The 2014 FIFA World Cup is here. For the next month, football (soccer for Americans) will be everywhere. So choose a team to support (I suggest Brazil), and get in the spirit. Here’s a guide to enjoying the World Cup on the go:
1. Set Up Your Calendar with Games:
You’re not expected to watch all the games, only most of them. You can check the full schedule of matches on FIFA where you can change start times to your local time to ensure you don’t miss out. If you have Google Calendar, you can use this calendar, which will notify you a few minutes before when a game is about to start.
You can also download World Football Calendar 2014. It includes a calendar, countdown to games and news.
2. Where to Watch the Matches Online
Not all of us are lucky enough to watch all games with friends in our local bars and pubs. Even though a number of games will start towards the end of the day, quite a number will start mid-afternoon EST. But, that doesn’t mean you have to miss Ronaldo, Neymar or Messi at their best! Here are some suggestions of where you can watch:
Watch ESPN (You can also watch on you phone)
Univision: It’s in Spanish, but you can watch for free.
3. Get All Matches Results On the Go
In a meeting and you can’t get to your computer? Don’t worry, you can still get notifications on your phone from all the matches. Here are some suggested apps to download, all with customizable notifications delivered minutes of live play:
4. Become a #WorldCup Expert
When it comes to the World Cup, knowledge is needed. Podcasts and radio shows are the best way to find out the news and debates raging across countries and squads. Listening to former players and managers debate formations and player selection is only for the true soccer fan, but for those of you daring to the take the plunge there is no better than British Podcast, The Guardian Football Daily. Be prepared for an international cast of journalists and experts commenting on all games, teams and groups as well as a healthy dose of humor and dry wit from presenter James Richardson.
4. Predict Against Your Colleague
Get in that competitive spirit, in the next 32 days, it’s okay to be mean and bet against your co-workers. Predict which teams will go through online with friends on Facebook.
5. Join the #WorldCup Banter
Part of being a soccer fan is loving the banter. Get ready to talk trash with your rivals and follow all the tournament conversations. Twitter offers you and other fans around the world a front row seat to all 64 matches. Make sure to follow your team, your favorite players and coaches. Some suggested accounts and hashtags to follow: