This week we meet Gianluca Nesci, our Supervising Editor for soccer coverage at theScore.
1. What do you do at theScore?
I’m the supervising editor of the soccer content team. Basically, if we write something making fun of your favourite soccer team or player, I’m probably the guy your anger should be directed at.
2. How long have you been doing that for?
I’ve been in that role for just over a year. I started here three years ago as an intern, and then got lucky enough to work my way through the ranks.
3. What were you doing before that?
After graduating from journalism school, I worked a couple of absolutely terrible jobs. The worst one was definitely with a restoration company – dealing with basement flooding and whatnot. I actually received the phone call that I got the internship here while I was on a job site with them. Best phone call ever!
4. What made you want to work here?
Sports has always been my passion, going back to when I was young. At my senior-kindergarten graduation, all the kids went up on stage and announced what they wanted to be when they grew up … I said I wanted to be the captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs! (Being a terrible skater killed that dream pretty quickly). As for theScore, I was always a huge fan of their product, going back to the TV days. They did things differently, and employed so many people in the industry that I really admire, so I always thought it’d be a great place to work. I’m not right about many things, but I was on this one!
5. What is your favorite thing about working at theScore?
There are a lot of things. Above all, the people I get to work with make this place great. They’re all super passionate and knowledgeable. I also get to come in and watch sports all day. It doesn’t get any better than that!
6. What’s the best ‘perk’ of working for theScore?
Again, I think it’s just the really fantastic people that you meet and work with here. They aren’t just your co-workers, but they become your close friends. (The free food is a nice perk, too).
7. What qualities does a person need to work at theScore?
You definitely have to be passionate about what you’re doing. If you’re coming in on the content side, and you’re not passionate – regardless of the sport you’re covering – it’s going to show really quickly. You can’t fake it and get by. Also, I think we have a pretty solid “no a**hole” policy here, so I’d say that’s definitely an important thing to keep in mind.
8. Do you follow sports or esports closely?
I’m definitely trying to learn more about eSports. It’s such a rapidly growing industry, and it’s such an enormous phenomenon around the world. Thankfully, I’m in the right place to learn everything I need to know!
9. What teams do you follow and why?
I’m a massive Juventus supporter. (Growing up in an Italian family, I followed in my dad’s footsteps on that one). Being born and raised in Toronto, I’m a fan of the Leafs, Raptors, Jays and Toronto FC. They were all so terrible for so long, it’s still a little weird to see them either succeeding or going in the right direction.
10. Besides theScore and theScore esports, what are the three mobile apps you can’t live without?
Definitely Twitter, the New York Times, and very recently I’ve been dangerously addicted to Uber Eats.
Gianluca was speaking with Arielle Luder.