The best sports apps available on Android

Applications. The importance of apps has grown drastically as the popularity of the smartphone has increased, meaning that more and more people take advantage of the thousands of games available for download. Sport news and gaming applications are among the most popular and there are a range of various apps that users can partake in and enjoy playing. The likes of EA Sports, who have created the FIFA series since its inaugural release in 1997, have noticed the gap in the market and now offer their popular games on the app stores. We've looked at just a few of the many apps on offer to Android users and provided our thoughts on the positives and negatives of each game.

Goal is one of the world's leading football websites and provides coverage to more than 60 million football fans across more than 50 different countries. The app keeps supporters updated with the latest football news across the globe. With various editions and the ability to narrow searches down to leagues, clubs and even individual players, you can read up on the newest gossip and information on your favourite footballers on the planet.

So if you want to catch up on Cristiano Ronaldo's latest goals or David de Gea's proposed move to Real Madrid, you can keep updated via their application. With more football news than anyone else, they are certainly among the best football applications around. Furthermore, users can also benefit from their live updates that inform you of goals during matches - something that fans certainly miss during the summer.

    Fingertip Tennis Fingertip Tennis allows players to play as a finger... with their finger. Essentially, it's a standard tennis game but, instead of controlling the likes of Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal, you are a finger on the court - with one character named as 'Rafinger Nadal'. A simple yet effective design, all Android users can download this game for free and take part in tournaments to become the best finger in tennis.


It's certainly an interesting concept and, with various difficulty levels, you can compete at your own pace. This game is especially popular with children but adults also enjoy competing against the best fingers in the sport. With various surfaces, numerous locations and the opportunity to play against classic heroes of tennis, it's fun for all the family!   Betfair Mobile Betfair is one of the world's biggest bookmakers and caters for thousands of users across the globe. They cover a wide range of sports, including cricket, rugby league, snooker and many more. They pride themselves on their ability to offer unique markets and are extremely quick at providing odds on events. Meanwhile, it is also possible to get all the latest details on their website, as well as the app. For example, users can already bet on the winner of the 2015/16 Stanley Cup on their website as well as finding more news and odds on ice hockey via the betfair app. While this app doesn't allow users or customers to play or engage in physical games, the app is extremely easy to use and allows punters the opportunity to place bets on real-life sporting events. Furthermore, Betfair Exchange can be accessed - a unique concept that allows users to bet or lay against other Betfair customers from around the world. At the very least, they believe that they offer a completely different betting experience than other bookmakers and they are right.

NBA Jam NBA Jam is a game from EA Sports and remains one of the best basketball games available on the app store. You can control your favourite stars and take part in various different events, including Slam Dunk contests or just straightforward 2-on-2 competition for the NBA Championship. All 30 teams are available on the game, meaning that users can take their beloved teams to the Championship game. Crucially, there is the opportunity to play against your friends in multiplayer mode and you can compete against others in your local area to become the best on your street. With the chance to unlock NBA legends - including Michael Jordan - and other cool features, it is the perfect game to play when relaxing with friends or during the commercial breaks while watching sport. Unfortunately for NBA Jam fans, EA Sports haven't made a new version for a while but plenty of basketball supporters would welcome a new version of the game.  

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