Luongo, Postecoglou take out Goal's 2015 Asian Cup awards

The Socceroos' coach and midfielder have collected two of our gongs after helping their team come out on top on home soil, with a UAE rising star also recognised
Player of the Tournament - Massimo Luongo

What a remarkable month January proved to be for Massimo Luongo. Arriving in camp after a solid first half of the League One season with Swindon Town, the 22-year-old was one of several options in a central midfield difficult to predict for the Socceroos.

After an impressive performance in a friendly loss to Japan in November, some even had the youngster in contention to start the tournament. He did exactly that in the curtain raiser against Kuwait, setting up the equaliser and scoring the second as the Socceroos recovered from conceding first to win 4-1.



After that he never looked back, starting every game and leading his team for assists (four) and chances created (15). He saved the best for last, blocking Son Heung-min's goal-bound shot in the final on Saturday night before going up the other end and sending Australia ahead with a rifled shot from outside the area just before half-time.

Linked with the Turkish Super Lig and La Liga's Sevilla in the days before the tournament decider, it will be fascinating to see where the midfield dynamo goes next. Swindon resisted Rotherham's advances for their prized asset last year. You can expect suitors with considerably more pedigree to come calling for the Tottenham Hotspur academy graduate now.
Coach of the Tournament - Ange Postecoglou

Guiding his country to their first major piece of men's silverware on Saturday night was the biggest achievement yet in a glittering career for Postecoglou, who has now won titles as a player and coach in the National Soccer League and as a coach in the A-League.

He led tiny South Melbourne against Manchester United in the Club World Cup back in 2000 and remained true to his attacking principles despite the odds being stacked against the Socceroos at last year's World Cup.



The reward for his brave tactics and bold team selections arrived after 120 minutes of gripping football at Stadium Australia, where a supremely fit team imbued with a belief that perhaps outstripped their talent proved enough to get the better of regional powerhouse South Korea.

Man for man the Taeguk Warriors were arguably the better team than Australia, on paper and in certain departments on the field. But it was the side in green and gold who held aloft the trophy at the finish, a fitting testament to Postecoglou's tireless efforts crafting a side the country can be proud of.

Young Player of the Tournament - Omar Abdulrahman

What a delight Omar Abdulrahman was to watch at this tournament. You can certainly spot the 23-year-old easily. Slight of frame and with a somewhat stooped posture, he doesn't quite look the part of potential regional superstar.

And the Al Ain's man reluctance to get his hands dirty could well prove to be his downfall if he still harbours ambitions of a move to Europe, attempts at joining Manchester City having fallen through due to visa issues.



In the best traditions of an old-fashioned No.10, the body and legs under that afro-perm only came to life with the ball at his feet, Abdulrahman creating 11 chances and supplying four assists for team-mates on their route to the semi-finals.

With no goals scored and only 18 tackles made in six games, getting into the box and generally getting stuck in would appear to be the priority now if the UAE man wants to fulfil his potential as one of Gulf football's best products to date.

But we loved having him in Australia and will be looking out for the next time the Socceroos or an A-League club has the opportunity to tangle with the little maestro.