The FIFA World Cup in Brazil is imminent. The festival of football kicks off in Sao Paulo on June 12th when the hosts face European side Croatia, with the final being held a month later on July 13th at the world famous Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro.
A staggering 3.2 billion people are expected to watch at least one match, with more than 1 billion expected to tune in to watch the tournament’s final. We’ve already looked at some innovative ways you can follow the tournament yourself, but if you’re one of those 3.2 billion and you also own an Android phone, what apps do you have available to keep abreast of the latest news and scores from the 64-game event?
FIFA’s official app is the obvious choice for followers of the beautiful game. The app is available for free and will bring you all the latest news, scores, photos, and videos regardless of where you are in the world.
The benefit of using the official app is the sheer amount of exclusive content, though fans who enjoy more colourful and interactive content may be disappointed. As with many sports apps, users are able to choose up to three of their favourite teams whose content will be given priority each time you open the app.
In addition to its World Cup coverage, the app also delivers news and scores from an impressive 102 different leagues around the world – meaning that even once the dust has settled on this summer’s showpiece event, you’ll still be able to get good use from it.
For more information, check out the FIFA app’s YouTube video.
The FIFA Weekly Magazine App
Another free official FIFA app, the magazine focuses more on long-form content than short news pieces and match information. Released every Friday, the magazine is released in both digital and paper form and brands itself as offering “the best in-depth analysis, interviews, commentaries, debates and much more”. The app also includes a fun weekly World Cup quiz, with a range of prizes up for grabs.
The latest edition will automatically download to your device, and the app will allow you to browse six months’ worth of back issues.
The usability of the app is excellent; it allows you to bookmark your favourite content for easy retrieval later, while also providing the ability to share articles with friends via email, Twitter, and Facebook.
Trying reading our extensive summary of FIFA’s apps to learn more about them.
World Cup 2014 Brazil is a full-featured app developed by Jalvasco Apps. Although it lacks some of the polish of official FIFA apps, it more than makes up for it with its ease of use and range of data.
In addition to fully customisable tracking features, complete match schedules, and in-play details, the app also stands out thanks to a few unique offerings. Firstly, the app provides full and detailed analysis of all previous World Cup finals – perfect for settling factual disputes with friends whilst also giving new fans of the sport some context for this year’s tournament.
Secondly, the app includes sections dedicated to the controversial upcoming World Cups in Russia in 2018 and Qatar in 2022. Finally the app also works offline, meaning that if you have no connection you’ll still be able to access scores and news rather than getting presented with a failed connection screen and being blocked from viewing content.
The app is available for free.
ESPN FC Football and World Cup
We recently included ESPN’s Windows 8 app amongst our list of best sports apps in the Windows Store, and its Android version is equally impressive.
Like both the Windows version and their official website, the app offers a constant stream of breaking news and in-depth analysis. Featuring several of the world’s most respected football journalists (including Gabriele Marcotti, Sid Lowe, Raphael Honigstein and Tim Vickery), the app is a must-have for users who want quality journalism in conjunction with their daily fix of stats and scores.
The app will even continue to be relevant after the World Cup by featuring engaging content from competitions as diverse as the UEFA Champions League in Europe to the CONMEBOL Copa Sudamericana in South America.
Are you one of the lucky 2.5 million ticket holders? If so, this is the app for you. Alongside an aggregated stream of news and content from publishers around the world, the app also offers photos, information, and maps from all twelve of the host cities – helping you to make sure that you arrive at the stadiums easily and with plenty of time to spare.
If you’re not one of the 2.5 million ticket holders you can still take advantage of the app – it is the only one on our list which offers highlights of the matches directly on your device.
Football Team Bus Battle 2014
Can’t manage to wait until June 12th for the action to get started? Try this free game to help get you in the mood. Granted, it won’t keep you up-to-date with the World Cup’s latest bulletins, but it will help you waste away these final few days of waiting.
The aim of the game is to hunt down rival nation’s team buses and ram them off the road, all the while dodging traffic and collecting loose footballs for extra bonus points. All thirty two competing nations and their anthems are included, making this an addictive World Cup appetiser.
Are you looking forward to the World Cup? What apps will you use to keep you informed during the tournament? Let us know in the comments below.
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