ATL Spurs Member Profile: Michael Constantinou, Chairman
This month, we introduce a new feature on the ATL Spurs website – Member Profiles. We’re starting with our Chairman, Michael Constantinou. Look for regular posts. And if you’d like to be featured, please let us know at email@example.com
Growing up a mile away from White Hart Lane all of my friends and family were Tottenham supporters so there really wasn’t much to think about. I also grew up at a time when the team was quite successful seeing us win back to back FA Cups in 1981/82 and the UEFA Cup in 1984 all by the age of ten so being a Spurs supporter was a no brainer really.
2) Have you been to a match at White Hart Lane?
Yes, many. I was a season ticket holder before I moved to America and while that was predominantly during the 90’s when we were consistently a mid-table team, I was fortunate enough to see some great players play for us such as Teddy Sheringham, Jurgen Klinsmann, David Ginola and a young Ledley King breaking into the team. I also try to catch a game whenever I’m back in London.
3) What’s your favorite Tottenham Hotspur moment?
That’s a tough one as there have been so many. I would say Gazza’s free-kick in the 1991 FA Cup Semi-Final was probably right up there for a number of reasons. The goal itself was spectacular and still stands as one of our greatest ever goals but aside from that it was against that lot down the road in a special North London Derby – the first FA Cup Semi-Final to be played at Wembley, which up to that point was reserved for the showpiece final. Living in North London at the age of seventeen, my entire circle of friends consisted of Spurs and Arsenal fans. It’s always good to get one over on our fiercest rivals but to beat them in a semi-final at Wembley and then go on to win the cup was very special.
4) Who is your favorite Spurs player and why?
That’s another hard question as we have so many good players in this current team but my favorite player has to be Harry Kane. An obvious reason would be because of the amount of goals he scores and his importance to the team but more than that, he truly “gets it”. He’s been a supporter like us and knows how it feels to want to win so badly. You get the feeling with so many of today’s players that it’s just a job to them and they don’t really feel for the club but with Harry you know that’s not the case. You can see it in how hard he tries and how he celebrates his goals. He’s one of our own!
5) Where are you from originally?
I was born and raised in North London although both of my parents are from Cyprus so I’m Greek Cypriot.
6) What is your professional background?
I’m an IT Project Manager. I currently work for Intercontinental Hotels Group.
7) Did you play organized football/soccer?
I wish 🙂
8) What would your fellow Atlanta Spurs members be surprised to learn about you?
That I’m a really great guy? No? Ok. When I was younger, I appeared in a music video for disco/pop group Boney M. They were moderately popular in Europe in the late 70’s and early 80’s. I never got to see the video back then and for many years I wondered what came of it but through the marvels of modern technology it can be found on YouTube and has almost 2 million hits! I’m the kid in the blazer eating ice cream at 3:32