Driving the sports data agenda since 1996

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

39 – West Brom have gone 39 Premier League games without being awarded a penalty, the longest wait among current PL sides. Honest. 5 hours ago

11 - Arsene Wenger has won all 11 of his home games v Tony Pulis, including all 10 in the PL (1 FA Cup game at High… twitter.com/i/web/status/9… 6 hours ago

100 - Only Liverpool (112) and Chelsea (107) have scored more penalties in the Premier League than Arsenal (100). S… twitter.com/i/web/status/9… 7 hours ago

100 - Alexandre Lacazette has scored Arsenal’s 100th penalty in the @premierleague. Converted. 7 hours ago

23 – Arsenal have scored in all 23 of their Premier League meetings with West Brom, the best such 100% record in the division. Bagged. 8 hours ago

3 - A. Lacazette is the first Arsenal player to score in his first 3 home league apps for the club since Brian Marw… twitter.com/i/web/status/9… 8 hours ago

633 – Gareth Barry will make his 633rd appearance in the @premierleague tonight, setting a competition record in th… twitter.com/i/web/status/9… 9 hours ago

7 - The other managers to do this are S. Allardyce, M. Hughes, K. Keegan, R. Martinez, D. O'Leary, M. O'Neill & H.… twitter.com/i/web/status/9… 9 hours ago

100 – Tony Pulis will be the 8th manager to take charge of 100+ games for two different Premier League sides (West… twitter.com/i/web/status/9… 9 hours ago

87 - Luis Suarez has scored 87 goals in his 100 appearances for Barcelona in La Liga. Gunman. https://t.co/VxNbzjT1eb 10 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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