Yes, you read that right. Bayern Munich’s Müller is the second biggest player in the world. But we’re not talking about skills or popularity here, but rather about height. And no, it’s obviously not Thomas Müller we’re talking about but a reserve goalkeeper that goes by the name of Daniel Müller.
Daniel Müller was born in Munich on 19th May 1992. At just 19 years of age and a low-profile career to-date, it is no wonder that you have probably never heard of him. Back in June of 2011, FC Bayern II announced the goalkeeper’s capture from SC Fürstenfeldbruck, a club that plays in the Landesliga Bayern-Süd, the 6th tier of the German football league system. Fürstenfeldbruck is a town in Bavaria that lies halfway between Munich and Augsburg.
When Daniel Müller had to choose a shirt number, he went for #25, the same number currently occupied by Thomas Müller in the senior squad. But while Thomas had broken into the first team as a 19-year old, Daniel Müller has not managed any appearances for the disappointing FC Bayern II in his first half-season.
Daniel Müller’s contract with the Bayern Munich reserves expires in June 2013, so while he has some time left to make an impact, he can still turn heads right now. At 2.05m (6’9″) tall, Daniel Müller is the second tallest player in the world, a title he can share with Chinese striker Yang Changpeng (though Wikipedia questionably has him down as 2.12m) and Croatian goalkeeper Vanja Iveša. The confirmed tallest footballer in the world is Kristof van Hout, a Belgian goalkeeper.
Kristof van Hout, Belgian goalkeeper, plays for K.V. Kortrijk
Daniel Müller, German goalkeeper, plays for FC Bayern München II
Yang Changpeng, Chinese striker, plays for Chengdu Blades
Vanja Iveša, Belgian goalkeeper, plays for Eskişehirspor
Tor Hogne Aarøy, Norwegian striker, plays for JEF United
Øyvind Hoås, Norwegian striker, plays for Sarpsborg 08 FF
Out of FC Bayern’s last senior goalkeepers, Manuel Neuer is 1.94m tall, Hans-Jörg Butt is 1.91m tall, Oliver Kahn and Michael Rensing are 1.88m tall, while Thomas Kraft and Bernd Dreher are 1.87m tall. And, in case you’re wondering, Jan Koller (former Borussia Dortmund striker) is 2.02m tall whilst Peter Crouch is “only” 2.01m tall.
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