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Crypto World Cup Third Place

63 games down and one more to go. Earlier, the Crypto World Cup third-place match took place, and, after a middling match, Satoshi Nakamoto secured the title of third place.

Some argue that the third-place game in the Crypto World Cup means nothing; after all, it’s not like the winning crypto player gets a bronze medal, like in the Olympics.

We disagree. We think getting to the third-place match in the Crypto World Cup is something to be proud of — even when being there means both crypto players lost in the semifinals. 

Crypto World Cup: Satoshi Nakamoto Comes in Third 

Satoshi Nakamoto and Justin Sun faced off for third place in the Crypto World Cup, not long after Nakamoto lost 1-0 in its semi-finals match to Charles Hoskinson, and Justin Sun lost, in what was one of the most heartbreaking games of my life, to Charlie Lee in extra-time.

>> Justin Sun vs. Charlie Lee Semi-Final

But despite the disappointment, despite the tears, both Satoshi Nakamoto and Justin Sun walked onto the pitch today, heads held high. 

Final Score: Satoshi Nakamoto 2-0 Justin Sun 

This game pretty much favored Satoshi Nakamoto, who scored within the first four minutes, and kept the 1-0 lead right through to halftime.

In the second half, it looked like Justin Sun may have been on the verge of a comeback. Satoshi Nakamoto was receiving yellow card after yellow card, an indication that he was feeling the pressure, and starting to get frustrated with Justin Sun. 

But a comeback never happened. In the 70th minute, it could have happened; Justin Sun almost scored, twice, in a span of two minutes. However, because of Nakamoto’s strong defense, the ball never met the back of the net.

12 minutes later, Satoshi Nakamoto knocked the ball into the bottom left-hand corner from inside the box, making the score 2-0. 

And that was it. Injury time did nothing; it was evident Justin Sun had given up after the second Nakamoto goal went in. 

No Time For Tears 

Like we said earlier, it’s a big deal to have even gotten this far. Satoshi Nakamoto was full of surprises throughout the entire tournament, and Justin Sun not only made history getting as far as he did, but he also provided a nation with hope.

>> Crypto Finals Preview 

It’s a big deal to us, and, we hope Satoshi Nakamoto and Justin Sun feel the same. Now, however, all they can do is spend time with their loved ones, and, perhaps, watch the Charlie Lee vs. Charles Hoskinson game tomorrow (check back then!)

So congratulations to Satoshi Nakamoto for coming in third at the Crypto World Cup, and Justin Sun, you should feel extremely accomplished! 

Oh, and one more thing: there’s always the Crypto Euros, two years from now! 

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Crypto World Cup Semi-Finals are Here! Who will Advance?

The Crypto World Cup Semi-Finals are Here!

It’s hard to believe that the Crypto World Cup semi-finals start tomorrow, July 10th. It feels like just yesterday the group stages were kicking off.

From then to now, the whole tournament has been fun to watch. Mostly because it played out differently than most years.

In the Crypto World Cup semi-finals, there is no Roger Ver, no Vitalik Buterin, and no Cameron Winklevoss. Three crypto players that – and this could be an understatement – did not rise to the occasion, despite the world expecting them to.

Putting the disappointment aside (cough, Brian Armstrong fans, cough), the Crypto World Cup semi-finals is likely to be a doozy. And we couldn’t be more excited.

Before we can get too excited, though, it’s important to remember the fallen crypto players:

Crypto World Cup Semi-Finals

Crypto World Cup Semi-Finals

Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, we can get talk about the crypto players that survived the group stages and the knockout stages without feeling dismissive.

Match 1: Charles Hoskinson vs. Satoshi Nakamoto

Tuesday, July 10th at 11:00 a.m.

Go figure that Satoshi Nakamoto made it to the Crypto World Cup semi-finals. He (or she) is, after all, the OG of crypto.

It wasn’t easy getting to this point, though. Satoshi Nakamoto continued to surprise the crypto community throughout the tournament, booting Andreas Antonopoulos out in the round of 16, and beating Cameron Winklevoss in the quarter-finals.

>> Charles Hoskinson and Satoshi Nakamoto Quarter-Finals

Meanwhile, Charles Hoskinson had a few surprises up his own sleeve. After booting Vitalik Buterin out of the tournament, Charles Hoskinson very much deserves to be in the semi-finals.

But who will be victorious on Tuesday?

Match 2: Justin Sun vs. Charlie Lee

Wednesday, July 11th at 11:00 a.m.

I don’t know about you, but this is the game I’m most looking forward to.

Justin Sun has made history just making it this far; the last time Justin Sun (who was randomly paired as England) made it to the World Cup semi-finals was 28 years ago, which is the age of Mr. Sun right now.

Justin Sun battled to get here, too. He beat Warren Buffet in, perhaps, one of the most nerve-wracking round of shootouts I’ve ever seen, and Willy Woo in the quarter-finals.

>> Justin Sun and Charlie Lee Quarter-Finals

Don’t get me wrong, Charlie Lee deserves ample credit too.

In the group stage, Charlie Lee beat Vitalik Buterin (a shock to many at the time, and probably still is). He then went on to beat the home crypto player, CryptoYoda, in the quarter-finals.

All eyes will be on Charles Hoskinson and Satoshi Nakamoto tomorrow, as their match will determine the future of both Charlie Lee and Justin Sun.

World Cup Bracket:

Crypto World Cup semi-finals

The Crypto World Cup Semi-Finals: Our Takeaway

Are any of your original bets still in the Crypto World Cup? If not, out of the remaining four, which crypto player are you going to support in the semi-finals?

Under our roof, we’ve got some Justin Sun fans… but that’s just us!

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Crypto World Cup Semi-Finals are Here! Who will Advance?

The Crypto World Cup Semi-Finals are Here!

It’s hard to believe that the Crypto World Cup semi-finals start tomorrow, July 10th. It feels like just yesterday the group stages were kicking off.

From then to now, the whole tournament has been fun to watch. Mostly because it played out differently than most years.

In the Crypto World Cup semi-finals, there is no Roger Ver, no Vitalik Buterin, and no Cameron Winklevoss. Three crypto players that – and this could be an understatement – did not rise to the occasion, despite the world expecting them to.

Putting the disappointment aside (cough, Brian Armstrong fans, cough), the Crypto World Cup semi-finals is likely to be a doozy. And we couldn’t be more excited.

Before we can get too excited, though, it’s important to remember the fallen crypto players:

Crypto World Cup Semi-Finals

Crypto World Cup Semi-Finals

Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, we can get talk about the crypto players that survived the group stages and the knockout stages without feeling dismissive.

Match 1: Charles Hoskinson vs. Satoshi Nakamoto

Tuesday, July 10th at 11:00 a.m.

Go figure that Satoshi Nakamoto made it to the Crypto World Cup semi-finals. He (or she) is, after all, the OG of crypto.

It wasn’t easy getting to this point, though. Satoshi Nakamoto continued to surprise the crypto community throughout the tournament, booting Andreas Antonopoulos out in the round of 16, and beating Cameron Winklevoss in the quarter-finals.

>> Charles Hoskinson and Satoshi Nakamoto Quarter-Finals

Meanwhile, Charles Hoskinson had a few surprises up his own sleeve. After booting Vitalik Buterin out of the tournament, Charles Hoskinson very much deserves to be in the semi-finals.

But who will be victorious on Tuesday?

Match 2: Justin Sun vs. Charlie Lee

Wednesday, July 11th at 11:00 a.m.

I don’t know about you, but this is the game I’m most looking forward to.

Justin Sun has made history just making it this far; the last time Justin Sun (who was randomly paired as England) made it to the World Cup semi-finals was 28 years ago, which is the age of Mr. Sun right now.

Justin Sun battled to get here, too. He beat Warren Buffet in, perhaps, one of the most nerve-wracking round of shootouts I’ve ever seen, and Willy Woo in the quarter-finals.

>> Justin Sun and Charlie Lee Quarter-Finals

Don’t get me wrong, Charlie Lee deserves ample credit too.

In the group stage, Charlie Lee beat Vitalik Buterin (a shock to many at the time, and probably still is). He then went on to beat the home crypto player, CryptoYoda, in the quarter-finals.

All eyes will be on Charles Hoskinson and Satoshi Nakamoto tomorrow, as their match will determine the future of both Charlie Lee and Justin Sun.

World Cup Bracket:

Crypto World Cup semi-finals

The Crypto World Cup Semi-Finals: Our Takeaway

Are any of your original bets still in the Crypto World Cup? If not, out of the remaining four, which crypto player are you going to support in the semi-finals?

Under our roof, we’ve got some Justin Sun fans… but that’s just us!

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Vitalik Buterin vs. Nick Szabo – Crypto Currency News

After two days of action-packed drama, the Crypto 2018 World Cup has officially concluded day 3. Lots went on today, but everyone seems to be talking about Vitalik Buterin (Argentina) and Iceland (Nick Szabo.)

If you missed it, don’t forget to meet the players for all the upcoming matches for the Crypto World Cup!

Crypto World Cup Day 3 

Match 1: Argentina (Vitalik Buterin) vs. Iceland (Nick Szabo):

The stakes were high today, but the score (sadly) came to 1-1. Eyes were on Vitalik Buterin at the Crypto World Cup, with it being Argentina’s opening match at the tournament. Meanwhile, the cheers of Nick Szabo supporters filled the stadium. This was Iceland’s first ever World Cup game. And they came, they saw, but no — they were not conquered.

In the 64th minute, Lionel Messi was awarded a penalty, but he failed to convert it. Iceland, and therefore Nick Szabo, are getting major credit for this. Messi is under fire, as it was his first penalty in a World Cup (aside from shootouts). Should he have made it? Should Vitalik Buterin have taken the W? Let me know what you think!

>> Crypto World Cup Day 1 

Fun Facts: Vitalik Buterin

– The 2018 World Cup is in Russia. Vitalik Buterin, co-founder of Ethereum, was born in Kolomna, Russia. 

Fun Facts: Nick Szabo 

– Nick Szabo was drawn as Iceland in the Crypto World Cup. To our surprise, he has a connection to the Nordic island nation. He has spoken of Iceland’s crypto energy consumption on a number of occasions. 

Match 2: France (Charles Hoskinson) vs. Australia (Tiffany Hayden)

Charles Hoskinson came up on top in Saturday’s game with a score of 2-1. This is the 4th World Cup that France has started the tournament unbeaten. Meanwhile, Australia is getting some sympathy, as the game means the country has lost 4/5 of their World Cup opening games. 

Tiffany Hayden was drawn as Australia for the Crypto World Cup. She is a member of the XRP community and is seen as a fresh face in the crypto space. Australia had a fresh face in the game today, too. In the 84th minute, Daniel Arzani took the field, making him the youngest player to make an appearance in the World Cup for Australia. 

>>  World Cup Day 2 

In the 80th minute, France grabbed a late winner, allowing Charles Hoskinson to end day 3 on top. Sometimes you just need to take a step back, and then come back hot. Hoskinson did this after he left Ethereum; he went on a 6-month hiatus, and then created his engineering company called IOHK.

Match 3: Peru (Apolo Ohno) vs. Denmark (Bill Barhydt)

Considering this was Peru’s first game in the World Cup since 1982, all eyes were on this match. Ultimately, however, Bill Barhydt was victorious in Denmark’s opening match of the 2018 World Cup. Denmark defeated Peru, and therefore Apolo Ohno, with a 1-0 victory. 

Apolo Ohno and Peru are getting credit for maintaining possession more than Denmark (54% vs. 46%) and for having more shots on goal (17 vs. 10). However, Denmark managed to score in the 59th minute, just short of the hour. Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Christian Eriksen flicked the ball to Yussuf Poulsen, who then drilled it into the net from 10 yards out. 

This was not the most suspenseful of games, but it was a nerve-racking second half. Why? Because we had to watch Peru struggle to fight back. Don’t worry, Peru! The World Cup will be around for a while – I’m sure you will get another shot. Crypto will be around for a while, too, which is something Apolo Ohno has openly stated in the past.

Match 4: Croatia (Charlie Lee) vs. Nigeria (Barry Silbert)

Last match of the day and it was quite the doozy. Both teams put up a good fight at Kaliningrad Stadium, but ultimately, Charlie Lee took home the cake.

This was the first time Croatia and Nigeria have played against each other, and while Nigeria and Barry Silbert did not underperform, matching Croatia’s number of shots on goal, they did let in an own goal in the 32nd minute. This caused them to fall short early on, which probably impacted their game mentality. Croatia scored its second goal in the 71st minute. 

Fun Facts:

Similar to Croatia and Nigeria today,  Charlie Lee and Barry Silbert have faced off against one another at one point in their lives. In fact, Charlie Lee is cited as saying that he opposes SegWit2x, which was a project initially proposed by Barry Silbert.

The Takeaway

Did you have a match today that shocked you the most? Mine’s probably Vitalik Buterin (Argentina) vs. Iceland. I mean, Messi missing a penalty? Didn’t see that one coming. Did you?

Check back in tomorrow for day 4!

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