Driving the sports data agenda since 1996

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

0 - Hugo Lloris has not faced a single shot on target from open play at the EURO 2016. Chilled. https://t.co/fA2sBkQQ6O 18 hours ago

15 - Sadio Mane scored more goals in all competitions than any other Southampton player last season (15). Poached. 19 hours ago

3 - Roy Hodgson won just three of his 11 games in charge of #ENG at the World Cup & Euro Finals combined (W3 D5 L3). Resignation. 27 Jun

% - Best England managers by win ratio: Capello: 66.7% Ramsey: 61.1% Hoddle: 60.7% Greenwood: 60% Eriksson: 59.7% Hodgson: 58.9% Departed. 27 Jun

56 - Despite attempting 56 shots more than their opponents at #Euro2016(82-26), #ENG scored as many goals as they conceded (4). Misery. 27 Jun

2 - #ENG have progressed in just 2 of their last 10 knockout ties at major finals tournaments (Denmark – WC 2002, Ecuador – WC 2006). Frozen 27 Jun

3 - #ENG have won the last three international matches that they have been losing at half-time. Team-talk. 27 Jun

2007 - #ENG have conceded 2 goals in the opening 18 mins of a match for the first time since Nov 2007 (England 2-3 Croatia). Wally #Euro2016 27 Jun

263 - It took #ISL striker Kolbeinn Sigthorsson 263 minutes to hit his first shot on target at #EURO2016, but he scored with it. Stunned. 27 Jun

6 - This is the first time that both teams have scored in the opening six minutes of a EURO finals match. Quickfire. #ENGICE #EURO2016 27 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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