Fútbol fans from all over the world will have their eyes, ears and minds in Brazil for the next month during the 2014 World Cup. Thanks to the magic of social media, smart devices and the Internet, fans don’t have to miss any of the action on the field or be glued to the television.
We’ve scoured the web and put together this digital guide to help you find the best places to watch the matches no matter what country or city you’re in, must-have apps and all the hashtags you need.
Best Places to Watch the World Cup
The folks over at Pinterest have been busy collecting data from ESPN, TripAdvisor, Conde Nast Traveler and regular citizens of the internet in order to offer up suggestions for the best places to watch the World Cup all around globe. If you’ve got a suggestion to add to their boards, there’s still time to let the world know about the Beckham of bars in your area.
DIY World Cup Party Planning
Speaking of Pinterest, it’s the perfect social platform for quickly finding creative ideas to host your own World Cup-themed party. Whether your artistic expertise is good enough to build a gigantic meat stadium or your skills are limited to printing out flags to attach to toothpicks, there are ideas for everyone. We’ve even got our own World Cup Party Planning board to get you started!
World Cup Facebook Hub
The party has already started on Facebook’s “Trending #WorldCup” hub. According to a recent internal report, there are 48.9 million soccer fans on Facebook in the US alone and they are almost twice as likely to share photos, updates and comments than the average Facebook user. Of course, it’s not just the fans sharing updates, the athletes have been busy updating their statuses, giving a behind-the-scenes look at what’s happening in Rio through pictures and videos, engaging with fans and even showing off some of the creative ways fans are cheering them on.
Twitter Brings Back #WorldCup HashFlags
Twitter users can add the flags of the world to their tweets by using the hashtag in front of the three letter country code of their choice. Add some red, white and blue to your posts simply by adding #USA to your tweet.
They’ve also made it easy to keep tabs on your favorite teams, players, coaches, news outlets and other fans with match timelines. Here’s what Twitter’s blog has to say:
The World Cup and match timelines make it easy to stay up to date with the World Cup –– search for or tap on #WorldCup or #WorldCup2014 to view them. In the World Cup timeline, you can view Tweets related to the World Cup from people in your network, along with relevant Tweets from teams, players, coaches, press, fans in the stadiums and celebrities.
The match timeline shows Tweets about specific matches that are happening in real time to help you keep up with the latest goals, saves, fouls and more — even if you’re not near a TV. And if you want to only view Tweets with photos and videos, just choose the photos-only view.
Here’s a quick list of the official hashtags and accounts to keep on hand:
For more ways to follow the World Cup on Twitter, check out this post from the Twitter blog.
World Cup Apps, Calendars and Where to Stream
Looking for the best World Cup apps to download? Mashable listed their top six apps with live updates, player profiles, match schedules and more.
Need an easy way to add all of the scheduled matches to your Google calendar? Nick Summers from The Next Web put together this quick guide for importing an existing World Cup schedule calendar into your account that will ensure you don’t miss any of the free kicks, red cards or goals.
If you don’t have a Google calendar or don’t feel like importing the one mentioned above, you can use this pocket World Cup schedule for all of the match-ups.
If you’ll be chained to your desk at game time, don’t want to share in the excitement with strangers or saved room in your apartment by getting rid of your TV set, U.S. fans can still live stream all 64 World Cup matches at ESPN and Univision Deportes. You can also download the ESPN Go app to stream gameplay on multiple devices including Android, Apple, Chromecast, Roku, Windows 8 and more. Canadian fans and those with Canadian VPN access will be able to stream all of the matches via the CBC website.
Now that you’ve got your digital & social guide to the World Cup, all that’s left to do is enjoy.