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World Cup 2014 mobile apps: everything you need for your phone

The 2014 World Cup is shaping up to be the most accessible sporting event ever. Gossip, online coverage, catch-up TV apps, radio coverage, games, betting: everything you need to enjoy the World Cup is on your smartphone. Here are some essential apps to make sure you keep up to date with this summer’s festival of football. 

News and gossip

In the run up to the tournament, it was inevitable there’d be a deluge of football news apps designed to capitalise on the event. You’ll find a lot are carbon copy clones of each other with minimal original input. Also, no-one wants their menu page bloated by essentially the same stuff in various different formats.

ESPN

If you want something that’ll come in handy long after the tournament is over, the new app from ESPN is worth a look. The ESPN FC app (launched on the back of the tournament), promises news, analysis and data on what’s happening in Brazil – as well as in-depth reports on national teams. So far as the new season is concerned, ESPN says its new app will let you keep track of all major leagues (Premier League, Serie A, the Bundesliga etc.) with live game details, alerts, transfer news and Twitter integration for a social perspective on what’s going on. ESPN also promises a custom experience with the ability to easily add, edit and remove favourite teams to avoid being deluged with news alerts.

If it turns out to be as good as it claims, it should be a useful one-stop-shop for info from around the world and fans may find it a useful supplement to official club news feeds. The only thing is, you won’t be able to view match highlights in the UK due to geographical restrictions.

Watching the games

The World Cup is one of the few sporting events reserved for free-to-air TV channels. As in previous years, the BBC and ITV have carved up the coverage, with both channels airing the final. By all accounts, Gary Lineker will be joined by Juninho, Thierry Henry and Rio Ferdinand at the BBC. Expect to see Gordon Strachan, Patrick Vieira, Fabio Cannavaro, Glen Hoddle, Ian Wright, Martin O’Neil and Roy Keane popping up at various times alongside Adrian Chiles over on ITV.

Download the itv player app and the bbc iplayer to make sure you don’t miss a match.

Have your say

Sports Yapper App

If you can’t get to a screen for a game, there’s always the radio. You’ll find live commentary on both BBC Radio 5 Live and on talkSPORT.  If it’s online banter you’re after – or simply a platform on which to vent your spleen, check out Sports Yapper. This social media application is partnered with talkSPORT for the tournament and promises to be a popular destination for commenting on the action.  It’s available at the App Store and Google Play.

The inevitable FIFA World Cup update

World Cup 2014

Fans of FIFA 14 should check out the App Store, Google Play or the Windows Phone Store for a World Cup-related free update. Play the qualifying fixtures from the last two years up to the start of the tournament. Once it kicks off in Brazil, six new matches will be available each week based on how the knock-out stages pan out. As you’d expect from EA Sport’s flagship title, you get authentic team sheets, kits and venues to play with.

For something a little less slick, check out the BAFTA Games award-winning New Star Soccer. With a retro  top-down view and shades of Sensible Soccer back in the ‘90s, the original version clocked up a pretty impressive score of 86 on Metacritic.

Get the look

Mobile Madhouse has a cool range of World Cup-inspired cases for your mobile. Featuring original retro designs from Caseflex, if you get hold of one of these covers, you’ll want to keep it in place long after the tournament is over!

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The 2014 World Cup is shaping up to be the most accessible sporting event ever. Gossip, online coverage, catch-up TV apps, radio coverage, games, betting: everything you need to enjoy the World Cup is on your smartphone. Here are some essential apps to make sure you keep up to date with this summer’s festival of football. 

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