Atlanta Spurs Member Profile: John Belfini, Community Outreach
1) How did you become a Spurs fan?
Haha, it’s kind of an odd story. After watching the 2012 Euro’s soccer/football grabbed my attention. The NHL went on strike and I needed another sports fix when the NFL wasn’t on. I started watching games from all over the world on sketchy streams and found the BPL most accessible and zoned in on the league. While watching different games I decided to needed to support one team in particular so started looking at the clubs and while looking through the names the club that caught my eye was Tottenham Hotspur. “What the heck is Tottenham or a Hotspur?” Started reading about the club and its history and grew attached from there. I can’t even grasp being connected to another club.
2) Have you been to a match at White Hart Lane?
I’ve been to two, last year actually! I saw Spurs play Palace on a perfectly sunny day in London where Son scored his first goal in the Premier league I believe. The other game was The NLD in a League Cup fixture, where we unfortunately lost 2-1. There was definitely a special feeling being there for the first time.
3) What’s your favorite Tottenham Hotspur moment?
I’m fairly new to the club but I think it has to be beating Chelsea 5-3 on New Years Day, two seasons ago. I couldn’t believe what was happening and the bar went absolutely crazy. That was the last time Chelsea was beaten that season and I think it was due to that beat down.
4) Who is your favorite Spurs player and why?
This is a tough one but I think it has to be Gareth Bale. Watching him exploding down the pitch without any fear what so ever was just incredible to watch. He was the player that made sure Europe had our attention. The growth since his departure has been immense and I think he was a major cause of that growth.
5) Where are you from originally?
I’m originally from New York, New York! All my teams are blue, oddly enough. Giants, Rangers, Yankees (don’t hate me.)
6) What is your professional background?
Working for the man.
7) Did you play organized football/soccer?
I have not played since I was little, but I am working on my technique to change that haha.
8) What would your fellow Atlanta Spurs members be surprised to learn about you?
I was obsessed with the band Anberlin from 2008 until the disbanded in 2014. I own multiple copies of every CD, I have purchased all their albums digitally, I have 15 posters, dog tags, cozies, hats, 7 hoodies, and 55 shirts (yes really.) I saw them in concert around 5 different states 15 times and went to their last 5 shows. I still try to support their new projects too haha.