Vancouver Island’s passion for soccer is infectious – and with the Pacific Football Club’s home opener happening on April 28th at the recently renovated Westhills Stadium, the buzz around town is real.
Many of the PFC’s players have some intriguing histories to go along with their attractive Instagram feeds, and we’re bringing you 5 PFC players you should absolutely be following on Instagram – that is, if you’re not following them already!
We’ve also interviewed a few of the players to get a little more up close and personal before the big day – because who doesn’t want to know what these guys’ favourite karaoke song is?
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1. Marcus Haber (@marcushaber)
This Vancouver-raised striker has played for the Whitecaps and the senior Canadian Men’s National Team, Marcus Haber is one PFC player you’ll definitely want to follow. His Instagram is an awesome combination of professional athlete, sleek style, and classic west coast tastes – and how much more Victorian does it get than sunshine and a patio downtown?
Q: What’s your pre-game ritual?
A: A fresh haircut.
2. Issey Nakajima-Farran (@11issey)
This PFC forward could almost make a living as a fashion-icon himself – talk about style! Going to Japan from Canada when he was only three years old, Issey creates art on and off of the field, painting a passion of his alongside the game of soccer. You can check out some of his creations in his well-curated Instagram feed.
Q: What’s your hidden talent?
A: I use art as my escape to get lost on a canvas off the pitch, which has taken a course of its on own for the last decade and a half.
3. Victor Blasco (@victorblasco10)
Spanish-born Blasco spent his youth career with Barcelona, Cornellà and Mallorca before moving to Canada to pursue his passion further. Clearly this professional footballer has the travel bug – his Instagram feed is full of photos from beautiful far-off lands, though he seems to be loving his new home in our fair city!
Q: What are your favourite things about living in Victoria?
A: The vibe of the city itself is amazing, if I had to choose one thing I’d say the amount of different restaurants.
4. Ben Fisk (@benjaminfisk)
Ben Fisk, a winger for the Pacific Football Club clearly has passion for the sport – it’s dominated his Instagram feed! The Vancouver-born 26-year old joined the PFC after playing for the Vancouver Whitecaps.
Q: What’s your hidden talent?
A: Arguably the best air guitarist in the CPL. Often referred to as a generational talent.
5. Hendrik Starostzik (@hennestaro)
German-born, Hendrik Starostzik looks like the kind of guy we want to be best friends with – his Instagram is littered with photos of him and his pals, looking stylish and suave and generally enjoying themselves. Hendrik was an official member of the PFC as of March 7th!
Q: What’s your favourite karaoke song?
A: Backstreet Boys – I Want it That Way. They were my heroes when I was 10 years old!
Summer means soccer and sunny Saturday and Sunday afternoons! Taking in a Pacific FC match in the evening to a setting sun and the sweet taste of victory sounds like a perfect way to end a day, and you can grab your tickets here.
Victoria Buzz will be on location at the home opener to celebrate and welcome the island to its new era of soccer – come say hello, chat all things PFC and even have the chance to win some sweet prizes!
- Team store: 665 Fort Street – open Wednesday to Sunday from 12 p.m to 6 p.m.
- Purchase tickets: Season ticket packages start at $257.50 and can be purchased here