Today’s piece is about Spurs’ U21 talent, Giancarlo Gallifuoco. Instead of recycled information that can be found all over the internet, I asked his girlfriend – Olivia Faith – to put something together for me. This piece, as they’d say in his native Australia, is ace! Enjoy…
If you were asking my personal opinion of Giancarlo Gallifuoco before I had the slightest clue about football, I would have told you about the Italian-Australian boy on Bondi Beach with copious amounts of friends of the opposite gender and the the ability to get every coffee, pizza or ice cream for free by charming the face off anybody. Which is definitely a perfect description of him from the outside and a life that many-a-man would be envious of.
The inside, however, is a whole different ball game. The ball game? Football. Once you get inside the brain of the almost-20 year old U/21 footballer, you discover a whole world of motivation, commitment, passion and complete obsession with the game. He wore his first pair of football boots at the age of 5 playing for a team called St George in Sydney. His position being right wing where after his first season won The Most Valuable Player trophy and continued to for the 5 years following that.
After a successful start to his footballing life, Giancarlo became the talk of the town, game in and game out and was then invited to join Sydney University Representative Team. From 11 to 14 years of age he continued to play representative grade until at the age of 15 was offered a year long scholarship at the NSW Institute of Sport where he made his first Australian U/17 national team debut. Following his national team accomplishments Giancarlo was then offered a second year long scholarship at the Australian Institute of Sport where he then left his home town of Sydney and relocated to Canberra.
Within the year he played for the Australian Institute of Sport he managed to play 3 caps for the U/17s squad. One game in particular, Giancarlo successfully qualified the Australian U/17 National team into the World Cup. Scoring two goals in the second half turning the game around from a 2-1 loss, to a 3-2 win. After Giancarlo’s exceptional results at the World Cup qualification game, he then chose to travel abroad and attempt to kick off his professional career at age 17.
Travelling straight to Italy, the country his family is from, Giancarlo was immediately thrown into trials where he experienced a number of club negotiations. Just before being signed to Torino FC in late October 2011, a random turn of events resulted in Giancarlo being flown from Italy to England at the last minute to trial at Tottenham Hotspur. After a two week trial Giancarlo, then 18 years of age, signed his first professional football contract and has been a strong, key player within the U/21 squad ever since also continuing to represent Australia at the U/19s and U/21 levels.
Being originally signed on as a defensive mid-fielder, after becoming a frequent first team trainee was then advised to shift backwards into centre half.
On the field Giancarlo plays a graceful, responsible, European football style, taught to him by his Father, who played such an important role and continues to be Giancarlo’s number one mentor within his footballing career. With his natural authority and powerful frame, Giancarlo is a breath of fresh air for the usually fast paced English league.
Having signed his first professional contract at Tottennham Hotspur FC, Giancarlo is absolutely devoted to the club. He is completely committed to working hard and eventually breaking through to the first team and proudly representing the club that only a few years ago, he could have only dreamed of playing for. With his fingers crossed and his head down, Giancarlo’s hard work and dedication is sure to pay off. Only 19 years young and sky rocketing potential, he has definitely come a long way from Bondi Beach, although I must admit, he still gets the ladies… And the occasional free coffee… Some things never do change.