Comparing legends

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

4 - England have faced Italy 4 times previously in Turin (W1 L3). The solitary win came in their first game there in May 1948 (4-0). History 12 minutes ago

6 - England are unbeaten in six friendly internationals since a 0-1 loss at home to Germany in November 2013 (W4 D2). Lions. 1 hours ago

12 - Harry Kane has scored 12 goals in his last 12 appearances for Tottenham Hotspur and England combined. Able. 22 hours ago

47 - @WayneRooney needs only two more goals for @england to reach Bobby Charlton's record of 49 goals. Close. http://t.co/D5Gcfy1vuA 30 Mar

1 - The Republic of Ireland have conceded exactly once in five of their last six games. Setback. 29 Mar

1 - Martin O’Neill has lost just one of his previous six internationals in charge of the Republic of Ireland (W4 D1). Guidance. 29 Mar

6 - Scotland have scored six goals in an international for the first time since September 2006 (v Faroe Islands). Hit. 29 Mar

5 - Only Danny Welbeck (6) has more scored goals in Euro 2016 qualifiers than Northern Ireland's Kyle Lafferty. Flurry. 29 Mar

4 - Kyle Lafferty has scored in four of his five appearances in qualifying so far. Update. 29 Mar

1 - Steven Fletcher has scored his first international goal since April 2009 against Iceland. Relief. 29 Mar

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.