Driving the sports data agenda since 1996

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

1 - Zinedine Zidane has become the first French manager to win the @ChampionsLeague. Pantheon. #uclfinal https://t.co/0cUT6Q7o5b 2 hours ago

11 - Real Madrid have now won the European Cup/Champions League 11 times, four more than any other team. Legs. 2 hours ago

0 - Real Madrid lost their only previous CL shootout (vs Bayern in 2012), while Atletico have won both of theirs. Lottery. 2 hours ago

2014 - The only previous Champions League final that went to extra-time but not penalties was Real v Atletico in 2014. Repeat? 3 hours ago

1 - Yannick Carrasco is the first Belgian player to score in a European Cup/Champions League final. Timely. #uclfinal 3 hours ago

2 - Antoine Griezmann has missed two of his four penalty kicks this season, both against Keylor Navas. Pressure. #uclfinal 3 hours ago

1 - Antoine Griezmann is the first player to miss a penalty in the #UCLfinal since Arjen Robben in 2012. Blooper. 3 hours ago

1 – @SergioRamos is the first defender to score in two @ChampionsLeague finals. Asset. 4 hours ago

4 - Cristiano Ronaldo has never scored in four previous Champions League games at the San Siro. Challenge. 5 hours ago

6 - Kevin De Bruyne has been involved in six of Belgium's last 12 international goals (4 goals, 2 assists). Star. 7 hours ago

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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