Tor Hogne Aarøy
|Full name||Tor Hogne Aarøy|
|Date of birth||20 March 1977|
|Place of birth||Ålesund, Norway|
|Height||2.04 m (6 ft 8 1⁄2 in)|
|2011–2012||JEF United Chiba||35||(6)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 November 2014.
Tor Hogne Aarøy (born 20 March 1977) is a Norwegian football forward. Standing 2.04 m (6 ft 8 1⁄2 in) tall, Aarøy is one of the world's tallest professional footballers. In a video game by EA Sports, FIFA 15, he is credited as the tallest player in the game, at 6'8.
At the start of the 2001 season he joined second tier club Aalesunds FK, scoring 11 goals in 26 games during the first season. The next season he would help Aalesund win promotion to the Norwegian top league for the first time in their history, ending second top goalscorer with 17 goals. The 2003 season was a failure, despite 6 goals for Aarøy, the team finished second last and was relegated. In 2004, he had a decent season and Aalesund was promoted back. 2005 was another poor season, with Aalesund once again relegated. Right before the 2006 season he got a new partner, Dedé Anderson with whom he formed a great striking partnership. During the 2006 season he managed to score 12 goals while Dedé scored 14. In 2007, Aarøy played 20 Premier League games, scoring 6 goals.
Move to J. League
In 2011 Aarøy moved to Japan to play for J2 League team JEF United Chiba. On 6 March 2011, he scored his debut goal for Chiba against Giravanz Kitakyushu. On 24 April, his second league goal against FC Tokyo came from Australia international Mark Milligan's long throw. On 3 October 2012 he announced that he was leaving JEF United Chiba at the end of 2012 season. He is not being used by Chiba manager, Takashi Kiyama. It's supposed that Aaroy is going to return to Norway in 2013.
Aarøy was called up to the Norwegian national team on 27 January 2009, as a part of caretaker coach Egil Olsen's first squad. He eventually opted to withdraw from the squad to stay home awaiting the birth of his second child.
|Japan||League||Emperor's Cup||J.League Cup||Total|
|2011||JEF United Chiba||J2 League||20||5||0||0||–||20||5|
- 2008 season also includes play-off matches (2 games, 4 goals)
- Blank space means zero games or goals. ? = number not verified
- "Top five: World's tallest footballers". Give Me Sport. Retrieved 4 August 2013.
- "On the Gas: Chiba 3-0 FC Tokyo: J2 Matchday 2". Smp. 24 April 2011. Retrieved 28 April 2011.
- "Frustrert Aarøy ute i kulda i Japan".
- Råve, Geir (27 January 2009). "Drillo tok Aarøy på senga". ABC Nyheter (in Norwegian). Retrieved 27 January 2009.
- Løvoll, Karl-Petter (8 February 2009). "Melder forfall til Drillo". Smp (in Norwegian). Retrieved 8 February 2009.
- Profile at AaFK.no