Some 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”.
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.