Annalie Antonia Longo (born 1 July 1991) is an association football player who plays for Wellington Phoenix in the A-League Women and represents New Zealand at international level.[5] She has played for Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory in the Australian W-League. From her time in the W-League with Melbourne Victory, Longo is dubbed the Kiwi Messi by the fans for her ability on the ball and goalscoring prowess.

Annalie Longo
Annalie Longo in 2017
Personal information
Full name Annalie Antonia Longo[1]
Date of birth (1991-07-01) 1 July 1991 (age 32)[2]
Place of birth Auckland, New Zealand[3]
Height 1.57 m (5 ft 2 in)[2]
Position(s) Attacking midfielder
Team information
Current team
Wellington Phoenix
Number 16
Youth career
Three Kings United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
—2013 Three Kings United (31[4])
2012 Sydney FC 11 (1)
Coastal Spirit FC
Canterbury United Pride
2019—2021 Melbourne Victory 24 (5)
2023— Wellington Phoenix 13 (1)
International career
2008 New Zealand U-17 10 (2)
2006–2010 New Zealand U-20 25 (2)
2006– New Zealand 133 (15)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 13 February 2024
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 13 February 2024

Early life edit

Longo got into football when she used to go with her dad, Paul, to watch her brothers, Jason and Julian, play for Eden Football Club. She joined the club which merged with Mt Roskill to become Three Kings United.[6]

Club career edit

Three Kings United edit

Longo played for Three Kings United from when she first started playing football through all childhood and also while playing for Epsom Girls and training with the Wynton Rufer Soccer School of Excellence.[7] She made her debut for Three Kings United senior women's football team in the Northern Premier Women's League in 2004.[7]

Epsom Girls' Grammar School edit

Longo played football at Epsom Girls' Grammar School for their first XI, winning the NZ Secondary Schoolgirls tournament in 2008 with future international teammates Anna Green and Hannah Wall. This was after the team won the Auckland provincial championships unbeaten.[8]

Wynton Rufer Soccer School of Excellence edit

Longo was part of Wynton Rufer Soccer School of Excellence (WYNRS) from 1999 to 2006.[9]

Melbourne Victory edit

On 25 October 2019, Longo signed a one-year deal with Melbourne Victory to return to the Australian W-League.[10] She made her first appearance for Victory in their 3–2 win over the Brisbane Roar, playing 74 minutes before getting subbed off in the second half.[11] In September 2021, it was announced that Longo wouldn't return to Melbourne Victory for the 2021–22 W-League season.[12]

Wellington Phoenix edit

In September 2023, Longo returned to the game, signing with New Zealand A-League Women club Wellington Phoenix.[13]

International career edit

U-17 edit

She scored New Zealand's first goal at the 2008 inaugural FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup although they were effectively eliminated from contention in the 1–2 loss to Denmark, having previously lost 0–1 to Canada in the opening game.[14]

U-20 edit

Longo also represented New Zealand at the 2006 Women's U-20 World Cup finals where she played in all three games.

Longo was again included in the U-20 squad for the 2008 Women's U-20 World Cup finals to be played in Chile, featuring in two of their three group games.[15] In 2010, she represented New Zealand at a third Under-20 World Cup, this time in Germany, appearing in all three group games.[16]

National team edit

Longo at age 15, made her Football Ferns debut in a 0–3 loss to China PR on 14 November 2006, becoming New Zealand's youngest senior football international.[17][18] She then went on to represent New Zealand at the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup finals in China,[19] where they lost to Brazil 0–5, Denmark (0–2) and China PR (0–2). Longo is the second youngest player to represent any country at a senior FIFA World Cup.[18]

She played one of New Zealand's three matches in the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup in Germany and all three matches of her country at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada.[20] She also competed for New Zealand at both the 2012 and 2016 Olympics.[21]

Longo made her 100th appearance for New Zealand in a friendly against the United States in September 2017[22] and is the first player in the world to compete at all U17, U20, Women's World Cup and Olympic Games tournaments.[17]

International goals edit

No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 25 October 2014 Kalabond Oval, Kokopo, Papua New Guinea   Tonga 9–0 16–0 2014 OFC Women's Nations Cup
2. 13–0
3. 27 October 2014   Papua New Guinea 3–0 3–0
4. 12 January 2015 Kempinski Hotel Belek, Belek, Turkey   Denmark 1–0 1–1 Friendly
5. 15 January 2015   Denmark 3–2 3–2
6. 23 January 2016 PNGFA Academy, Lae, Papua New Guinea   Papua New Guinea 3–0 7–1 2016 OFC Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament
7. 5–0
8. 19 November 2018 Stade Numa-Daly Magenta, Nouméa, New Caledonia   Tonga 2–0 11–0 2018 OFC Women's Nations Cup
9. 3–0
10. 22 November 2018   Cook Islands 1–0 6–0
11. 25 November 2018   Fiji 1–0 10–0
12. 4–0

Personal life edit

She was a student at Auckland's Epsom Girls' Grammar School.[17] In footballing circles, she is known by the nickname "flea".[6]

In an interview Longo gave in November 2014, she said she lives in Kaiapoi but also spends half of her week in Auckland for national trainings.[23] While in Kaiapoi, she plays for Canterbury United Pride and then spends the rest of her time coaching at the Grasshopper Soccer programme – a non-competitive programme for kids aged 2–10 years, where the focus is on fun and skill development.[23] She said that she enjoyed working with young children and enjoyed watching them develop.[23]

Honours edit

High school edit

  • NZ Secondary Schoolgirls champions: 2008[6]

Club edit

Three Kings United

Auckland Football Federation

Canterbury United Pride

International edit

Personal edit

  • 2007 ASB Bank Young Sportsperson of the Year[6]
  • Finalist, International Women's Young Player of the Year[6]
  • Finalist, Auckland Junior Sportswoman of the Year[6]
  • National U-14 Girls Tournament Golden Boot: 2005

References edit

  1. ^ "List of Players — 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup" (PDF). Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 17 June 2011. Retrieved 18 September 2011.
  2. ^ a b "List of Players – 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup" (PDF). Fédération Internationale de Football Association. Retrieved 20 June 2015.
  3. ^ Profile Archived 3 February 2016 at the Wayback Machine at NZF
  4. ^ "Eden / Three Kings United Premier Women's goalscoring records, 1987–2019". The Ultimate New Zealand Soccer Website. Retrieved 9 October 2020.
  5. ^ "Caps 'n' Goals, New Zealand Women's national representatives". The Ultimate New Zealand Soccer Website. Retrieved 11 June 2009.
  6. ^ a b c d e f Ruane, Jeremy. "Another World Cup Beckons For Young Ferns Maestro". The Ultimate New Zealand Soccer Website. Retrieved 21 November 2019.
  7. ^ a b Ruane, Jeremey. "Annalie Longo – A Very Special Talent". The Ultimate New Zealand Soccer Website. Retrieved 21 November 2019.
  8. ^ "Epsom Girls scoop up all the football honours". Central Leader. 31 January 2009. Retrieved 21 November 2019.
  9. ^ "Pathway to Professional Football". WYNRS. Retrieved 21 November 2019.
  10. ^ "Football Ferns midfielder Annalie Longo joins Melbourne Victory for W-League". Stuff. 25 October 2019. Retrieved 21 November 2019.
  11. ^ Green, Samuel. "'I love penalties!' – Dumont's heroics lead Premiers Victory to first win of 2019/20 season". Retrieved 22 November 2019.
  12. ^ Melbourne Victory [@victorywleague] (4 September 2021). "Melbourne Victory and @annalielongo can confirm that the midfielder will not be returning next season" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  13. ^ "Decorated Football Ferns midfielder signs with the Nix". Wellington Phoenix. 13 September 2023.
  14. ^ "NZ women eliminated from U-17 World Cup". 1 November 2008.
  15. ^ "New Zealand (NZL)". FIFA. Archived from the original on 25 October 2012. Retrieved 1 November 2008.
  16. ^ "FIFA Under 20 Women's World Cup, Germany 2010 – Team – New Zealand". FIFA. Archived from the original on 25 October 2012. Retrieved 17 October 2010.
  17. ^ a b c "EGGS Prospectus" (PDF). Epsom Girls Grammar School. Retrieved 21 November 2019.
  18. ^ a b "Soccer: Longo road to a third Cup". The New Zealand Herald. 12 October 2008.
  19. ^ "New Zealand Squad List, 2007 Women's World Cup". FIFA. Archived from the original on 13 July 2008. Retrieved 22 September 2008.
  20. ^ "FIFA player's stats". FIFA. Archived from the original on 24 October 2012. Retrieved 28 June 2015.
  21. ^ "Annalie Longo Bio, Stats, and Results | Olympics at". 14 January 2020. Archived from the original on 14 January 2020. Retrieved 19 March 2021.
  22. ^ "Roll of Honour". The Ultimate New Zealand Soccer Website. Retrieved 21 November 2019.
  23. ^ a b c Northern Outlook, 19 November 2014, p 6

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