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The smart way to follow football

The smart way to follow football
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First Published: Tue, Oct 11 2011. 09 45 PM IST

The Football App
The Football App
Updated: Tue, Oct 11 2011. 09 45 PM IST
Football action is in full swing, with the different leagues taking place or about to begin, so keeping track of your favourite clubs is not an easy thing. For smartphone owners though, there are apps for that. Go to the App Store or the Android Market from your phone and download the apps featured here. Many of these are free to download and use.
The Football App
Free
On the ball: A Tottenham Hotspur’s (right) vs Arsenal English Premier League match. Photos By Eddie Keogh/Reuters
This is the most comprehensive football application with easy access to all information about the sport on the Internet. The app tracks European clubs and global football and has live tickers, commentaries, league standings, last minute news, and statistics. Users can follow leagues around the world, including famous ones like the English Premier League, FA Cup, Uefa Champions League, Uefa Europa League, Serie A, Bundesliga, Primera Division, along with the local leagues of multiple countries.
Football League
Free
The Football League is an official app created by the English Premier League. Users can download the app for free and then download free updates from different football clubs within the league. The app tracks the latest news, goals, match highlights and statistics of the clubs you’ve downloaded on your smartphone.
Official England Football
Free
The Football App
If you’re more interested in the news from the English national squad, then this app has exclusive videos, squad news, live events, live commentary, results, tables, schedules, stats and notifications. You don’t even need to run the app to catch the latest updates, messages will appear automatically on your phone’s home screen. The app will follow the English team through the Uefa Cup 2012, making it a very comprehensive source of updates on the English team.
Arsenal
$4.99 (Rs 245)
The app focuses on the Arsenal team. It follows their progress through the club league, giving news and updates on the team, along with photos and video clips, and live match updates. The app isn’t as good as some of the free ones, but it’s an official club app, which could tip the scales for serious supporters.
Aston Villa
Free
Aston Villa has an official iPhone and iPod application that can be downloaded on the App Store and also on the Android Market if you’re an Android user. This app tracks the performance of the team through the league, with live audio commentary for every game, and downloadable images and wallpapers both from the games and outside them as well.
Barclays Football
Free
Barclays Football is a free mobile app from Barclays, the global title sponsor of The Barclays Premier League since 2001. The app combines live Barclays Premier League match text, commentary and scores, video content and the official Barclays Premier League podcast with exclusive match ticket competitions, an Augmented Reality stadium finder and interactive social media features, all in one place. Particularly cool if you’re planning on heading over to see the matches live.
Blackburn Rovers
$0.99 (Rs 48.60)
The Blackburn Rovers official app is a lot like the Aston Villa app, with the latest news and videos, along with wallpapers, but instead of audio commentary, fans of Blackburn will have to make do with text commentary.
Official Chelsea FC
$0.99 (Rs 48.60)
The Official Chelsea Football Club App has been around for some time, and brings all the usual bells and whistles like scorecards, clips and pictures, and has been updated with new features that offer a behind-the-scenes look at the club as well.
Everton
Free
Everton launched their first official iOS app this August, bringing news, pictures, video clips, tables, statistics, a match tracker and performance notifications that are delivered to the phone via push notifications.
Newcastle United
$4.99 (Rs 245)
The Newcastle United Football Club iPhone/iPod application is the first official app from the team, and presents news and video clips, wallpapers, tracking of matches for the team along with live commentary for fans to follow the games they weren’t able to watch.
Sunderland
$4.99 (Rs 245)
If you’re following Sunderland and want to buy the official app on your iPhone, then this is the way to go, but Android users will have to wait for it a little longer. This app tracks news, videos, scorecards, and even individual performance records for players, along with live audio commentary.
Tottenham Hotspur
$0.99 (Rs 48.60)
The Tottenham Hotspur’s application brings news and videos, live audio commentary, wallpapers and video clips, which are becoming the norm for official apps. If you’re a Tottenham fan, then this app is the easiest way to track all the information about the team, and watch media clips as well.
gopal.s@livemint.com
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First Published: Tue, Oct 11 2011. 09 45 PM IST