Emily Gielnik joins panel for Legends Lunch

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Brisbane City FC is proud to announce our 5th panellist for the Legend Lunch. Emily Gielnik will join our established guests to share her insight with her experience of the Women’s World Cup and A-League.

Emily Gielnik Is an Australia women’s national team player and currently plays in the A-League for Melbourne Victory. Previously Gielnik played for the Brisbane Roar and Avaldsnes IL.

Born in Melbourne of Croatian heritage, Gielnik moved to Queensland at the age of seven. After stopping basketball due to injuries she took up soccer and was eventually signed by Brisbane Roar for the second season of the W–League. At Brisbane, she became recognised as a “super-sub” for her knack of coming off the substitutes’ bench to score late goals.

 Gielnik played eight seasons at Brisbane, appearing in 83 games and scoring 30 goals. She won the W-League Championship in 2010–11 and the Premiership in 2012–13 and 2017–18. In May 2012, Gielnik signed for English club Liverpool L.F.C., during the 2012 FA WSL season.

In 2013, Gielnik joined Ottawa Fury for their W-League season. Gielnik scored a hat-trick on her international debut for Australia U-19s in October 2011. She made her first appearance for the senior Matildas team in a 3–0 friendly defeat to World champions Japan in Tokyo on 11 July 2012.

Geilnik also played in the J-League for Urawa Reds.

Gielnik was named to the Australian squad for 2016 Olympic Qualifying, she scored a goal against Vietnam. Australia won the tournament and qualified for the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Gielnik was part of the Matildas squad that won the 2017 Tournament of Nations and defeated the United States for the first time ever.

At the 2018 AFC Women’s Asian Cup Gielnik appeared in three matches for Australia. The Matildas advanced to the final but lost to Japan 1–0. Australia qualified for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

In May 2019, Gielnik was named to her first World Cup team. At the World Cup Gielnik appeared in three matches for Australia, starting in two of them. In the Round of 16 against Norway, she entered the match as a second-half substitute replacing Hayley Raso.

With the match tied 1–1 after extra-time, the game went to penalties. Gielnik was the second penalty taker for Australia, she had her penalty saved. Australia lost to Norway 4–1 on penalties and was eliminated from the World Cup.

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