Comparing legends

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

2 - Bobby Zamora is one of two players in @premierleague history to have scored penalties with both feet. Farewell. https://t.co/HrJrT5a5JH 19 minutes ago

9 - Crystal Palace went nine Premier League games without scoring in 1994/95, a PL record run. Drought #OptaAdvent 3 hours ago

0.82 - Of players to play 10+ PL games in December, no player has a better goals/game ratio than Roque Santa Cruz (… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 3 hours ago

1 - Hapoel Be'er Sheva scored with their first shot on target of the match. Clinical. 15 hours ago

1107- Manchester United have won their first European away game (excl. qualifiers) since November 27 2013, 1107 days ago. Overdue. 17 hours ago

7 - Zlatan Ibrahimovic has scored seven goals in his last six games for Manchester United. Form. 17 hours ago

1 - Henrikh Mkhitaryan has scored his first Manchester United goal on his 11th appearance for the club. Duck. 18 hours ago

8 - Manchester United have lost eight of their last nine away games in Europe, drawing the other (excluding qualifiers). Struggles. 19 hours ago

149 – Les Ferdinand scored the most goals without a single one coming from the penalty spot in Premier League histo… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 8 Dec

8 - Richard Dunne, Duncan Ferguson and Patrick Vieira have all received a PL-high eight red cards. Mist #OptaAdvent 8 Dec

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.