There are perhaps hundreds of European football apps out there, here are a few of our top picks. They’ll let you keep up with matches, play some matches of your own, or even pretend to run your own football club.
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Football Manager Handheld
The Football Manager series is famous for being extremely realistic. How much so? The “A” team of top Azerbaijani club FC Baku’s manager came to the job with no experience in “real” football. The 21 year old Swede’s only previous experience was managing a team on the PC version of Football Manager.
The much-anticipated smartphone versions retain all the addictive gameplay, where you take charge of tactics, transfers, and training, while brining it to your mobile. There are 34 leagues in 11 countries included.
The official FIFA game app offers the most authentic-feeling soccer game on mobile. It has all the famous players, big-name teams, and historic stadiums you can imagine. While the graphics aren’t as detailed as the console game equivalent, the simplified look of this app allows player movement and game physics to stay almost as good as the at-home version. Combined with a touchscreen control system, this means that FIFA 13 represents a worthy and compact handheld version of this very popular franchise.
If you don’t feel like playing games, this app will give you live feeds from the various ESPN properties.
Sky Sports Live Football Score Center
For UK fans — and unfortunately only for UK fans — this app gives you all the football action from the main leagues in Europe. The scores are updated live while they happen, as well as many other features: live game commentaries, results, match states, highlight videos, even team line ups before kick off. Backed by the fantastic team at Sky Sports, this app represents one of the bes tout there fore European football fans. You can even select your favorite teams and personalize the app. News and results then come in on a “My Teams” page.
For a monthly subscription, this will get you live UEFA Champions League and Premier League games on an iOS device. It includes every English Premier League match as well as news, highlights, and in match video clips.
Fox Soccer starts as a free version offering fixtures, news, live scores, and line ups. To view live games, you’ll have to subscribe. That will bring you live game video streams.
A superb free app, LiveScore does just what the name suggests — it brings you real time sports scores from events worldwide, with a major emphasis on football scores. If you want to follow Real Madrid, this app will give you updates whenever they score a goal, if a player gets yellow carded or substituted, and much more. It’s not quite as good as having tickets (you can buy here tickets to see the match in person) but it’s free.
The app does not do push notifications, unfortunately, but it does auto-refresh as long as you have it open. There aren’t any country restrictions, either. The data comes directly from the company which invented live sports data delivery, LiveScore Ltd.