The tallest goalkeepers aren’t always the hardest to beat, but goalies do tend to be among the tallest players in the game. Their height allows them to reach further in the goal and dominate their box more easily.
As in the real sport, in FIFA 21, the goalkeeping position is one of the most important. So, it makes sense to bring in the best keeper available – or at least one who’s tough to beat. To help you do just that, we’ve compiled a list of all the tallest goalkeepers in the game.
The sole criteria for appearing on this list is height, with the only goalkeepers included being those that are taller than 6’6” (198cm). For an in-depth look at the five tallest goalkeepers, check out those featured below.
To see the full list of all of the tallest GK, see the table located at the foot of this article.
Tomáš Holý, Height: 6’9”
Team: Ipswich Town
Body Type: Normal
After spending the early years of his career bouncing between clubs in his native Czechia, Holý moved to Gillingham in 2017, making 91 league appearances in two years. He was then offered a new contract by the Gills but elected instead to join Ipswich Town in 2019.
Holý played 21 times for the Tractor Boys in League One last season, conceding 17 goals and keeping nine clean sheets. That saw him finish the year with a respectable record of conceding a goal every 111 minutes and keeping a clean sheet in 42.9 per cent of the games he played.
At 6’9”, Holý is the tallest goalie on FIFA 21, with an extra inch on his nearest competition. Unfortunately, his height is the most remarkable number on his ratings sheet.
The towering Czech does boast a solid 71 goalkeeper diving, but his other goalkeeping attributes are below 70, with 69 goalkeeper reflexes, 65 goalkeeper positioning, 60 goalkeeper handling, and 56 goalkeeper kicking.
Costel Pantilimon, Height: 6’8”
Body Type: Lean
Costel Pantilimon will be best remembered, at least in England, for his time with Manchester City. The Romanian joined the Citizens from Politehnica Timișoara, playing seven times in the Premier League for Manchester City as well as featuring between the sticks regularly in domestic cup competitions.
He has also enjoyed stints in La Liga, the EFL Championship, and is now turning out in the Süper Lig for Denizlispor, joining the Turkish side from Nottingham Forest.
Though his body type is noted as lean, Pantilimon’s best stat is his 78 strength. While all-but-one of his goalkeeping stats do creep over the 70-mark, unfortunately, at 33-years-old, Pantilimon’s 71 OVR will only decrease.
Team: Standard Liege (on-loan from Torino)
Body Type: Normal
The younger brother of the highly-rated Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinković -Savic, the 23-year-old Vanja was once on the books of Manchester United, having joined the Premier League heavyweights from Serbian side Vojvodina.
However, he was refused a work permit resulting in him being released by United, joining Poland’s Lechia Gdańsk for one season before signing for Serie A’s Torino in 2017.
Milinković-Savić’s distribution is his best asset on FIFA 21, with the 23-year-old possessing a 78 goalkeeper kicking rating as well as the Goalkeeper Long Throw trait. Except for his 73 strength, however, none of his other ratings are over 70.
Demba Thiam, Height 6’8”
Body Type: Lean
Demba Thiam has plenty of height, with the Senegalese shot-stopper standing 6’8” tall. Unfortunately, he is rather short on experience. At the time of writing, he had only played a few twice times for his current side, S.P.A.L.
Of course, at only 22-years-old, Thiam’s best years are still ahead of him, but without playing first-team football, his progress will almost certainly stall. His ratings in FIFA 21, unsurprisingly, will not blow you away.
At 53 OVR, Thiam is not ready to play at the highest-level. His best stats are his 62 strength, 62 goalkeeper kicking, and 61 goalkeeper positioning. Regardless, he still ranks as one of FIFA 21’s tallest goalies.
Kjell Scherpen, Height 6’8”
Body Type: Normal
Kjell Scherpen joined Ajax last summer, having worked his way through FC Emmen’s youth system to the starting goalkeeper role. The tall Dutchman, who has represented the Netherlands at the under-19s level, has not yet played for Ajax in the Eredivisie.
Still only 20-years-old, Scherpen has his whole career ahead of him, which is reflected in his potential rating on FIFA 21. He could ultimately achieve an 81 OVR, which would make him a viable long-term option for many Career Mode teams.
However, there’s a long way to go for the developing goalie. Scherpen has 69 strength, 69 goalkeeper reflexes, 67 goalkeeper diving, 66 goalkeeper handling, 66 goalkeeper positioning, and 64 goalkeeper kicking.
All of the tallest goalkeepers on FIFA 21
Below is a table with all of the tallest GKs on FIFA 21, with the goalies being arranged by their height.
|Tomáš Holý||Ipswich Town||65||6’9″||28|
|Lovre Kalinić||Aston Villa||75||6’7″||30|
|Tim Rönning||IF Elfsborg||65||6’7″||21|
|Kai McKenzie-Lyle||Cambridge United||51||6’7″||22|
|Eirik Johansen||Kristiansund BK||64||6’7″||27|
|Ross Laidlaw||Ross County FC||61||6’7″||27|
|Johan Brattberg||Falkenbergs FF||60||6’7″||23|
|Alexei Koselev||Fortuna Sittard||69||6’7″||26|
|Jamal Blackman||Rotherham United||69||6’6″||26|
|Marcin Bułka||FC Cartagena||64||6’6″||20|
|Thibaut Courtois||Real Madrid||89||6’6″||28|
|Jan de Boer||FC Groningen||57||6’6″||20|
|Oscar Linnér||DSC Arminia Bielefeld||70||6’6″||23|
|Jordi van Stappershoef||Bristol Rovers||58||6’6″||24|
|Till Brinkmann||SC Verl||59||6’6″||24|
|Morten Sætra||Strømsgodset IF||62||6’6″||23|
|Maduka Okoye||Sparta Rotterdam||64||6’6″||20|
|Michael Esser||Hannover 96||74||6’6″||32|
|Martin Polaček||Podbeskidzie Bielsko-Biała||64||6’6″||30|
|Bobby Edwards||FC Cincinnati||55||6’6″||24|
|Koen Bucker||Heracles Almelo||60||6’6″||24|
|Go Hatano||FC Tokyo||62||6’6″||22|
|Guillaume Hubert||KV Oostende||67||6’6″||26|
|Wayne Hennessey||Crystal Palace||75||6’6″||33|
|Joshua Griffiths||Cheltenham Town||55||6’6″||18|
|Anatoliy Trubin||Shakhtar Donetsk||63||6’6″||18|
|Altay Bayındır||Fenerbahçe SK||73||6’6″||22|
|Moritz Nicolas||VfL Osnabrück||64||6’6″||22|
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