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April 24, 2015

5 football apps to follow Champions League semi-final

With the draw over, find out whether it will be Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Juventus or Real Madrid who takes the title using one of these mobile apps.

By Alexander Sword

The Champions League draw is over and the semi-finals of the competition will see Barcelona playing Bayern Munich and Juventus taking on defending champions Real Madrid. Naturally any conscientious sports fan will want to keep up to date with the action, no matter where they are. So hop on the internet and get downloading, because CBR has rounded up a surfeit of great apps that will help you stay plugged in to the football.

1. The official app

The mobile application will suit those who want the definitive news straight from the source. The app will provide you with live results, news, photos and rankings from the Champions League, as well as other UEFA tournaments such as the Europe League and the Euro 2016. Users are also able to set up customised alerts, and can access video highlights on a premium basis. UEFA’s app is available for free on Android, iOS and Blackberry.

2. The third party app

BBC remains one of the most beloved and trusted sports services out there, and its app will keep sports fans supplied with everything they need to know about the Champions League. BBC’s familiar home screen keeps you abreast of the top stories in the sporting world while you can cast live and on-demand video to your TV using Chromecast, as long as you have Android version 2.3 and above. Radio-lovers will be able to listen to major sporting events on BBC Radio 5 Live.

3. The oldest app provides your usual news feeds for the Champions League, but with a bit of analysis thrown in from its community of young football fans. This was the first ever mobile sports app to become available on the App Store. The app boasts a hefty 19 million fans and pushes out hundreds of new articles per day, while bringing a social element by providing a friends chatting feature, introduced recently.

4. The alternative app

Some might say the Windows Phone doesn’t get enough attention, and when it does, it can be pretty chippy – Joe Kelly of Huawei commented that "nobody made any money in Windows Phone." That’s why the Champions League Tracker should be refreshing for any Windows Phone user who wants a bespoke app tailored to their chosen operating system. Undergoing regular updates, it currently provides live scores, statistics and works off and online with on-demand synchronisation.

5. The gambler’s app

What’s life without a little spice? Champions League Predictor will keep you up-to-date with all matches…before they happen. This German-made app from triomis claims to allow you to predict all games in the season, while providing you with results and schedules like other apps. Unlike most of the other apps on this list, you have to pay a small amount, although a free trial is available.

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