June 13, 2014
The 2014 FIFA World Cup has started in Brazil. Between now and July 13, fans around the globe will be glued to their television sets or mobile devices to experience the international event. This week’s column celebrates the game Americans call soccer, but the rest of the world knows only as football. Jarrett Freeman recently published a list of the must-have soccers apps for the iPhone/iPod touch and iPad, so we won't mention them here. Instead, we’ve included other soccer-related content available on iOS devices.
“Why Soccer Matters,” $12.99, E-BookFirst published in April, “Why Soccer Matters” is by perhaps the greatest soccer player in history, Pelé (along with Brian Winter). The book covers recent history of the game and explores new insights into soccer’s role connecting players around the world.
RIO 2 Sky Soccer!, $0.99, Universal gameIn this companion app for Rio 2 (The Official App for the Movie), Blu and his friends must play a game of sky soccer against the pesky red macaws. Can you help his team score the winning goal?
Rio de Janeiro Travel Guide, $2.99, Universal appRio isn't just hosting this year's World Cup. In 2016, the world will return for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. This planning guide is built to be used offline. Best of all it features augmented reality. Just click on the AR button, turn yourself 360-degrees and view on the screen where the best spots are and how to find them. You can also scroll up and down to view the closest and furthest attraction.
São Paulo Travel Guide, $2.99, Universal appGoing to São Paulo, Brazil? The same travel tools featured above are also available here.
Sports Illustrated Magazine, World Cup Preview Issue, $4.99The June 9 issue features an impressive preview of the events in Brazil. Keep in mind, the issue is U.S.-focused. You can save some cash by buying a one-month subscription inside the app for $3.99.
Freebies of the WeekAssuming that your cable provider says that it's okay, WatchESPN is the best place to watch World Cup matches on you iOS devices in the United States. The app offers live streaming feeds from ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU, ESPNews, and ESPN Deportes. FIFA for iPad is the official app of the 2014 World Cup. Like its companion iPhone app, it features all the news from Brazil, plus live streaming. That’s it for this week. Another issue of “How To Spend A $25 iTunes Gift Card” will be published next Friday. Until then, stay safe.
Sports Illustrated Magazine
RIO 2 Sky Soccer!
Rio de Janeiro Travel Guide - Augmented Reality with Street and Metro Map 100% Offline - Tourist Advisor for your trip to the city
São Paulo Travel Guide - Augmented Reality with Street and Transport Metro Map 100% Offline - Tourist Advisor for your trip to the city - Brazil 2014
FIFA for iPad
FIFA Official App
RIO 2 (Official App for the Movie)