By Giancarlo Aulino
In this Beyond The Game interview Correspondent Giancarlo Aulino speaks with Toronto FC social and in-stadium host Maria Papadakis. Maria is also the host of Toronto FC’s YouTube show Red Alert and We Are TFC, which provides fans with better insight into what the team is up to, as well as a glimpse into the personalities of some of their favourite players.
In the interview, Maria talks about her role with the club, how digital media programs connect fans with the team, Jonathan Osorio signing a multi-year extension with the club and its impact on grassroots soccer in Ontario. We also discuss her reaction as a Liverpool fan to the UEFA Champions League draw that placed Liverpool in a tough group with Paris St.Germain (PSG) and Napoli.
Giancarlo: Maria as mentioned, you’re the social host for Toronto FC. Now, I want to give our listeners a better idea of your role with the club because there’s a lot of work you do that they don’t see during the pre-game, post-game, during the actual game. Can you tell us a little bit about what kind of media you cover for TFC on a regular weekend?
Maria: Honestly it varies. On a weekly basis, if there is a game for example, I’m usually at the training grounds once or twice a week. During that time we’re doing a TFC HQ or match preview and we’re just getting set to prepare the fans on what to expect for the upcoming game. We’re listening to the player scrums, we’re getting all our facts together and then obviously, I have a separate role where I’m the in-stadium host. A few days before, we’ll start writing the three keys to the game.
I’ll get those up and approved, and then we write our scripts for in-game as well. So it’s a lot of scripting and a lot of appearing. But honestly our main goal is to get fans involved as much as possible. Our shows Red Alert and We Are TFC are a whole different side of Toronto FC, where we get to bring a more diverse and insider look for the fans. They can see what’s going on just outside the training grounds and not necessarily on the pitch and at the training facility, but what they (the players) do from day in and day out.
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