Finally. After what seems like an interminable amount of build-up and hype, the 2014 World Cup is officially underway, and sports fans across the world are settling down in front of their flat-screen TVs or staking a permanent claim to their favourite spot in the pub in order to watch the festival of football.
Even if England do end up on an early flight back, there's still plenty of talent get excited about, with the likes of Ronaldo, Messi, Neymar and Suarez all flaunting their stuff. But if you can't get enough of your football fix during the games themselves, there are also a whole host of mobile apps available to make sure you're always right up to date with the action, whether you're on the couch, in the garden or taking a sneaky look in the office (we won't judge, we've been playing World in Motion on a loop for about a week).
So to get you in the mood for the 31-day celebration of all things football, here's our pick of the best iPhone and Android apps out there. And when that's got you excited, why not show your support by creating a personalised phone case with your favourite country's flag or logo?
FIFA official app
The game's governing body might not inspire much confidence at the moment but when it comes to making a decent mobile app, it turns out Fifa is surprisingly competent. The tournament's official app offers a simple-to-use, clear design with comprehensive details on all the teams, players and matches, as well as a live blog offering up-to-the-minute information on what's happening, and you'll find exclusive text, photo and video coverage.
If you want the most knowledgeable, up-to-date info, Onefootball Brasil offers notifications for your favourite team and minute-by-minute commentary for every game, for those unfortunate occasions when poor planning means you can't be in front of the TV. It also provides videos from press conferences and interviews, as well as pre and post match news coverage and a dedicated stats centre and leaderboards for goal scorers, yellow cards and much more – perfect for resolving any pub arguments about who the tournament's top performers are.
As you'd expect, the national broadcaster is going all out in Brazil and is promising 24/7 coverage of the World Cup – all of which will be available on its mobile app. Whether you need to know the latest fixtures, keep up-to-date with team news or learn the latest goings-on from the England camp, it'll all be at your fingertips. What's more, you can also listen to BBC Radio 5 Live as you browse, so you never have to miss a minute of the action. Why not team it with the separate BBC iPlayer app for live TV coverage on your mobile?
If you think you can do better the next time Wayne Rooney inevitably belts a shot into row Z, now you can prove it – virtually, at least – with the mobile version of EA Sports' official Fifa 14 game. Sure, it doesn't have all the intricacies of the console versions – but then you aren't paying £30 for it either, and it's just been updated with all the World Cup teams, players and kits. With intuitive touch controls, some of the best graphics on mobile and enough depth to keep you playing long after all the real teams have packed up and gone home, this could be the perfect way to keep getting your football fix.
Panini Online Sticker Album
For those of us who've got fond memories of gathering on the playground before the bell goes to swap stickers and bemoaning the fact you've got four copies of the Algerian goalkeeper, but don't want to be fiddling around with real stickers, the online version of the iconic Panini football sticker album is a must have. The app lets you open new packs of stickers every day, add them to your collection and trade them with other users to complete your album. With over 2.4 million users, you've surely got more options available than if it's just you and a couple of mates. Can you fill the book before the final on July 13th?