Interview with the manager of the Octopus Football pool
Friends, we start a series of interviews with our fund’s pool managers. Today we will ask questions to Nico, the manager of Octopus Football.
Q: What is soccer to you?
A: A huge sporting community. It’s the sport, the atmosphere, the emotion, the camaraderie. Love for the game. Both on the field, in the stadium stands and on the game console. Soccer is the whole world.
Q: You are a fan. It shows. Why did you choose sorare.com over betting or fan tokens, for example?
A: Sorare is a blend of real and virtual gaming. In sorare you can’t lose, lose everything, get liquidated. And a young player, a card bought at a minimal price, can become a star after a while. Sorare is a community, it’s a fast-growing project that officially signs leagues and soccer clubs.
Q: Personally, I fell in love with soccer when I watched the Ajax-Milan Champions League final (1–0). It was on May 25, ’95. Patrick Kluivert with the tip of his boot pushed the ball into the net for AC Milan in the 85th minute. I’ve been a soccer fan ever since. When did you fall in love with soccer?
A: I played soccer since childhood. I liked the speed, passion, rivalry. I remember the final of the Champions League 99/00 — it was just incredible.
Q: Let’s go back to your pool. What are the goals and objectives of the pool? Where will the profit come from?
A: The only purpose of the pool is to make money, and the tasks are to trade and participate in competitions. The fulfillment of these two tasks is exactly what generates profit.
Q: Can you tell our readers about the methods and principles you use when making decisions at Sorare?
A: I buy players based on many factors. First, fame. Sorare cards are first and foremost a collector’s item. There are special editions that do not influence the fantasy league, but these cards are more expensive. Therefore, the very popularity of a player in the world also means a lot.
Second, transfer value is the estimated price of a player. I use www.transfermarkt.co.uk — this is the evaluation of the player by experts, by his level of play. Thirdly, the risks — there are several. Age — a player can just finish his career and you will be left with a player who can’t compete. But, soon there will be a league for these cards as well, for example — the David Beckham card was released. Injuries — not a single player is immune from this, the cost of the card always drops when a player does not play (injury or reserve). Reserve — that is, the player does not appear in the starting lineup. Transferring a player to another league, where Sorare does not cover grades, that is, the card will not receive a grade. Fourth, the team’s play in the championship — no matter how good a player is, but soccer is a team game and how the team plays in the championship is important. Among other things, I watch games, read about players. Videos, news, rumors. I also analyze the starting lineups and possible starting lineups for the championships.
Q: How often do you analyze the market?
A: I analyze the market every day, both at auction and in the secondary market. Card prices don’t stand still at all.
Q: Can you do a market analysis right now?
A: Yes, of course. Here’s Anderlecht’s backup keeper, who is now playing in place of the main, injured one. His price is more than one million pounds, which is a lot for the Belgian league (even for the main goalkeepers). I bought two such goalkeepers, the second sold even more expensive.
Another example. Carlos Soler. The most expensive player of the club Valencia, but was injured, so the price was extremely low. But once he started playing again, the price went up very well.
Q: That’s a great example of analysis! Well, thanks for the answers to the questions. Good luck with your pool management and more good trades!
A: Thank you! Good luck to you too.
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