Height, though not a determining element, is a key factor in football. The benefits provided by having tall players, at both ends of the pitch, have been displayed on various occasions in FIFA World Cups.
Here we look at the tallest and shortest players and teams in the Qatar World Cup.
The title for the tallest player in Qatar 2022 will belong to Netherland’s goalkeeper Andries Noppert. Heerenveen shot-stopper stands at 203 cm. Following him will be Vanja Milinkovic-Savic of Serbia (202 cm) and Thibaut Courtois of Belgium (200 cm), both goalkeepers.
The tallest outfield player in the tournament will be Australia’s defender Harry Souttar who measures 198 cm.
Morocco’s Ilias Chair will be the shortest player at the World Cup at 164 cm. The Queen’s Park Rangers attacking midfielder is followed by Japanese striker Yuri Soma, whose measures in at 166 cm.
Alejandro Gomez (Argentina), Uriel Antuna (Mexico), Andres Guardado (Mexico) and Nicolas de la Cruz (Uruguay are tied for third shortest at 167 cm.