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26 Tallest Goalkeepers Ever in the History of Football

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The importance of height cannot be overlooked in goalkeeping. It's not a coincidence that the average height of goalkeepers in the biggest football leagues in the world hovers around 6'2". Tall goalies have long reach, allowing them to make very critical saves; these can be the defining moments of a match. They also possess a sort of presence that can be intimidating to strikers. Very tall individuals can give the illusion of covering the entire goal area when faced with a one-on-one situation.

Even though height has its advantages in goalkeeping, it presents its own problems when it gets to the extremities. Extremely tall players are usually less coordinated, weak, and have very poor reflexes. These are undesirable traits in goalkeeping. This is the reason it's hard to find elite goalies over 6'7" in most of the major football leagues. Therefore, most of the goalkeepers on this list might be unknown even to hardcore football fans.

Massamba Ndiaye plays for the Pau FC in the French Ligue 2.

Massamba Ndiaye plays for the Pau FC in the French Ligue 2.

26. Massamba Ndiaye (Height: 2.02 m)

Height: 2.02 m (6 ft 7.5 in)

Country of origin: Senegal

Born: October 8, 2001

Massamba Ndiaye is a Senegalese professional footballer who plays as a Goalkeeper (GK) for the Pau FC in the French Ligue 2. He joined the club in 2021 on a release clause amounting to €878,000 and his contract is valid until 2022.

Bodo Rudwaleit won silver medal in the 1980 Summer Olympics with the East German Olympic team.

Bodo Rudwaleit won silver medal in the 1980 Summer Olympics with the East German Olympic team.

25. Bodo Rudwaleit (Height: 2.02 m)

Height: 2.02 m (6 ft 7.5 in)

Country of origin: Germany

Born: August 3, 1957

Rudwaleit spent most of his career playing for BFC Dynamo. He was East German champion ten times in a row with BFC Dynamo from 1979 to 1988.

For nearly a decade, Rudwaleit was a strong member of the East German national football team. He held the position as the first-choice goalkeeper of the national football team until René Müller became the undisputed number one in the mid-1980s.

Rudwaleit won silver medal in the 1980 Summer Olympics with the East German Olympic team. He featured in five matches out of six in the tournament, including the final.

Wojciech Kaczmarek has played for Polish clubs such as MKS Kluczbork and Podbeskidzie Bielsko-Biała.

Wojciech Kaczmarek has played for Polish clubs such as MKS Kluczbork and Podbeskidzie Bielsko-Biała.

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24. Wojciech Kaczmarek (Height: 2.02 m)

Height: 2.02 m (6 ft 7.5 in)

Country of origin: Poland

Born: March 29, 1983

Wojciech Kaczmarek is a retired football goalkeeper from Poland. He has played for Polish clubs such as MKS Kluczbork, Podbeskidzie Bielsko-Biała, Cracovia, and Śląsk Wrocław. Kaczmarek was called up to Poland, for games against Lithuania and Greece in March 2011. However, he did not appear in any of these games.

Wevers has formerly played RKC Waalwijk.

Wevers has formerly played RKC Waalwijk.

23. Jurgen Wevers (Height: 2.02 m)

Height: 2.02 m (6 ft 7.5 in)

Country of origin: Netherlands

Born: January 12, 1979

Jurgen Wevers is a Dutch footballer who currently plays for FC Oss. Wevers was born in Winterswijk and has formerly played for De Graafschap and RKC Waalwijk as a goalkeeper.

Demba Thiam went through the Italian Primavera league with eight games where he didn't allow any goals.

Demba Thiam went through the Italian Primavera league with eight games where he didn't allow any goals.

22. Demba Thiam (Height: 2.02 m)

Height: 2.02 m (6 ft 7.5 in)

Country of origin: Senegal

Born: March 9, 1998

Demba Thiam is a young and relatively unknown goalkeeper who hails from one of the best soccer nations in Africa and one of the few African countries to make it to the quarter-finals of the FIFA World Cup, Senegal. He currently plays for S.P.A.L in Serie A and is one of the tallest footballers to come out of Senegal.

Lazar Jovisić surprisingly made no appearances while he played in Portugal.

Lazar Jovisić surprisingly made no appearances while he played in Portugal.

21. Lazar Jovisić (Height: 2.02 m)

Height: 2.02 m (6 ft 7.5 in)

Country of origin: Serbia

Born: January 18, 1989

The Serbians are known to produce tall players like Nikola Zigic and so it comes as no surprise that one of the tallest goalkeepers in the world hails from this region.

Lazar Jovisić started his career at FK Jedinstvo Stara Pazova where he did very well catching the attention of Serbian SuperLiga side FK Borac Čačak.

However, he didn’t get any playing time at FK Borac Čačak and so he joined Portuguese Primeira Liga side C.D. Nacional.

He then made a series of moves and eventually ended up returning to his home country to play for FK Jedinstvo Stara Pazova. He currently plays for Inđija in the Serbian First League.

Zeljko Kalac won the UEFA Champions League with AC Milan in the 2006-07 season.

Zeljko Kalac won the UEFA Champions League with AC Milan in the 2006-07 season.

20. Zeljko Kalac (Height: 2.02 m)

Height: 2.02 m (6 ft 7.5 in)

Country of origin: Australia

Born: December 16, 1972

Zeljko Kalac goes by the nickname Spider due to his tall, gangly 6'7.5" frame. He is currently retired and was one of the tallest soccer players of his time. He played for successful clubs like AC Milan and Leicester City.

However, he didn’t enjoy much playing time at these clubs. At Leicester City, he only made three first-team appearances. He made two UEFA Champions League appearances for Milan and also played in the Coppa Italia tournament.

Paolo Domenico Acerbis was involved in the 2011 Italian football scandal for match fixing. He was suspended for two and a half years.

Paolo Domenico Acerbis was involved in the 2011 Italian football scandal for match fixing. He was suspended for two and a half years.

19. Paolo Domenico Acerbis (Height: 2.02 m)

Height: 2.02 m (6 ft 7.5 in)

Country of origin: Italy

Born: May 5, 1981

Paolo Acerbis is a relatively unknown goalkeeper from Italy despite standing at a commanding height of 6'7.5". He started his career with AlbinoLeffe and performed well there retaining his position as their first-choice goalkeeper for many years.

He then moved to Triestina but could only make it as their third-choice goalkeeper. From the period 2008 to 2012, he played for football clubs like Grosseto, Catania, and Vicenza. He is currently not signed to any club.

Vanja Milinković-Savić was born in Spain. His younger brother Sergej plays as a midfielder for Lazio in Serie A.

Vanja Milinković-Savić was born in Spain. His younger brother Sergej plays as a midfielder for Lazio in Serie A.

18. Vanja Milinković-Savić (Height: 2.02 m)

Height: 2.02 m (6 ft 7.5 in)

Country of origin: Spain

Born: February 20, 1997

Vanja Milinković-Savić currently plays for Italian club S.P.A.L in Serie A. He is on loan from Torino FC.

He has also competed for the Serbia under-21 football team and was part of the Serbia team that won the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand.

He was released by Manchester United in 2015 after failing to be awarded a UK work permit and signed a contract with Lechia Gdańsk.

Aaron Chapman has made 53 appearances for Accrington Stanley.

Aaron Chapman has made 53 appearances for Accrington Stanley.

17. Aaron Chapman (Height: 2.03 m)

Height: 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in)

Country of origin: England

Born: May 29, 1990

Aaron Chapman hails from England and plays as a goalkeeper for Peterborough United. He signed with Chesterfield in the summer of 2013 but spent the second half of the season on loan at Chester.

Chapman joined Accrington Stanley on a two-month loan deal in 2014; he only played three games for them due to an injury.

In 2015, he joined Bristol Rovers on a one-month loan deal in an attempt to get back in shape following his injury. Chapman joined Peterborough United in 2018.

Kjell Petter Opheim began and ended his career with Stryn IL.

Kjell Petter Opheim began and ended his career with Stryn IL.

16. Kjell Petter Opheim (Height: 2.03 m)

Height: 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in)

Country of origin: Norway

Born: April 9, 1982

This retired Norwegian goalkeeper will dwarf most players in the big leagues. He is a whopping five inches taller than the average premier league goalkeeper who stands at 6’3”.

He ended his career in 2009 with Stryn Football, a third-tier league team from Norway. Opheim has also played for other clubs in Norway such as two-time Norwegian Premier League winners Lyn Football and the 1983 Norwegian Cup winners Moss FK.

Costel Pantilimon is a Premier League champion with Manchester City.

Costel Pantilimon is a Premier League champion with Manchester City.

15. Costel Pantilimon (Height: 2.03 m)

Height: 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in)

Country of origin: Romania

Born: February 1, 1987

This man needs no introduction to fans of the EPL. Costel Pantlimon currently plays for Nottingham Forest and was the tallest player when he was in the Premier League.

He was acquired by Manchester City as a backup goalkeeper for Joe Hart. He performed greatly in the 2013–14 League Cup which Manchester City went ahead to win. He also spent one and a half seasons with Sunderland.

Pantilimon regularly plays for the Romanian National team and is remembered for his remarkable performance against France in the Euro 2012 qualifiers where he kept a clean sheet and helped his team defeat France 2-0.

Dmitri Stajila plays for BFC Dynamo.

Dmitri Stajila plays for BFC Dynamo.

14. Dmitri Stajila (Height: 2.04 m)

Height: 2.04 m (6 ft 8.5 in)

Country of origin: Moldova

Born: August 2, 1991

Dmitri Stajila is a Moldovan football goalkeeper who currently plays for BFC Dynamo. Over two meters tall, he also holds Russian citizenship as Dmitri Igorevich Stazhila. On 19 February 2016, he signed a 3-year contract with the Russian side FC Kuban Krasnodar.

Carlos Miguel has a height of 2.04 meters and is considered the tallest goalkeeper in Brazil.

Carlos Miguel has a height of 2.04 meters and is considered the tallest goalkeeper in Brazil.

13. Carlos Miguel (Height: 2.04 m)

Height: 2.04 m (6 ft 8.5 in)

Country of origin: Brazil

Born: October 9, 1998

Carlos Miguel is an alumnus of Internacional’s youth teams and was promoted to the Colorado main team in 2018. He has a height of 2.04 meters and is considered the tallest goalkeeper in Brazil. Miguel recently signed with Corinthians until December 2023.

Halimi made his debut with Kosovo in a friendly match against the Gambia on 11 June 2021.

Halimi made his debut with Kosovo in a friendly match against the Gambia on 11 June 2021.

12. Betim Halimi (Height: 2.04 m)

Height: 2.04 m (6 ft 8.5 in)

Country of origin: Kosovo

Born: February 28, 1996

Betim Halimi is a professional footballer from Kosovo. He plays as a goalkeeper for Kosovan club Prishtina and the Kosovo national team. Halimi made his debut with Kosovo in a friendly match against the Gambia on 11 June 2021.

Jason Mooney worked a variety of jobs such as a gardener and barman before singing with any major teams.

Jason Mooney worked a variety of jobs such as a gardener and barman before singing with any major teams.

11. Jason Mooney (Height: 2.04 m)

Height: 2.04 m (6 ft 8.5 in)

Country of origin: Northern Ireland

Born: February 26, 1989

Jason Mooney is a Northern Irish goalkeeper who plays for Cliftonville in the NIFL Premiership.

He has been unable to rise into the big leagues as a player and has mostly played for clubs in the English Lower Leagues like York City, Accrington Stanley, Wycombe Wanderers, Oxford City, Alfreton, and Tranmere Rovers.

At 6'8.5", Mooney is one of the tallest players in the UK.

 Kjell Scherpen has represented the Netherlands at the under-19 level.

Kjell Scherpen has represented the Netherlands at the under-19 level.

10. Kjell Scherpen (Height: 2.04 m)

Height: 2.04 m (6 ft 8.5 in)

Country of origin: Netherlands

Born: January 23, 2000

Kjell Scherpen is a goalkeeper from the Netherlands. He commenced his senior career with FC Emmen in his birth town where he made 35 appearances for the team.

Scherpen signed with The Dutch giant Ajax in 2019 making most of his appearances for the reserve team. He made just 2 appearances for the main team.

On 16 July 2021, Scherpen signed for Premier League club Brighton & Hove Albion to become the joint-tallest Premier League player ever.

Daniel Müller had five shutout games for Bayernliga Nord.

Daniel Müller had five shutout games for Bayernliga Nord.

9. Daniel Müller (Height: 2.05 m)

Height: 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in)

Country of origin: Germany

Born: May 19, 1992

Daniel Müller is a German goalkeeper who has had some brief spells with Bayern Munich. Unfortunately, he never made a first-team appearance for the most successful club in German football history.

Müller was at Augsburg briefly but was unable to secure a place as a first-choice goalkeeper. He also played for the relatively unknown SV Seligenporten with the hope of getting more playing time.

His most recent appearances were for FC Augsburg II, a team in the fourth tier of the German league system. At 6-foot-9, he towers over current Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, who is a giant in his own right.

Dino Hodzic last played for Danish football club Vejle Boldklub.

Dino Hodzic last played for Danish football club Vejle Boldklub.

8. Dino Hodzic (Height: 2.05 m)

Height: 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in)

Country of origin: Croatia

Born: October 28, 1995

Dino Hodzic is a goalkeeper from Croatia. Hodzic arrived at Danish professional football club Vejle Boldklub in July 2017 after coming up through Trnje Zagreb’s youth side. He is yet to be capped at any level by Croatia.

Lucas Bergstrom plays for Chelsea's academy team.

Lucas Bergstrom plays for Chelsea's academy team.

7. Lucas Bergström (Height: 2.05 m)

Height: 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in)

Country of origin: Finland

Born: September 4, 2002

Lucas Bergstrom is one of Chelsea's best young goalkeepers and currently plays for Chelsea's academy team. He joined Chelsea from Turin Palloseura in his native Finland after an impressive trial period. Bergstrom is regarded as one of the hottest prospects in European football.

Vanja Ivesa holds the record for oldest player to compete in the Croatian First Football League at age 41.

Vanja Ivesa holds the record for oldest player to compete in the Croatian First Football League at age 41.

6. Vanja Ivesa (Height: 2.05 m)

Height: 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in)

Country of origin: Croatia

Born: July 21, 1977

Vanja Ivesa is a veteran goalkeeper who has spent most of his career in his native Croatia. At 6’9”, he is one of the tallest goalkeepers to come out of Croatia.

He began his career with NK Istra and later moved to Australia where he played for Sydney United. He spent 3 years in the Turkish second division after which he returned to play again in Croatia. He currently plays for Istra 1961.

Holý made his career league debut for AC Sparta Prague B.

Holý made his career league debut for AC Sparta Prague B.

5. Tomáš Holý (Height: 2.06 m)

Height: 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in)

Country of origin: The Czech Republic

Born: December 10, 1991

Tomáš Holý is a Czech professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for League One club Gillingham.

Holý made his career league debut for AC Sparta Prague B on 11 June 2011 in a Czech 2. Liga 1–2 home loss against FK Varnsdorf.

During his time with the club, he was loaned to Czech sides Graffin Vlašim, Viktoria Žižkov and Fastav Zlín. Holý signed a two-and-a-half-year contract with EFL League One side Gillingham on 20 January 2017.

He made his debut for the side on 25 March 2017 in the home 0–1 loss to Peterborough United.

Tonny Brogaard enjoyed one shutout game during the Danish Cup.

Tonny Brogaard enjoyed one shutout game during the Danish Cup.

4. Tonny Brogaard (Height: 2.06 m)

Height: 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in)

Country of origin: Denmark

Born: February 10, 1984

Tonny Brogaard hasn’t enjoyed much success as a professional goalkeeper. The 6’9” Dane has had trouble making it as a first-choice goalkeeper at most of the teams he has been to.

He was acquired by the English club Doncaster Rovers but didn’t find much playing time there. He last played for his boyhood team of Frem in the Danish third division. Brogaard goes by the nickname of The Gentle Giant due to his calm demeanor.

Samnik is a product of the Kalonji Soccer Academy in Georgia.

Samnik is a product of the Kalonji Soccer Academy in Georgia.

3. Jacob Samnik (Height: 2.07 m)

Height: 2.07 m (6 ft 9.5 in)

Country of origin: USA

Born: November 28, 2000

Jacob Samnik is a goalkeeper from the United States who currently plays for Hobro in Denmark. Samnik is a product of the Kalonji Soccer Academy in Georgia. He is also notable for standing at 2.07 metres tall -- that's approximately 6-foot-8, an inch taller than Peter Crouch.

Kristof Van Hout has had an impressive 18 shutouts in the Belgian First Division A.

Kristof Van Hout has had an impressive 18 shutouts in the Belgian First Division A.

2. Kristof Van Hout (Height: 2.08 m)

Height: 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in)

Country of origin: Belgium

Born: February 9, 1987

This legit giant from Belgium is the joint-second tallest footballer in the game along with Paul Millar. Both stand at six feet and 10 inches (2.08m).

He is a very intimidating goalkeeper and is very good at aerial balls as one would expect. The most reputable club Hout has played for is Belgian giants Standard Liege, who have won the Belgian League an impressive 10 times.

He currently plays for Belgian Pro League side KVC Westerlo. His only trophy as a player came from when he won the Belgian Cup with Genk in 2013.

Simon Bloch Jørgensen comes from a football family as his grandfather and great-uncle also competed in the sport.

Simon Bloch Jørgensen comes from a football family as his grandfather and great-uncle also competed in the sport.

1. Simon Bloch Jørgensen (Height: 2.10 m)

Height: 2.10 m (6 ft 10.5 in)

Country of origin: Germany

Born: September 1, 1992

The tallest player in football and the tallest goalkeeper in the world is Simon Bloch Jorgensen who stands at a remarkable 2.10 m or six ft and 10.5 in.

He is a Danish goalkeeper who spent his early career with Frem, FC Copenhagen, B.93, and B.1908. He has also played for clubs like Accrington Stanley and Whitehawk.

Other Soccer Height Facts

Who Is the Shortest Goalkeeper?

The title of shortest goalie goes to Pedro Manuel Benítez Arpolda. The Paraguayan player stood at 1.66 m or 5'5". He competed in the 1930 World Cup for Paraguay as well as in the Argentinian First League. You can check out this article for other short goalkeepers.

Who Is the Tallest Goalkeeper Ever?

The crown of the tallest goalie ever belongs to Simon Bloch Jørgensen. He stands at 2.10 m or 6’10.5”. Bloch Jørgensen is a Danish player who currently competes for Waltham Abbey in the Southern League Division One Central.

Who Is the Tallest Football Player?

The tallest player in football without a doubt is Simon Bloch Jorgensen. Kristof Van Hout and Paul Millar are not far behind at 2.08 m or 6'10". Paul Millar is a forward who last played for Deveronvale in the Highland Football League.

Who Is the Tallest Goalkeeper in the Premier League?

The award of tallest goalie in the Premier League currently goes to Kjell Scherpen. The goalkeeper for Brighton stands at 2.04 m or 6'8". Right behind him is Southampton’s goalkeeper Fraser Forster who stands at 2.01 m or 6'7".

The record for tallest goalkeeper of all time in the Premier League is held jointly between Kjell Scherpen and Costel Pantilimon. Both players stand at 6’8”. Other goalkeepers worthy of mention are Ian Feuer and Stefan Postma who played in the EPL in the early 2000s and both stand at 6’7”.

Who Is the Tallest Goalkeeper in the 2018 World Cup?

The most recent World Cup in Russia saw Lovre Kalinić compete as a goalkeeper for Croatia. At 2.01 m or 6'7", Kalinić was actually the tallest player in the tournament. Croatia did well as they made it to the finals where they were defeated by France in a very competitive match.

Questions & Answers

Question: What is the height of some famous goalkeepers?

Answer: 1. Gianluigi Buffon: 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)

2. Thibaut Courtois: 1.99 m (6 ft 6 in)

3. Manuel Neuer: 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)

4. Iker Casillas: 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)

5. David de Gea: 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)

6. Hugo Lloris: 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)

7. Petr Čech: 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)

8. Keylor Navas: 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)

9. Marc-André ter Stegen: 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)

10. Peter Schmeichel: 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)

11. Edwin van der Sar: 1.97 m (6 ft 5 1⁄2 in)

12. Lew Iwanowitsch Jaschin: 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)

13. José Luis Chilavert: 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)

14. Oliver Kahn: 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)

15. Tim Howard: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)

16. Dino Zoff: 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)

17. Jan Oblak: 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)

18. Peter Shilton: 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)

19. Alisson Becker: 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)

20. Samir Handanović: 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)

Question: Can you name some of the tallest goalkeepers to ever play in the Premier League?

Answer: 1. Costel Pantilimon: 6 ft 8 in or 2.03 m

2. Fraser Forster: 6 ft 7 in or 2.01 m

3. Thibaut Courtois: 6 ft 6 in or 1.99 m

4. Asmir Begović: 6 ft 6 in or 1.99 m

5. Kostas Chalkias: 6 ft 6 in or 1.99 m

6. Wayne Hennessey: 6 ft 6 in or 1.98 m

7. Edwin van der Sar: 6 ft 5 1⁄2 in or 1.97 m

8. Petr Čech: 6 ft 5 in or 1.96 m

9. Joe Hart: 6 ft 5 in or 1.96 m

© 2017 Charles Nuamah

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