The elite 18-man Team (plus four interchange) was selected from a squad of 50 players, which was in turn cherry-picked from a list of 148 known footballers of Italian origin - each of whom has made a unique contribution to the game at various stages over 110 years of League competition.
Frank Curcio, Stephen Silvagni, Len Incigneri
Alec Epis, Anthony Koutoufides, John Kennedy jun.
Robert DiPierdomenico, Ian Stewart (Cervi), Peter Matera
Peter Riccardi, Alan Martello, Mark Mercuri
Phillip Matera, Saverio Rocca, Brendan Fevola
Steve Alessio, Mark Ricciuto
Sergio Silvagni, Tony Liberatore, Scott Camporeale, Joe Misiti
The Team includes two members of the AFL’s Team Of The Century – full-back Stephen Silvagni and centreman Ian Stewart – who have been named in those same positions for the Italian Team.
Anthony Koutoufides, named in the Greek Team Of The Century on account of his late father’s heritage, was also eligible for inclusion in the Italian Team given that his mother is Italian-born.
Similarly Peter Matera, named in the Indigenous Team Of The Century by virtue of his mother’s heritage, was eligible for selection for the Italian Team as his father is Italian-born.
John Kennedy junior qualifies as his maternal grandparents were Italian-born.
The Italian Team Of The Century also comprises:
Of the 22 players named in the Italian Team Of The Century, Carlton and Essendon boast the greatest club representations with five players each – Scott Camporeale, Brendan Fevola, Anthony Koutoufides, Sergio Silvagni and Stephen Silvagni for Carlton; and Steve Alessio, Camporeale, Alec Epis, Mark Mercuri and Joe Misiti for Essendon.
Of the 148 VFL/AFL footballers to have met the aforementioned selection criteria, only one – Carlton’s one-gamer Peter Bevilacqua – is Italian-born.
All surviving members of the coveted VFL/AFL Italian Team Of The Century were present for tonight’s naming of the Team and presentation of commemorative guernsey's, with the exception of Saverio Rocca, who is currently pursuing an NFL punting career in the United States. Len Incigneri and Frank Curcio, who died in 1964 and 1988 respectively, were represented at the event by their sons Len Clark (Incigneri) junior and Michael Curcio.
The Toccolan Club (it’s Committees and members), would like to thank our supporters of The Event which include Sir James Gobbo (Patron), Puma, Channel 7, DiDonato Design, Yerring Station, The Royal Children’s Hospital, Southern Cross Broadcasting, Crema Constructions, DiMattina’s Restaurant Group, DiMattina Coffee, Costa Group, Alliance Insurance Broking Services, Australian Multicultural Foundation, Box Seat Productions, Tony De Bolfo, all other corporate sponsors, the players, selectors, their families, the Italian Community and general public for their patronage and support in making this Event the success it was.Back to top