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World’s tallest football player – taller than Crouch and Koller

Yang Changpeng - World's tallest football playerSome may not believe that height plays a part in the game of soccer but these people are sadly mistaken. Height advantages can and does have an impact on the soccer pitch. However, as you are preparing to watch the World Cup and place your bets you may want to keep an eye on the tallest soccer player.

The answer to the question is almost a toss up between Yang Chanpeng and Tor Hogne Aarøy. Changpeng measures in at 2.05m 6ft8½in whereas Aarøy is 2.04m 6ft8½in.

Changpeng has been given the title of the world’s tallest soccer player with Tor Hogne Aarøy coming in a close second.

Yang Changpeng was born in 1989 and carries the title of the tallest soccer player in professional football. If you look around the net for this exact height, you will find discrepancies from his various profiles. However, at the FIFA.com website his profile has his height at 2.09m or 6ft10½in. Yang is known around the world as “China’s Peter Crouch”. His career so far as been with Wuhan Guanggu in China.

Yang received a bit of attention in 2006, when he was invited to train with Premier League side Bolton Wanderers for one month. Sam Allardyce, Bolton Wanderers manager told David Facey of the Sun during an interview on October 18, 2006, “Like Crouchie [Peter Crouch], Yang is not just a handful in the air. He’s very skilful with the ball at his feet”.

Tor Hogne Aaroy - World's second tallest football player

A look at the second tallest soccer player you have Tor Hogne Aarøy, a Norwegian striker. He along with Yang both holds outfield positions. Aarøy held a position with Norwegian champions Rosenborg from 1999 to 2001 until an injury occurred. After the injury healed, Aarøy began joined Aalesunds and is with them today.

With this team, Aarøy is relegated and promoted between the Norwegian second tier and Premier League.

Going down in height you will find other great soccer players such as Øyvind Hoås at 2.03m 6ft8in, a Norwegian striker for Sarpsborg FK in Norway; Even Iversen at 2.03m 6ft8in, a Norwegian striker for Norwegian Premier League side FK Bodo Glimt; Jan Koller, Stefan Maierhofer, and Nikola Žigic all at 2.02m 6ft7½in. Jan Koller, a Czech striker for French Ligue One club AS Cannes; Stefan Maierhofer, a Austrian striker for Wolverhampton Wanderers, and Nikola Žigic playing for Valencia in Spain. Peter Crouch cannot be ignored as England’s tallest football player measuring in at 2.01m 6ft7in.

Mon 22 Sep, 2008
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  1. M says:

    Nikola Zigic for Valancia is 6 foot 8 inches!!!!!!!!!!

  2. dj says:

    joe cole is the biggest footballer in the world @@@@@@@@@@@

  3. dj says:

    the player in the world is drogba of the best team in the world

  4. dj says:

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  5. Ebbsfleet says:

    Sorry, but Aaroy is not the tallest professional player in the world. Do your research.

    Kristof van Hout – 2.08m – (6ft10)
    Belgian Goalkeeper who plays for the Belgium Jupiler League club, K.V. Kortrijk.

    Yang Changpeng – 2.05m – (6ft8½)
    Chinese striker who currently plays for the club Wuhan Guanggu in the Chinese Super League. He had a one month trial with Bolton Wanderers in 2006.

    Vanja IveÅ¡a – 2.05m – (6ft8½)
    Croatian goalkeeper playing with Turkish club EskiÅŸehirspor, who have been promoted to the top division in Turkey for the 2008-2009 season. Last Season, Vanja was with NK Slaven Belupo who finished second in the Croatian Prva HNL (Top Division) behind Dinamo Zagreb.

  6. Will says:

    You are all wrong … according to espn soccernet, the tallest player without any doubt is Ramires of Brazil. All other players are just midgets compared to him … check him out yourselves …


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  8. Thanks for another great article. Where else could anybody get this kind of info in such a perfect way of presentation.

  9. John McBean says:

    Elgin City Football Club
    Scottish Third Divison
    Paul Millar – 6ft 10in

  10. matt scaife says:

    kristof van hout 6 foot 10

  11. big H says:

    actually the tallest player is called Pall Mi Cunt 7ft 1inch and plays in the belgium league and plays for club brugge! do your research!

  12. Manu says:

    DJ chill out with the bummming chelsea team mate
    your fifth in the league and your team aint the best lol so calm down

  13. Funny says:

    if i give the tallest man on earth a football. and he kicks it once isnt he the tallest footballer then

  14. alex ward says:

    Don’t forget Lacina Traore 6ft 8 striker for Anzhi at 22yo!

  15. Joss says:

    Sunderland goalie Costel Pantilimon is 6’8″

  16. jakager says:

    The tallest players is Shikokoti 2.12m tall he is a central defender at Fc leopards in Kenyan Premier legue

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