In this technological age, football fans can submerge themselves in their favourite sport in a variety of different and new ways. Long gone are the days when football fans only had a Sunday TV broadcast or printed newspaper summary to go by, now there are a variety of virtual ways to interact with pretty much every aspect of the world’s most popular sport.
From apps that allow you to access every statistic known to man to mobile games that place you in the pixelated boots of a computerised football star, there is truly an app for every football fan out there – depending upon what they are looking for. So, here is a collection of some of best apps for football fans.
Clips & Streaming Apps
In 2013, juggernaut British newspaper The Sun beat out heavyweights Yahoo and ESPN to win exclusive rights, regarding mobile and online highlights and clips, regarding the Premier League. The Sun+Goals app is the platform in which these exclusive rights have been exercised. The app, which is also available on browsers, offers a constantly updated plethora of ‘near-live’ clips, highlight reels and scores. A great way to get instant bite-sized updates of a match whilst on go, this subscription based service is the only one of its kind!
Unlike its Sky and BT sports counterparts, Eurosport Player does not require you to have an existing television package with the channel on. Therefore, for a small monthly fee of £2.99, this app will allow you to watch live streams of numerous European football leagues. Whilst this app, due to rights distribution, doesn’t have a great deal of Premier League action available, for more wide-reaching football fans this app cannot be beaten.
This sports betting app is regularly voted by critics as one of the best of its kind and it is easy to see why. Featuring an astoundingly varied and in-depth selection of football betting odds, Bet365’s app manages to organise and display this wealth of information in an accessible and easy to navigate manner. Encompassing informative graphs, up-to-date news and verified statistics, this slick app not only allows you to place a bet at anytime and anywhere but puts you in the best and most informed position to do so, each and every time.
The biggest selling console football-simulation series of all time has finally made it to smartphones. Featuring the expected range of famous players, prestigious teams and historic stadiums, FIFA 13 is as an authentic experience as you can get. The graphics are naturally not as detailed as their console counterpart but the simplified look allows the fluid player movement and physics to remain intact. This,combined with a surprisingly responsive touch-screen control-system, means that FIFA 13 is a compact but worthy handheld reimagining of this popular franchise.
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Football Manager Handheld 2013?
To put the realism of the Football Manager series into perspective, top Azerbaijan club FC Baku’s ‘A’ team is currently managed by 21 year-old Swede Vugar Huseynzade, whose only prior experience was managing a virtual team on the PC version of this game. This welcomed smartphone version retains all the addictive management gameplay – including transfers, tactics and training regimes – which has made the series so beloved and accredited.