Feb 112018

Harunustaspor, a sports club competing in the regional amateur football league Sakarya First Division Group B in Turkey, acquired a player using cryptocurrency Bitcoin, a football’s first.

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Celebration after football’s first official bitcoin payment (pic: cnnturk.com)

According to local media outlets, 22-year-old Omer Faruk Kiroglu has accepted an offer of 0.0524 Bitcoin (about 431 euros) and 2,500 Turkish Lira (534 euros).

“We did so to be known to the world. This transfer has become the first of this kind in Turkey and even in the whole world. If such a trade was made by professionals, it would have been widely advertised on television. However, as amateurs, we were the first to do it and we are proud of that,” said club’s president, Haldun Sehit.

Omar Faruk Kiroglu was delighted with this experience. “I’m a man open to new things. For me it is a historic moment, as it is for the whole soccer world,” he added.