World Cup madness is officially at fever-pitch as one of the world’s biggest sporting events kicked off in Russia last June 14. For the next month, die-hard and casual fans will want to get as much information about their favorite teams and players, whether or not their country is actually playing (for the record, the US did not qualify in this edition). There are also new fans in who are trying to dip their toes into the sport, espcially since the US, Canada, and Mexico were officially awarded joint hosting duties for the 2026 edition. Now of course you can always turn on your TV or head to your nearest sports bar, but your mobile device is your best friend during these times so you would get the latest news, scores during games you can’t watch, and even watch the games when you’re not at home in front of your large screen TV. Here are some apps that you may want to download, at least up until July (although some of them go beyond just the World Cup of course).
Unlike the 2014 edition which seemed to just give the basics, this 2018 version has a lot of bells and whistles. You of course get all the “official” news, line-ups for every match, a live blog so you can follow a play-by-play if you’re not watching the actual match, watch video highlights afterwards, and learn more about the teams and each of the players. You can even vote for the Man of the Match every game and receive real-time alerts if you need constant reminding about the schedule. But since it’s an official app, you won’t get rumors and leaks about the juicy stuff happening behind the scenes and also deeper analysis of the games and team and player performances.
For when you want an “independent” app for beyond the World Cup – OneFootball
Die-hard football fans already know about this fan favorite app, but if you’re still a newbie, this is something you might want to keep even after the World Cup. It lets you follow all the major leagues and teams from around the world, get match schedules in your local time, read about news and updates with your favorite teams and players. Their World Cup section is also pretty robust so you might want to make it your gateway into this app and if you do fall in love with the sport, then keep it beyond July and eventually become a football expert in a few months.
For when you want “professional” help – ESPN, Goal, Bleacher Report, Fox Sports, BBC Sports
Depending on which of the news outlets you enjoy reading or which do you trust for your news, most of them have dedicated apps for sports and of course, their football section, particularly their World Cup coverage, is pretty extensive. And of course, since they have a whole bunch of pundits, commentators and dedicated football journalists, you can expect expert analysis and a deeper look at some of the stories around the matches.
For when you want a news aggregator – Google News
We actually wrote about what Google is doing for football fans this World Cup season, and one of their special features is a World Cup tracker so that all things related to the sporting event can be found in just one place. You’ll get updates, news, match highlights, video recaps, stats, social media posts about the tournament, etc. You can even save it on your mobile desktop for easier access.
If you do not agree with a team’s line-up and formation and style of play, you probably wish you could just manage them. Well you can be the next Joachim Low or Didier Deschamps and you won’t even have to break a sweat since you’ll be doing it from your mobile device on your couch. You’ll be given a “budget” and from that, you can form your own dream squad. You’ll get points for wins, goals, assists, clean sheets, etc. You also get to make transfers, choose your captain, and other responsibilities that an actual manager does.
June 15, 2018 at 07:12PM