Official EURO 2012
EURO 2012 is the official app of the tournament, the result of a partnership between governing body UEFA and mobile operator Orange. Content includes a basic news section, schedule and team information and access to official photos and videos. There's also a fun fan kit section, which includes some exclusive wallpapers and a photo fun tool that lets you decorate a photo with various footballing related themes.
The app does make use of Metro UI, but there are some elements that have clearly been ported from the iPhone (e.g. the Going to Poland and Ukraine section) and, in general, it lacks the cohesiveness of a polished design (e.g. the video section has a different style, which means it feels bolted on). On the plus side, there's good support for push notifications with goals, match events, match timings, news and videos all individually configurable via the app's settings.
Market place description:
The official UEFA EURO 2012 app with Orange gives you access to the final tournament of the 14th UEFA European Football Championship. It will be held in Poland and Ukraine from 8 June to 1 July. Get live results, free customised alerts, news, photos, and standings.
EURO 2012 can be downloaded from the Windows Phone Marketplace.
Goal.com 2012 Finals
The Goal.com 2012 Finals app is exclusive to Lumia devices, which is a shame for non-Nokia users because it is probably the best of the Euro 2012 apps, thanks to its fluid design and in-depth content. Content for the app is drawn from Goal.com, one of the largest football dedicated sites on the Internet, and mixes text, images and video to give a level of coverage that should keep any football fan happy.
The app's opening panorama is divided between matches (listing upcoming games), standings (show group information), and media wall (giving access to news, features and multimedia content). Each game gets it own page; if a game is underway you'll be able to view live commentary and if it's finished you'll be able to view a match recap.
Tapping on a team name in the standings page opens a secondary panorama dedicated to that team where you'll find a team profile, details of upcoming matches, a squad listing and team news. There's an option to pin this page to your start screen so you can quickly jump into the section of the app relevant to your favourite team.
Goal.com 2012 Finals is the essential Euro 2012 tournament app. Keeping you connected on the move, delivering the latest team news, live scores and commentary, plus much more. Whatever and wherever the story is the Goal.com 2012 Finals mobile app offers the most comprehensive and expert coverage of the Euro 2012 competition.
The Goal.com 2012 Finals mobile app features include breaking news, exclusive interviews, video clips, team profiles, player profiles, and ‘Road to Euro 2012’ which looks back at how each nation qualified for the tournament. This truly is the best way to follow all the major stories as they unfold.
JAWebsolutions' Euro 2012
Euro 2012, which has been developed by JAWebsolutions, is the best of the "indie" apps. It provides information about all the upcoming matches, details of venues and stadiums, links to video that recap every games, news from the official UEFA feeds, and a countdown to the final. Once the tournament is underway the app will include information of all game results, a schedule for the knock out stage and a table of top scorers.
A useful extra is the ability to set a reminder (alarm) to alert you when there's half an hour to go before a game starts.
Follow Euro 2012 like never before, with the best and most complete Euro 2012 app for Windows Phone. June and July 2012 will be the months in which Euro 2012 takes place in Poland and Ukraine. In this app, you find all rankings, results, news, topscorers and venues. Stay tuned on the English national squads' results, with Euro 2012!
Euro 2012 can be downloaded from the Windows Phone Marketplace; a free trial is available with the full app costing £0.99 / $0.99 / €0.99. The topscorers table, venue information and match reminder functionality is only available in the full paid version of the app.