATE 10/29/09: Vink, Wevers; THANKS to commenter HEGGERS, Also updated current clubs
UPDATE 1/27/10: Antal, Kaczmarek; THANKS to HEGGERS; Updated Club info



IMPORTANT UPDATE 4/12/10: I've started a new tallest player list with a minimum height requirement of 2.02m. See the new list here (LINK)

84 comments:

  1. pls take a look at this.. he is 2.05 m.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vanja_Ivesa
    http://www.transfermarkt.de/de/spieler/27539/vanjaivesa/profil.html

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    1. Lacina Traore 6'8" Anzi Makhachkala

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    2. Costel pantilimon 6'8"
      Lacina traore 6'8"

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  2. Thanks for the information. I've added Vanja Ivesa to the main list.

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  3. hello , you forgot the tallest of them all , kristof van hout at 2,08cm!

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  4. Thanks Nkanu,

    I hadn't heard of that player until your comment. Your help is very much appreciated!

    Happy New Year

    Steve

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  5. HI, found some new tall players.

    stefan maierhofer 202cm
    marcin krzywicki 200cm
    morike sako 201cm

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  6. hi mate!
    Just sharing my knowledge with your great site.

    Roland Benschneider 201cm
    Lazar Jovisić 202cm (GK)
    Adrian rolko 200cm
    Ben Futcher 201cm
    Jakub Dziółka 200cm
    Øyvind Hoås 203cm

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  7. Wow, Nkanu, You're on a roll!

    I'll get around to checking into and updating all your additions in the next couple of days.

    Again, You're research/knowledge/help is much appreciated.

    PS.
    If the list gets much longer I may decide to up the minimum to 2.02m.

    Thanks Again,
    Steve

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  8. do you need more help???

    cheers Nkanu

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  9. do you need more help???

    cheers Nkanu

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  10. do you need more help???

    cheers Nkanu

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  11. why doesen't you add my new players???

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  12. Apologies my friend.

    I had planned to update the post but forgot about. (I've been really busy recently).

    I don't know when I'll get to it, but I will try in the next week or so.

    Thanks again.

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  13. thanks;)

    found some new one's:

    adrian rolko 200 cm
    kjell petter opheim (GK) 203cm
    Even Iversen 203 cm

    I don't think there are any more players over 200cm, at least i don't know any more, and i have worked a lot on this subject!

    all the best Nkanu

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  14. i have one player in mind who plays his football in the south african absa premier league...he goes by the name of Lungisani Ndlela...@ 2.01m tall.he plays for Mamelodi Sundowns & has represented the national team of south africa as well.in fact,during the latest gold cup in the US,people mistook him of a basketball player

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  15. i found a new one, Bertrand Bossu (GK) stands at 2,01cm

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  16. please update the site again Steve.

    your friend Nkanu

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  17. please update the site again Steve.

    your friend Nkanu

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  18. I've been really busy recently. I'll try to update this weekend.

    Thanks again for the help

    Steve

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  19. The notable former player:
    Juraj Buček (204 cm)
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juraj_Bucek

    In Serie-A there's a striker Gianvito Plasmati (Atalanta on loan from Catania) who's 199cm tall, almost on the list, hehe ...

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  20. here is a link to see how kristof van hout does !!!

    He is great

    http://www.sporza.be/cm/sporza/voetbal/2.4983?matchid=1294150#

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  21. almost forgot to tell you about Matthew Booth 200cm

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  22. please update your site agian or give me the possibility to work on it.

    your friend Nkanu

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  23. Nkanu,

    I've checked at a number of different sites and they all list Matthew Booth at 198cm or 199cm.

    Here is his official website.

    MatthewBooth.co.za


    Thanks

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  24. Name: Whashington da Silva
    Position: Striker
    Nationality: Brazilian
    Current Club: FK Partizan (Serbia)
    Height: 2.04cm

    Links:
    http://macedonianfootball.com/200901101027/Newsflashes/Washington-Da-Silva-signs-for-Partizan.html

    http://www.mirosport.net/2009/soccer/2480/washington-another-signing/

    Congratulations for the topic, i loved it! I hope i'm helping!
    Cheers from Brazil!

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    1. Washington da Silva is actually 2. O3m in Height.

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  25. Costel Pantilimon goalkeeper at FC Timisoara has his height given as 6'8, or 2.03metres on his wikipedia page.

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  26. Thanks Erik Schmidt and littletimi9, I haven't had time to update this post recently, but I'll get to it in the next week or so. Thanks for the input.

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  27. This is an invitation to a football training camp on the beach and friendly matches in excellent stadiums in Cadiz, Spain. Look here for more information. http://orvaz.com/beachsoccer/.

    Start thinking about sand, sunshine and SOCCER!

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  28. Hi Steve,
    I have been looking at your site for a while and now thought is it time to give some more players for you,

    Striker: Kevin Vink 6ft 8

    Keeper: Jurgen Wevers 6ft 8

    Thanks for the great site keep it up!

    Heggers

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  29. Hi again,

    Another group of players:

    Jonny Cabrera 6ft 8

    Bo Antal 6ft 7

    Wojciech Kaczmarek 6ft 7 1/2

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  30. Hi again,

    Another group of players:

    Jonny Cabrera 6ft 8

    Bo Antal 6ft 7

    Wojciech Kaczmarek 6ft 7 1/2

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  31. Heggers,

    I added Antal and Kaczmarek, but couldn't find any concrete info for Cabrera. Any links you could provide for Cabrera would be appreciated.

    Thanks again for helping out.

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  32. Hi,

    Found this profile of him and a picture!

    http://zerozerofootball.com/player/jonny_cabrera/current/profile/0/default/85299

    from Heggers

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  33. What about Costel Pantilimon - 2.03m from romanian side FC Timisoara.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Costel_Pantilimon

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  34. Full name Zarko Markovic
    Date of birth January 28, 1987
    Place of birth Serbia
    Height 2.04 m (6 ft 8 1⁄2 in)
    Playing position Defender
    Current club CS Gaz Metan Mediaş
    Liga I Romania

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  35. A holiday and football training camp on the beach and friendly matches in excellent stadiums in Cadiz, Spain. Look here for more information. http://orvaz.com/beachsoccer/. Start thinking about sand, sunshine and SOCCER!

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  36. There is Olympiacos's former goalkeeper, Juraj Buček, he is 2.04m.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juraj_Bu%C4%8Dek)

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  37. pavel kovac- olympicos,2.02.
    mario galinovic- panthinaikos,2.01.
    milan lukac-AEK athens,2.03.
    matej bagaric-dinamo zagred,2.01.
    goran blazevic-hnk sibenik.2.01.

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  38. Vitali shuhanua.Belarusain striker is 6 ft8 1/2inches, club jk nomme.

    Tonny brogaard.Danish gk is 6 ft 9
    or 2.05m.club frem.

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  39. tonny brogaard gk 2.06m (6 ft 9).
    club frem.

    kevin james scottish striker,club ayr united,2.01m (6 ft 7)

    bogdan milic striker.2.01m (6ft 7) montenegro.club ADO Den hagg.

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  40. tonny brogaard gk 2.06m (6 ft 9).
    club frem.

    kevin james scottish striker,club ayr united,2.01m (6 ft 7)

    bogdan milic striker.2.01m (6ft 7) montenegro.club ADO Den hagg.

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  41. tonny brogaard gk 2.06m (6 ft 9).
    club frem.

    kevin james scottish striker,club ayr united,2.01m (6 ft 7)

    bogdan milic striker.2.01m (6ft 7) montenegro.club ADO Den hagg.

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  42. tonny brogaard.2.06cm (6ft9)

    kevin james.2.01cm (6ft7

    bogdan milic.2.01cm (6ft7)

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  43. Thanks for all the help guys. I haven't had time to update recently but I'll try and get to it in the next week or two. All the comments are appreciated.

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  44. Nikola Drkusič, a Slovene, is 2.05

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  45. doesnt kanu make the cut

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  46. He is missing as well: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lacina_Traor%C3%A9

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  47. damn hes tall.......i mean really tall

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  48. Goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon from Romanian team Poli Timisoara has 2.03

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  49. i want to be that tall some day! i am 5 9" and i am 12. who knows!? that would be awesome!
    the guy at the top is going down!!! watch out dude! here i come!

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  50. Lucina Traore FC Kuban Krasnodar

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  51. You forgot ENGLISH & Bradford city CB(League 2)
    LUKE OLIVER
    6ft7" (Height)
    England (Nationality)
    200lbs (weight)
    Centre Defender (position)
    AGE as at april 2011 (29 YRS OLD)

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  52. Nikola Zigic former Valencia and Birmingham(striker)is also 6ft7 he's 2.01m tall

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  53. Lacina traoré
    2.03m

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  54. Peter crouch 2.02M
    most def one of the best tall players.

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  55. Luke Oliver 6'7 Bradford City CB

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  56. pantilimon for manchester city is beats also akinfenwa is beast!

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  57. There is Daniel Mueller as well: http://www.bayernforum.com/blog/muller-the-second-biggest-player-in-the-world

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  58. lacina traoré hes 6'8

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  59. fraser forster celtic gk- 6'7

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  60. Costel Pantilimon of Politehnica Timişoara on loan at Manchester City is 6'8".

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  61. The tallest players I know are 2 m 10:
    Teshome Adamu Getu
    Ronny Hübner
    Kenneth Jørgensen
    Jorge Amador
    Can Özcan

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  62. lacina traore 6`8 an plays for kubin in russia

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  63. kristof van hout, I think he is the tallest player of all time.

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  64. Pantilimon manchester city romania

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  65. who is can ozcan ?

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  66. yeah i want to know too
    can ozcan

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  67. Even Iversen now plays for Frognerparken in norwegian 3rd division (Level 4 in Norway)

    -Pål Stian

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  68. Emm.. The goal in the picture is not of official size. It's a small goal used in e.g. 5-a-side games. Official goal is 8 feet high.

    Someone probably pointed this out before me.

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  69. i'm about 6ft1" and 17yrs old. Also i want to become a pro footballer and i weigh about 73kg. What position do you think is best for me apart from goalkeeping.

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  70. Costel Pantilimon
    Fraser Foster

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  71. Costel Pantilimon

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  72. Paul Millar plays in the third or fourth league in Scottland. He's a 2.08 cm tall striker. The tallest footballer alongside Van Hout.

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  73. http://www.transfermarkt.co.uk/en/kenneth-jorgensen/transfers/spieler_23057.html
    Kenneth Jorgensen (danish goalie) as is Cian Farrell (irish striker)

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  74. Hey, what about Pius Ndifi of Cameroon. He stands at 6ft 8 ahahahah

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  75. you forgot fraser foster goalkeeper from celtic

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  76. According to Wikipedia Zeljko Kalac is - 2.10m - (6ft11) which would make him the tallest if he were still playing.

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  77. How about the 'top fattest soccer players in the world' list?

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  78. Scott Higgins is 201cm (Former Australian Goalkeeper)

    Allegedly in Fifa 07 and 08 - a Mexican guy called "Felix Vega" is 201cm
    (Mexican Goalie)

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  79. Richard Golz 200-202cm (German Goalkeeper)

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  80. Nikola Zigic is the man!! He is very talented too!

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  81. Also Michał Wróbel - Polish goalkeeper, who stands at 201 cm (6 ft 7 in).

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