Luongo not expecting to play in Brazil

Massimo Luongo

Massimo Luongo

First published in STFC News Swindon Advertiser: Photograph of the Author by , Deputy sports editor, awarren@swindonadvertiser.co.uk, @AndyWarren_

MIDFIELDER Massimo Luongo knows he faces a fight for game time at this summer’s World Cup but, even if he doesn’t get on the pitch for Australia, he’s determined to make the most of his big chance.

The 21-year-old was rewarded for an impressive season at the County Ground with a spot in Socceroos boss Ange Postecoglou’s final 23 for Brazil last week, having only made his international debut in a friendly in March.

Speaking to the Swindon media for the first time since his selection, Luongo admitted his lack of tournament experience might make it hard for him to get on the field but believes simply being around the squad could prove vital as he and the Aussies bid to build a successful international future.

“After a long season at Swindon this is a good reward for me and I’m really grateful to the coaches and to the gaffer for giving me the opportunity,” he said.

“The day before the final squad was announced we had a game so it was a rest day, so everyone was off, and we basically walked up to breakfast and the coaches addressed everyone and said the names of the four players who wouldn’t be in the squad, I wasn’t one of them so I realised I was in the team.

“I think I had quite a good year, trained hard and did quite well. We had a game before selection against a local team and I think I did quite well so that helped me.

“There were a few injuries on the way so think things went my way a little, because that probably forced their hand a little and helped me get into the squad.

“To be honest, I’m maybe the second youngest player in the squad so maybe I’ve been brought in to get some experience and any game time will be to show what I can do for the future.

“I can help out the team in terms of giving some people a rest and I’m quite fresh so I need to get used to everything and how it all works.

“I’ve had three weeks with them now so I think I’ve made an impression and they know what I’m all about. Proving myself is important and it’s important to help the team to prepare even if I don’t end up playing.”

Luongo has played in a number of different roles in the middle of the Town midfield, both sitting back and supporting the front man, but the youngster believes he is likely to play more of a holding role under Postecoglou.

“We play with two holding and one attacking, so I think they would prefer me to be one of the two holding if I were to play,” he said.

Training in the Australia camp has been intense as they prepare for Friday night’s opener against Chile, but Luongo has enjoyed the sessions alongside the best players his country has to offer.

“Training is very intense so it’s a bit different because we’re not together for too long, unlike Swindon where it was about recovery and getting ready for the next game all the time,” he said.

“This is a mini pre-season and we have to get a lot done, because the quality has to be there as well.”

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7:37am Tue 10 Jun 14

Stickshaker says...

Good luck Mass - you earned, now enjoy it!
Good luck Mass - you earned, now enjoy it! Stickshaker
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7:39am Tue 10 Jun 14

Rebel_phish says...

Off Topic.

With no dedicated thread available at the moment, despite trying, here are the questions for the World Cup Predictions League.

World Cup Predictions Questions

So, the biggest festival in Football gets under way in a country famed for its high spirits and carnivals. Whether you think England will do well or poorly, it is going to be 24 days of high tempo, high octane, thrill a minute football of the highest order.

I was hooked on the World Cup since the crackly, muffled commentaries and fuzzy pictures at Mexico 70. That Gordon Banks save, that Bobby Moore tackle, Peter Bonetti. Muller, Beckenbauer and Rivera

Then there were the likes of Pele, Jairzinho and Rivelino. Brazil were breath taking.

This year’s competition promises to be just as exhilarating with all the best from around the World vying to be crowned World Champions.


Pre-Tournament Questions

1. Name the Winner
2. Name the Runner-Up
3. Name Third place team
4. Name Fourth placed team
5. Golden Boot Winner and number of goals
6. Golden Ball Winner
7. Golden Glove Winner
8. Team with the highest number of goals
9. Total number of goals in tournament
10. Time of the fastest goal in tournament - min:sec
11. Total number of game time penalties
12. Total number of Own Goals
13. Total number of yellow cards
14. Total number of red cards
15. Total Tournament attendance


England Specific Questions

16. How far will England progress
17. How many goals will England score/concede
18. How many yellow cards
19. How many red cards
20. How many players will Roy Hodgson use


Group Stages

21. Name each group winner and runner up

Match specific questions. Give your answers to each of the Group games

1. Scoreline
2. Time of first goal
3. Number of Corners
4. Number of bookings
5. Time of last Sub


Deadline for the pre-tournament questions will be 22:00 Sat 14th
Deadline for the matches questions will be Kick-off time.


Good luck to you all

Rebel.
Off Topic. With no dedicated thread available at the moment, despite trying, here are the questions for the World Cup Predictions League. World Cup Predictions Questions So, the biggest festival in Football gets under way in a country famed for its high spirits and carnivals. Whether you think England will do well or poorly, it is going to be 24 days of high tempo, high octane, thrill a minute football of the highest order. I was hooked on the World Cup since the crackly, muffled commentaries and fuzzy pictures at Mexico 70. That Gordon Banks save, that Bobby Moore tackle, Peter Bonetti. Muller, Beckenbauer and Rivera Then there were the likes of Pele, Jairzinho and Rivelino. Brazil were breath taking. This year’s competition promises to be just as exhilarating with all the best from around the World vying to be crowned World Champions. Pre-Tournament Questions 1. Name the Winner 2. Name the Runner-Up 3. Name Third place team 4. Name Fourth placed team 5. Golden Boot Winner and number of goals 6. Golden Ball Winner 7. Golden Glove Winner 8. Team with the highest number of goals 9. Total number of goals in tournament 10. Time of the fastest goal in tournament - min:sec 11. Total number of game time penalties 12. Total number of Own Goals 13. Total number of yellow cards 14. Total number of red cards 15. Total Tournament attendance England Specific Questions 16. How far will England progress 17. How many goals will England score/concede 18. How many yellow cards 19. How many red cards 20. How many players will Roy Hodgson use Group Stages 21. Name each group winner and runner up Match specific questions. Give your answers to each of the Group games 1. Scoreline 2. Time of first goal 3. Number of Corners 4. Number of bookings 5. Time of last Sub Deadline for the pre-tournament questions will be 22:00 Sat 14th Deadline for the matches questions will be Kick-off time. Good luck to you all Rebel. Rebel_phish
  • Score: -6

9:59pm Wed 11 Jun 14

alchafreds says...

Stickshaker wrote:
Good luck Mass - you earned, now enjoy it!
really do actually watch the he plays for the blokes a waste of space
[quote][p][bold]Stickshaker[/bold] wrote: Good luck Mass - you earned, now enjoy it![/p][/quote]really do actually watch the he plays for the blokes a waste of space alchafreds
  • Score: -1

11:00am Thu 12 Jun 14

Glosteroldboy says...

Cheers Rebel - Tell them to pull their finger out with regard to a dedicated thread ! What is the difficulty with regard to this....

1. Brazil
2. Argentina
3. Spain
4. Germany
5. Messi - 7
6. C.Ronaldo
7. Romero
8. Argentina
9. 169
10. 3mins 24 secs
11. 18
12 5
13. 211 Yellows
14. 11 Reds
15. 3,339,784
16. 1/4 finals (hope springs eternal) !!
17. 8 scored 5 conceded
18. 8
19. 1
20. 16 players used
21. A Brazil - Mexico
B. Spain - Holland
C. Columbia - Greece
D. England - Uruguay
E. France - Ecuador
F. Argentina - Nigeria
G. Germany - Portugal
H. Belgium - Russia

Flippin Ecko ! Good luck sorting this out !

Come on Adver - Get a dedicated thread going ...
Cheers Rebel - Tell them to pull their finger out with regard to a dedicated thread ! What is the difficulty with regard to this.... 1. Brazil 2. Argentina 3. Spain 4. Germany 5. Messi - 7 6. C.Ronaldo 7. Romero 8. Argentina 9. 169 10. 3mins 24 secs 11. 18 12 5 13. 211 Yellows 14. 11 Reds 15. 3,339,784 16. 1/4 finals (hope springs eternal) !! 17. 8 scored 5 conceded 18. 8 19. 1 20. 16 players used 21. A Brazil - Mexico B. Spain - Holland C. Columbia - Greece D. England - Uruguay E. France - Ecuador F. Argentina - Nigeria G. Germany - Portugal H. Belgium - Russia Flippin Ecko ! Good luck sorting this out ! Come on Adver - Get a dedicated thread going ... Glosteroldboy
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