(Gawkwire.com) – iomart Hosting has been signed up by football statistics website 11v11.com to provide round-the-clock support in preparation for a surge of interest during the World Cup.
11v11.com is the Association of Football Statisticians’ official website and has almost every possible World Cup statistic and fact. It aims to create a real-time online community where fans from all nations can discuss the tournament with a Twitter-based application allowing supporters to recreate the terrace atmosphere during matches.
Phil Worms, marketing director of iomart Hosting, said: “11v11.com is planning to be the number one website for World Cup facts and figures and it is a great resource for solving those trivial pub arguments often had with friends. Once the tournament gets under way, and we get caught up in the excitement, we’ll find ourselves digesting every little piece of footballing trivia that comes to hand. Who has scored the most goals at the finals? Who has lost most often? It’s compulsive and sometimes more entertaining than the matches themselves!
“11v11.com contains an amazing wealth of information which needs to be stored and updated so a stable and reliable hosting platform is absolutely essential. iomart Hosting will ensure that it can be accessed from Australia to Honduras 24/7.”
The 11v11 website contains comprehensive data on all 32 competing nations. Not only does it have a back catalogue of results, lineups and goal scorers from the past 100 years, it also has detailed information on player transfers, disciplinary records, team head-to-heads and an analysis of the top 50 goals scored in the World Cup, as featured recently on Channel 5.
Maintained by a community of football historians and statisticians it has also created an international player ranking system so every player at the World Cup can be judged on attributes such as match performance, appearances and honours. Results will be updated online immediately after each match so whether it is Lionel Messi or Wayne Rooney, supporters can see exactly how each and every player has performed.
Mark Baber, managing director of 11v11.com, said: “Our aim is to establish ourselves internationally as the leading source of historical and statistical football information so we required a web hosting company with similar attributes and ambitions. We decided to use iomart Hosting because they offer fantastic customer service, value for money and, most importantly, have a real willingness and enthusiasm towards football and helping us reach our goals. We currently have 1,000 visitors to our website every day but in the midst of World Cup fever, and with the help of iomart, we’re expecting this to multiply many times.”
iomart Hosting owns and operates its own network of five UK data centres and is part of iomart Group plc which recently announced a 55% increase in revenues and a doubling of its hosting customers in its full-year results.
Based in London, 11v11.com has gained a reputation for being a top independent statistical information website. Plans are in place to implement complete historical and up-to-date statistics for each and every league side in England, in time for the start of the 2010/11 season in August, with Scottish, German, French, Italian and Spanish versions of the sites also in the pipeline.