With the World Cup kicking off next month, many fans of the beautiful game are bracing themselves for a summer glued to their screens. But, with the mass of mobile apps out there, the samba season is set to embrace the second screen experience. There is a whole selection of app titles out there to let you keep track of every goal and near miss, while social media puts you in touch with fellow fans. There’s even games that give you the chance to you put yourself on the virtual pitch. Here are just some of the must have apps to get you ready for the World Cup. Better still, they’re all free.
While Twitter is set to explode with World Cup fever, Bantr is only social network worth using for diehard fans. The app is familiar and easy to use, with a similar format to Twitter, but the entire focus is on football. Pick which game you are most interested in and then instantly find out what people across the world are saying about it. It’s like bringing the pub to the palm of your hand.
Formerly known as Live Score Addicts, this iOS and Android app is all you’ll need to stay ahead of the news. With live scores, push notifications, opinion polls and video highlights, Forza Football is the ideal viewing companion on smartphones or tablets. And once the World Cup draws to a close, you’ll undoubtedly be checking in with this app to follow more than 420 football leagues and cups from around the world.
Many punters will be digging into their pockets to place bets on match outcomes this summer. Before you put your money where your mouth is, make sure you have the Freebets app to hand. Along with a number of helpful football tips from Premier legend Matt Le Tissier, you’ll also find the best free bets and bonuses from leading bookmakers with a click of a button.
If you want all the banter and all the stats in one place, then look no further than Squawka. This football app claims to be the most comprehensive ever made, offering real time updates, stats, photos, news and fantastic animations on critical in-game events just minutes after they happen. You’ll be all set with your TV remote in one hand and the Squawka app on your mobile in the other.
New Star Soccer
Put yourself in the shoes of the players on the world stage and score your own goals on the New Star Soccer game. With a simplistic minimalist style, this BAFTA award-winning app presents you with all the challenges and emotions of the beautiful game. It’s not just about shooting and scoring as you dive into the personal side of your career to try and manage your professional relationships too. Sure, you won’t earn a six figure salary, but this game will give you a quick gaming fix during half time.