20 best World Cup apps for Brazil 2014

World Cup

Football Manager and Score! need to be on your phone

18 Panini Collectors

Availability: App Store | Google Play

Price: Free

Anyone who remembers real Panini sticker albums has probably seen a few World Cups come and go.

Save yourself all that tedious mucking about with bits of paper and go digital with this free collector's app.

Use your phone's camera to scan your stickers and collate them into a list, plus you can set up lists of "got, need and swaps" always in your pocket, share lists with friends and track missing or duplicate stickers easily.

Prove that sticker collecting isn't dead – it just grew up.

19 Football Manager Handheld 2014

Availability: App Store |Google Play

Price: £6.99

If you think you can guide your nation to World Cup Glory, now's your chance. A game for true football fans, Football Manager Handheld 2014 is a portable port of the classic PC game, which has sapped millions of collective hours from our youth.

It's made with footy-mad commuters in mind, and while it's lighter on the options, it retains all the compulsive enjoyment of its fully-featured predecessors.

The best thing about it isn't the breadth of teams or smooth learning curve, both of which are excellent, but that it can be picked up and put down easily, making it ideal for short journeys to work.

20 Score! World Goals

Availability: App Store | Google Play

Price: Free

The App Store is filled with footy games which let you flick and swipe balls into the net with varying degrees of majesty, but Score does it best.

Why? Because each of the wonder goals hammered home by your index digit are re-enactments of the finest strikes in international football and World Cup history.

Eagled-eyed gamers will spot them from the tournaments of yesteryear, from Michael Owen's mazy England goal that humbled Argentina in '98 to Dennis Bergkamp's dreamy volley in '96.

The game's made better by the rating system of the goals, and you need to get them perfect to unlock the next set; think Angry Birds does football and you're there.

Chris Smith

A technology journalist, writer and videographer of many magazines and websites including T3, Gadget Magazine and TechRadar.com. He specializes in applications for smartphones, tablets and handheld devices, with bylines also at The Guardian, WIRED, Trusted Reviews and Wareable. Chris is also the podcast host for The Liverpool Way. As well as tech and football, Chris is a pop-punk fan and enjoys the art of wrasslin'.