VFL/AFL players with international backgrounds

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Australian Football League players come from diverse backgrounds, with 15 per cent of all players either born overseas or have a parent born overseas.[1] A total of 121 players from a multicultural background (at least one parent born overseas) are among the 817 AFL listed players in 2013. Richmond Football Club has the most multicultural players with 30% and Carlton Football Club has the least with almost 5%.[2] Of those 121 multicultural players, more than half have one parent from Anglophone countries, mainly the United Kingdom, Ireland and New Zealand.[3]

Albania Albania[edit]

Barbados Barbados[edit]

Brazil Brazil[edit]

Canada Canada[edit]

Chile Chile[edit]

China China[edit]

Name Origins Career
Ernie Foo Chinese parents[10] 1914
Lin Jong Taiwanese mother; Timorese-Chinese father[5] 2012–
Les Kew Ming Chinese father; Chinese/Scottish maternal grandparents[11] 1922-1923
Wally Koochew Chinese father[12] 1908
Dannie Seow Born in Singapore; Chinese father[13][14] 1986-1987; 1989-1990
George Tansing Chinese father[14][15][16] 1908

Democratic Republic of the Congo Congo, Democratic Republic of[edit]

Cook Islands Cook Islands[edit]

Croatia Croatia[edit]

Cyprus Cyprus[edit]

Czech Republic Czech Republic[edit]

Denmark Denmark[edit]

East Timor East Timor[edit]

  • Lin Jong (Taiwanese mother, Timorese-Chinese father)[5]

Egypt Egypt[edit]

Estonia Estonia[edit]

Fiji Fiji[edit]

Germany Germany[edit]

Greece Greece[edit]

see: Greek Team of the Century[35]

Hungary Hungary[edit]

India India[edit]

Republic of Ireland Ireland[edit]

Name Origins Career
Colm Begley Born in Ireland[42] 2006–2009
Dermott Brereton Irish parents[21] 1982–1992;1994–1995
Ciarán Byrne Born in Ireland 2014–
Conor McKenna Born in Ireland 2014–
Paul Earley Born in Ireland[42] 1984
Pearce Hanley Irish, born in England, UK; Welsh mother, Irish father[5] 2008–
Tadhg Kennelly Born in Ireland[42] 2001–2008;2010–2011
James Magner Irish parents[5] 2012–13
Jock McHale Irish parents 1903–1920
Niall McKeever (Born in Ireland)[5] Born in Ireland[42] 2010–2013
Dermot McNicholl Born in Ireland[42] 1990
Caolan Mooney Born in Ireland[5] 2012–2014
Brett O'Hanlon [43] 2012–
Jamie O'Reilly Born in Ireland[5] 2010–2011
Setanta Ó hAilpín Irish father, Fijian mother[5] 2005–2013
Michael Quinn Born in Ireland 2009–2010
Ciaran Sheehan Born in Ireland 2014–
Brian Stynes Born in Ireland[42] 1992
Jim Stynes Born in Ireland[21] 1987–1998
Zach Tuohy Born in Ireland[5] 2011–
Tommy Walsh Born in Ireland[5] 2012–2014
Sean Wight Born in Scotland, UK, Irish parents[42] 1984–1995

Israel Israel[edit]

Italy Italy[edit]

Kenya Kenya[edit]

Latvia Latvia[edit]

Lebanon Lebanon[edit]

Lithuania Lithuania[edit]

Republic of Macedonia Macedonia[edit]

Malaysia Malaysia[edit]

Malta Malta[edit]

Myanmar Myanmar[edit]

Netherlands Netherlands[edit]

New Zealand New Zealand[edit]

Nigeria Nigeria[edit]

Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea[edit]

Philippines Philippines[edit]

Poland Poland[edit]

Russia Russia[edit]

Samoa Samoa[edit]

Seychelles Seychelles[edit]

Serbia Serbia[edit]

Slovenia Slovenia[edit]

South Africa South Africa[edit]

South Korea South Korea[edit]

Spain Spain[edit]

Sri Lanka Sri Lanka[edit]

Sudan Sudan[edit]

Sweden Sweden[edit]

Switzerland Switzerland[edit]

Taiwan Taiwan[edit]

  • Lin Jong (Taiwanese mother, Timorese-Chinese father)[5]

Thailand Thailand[edit]

Tonga Tonga[edit]

Turkey Turkey[edit]

Tuvalu Tuvalu[edit]

Ukraine Ukraine[edit]

United Kingdom United Kingdom[edit]

England England[edit]

Scotland Scotland[edit]

Wales Wales[edit]

United States United States of America[edit]

Name Origins Career
Archie Smith American father 2014–
Sanford Wheeler Born in the US 1989-1994
Don Pyke Born in the US 1989–96
Jason Holmes Born in the US 2014–
Zac Clarke American father[40][111] 2009–

Zimbabwe Zimbabwe[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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