Comparing legends

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

3 - #USWNT have become the first team to win the #FIFAWWC three times (1991, 1999, 2015). Glory. #USAvJPN 9 hours ago

5 - This is now the highest-scoring #FIFAWWC final of all-time (five goals), beating the previous high of four (Japan v USA in 2011). Party. 11 hours ago

1 - Carli Lloyd is the first player to ever score a hat-trick in a #FIFAWWC final. History. #USAvJPN #USWNT 11 hours ago

7 - Carli Lloyd has now been involved in each of the USA's last seven #FIFAWWC goals, scoring five & assisting another two. Update. 11 hours ago

513 - #USWNT have gone 513 mins without conceding a #FIFAWWC goal, since letting in their only goal of the tournament vs. Australia. Solid. 12 hours ago

7 - Japan have had 7 different goalscorers on their way to the final. The only side to have more at #FIFAWWC2015 are Germany (9). Variety 12 hours ago

5 - Carli Lloyd has been involved in each of the USA's last five #FIFAWWC2015 goals, scoring three & assisting another two. Vital. #USAvJPN 12 hours ago

3-2-2 - #ARG have lost their last 3 Copa America finals, their last 2 Confederations Cup finals & their last 2 World Cup finals. Bridesmaids 18 hours ago

27 - Lionel Messi fired in more shots than any other player at Copa America, but scored just once. Scattergun. 19 hours ago

20 - Robin van Persie has made more than 20 starts in only four of his 11 Premier League seasons. Intermittent. 19 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.