FIFA.com has been counting down to the launch of FIFA Match Predictor with a series of flashback articles reflecting on the first four seasons of the massively popular prediction-based game. Our Predictor Flashback series comes to an end today, with a fourth and final installment.

Raising the bar

The overall and weekly leaderboards were hugely competitive in Season 4. By the season's end, a total of 60 predictors had tied for first place on the weekly leaderboard during the 35 rounds of competition. Meanwhile, on the overall leaderboard, winner djps150 edged out runner-up Master1000 by just 28 points to win the Grand Prize – a trip for two to the 2014 FIFA World Cup™! Eager to know what our Predictor Season 4 champion had to say? Read our exclusive interview with Predictor Season 4 champion djps150.

Private leagues
Our private leagues function proved very popular in Season 4. The ‘Uefa Champions’ finished top of the private leagues' leaderboard with three of its members placing in the overall top ten. Overall runner-up Master1000, fifth-placed david150982 and sixth-placed troper3 all belonged to the elite league. “It was a very tight private league and, in the end, I was lucky to finish second,” said david150982

Season 4 statistics
Curious to know which matches proved to be the toughest to predict in Season 4? Of the 35 rounds and 350 matches selected, these were the five fixtures the least amount of predictors guessed correctly:


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 Fixture                                   
 Round   
 % of correct predictions
 Valencia 1-2 Mallorca   
 09 6.38 per cent
 Olimpia 1-3 Club Rubio Nu   
 27 7.94 per cent
 Boca Juniors 1-4 Godoy Cruz  
 23 9.20 per cent
 Karpaty L'viv 1-0 Shakhtar Donetsk      
 27 9.30 per cent
 AC Milan 0-1 Roma   
 17 9.47 per cent

At the other end of the Season 4 spectrum, these were the five fixtures the most amount of predictors guessed correctly:

 Fixture                                   
 Round  
  % of correct predictions
 Benfica 3-0 Vitoria Guimaraes    
 23 84.16 per cent
 Fluminense 1-0 Guarani   
 15 83.03 per cent
 PSV 6-0 De Graafschap 01 81.43 per cent
 Real Madrid 4-2 Villarreal    
 18 81.02 per cent 
 Borussia Dortmund 2-0 Nurnberg           33 80.64 per cent