Comparing legends

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

12 - @Cristiano has now been involved in more goals (eight scored, four assisted) than any other player in Euro finals history. Strut. 19 hours ago

12 – Zlatan Ibrahimovic has attempted more shots without scoring than any other player at #Euro2016(12). Retired. #SWE 23 Jun

26 - #ENG have had the youngest starting XI on average at #Euro2016 so far (26 years, 59 days). Youthful. 23 Jun

24 - Jamie Vardy was the first Leicester City player to score 20+ goals in a top flight season since @GaryLineker in 1984/85. Remain. 23 Jun

11 - Here is the best XI from the #Euro2016 group stage, based on Opta data. Selection. https://t.co/a9hpWkW9kf 23 Jun

1.92 - #Euro2016 has seen the lowest goals per game ratio in the group stages of a European Championship finals since 1992 (1.75). Tight. 22 Jun

4 - The Republic of Ireland have become the 4th team to beat Italy in both the World Cup and European Championships. Celebrations. #Euro2016 22 Jun

5 - Robbie Brady is only the 5th different player to score for the Republic of Ireland at a European Championship finals. Charm. #Euro2016 22 Jun

20 -The last time 2 #EURO matches ended 0-0 on the same day was on June the 22nd 1996. Coincidence. #ITAIRL #SWEBEL #EURO2016 22 Jun

185 - Sweden's first shot on target at EURO 2016 came after 185 minutes of play. Wait. 22 Jun

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.