Driving the sports data agenda since 1996

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

44 – No team has attempted more crosses in a UCL game without scoring than Atletico Madrid vs Chelsea. Insistence. 17 hours ago

4 - Chelsea’s last six Champions League semi-final first leg matches have produced just four goals in total. Platform. 17 hours ago

86% - 86% of goals conceded by Chelsea in the Champions League this season have come in the second-half (6 out of 7). Concentration. 18 hours ago

3 - Mourinho won three of his four meetings with Diego Simeone's Atletico Madrid in all competitions when at Real Madrid (L1). Plan. 19 hours ago

82.1% - Thibaut Courtois has saved 82.1% of shots faced in the Champions League this season; Petr Cech has saved 76.7%. Wall. 19 hours ago

1 - Atletico Madrid are the only team unbeaten in the Champions League this season (eight wins, two draws). Ask. 19 hours ago

10 - 2013/14 is the first season in Premier League history to see 10 managers leave a club before the final day. Continental. 22 Apr

50% - David Moyes had the third best win rate (league games) of any Manchester United manager in history (P34 W17). Irrelevant. 22 Apr

57 - This is Manchester United's lowest points total through 34 league fixtures since 1990/91 (56). Ousted. 22 Apr

3 - This is the first time that three different Argentine players have scored in the same Premier League match. Pedigree. 21 Apr

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.

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