Best World Cup Apps: The Top Apps for Brazil 2014

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We’re just hours away from the 2014 FIFA World Cup – so what are the essential apps you should download to keep on top of the action from all 32 teams across all 64 matches?

All these apps are free unless otherwise stated.

Best World Cup apps for watching

For the UK, both BBC Sport (iOS/Android/Windows Phone) and ITV Player (iOS/Android/Windows Phone) are the places to watch live matches. You'll also be able to catch up with highlights. Should you be abroad or have network restrictions, PureVPN'sLive Football World Cup 2014 app (Android) bypasses all geographic, network and ISP restrictions to stream matches.

The BBC Sport app also enables you to follow live scores and get notifications, which you can also do with the great Eurosport app (iOS/Android) and Sky Sports for iPad app and other Sky Sports apps (iOS/Android/Windows Phone).

You can also download match broadcasts using BBC iPlayer on iOS and Android.

Best World Cup apps for news

The oddly-named Brazil - World Football Finals (iOS) app costs 69p and is a full resource for the World Cup schedule, results and lineups. There's also information on players as well as venues and host cities.

Like Eurosport's app, Yahoo Sport (iOS/Android) enables you to specify your favourite teams from the off, so you can always have tailored information. You're also able to see whatever action is live at the time.

ESPN FC Football & World Cup (iOS/Android) features reaction and analysis from Brazil, featuring input from recognised football experts including Gabriele Marcotti, Sid Lowe, Jeff Carlisle, Roger Bennett, Raphael Honigstein, Tim Vickery and Fernando Duarte.

LiveSoccer World Football Cup (Android) also enables you to follow latest scores and get push notifications for goals, cards and substitutions.

World Cup 2014 + (Windows Phone) offers you a localised schedule, group tables and stadium profiles.

Best World Cup apps for being there

Language specialist Rosetta Stone has launched the Futebol edition of its travel app (iOS/Android). The idea is to help fans roaming around Brazil to understand and speak basic Portugese as they try and order beer/hot dogs/find the stadium.

The Brazinglish app (iOS) is a slightly more humorous take on the topic, with translations for phrases including 'group of death' and 'if that was offside I'd eat my own face'.

FiFA’s iPad app has been comprehensively updated in time for the tournament with a full match schedule and guide to each venue and host city. You can also check up on national team rankings, too.

Best World Cup games

Also from FIFA is the terrific Panini Online Sticker Album (iOS/Android) - a virtual sticker album for those of us who can't be bothered to play swapsies in real life. You can swap stickers with football fans around the globe and open packets of new stickers as you bid to complete your collection before 31 August.

As you'd imagine, FIFA 14 (iOS/Android/Windows 8 Store) is at the forefront of World Cup gaming and features up-to-date players, national kits and the official Brazuca ball. It will also feature matches of the week from the tournament. Then there's always Football Manager 2014 Handheld (iOS/Android) for £6.99, of course.

And, naturally, you'll also need the drama of a penalty shootout. Check out Football Champions: World Penalty Shootout Cup 2014 (iOS) for your fix of tension.

And Score! World Goals (Windows Phone) is a puzzle-based game that enables you to recreate your favourite winning goals - over 400 in total.

Best World Cup apps for stats and social

FourFour Two's Stats Zone (iOS) is definitely the place to be for more detailed analysis on player performances, goals and games both as they happen and afterwards. You'll be able to see how matches change after and incident such as a red card and share analysis over social networks. The app is powered by football stat king Opta. You can also check out the app from any web browser at

If you really can't bear to watch the football without talking to others about it at the same time, Ultimate Fan Live (iOS) is a second screen fantasy football game that enables you to pick a team, trade players and score points as the real game is happening. You can compete against Facebook friends' scores, based on the real players' live actions on the pitch. Clever, but don't you just want to enjoy the feast of football?

Sporting Mouth (iOS/Windows) is a prediction app that enables you to predict the outcomes of all the matches and go up against your friends - with the option to create their own wagers for stakes other than money. How does that work? Well the app features partnerships with some retailers including Pizza Express, Waterstones, Marks and Spencer, Kitbag and Caffe Nero so you can win vouchers.

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