It's finally the end of four long years and once again the entire planet is all set to follow one single timezone. A timezone that emerges out of Brazil with the FIFA World Cup 2014 all set to kick off straight from the land where it's more than a religion.
This year's tournament, the 20th FIFA World Cup event, is scheduled to take place in Brazil from June 12 to July 13 this year, and is only the second time that Brazil has hosted the competition, the previous being in 1950.
Alongside the host country, all world champion teams since the inception of the first World Cup in 1930 (Argentina, England, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Uruguay) have qualified for this year's competition. Spain is currently the defending champion, having defeated the Netherlands 1-0 in the 2010 World Cup final to win its first World title.
But we all know the history and stats related to the game and the biggest party in the world. What we still want to know is what are the ways we can follow up on the game and our favorite teams when we are not necessarily glued in front of the TV.
Fret not Football (not Soccer) fans, for we have just the fix that you have searching for all over the web to satisfy all your World Cup worries about missing out on an important game. We have listed down 5 necessary apps to follow the World Cup. Check the sliders below for more information.
FIFA World Cup 2014 Brazil: ESPN FC Soccer & World Cup
Available for both iOS and Android, this ESPN app was redesigned and relaunched recently in time for the World Cup. The app will allow you to set your favorite team or teams that will help the app offer curated news on your teams and their performance in the competition.
Apart from that, you can also check out reactions and analysis from Brazil by the ESPN team in the midst of it all.
FIFA World Cup 2014 Brazil: BBC Sport
You will be happy to know that BBC has updated its Sport app to include a special dedicated section for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. With the new changes now in place, users can set match alerts for their teams, including line-ups, kick-off, goals and half-time score and result.
FIFA World Cup 2014 Brazil: Official FIFA App
If you are not really motivated by all the so-called "unofficial" apps for this year's World Cup, why not opt for the Official FIFA app then? Moreover, FIFA also claims that its official mobile app is the ultimate companion for Brazil 2014.
The app, available for both Android and iOS, will now feature a World Cup-driven latest news section, will discover information on coaches and players across 32 teams, and even a full schedule of all 64 games planned for the tournament.
FIFA World Cup 2014 Brazil: SecondMic
Are you tired of listening to the same old commentators speaking about something you don't really want to hear? Well, you could just get the SecondMic app that allows celebrities, former players, coaches, experts or other similar fans as you to stream their own commentaries over a live match.
The app is free for both iOS and Android, and offers support for Norwegian, Catalan, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German and more (apart from English, obviously)
FIFA World Cup 2014 Brazil: FootballAlbum
Again available for both Android and iOS, FootballAlbum is basically a football-focused social network app that lets you turn yourself into an international football sticker. You can also collect stickers of your friends in a virtual sticker album, grouped by the teams they support.
FIFA World Cup 2014 Brazil: Special Mention: UC Browser Offer
To celebrate the excitement of the upcoming 2014 FIFA World Cup, UCWeb is launching its mega Rs. 1 Crore World Cup Guessing Contest on UC Browser.
Termed as the ‘World Cup Bonanza', the new offer gives participants the chance to prove their football prowess by predicting the winners of each match. The more correct guesses made, the closer the participant is to winning the grand prize.
Participants can pick the winner of a match or a tie starting 48 hours prior to the start of the match. The score at the end of the 90-minute match will be considered as the final score. Scores incurred during overtime and penalty kicks will not be taken into account.
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