Massimo Luongo

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Massimo Luongo
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Luongo with Swindon Town in 2014
Personal information
Full name Massimo Corey Luongo[1]
Date of birth (1992-09-25) 25 September 1992 (age 22)
Place of birth Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)[2]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Swindon Town
Number 4
Youth career
2004–2010 APIA Leichhardt Tigers
2011 Tottenham Hotspur
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2013 Tottenham Hotspur 0 (0)
2012 Ipswich Town (loan) 9 (0)
2013 Swindon Town (loan) 7 (1)
2013 Swindon Town (loan) 5 (2)
2013– Swindon Town 66 (10)
National team
2011 Australia U20 2 (0)
2014– Australia 12 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11:30, 8 March 2015 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 5 April 2015

Massimo Corey Luongo (born 25 September 1992) is an Australian international football (soccer) player who plays as a midfielder for English club Swindon Town and the Australian national team

Born in Sydney, Luongo played youth football for APIA Leichhardt Tigers before moving to England to play for Tottenham Hotspur, where he started his professional career. Following a loan spell at Ipswich Town, he played on loan at Swindon Town, a move which was eventually made permanent.

Luongo has played for the Australia national team since 2014 and has made over ten appearances. He was a member of the squad at the 2014 FIFA World Cup and played a central role in Australia winning the 2015 AFC Asian Cup, where he scored in the final and was named player of the tournament.

Early life[edit]

Luongo was born in Sydney. His father Mario is of Italian heritage and mother Ira Luongo is of Indonesian heritage. He attended Waverley College where he won the championship in 2009. He is the youngest of three children; he has a sister Angela and a brother Tiziano.[3]

In addition to holding an Australian passport, Luongo also has an Italian passport.[4]

Club career[edit]

Tottenham Hotspur[edit]

Luongo signed for Tottenham Hotspur in January 2011 after impressing on trial, and went on to make nine appearances for the under-18 team during the 2010–11 Premier Academy League season, scoring three goals. He made his only appearance for the first team on 20 September 2011 in a 7–6 penalty shootout loss to fellow Premier League club Stoke City in the third round of the League Cup, replacing Sandro after 70 minutes. Luongo had his penalty attempt saved by Thomas Sørensen, resulting in the defeat.[5]

On 6 February 2012, he was called up to a league match for the first time, remaining an unused substitute as Tottenham earned a goalless draw away to Liverpool.[6] Thirteen days later he was included in the squad for the last time, again unused in a goalless FA Cup fifth round match away to League One team Stevenage.[7]

Ipswich Town (loan)[edit]

On 23 July 2012, Luongo joined Championship side Ipswich Town on a season-long loan for the 2012–13 season.[8] He made his debut on 14 August in the first round of the League Cup, playing the entirety of a 3–1 win over League Two club Bristol Rovers at Portman Road.[9] Four days later he played his first professional league game, starting in a 1–1 home draw against Blackburn Rovers and making way for Andy Drury after 70 minutes.[10] On 28 August, in the second round of the League Cup against Carlisle United at Brunton Park, he scored from outside the penalty area to put Ipswich ahead with his first professional goal, but Carlisle scored a late equaliser and won 2–1 after extra time.[11]

The loan was terminated on 9 November after new Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy said that he wanted a 'different type of player'.[12]

Swindon Town[edit]

On 28 March 2013, Luongo signed for Swindon Town on loan along with fellow Spurs trainees Nathan Byrne and Dean Parrett.[13] The very next day he went straight into the squad to face Oldham Athletic and play the full 90 minutes in a 1–1 draw at the County Ground.[14] On 16 April, Luongo scored his first goal for Swindon in a 4–1 win over Crewe Alexandra, heading in Gary Roberts' cross.[15] He opened the scoring on 4 May in the 70th minute of the first leg of the play-off semi-final against Brentford, but in added time conceded a penalty by fouling Harry Forrester; Kevin O'Connor converted it for a 1–1 draw.[16] Swindon eventually lost the tie in a penalty shootout.

Luongo signed a season-long loan deal with Swindon Town on 2 July 2013 and was handed the number 4 shirt.[17] However, on 31 August 2013, Swindon signed Luongo on a permanent three-year contract having agreed a fee of £400,000 with Spurs.[18]

International career[edit]

Luongo was eligible to represent either the Australian national football team by birth, the Italian national football team due to his father's birth or the Indonesian national football team due his mother's birth.

He has represented the Australian under-20 team on 2 occasions but was not selected for the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup. Luongo has also been called up for training camps in Europe with the full senior national team.[19]

Massimo Luongo made his debut for the Socceroos on 6 March 2014 as a second-half substitute for captain Mile Jedinak in the 3–4 loss to Ecuador at The New Den in London.[20]

Luongo was selected for the 23-man Australia squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil by manager Ange Postecoglou.[21] He did not feature in any of their three matches as they were eliminated in the group stage.

Luongo was also selected in the 23-man squad for the Asia Cup to be played on home soil in Australia.[22] Swindon Town team mate Yaser Kasim was also called up for his home nation Iraq, meaning Swindon would have to compete in their regular League One season without the two central midfielders for a month. He went on to score in Australia's 4–1 win over Kuwait in the opening game of the tournament, in addition, providing the assist that lead to Tim Cahill scoring Australia's first goal of the match. At the end of the game, he was named as man of the match. Luongo also started in Australia's second group game against Oman, providing the assist for Robbie Kruse to score Australia's second goal in an eventual 4–0 win.

Luongo played in the 2015 AFC Asian Cup Final against South Korea, scoring the first goal from outside the box in a 2–1 win.[23] Luongo was named as Most Valuable Player of the tournament after scoring two goals and assisting four throughout the tournament.[24]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 28 December 2014[25]
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Tottenham Hotspur 2011–12 Premier League 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Ipswich Town 2012–13 Championship 9 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 11 1
Swindon Town 2012–13 League One 7 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 9 1
2013–14 44 6 1 0 3 0 5 0 53 6
2014–15 21 3 1 0 2 0 0 0 24 3
Swindon total 72 10 2 0 5 0 7 0 86 10
Career total 81 10 2 0 8 1 7 0 98 11






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  10. ^ "Ipswich 1-1 Blackburn". BBC Sport. 18 August 2012. Retrieved 14 April 2015. 
  11. ^ "Cumbrians claim cup victory". Sky Sports. 28 August 2012. Retrieved 14 April 2015. 
  12. ^ "Ipswich Town end Massimo Luongo loan from Tottenham Hotspur". Sports Mole Limited. 10 November 2012. Retrieved 30 November 2012. 
  13. ^ "MASSIMO, DEAN, NATHAN JOIN SWINDON ON LOAN". Tottenham Hotspur. 28 March 2013. Retrieved 29 March 2013. 
  14. ^ "Swindon 1 – 1 Oldham". BBC Sport. 29 March 2013. Retrieved 29 March 2013. 
  15. ^ "Swindon 4-1 Crewe". BBC Sport. 16 April 2013. Retrieved 14 April 2015. 
  16. ^ "Bees snatch late draw at Swindon". Sky Sports. 4 May 2013. Retrieved 14 April 2015. 
  17. ^ "Tottenham's Massimo Luongo and Grant Hall join Swindon". BBC Sport. 2 July 2013. Retrieved 29 July 2013. 
  18. ^ "Luongo signs permanent deal". Swindon Town FC. 31 August 2013. 
  19. ^ "Holger Osieck names Qantas Socceroos Squad for Germany Match". the real game. 15 March 2011. Retrieved 30 November 2012. 
  20. ^ Tim Cahill goes top as Socceroos implode
  21. ^ "Australia unveil final 23-man squad". RTÉ Sport. 3 June 2014. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 
  22. ^
  23. ^ a b "Australia beat South Korea after extra time". BBC Sport. 31 January 2015. Retrieved 2 February 2015. 
  24. ^ a b "Australia's Massimo Luongo named Asian Cup's most valuable player". The Guardian. 31 January 2015. 
  25. ^ Massimo Luongo profile at Soccerway
  26. ^ "Four S. Koreans named to team of tournament at AFC Asian Cup". Yonhap. 2 February 2015. 

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