Comparing legends

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

5 - Wycombe have come come from behind to win five league matches this season, more than any other side in the top four tiers. Belief. 50 minutes ago

8 - The lowest a top-tier team has finished after being 1st at Xmas is 8th (Sunderland 1936-37, Liverpool 1949-50 & Man Utd 1971-72). Slump. 2 hours ago

2 - Only two sides (WBA in 2004 and Sunderland in 2013) have been bottom of the Premier League at Christmas & not gone down. Treacle. 2 hours ago

14 - All 14 of Queens Park Rangers’ points in the Premier League this season have come at Loftus Road. Hoopla. 2 hours ago

11 - Man City's substitutes have had a hand in 11 goals this season in the PL (five goals, six assists) – more than any other club. Super. 2 hours ago

3 - Best MLS mins-per-goal rates between 2012 & 2014 (10+ goals): 1) B Wright-Phillips 103.9 2) A Saborio 132.0 3) R Keane 138.2 Leaders. 3 hours ago

27 - There were more penalties scored in Worcester v Scunthorpe than in any other shootout in the history of the FA Cup proper. Magical. 15 hours ago

14 - Scunthorpe are only the third team from the top four tiers of English football to score 14 penalties in a single shootout. Madness. 15 hours ago

54 - Tonight's FA Cup replay between Worcester and Scunthorpe saw 54 shots, including 16 on target. Feast. 16 hours ago

3 - Sheffield United are the first team from the third tier to make the League Cup semi-final since Stockport County in 1996/97. Reward. 16 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.