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FIFA World Cup 2010: Nikola Zigic and Peter Crouch top World Cup Tallest List

To continue the statistical review of the players and nations taking part in FIFA World Cup 2010, The Global Herald reveals the Top Ten Tallest players taking part in the tournament:

World Cup 2010 – Top Ten Tallest

Nikola Zigic, at 202cm (6′ 7.5″) will be the tallest player taking part in World Cup 2010 in South Africa, as the Serbian forward narrowly edges out England’s Peter Crouch (201cm or 6’7″) to claim the dubious honour of tallest player in the tournament.

Tallest Facts:

  • England and Nigeria both have two men in the Top Ten Tallest list;
  • Five of the Top Ten Tallest players are goalkeepers;
  • Six of the Tallest players are aged over 30 – three are 35+:
  • David James, Mark Schwarzer and Per Mertesacker are equal 10th (there are 11 players in the table as a result).
Serbia Nikola ZIGIC 25/09/1980 202 FW
England Peter CROUCH 30/01/1981 201 FW
Greece Konstantinos CHALKIAS 30/05/1974 198 GK
Nigeria Uwa ECHIEJILE 20/01/1988 198 DF
South Africa Matthew BOOTH 14/03/1977 198 DF
Netherlands Maarten STEKELENBURG 22/09/1982 197 GK
Nigeria Nwankwo KANU 01/08/1976 197 MF
Slovenia Jasmin HANDANOVIC 28/01/1978 197 GK
Australia Mark SCHWARZER 06/10/1972 196 GK
England David JAMES 01/08/1970 196 GK
Germany Per MERTESACKER 29/09/1984 196 DF

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  1. Per Mertesacker of Germany not in the list? That is a surprise.

    • Robin Scott

      Per Mertesacker is 196CM according to FIFA’s official statistics – which places him equal tenth. We did not get out the measuring stick to separate these players, so Mertesacker can join the table.

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