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A compilation of the tallest world XI in modern football at the moment

Ronnie Evans
ANALYST
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Fellaini and Zlatan are two tall players in their positions
Fellaini and Zlatan are two tall players in their positions

In sports, being tall has its perks and advantages, certainly when it come to aerial balls. Goalkeepers for instance are better off collecting the ball in mid-air during set-pieces, and a taller goalkeeper will be more effective and commanding in this department as compared to a shorter one.

However, tall football players also find it difficult to control the ball and keep up with shorter and faster players.

On the up side, taller players always have the odds in their favour during aerial duels, either offensively or defensively. It is not surprising to find out that taller players dominate the list of most headed goals for instance in the Premier League.

Having taller players in a team gives a manager an extra tactical option of long balls forward. This is a strategy that teams such as Manchester United heavily depend on. At one time, they could have six to seven players all above six feet in height.

In this compilation, being tall is a factor, but not the only one. There is an element of diversity with regards a player's progress on the pitch. There exists so many tall football players who could easily be confused for NBA players, but not all have been exposed to the global stage.

The team is a 3-4-2-1 formation, which allows midfield dominance, and a lot of aerial balls forward, they are football 'giants' after all.


Goalkeeper: Thibaut Courtois (6 ft 6)

Courtois is a towering goalkeeper who has played for some major clubs in Europe
Courtois is a towering goalkeeper who has played for some major clubs in Europe

The Real Madrid shot stopper is one of the tallest goalkeepers in the world, and he is a stand out player from the rest due to his height. He is in this selection because of his pedigree and the accomplishments in his career.

On a good day, Courtois puts his big frame, reflexes, and long hands to good use. He is a good goalkeeper, and first choice for his country. He has played in the biggest matches when at Atletico Madrid, Chelsea and now Real Madrid. I would fancy him to command all aerial balls that come into his territory.

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Ronnie Evans
ANALYST
I am a creative and highly skilled sports writer with a long-standing passion for writing football. I believe in drafting engaging content for my readers. Whether it is thought-provoking opinion pieces or crucial reviews, I strive to deliver the best.
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