Century to publish Opta's football yearbook

Century to publish Opta's football yearbook

Century is publishing a football yearbook by Opta, the world’s leading sports data provider, in August.

Opta Joe’s Football Yearbook 2016 examines vast amounts of exclusive data - normally the preserve of football clubs - to reveal a "radical" and "counter-intuitive" portrait of the unpredictable season that culminated in Leicester City’s fairytale triumph; and aims to debunk many of the myths held by pundits, managers and players in the process.

It will be written by football statistician Duncan Alexander, a co-creator of the @OptaJoe account, known for live tweeting analysis and "one-line zingers" during games that has amassed 750,000 followers on Twitter. 

The yearbook hopes to bring the Opta statistics "to life" with humour, and offer insight to the stories and intrigues fans have been talking about all season.

Questions it seeks to answer in "definitive terms" include: "How did Jamie Vardy and Claudio Ranieri really do it? Who is the Premier League’s greatest player, and unsung hero? Is Jürgen Klopp actually the saviour of Liverpool? What can we really expect from Pep Guardiola next season?"

Opta collates and analyses every aspect of every game, from distances run to pass rate success, shots on target to corners won, counter attacks to tackles made, and spanning teams, players, leagues and tournaments worldwide.

Ben Brusey, editorial director at Century, bought world rights in a two-book deal from Opta, part of the Perform Group.

The book, which will also cover the Euro 2016 tournament, will be published in trade paperback on 4th August, in time for the start of the new Premier League season.