Comparing legends

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

4 - Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is the only player to score 4 goals in a @premierleague game after coming on as a sub (Feb 99 v N.Forest). Assassin 5 hours ago

117 - @DannyDrinkwater has made more tackles than any other English player since the start of last season in the Premier League. Committed. 6 hours ago

100% - Joe Hart completed all of his nine passes in the first half against Steaua Bucharest. Bravo. https://t.co/kcphZRv6bn 18 hours ago

4 - Accrington Stanley have never beaten Premier League opposition in any competition (D1 L3). Uphill. 19 hours ago

4 - Steaua Bucharest have lost their last four games against English sides, failing to score in the last three. Ominous. 19 hours ago

5 - Man City’s 5-0 advantage is the biggest first leg lead recorded since the introduction of the CL playoff round in 2009/10. Dominate. 20 hours ago

10 - No defender has assisted more goals in the Premier League than Daryl Janmaat since his debut in August 2014 (10). Hornet. 24 Aug

Tickets are on sale for Revenge of the Nerds panel discussion featuring @OptaJoe @mcrfwf. Insightful. twitter.com/mcrfwf/status/… 24 Aug

253 - Wilfried Bony has scored a Premier League goal every 253 mins for Man City, compared to one every 151 mins for Swansea. Dip. 24 Aug

27 - There were 27 penalties scored in the shootout between Derby & Carlisle (14-13) last night; a joint-record in the @EFLCup. Seesaw. 24 Aug

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.