FIFA World Cup Meets Cryptocurrency
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FIFA World Cup Meets Cryptocurrency

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FIFA World Cup Meets Cryptocurrency

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Argentina has won!

Argentina has won the FIFA World Cup 2022. In an instant all-time classic, Messi’s team prevailed 4-2 on penalties, after the two teams drew 3-3 in the 120 minutes before. Here’s how it all went down:
But surprisingly, the Argentina fan token ARG dumped after the team won its third title. Maybe in anticipation of the tournament being over?

The unofficial France fan token FRA saw a similar price move:

Now that the tournament is over, it may be back to fan tokens of football clubs.
Discuss fan tokens and more on our CMC Community — CMC’s social media community just for crypto.

Hey there, football fans 👋,

If you haven't noticed between the constant SBF news and AI chatbot jokes, the biggest sports event in the world is underway: the FIFA World Cup.

Eight teams are still standing and will determine the best football team in the world. Sorry Americans, you're already out, so it's called football again.

Here's a taste of what you may have missed:

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And here's what's still to come:

Several teams have their own fan tokens, one of the growth sectors in crypto right now with a market capitalization of over 300 million. Fan tokens have a range of possible perks and benefits, such as the ability to vote on club decisions, exclusive rewards and unique experiences. Learn more about popular fan tokens in our deep dives into Paris Saint-German Fan Token (PSG) and Manchester City Fan Token (CITY).
The best place to discuss the prices of fan tokens is, of course, CMC Community — CMC’s social media community just for crypto.
CoinMarketCap Alexandria will get you up to speed for the crunch time as we preview the eight remaining teams, their matches and their crypto tokens.
UPDATE: we are down to the last four, so here’s the preview for the semifinals:

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Semifinal 1: Croatia vs Argentina

Croatia’s quarterfinal:
Wow, that’s what you call a surprise. Croatia eliminated the tournament favorite Brazil on penalties, even though they were a goal behind with only five minutes to play! That means back-to-back semifinals for the underdogs, who will be looking for another standout performance from their totem player Luka Modric.
Croatia fan token:
The Croatia fan token VATRENI was not too impressed by the team’s upset and barely changed course over the last few days. Surely, another upset in the semis would send its price higher?
The Croatia fan token launched on Polygon and is available on Gate.io.
Argentina’s quarterfinal:

Argentina’s quarterfinal was no less dramatic, as Messi’s team was dragged to penalties despite a 2-0 lead with only 15 minutes to play. In a rowdy match with 15 yellow cards, Argentina eventually prevailed and must be fancying their chances against the nominally “easier” opponent.

Argentina fan token:
The Argentina fan token ARG did experience a slight pump following their quarterfinal win. However, the market did not react as strongly as token holders may have expected to. If Argentina makes the final, you’d fancy ARG to shoot higher, wouldn’t you?
ARG has a max supply of 20 million ARG and launched on the well-known sports token platform Chiliz. It is available on OKX, Bitget, BingX, XT.COM, and BitMart.

Semifinal Prediction

Once again, Croatia is in familiar territory, with an unexpected deep run and an opponent heavily favored to defeat them:

Can the tiny Adriatic nation pull off yet another upset? Or will Lionel Messi come one step closer to adding the final piece to his career puzzle by making his second World Cup final?

Argentina is the deserved favorite, but anything seems possible with this resilient Croatia team. It could be another nail-biter.

Semifinal 2: Morocco vs France

Morocco’s quarterfinal:

Morocco completed the underdog double one day later, defeating the second Iberian nation (Portugal) in a row. As Ronaldo’s international career ended with a defeat, Morocco’s star is only beginning to shine. They are the first team from the African continent to make a World Cup semifinal. And with a defense that still has not conceded a goal from an opponent player, they may push even further.

Morocco team token:

Even though bootstrapped versions are circulating on decentralized exchanges, there is still no official Morocco team token.

France’s quarterfinal:

France made hard work but eventually overcame England in the expected difficult match. The defending champions are only one win away from a repeat final appearance and must be backing themselves against the underdog team to get the job done.

France team token:

The France fan token FRA is not affiliated with the French national team: so it may be unsurprising that the price saw only a shallow pump following the team’s win over England.

Semifinal Prediction

Another favorite facing a surprise team, and prediction markets have France as the clear favorite to make it to the final:

But Morocco have provided too stern an opponent for two European powerhouses and won’t fear facing their former colonial power. This could be another hot-headed affair, but surely, France will get the job done. Or will they?

Quarterfinal 1: Croatia vs Brazil

Croatia

Results:

Last tournament's runner-up Croatia reached the quarterfinals despite winning only one of their four matches after 120 minutes. In the Round of 16, Croatia beat Japan on penalties. Goalkeeper Livakovic saved three penalties to send his team to the next round. Amazingly, Croatia has played extra time in six of their last seven tournament knock-out matches, a streak dating back to 2016.

The Croatia fan token:
The Croatia fan token VATRENI is named after the squad's nickname: "the fiery ones." Even though Croatia has performed quite respectably at the World Cup, the price of VATRENI has barely budged over the last month. Maybe an upset win against Brazil could do the trick?
The Croatia fan token launched on Polygon and is available on Gate.io.
Star player:
Croatia's star player is undoubtedly Luka Modric. The Real Madrid midfielder carried his team to the final in 2018 and won the Ballon D'Or for best player in the world that season. At 37 years of age, this could be his last major international tournament.

Brazil

Results:

The tournament favorite Brazil has made light work of its first four opponents: after playing themselves into form in the group stages, Brazil crushed South Korea in the Round of 16 and looks poised to go deep. The team is gearing for its sixth World Cup, the first after a 20-year dry spell.

The Brazil fan token:
The Brazil fan token BFT pumped in the run-up to the tournament and hit a local high of over $1. The price has dumped quite heavily since, but with Brazil switching gears for the knock-out stages, who would bet against another run?
BFT has a max supply of 100 million BFT and is available on MEXC, BingX, XT.COM, Gate.io and BigONE.
Star player:
It's hard to pick one from Brazil's star-studded side, but their star player has to be Neymar. The controversial forward missed two matches in the group stages with an injury but came back with a goal in the R16 match against South Korea. He is chasing the all-time scoring record for Brazil and is only one goal behind legendary Pelé.

Quarterfinal Prediction

Bookmakers and prediction markets agree — this match is Brazil's to lose. Their chances to progress to the semis are rated 84%:

Croatia will have its work cut out to keep the mighty Brazilian attack at bay. If the last tournament's runner-up eliminates Brazil in this match, it would go down as one of the biggest upsets in World Cup history.

Discuss both teams' chances and their tokens under their token tickers $BFT and $VATRENI in CMC Community!

Quarterfinal 2: Netherlands vs Argentina

Netherlands

Results:

After a labored start to their World Cup campaign, the Netherlands are looking to kick into next gear. They beat the United States 3-1 in a professional performance in the Round of 16 and will play Argentina in a rematch of the 2014 semifinal, which Argentina won on penalties. The Netherlands are a record three-time runners-up and chasing their first World Cup title.

The Netherlands fan token:

Unfortunately, there is no Netherlands fan token.

Star player:
Among other names, young winger Cody Gakpo emerged as a surprise breakout star for the Netherlands in the group stages, as he scored the opening goal in all three group-stage matches. Facing the biggest opponent thus far, another clutch performance will be needed in the quarterfinals.

Argentina

Results:

Argentina bounced back from a shocking opening defeat against Saudi Arabia and has won three on the spin since. The two-time champion was in the final in 2014 for the last time when the tournament was played in Brazil. Argentina is also the reigning South America champion and chases its first World Cup in 36 years.

The Argentina fan token:
The Argentina fan token ARG followed the pattern of the Brazil fan token — a big pre-tournament pump was followed by a big in-tournament dump. Can Messi lift the ARG token back to old heights?
ARG has a max supply of 20 million ARG and launched on the well-known sports token platform Chiliz. It is available on OKX, Bitget, BingX, XT.COM, and BitMart.
Star player:
Who else but Lionel Messi? Even at 35, Messi is Argentina’s talisman and the key to winning the tournament. He’s scored three goals so far and is chasing the last major title he has not yet won in his illustrious career.

Quarterfinal Prediction

The second match in the top half of the draw is expected to be a tight affair. Prediction markets have Argentina as a 60-40 favorite:

The Netherlands will surely long for revenge for losing the 2014 semi-final on penalties, so expect this one to be a tight affair that could go down to the wire again. Many neutral fans will probably cheer on Messi’s team, as he could set up a classic Brazil vs Argentina semifinal!

Discuss both teams' chances and their tokens under the token ticker $ARG in our CMC Community!

Quarterfinal 3: Morocco vs Portugal

Results:

Morocco is the surprise guest in the quarterfinals, and what a surprise it is! Buoyed by their 20,000 fans in the stands, the Morocco team eliminated Spain on penalties, not even conceding a goal in the shootout. Morocco is the only team that has not conceded a goal from an opposition player, with the only goal against being an own goal!

The Morocco fan token:
There is no Morocco fan token, but there is a Spain fan token, SNFT. The eliminated Spanish team saw their fan token plunge in value even more.
Star player:
Achraf Hakimi is the star of this underdog side. The Chelsea player converted the final penalty with an audacious “Panenka,” chipping the ball into the goal and sending the fans in the stands wild. It is Morocco’s first World Cup quarterfinal ever.
Results:

Portugal made light work of their group before delivering a beatdown in the Round of 16, crushing Switzerland by six goals to one. The Portuguese team has never made the final of a World Cup but will be favoring its chances with only two more wins to go.

The Portugal fan token:
The Portugal fan token POR did…well, what every other token did. It dumped until Portugal reached the quarterfinals. Will another win mean another boost for the price of POR?
POR has a max supply of 20 million POR and was launched by Chiliz. It is available on OKX, MEXC, Bitget, XT.COM and BitMart.
Star player:
Not captain and superstar Cristiano Ronaldo but youngster Gonçalo Ramos was instrumental in Portugal advancing to this stage. The youngster scored three goals in Portugal’s convincing 6-1 win over Switzerland. With Ronaldo on the bench, Portugal’s hopes are with their new star

striker.

Quarterfinal Prediction

The Moroccan side is the surprise of the tournament. But can they upset another Iberian team? Prediction markets give them a solid underdog chance:

The support from the stands will be once again overwhelmingly with the Arab team, but Portugal looks in red-hot scoring form and may be just one step too much for the fan favorite.

Discuss both teams' chances and their tokens under the token ticker $POR on CMC Community!

Quarterfinal 4: England vs France

England

Results:

England shook off a poor preparation for the tournament and convincingly won three of its first four matches. The 1966 champions have disappointed many times, but after finishing runner-up in the 2021 EURO, a talented England side is tipped by many to have what it takes to go all the way. It will face its first stern test by playing the 2018 champion France.

The England fan token:
England has a bootstrapped England fan token that you can track on Poocoin. Similar to other fan tokens, the price collapsed after an initial dump. We recommend treating the England fan token with the utmost caution!
Star player:
Even though forward Harry Kane captains England, Jude Bellingham is the hottest commodity in this deep England side. The 19-year-old became the second youngest scorer for England at a World Cup with his goal against Iran and is the favorite to win the award for best young player of the tournament.

France

Results:

France overcame an array of pre-tournament injuries to win three out of four and reach the round of the last eight. The 2018 champions are trying to become the first side to defend the title since Brazil in 1962. However, the quarterfinal against England shapes up to be France’s first real test.

The France fan token:
The France fan token FRA is not affiliated with the French national team and has been using deep fakes for promotion. Please treat this token with the utmost caution!

Star player:
In a deep French side, Kylian Mbappé still stands out as the player that will make or break France’s chances to defend the title. He’s already on five goals after scoring four in the 2018 title run, where he became the first teenager since legendary Pelé to score in a final.

Quarterfinal Prediction

This looks poised to be another closely-contested battle between two historic rivals. Prediction markets have France as the slight favorite:

But this one could go either way and expect England to do everything to shut down Mbappé’s scoring prowess.

Discuss both teams' chances and their tokens under the token ticker $FRA in our CMC Community!
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