Euro 2012 App Review – The Best Companion for Europe’s Most Prestigious Football Tournament

The greatest European football tournament is just around the corner, and there’s no better way to keep up-to-date with the latest from Poland than with the official Euro 2012 (free) app. Here’s why.

When you open the app, you are instantly greeted with the latest news of anything to do with the competition. Whether it’s an interview with a German player or an injury of a Spanish player, you will be informed right on the homepage. The best part is the format of it all – it’s not a bunch of text squashed into tiny boxes, but rather a more relaxed and sleek view of the latest articles, their headlines and the time posted. Scroll a little further and you’ll see the next two matches’ date and kick-off time.

At the top of the homepage, you can set your favourite teams. I’ve added England and Spain, so when I launch the app and tap on their flags located at the top, I can see almost everything I need to know about them. I say almost because there aren’t any team-specific news articles on the team-specific page. But everything else is there – next match date and KO, standings and the squad.

The next best thing about the official Euro 2012 app is the slide-in panel on the right. If you tap the little icon at the top right-hand corner of the screen, a transparent window will creep in, giving you all the information you will ever need. You can check out the calendar of the upcoming matches, information about different teams, any media such as photos and videos, wallpapers for your device and even a mini tour guide for Poland and Ukraine. Awesome.

When you’re reading an article, everything is laid out rather nicely. The headline doesn’t take up too much space up top and the picture dominates the top half of the screen. That’s not a bad thing, obviously, because HD pictures work extremely well for sports (especially football). The body of the article has a very nice font that’s easy on the eyes but it’s far too small. I can’t find any option to increase the text size, so that’s a real bummer. Nevertheless, the rest of the article view is perfect. All social media sharing options are hidden behind an unobstructive icon and you can seamlessly flick between the previous article, current and next article by swiping left or right on the body.

Euro 2012 is the best app I have ever used for a sports tournament. It has everything you will ever need – latest news, photos, videos, team line-ups, schedules and the rest of it. There are a few flaws here and there, but that shouldn’t stop you from downloading it. It’s a must-have for true football fans.

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Written by guest writer Daven Gomes