Driving the sports data agenda since 1996

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

500 - Lionel Messi has scored his 500th goal for Barcelona in all competitions. Stellar. https://t.co/Jx3kUl1CQ9 1 hours ago

1 - Lionel #Messi is now the all-time top-scorer in #ElClasico in La Liga (15), surpassing Alfredo Di Stefano (14).… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 3 hours ago

100 - Gareth Bale will be the 3rd British player to make 100 appearances in La Liga (David Beckham 116 y Gary Linek… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 5 hours ago

1 – Sam Allardyce has won his first Premier League match at Anfield as a manager, in what was his 14th attempt. Overdue. 5 hours ago

1 - Crystal Palace are the first team to win on three consecutive Premier League trips to Anfield since Chelsea in… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 5 hours ago

5 - Christian Benteke has scored more PL goals at Anfield as a visiting player (5), than he did as a Liverpool player (4). Mindset. 5 hours ago

5 - Christian Benteke has scored more Premier League goals at Anfield as an opposition player than at any other away venue (5). Form. 5 hours ago

85 - Today was Manchester City's first FA Cup semi-final defeat for 85 years - they last lost in 1932, also against Arsenal. Recurring. 5 hours ago

20 - Arsenal have now reached more FA Cup finals than any other team in the competition's history. Magic. 6 hours ago

4 - Alexis Sanchez is now Arsenal's all-time top scorer in games at Wembley (4 goals). Hero. https://t.co/HoxR5i93fv 6 hours ago

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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