Comparing legends

Use Opta data to compare World Cup greats from any era against each other.

7 - @mattjpsmith has scored seven goals in three appearances for @bcfctweets against @TheGillsFC Magnificent. 18 hours ago

138 - Shola Ameobi has made more substitute appearances in Premier League history than any other player. Return. 29 Jan

7 – Sergio Aguero has scored seven goals in his last seven Premier League games in London. Capitalist. 29 Jan

5 - The five teams, other than Leicester, to score five goals against Man Utd in a PL game can be found here: instagram.com/p/yb8wU6ub3s Answer. 29 Jan

5 - Can you name the 5 teams, other than Leicester City, to score 5 goals against @ManUtd in a single PL game? instagram.com/optajoe Quiz. 29 Jan

1 - It is exactly one year since Aston Villa were last awarded a penalty in any competition (Benteke v West Brom). Spotless. 29 Jan

21 - The 2015 Capital One Cup Final will be the 21st major final that Tottenham Hotspur have played in. Glory. 28 Jan

3 - Sheffield United have not scored three goals in a League Cup game since August 2008. Target. 28 Jan

12 - Tottenham have not kept a clean sheet in any of their last 12 games away from home in all competitions. Susceptible. 28 Jan

3 - Fernando Torres has scored with all three of his shots on target since returning to Atletico Madrid. Resurrected. 28 Jan

Historical World Cup Data

Who is the best - Maradona or Messi? Rossi or Ronaldo? Cruyff or Zidane? Opta has the answers.

How? Opta have analysed all of the data from every World Cup finals game dating back to the tournament in England in 1966. This gives us access to a unique set of statistics that can be used for compelling, engaging and newsworthy content.

It can be used to compare players and teams across tournaments, find out trends and milestones as well as providing a new insight into the history of the world's greatest football tournament.

The world's greatest, in glorious Opta detail

The historical World Cup data has been analysed in the same way as our market-leading content from across the world of football. This means that performances can be compared like-for-like across tournaments, players and teams.

The data we have collected from these tournaments includes:

  • Venue details
  • Line ups and player details
  • Possession
  • Shots on/off target (by player and team)
  • Passes successful/unsuccessful (by player and team)
  • Duels won/lost (by player and team)
  • Fouls won/lost (by player and team)
  • Crosses
  • Assists
  • And many, many more

And every bit of data has a time stamp and an x/y co-ordinate, allowing for detailed analysis using touchmaps, heatmaps and average position information.

For more information on how you could use this unique data set for your PR or marketing campaign or World Cup coverage, contact us.