Comparing legends

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

2 - Ugo Ehiogu and Laurent Koscielny are the only players to be sent-off on the opening weekend of two Premier League seasons. Fright. 7 hours ago

20 - Since his Premier League debut in January 2013, Loic Remy has scored 20 goals in 40 appearances. Rate. 7 hours ago

17 - Angel Di Maria provided 17 assists in La Liga last season; more than any other player in Europe's big five leagues. Dispensable? 10 hours ago

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114 - Only Peter Shilton (125) & David Beckham (115) won more England caps than Steven Gerrard (114). Retired. http://t.co/AKc66wohJG 21 Jul

78% - Borussia Dortmund won 78% of league matches with Mats Hummels last season, compared to just 36% without him. Leader. 21 Jul

27% - Of the players to score 40+ goals across the last 3 Bundesliga seasons, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has the best shot conversion rate. Deadly. 21 Jul

71 - Angel Di Maria (91) was the only Real Madrid player to create more chances than Isco last season in La Liga. Thread. 21 Jul

100 - Didier Drogba scored 100 goals and assisted another 54 in 226 Premier League appearances for @chelseafc between 2004 and 2012. Return? 21 Jul

692 - Dunga's total of 692 passes at the 1994 World Cup is the most recorded in a single tournament (1966-2014). Appointed. 20 Jul

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.