World Cup 2014 action in the palm of your hands
The 2014 FIFA World Cup™ kicked off in the host country of Brazil on the 12th of June. Soccer teams from all over the world are fighting it out for a spot in the finals on 13 July. If you couldn’t afford a trip to this country, best known for its beautiful beaches and the spectacular Rio Carnival, fear not. You can still follow all of the action from the comfort of your sofa or your favourite sports bar through some great apps and websites:
This app is a no-brainer for true soccer fans. FIFA has been the official organizer for the majority of World Cup events since 1930 so there is no doubt that they are the authority on the latest news.
The app provides you with daily match alerts based on your favourite teams, live coverage of all the games as well as a Live Blog that provides news as it happens. Also included are live interviews and photos from World Cup events held around the world.
The app also gives you the ability to influence the game by voting for the Man of the Match for all 64 games. You can also win the official kick-off ball used in the World Cup simply by having the app downloaded to your device as well as chat to other fans about the games. The app contains several games you can play while waiting for the next match including Fantasy, Dream Team, Predictor and Your XI.
ESPN is one of the most well-known sports channels worldwide even though it is US-based. So it comes as no surprise that they have a variety of sports apps including this one focused on soccer and the World Cup.
The app provides reaction and analysis of live matches on the ground in Brazil from big names like Gabriele Marcotti, Jeff Carlisle and Roger Bennett. It includes in-depth reports on each team participating in the 2014 World Cup and reminders about important World Cup events. There is no live coverage with this app but it is more recommended for people who cannot watch the events as they unfold but would still like to be up-to-date.
This app seems to be the most diverse in terms of who it caters to. It provides minute-by-minute live coverage on all 32 teams in 15 different languages (it is the World Cup after all!). Onefootball Brasil gives highlights of each match as well as the most important statistics on both the gameplay as well as the individual players.
You can customize your experience on the app by selecting your favourite team(s) and then getting specific notifications based on your preferences. The app also has a World Cup planner that ensures you never miss a match. They provide videos from the press conferences and interviews after the matches, and you can give your own opinion on results and gameplay to other fans. You can even follow your favourite players’ social media activity through personalized push notifications.