These apps are great for World Cup gossip, news, photos, and sports coverage. If you’re looking for the best World Cup apps, these are our top five picks.
1. ESPN FC Soccer & World Cup
(ESPN FC Soccer & World Cup)
The ESPN FC Soccer & World Cup app is a great resource for news about the 2014 FIFA World Cup. In addition to scores and news, this app captures the great sense of drama that great World Cup coverage should have.
Up-to-the-minute scores and informative videos
Twitter integration pulls in info about Manchester United, Barcelona, Chelsea, Arsenal, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, AC Milan, and Liverpool
Get news on the FIFA World Cup, UEFA Champions League, Europa League, European Championships, and more
Add or remove features to customize your experience
Keeps you abreast of rumors and transfer news
Some features are US-only
Too many ads
App feels laggy at times
Boring, cluttered interface
Requires iOS 7.0 or later
Check out the video above to see SecondMic featured at DreamIt Austin 2014 Demo Day.
SecondMic is an app that allows fans, former players, teams, and sports reporters to provide alternative live commentary for sporting events. The app features great commentaries from comedians, sports reports, and other sports experts for all kinds of live events, including the World Cup. You can check out the SecondMic team’s World Cup predictions on their blog.
Ideal for people who are bored with traditional sports commentary
Get commentary that suits your interests and personality
Wide array of commentators
App is simple to use
Users can become broadcasters themselves
Does not appear to be available for Android
Requires iOS 7.0 or later
Depending on your home audio setup, the audio commentary may be too quiet or cumbersome to arrange
Great for World Cup coverage, but limited coverage for certain sports or entertainment events
Won’t appeal to people who prefer to watch sports alone, without a social aspect
3. FIFA Official App
The official FIFA app is a must-have for any serious World Cup fan. It’s packed with info about players, leagues, and the FIFA organization itself. In addition, it has a great interface that is intuitively designed.
Extensive FIFA Tournament Coverage
Follow live coverage
Score updates for 102 of the world’s top leagues
Tons of photos and videos
Some Android users have complained about frequent app crashing
Some users have reported delays with the news section
Limitations on the number of leagues you can follow
A few users have reported issues with calendar sync
Some users find that certain teams are getting too little coverage
4. FIFA 14 by EA Sports
Tired of waiting between matches to see some great action? Put yourself in the game with FIFA 14 by EA Sports. The game includes officially licensed 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil national teams, kits, and even the Adidas Brazuca ball. If you want a video game that fully captures the spirit of the World Cup, this is it.
Features 33 leagues, over 600 licensed teams, and more than 16,000 players
Listen to commentaries in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish
Every injury, suspension, and change in team form is reflected in-game
Requires at least 1.35GB of free space on your device
Some users have lost their squads after updating
Some users have experienced EXP bugs
Doesn’t sync with console version of the game
Some features/modes feature IAP
5. Adidas 2014 FIFA World Cup LWP
This live wallpaper and clock widget app for Android users is really cool. Every time you unlock your device, this app plays a short animation that flies you straight into Maracanã Estádio’s center circle, revealing the official match ball.
Select between 32 qualifying countries
Cool audio notifications for texts, email alerts, and missed calls
Inlcudes custom clock widget
Time of day and weather detection in Maracanã Estádio
Easy controls for “kicking” the ball on the screen
Not available for iOS devices
May get repetitive to all but the most fervent footie fans
Some users have reported freezes
Only five footballs can be on the screen at once
Does take up a good chunk of space, uses a lot of battery
For the best mobile experience, we recommend:
Headphones: iFrogz CAL-STEALT Caliber Stealth Mobile Gaming Headphones with Mic
Portable charger: Anker® 2nd Gen Astro 6000mAh (2A Output) Portable Charger
iPhone 5 Battery Case: Belkin Grip Power Battery Case
Samsung S5 Battery Case: UNU Unity Samsung Galaxy S5 Battery Case
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