Height has always been an advantage for goalkeepers and for ages it has been considered as one of the plus points in the selection process of a goalkeeper. In this blog, I have tried to compile the list of the top 10 most heighted footballers in the history of football. If I have missed anyone, don’t forget to mention in the comment section.
So, lets begin.
10. Kjell Scherpen (2.04 m)
Kjell Scherpen (born 23 January 2000) is a Dutch professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Vitesse from Brighton & Hove Albion of the Premier League, as well as for the Netherlands under-21 national team. He played for FC Emmen, Ajax and Brighton & Hove Albion.
9. Daniel Müller (2.05 m)
Daniel Müller is a German goalkeeper who played for Bayern Munich. Unfortunately, he never made a first-team appearance for Germany’s most successful club.
Muller, who was born in Amsterdam, made his senior debuts with FC Barcelona’s reserves in Segunda División. During his time in Spain, first-team manager Johan Cruyff was frequently accused of acquiring the player only for the sake of his daughter Chantal’s fiancée; the 1988-89 season, his only with the Catalans, resulted in relegation for the B’s.
Barça has released Muller returned to his hometown and Ajax without playing any games in his only season. He subsequently relocated to Belgium, where he spent the following three years playing for Standard Liège and K. Boom FC.
Muller’s best years were 1993-1997, when he averaged 26 league matches a season with AZ (one season) and RKC Waalwijk (three), always at the highest level in his country. He spent the most of his career nursing severe achilles tendon injuries and gained little playing time for his final two teams, Royal Antwerp F.C. and SC Cambuur, before retiring in 2000 at the age of 30.
8. Dino Hodzic (2.05 m)
Dino Hodzic is a Croatian goalkeeper. Hodzic joined Danish professional football team Vejle Boldklub in July 2017 after rising through the ranks of Trnje Zagreb’s youth system. Croatia has yet to give him a cap at any level.
7. Lucas Bergström (2.05 m)
Lucas Bergstrom is a Chelsea youth goalie and one of the club’s top young goalkeepers. After a good trial period, he joined Chelsea from Turin Palloseura in his home Finland. Bergstrom is recognized as one of Europe’s most promising young players.
Bergström joined Chelsea from his native English Premier League team TPS in 2018. In the final game of the 2018-19 season against Reading, he made his youth debut and went professional in September 2019. Bergström was listed as one of the substitutes for the Champions League group match against Zenit Saint Petersburg at home on September 14, 2021.
Peterborough United in League One received Bergström on loan in July 2022. He made his professional debut on July 30 in a 3-2 win against Cheltenham Town in a League One encounter.
6. Vanja Ivesa (2.05 m)
Vanja Ivesa is a veteran goalkeeper who has spent the majority of his career in Croatia. He is one of Croatia’s tallest goalkeepers, standing 6’9″. He began his career with NK Istra before moving to Australia to play for Sydney United. He played in the Turkish second division for three years before returning to Croatia. He is currently a member of Istra 1961.
5. Tomáš Holý (2.06 m)
Tomá Hol is a professional footballer from the Czech Republic who plays goalie for Carlisle United in the EFL League Two.
After previously participating in the Hradec Králové youth system, Hol began his professional career with Sparta Prague. During the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons, he played for Sparta Prague’s reserve squad, Sparta Prague B. During his stint at Sparta Prague, he was loaned out to Vlaim, Viktoria ikov, and Fastav Zln. Hol joined Gillingham in January 2016 and played English football.
He played for Gillingham for two and a half seasons, making over 100 games before joining Ipswich Town on a free transfer in June 2019. He was the club’s first-choice goalkeeper for the majority of his first two seasons, but was dropped for the 2021-22 season and spent time on loan at Cambridge United and Port Vale. In June 2022, he joined Carlisle United as a free agent.
At the U16, U17, and U18 levels, he has received youth level caps for the Czech Republic.
Hol is a dominant goalkeeper with good shot-stopping and kicking talents. He is one of the tallest players in international football at 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m). His height offers him an edge when it comes to covering the goal, collecting crosses, and distributing the ball over great distances.
4. Tonny Brogaard (2.06 m)
Tonny Brogaard has had little success as a professional goalkeeper. The 6’9″ Dane has struggled to establish himself as a first-team goalkeeper at the majority of the sides he has played for.
He was acquired by English team Doncaster Rovers in May 2005 while playing as a reserve goalkeeper for Danish amateur club Fremad Amager. He signed a two-year deal and was expected to compete with fellow Dane Jan Budtz for the starting goalkeeper position. Nielsen was nicknamed as “The Gentle Giant” of football since he was one of the league’s tallest players.
He didn’t get much playing time at Doncaster, and he only appeared in one pre-season game. Due to injuries, he was quickly demoted to the club’s third goalkeeper position. He did make an appearance on the pitch after a match against Manchester City, speaking with Jan Budtz following the horrific circumstances when Doncaster’s first choice goalie Andy Warrington shattered his right leg.
Nielsen’s contract was finally terminated in October 2006, and he returned to Denmark to play part-time football with Greve IF in the Danish 2nd Division.
3. Jacob Samnik (Height: 2.07 m)
Jacob Samnik is an American goalkeeper who now plays for Hobro in Denmark. Samnik attended the Kalonji Soccer Academy in Georgia. He is also famous for his height of 2.07 meters (roughly 6-foot-8, an inch higher than Peter Crouch).
2. Kristof Van Hout (2.08 m)
This Belgian behemoth, along with Paul Millar, is the game’s joint-second tallest player. Both are six feet and ten inches tall (2.08m).
He is a highly scary goalie who, as one would imagine, excels with aerial balls. Hout’s most prestigious club is Belgian giants Standard Liege, who have won the Belgian League an astonishing ten times.
He presently plays for KVC Westerlo in the Belgian Pro League. His only trophy as a player came in 2013, when he helped Genk win the Belgian Cup.
1. Simon Bloch Jørgensen (2.10 m)
Bloch, who was born in Flensburg, Germany, began his career with Frem, FC Copenhagen, B.93, and B.1908. After 53 appearances with Frem, he left by mutual consent in November 2016. During the 2016-17 season, he participated in one game for Waltham Forest in the Essex Senior League. He is a famous footballer for his epic height of 2.10 m which is touching to 7ft almost.
In March 2017, he joined Brnshj, then in August 2017, he joined English team, Accrington Stanley. Before joining National League South side Whitehawk, where he made four league games, he made one appearance for the team in the EFL Cup on 8 August 2017. On February 7, 2019, he joined for National League South team Dulwich Hamlet after a year with Danish 2nd Division club Greve IF. He joined for Waltham Abbey in August 2020.