Comparing legends

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

2010 - On this day in 2010 @DFB_Team_EN celebrated a 4-1 win against @England. Historic. #ENGGER @OptaJoe https://t.co/jns4B2w3Qi 27 Jun

4 - Saul Ñiguez has scored more goals than any other player in 2017 European Under-21 Championship (4 goals from 4… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 27 Jun

38 – The @DFB_Team_EN U21 had more than twice as many shots (38 – 17) as the #YoungLions (@England). Deserved.… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 19 hours ago

5 - Scott Parker is the only player to play for 5 London clubs in the Premier League (Charlton, Chelsea, West Ham,… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 15 hours ago

45 - Swindon Town conceded 45 home goals in the 1993-94 season, the most in a single @premierleague campaign. Brimf… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 18 hours ago

46 - The lowest number of goals scored by a team who were promoted to the top-flight is 46, by Notts County in 1923. Conservative. 27 Jun

86 - Tottenham won 86 points in the 2016-17 Premier League - their best-ever return in the competition. Surge. 27 Jun

47 - Jens Lehmann holds the record for longest unbeaten start to a @premierleague career, not losing any of his fir… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 26 Jun

4 - Frank de Boer is the only manager in Eredivisie history to win four consecutive titles, doing so in his first f… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 26 Jun

91 – Since the start of the 2013/14 season, Alexandre Lacazette has scored more goals in Ligue 1 than any other pla… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 26 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.