Comparing legends

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

RT @OptaCan: 15 - Didier Drogba has scored 15 goals in 15 appearances against Arsenal in all competitions (including Emirates Cup). Nemesis 26 Jul

3 - The three German players to win the @premierleague are Ballack, Huth and Lehmann. Answer. 26 Jul

3 - Name the three German players to win the @premierleague title. Quiz. 26 Jul

75 - Since joining in 2010, Bebé played just 75 minutes of Premier League football for Manchester United. Sparse. 26 Jul

149 - Romelu Lukaku has averaged a goal every 149 minutes during his Premier League career (32 goals in 76 PL apps). Departing? 26 Jul

6 - Six of West Ham United's Premier League games in 2013-14 ended 0-0; more than any other side. Blanks. 26 Jul

30 - In the last decade, only Luis Suárez and Cristiano Ronaldo have scored 30+ goals in one season in two different top-10 leagues. Adapt. 24 Jul

157 - Only three players have scored more goals for Chelsea in all competitions than Didier Drogba (157). Return. http://t.co/Y4Vb3sogVx 26 Jul

15725 - Lucas Radebe has played more minutes without a single goal or assist than any other outfield player in @premierleague history. Blank 25 Jul

24 - Petr Cech and Thibaut Courtois both conceded 24 goals in their respective domestic leagues in 2013/14. Battle. http://t.co/WKdqxDElrg 25 Jul

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.