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Zeljko Kalac

Zeljko Kalac is a Australian goalkeeper currently playing for Greek club Kavala. Standing at 2.02 meters, Kalac is one of the world's tallest professional goalkeepers.

Kalac's preferred playing number (when not the conventional number 1) is 18 and has generally worn this number when playing for Australia. However, when he joined AC Milan in 2005, number 18 was already claimed by Marek Jankulovski, who joined at the same time, and so he chose number 16. When he transferred to Kavala, number 18 was also taken, so he settled for number 60.

Growing up in the Sydney Croatian community, Kalac began his professional playing career rising through the ranks at Sydney United, competing in the Australian National Soccer League. At the age of 16, he was included in the first team alongside first-choice keeper Tony Franken, playing the first eleven games of the 1989-90 NSL season in Franken's absence, before returning to the substitute bench - a place occupied throughout the 1990-91 season as a stand-out Franken remained fit and was first choice all season.

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