Comparing legends

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

1 - Germany have lost a competitive game against a home nation for the first time since the 5-1 defeat to England in September 2001. Memory. 7 hours ago

1986 - Northern Ireland have qualified for a major tournament for the first time since the 1986 World Cup. Party. 7 hours ago

3 - Darren Randolph is only the third goalkeeper to assist a goal in Euro 2016 qualifying (Rui Patricio, Pyatov). Bouncing. 8 hours ago

90 - Ireland’s last three goals against Germany have all been scored in the 90th minute or beyond. Tempter. 8 hours ago

7 - Northern Ireland have scored more goals from set pieces than any other side in Euro 2016 qualifying (excluding penalties). Routine. 8 hours ago

7 - Seven of Matt Ritchie's last nine goals for club or country have come from outside the box. Thump. 8 hours ago

29 - Number of countries that have scored fewer goals in Euro 2016 qualifying than Robert Lewandowski (11 goals). Machine. 9 hours ago

2 - Greece have only scored two goals in Euro 2016 qualifying; the same as Gibraltar and only more than San Marino (1). Behind. 8 hours ago

6 - Arkadiusz Milik has now provided six assists in Euro 2016 qualifying; two more than any other player. Slipped. 9 hours ago

13 - Robert Lewandowski has now scored 13 goals in his last five appearances for club and country. Unstoppable. 9 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.