Comparing legends

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

46 - Carlos Tevez's goal for Juventus ended a goal drought of five years and 46 shots without scoring in Europe for the Argentinian. Relief. 5 hours ago

2 - Juventus have lost their 2 European games away to Benfica, conceding 2 goals in both these meetings. Alert. #BenficaJuve 11 hours ago

97 - @Podolski10, with 19 goals & 11 assists in the Premier League has the 3rd best mins/goal involvement in the competition’s history. Hot. 11 hours ago

36 - Luis Suarez has scored 36 goals in his last 38 appearances in the Premier League. Seasonal. 15 hours ago

17 - Fulham have conceded the most PL goals from outside the box this season (17), Chelsea the fewest (2). Neighbours. 15 hours ago

3 - Bayern have been eliminated in the last three CL/European Cup semi-finals where they’ve lost the opening leg. Ominous. 23 Apr

6 - Bayern Munich have lost their last six Champions League games at the Bernabeu (inc. the 2010 final vs Inter). Hoodoo. 23 Apr

0.58 - Karim Benzema has scored 36 goals in 62 Champions League games, best ratio of any French player (min. 10 goals). Sacrebleu. 23 Apr

19 - Bayern have scored 19 goals in their last nine Champions League semi-final games, with at least one in each match. Patience. 23 Apr

1 - Real Madrid scored with their first shot of the match. Serpents. 23 Apr

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.