World XI: Tall vs Short

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A stereotypical team is made up of tall defenders and small midfielders, but what if there was a team entirely made up of tall or small players?

Who would win - leave a comment below.

Here is a small and tall XI: 

Small XI

Goalkeeper | Iker Casillas (5"11)

5"11 may not seem like a small height, but for a keeper it is in fact very small. Despite his height handicap, he still manages to produce some of the greatest saves and is considered by many the best keeper at the moment.

Right-back | Phillip Lahm (5"7)

Lahm is captain of Germany, holding the weight of the entire nation on his shoulders (perhaps they are weighing him down). He has also been the one fixed player at an ever changing Bayern side for many years now, and still making the team every match.

Centre-back | Carles Puyol (5"10)

Puyol has been the base of this star-studded Barcelona team. All their trophies and cup runs have been based on his relatively small frame and it is a wonder he can still play at such a high level even after all these years.

Centre-back | Micha Richards (5"11)

There aren't many small Centre Backs, so again, 5"11 is small for this position. Although he is considered a full back by many, Richards is very versatile and has played in the middle for many of his previous clubs.

Left-back | Patrice Evra (5"8)

Evra has been the starting full-back at Manchester United for so many years now; he has been one of the first names on the team sheet in almost every match, consistently performing well at such a high level for champions-elect of England so it is an amazement he isn't thought of so 'high'ly (pardon the pun).

Right-midfield | David Silva (5"7)

Silva is tiny and yet so good, he plays a nippy little game, twisting and turning past opposition defenders, using his height as an advantage. It also means he has a low centre of gravity and so can go on mazy runs with ease.

Centre-midfield | Xavi (5"7)

Xavi pulls the strings for Barca, not only dictating the pace of the play but also playing the killer through ball or the neat one twos. He plays with so big an aura that it's shocking he's only 5"7!

Centre-midfield | Andres Iniesta (5"7)

Alongside Xavi, Iniesta also controls the Barca tempo, with the ability to score many goals as well. He is the chief assister to Messi, setting up the majority of the argentine's goals.

Left-midfield | Franck Ribery (5"7)

Ribery has so much strength and speed that it's amazing he's only 5"7. He makes lung busting runs down the wings with the skill and power to hold off defenders. One advantage to his height is that he can easily jink between the bigger defenders.

Striker | Sergio Aguero (5"8)

Aguero is so good that it's mad to think he isn't even included in many of his national side's games, behind Messi and sometimes club mate Tevez. His height makes him a real handful to deal with, making him hard to pick up and stop without commit

ting a foul.

Striker | Lionel Messi (5"7)

The man you've all been waiting for, Messi was born with a handicap meaning he can't grow as tall as other people, however, he's definitely made the most of what he has, being the world's best player seasons in a row.


Squad players - Akinfeev, Sagna, Baines, Lennon, Wright Phillips, Arshavin, Sneijder, Parker, Rooney, Defoe


Tall XI

Goalkeeper | Zeljko Kalac (6"8)

Kalac isn't the greatest keeper, but he's certainly very tall, standing at an intimidating 6"8, he puts pressure on any opposing strikers. Having had a relatively failed stint at Leicester (2 apps), his greatest team was Sydney Utd, playing 122 games for the club over two different periods.

Right-back | Chris Smalling (6"4)

Smalling has bucket loads of potential and the height of a centre back. However, at Fulham, he had been mainly utilised as a full back; one of his key plus points is his versatility.

Centre-back | Per Mertesacker (6"6)

The 'lanky' German has made his fair share of mistakes for the gunners, but generally he is solid and with his height advantage, will win anything in the air. He also provides attacking options from set pieces, scoring goals with headers.

Centre-back | Zat Knight (6"7)

Knight has been very successful at Bolton, he played so well that at one point he earned two England caps in an era with John Terry and Rio Ferdinand, and that's quite impressive. He has great aerial ability and can show quick feet when necessary.

Left-back | Taye Taiwo (6"0)

Taiwo may not seem tall, but for a full back 6"0 is actually very tall. Because of his height and long legs, he is very fast and so is a great attacking option for his team, as well as being able to outmuscle opposition players. 

Right-midfield | Cristiano Ronaldo (6"1)

Again, 6"1 doesn't seem too tall but wingers are usually small so Ronaldo is actually one of the tallest in his position. He puts his height to good use, scoring many headers and using his long legs to have a very fast sprint speed.

Centre-midfield | Marouane Fellaini (6"5)

Fellaini's afro makes him even taller than he already is, and, for someone who is 6"5, that makes him very tall indeed. He scores many goals from crosses and can be physical in the centre of the park when tackling someone. 

Left-midfield | Gareth Bale (6"1)

Bale is another tall winger who has utilised his height. He is extremely fast and can head the ball as well as many strikers or defenders can. He can also tackle because of his physical presence.

Striker | Peter Crouch (6"7)

Crouch is thought of by many as the world's tallest player, but actually he's nowhere near. Crouch has had a travelled career, playing for many teams across England, from QPR to Tottenham to Stoke, and all the teams have used his height well, like the fact that Stoke do the long throw-ins to him.

Striker | Fernando Llorente (6"5)

Llorente is not the tallest striker there is, but he is one of the better tall ones, scoring many a headed goal and being able to flick on hoofed balls forward. His team mates depend on his ability to hold up the play using his size to shield the ball from defenders, before passing it on.

Striker | Zlatan Ibrahimovic (6"5)

When tall strikers are thought of, Ibra would be one of the first to come to mind. Not only is he tall but also strong and he uses these traits to his advantage, scoring headers, holding up the ball and winning flick ons.


Squad players - Van Hout, Samba, Hangeland, Cissokho, Y. Toure, Abou Diaby, Hogne Aaroy, Carroll, koller, Zigic


Now that the teams are done, I think that the small XI would win in a match because they have the better players, with closer control and more skill against the lumbering tall XI. 

The only way I feel the tall XI will threaten is via set pieces and crosses where their height is an advantage. What do you think?


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Chris Smalling
Andrey Arshavin
David Silva
Scott Parker
Aaron Lennon
Zat Knight
Per Mertesacker
Sergio Aguero
Peter Crouch
Marouane Fellaini
Patrice Evra
Cristiano Ronaldo
Jermain Defoe
Micah Richards
Wayne Rooney
Bacary Sagna
Vassiriki Abou Diaby
Gareth Bale
Leighton Baines
Shaun Wright-Phillips

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