Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Massimo Luongo

25th September 1992 (20)


23rd July 2012
to End of Season
12 Appearances
1 Subbed On
3 Subbed Off

1 Goal
0 Assists

Spurs XI*

28th March 2010
to 21st July 2012
61 Appearances
8 Subbed On
8 Subbed Off
2 Unused Sub

9 Goals
5 Assists
* Data may be incomplete

First Team

20th September 2011
to 19th February 2012
1 Appearance
1 Subbed On
2 Unused Sub


27th May 2011
to 27th May 2011
0 Appearances
1 Unused Sub
A technically gifted and creative player who can pull the strings from a deep-lying position in the middle of the park, has been captain of the Spurs XI side and grew up supporting Spurs. Having had a junior career playing for Australian sides APIA Leichhardt Tigers and Sydney Olympic of the New South Wales Premier League, he joined the club in November 2009 on a rolling contract, after a successful trial, at the age of 17. He had to wait until the age of 18 to get a full contract which he finally signed on 31 Jan 2011, bizarrely from Conference National side Rushden & Diamonds who had registered him on the same day according to The FA.

His first competitive game for the club came in the Dallas Cup, an U-18 competition, on 28 Mar 2010 where he scored the first goal in a 2-1 win against the Dallas Texans and also played in the 2010 U-20 Monthey Tournament as well as getting his first Spurs XI game against Chelsea in May 2010. The 2010/2011 season saw him play many more Spurs XI games as well as academy (U-18) games. He was also called up for the Australia U-20s for a few training camps in Germany during March and May 2011. Other than Australia he is also eligible to play for Italy or Indonesia, the countries where his parents were born.

Now 19, and unable to play for the academy side anymore, the 2011/12 season saw him get more game time for the Spurs XI team and he was part of the successful U-19 NextGen squad that had to withdraw from the competition at the semifinal stage. Most notably this season saw him make his first team debut, and only appearance so far for the senior side, in the third round of the Carling Cup against Stoke on 20 Sep 2011, coming on as a 71st minute substitute for Sandro. Unfortunately he will be remembered in this game for having his spot kick saved to lose the match in a penalty shoot-out. Both Spurs manager Harry Redknapp and Stoke manager Tony Pulis however came out to say he played a good game and he did make the bench for the club again twice during the season.

During 2012/13 pre-season, and whilst in Italy for a Spurs XI game, he was rushed back to England to sign a new two year contract and be sent out on a season-long loan to Championship club Ipswich Town on 23 Jul 2012. He had been recommended to the club by Ipswich academy director Bryan Klug, who spent the last two years coaching within Tottenham’s youth team set-up. Although still early days he is receiving excellent reviews from the manager and fans whilst being a first team regular. Positive comments include always wanting the ball, breaking things up and then doing short simple passes to get things flowing again. He has even impressed enough for terrace chants to have been thought up for him by Ipswich supporters.

Key sources: Windy's Blog | Spurs Odyssey | My Football Facts | Tottenham Hotspur | TWTD


15.09.2012 vs Middlesbrough (A) 2-0 (L)
Championship (Round 5)

72' Subbed On

Dropped to the bench for this game. TWTD rating: 6.2
As expected, Blues boss Paul Jewell has handed season-long loan signing Guirane N’Daw his Town debut at Middlesbrough this afternoon. The 44-times-capped Senegalese international comes into the centre of midfield alongside Andy Drury with Massimo Luongo dropping to the bench.

Will be interesting to see how N'Daw does. I wouldn't have droppd Luongo, mind... / Luongo has been one of our best performers this season. Hmmm.

Massimo Luongo replaced Drury in the Town midfield with the Blues starting to have more of the ball and look a little more threatening.

Taylor was close to grabbing the equaliser in the 84th minute after an interchange with Luongo but the ball deflected agonisingly wide.

I was a little disappointed that it was Luongo that dropped out leaving Drury as the creative outlet in the centre of the park. Luongo's greater forward drive and energy would have been more to my liking. / Luongo - gave more forward impetus and really unlucky not to start. / N'daw what was he doing in midfield, why drop luongo should of played.
01.09.2012 vs Huddersfield (H) 2-2 (D)
Championship (Round 4)

TWTD rating: 7.2
Town almost made it 3-2 moments later after Taylor found Chopra inside the area after good work from Luongo.

We bypassed luongo and drury and then were outplayed on the wing. / Today drury and luongo did not dominate the midfield. And luongo is not being instructed on his role. He is better going forward linking with hyam behind. / When we decided to pass through the midfild Luongo came into the game and we looked like a football team. / Some touches of class from Luongo / luongo showed he had class but only in patches / Today Drury and Hyam would have been a far more effective pair than Drury and Luongo, who were far too easily overrun, although to be fair the ball was flying over their heads most of the time. / Luongo - Very neat and tidy, did not set the world alight but has good ball skills and will be a valuable squad player this year.
28.08.2012 vs Carlisle (A) 2-1 (AET) (L)
Carling Cup (Round 2)

Scored his first goal for Ipswich and first ever senior goal. TWTD rating: 4.9
Michael Chopra swept the ball wide to Emmanuel-Thomas on the right, the ex-Arsenal man cut in and when he was unable to find the space to shoot, laid it off to Massimo Luongo a couple of yards outside the area and the on-loan Spurs man lashed home his first senior goal.

We scored what was Luongo’s first ever goal and then started to sit back which turned out to be a fatel mistake. / We upped a gear and some neat passing found loanee Luongo near the edge of the box. A low curling effort dispatched with aplomb. It was rather lovely and eased nerves in the stand. Alas not on the pitch.
25.08.2012 vs Blackpool (A) 6-0 (L)
Championship (Round 3)

69' Subbed Off

TWTD rating: 4.9
Massimo Luongo has no complaints about ending up at Ipswich Town after a whirlwind start to his first full competitive season. The 19-year-old has quickly become a key member of Paul Jewell's new-look side, impressing everyone with his tenacious tackling and passing ability alongside fellow youngster Luke Hyam. And while the midfield duo might have fresh competition in the ranks as Jewell’s looks to tie up a deal for Sengalese international Guirane N’Daw, Tottenham loanee Luongo has backed himself to keep shining in the hustle and bustle of the Championship.

He said: "This league is all I have ever experienced – it is full-on and 100 miles an hour. But I have settled in well and I am enjoying playing in front of these great fans. It wasn’t my choice to be honest – Tottenham sent me out here, but I am happy I got such a good club. And Tottenham is not my focus at the moment. I am here at Ipswich and I will do my best for them and try and help them get into the play-offs."

But while at 19 years old, Luongo might not be able to play every game this season, try telling that to the ambitious Aussie who will again line up alongside Hyam for tomorrow’s trip to early-season pacesetters Blackpool (3pm ko). He insisted: "I just want to play every minute I can. We have a good squad and it is not easy to secure my spot in the team but if I keep playing well, I will give the gaffer no reason to drop me." And he has promised Town fans he is more than just a holding midfielder, adding: "First and foremost, defending is my job. But I have a bit more in my locker, I like to get forward, express myself and try and get a few goals."

The tip-tap of Luongo and Hyam was pleasing but ultimately it didn’t unlock Blackpool who never really threatened Loach at first. / Luongo was inexplicably taken off soon after for Carson to be added to an already sterile attack down the right. / Luongo looks like a player and fought for the ball and looked lively - why he was taken off I do not know.
21.08.2012 vs Watford (A) 0-1 (W)
Championship (Round 2)

TWTD rating: 7.8
Massimo Luongo, uncharacteristically quiet up to now, hammered a 25-yarder far wide.

Luongo forced Almunia to punch his 20-yard shot into the air in the 55th minute.

Luongo hit the stanchion from a tight angle on the right after good work from Scotland.

Heard that our passing was poor and that Luongo didnt have any impact. Maybe he found it too much but hopefully will find his feet soon. / Luongo kept his cool the whole game. Lovely play creaeted Luongos chance when he hit the post / Great play from Luongo / Luongo - first time iv seen him and he played well.... Controlled the middle with Hyam and always wanted the ball. He should have scored but kept us going. / MOTM - either Luongo, Martin, Edwards or Chambers. / Luongo and Martin were excellent throughout. Chambers and Luongo looking like astute signings by PJ. / His and Hyam's positioning yesterday was superb. Always picking up loose balls, almost always in space to be passed to. They won't have games like that all the time, but they showed when they do they will dominate. / Easily my MoM last night.

Luongo said: "The team did well, we stuck at it for 90 minutes and I felt we wanted it more. We played good football and persistence got us there. I think we enjoyed defending in a frantic second half but we also enjoyed keeping the ball. They had the big lad (Chris Iwelumo) upfront in the second half but I thought we concentrated well and were very professional."
18.08.2012 vs Blackburn (H) 1-1 (D)
Championship (Round 1)

70' Subbed Off

Competitive debut for Ipswich in the league and first booking. TWTD rating: 6.4
On the eve of Massimo Luongo’s first ever match in the Championship, Ipswich Town boss Paul Jewell has looked to quell the growing sense of anticipation over the 19-year-old. From the moment he first took to the field at Cambridge United in a pre-season friendly, Luongo has oozed Premier League class with assured and calm passing and a tasty tackle to boot.

Jewell has looked to partly play down Luongo’s impact in the heart of the Town midfield: "He's done really well for us in pre-season, but he's only 19 and it's important that we don’t expect too much of him. He's very calm on the ball, he's young and hungry, but Saturday will be a big test for him as well as one or two others. I'm sure though that, whatever the outcome, they'll be better for it."

Luongo has also impressed his team-mates – Hyam last week singing his praises and Jay Emmanuel-Thomas this week following suit. Jet said: "He (Massimo) is a neat and tidy player. He likes to get on the ball and pass it and hopefully he can do that throughout the season. He has settled in well – he has had family come down and keep him company."

Luongo picked up his first league booking in the 21st minute for a foul on Kazim-Richards on halfway and from the freekick the visitors won a corner from which they opened the scoring.

Six minutes later, Andy Drury replaced Luongo, who, on what was his league debut, had had his moments but without imposing himself on the game in the manner he had during pre-season or against Bristol Rovers.

Luongo didn't impose himself as much as he had done in previous games but still put in a very good shift. / Luongo - 6. Clearly a good footballer but allowed nerves to get the better of him at first. / Hyam was brilliant in midfield while Luongo wasn't his usual self. / Luongo was comfortable on the ball, but needs to learn to hit the killer pass.
14.08.2012 vs Bristol Rovers (H) 3-1 (W)
Carling Cup (Round 1)

Competitive debut for Ipswich in the League Cup, winning MOTM on TWTD (popular Ipswich unofficial forum) with 8.1 out of 10.
Luongo continues to impress in the centre of the Town midfield with Hyam performing more than ably alongside him.

Chopra looked sharp and once again Luongo and Hyam linked well. / Luongo stood out for me - looks a very talented player. / Luongo is class. / Why I enjoyed it so much in this spell was the sheer number of passing options and the tenacity of luongo meaning we were just so dominant and had real energy. / Luongo and Hyam looked fairly comfortable and Luongo is always willing to go and help the wingers and forwards giving them a give and go or another option. / Luongo was excellent, more in the dos Santos class than Townsend and Livermore.
08.08.2012 vs Colchester (A) 1-2 (W)
Pre-season Friendly

Final pre-season game.
The Blues were good for their two-goal lead at the break having been on top for virtually the whole half with Luongo again pulling the strings in midfield.

Can't wait to see Luongo in action next week- sounds a tasty playmaker. Could be the find of 2012. / Luongo and Chopra star players tonight. / Plus points tonight Chopra, Luongo and Edwards. / Luongo was very impressive. / They give us energy - Loungo can keep and pass the ball better than Hyam - but the early signs are of Holland/Magilton. Hyam wins it, Loungo passes it.

Speaking after the 2-1 victory over Colchester on Wednesday, Jewell said: "They did well. Luke and Massimo have been exceptional in the last two games and at the moment I'm very happy with those two. But we want competition for places and that's one area where we’ll be looking to improve the squad."
04.08.2012 vs West Ham (H) 3-1 (W)
Pre-season Friendly

71' Subbed Off

Fourth pre-season game in a row.
In midfield, Massimo Luongo and Luke Hyam were in the centre with Josh Carson on the left and Jay Emmanuel-Thomas on the right.

Cheick Kourouma, whose move to the Blues is still held up by red tape, took over from the again excellent Luongo as the game moved into its final 20 minutes.

Great performance from the lads was impressed with Luongo. / Luongo looks a really good player too. / Luongo quality, will own championship midfield. / Luongo (very impressive) controlled midfield 1st half. / Luongo looks seriously good him and martin deffo should start both pacey. / Top, top player. Ran the game today, and bossed what's now a Premiership midfield in West Ham. Great addition.
31.07.2012 vs Southend (A) 2-1 (L)
Pre-season Friendly
Prior to the match, Jewell said: "He's a class player. I think he found it a little bit quicker than he did on Wednesday. That's his second game at a level he's probably not used to. But I think as he gets to know us and the tempo we work at, he'll pick up the game. You can see he's got a lovely touch on the ball and he understands the game."

Josh Carson lined up on the left of a five-man midfield with Massimo Luongo sitting behind Andy Drury and Luke Hyam in the centre and Jay Emmanuel-Thomas on the right.

In the 40th minute Luongo sent Edwards away on the right and the Trinidadian whipped in a low ball but just too far in front of Drury.

Luongo wasted a decent chance on the edge of the area, the ball falling to him after a Hyam strike had been blocked. The on-loan Spurs man failed to make the most of another opportunity soon afterwards when he tried to chip the keeper from a very tight angle on the right inside the area when he should have cut it across the six-yard box to a number of waiting team-mates.
28.07.2012 vs Luton (A) 2-0 (L)
Pre-season Friendly

Prior to the match, Jewell said: "He's a good player. I was aware of him last year. I'm good friends with [Tottenham assistant first team coach] Tim Sherwood. I spoke to Tim, I spoke to Harry Redknapp. I've seen him play a couple of times and he's always impressed me. It was only a pre-season friendly, but you can see he’s got that touch of quality. That system does suit him. We'll have a look at a couple of different systems before we kick off. You can tell that he's a really good footballer."

In midfield, Massimo Luongo sat behind Jimmy Bullard in the centre.

He's a class apart of our other central midfielders, judging by the two friendlies. / Watched him yesterday at Luton, he was fantastic. A class above everyone else on the field if I'm honest. Never lost possession, very composed, great first touch and passing.
25.07.2012 vs Cambridge (A) 0-2 (W)
Pre-season Friendly

Ipswich debut in this pre-season friendly two days after signing on loan.
"I'm very excited at joining Ipswich," said the teenager. "From having a look around the stadium you can see that it's a big club and with this being my first loan deal I’m excited to get going. I've been developing at Tottenham but I want to get a taste of first team action and I'm hoping to get that experience here at Ipswich. I'm just really looking forward to starting here now."

Being the ever optimist I think this could be a very shrewd move by PJ. This lad is very highly rated by some at Spurs, obviously not the next Messi, but has a very good attitude to match his potential. Spurs only offering him 2 yr contract means that he could be with us for half of that time with a great need to impress. Young and hungry is what we have needed to add to the experience and also may help mold and bring on others within the same age range.

In a midfield diamond, Massimo Luongo sat in front of the back four.

On the half hour the impressive Luongo crossed for Chopra.

Town, with new boy Luongo neat and tidy in the centre of midfield, had kept hold of the ball much better than they had in Holland and had created one or two opportunities.

New loanee Luongo put in very promising display in central midfield, moving the ball around tidily and making the odd tackle. There was little sign that his first training session with his new team-mates had been on Tuesday.

Playing on the defensive point of a midfield diamond, Luongo produced a number of well timed challenges and delivered some impressive short and long range passes. After the match, Jewell said: "I was particularly pleased with young Massimo, who I thought was outstanding. He trained with us for the first time yesterday but has settled in and although I know it's only a preseason friendly I thought he showed great confidence for a 19-year old. He looks a great footballer. There is that touch of quality about him."

The Ipswich players were also impressed with what they saw from Luongo. Michael Chopra, the scorer of both goals, said via Twitter: "The boy Massimo Luongo looks a player. Great signing."

Note: Data here may be incomplete due to lack of online information.

21.07.2012 vs Como (A) 0-0 (D)
Spurs XI

Last game for Spurs XI before going out on loan to Ipswich for the season.
In an interview on 05 Jun 2012: "It's been really amazing. I'm comfortable at the club now it feels like home." He said he will take any opportunities with various levels of the Australian national side if they come, but for now his focus is Tottenham. "I really want to get into the first-team and play a bit of Europa League this season," the former APIA and Sydney Olympic junior said.

Luongo said he’s developed a close relationship with fellow midfielder Jake Livermore, who has first team experience with Spurs and out on loan with various lower league clubs. "Jake and I are good mates. He's given me good advice. I would also like to go out on loan at some stage to gain some first-team experience."
24.04.2012 vs QPR (H) 0-1 (L)
Spurs XI

Massimo Luongo was denied one-on-one.
13.03.2012 vs Brighton (H) 1-4 (L)
Spurs XI

Pritchard was just too high with a chip from the edge of the box and another slick passing move set-up Luongo, whose 25-yarder brushed the crossbar on the way over.
06.03.2012 vs Southampton (H) 2-3 (L)
Spurs XI

44' Assist

Coulibaly was sent clear by Massimo Luongo a minute before the break and made no mistake one-on-one.
21.02.2012 vs Leyton Orient (A) 3-7 (W)
Spurs XI

64' Assist
27' Goal

Massimo Luongo, a driving force in central midfield, was also on the scoresheet. Alex Pritchard hit the post before Luongo provided a cool finish one-on-one from Lancaster's pass for 2-1 in the 27th minute.

It took just four minutes for Ekong to make his mark, a fine diving header from Luongo's cross for 5-2.

Dawkins slid home after good work from Coulibaly and Luongo for 7-2 in the last minute.
01.02.2012 vs Liverpool (H) 1-0 (W)
NextGen (Quarterfinal)

Spurs withdrew from the competition after this game. Luongo captained the side.
Luongo and Pritchard started in the centre of midfield.

The reds showed their intent of not letting players get past them with the ball as Luongo found when he pushed the ball past Wisdom to win a free kick. Wisdom caught Luongo late to go into the referee's book.

Tottenham have withdrawn from the NextGen Series Tournament after what they have described as 'an inadvertent breach of a competition regulation'. Spurs' youngsters had qualified for the semi-finals of the inaugural competition by beating Liverpool on Wednesday night, but they informed Cycad Enterprises, the organisers of the Series, of their breach of regulation.

Spurs' director of football administration, Darren Eales, said: 'It is with regret that we have decided to withdraw from the semi finals of the NextGen Tournament due to an accidental breach of a competition regulation. We have done so fully respecting the Tournament regulations. As a club, we stand for the highest levels of integrity and respect and there was no unfair advantage sought or gained. Whilst hugely disappointing for players, staff and supporters, we would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their support.'

Mark Warburton, head of football for the tournament, said: 'Following conversations with senior Tottenham Hotspur officials we have agreed to accept their withdrawal from the semi final stages of the event. This is hugely unfortunate and we are sorry to see that such a hard fought encounter as witnessed at White Hart Lane on Wednesday night should have this conclusion. However, we can only applaud the club for demonstrating such impeccable levels of sportsmanship and for acting in a manner which recognises the good spirit of both the Tournament and the game itself. We thank both clubs for their help and support in making this first year of the event such a success and we look forward to re-welcoming Liverpool to the semi-finals.'
24.01.2012 vs Leyton Orient (H) 2-3 (L)
Spurs XI

34' Assist

Dawkins opened the scoring in the 34th minute when he tapped home from close range after good work from Massimo Luongo, skipper on the day.
08.12.2011 vs Inter Milan (A) 1-1 (D)
NextGen (Group Stage, Round 5)

Re-arranged fixture and captain for this match.
Luongo and Dombaxe started in the centre of midfield.

Luongo managed to get a shot in that went wide.
30.11.2011 vs Sports & Future (H) 7-2 (W)
Spurs XI

85' Goal

Sports & Future Football Academy is a team from Holland and similar to Glenn Hoddle's academy.
Massimo Luongo completed the scoring after bursting through the middle for 7-2 with five minutes remaining.
23.11.2011 vs FC Basel (H) 1-0 (W)
NextGen (Group Stage, Round 6)

Round 5 game vs Inter Milan postponed. Captain for this match.
Luongo and Dombaxe in deep midfield.

Our first chance came after just a couple of minutes, when Luongo broke forward and swung in a shot from the right hand side of the penalty area which flew just wide of the far post.

Luongo made a superb bustling run past a number of players, only for the final player to nick the ball away just as he was opening up to shoot.

The ball came off his ankle and ran out to Luongo, who had a bit to do with defenders converging on him, and he blasted over when accuracy was required.

Both sides made one change for the second half with Ceballos replacing Nicholson on the right flank with Pritchard dropping into the middle. Luongo took the Captain's armband.

Massimo Luongo 8 - if you've read my reports before, you'll know that I enjoy watching him play. Breaks up play, has good one and two touch passing, gets forward well, and is a strong, calm influence in the middle of the pitch.
16.11.2011 vs Enfield Town (A) 2-1 (L)
Spurs XI

Parrett and Luongo started in the centre of midfield with Ceballos on the right flank and Townsend on the left. Falque supported Obika up front.

Luongo centred for Obika to drive wide.

Massimo Luongo's drive whistled just over.

Pritchard came on for the second half in place of Yeboah to play in the centre of mifield with Luongo dropping into the back four. Sherwood then replaced Obika with Day who went into the centre of defence to allow Luongo to move back into midfield.
07.11.2011 vs Ipswich Town (H) 1-3 (L)
Spurs XI

50' Subbed Off

02.11.2011 vs Crystal Palace (H) 1-3 (L)
Spurs XI

24.10.2011 vs West Ham (A) 2-5 (W)
Spurs XI

79' Subbed Off

19.10.2011 vs PSV Eindhoven (H) 4-1 (W)
NextGen (Group Stage, Round 4)

Captain once more.
Dombaxe and Luongo started in the centre of midfield.

Massimo Luongo - arguably the pick of the team - broke forward from midfield before releasing Coulibaly, who was upended in the box to win a penalty.

Coulibaly was not having much luck as he headed a cross from Luongo wide.

Pritchard drove the ball wide before Ceballos released Barthram down the right to cross for Luongo in the centre. Berktrams did well to save the Australian's effort.
11.10.2011 vs QPR (A) 2-2 (D)
Spurs XI

04.10.2011 vs Leyton Orient (H) 3-1 (W)
Spurs XI

27.09.2011 vs PSV Eindhoven (A) 1-2 (W)
NextGen (Group Stage, Round 3)

Back for the NextGen series following his first team debut in the Carling Cup against Stoke a week ago and captained the side.
Luongo and Dombaxe started in the centre of midfield.

Tim Sherwood’s side dominated the early proceedings at PSV's De Herdgang training facility and were unfortunate not to have taken the lead in the sixth minute when Massimo Luongo saw his left-footed strike cannon back off the post.

Tim Sherwood: "Massimo Luongo was our top man in midfield."
12.09.2011 vs West Ham (H) 2-2 (D)
Spurs XI

31.08.2011 vs Inter Milan (H) 7-1 (W)
NextGen (Group Stage, Round 2)

73' Subbed Off
13' Assist

U-19 international youth tournament played across the season.
Luongo, now fit again after injury.

Luongo started to get hold of the ball, and showed his attacking intent; he first dragged a shot well wide, and then was put through towards the left corner of the Inter box, but his attempted trick failed to take him beyond the last man. Minutes later, he was involved in the move from which we opened the scoring. We seemed to pass ourselves into a dead end in the middle of the pitch, but Luongo held on to the ball (as he does so well) and managed to find Stewart with a pass into the right back area.

Spurs got their second goal from nothing. Luongo hit a sort of up and under, hopeful ball forward, and it bounced kindly for Coulibaly. He surged forward and finished emphatically (2-0).

Luongo and Nicholson were totally dominating the central midfield region. Day got forward well to get on the end of a superb Luongo through-ball, but was muscled out of it by the Inter full-back.

Spurs were starting to play some great stuff now, with Pritchard and Luongo in particular pulling the strings - Luongo drilled one delightful first time pass out to Pritchard, but it was just intercepted.

Luongo played a brilliantly-weighted pass down the right hand side, Dombaxe crossed first time, and Coulibaly, stretching, met it on the half volley and looped it up over the goalkeeper for 5-0.

Luongo was running riot in midfield, often beating a man for fun before laying off to a team-made.

Massimo Luongo picked a fantastic ball for Coulibaly, which he couldn't quite control.

Hawkins on in midfield for Luongo, who was struggling to run off a knock.

Massimo Luongo 9 - A class act. Great user of the ball, good defensive qualities, very strong and robust. Looking forward to seeing him get some first team chances.

Tim Sherwood: "Massimo Luongo was immense in midfield."
09.08.2011 vs Birmingham (H) 6-3 (W)
Spurs XI

We were back on the front foot at the start of the second half as Coulibaly, Ceballos and Massimo Luongo all went close.
29.07.2011 vs Leuton Orient (A) 1-4 (W)
Spurs XI

Unused Sub

26.07.2011 vs MK Dons (A) 3-5 (W)
Spurs XI

46' Subbed On

Both sides made one change for the start of the second half with Sherwood making a straight swap of Luongo for Livermore.

Carroll came on for Veljkovic and went into the midfield with Luongo dropping into the back four. Luongo is not a defender and he was exposed after Powell had his effort saved and he was caught in possession by Ibehre who left him on his backside as he went on to score past the un-protected Button.
23.07.2011 vs Barnet (A) 3-2 (L)
Spurs XI

Lee Harrison Testimonial match and second game in two days for the young midfielder.
Carroll and Luongo started in the centre of midfield.

Obika fired over and Luongo saw his drive saved.
22.07.2011 vs Sunderland (H) 3-0 (W)
Spurs XI

??' Subbed Off

19.07.2011 vs Brighton (N) 2-2 (D)
Spurs XI

Pre-season game in the Algarve.
Massimo was the pick though, he was our man-of-the-match.
16.07.2011 vs Nott'm Forest (N) 3-2 (W)
Spurs XI

Pre-season game in the Algarve.
11.05.2011 vs West Ham (H) 3-2 (W)
Spurs XI

68' Subbed On

Luongo took over from Carroll in the centre of midfield.
24.04.2011 vs Benfica (N) 0-2 (L)
Group Stage, 7th/8th play-off

23.04.2011 vs Boca Juniors (N) 0-2 (L)
22.04.2011 vs Feyenoord (N) 0-1 (L)
21.04.2011 vs Basel (N) 0-3 (L)
Group Stage, Rounds 1-3

Tourneo Internazionale

U-19 youth tournament in Bellinzona, Switzerland. Games played over 60 minutes.
29.03.2011 vs Barnet (H) 2-1 (W)
Spurs XI

Kudus Oyenuga opened the scoring from the penalty spot inside five minutes after Massimo Luongo was upended.

Oyenuga, Luongo and Munns all went close in the first half.
15.03.2011 vs Reading (H) 2-1 (W)
Spurs XI

09.03.2011 vs Dagenham (H) 1-0 (W)
Spurs XI

65' Subbed On

01.03.2011 vs Brighton (H) 3-3 (D)
Spurs XI

44' Assist

The goal owed much to a defence-splitting pass from Massimo Luongo, who spotted Fredericks' run from deep and sent him clear on goal, Fredericks providing a cool finish for 3-1.
09.02.2011 vs QPR (H) 1-2 (L)
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01.02.2011 vs Crystal Palace (H) 0-1 (L)
Spurs XI

11.01.2011 vs Crystal Palace (H) 4-2 (W)
Spurs XI

70' Subbed Off

21.12.2010 vs Leyton Orient (H) 5-1 (W)
Spurs XI

80 minute training ground friendly.
08.12.2010 vs MK Dons (H) 4-3 (W)
Spurs XI

24.11.2010 vs Ipswich Town (H) 4-1 (W)
Spurs XI

61' Subbed Off
49' Goal

Three minutes later and it was 2-1 as Dean Parrett picked out Massimo Luongo's run from deep and he controlled well before finishing.
15.09.2010 vs Fulham (H) 3-0 (W)
Spurs XI

78' Subbed On

Kranjcar was the next to be replaced when Luongo came on in his place.
06.09.2010 vs QPR (H) 3-1 (W)
Spurs XI

??' Goal
55' Subbed On

Oyenuga was denied one-on-one before Bentley unselfishly squared to substitute Massimo Luongo to tap in the third.
17.08.2010 vs Charlton Athletic (H) 3-2 (W)
Spurs XI

67' Goal

First ever goal for the Spurs XI side.
Massimo Luongo drilling the loose ball into the net from eight yards out following a Tom Carroll corner.
08.08.2010 vs Pao de Acucar (N) 2-3 (L)
7th/8th play-off

07.08.2010 vs Ajax (N) 0-4 (L)
07.08.2010 vs Borussia M'bach (N) 1-2 (L)
06.08.2010 vs PSV (A) 0-1 (L)
Group Stage, Rounds 1-3

Otten Cup

U-19 youth tournament played at PSV Eindhoven's training ground "De Herdgang" with 2 groups of 4 teams. Games lasted 60 minutes each. Luongo scored in the Borussia Monchengladbach game, was booked in the PSV game and there are photos of him playing in the Pao de Acucar game. It is however unclear whether he played in the Ajax game.
After the 2-0 reverse against PSV, the lads lost 2-1 against Borussia Monchengladbach on Saturday with Massimo Luongo on target.
01.08.2010 vs Botafogo (N) 0-2 (L)

01.08.2010 vs Celtic (N) 2-0 (W)

31.07.2010 vs Brondby (N) 1-0 (W)
31.07.2010 vs Standard Liege (N) 3-1 (W)
31.07.2010 vs Anderlecht (N) 4-1 (W)
30.07.2010 vs NAC (N) 1-0 (W)
30.07.2010 vs Cercles Brugge (N) 3-2 (W)
Group B, Rounds 1-5


U-19 youth tournament played in Belgium with 2 groups of 6 teams. Games lasted 50 minutes each except the final which was 60 minutes. Other than the Anderlecht game, in which he scored, it is unclear which other games Luongo played in.
They kicked-off the day with an impressive 4-1 win against Anderlecht with goals from Harry Kane (pictured), Kudus Oyenuga, Alex Pritchard and Massimo Luongo.
20.05.2010 vs FC Monthey (A) 0-1 (W)
Tournoi International de Monthey
Group A, Round 2

25' Goal

Massimo Luongo's first half strike gives them every chance of reaching Saturday's semi-finals. Alex Pritchard and Paul-Jose M'Poku both had goals chalked off for tight offside decisions before Luongo's smart finish from the edge of the box broke the deadlock on 25 minutes.

No information as to whether he played in the next two games of this tournament against Zenit St. Petersburg on 21.05.2010 or Sevilla on 23.05.2010.
19.05.2010 vs Boca Juniors (N) 0-5 (L)
Tournoi International de Monthey
Group A, Round 1

60' Subbed On

Our Academy side began their second successive defence of the Monthey Tournament in Switzerland.
12.05.2010 vs Chelsea (H) 5-3 (W)
Spurs XI

79' Subbed On

Spurs XI debut in this training ground friendly.
Nicholson and Luongo took over from Parrett and Mason in central midfield.
02.04.2010 vs Cruzeiro (N) 1-3 (L)
Dallas Cup (Semifinal)

71' Subbed Off

Cox and Australian Luongo started in the centre of midfield.

Carroll saw his drive saved and then his free kick was helped on by M'Poku for Luongo who missed the chance.

Pritchard replaced Luongo in midfield to up the pace.
31.03.2010 vs Tigres (N) 2-0 (W)
Dallas Cup (Group Stage, Round 3)

79' Subbed On

Luongo came on for Pritchard as Spurs looked to close out the game.

Luongo had a chance from Carroll's free kick but was slow to react.
29.03.2010 vs Japan U-18 (N) 1-1 (D)
Dallas Cup (Group Stage, Round 2)

Unused Sub

28.03.2010 vs Dallas Texans (A) 1-2 (W)
Dallas Cup (Group Stage, Round 1)

55' Subbed Off
20' Goal

First competitive youth (U-18) game for the club and first goal.
Coach Alex Inglethorpe reported: "We controlled the early stages and deserved to go 1-0 up through Massimo Luongo's header from Paul Jose M'poku's cross after 20 minutes."


19.02.2012 vs Stevenage (A) 0-0 (D)
FA Cup (Round 5)

Unused Sub

On the bench for an FA Cup game for the first time.
Of the seven substitutes only Luongo and Simon Dawkins were from the development squad.
06.02.2012 vs Liverpool (A) 0-0 (D)
Premier League (Round 24)

Unused Sub

On the bench for a Premier League game for the first time.
Of the seven substitutes only Luongo and Cameron Lancaster were from the development squad.
20.09.2011 vs Stoke (A) 0-0 (7-6 pens) (L)
Carling Cup (Round 3)

71' Subbed On

Made his first team debut but had the decisive penalty saved in the shoot-out.
Thomas Sorensen saved debutant Massimo Luongo's spot-kick to give Stoke a 7-6 shoot-out win over Tottenham in the third round of the Carling Cup.

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp said Luongo would not have been required had experienced frontman Roman Pavlyuchenko knocked home his penalty in the shoot-out. "He is OK, of course," Redknapp said. "If Pavlyuchenko had scored, he wouldn't have had to take one, would he? It would have been all over, but that is how it goes. The kid had the bottle to step up and take one."

Stoke manager Tony Pulis praised Luongo, who hails from Sydney, for his performance against last season's FA Cup finalist. "At least he had the strength of character to go up and do it," Pulis said. "I thought he played well. He looked a decent young player."

"There were so many mixed feelings in that game. I experienced just about every emotion because I played well but missed that penalty. I couldn’t sleep that night," the midfielder said. "I wanted to cry. I was so overwhelmed by the whole thing. But Harry Redknapp and Tony Pulis both came out and said I did well out there."


27.05.2011 vs Germany (A) 0-1 (W)

Unused Sub

Called up to a training camp for European based players.
Didn't get to play in this match and has not had any opportunities to impress for the U-20s, resulting in missing out on the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

Wikipedia lists him as having two U-20 caps but I am unable to find any sources for these as he was also not involved in any games in qualification for the 2010 or 2012 AFC U-19 Championship or the 2010 AFC U-19 Championship itself. It remains to be seen if he gets called up for the 2012 AFC U-19 Championship in November 2012 now that he is getting game time with Ipswich Town.

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