Comparing legends

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

4 - @Everton have won their first four games of a season for the first time since 1978/79 when they were managed by… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 11 hours ago

31 - @FCBarcelona had lower possession than @realmadriden for the first time since May 7th 2008 (31 games). Dominat… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 17 hours ago

.@SkySportsMNF have explained Opta's new expected goals metric using examples from last weekend's action.… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 22 hours ago

228 - Thierry Henry is Arsenal's all-time highest ever goalscorer, with 228 goals in 377 games. Anniversaire. https://t.co/qQc02u2R5p 21 hours ago

4 - Marco Asensio's last four shots for Real Madrid (all comps): ⚽️ vs Juventus ❌ vs Man Utd ⚽️ vs Barcelona ⚽️ vs… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 16 Aug

1 - Ernesto Valverde is the first Barcelona manager to lose two Clasicos in a row since Frank Rijkaard in 2008 (all… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 22 hours ago

15 - Celtic have won 15 of their last 17 Champions League qualifying games at Celtic Park (D1 L1). Stronghold. https://t.co/Se8535IYFD 16 Aug

8 - Gylfi Sigurdsson assisted a league-high eight goals direct from dead ball scenarios last season in the… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 16 Aug

628 - Gareth Barry is only four appearances away from equalling Ryan Giggs' record of 632 games in the… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 16 Aug

1 - No @LFC player made more passes (24), interceptions (4) or had more touches (41) than Trent Alexander-Arnold in… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 15 Aug

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.