Driving the sports data agenda since 1996

Opta have been at the forefront of the sports data revolution for over 15 years.

2010 - On this day in 2010 @DFB_Team_EN celebrated a 4-1 win against @England. Historic. #ENGGER @OptaJoe https://t.co/jns4B2w3Qi 27 Jun

4 - Saul Ñiguez has scored more goals than any other player in 2017 European Under-21 Championship (4 goals from 4… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 27 Jun

38 – The @DFB_Team_EN U21 had more than twice as many shots (38 – 17) as the #YoungLions (@England). Deserved.… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 19 hours ago

5 - Scott Parker is the only player to play for 5 London clubs in the Premier League (Charlton, Chelsea, West Ham,… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 15 hours ago

45 - Swindon Town conceded 45 home goals in the 1993-94 season, the most in a single @premierleague campaign. Brimf… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 18 hours ago

46 - The lowest number of goals scored by a team who were promoted to the top-flight is 46, by Notts County in 1923. Conservative. 27 Jun

86 - Tottenham won 86 points in the 2016-17 Premier League - their best-ever return in the competition. Surge. 27 Jun

47 - Jens Lehmann holds the record for longest unbeaten start to a @premierleague career, not losing any of his fir… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 26 Jun

4 - Frank de Boer is the only manager in Eredivisie history to win four consecutive titles, doing so in his first f… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 26 Jun

91 – Since the start of the 2013/14 season, Alexandre Lacazette has scored more goals in Ligue 1 than any other pla… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 26 Jun

Company history

1996

The Opta brand is first associated with the Premier League through the launch of a ranking system, The Opta Index.  This was seen on Sky Sports Monday Night Football.

2002

Aidan Cooney's Sportingstatz business purchases the assets of Opta from BSkyB.  Current senior members of the operational management team all transfer to the new business.

2005

Opta opens its German operation.

2006

Current collection methodology adopted for football incorporating x/y co-ordinates and time coding with live collection by two people, plus a checker.

Opta opens its Italian operation.

2007

Opta purchases a stake in a Spanish business, Geca Sport.  

2009

Opta opens its French operation.

2010

Opta opens its Leeds office as the centre for rugby data collection.

2011

Opta opens offices in New York to service Major League Soccer and in Sydney to build on its market leading rugby presence in the northern hemisphere.

2012

Appointed by The ECB as official data providers to English cricket.

The OptaPro brand launches.

Opta purchases a 15% stake in Xeatre.

Opta opens its South American operation in Montevideo, Uruguay.

2013

Opta acquired by Perform Group, and becomes one of the high-profile brands within the Perform Content division.

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