Top Six: Euro 2008 midgets

Ollie Irish

18th, June 2008

Six of the lowest centres of gravity to grace Austria and Switzerland (or else a bunch of short arses)
1. Florentin Petre (Romania)
The 32-year-old winger is the shortest man in the competition at 5ft 5in. He is pictured above shortly before being trampled on by Fabio Grosso. The veteran currently plays in Bulgaria with CSKA Sofia.
Five more sub-5ft 8inchers after the jump…

2. Santi Cazorla (Spain)
The Villarreal man is allegedly 5ft 6in (169cm), but I reckon he might have put some cardboard inside his boots on the day he was measured. Here he is being leaned on and towered over by the giant that is 5ft 8in David Villa.
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3. Piotr Trochowski (Germany)
The 24-year-old is also 5ft 6in (169cm). The Hamburg midfielder has a powerful shot despite his small frame. He has yet to feature for Germany in Euro 2008.
4. Gökdeniz Karadeniz (Turkey)
The pint-sized Turkish midfielder is another who stands at 5ft 6in tall. He currently plays in Russia with Rubin Kazan. Despite being 28 years old, Kardeniz seems to have had a growth spurt before the tournament as he has shot up by 3cm from his former recorded height of 166cm.
5. Joao Moutinho (Portugal)
Moutinho is the Little Special One. The Portuguese midfield maestro controls matches from viewpoint approximately 5ft 7in above pitch level.
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6. Andres Iniesta (Spain)
Last but (literally) not least is 5ft 7in Andres Iniesta. The shortest of Spain’s midfield midget gems, which also includes Xavi and Cesc Fabregas.

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