Football Focus on the Samsung GALAXY S4

9th Sep 2013 | 09:53

Football Focus on the Samsung GALAXY S4

Quench your thirst for the beautiful game with our 10 favourite apps

The great thing about the beautiful game is that people of all ages and from any walk of life can enjoy it.

Whether you're kicking a half-deflated leather ball around bedraggled city backstreets or watching a Premier League fixture with a prawn sandwich in one hand and glass of Prosecco in the other, it's always going to be good fun.

It could be said that today's technology – from the internet to 3DTVs and round-the-clock coverage – means that you can get your hands on more on-demand footy-related goodness than ever before.

If you consider yourself in the top flight of fans, you could do worse than checking out our top 10 football apps for the Samsung GALAXY S4 below.

Samsung GALAXY S4 football apps

1. Sky Sports Live Football Score Centre

Free – Get it here

If you're desperate for a smartphone app that keeps you updated with live football scores, league position standings and results, then this is the one to get.

Unfortunately the app doesn't feature Chris Kamara's perplexed expressions, but it does go to some lengths to recreate the wealth of football-related information usually served up on Soccer Saturday.

It features live scores, text commentary, league tables and match stats on every tier from the Premier League to the Scottish Third Division (as well as all of the major European leagues).

Additionally, it provides in-depth data on team line-ups, formations and calendar fixtures, and – because the Samsung GALAXY S4 runs the Android Jelly Bean operating system – you can also place a handy widget on your home screen that shows tailored, up-to-the-minute information about your favourite team. Unbelievable, Jeff!


Samsung GALAXY S4 football apps

2. New Star Soccer

£1.99 – Buy it here

New Star Soccer is one of the top-rated football games in Google's Play store, and it's easy to see why.

Inspired by legendary '90s game Sensible Soccer, it presents various match situations in a top-down view. This could be anything from a throw-in to a free kick or intercepting a pass.

After pressing down and dragging in a direction to set power, a ball bounces across the screen, which you then kick by tapping its surface. As in real life, timing it right to strike the ball's 'sweet spot' will have you belting it into the top corner. Miskick though, and you're in danger of skying it higher than David Beckham in a European qualifier.

The game is eerily addictive, offering up a player-manager mode that sees you live the life of a footballer, increasing your skills as you go, or a quick-fire arcade mode that tests your skills with progressively tougher challenges.

Samsung GALAXY S4 football apps

3. Fantasy Football Buddy

Free – Get it here

Fantasy football is one of many pleasures leading up to the new football season. Not only does it give you the chance to put your summer transfer window knowledge into practice, but it can lead to some truly competitive fixtures between you and your friends or co-workers.

The Premier League's official fantasy league is one of the most popular out there, and this app is dedicated to helping you wring as much out of it as possible.

Once you've signed up for an account, the app allows you to make substitutions and transfers, order subs and select vice and team captains. Moreover, you can keep track of your team's game week points and drill down into individual players' performances to see who deserves to start and who should be relegated to the bench for the next match.

Samsung GALAXY S4 football apps

4. Football Manager Handheld 2013

£6.99 – Buy it here

The PC has long been the dominant format for football manager games, due to its simple mouse-driven controls. That all changed when smartphones began packing bigger displays and slimmed down to become the ultimate portable entertainment device.

The Samsung GALAXY S4's 5-inch Full HD Super AMOLED screen offers plenty of room to navigate your way around Football Manager Handheld 2013's menus, helping you in your quest to lead a team from humble beginnings to Premier League glory.

The app gives you the choice of going the distance in career mode, or alternatively testing your luck in 'Challenge Mode', which offers up short-term scenarios with a specific goal in mind.

With playable leagues from 14 countries along with full player photos in this latest version, there's plenty on offer that will test whether you're a 'Special One' or a 'Wally with a brolly'.

Samsung GALAXY S4 football apps

5. Football Tactics

Free – Get it here

Whether you're an amateur outfit making its way up the lower leagues, or a Sunday League team having a casual kickabout, Football Tactics allows you to your hone your tactics by drawing markers on the pitch.

Diagrams can be as simple or as complex as you please, opening possibilities from planning surging runs down wings to marking zones on the pitch where you want to flummox the opposition with tiki-taka style passing.

Tactical diagrams can be saved for later editing or shared with team mates over Twitter. Just remember to set a lock-screen password on your GALAXY S4 in case you leave your notes behind in the dressing room, Benitez-style.

Samsung GALAXY S4 football apps

6. Football Quiz

Free – Get it here

Everybody knows that the pub is the best place to go for a football quiz, but if you can't make it then you could do worse than getting some friends round, downloading this free app and hooking up your GALAXY S4 to a large-screen telly using Samsung's official GALAXY S4 HDTV MHL to HDMI Adapter (£13.75 on Amazon UK) to get everyone involved.

Football Quiz serves up fresh questions twice a week, meaning you won't be in danger of repeating yourself. It tests your knowledge on the 2012–2013 football season by asking questions with multiple-choice answers.

Once you've worked your way through the current week's quiz, you can dip back into ones from earlier in the season for extra time sessions, which should keep you going until the pies have been eaten and everyone's ready for home.

Samsung GALAXY S4 football apps

7. Transfer Rumours 24/7

Free – Get it here

If there's one thing football fans love, it's speculation during transfer windows. Often we don't even care if the rumours are true – fortunate for newspapers' sports sections, which rarely seem to get it right!

It's a good job, then, that Transfer Rumours 24/7 mines the daily newspapers, in addition to over 100 other sources, to bring you the latest transfer news and gossip on club transfer activity from around the world.

Through a combination of RSS feeds from Talksport, football365.com and Sky Sports, as well as Twitter and its Facebook page, the app retrieves potential scoops and delivers them to your phone in the form of push notifications, so you'll always be one step ahead.

Samsung GALAXY S4 football apps

8. Fluid Football

Free – Get it here

Like New Star Soccer, Fluid Football is viewed from above. Undoubtedly influenced by the former's style, you make players embark on runs by drawing lines across the screen to direct them.

The aim is to pass the ball around opposition players in a smooth sequence so that you end up in a position to score, without falling foul of the offside trap.

It's trickier than it sounds, requiring a combination of timing, judgement and skill, as shots are taken with quick or slow finger flicks to determine power. The game's levels were apparently designed by real-world experts to simulate pivotal moments of matches that have led to show-stopping goals.

Samsung GALAXY S4 football apps

9. Pitch Invasion 5-a-side

Free – Get it here

Ask any group of men or women to list common barriers to organising a five-a-side kickabout, and you'll likely be handed a long and varied list.

Getting people together in one location can be difficult wherever you live, and even if you do manage it, finding affordable pitches can prove problematic.

These are the problems that Pitch Invasion, a company running 5-a-side leagues in the UK, sets out to solve. Its app lets you enter a team before searching for the nearest 5-a-side pitches, using the Samsung GALAXY S4's built-in GPS system.

Once found, you and your mates can view upcoming and recent fixtures as well as your team's position in the league. You can even pay for fixtures from within the app and have a receipt sent to your phone's inbox, putting an end to those tired excuses once and for all.

Samsung GALAXY S4 football apps

10. FTBpro – The Football News App

Free – Get it here

FTBpro is all about giving you access to the latest information about your club.

Dubbed 'a social platform for football fans', it runs a fine-tooth comb through the internet to bring you the latest football news, articles and tweets in a single Facebook-style stream.

In addition to saving you from trawling endless websites for up-to-date information, it also displays breaking stories by league, provides real-time standings and shows live notifications during matches.

Anything the app brings up can be shared on your social networks too, allowing you to direct articles at fellow club supporters with the tap of a button.

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