Comparing legends

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

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0 - The number of Champions League games Liverpool played (1st season 2001-02) while Steve McManaman was at the club (left 1999). Foxed 1 hours ago

5 - Played for both Liverpool & Real Madrid in the Champions League - @themichaelowen @XabiAlonso Morientes @aarbeloa17 & Dudek. Answer. 1 hours ago

5 - Name the five players to play for both Liverpool AND Real Madrid in the Champions League. Quiz. 2 hours ago

74 - Arjen Robben has scored (5) or assisted (3) a goal every 74 minutes this season for FC Bayern (all comps - 592 minutes). Ruthless. 3 hours ago

40 - Tonight's tally of 40 goals is a record for an eight game night of Champions League football. Flood. 16 hours ago

7-0 - Shakhtar equalled the best ever away winning margin in the UCL against BATE tonight (Marseille v Zilina Nov 2010). Magnificent. 16 hours ago

44 - Only one day (Oct 1st 1997) has seen more Champions League goals scored than there have been bagged today. Deluge. 16 hours ago

44 - Only one day (Oct 1st 1997) has seen more Champions League goals scored than there have been bagged today (37). Bumper. 16 hours ago

5 - Luiz Adriano is the second player to score five goals in a Champions League game, after Lionel Messi. Rampant. 16 hours ago

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.