Michael Talia

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Michael Talia
Personal information
Full name Michael Talia
Date of birth (1993-02-11) 11 February 1993 (age 24)
Original team(s) Greenvale/Calder Cannons (TAC Cup)
Draft No. 39, 2011 national draft
Height / weight 194 cm / 94 kg
Position(s) Defender
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2012–2015 Western Bulldogs 30 (2)
2016– Sydney 01 (0)
Total 31 (2)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2016.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Michael Talia (born 11 February 1993) is a professional Australian rules footballer playing for the Sydney Swans in the Australian Football League (AFL). He is the brother of Daniel Talia who plays for the Adelaide Football Club, and is the grandson of Harvey Stevens, a former Footscray player leading the club to their fist premiership in 1954.[1] His great-grandfather, Arthur Stevens, also played for Footscray.[2]

Talia was recruited by the Western Buldogs in the 2011 national draft with pick 39 and made his debut in round 19, 2012, against North Melbourne at Etihad Stadium. He earned the round 15 nomination for the 2013 AFL Rising Star after a 32-possession game against Greater Western Sydney.[3]

In October 2015, he was traded to Sydney.[4] In round 1, his first game for the Swans, he suffered a Lisfranc ligament injury in the last quarter against Collingwood, ruling him out for the next eight to twelve weeks.[5] Dane Swan also suffered the same injury, as well as multiple fractures in his foot and lower leg. Complications with the injury saw him placed on the long term injury list. [6]

In July 2016, Talia was arrested and charged with possession of cocaine[7] and he later pleaded guilty to the charges and was placed on a twelve month good behaviour bond.[8]


  1. ^ Collins, Ben (6 August 2012). "Dogs' teenage fanclub". AFL.com.au. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  2. ^ Capel, Andrew. "It's a Dogs' life for the Talia family". Adelaide Advertiser. Herald Sun. Retrieved 4 February 2015. 
  3. ^ Talia makes Rising Star a family affair
  4. ^ Navaratnam, Dinny (22 October 2015). "Swans land key defender Talia from Western Bulldogs". AFL.com.au. Bigpond. Retrieved 22 October 2015. 
  5. ^ Curley, Adam (29 March 2016). "Foot injury rules out Swan Michael Talia for eight to 12 weeks". AFL.com.au. Bigpond. Retrieved 2 April 2016. 
  6. ^ http://www.afl.com.au/news/2016-05-19/swans-duo-placed-on-longterm-injury-list
  7. ^ Wu, Andrew (18 July 2016). "Sydney Swans player Michael Talia charged with possession of cocaine". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 5 March 2017. 
  8. ^ Partridge, Emma (4 August 2016). "Sydney Swans player Michael Talia pleads guilty to drug possession". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 5 March 2017. 

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