Ariel Steinberg

Ariel Steinberg (born 26 August 1992 in Mildura, Victoria, Australia) is a former professional Australian rules footballer who played for the Essendon Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). He made his senior debut against West Coast in round 21 of the 2014 season.

Ariel Steinberg
Personal information
Full name Ariel Steinberg
Date of birth (1992-08-26) 26 August 1992
Original team(s) Bendigo Pioneers
Draft 31st overall, 2010 national draft
Height 192 cm (6 ft 4 in)
Weight 86 kg (190 lb)
Position(s) Forward
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2014–2015 Essendon 10 (0)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2015.
Sources: AFL Tables,

AFL career

Steinberg was selected by Essendon with the thirty-first pick in the 2010 AFL Draft in November 2010. Ariel was drafted from the Bendigo Pioneers in the TAC Cup having joined the Pioneers squad halfway through the 2010 season.[1]

He started playing for the Bendigo Bombers in their 2011 season. He kicked 3 goals against Frankston on 17 April 2011.[2] He kicked 5 goals against the Box Hill Hawks on 19 June 2011.[3] He kicked four goals against the Werribee Tigers on 7 August 2011.[4] He kicked three goals against the Northern Bullants on 4 September 2011.[5] He scored 25 goals in 2011.[6] He was delisted in October 2015.[7]

Steinberg, along with 33 other Essendon players, was found guilty of using a banned performance-enhancing substance, thymosin beta-4, as part of Essendon's sports supplements program during the 2012 season. He and his teammates were initially found not guilty in March 2015 by the AFL Anti-Doping Tribunal,[8] but a guilty verdict was returned in January 2016 after an appeal by the World Anti-Doping Agency. He was suspended for two years which, with backdating, ended in November 2016; as a result, he served approximately fourteen months of his suspension and missed the entire 2016 VFL season, during which time he had intended to play for VFL club Williamstown.[9]

Personal life

Growing up in Mildura, he supported the Essendon Football Club, and his hero was Matthew Lloyd. In 2009, Steinberg played gridiron in Alberta, Canada whilst on student exchange.[1] In Canada, Steinberg was the punter for his high school, the McNally Tigers, and he also played regular Aussie Rules games for the Edmonton men's side and helped coach and umpire for the Emus women's team. Women's Australian rules Football in Edmonton now rapidly growing supplying half the women for the Canadian National team. He has two sisters, Hadassah and Yael, and brother Asher.[10]


  1. Pech, Jono (19 November 2010). "AFL Dream Comes True for Ariel Steinberg". Sunraysia Daily. Archived from the original on 24 November 2010. Retrieved 7 August 2011.
  2. Luke West . Bendigo Advertiser (18 April 2011) Inaccurate Bendigo Bombers Triumph (accessed 9 Aug 2011)
  3. Bendigo Bombers Overpower Hawks Archived 26 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine (accessed 9 Aug 2011)
  4. 8 August 2011 We missed opportunities Archived 4 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine (accessed 9 Aug 2011)
  5. VFL Sporting Pulse (accessed 4 Sept 2011)
  6. VFL Sporting Pulse (accessed 16 Sept 2011)
  7. King, Travis (30 October 2015). "Bombers dump rookie Ariel Steinberg ahead of draft". Bigpond. Retrieved 30 October 2015.
  8. Twomey, Callum (31 March 2015). "Thirty-four present and former Bombers cleared of all drug charges". Retrieved 31 March 2015.
  9. Travis King (12 January 2016). "Guilty: court bans the Essendon 34 for 2016". Australian Football League. Retrieved 12 January 2016.
  10. Quayle, Emma (13 November 2010). "Worth A Punt". The Age. Australia. Retrieved 7 August 2011.
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