Telegraph World Cup App for iPhone review

In a previous life I worked nights reading newspapers for a living, everything from The Wall Street Journal to the Sunday Sport. I mention this only because The Telegraph was the paper of choice for sporting coverage, despite the politics being a world away from my own. Comprehensive and insightful, with a selection of quality writers and former pros, it rightly won Sport Newspaper of the Year.

The same winning formula extends to The Telegraph's latest iPhone app. Clearly a hit with fans, the free Telegraph World Cup App was recently downloaded 143,000 times in just one week. With World Cup analysis from Michael Owen, Roy Hodgson, Alan Hansen, Alan Smith, Adrian Chiles, Ossie Ardiles, George Cohen, Juninho, Lucas Radome, Henry Winter, Jim White and more, it's a daily must read across June and into July.

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Additionally, the Telegraph World Cup App offers a live match centre, including live match commentary, game stats and average player positions. Fans can choose to follow 3 favourite teams from the 32 participating and have match times listed in local time zones so you don't miss out on the action. Free push notifications offering goal alerts, introduced with a 2.0 update, have been less of a success, lagging behind game play or mysteriously appearing repeatedly. These have temporarily been suspended while the bugs are fixed, although The Telegraph promises future updates, before the tournament comes to a close on 11 July, adding a level of interactivity.

 The Telegraph World Cup App also proves a decent app to navigate, with a fairly clear and intuitive interface, although access to fixtures and results requires a little digging. A striking use of football imagery, both on the field and off, helps set the scene, including the all to clear poverty surrounding the World Cup in South Africa.

OUR VERDICT

The Telegraph World Cup App sets the standard for sporting iPhone apps, more so as it’s offered completely free. A quality read throughout, with some equally great photos helping to set the scene, it's a must have for all football fans this summer.

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