“Track FIFA 2014 on your mobile devices with these apps”
The biggest soccer (or football, if you prefer) sporting event, held every four years, FIFA 2014 starts from today in Brazil. We’re sure you’ll be wanting to get in into the action and would like to keep tabs on all the news, scores and updates regarding FIFA. Keeping that in mind, here’s a handy list of apps that you can download on your smartphone to know everything about the month-long tournament, even when you’re on the move. The selection isn’t just limited to Android and iOS, and there’s something for everyone… even if you’re BlackBerry or Windows Phone user.
What better app to use than the official one from the tournament’s organising body? Right from regular updates on the matches to the ability to watch the games live, the app offers a number of options for fans to stay in touch with the event. There’s also the option to read minute-by-minute live commentary, view photos and videos along with following editorial opinions in the daily blog and exclusive interviews. On top of it, you also get the power of choosing the Man of the Match for all 64 games by voting.
Onefootball Brasil (Android| iOS | Windows Phone)
The app’s name says it all. Onefootball Brasil aims to be your one-stop source for all the happenings in the FIFA world cup. The company already had an app for football, but now it’s offering a dedicated app for the tournament with a multitude of features including the option to follow your favourite team, live scores and commentary, news, videos and more. If you’re a number junkie, then it has wide variety of statistics for the players and the teams.
One problem with many of these apps is that you have to manually check them to stay current on scores and other updates. Forza Football, on the other hand, offers all the usual stuff along with push notifications functionality. To get the notifications, you simply need to select your favourite team or get detailed info for all the matches. Another interesting aspect about the app is that it allows you to share your opinions with others as well as participate in various polls.
theScore (Android | BlackBerry | iOS)
Unlike most apps which are specifically provide FIFA-related updates, theScore is the go-to app for any sports fanatic. It covers a number of sports and leagues including soccer. Similar to the previous app, you can set breaking news alerts for any player or a team along with real-time news and score updates. You can completely personalise the app to show news of just your favourite teams. Furthermore, the app comes with a customisable widget option delivering updates as they happen to your home screen.
Goal.com (Android | BlackBerry |iOS | Windows Phone)
Goal.com is a comprehensive app revolving around the world of soccer, offering news, exclusive interviews, live scores, and match commentary among other features. You can also get all the updates about your favourite teams, while the league standings table will show where they stands. The app also allows you to share the content directly to Facebook or Twitter.
Of course, the above list is by no means comprehensive – some other noteworthy apps that should also be checked out are BBC Sport, Jalvasco World Cup 2014 and SofaScore World Cup. You can also live the adrenalin rush by playing FIFA 14 by EA Sports for Android and iOS.
If you don’t want to install a number of apps on your device just to track the buzz around FIFA, then we have some cool suggestions for you. A bunch of FIFA-specific cards have just been added to Google Now, available on both Android and iOS. The popular social networks Facebook and Twitter have also added new features to please sports fans. Facebook has created a dedicated page for the World Cup, where it aggregates all the status updates regarding the tournament along with score updates and highlights of the ongoing match. The social network has also created an official Facebook REF page bringing you insightful commentary and updates about the game. On Twitter, you can show your support for your favourite team by choosing a custom profile image and header photo here. You can also follow all the updates by following #WorldCup or #WorldCup2014 hashtags. Twitter also has an interesting hashflags feature, that adds the country’s flag to your tweets if you write the first three letters of the country with a hashtag.
So, which country are you rooting for this time? Let us know in the comments below.