IC17 Player Spotlight – Mathieu Ostorero

Each week AFL Europe is profiling a European player who is participating in IC17 and finding out a little more about them, how they got into the great game of Aussie Rules and how they feel about the upcoming International Cup.

Name: Mathieu Ostorero      


Club: ALFA LIONS from Lyon


Nationality: French


What position do you play? Back Pocket


AFL team you support & who is your favourite AFL player:

Adelaide Crows and Eddie Betts


How did you find out about AFL?

After 15 years to play rugby, I would like to discover a new sport. I search on Internet and I find AFL !


How long have you been playing for?

I play since January 2015.


What is the highlight of your playing career so far? Nowadays my highlight is the Grand Final of French Championship that we played (and won) in April 2017 in Jean Bouin (Rugby’s stadium of Stade Français Paris) with the ALFA LIONS


Who is the toughest player you have played on & why?

Michael “Rabbit” Curcio, he’s Australian (of course), played in London with Wandsworth Demons.

I played against him for ANZAC 2017 in Villers Bretonneux (Aussie’s MVP). It seemed so easy to play footy for him ! Each mark, each acceleration, however I’m sure he played quiet. It seems even crazier!


Have you played in the International Cup previously? 

No, it will be my first IC.


Who is the player to watch in your team & why?

Pierre Lechasles is probably the player of the season, he flew over the end of the season, and he scored and marked at important moment of ALFA Lions’s season.


Have you visited Australia before & what are you most excited about seeing?

No, I never visited Australia! I want to see Sydney Opera House when we are in Sydney and the MCG in Melbourne and discover the cities.


Any other interesting information, quirky stories or interesting things about yourself?

Discover a sport on Internet “by chance” and played International Cup 2 years later with The Coqs – French Team (with 6-month stop due to shoulder surgery) : I never imagined that even in my wildest dreams