Anthony “Kouta” Koutoufides is a former award winning AFL player and a Carlton Football Club legend, playing over 270 games for the club. Anthony was often referred to as the ‘Prototype of the Modern Footballer’ as he was notably athletic and versatile, allowing him to play almost every position throughout his career. Anthony Koutoufides was an integral player in Carlton’s premiership team in 1995, leading up to his recognition by earning an All-Australian selection. Anthony played for Carlton between 1992 and 2007, winning the best and fairest in 2001 and 2005, and captaining the club from 2004 to 2006. As captain, Anthony Koutoufides won his second best and fairest in 2005, once again a key figure in Carlton’s midfield.
Widely regarded as the club’s favourite son, Anthony was renowned for his unpredictable and explosive play. Of Greek and Northern Italian heritage, Koutoufides made a choice to switch from track and field athletics to Australian Rules Football citing the love of team sports as the reason behind his decision.
Years following his career in the AFL, Anthony Koutoufides has appeared on a number of Australian broadcasts on national television. In 2006, he won the seventh season of Dancing with the Stars, as well as appearing on channel 7’s show The Gladiators. Anthony owns and operates online health and physical fitness centre ‘KoutaFit’, running group community fitness programs.
– Leigh Matthews Trophy (AFLPA MVP): 2000
– Robert Reynolds Trophy: 2001, 2005
– All Australian: 1995, 2000
– Carlton Captain: 2004–2006
– Carlton Leading Goalkicker: 1997
– Carlton premiership team: 1995
– AFL and Carlton life-member
– Victorian State of Origin: 1999
– Australian Football Hall of Fame inductee 2014
– Greek Team of the Century: Vice-Captain
– VFL/AFL Italian Team of the Century: Centre Half-Back