5 must-have apps for FIFA World Cup fans

As Brazil gears for D-Day, most fans have plans to catch the live action. But for those who can’t watch the game, Hassan M Kamal compiles five free apps to keep you updated on every moment on the field, and off it too

The official app of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), this one keeps you connected with all World Cup related news, match schedules, team positioning, their line-ups as details on the people behind each team. You can also set notifications on your favourite teams. Once downloaded, you can keep it later to stay updated on all football leagues around the world, including the Indian ILeague.
Available on: Google Play, iTunes store

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This one takes the cake, when it comes to staying connected with all things football. It includes news, views, analysis and video highlights (available after the action) from World Cup. It also offers match schedules, group standings as well as a live feed from Twitter. You can also use the app to follow football leagues around the world, and get related updates.
Available on: Google Play, iTunes store

Perhaps, one of the most well thought out and designed sport apps in the market, this one not only keeps you posted on news, views and more on the World Cup, but also allows you to create your own score card on your favourite teams, players and leagues. What’s better? The app lets you follow other sporting leagues like from American football, NBA Basketball, Formula-1, Mixed Martial Arts, PGA Golf and ATP tennis, among others.
Available on: Google Play, iTunes, BlackBerry and Windows app store

Onefootball Brasil — World Cup
Created by the German company, OneFootball, this app gives you play-by-play match commentary in the Live Ticker, and a comprehensive World Cup planner so that you don’t miss a game. You can also chat with fans from all around the world and share your views on the game.
Available on: Google Play, iTunes an Windows app store

Panini Online Sticker Album
The Panini Online Sticker Album from is available on your mobile phone. It allows you to open new set of stickers daily, and trade them with fans from across the world. You can also join or create a team of collectors, and enter the Panini hall of fame.
Available on: Google Play, iTunes store

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