- Author Jon Crampin
- Published June 16, 2014
Top five football apps for Android
A World Cup tournament used to mean a month camped out on the sofa… but not any more! Thanks to smartphone and tablet technology, you can now keep in touch with what’s happening in Brazil from almost anywhere.
So whether it’s down the pub, from your desk at work, or even on the sofa, here are some ways you can while away the hours until England’s inevitable out-with-a-whimper group-stage exit.
The official FIFA World Cup app
The official FIFA World Cup app is a comprehensive resource for fans of the tournament. It features profiles of all the teams, matches and latest standings, plus live text commentary and video highlights. There’s also an interactive forum, where you can have your say on matters from refereeing decisions to team colours.
Panini Online Sticker Album
The sound of the packet being ripped open… followed by the immediate disappointment of getting Peter Beardsley again! And now the Panini World Cup sticker albums make the step up into the smartphone era, with a great app which allows you to open up virtual packs, add them to an online book, then trade stickers to complete your collection. Not quite as satisfying as the real thing, but it’s about as good a conversion as possible. Now, anyone swap Chris Waddle for the Cameroon badge?
EA Sports’ long-running franchise is the number one football game across many a platform and mobile device, and this latest incarnation has been updated to include the World Cup teams competing in Brazil. Take control of your favourite team and play tournament matches against the computer or online players, or simply recreate last night’s action on the bus home. There’s a new gesture control option available in addition to the virtual stick and buttons modes, but the game doesn’t need much by way of an introduction to football fans.
This is a continental-style overhaul for the app previously known as Live Score Addicts, but thankfully it remains the most comprehensive live score app. It features live scores, of course, but also up-to-the-minute match updates for your favourite teams, push notifications for goals and cards, as well as pre-match line-ups, formations, and lots of other vital information. There’s also an interactive forum, where fans can vote in online polls and predictions, and also trade opinions (and insults).
If the game on telly is too nerve-racking, Stickman Soccer should lighten the mood. It certainly bucks the trend in mobile gaming – there’s none of your fancy ‘reality’ nonsense here – but, surprisingly, is all the more enjoyable for it. There’s nothing quite like watching your stickmen make scything challenges or bouncing up and down in celebration of football at its very simplest. Anyway, if you prefer your football with more realism, there’s plenty of that on the telly this month.
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