Costel Fane Pantilimon (Romanian pronunciation: [kosˈtel pantiliˈmon]; born 1 February 1987) is a Romanian professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for English club Nottingham Forest, on loan from Watford, and the Romania national team. At six foot, eight inches (203 cm) tall, he is currently the tallest player in the Premier League.
He began his career at Politehnica Timișoara, becoming their first-choice goalkeeper. In 2011, he signed for Manchester City, initially on loan, as back-up for Joe Hart. Pantilimon was first choice for City in the 2013–14 League Cup, which they went on to win. He then remained in the Premier League with Sunderland, spending one-and-a-half seasons there before a transfer to Watford in 2016.
Pantilimon has been a full international for Romania since 2008.Close