The 2017-18 season of the top football leagues in the World is about to commence in a few days. Premier League kicks off on 12 August, La Liga begins on 18 August and the German Budesliga starts on 19 August. England’s Premier League remains one of the most followed football leagues in India and fans can be seen taking to social media to express their joy or angst over the performance of their favourite teams. For fans looking for a fresh dose of club football, their smartphone has plenty to offer. Not only can they watch live matches, get score updates, but can also step into the shoes of their favourite players too.

Here are some apps and games every football fan must have on their smartphone.

Live broadcast and videos

Star India’s digital streaming service Hotstar has many feathers in its caps. One of them is the online streaming rights to Premier League matches. It also provides highlights, video on demands, post match conferences and analyses by experts. Premier League coverage is not available for free, though. It is part of Hotstar’s Premium subscription plan, which costs Rs199 per month and offers access to Bundesliga as well. Spain’s La Liga and Italy’s Seria A will be live streamed on Sony Liv app and they are available for free.

The official app of the English Premier League is a treasure trove of information on your favourite teams and players
The official app of the English Premier League is a treasure trove of information on your favourite teams and players

Score updates, transfers and analysis

If your work schedule clashes with the match timings of Premier League or La Liga or something else cropped up at home, there are apps which can keep you posted about all the updates.

The official app of the English Premier League is a treasure trove of information on your favourite teams and players. You can check player stats such as goals scored, assists and passes. It also carries team stats and how they compare against rivals. The app also provides live scores, commentary, and post-match analysis by experts and sports writers.

For latest updates from other football leagues, the recently updated Sony ESPN app is on top of every football related-development. It allows users to specify their favourite leagues and clubs in the app settings so it can customise news feeds and score updates accordingly.

Then there are official apps by football clubs for die-hard fans looking for a more detailed coverage on their favourite players and managers.

All major clubs such as Chelsea, Arsenal, Man City, Tottenham, FC Barcelona and Bayern Munich have their own apps which are totally free and provide every relevant news article on the club, match day photo galleries, off-the-pitch videos and photos, and interview of players and managers which you may not get on other apps.

With three weeks remaining before the transfer window closes, there is still room for surprises. Apps such as Football Transfers & Rumours focus solely on transfer rumours and news. It has a forum where fans can express their thoughts over transfers.

FIFA Mobile’s lower footprint and modest graphics make it ideal for users with basic Android devices and slow internet connection.
FIFA Mobile’s lower footprint and modest graphics make it ideal for users with basic Android devices and slow internet connection.

Football games for all

For many, the euphoria over football is incomplete without leading their favourite clubs to Premier League title in a football simulation game. FIFA Mobile by EA Sports is one of the best available options for casual gamers. Its lower footprint and modest graphics make it ideal for users with basic Android devices and slow internet connection. Its biggest attraction is that it has the licence to use real player names, teams, jerseys and stadiums. The gameplay follows the ultimate team model which lets players create their own custom teams. It is free to download but involves optional in-app purchases. If you are looking for a more immersive football game, Konami’s PES 2017 is the best option out there. It runs on the same Fox game engine used in the console version of PES 2017. Player movements in a mobile game have never been this good. Game controls are intuitive and easy to master.

The gameplay is similar to FIFA Mobile. Users have to build their custom team with their favourite players and participate in online events, campaigns and multiplayer games. Premier League and La Liga will be among the major events in the game.

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