Comparing legends

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

14 - Joe Allen made more interceptions at Euro 2016 than any other midfielder. Potter. https://t.co/mkulnJ771O 2 hours ago

6735 - Aaron Cresswell has played more minutes than any other PL player over the last two seasons (6735). Loss. https://t.co/YQRmIXG5zw 15 hours ago

1 - Alf Ramsey is the only full-time manager to lose his 1st game in charge of England (v France, Feb 1963). Jules. https://t.co/whEEVIHUuV 19 hours ago

2 - Bafétimbi Gomis scored 4 goals in his opening 4 Premier League games last season, then scored twice in his following 29 matches. Drop. 21 hours ago

24y 162d - Across a single PL season, the youngest average starting XI age is 24y 162d (Leeds in 1999/2000). Babies. https://t.co/zEpc3i49XJ 24 Jul

353 - Kolo Toure has played more games than any other African player in @premierleague history (353). Veteran. 23 Jul

1 - David Moyes has lost just one of his 17 @premierleague games against Sunderland (W12 D4). Impression. 23 Jul

50% - David Moyes won half of his Premier League games as Manchester United manager (P34 W17 D6 L11). Regret. https://t.co/xpyJKKUgaD 23 Jul

190 - Only three PL managers (Ferguson, Wenger, Redknapp) have won more PL games than David Moyes (190). Seasoned. https://t.co/Ggu39sOvni 23 Jul

5 - Most Premier League games managed Ferguson - 810 Wenger - 752 Redknapp - 641 Allardyce - 467 Moyes - 461 Experience. 23 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.