Top 10 Tallest Soccer Players of All Time

Whenever we look at a soccer player or their stats, height is a factor that doesn’t go unnoticed. The average height falls around 5’9. Famous players like Neymar, Messi, Johan Cruyff, and Maradona are average-height players. They are also considered one of the most creative players of all time.

However, height matters for players that play either as center-backs, goalkeepers, or strikers, and you’d see them being above 6 feet most of the time. Well, some players are even taller than 6’5, which is somewhat unusual, and we’ll discuss this in this article.

The list includes players that have played professionally and may include some that you might not have heard of. Let’s look at the tallest soccer players of all time

10. Costel Pantilimon

Height: 6ft 8 inches

Pantilimon competed at a high level for Manchester City

You might be familiar with Costel Pantilimon, a Romanian goalkeeper who played for Manchester City and was the first-choice keeper in the 2013-2014 League Cup. He then went to Sunderland and back to Watford in 2016.

Costel Pantilimon is 6 feet 8 inches tall and is considered one of the tallest soccer players. Currently, he plays for Al-Muharraq SC, a Bahraini professional soccer club.

9. Kjell Scherpen

Height: 6ft 8.3 inches

Scherpen is a young, promising goalkeeper

Kjell Scherpen is a Dutch soccer, and the young star is at number 9 on our list. He is currently 22 years old and came through the youth academy of FC Emmen, where he was a regular in the first team. 

This earned him a move to Ajax in 2019. After making several appearances for the Dutch giants, he was transferred to Brighton & Hove Albion in the Premier League

He then went on a year loan at KV Oostende in Belgium and returned to his parent club this year. Kjell Scherpen is the second-tallest player in premier league history. Many people have high hopes for the young goalkeeper in the future. 

8. Lucas Bergstrom

Height: 6ft 8.75 inches

Chelsea have high hoped for Bergstrom

The Finish goalkeeper moved from his native country to the UK, having signed for Chelsea. He has represented his club at U18 and U23 levels. Recently, he has been on a loan move at Peterborough ad will return to his parent club in the summer of 2023. 

He is considered a star in the making but has yet to make it to the first team. The goalkeeper caught attention when he was promoted to the U23 side of Chelsea due to his amazing performances.

7. Vanja Ivesa

Height: 6ft 8.75 inches

Ivesa was a journeyman throughout his career

In 6th place is a Croatian goalkeeper who retired in 2021 at 43. Making his senior debut in 1995, he managed to play for several Croatian clubs while having short spans in Turkey and Australia.

He was considered the oldest player to play in the top division in Croatia in 2018. He was considered the tallest soccer player in Croatia, Turkey, and Australia.

6. Tomas Holy

Height: 6ft 9 inches

Holy is on of a number of talented Czech keepers

A product of Sparta Prague youth academy, Tomas Holly is a Czech goalkeeper and comes at number 5 on our list. After several loan spells, he joined his youth club to join the English side Gillingham in 2017. 

He is playing for Carlisle United after transferring from Ipswich Town this year. The goalkeeper has represented his country at U16, U17, and U18 levels and is one of the tallest players currently playing soccer.

5. Paul Millar

Height: 6ft 9.9 inches

Millar would tower above defenders

The Scottish soccer player is well known for his soccer career at Elgin City, where he spent most of his career. Unfortunately, the player suffered a career-threatening injury to his cruciate ligament, which made him stop playing for almost 4 years. 

He is now without a club and he last played for Whitletts in 2021.

4. Kristof van Hout

Height: 6ft 10 inches

van Hout is one of the tallest Belgian players of all time

Belgian goalkeeper Kristof van Hout comes at number 4 on our list. He is currently at Lommel SK, a Belgian First Division B club. The 6ft 10-inch goalkeeper has played in top Belgian Clubs such as Kortrijk, Standard Liege, and Genk. The goalkeeper came through the youth academies of Lommel, Geel, and Willem II.

He also played for Delhi Dynamos in India in 2014, returning to the Belgian pro league the following year, joining Westerlo. 

3. Simon Bloch Jorgensen

Height: 6ft 10.7 inches

Jorgensen recently retired from professional football

Third, in this list of the tallest soccer players of all time is the Danish goalkeeper who last played for Waltham Abbey in the Southern League Division One. 

Simon Bloch Jorgensen spent his youth and early years in Denmark, playing for some Danish clubs such as Frem, FC Copenhagen, B.93. In recent years, he played in the lower tiers of English soccer, shuffling clubs. He has retired this year, so we won’t be seeing him at the professional level now.

2. Fokko Booiman

Height: 6ft 11 inches

In second place on this list is a Dutch keeper. He played for various clubs in the lower divisions of Dutch soccer, such as VV Hoogveen and La Premiere. The 6ft 11 inches goalkeeper had his last move to La Premiere in 2015. After that, there is no information about where he is. He is 36 years old at the time of writing.

1. Felix Wolf

Height: 6ft 11.5 inches

Wolf was never seen at the top level but has legendary status due to his height

The number one of the tallest soccer players ever is Felix Wolf. This German keeper came through the youth academy of FC Energie Cottbus. He played for their U17 and U19 sides. 

He has a height of 6ft 11.5 inches and has played for German clubs such as TSV Cottbus and Kunersdorf. He joined Kunersdorf in 2015, and since 2017, there is no record of his professional soccer career, and that’s why little is known about him.

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