Driving the sports data agenda since 1996

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

10 - Ronaldo has now scored in 10 successive matches; he has never recorded a run of 11. Bravo 11 hours ago

85 - Iker Casillas has won more games than any other player in the Champions League history (Xavi Hernandez, 84). Clásico. 11 hours ago

2 - Arsenal's two goals vs Anderlecht were the final two shots of the game. Brinksmanship. 12 hours ago

5 - Five of Arsenal's last six Champions League away wins have been by a single goal. Squeak. 12 hours ago

3 - Tonight is the first time in their history that Liverpool have lost a European home game by a three goal margin. Humbled. 12 hours ago

1 - Arsenal have now kept only clean sheet in their last 10 games in all competitions. Repetitive. 13 hours ago

19 - Mario Mandzukic has now scored 19 goals in 23 Champions League appearances. Menace. 13 hours ago

0 - There were no shots on target from either team in the first half of Anderlecht vs Arsenal. Underwhelming. 13 hours ago

3 - This is the first time Liverpool have conceded 3 goals before half-time in the CL since the 2005 final. Istanbul. 13 hours ago

4 - The first 30 minutes of Champions League football tonight brought four goals, compared to 12 in the first half hour on Tuesday. Paced. 13 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.

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