Out of the country for the World Cup? Having nightmares about missing the action? Unless you’re planning a summer break to North Korea there’s no need to worry as living in the age of the internet means you can follow every kick of the ball from even the most remote locations. Here we take a look at some of the easiest ways to ensure that your summer tan doesn't hamper your social life forever!
Wikipedia provides a helpful list of which networks will be broadcasting the World Cup. Rights have been assigned in almost every country imaginable, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe so as long as you’re near a TV you should be able to sneak off and catch a game.
Kick off times are generally either at 1PM, 4PM or 6PM (Brazilian time) but make sure to take account of your time zones. Luckily for the viewing public, afternoon kick offs mean that the games should be on during waking hours for America, Europe, Africa and even parts of Asia, albeit at punishingly early hours.
Love it or loathe it the enormously popular social network will be abuzz for the entire two weeks of the finals. Every goal, save, mistake and quote will bounce around the Twitterverse and the website must surely be gearing up for its most active period ever.
All major media outlets will also have a Twitter presence, so even if you don’t want to learn the latest from hastily assembled and oh-so-funny memes it may well be the best place to get live updates.
Bookmakers are beginning to understand the value of in depth World Cup coverage, as Coral’s shiny new website shows. In addition to previews, match reports and analysis they’ll also be offering a variety of specials throughout the tournament. If you enjoy a flutter on the football then Coral offer a one stop shop for all your World Cup needs.
Even if your foreign language skills extend as far as ordering a beer and asking directions to the toilet, you can still keep up to date through newspapers. Many newsagents, especially in tourist hot spots, will carry major foreign language newspapers; which can be expected to devote vast sections to World Cup news and analysis. Don’t expect your copy to be hot off the press though, most of the time you’ll be getting yesterday’s edition.
Wherever you’re going this summer, the world’s favorite football tournament will never be far behind. If you want to follow the action from a far flung country the chances are it won’t be a problem. Make sure to find some good news sites, a newsagent and hopefully a sports bar and you won’t miss a thing.