Silicon Republic houses its fair share of football fanatics and, when it was brought to my attention that there could be World Cup watchers out there yet to discover Google’s nifty fixtures tool, I decided to share this handy helper.
In this age of technology, there’s a digital solution for just about everything. And, sometimes, there are too many solutions and none of them just right.
In the search for a simple way to keep track of matches past, present and future in the 2014 World Cup, though, Google’s porridge runs just the right temperature.
This simple schedule works across mobile and desktop and can be accessed simply by typing ‘world cup’ into a Google Search bar, widget or the Google Search app. This calls up the full schedule of matches in a convenient (mobile-friendly) info box, starting with the day’s fixtures.
You can click or swipe backwards for the previous days’ matches and results, and scan forward for the coming games in the tournament. Click on ‘Groups’ in the header and you can see who’s leading the fray and who’s falling behind. Click ‘2nd Stage’ and you have the digital version of a World Cup wall chart, gradually being populated as we edge closer to the round of 16. (That said, there’s nothing more satisfying than filling out your own physical wall chart – we got ours from Goal.com!)
This information is powered by FIFA.com and you can click through on past matches for full timelines and match stats.
What’s more, for your ultimate convenience, all match times are localised – so no hassle trying to convert Brasília time to your time zone.
In short, this effective little tool gives you all the information you need, in context and without any unnecessary add-ons. All that’s left is for you to enjoy the beautiful game.