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Best apps to follow the football - App Lab
Just as football is now truly a global sport, it’s also possible to follow it any place, any time. Here, the O2 Gurus run you through the most useful apps for keeping up to date with the beautiful game…
Watching live on the go
Not being at home in your lounge needn’t prevent you from watching the football. Most major broadcasters now have apps which make it possible to watch broadcasted matches live through your laptop, phone or tablet, such as the BBC iPlayer, ITV Player and Sky Go app. Alternatively, TVCatchup allows you to stream a wide selection of live television channels on the go. Sun+ Goals, meanwhile, lets you view the latest Premier League (and from this season, Champions League) goals just minutes after they’ve flown in. It’ll also keep you updated with news, scores and gossip, and send you a handy full-time highlights package every Saturday evening to boot.
Facts and stats
Football has experienced a data revolution in recent years, with many of the game’s leading coaches employing complicated statistical analysis in order to identify the best ways to get the most out of their players. Now you can get involved too, thanks to the fantastic stats-based apps FourFourTwo Stats Zone and Squawka. Share your favourite bit of analysis on social media, view goal-build-up on chalkboards and get updated live statistical updates during a game. They’re perfect for football geeks or for those after detailed fantasy football or betting tips.
Finding the right watering hole
There’s a whole load of football on TV these days, making it risky to head to the pub without being entirely sure what game your local is scheduled to show. Thankfully, MatchPint has put an end to such worries. Search for a game and this simple and attractive app will bring up a list of the nearest establishments where it’s being shown on TV – if you’re in unknown territory, it’ll even guide you to the door using the ever-useful Google Map technology.