In the second installment of our 'Predictor Flashback' series we take a closer look at Season 2 of FIFA World Leagues Predictor.
By the close of Season 1, the word about FIFA.com’s fantastic new Prediction game had spread across the globe and twice as many players joined us for Season 2 of FIFA World Leagues Predictor.
The Season 2 Grand Prize was a trip for two to the FIFA World Player Gala 2009. Enticed by a chance to attend the exclusive Gala and be surrounded by so many of the world’s best footballers, predictors gave it their absolute best. The results spoke for themselves: Season 2 went right down to the wire with the Grand Prize winner decided on the final matchday.
Separated by thousands of miles of ocean, the two frontrunners - kammer from Germany and Mexico’s Saururrex - displayed some wonderful solidarity, wishing each other well before the final round (Round 37).
He (Saururrex) was one of the first to congratulate me after I’d won. I think that’s very sportsmanlike and fair on his part, because he deserved it just as much as I did.
Friends and rivals
"I wished him (Saururrex) the best of luck before the last round, and he wished me good luck in return,” said kammer. The German edged out his Mexican rival by only 56 points to claim the title. “He (Saururrex) was one of the first to congratulate me after I’d won. I think that’s very sportsmanlike and fair on his part, because he deserved it just as much as I did."
"If it had gone on one more matchday, I reckon he’d (Saururrex) have won,” said the humble Season 2 champion. In addition to his VIP trip for two to the FIFA World Player Gala, kammer also enjoyed a tour of FIFA's state-of-the-art headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland.
Sound advice from Saururrex
“Believe in the result that you are predicting,” says Saururrex. “You can check the stats, facts and standings, but when the time comes to make your predictions just be strong and follow your instinct.”
Predictors would do well to heed the Season 2 runner-up's advice. Although he finished as a silver-medalist, the Mexican held the top of the leaderboard for 19 consecutive weeks before finally being surpassed by the German winner.
Are you ready for Season 5? Do you have what it takes to beat the best? Join us on 22 August and register for Season 5 of FIFA Match Predictor (previously known as FIFA World Leagues Predictor).