Comparing legends

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

40 - Since his debut in February 2003, Wayne Rooney (40) has scored 11 more goals than any other England player (Lampard 29). Example. 1 hours ago

12 - Andros Townsend completed 12 dribbles in total in two WCQ 2014 games, more than any other England player in the whole campaign. Recall. 2 hours ago

4 - Malmö FF will be the fourth Swedish team to play the Champions League, the first since 2000 (Helsinborg, AIK, IFK). Zlatan. 15 hours ago

17 - Arsenal have qualified for the Champions League for the 17th season in a row. Perennial. 16 hours ago

0 - Besiktas have yet to hit a shot on target in tonight's game vs Arsenal. Tense. 16 hours ago

7 - Arsenal have scored in all seven of their Champions League qualifying games at home. Inevitable. 17 hours ago

5 – Former Gunner Oguzhan Ozyakup created 5 chances for Besiktas last week, only one fewer than Arsenal managed in total. Return. 18 hours ago

1 - Besiktas have suffered just one defeat in their last ten games in all competitions. Danger. 18 hours ago

5 - Top 5 PL mins/goal at a single club: Shearer (BR) 106 mins Sturridge (Liv) 111 Aguero (MC) 113 Lukaku (WBA) 118 Torres (Liv) 121 Peak. 22 hours ago

1 - Opta begin full coverage of the Turkish Süper Lig this weekend. Follow @OptaCan for all the latest stats. Expansion. 23 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.