The best, and most essential Football apps for Android that every supporter NEEDS in their life!!
Do you have an addictive personality?.......
.......Do people often call you sad and tell you 'it's just a game'?.......
.......Do you find yourself daydreaming in the middle of a conversation about how the latest signing is going to fit in with the rest of the lads?.......
.......If the answer to these three questions is yes, then the chances are, you're a football fan...... In which case, WELCOME TO MY WORLD!!!
We're a strange breed aren't we? I often think that being a football supporter should be classed as an illness, due to the amount of work I've missed because of it (even though I was there). One thing is for certain though, if it is an illness, then it's incurable......
.......In which case, why fight it?...... Let's embrace it, and let's do it together!!
Here in this hub, I'm going to list my favourite football apps for android that I just couldn't survive the working week without, and after you have tried them for yourselves, I'd be surprised if you could too. They range from apps that that tell you latest transfer news and live scores, to bookmakers, and betting aids, to games and statistics. This is the ultimate guide to help feed your addiction on the move. Enjoy!!
Football News, Rumours, and Live Scores
Any serious football fan needs a live scores app. After trying a few, I finally settled on SOFA SCORE. It's smooth, it covers a ridiculous amount of leagues and competitions from all over the world and keeps itself up to date. You can set up which games you want to keep an eye on, and get text style notifications, as well as lineups, match stats and sometimes even videos of incidents during the match. A real winner!!
The SKY SPORTS NEWS app has been a mainstay on my phone from day one. It's incredibly slick, gives you their latest football headlines, tables, fixtures, Sky's live schedule and more. No brainer.
Next in line is MIRROR FOOTBALL. Waiting around until 10.30 onwards at night for the Mirror's football news for the following day has become a bit of a ritual for me. Obviously, you can never take any newspaper for granted when it comes to football 'news', but in my experience, The Daily Mirror seems to have a better strike rate than most.
The next app I'd recommend is FOOTBALL PRESS. This is a superb app that gives you all the latest news and rumours from various media sources throughout Europe. It's simple in it's appearance, and easy to get around. It's also well kept up to date. Top stuff!!
ONEFOOTBALL will also give you the latest news, tables, and fixtures from a vast number of leagues, but there's one added bonus........ Player Stats!! It will tell you who has the most goals, assists, yellow and red cards from each league.
I'm sure you're all aware of TWITTER, but some of you may not know just how much a football fan can get out of it. Professional Footballers, fan pages, football facts, transfer rumour accounts, and Journalists all frequently post on there. If there is any breaking news, I find that it generally hits Twitter first. A brilliant place to keep up with all things football (if you avoid the nonsense).
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What to do with the Rumours?
So now you're armed with a shed load of transfer rumours, and some exotic foreign names that you've never heard of, what's next? Calm down, I have the solution....
WIKIPEDIA is your friend. When Stoke are linked with a player, I hit Wikipedia instantly. A quick check on his age, height, career stats and his cat's name, then I'm good to go.
Now your player has been put through the Wikipedia test, it's time to see what YOUTUBE has to offer. Nothing whets the appetite for a potential new signing like a carefully put together YouTube video. Yeah, it can make Emile Heskey look like Pele, with some careful editing, but it's bloody good fun, and let's the imagination run wild.
You'll often stumble across foreign articles on Twitter, so the GOOGLE TRANSLATE app is an absolute must for all of us football detectives.The app detects the language you're trying to translate (if you don't know the language already) and turns the text into English. I wouldn't be doing without it.
If you're like me, then you'll enjoy a bet on the football. My bookmaker of choice is BET365. I find it very easy to get around, and they offer excellent odds, and the occasional special offer. Oh, and they own Stoke City!!
Before I put my bets on, I often check OLGB; an app solely for betting tips. The tips aren't from so called professionals, but normal football supporters like you and me. The beauty of it is, you can check each contributor's strike rate when it comes to predictions, to see who the best (or luckiest tipsters are. A really handy little app.
After I've selected my accumulators, I store them in an app called ACCATRACKER. It certainly beats a betting slip, and will keep an up to date summary of where your bets stands 'in play'.
Picking a Fantasy football team is a must. I do mine my through the SUN DREAM TEAM app. You get to pick one team for free, with weekly, monthly and overall cash prizes up for grabs. The app allows you to pick your team and check their progress on the move.
Last but not least for the gambling apps is SUPER 6 from Sky. Every week you get to predict six scores for a chance to win £100,000. It's rare that anyone predicts all six right, so the closest person wins a guaranteed £5,000. As they say, you've got to be in it to win, so never turn down a free chance to win some cash.
* QUICK NOTE - The Super 6, and Sun Dream Team apps showed in the photo's are world cup specials. There are different apps available for the Premier League season *
Live football and Radio
Having BT as my Broadband supplier gives me free access to the BT SPORTS channels that I can view through the android app. With a premier league match a week and shed loads of other football (both on demand programmes and live football), what more can you ask for?
I also keep the NOW TV app on my phone for those odd occasions where I'll fork out the £10 for a day pass to all the Sky Sports channels. A bit overpriced but it's hard to resist a Super Sunday. I often go halves with a mate, and hook it up to the T.V.
If Live radio is your thing then you won't go far wrong with the TALKSPORT app. You can listen to Talksport live, as well as look through their latest news. I wouldn't actually pay too much attention to their rumours though, as in my experience, they aren't up to much.
To finish off your ultimate footballing experience on the move, you'll need a couple of games.
Top Eleven is seriously addictive. You take over your own club and manage them against other players from all over the world. With ebay style auctions, cup competitions and an ability to improve every aspect of your club, from the playing staff, through to the training and catering facilities, it will keep you busier than you might think. Also, if you sign up through Facebook, Top Eleven will try put you in the same league as any of your Facebook friends who also play the game.
The other football game I have on my phone is FLICK FOOTBALL (pictured). It's obviously not got the realism of Fifa or Real Football (that you can also get on android) but it's not supposed to. It's just good old fashioned arcade gaming.
Right then, you're all set..... The ultimate footballing experience for android awaits you. Just, don't forget to eat 3 square meals a day, and have a bit of a sleep in between.
Oh, and thanks for reading, and if you think you know of any football apps that I (and other readers) can enhance our lives with, then don't be selfish, let us know in the comment section below.
All the apps mentioned are available from the Google play store:
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