With the sound of the vuvuzela having long since faded into history, the football world is gearing up for another World Cup. For those not making the trip to South America, there are plenty of ways to use your smartphone to stay on top of what’s happening. Here are the best apps to use:
FIFA Official App
A brilliantly designed offering from the tournament’s organisers, the FIFA Official app gives you all the information directly from the source. News, match reports, rankings and photos are all housed here, giving you a comprehensive look at what’s going on.
Panini Online Sticker Album
Harking back to those playground days of swapping stickers with your mates, Panini enters the digital age with this app. The login process is a little fiddly but once you get stuck in with your stickers you’ll be having fun in no time.
Another beautiful app which delivers almost exhaustive information about the World Cup. You can pick whichever team you’re following and the app centres itself around their matches and line-ups, so you never miss out on anything.
One of the most important go-to apps for any sport on a smartphone, the BBC will offer a huge amount of information and coverage of the World Cup in Brazil. This is one app to download and keep on your phone as an essential reference point way after the tournament has finished.
Live Football On TV
Straightforward and simple, this app does exactly what it says in the tin, bringing you listings of when and where each match is making its way to the small screen. Extra functions are limited, but you can add matches to your phone’s calendar and tweet which ones you’ll be watching. Nevertheless, this is much easier than rifling through a TV listings apps.
If you are planning on settling down in front of the television for the duration of the World Cup, take a look at our tips on using your smartphone as a remote.