The World Cup is, by far, the biggest sporting event in the world. Every four years, national soccer teams from around the globe get together in the same place to battle for the most important soccer title there is.
In 2014, it will be held in Brazil and, as usual, transmitted globally to virtually each and every country on Earth. However, sometimes we do not have the chance to sit in front of a TV, so we have to access information like live scores, player information, and so on from other sources. Luckily, there are several apps to place us on top of every moment, so that we miss nothing from this World Cup.
Livescores: FlashScore Livescore
Sure, there are lots of ways of getting to know the final scores from the World Cup matches. But getting them live, as they happen? That is what you can get with FlashScore. Starting just as a website, mainly used by people from the gambling world, FlashScore now provides its services in several platforms.
What makes this service stand alone is how complete it is. The matches are followed in real-time and results are updated in the blink of an eye. Also, for big matches like the ones we will have in Brazil, there are also commentaries available so that you can follow all the action.
Teams, Players and their Stats: Soccerway
Another service that started as a service for the gambling aficionados, Soccerway is probably the most complete team and player database in the world. Not only does it have live scores (even though not nearly as good as FlashScore), but it has the roster of most teams, player information like matches played, goals, assists, cards, former clubs and so on.
This is a valuable source for you to check how a given player has been throughout the season on the go, and it is available in several languages.
News: ESPN FC
There are also multiple ways to get news from the action in Brazil, but what better source than a network fully dedicated to sports? ESPN needs no introduction, and, as one might expect, their coverage of the 2014 World Cup will be massive. With this in mind, their app will surely provide soccer fans all over the world with the best (and hottest) news right on your phone.
Getting the gist of Portuguese: Duolingo
With the World Cup being held in Brazil this year, chances are you will be getting some words in their native language – Portuguese, for all those who might not know. So, why not get ahead and learn a few words in Portuguese? People usually say that it is one of the hardest languages to (correctly) speak, but with Duolingo this task will surely be much easier. Here you learn in small bits with reminders to keep you motivated and focused.
Know Where to Watch the Matches: Live Football on TV
We have already covered some of the sources for you to watch World Cup matches, but those are just some of them. This app provides a comprehensive listing of the best TV sources streaming each match so that you do not miss anything from the action in Brazil.
There are probably some apps out there, devoted to the 2014 World Cup, that probably cover all the topics I mentioned here. However, they surely cannot do such as thoroughly as the apps in this article, and this was my thinking all along: specificity.
However, if you feel that some other important apps were left out of this listing, let us know in the comments.