World Cup 2014: Android and iOS football app reviews
By Michael Brown, 11 Jun 2014
If you are a technology fan and a football fan then you, like me, will be getting very excited about the start of the 2014 World Cup, which begins on Thursday.
I have been lucky enough to pre-test the best World Cup football apps and speak to the developers behind them. After testing a whole series of football apps I found the best football prediction game and the best app for following the World Cup. So let’s take a look at what I found and see if you agree.
Brazil Predictor for Apple
This app is just for Apple users and is compatible with the iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. iOS7 or above is required and the app has been especially tailored to give the best experience on the iPhone 5s.
The concept of this app is pretty simple, but all of the best apps are. You and your friends can set up your own mini-league and predict the outcome of the World Cup games to score points on your very own league table. Your challenge is to be #1 of your own mini-league and you can also check your individual ranking against the Brazil Predictor World League.
The app is really easy to use and the scoring system works as follows:
- 30 points - You are awarded 30 points if you can guess the correct outcome of the match and the goals scored.
- 20 points - If you guess the correct outcome of the match with the right goal difference but have the wrong score then 20 points are yours.
- 10 points - You are given 10 points if you predict the right outcome of the match but have the score and goal difference wrong.
The developers behind the Brazil Predictor app are Appitrite and I spoke to director Alan Hartin who said. "We are all big football fans and wanted to develop this app to go through the process of getting the app on the App Store."
He continued with a prediction of his own: "I do not think we should read too much into the pre World Cup friendlies. I think England can sneak a 1-0 win against Italy, beat Costa Rica and get a draw with Uruguay to the win the group."
Do you agree?
This is without doubt one of the best World Cup apps out there and it is available to download on Android, Apple and Windows smartphones.
Overall I found this app to have all of the information and World Cup news that you could desire to find, but the genius element is how easy it is to use without getting lost in pages of info.
Information is available for all of the 32 teams in the World Cup but you can select the team you are supporting and this team then gets its very own spot in the menu.
When you visit your teams page you will be greeted by details of the next match including the kick-off date and time. This is followed by an RSS feed of breaking news stories for team in question.
The Onefootball Brasil app also provides the tournament points tables as well as the squad line-up for every team. Interested in a specific player? Then simply click on their photo on the squad page to see their player stats as well as their very own Twitter feed, brilliant!
When I spoke to Head of Communications at Onefootball, Leonard Schoenberger, he said, "Onefootball Brasil is the most comprehensive app for the World Cup. It provides all the information football fans need from minute-by-minute commentaries to results, statistics, videos and pre- and post-match analyses of all World Cup games."
So there you have it - two of the best World Cup apps and if you download the Brazil Predictor then the Onefootball app may just give you the edge over your friends!
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