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Aug 13 09 6:32 PM

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As far as I know Czech striker Jan Koller is the longest player ever to play a full A-international match. He is 2,02 meters. Does anyone know a taller NT player?
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Aug 13 09 9:48 PM

I think you should say "tallest NT player"... I thought at first it would be a topic about the length of their national team career (years from first cap until last cap).

Zigic of Serbia is also 2.02 m, some sites say 2.05m.
Also Kalac the Australian reserve goalkeeper.

Peter Crouch is reported as 2.01 m, apparently the tallest for England.

I don't know if this guy played for China yet:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yang_Changpeng

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Apr 24 11 9:31 AM

I found something about Australian NT goalkeeper Zeljko Kalac. As he is the first 2,02 m tall international player ever (debut 1992), he is in following ranking ahead of Jan Koller (1999) and Nikola Zigic (2004).
http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C5%BDeljko_Kalac
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C5%BDeljko_Kalac
as well as about Austrian NT player Stefan Maierhofer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stefan_Maierhofer

Provisonal ranking:
2,02 m -> Zeljko Kalac -> Australia
2,02 m -> Jan Koller -> Czechia
2,02 m -> Nikola Zigic -> Serbia
2,02 m -> Stefan Maierhofer -> Austria

There are different reports about the height of Portuguese 1966 World Cup star José Torres who died in September 2010. German Wikipedia and reports he was 2,04 meters http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos%C3%A9_Augusto_Torres, if you click he different languages you will see Italian version also reports Torres was 2,04 meters. However, according to English and Russian version Torres was 1,91 meters. Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad mentioned the day after his death Torres was 2,03 meters.

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Mar 4 12 11:33 AM

There are different reports about him. Greek wikipedia says he is even 2,02 m. http://el.wikipedia.org/wiki/%CE%9A%CF%8E%CF%83%CF%84%CE%B1%CF%82_%CE%A7%CE%B1%CE%BB%CE%BA%CE%B9%CE%AC%CF%82

Most wikipedia sites reports him as 1,99 m.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kostas_Chalkias
http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Konstantinos_Chalkias
http://fi.wikipedia.org/wiki/Konstantinos_Chalkias
http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Konstant%C3%ADnos_Chalki%C3%A1s
http://hr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Konstantinos_Chalkias
http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Konstantinos_Chalkias
http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Konstantinos_Chalkias
http://no.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kostas_Khalkias
http://pl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Konstandinos_Chalkias
http://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Konstantinos_Chalkias
http://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/Konstantinos_Chalkias

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Apr 30 12 9:24 AM

Perhaps, William Foulke wasn't the tallest footballer ever (he was "only" 1.93 m), but I he was surely the fattest one: 150 kg!!!

He played one match for England in 1897.

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Apr 30 12 10:07 AM

Luca wrote:
Perhaps, William Foulke wasn't the tallest footballer ever (he was "only" 1.93 m), but I he was surely the fattest one: 150 kg!!!


True, perhaps there should be a "Fattest player" ranking too.

Other nominees:
Juan Domingo Brown
Ronaldo in his farewell match
Maradona and Gazza, at certain times
John Hartson
Tomas Brolin
Ferenc Puskas at the end of his career
José Luis Chilavert
Neville Southall
Jan Molby
Micky Quinn [not an international player]

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Sep 23 12 8:30 AM

Regarding the fattest players we cannot forget Constant Feith of course who had despite of his heavy weight an impressive sports carreer http://roonba.20.forumer.com/viewtopic.php?t=1288&start=0&postdays=0&postorder=asc&highlight=

Back to topic now. Anzhi Makhachkala striker Lacina Traoré is reported 2,03 meters by all available Wikipedia sites except in Boarian and Hungarian language. Italian Wikipedia site is the only one which reports he played A-international matches for Ivory Coast (in 2012), the Russian site reports he played for Ivory Coast Olympic team (in 2011).
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lacina_Traore
http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lacina_Traor%C3%A9
http://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D0%A2%D1%80%D0%B0%D0%BE%D1%80%D0%B5,_%D0%9B%D0%B0%D1%81%D0%B8%D0%BD%D0%B0

This site makes clear Traoré has not played for Ivory Coast yet but recently was part of the Ivorian NT selection.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C%C3%B4te_d%27Ivoire_national_football_team

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Oct 7 12 9:30 AM

According to Wikipedia, the height of Abdullah Al-Deayea (the goalkeeper of Saudi Arabia in the 1980s) is 2.05 m, but I've taken a look at some videos and pictures about the 1988 Asian Cup and he doesn't seem so tall. Perhaps 1.85 m, not more.

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Feb 5 13 1:20 PM

Lacina Traoré of Ivory Coast made his full international debut on 14-11-2012 against Austra and is reported 2,03 meters which means he is the tallest player ever who appeared in an official A-international match.

Provisonal ranking:
2,03 m -> Lacina Traoré -> Ivory Coast
2,02 m -> Zeljko Kalac -> Australia
2,02 m -> Jan Koller -> Czechia
2,02 m -> Nikola Zigic -> Serbia
2,02 m -> Stefan Maierhofer -> Austria

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Oct 26 13 9:13 AM

An interesting note from the 1963 Concacaf Championship. According to La Nación from March 29, 1963, page 27, the line-up of the Netherlands Antilles in the match versus Costa Rica, had an average of 1.92 metres.
Maybe one of the tallest teams ever!

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Nov 7 13 7:36 PM

Thanks, I didn't know this. To tell the truth, an average of 1.92 metres seemed exaggerated to me too, unless Netherlands Antilles sent their basketball team...

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Nov 7 13 9:42 PM

Or maybe it's because Costa Rica is close to the equator, and the Earth's radius is greatest there, the Costa Ricans include the extra length in their height measurements.

Last Edited By: nfm24 Nov 7 13 10:00 PM. Edited 1 time.

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