Waverley College Old Boy, Massimo Luongo (Class of 2010) scored a fantastic goal as the Socceroos defeated South Korea 2-1 to record an historic victory in the final of the AFC Asian Cup.
Luongo was later named player of the tournament for his mature and commanding midfield display throughout the group stages and the finals, during which he set up and scored goals.
“What a moment!!!!” was the Twitter caption on the cheeky selfie he snapped during the official post-match presentation.
Luongo’s skillful turn and long-range shot almost won the game for the Socceroos in regular time, before South Korea’s star Son Heung Min scored just moments before the siren. James Troisi slotted home a deflection from goal keeper Kim Jin Hyeon to secure the win for the hosts in the first half of extra time.
Luongo attended the College from 2005 to 2010 and started to shine as a midfielder as early as 2007, when he made the First XI while still in Year 9. He was back in Sydney from England, where he was playing for Swindon Town football club in League One. He has since moved up to the The Champions League to play a starring role in the midfield for Queen’s Park Rangers.