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
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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.
Download ESPN FC Soccer & World Cup for iPhone here.
Pros:Up-to-the-minute scores and informative videosTwitter integration pulls in info about Manchester United, Barcelona, Chelsea, Arsenal, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, AC Milan, and LiverpoolGet news on the FIFA World Cup, UEFA Champions League, Europa League, European Championships, and moreAdd or remove features to customize your experienceKeeps you abreast of rumors and transfer news
Cons:Some features are US-onlyToo many adsApp feels laggy at timesBoring, cluttered interfaceRequires iOS 7.0 or later
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.
Download SecondMic for iPhone here.
Pros:Ideal for people who are bored with traditional sports commentaryGet commentary that suits your interests and personalityWide array of commentatorsApp is simple to useUsers can become broadcasters themselves
Cons:Does not appear to be available for AndroidRequires iOS 7.0 or laterDepending on your home audio setup, the audio commentary may be too quiet or cumbersome to arrangeGreat for World Cup coverage, but limited coverage for certain sports or entertainment eventsWon’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.
Download FIFA Official App for iPhone here.
Download FIFA Official App for Android here.
Pros:Great UIExtensive FIFA Tournament CoverageFollow live coverageScore updates for 102 of the world’s top leaguesTons of photos and videos
Cons:Some Android users have complained about frequent app crashingSome users have reported delays with the news sectionLimitations on the number of leagues you can followA few users have reported issues with calendar syncSome 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.
Download FIFA 14 by EA Sports for iPhone here.
Download FIFA 14 by EA Sports for Android here.
Pros:Features 33 leagues, over 600 licensed teams, and more than 16,000 playersListen to commentaries in English, French, German, Italian and SpanishSolid graphicsIntuitive controlsEvery injury, suspension, and change in team form is reflected in-game
Cons:Requires at least 1.35GB of free space on your deviceSome users have lost their squads after updatingSome users have experienced EXP bugsDoesn’t sync with console version of the gameSome 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.
Download the Adidas 2014 FIFA World Cup LWP here.
Pros:Select between 32 qualifying countriesCool audio notifications for texts, email alerts, and missed callsInlcudes custom clock widgetTime of day and weather detection in Maracanã EstádioEasy controls for “kicking” the ball on the screen
Cons:Not available for iOS devicesMay get repetitive to all but the most fervent footie fansSome users have reported freezesOnly five footballs can be on the screen at onceDoes take up a good chunk of space, uses a lot of battery
For the best mobile experience, we recommend:
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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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