Driving the sports data agenda since 1996

Opta have been at the forefront of the sports data revolution for over 15 years.

47 - Jens Lehmann holds the record for longest unbeaten start to a @premierleague career, not losing any of his fir… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 17 hours ago

4 - Frank de Boer is the only manager in Eredivisie history to win four consecutive titles, doing so in his first f… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 19 hours ago

91 – Since the start of the 2013/14 season, Alexandre Lacazette has scored more goals in Ligue 1 than any other pla… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 22 hours ago

3⃣5⃣ - On this day 35 years ago Germany and Austria featured in a scandal game in Gijon at the @FIFAWorldCup 1982.… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 25 Jun

20/9 - In head to head matches between the top six sides, Liverpool won the most points (20), while Arsenal won the fewest (9). Contrast. 25 Jun

1 – Josh Harrop is one of four players to score on his only @premierleague appearance (Aidan Newhouse, Chris David… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 24 Jun

49 - Both Nolberto Solano and Gary McAllister finished their careers with 49 @premierleague goals. Frustrating. https://t.co/yGk2QYOmRr 24 Jun

9 - Mauricio Pellegrino led Alaves to 9th place in the 2016-17 La Liga season; their highest finish in the top-flig… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 23 Jun

1 – Don’t forget to follow @OptaJonny ahead of the first @lionsofficial Test against the All Blacks tomorrow. Pride. 23 Jun

50 - Jose Mourinho reached 50 @premierleague wins faster than any other manager, doing so in just 63 games. Special. https://t.co/TtnSJZwnq6 23 Jun

Company history

1996

The Opta brand is first associated with the Premier League through the launch of a ranking system, The Opta Index.  This was seen on Sky Sports Monday Night Football.

2002

Aidan Cooney's Sportingstatz business purchases the assets of Opta from BSkyB.  Current senior members of the operational management team all transfer to the new business.

2005

Opta opens its German operation.

2006

Current collection methodology adopted for football incorporating x/y co-ordinates and time coding with live collection by two people, plus a checker.

Opta opens its Italian operation.

2007

Opta purchases a stake in a Spanish business, Geca Sport.  

2009

Opta opens its French operation.

2010

Opta opens its Leeds office as the centre for rugby data collection.

2011

Opta opens offices in New York to service Major League Soccer and in Sydney to build on its market leading rugby presence in the northern hemisphere.

2012

Appointed by The ECB as official data providers to English cricket.

The OptaPro brand launches.

Opta purchases a 15% stake in Xeatre.

Opta opens its South American operation in Montevideo, Uruguay.

2013

Opta acquired by Perform Group, and becomes one of the high-profile brands within the Perform Content division.

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