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Full name  Melissa Anne Barbieri
1996–2008  Victoria Vision
Weight  65 kg
Number  20
Height  1.68 m

Playing position  Goalkeeper
Role  Football player
Name  Melissa Barbieri
Position  Goalkeeper
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Date of birth  (1980-02-20) 20 February 1980 (age 35)
Current team  Melbourne Victory FC W-League
Similar People  Lisa De Vanna, Lydia Williams, Kyah Simon, Samantha Kerr, Clare Polkinghorne

Place of birth  Melbourne, Australia

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Melissa Anne Barbieri (born 20 January 1980) is an Australian international football goalkeeper. She last played for Melbourne Victory.


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Before the 2007 World Cup Barbieri played 54 games for Australia.

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At 1.68m tall, her height has been questioned by the media in her position at goalkeeper, although has aptly proven herself as a shot-stopper.

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She played for Richmond SC, becoming the first female to play in the Australian semi-professional men's league. After gaining experience in the men's league, Barbieri made her debut in goals for the Matildas in September 2002 in a 1–0 win against Canada.

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In 2008, she was approached by the US football team, the Boston Renegades. However, the Boston management eventually pursued this no further for the remainder of the season, due to Barbieri's commitments to the Australian national team.

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She signed for Melbourne Victory for the inaugural season of the Westfield W-League. Barbieri won the Goalkeeper of the year award in that season.

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She was a scholarship holder with the Victorian Institute of Sport.

On 19 February 2010, Barbieri was named captain of the Matildas following the 2009 retirement of Cheryl Salisbury.

In June 2011, Barbieri was on the cover of the Australian FourFourTwo Magazine along with fellow Matilda's Thea Slatyer, Sam Kerr, Kyah Simon and Sarah Walsh.

Barbieri had her first child, a girl, in 2013.

In May 2015 national coach Alen Stajcic surprisingly axed Brianna Davey from Australia's 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup squad, a decision criticized in many quarters, recalling resurgent veteran Barbieri for her fourth World Cup.

In July 2016, Barbieri signed a deal to play one game as a guest for Taroona in the Tasmanian Women's Super League.

Barbieri was appointed coach of Heidelberg United's women's team in October 2016.

Career highlights

  • 2013–14 W-League keeper of the year award
  • 2010 Qualified for FIFA Women's World Cup
  • 2010 Captain the Matildas at the AFC Women's Asian Cup which they beat North Korea in penalties to win the competition
  • 2007 Qualified for FIFA Women's World Cup
  • 2006 2nd at the AFC Women's Asian Cup
  • 2005 Four Nations Tour
  • 2004 1st at the Oceania Football Confederation Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament
  • 2004 2nd at the 6th Australia Cup (Brisbane)
  • 2004 Competed at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens
  • 2003 13th at the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup
  • 2003 Pre-World Cup Tour (China, Great Britain, Canada)
  • 2003 2nd at the 3-Nations International Tournament in Japan
  • 2003 2nd at the Australia Cup
  • 2003 Gained Australian Institute of Sport Scholarship
  • 2002 Canada Series
  • 2002 2nd at the US Nike Cup (international debut vs. Canada with a clean sheet)
  • 2001 First national camp as a goal keeper
  • 2000 Switched to goal keeper position
  • 1997 Selected for a national camp as a midfielder
  • Country

  • OFC Women's Nations Cup: 2003
  • AFC Women's Asian Cup: 2010
  • AFF Women's Championship: 2008
  • Individual

  • W-League Goalkeeper of the Year: 2008–09, 2013–14
  • References

    Melissa Barbieri Wikipedia