The World Cup only takes place once every four years, so make sure that you don’t miss a moment.
Luckily, if you’ve got an iPhone or Android smartphone, there are loads of apps out there to help you get the most from the biggest sporting event in the world.
Has your train been delayed? No problem. Been asked to work late? Don’t fret. Can’t get out of a visit to the in-laws? These apps will keep you close to the action.
Whether you’re after the latest goals, the crucial interviews, live coverage of the matches, or you just want to swot up on the sides, here’s a guide to the must-have apps if you’re a footie fan excited about the tournament in Brazil.
Let’s start with the best companion for the 2014 World Cup. While we’re not an official World Cup sponsor, the official app from FIFA will show live coverage of every game - so you can take all 64 fixtures with you wherever you go.
This free app will also give you the latest team news, photos, videos and a wide range of competitions.
If you’re big on social media and want a more personal experience of the tournament, this is the app to go for.
Onefootball Brasil will keep you updated with your team’s social media activity, so you’ll never miss a tweet from the people who matter to you. The news section will alert you to relevant trending stories, while the app is ad-free, so you’ll get no annoying interruptions.
A great, free app for those who want to delve deeper into the World Cup.
There are 64 fixtures in the World Cup, so if you’re someone who likes to plan which games you’re going to watch, you’ll love ESPN’s app. Their match schedule is simple and easy to use.
They’ve also got loads of articles and features for you to read while you’re waiting for kick-off, and their stats are very comprehensive.
Air Horn, Vuvuzela and Rattle Lite: Football Fan 2014 - iPhone (free)
Do you miss all the noise from the 2010 World Cup in South Africa? Do you want to be part of Brazil’s carnival atmosphere? Maybe you just want to annoy your friends?
Either way, crank up the volume on your smartphone and enjoy the cacophony of noise coming your way with a selection of air horns, vuvuzelas and rattles.