Essential FIFA World Cup apps for your iPhone

So you’ve got your 50” Plasma TV ready, your mini-bar/beer cooler by the sofa, you’ve planned all your sick days off work to catch all the US matches and organized all your pals to come over, what else could you possibly need? Here’s a list of World Cup apps you’ll regret having missed, and with only one day until kick off, you’re gonna need them pretty soonish.

ESPN 2010 FIFA World Cup

Price: FREE (Plus optional in-app $7.99 upgrade for premium content)
Category: Sports
Released: 06/02/10
Version: 2.0
Rated: 4+
Average iTunes rating: 3.5/5 stars
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad, requires OS 3.0 or later.
Link to app (clicking opens iTunes)

App Store Description: This summer 32 countries from around the globe will compete for the world’s most prestigious trophy — the FIFA World Cup. For the first time ever the cup will be lifted in Africa and ESPN will be there to bring you exclusive coverage of this historic event to your iPhone or iPod Touch

Summary: This app is chock full of tasty features. Live scores, stats and tables, free ESPN original video vignettes profiling all 32 teams. Basically if you need to know anything about the up and coming tournament, this is the app to get. You can find out all you need to about players, teams, rankings etc.. It’s got the lot. If you’re feeling a little braver, or you’re a mad soccer fan, pay an extra eight bucks and get live ESPN radio stream of the games, plus almost real-time video highlights, studio analysis and a few more bits.

EA FIFA World Cup

Price: $4.99
Category: Games
Released: 04/30/2010
Version: 1.0.2
Rated: 4+
Average iTunes rating: 4/5 stars
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad, requires OS 2.2.1 or later.
Link to app (clicking launches iTunes)

App Store Description: LEAD YOUR COUNTRY TO VICTORY — in the most popular sporting event in the world. Celebrate the FIFA World Cup in South Africa. Play the only official World Cup game for iPhone & iPod Touch.

Summary: This is a really fun, challenging and well thought out game. With several different game modes you won’t get bored. If you’re fed up with always playing as the entire team you can always “captain your country” and play as an individual. Brilliant game, and worth every cent.

The World Cup Quiz Book

Price: $7.99
Category: Books
Released: 03/17/2010
Version: 1.0
Rated: 12+
Average iTunes Rating: (Not received enough ratings to have an average).
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad, requires OS 3.0 or later.
Link to app (clicking launches iTunes)

App Store Description: I played 67 times for England scoring 20 goals in my international career, and was fortunate enough to play a part in winning the World Cup in 1966 — an amazing 4-2 win against West Germany. I also played in the 1970 World Cup campaign and have played alongside to fantastic players as well as against superstars like Pele. When I read the book I was amazed at all the facts and figures on World Cup history. The questions brought back some great memories from some fantastic matches and players who have played in that fantastic tournament. This book will test your knowledge and see how good your memory is — the 1,000 questions cover everything from players and goal scorers to venues and score-lines. I hope you enjoy the book as much as I did! Best wishes, Martin Peters MBE.

Summary: A pretty lengthy intro right? I’ve not personally checked this out, but if someone in England’s World Cup winning team likes it, than that’s enough for me. I’d say this book is for anyone who’s lived long enough to remember more than before USA ’94, (which incidentally is my earliest recollection of any World Cup), Diana Ross was hilarious! Anyhow, for those slightly more mature iPhone wielders who think they know it all, invest a good eight bucks in this beauty, endorsed by and England legend.

Telegraph World Cup App

Price: Free
Category: Sports
Released: 06/09/10
Version: 2.0
Rated: 4+
Average iTunes Rating: 4/5 stars
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad, requires OS 3.0 or later.
Link to app (clicking launches iTunes)

App Store Description: The Telegraph World Cup app is the essential world cup companion to the 2010 finals in South Africa. This app from the recently named Sports Newspaper of the Year brings you news and match reports from our top football writers; latest scores; fixtures; results; group tables; and photo galleries from Team Telegraph as we follow every kick of the ball during the world’s favorite sporting tournament.

Summary: Almost in competition to the ESPN app, this will bring you similar content but with a more English-y twist. It includes opinions from football legends and experts like Alan Hansen, Ossie Ardiles and Roy Hodgson, (oh, and some guy called Michael Owen). The unique selling point is that you can choose your 3 teams to follow for the entire competition, and also predict who you think will win each game, comparing your predictions with other users. (Push notifications and live match stats all thrown in for good measure).

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  • http://www.orb.com/orblive_soccer Molly McCarthy

    Hi Cam, you can get the games on the go LIVE! http://www.orb.com/orblive_soccer Download Orb Live to your iPhone, iPad or Android and then be able to stream ESPN3 to your phone, it is a $9.99 app, with no monthly subscription. You will also need to download Orb MyCast (FREE) to your PC or Mac. Check it out in the NY Times http://nyti.ms/aSOmqQ.