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50+ years of incredible World Cup moments

By Alex Roberts

Posted 17th November 2017

Opta’s unique World Cup database, spanning every World Cup match from 1966 to the present day, allows us to bring new insight to key moments, rediscover lost stories and power engaging content experiences from the world’s greatest sporting competition.

We have a range of products to differentiate your World Cup activity from our market-leading content brands Opta and Omnisport, from off-the-shelf solutions, such as our widgets, video and editorial, or detailed data feeds that offer incredible flexibility. Whatever you choose, we can help you craft and create memorable, bespoke experiences using our extensive World Cup database.

We've brought these moments to life using a selection of our 2018 World Cup product line-up, which you can read below.


Demolition job

Germany’s 7-1 win against Brazil in 2014 semi-final was the biggest margin of victory ever seen in a World Cup semi-final. They were also the first team to score this many goals at that tournament stage.

The previous biggest margins of victory at World Cup finals are as follows:

1. 1982: Hungary 10-1 El Salvador
2. 1954: Hungary 9-0 South Korea
3. 1974: Yugoslavia 9-0 Zaire

Product: Fast Match Report

Delivered shortly after the final whistle, Fast Match Reports from Omnisport provide an easy-to-digest, compelling video match report. Powered by Opta data, the product features cutting-edge data-driven insight to tell the story of the fixture that a traditional match report might not.

Suitable for use across platforms and channels, provide your audience with a highly visual match report that they’ll love to watch, share and dissect with their friends.

Enquire about our Fast Match Reports product

Opposite ends of the spectrum

The youngest ever player to play at a World Cup was Norman Whiteside, who played for Northern Ireland in the 1982 World Cup versus Yugoslavia (17y 41 days). He was the youngest player to participate at a World Cup by 47 days. In 2014, Mario Götze became the youngest scorer of a goal in a World Cup final since Wolfgang Weber in 1966 (22 years, 33 days).
Against Japan in the 2014 World Cup, Colombia’s substitute goalkeeper, Faryd Mondragon, became the oldest ever player to feature in a World Cup match, at 43 years and three days. Mondragon is almost a year older than the next oldest, Roger Milla, who played for Cameroon in the 1994 World Cup versus Russia.

Product: Data Feed

Audiences are demanding new, innovative ways to consume their favourite content.

Our World Cup content allows you to deliver these innovative experiences through a chatbot, voice-powered application or virtual reality broadcast, to name just a few.

Through our comprehensive delivery methods, we can deliver content whatever your platform or technology choice.

Enquire about our World Cup data feeds


We love to shout about brilliant client work.

We have worked closely with French newspaper L'Equipe for a number of years. Their project ‘Myth or Mytho’, looked at major football myths and either proves or debunks them based on information from our historical database and also their own.

Explore the project here


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