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As all football (soccer) fans most most probably already know, the 2014 FIFA World Cup which will be hosted in Brazil, is scheduled to start soon, on June 12.

To stay up to date with the latest scores, check out the match schedule and much more, you can use a cross-platform application called iCup 2014 Brazil.

iCup 2014 Brazil screenshots

iCup 2014 Brazil is a freeware desktop application for Linux, Windows and Mac which can be used to view the FIFA World Cup 2014 match schedule and groups as well as detailed information about each match: scorers, events, stats, formations and so on. The application should also provide online updates with real-time data during matches time but, since the 2014 FIFA World Cup hasn't started yet, I can't test this feature for now.

iCup 2014 Brazil app features:
  • displays the 2014 FIFA World Cup matches calendar (by date or stage) and groups along with a search feature;
  • graphical visualization of the groups and 2nd stage;
  • automatically converts the matches date/time based on your local timezone;
  • direct linking for commenting the results into your preferred social network (Facebook, Google+ and Twitter);
  • available in about 30 languages;
  • responsive user interface (the layout adapts to the window dimensions);
  • proxy support.

Here are a few more iCup 2014 Brazil app screenshots:

iCup 2014 Brazil screenshots

iCup 2014 Brazil screenshots

iCup 2014 Brazil screenshots

iCup 2014 Brazil screenshots

The FIFA World Cup 2014 match events, formations and statistics are donationware (to help pay for servers and bandwidth) in the Mac and Windows versions but are available for free in the Linux version.

As you can see from the screenshots above, the application doesn't look native on Linux, even though it uses GTK+2. However, being an application that's only useful for about a month, I'd say that doesn't matter that much.

The Linux app is advertised as being 32bit only but you can get it to run on 64bit by installing libstdc++6 and GTK+2 for 32bit (see below).

iCup 2014 Brazil download and usage

In Linux, iCup 2014 Brazil requires GTK+2 and libstdc++.so.6 so make sure they are installed (on 64bit, you'll need the 32bit multiarch packages). 

For Ubuntu, install these packages by using the command below:

- 32bit:
sudo apt-get install libgtk2.0-0 libstdc++6

- 64bit:
sudo apt-get install libgtk2.0-0:i386 libstdc++6:i386 libgtk2.0-0 libstdc++6
(if you didn't previously install 32bit/multiarch packages, this will install quite a few dependencies - but you'll need them sooner or later because apps like Skype, Google Earth, etc. are only available for 32bit/multiarch)

Once the dependencies are installed, download the application (link below) and to use it under Linux, extract the downloaded archive and double click the "iCup 2014 FREE - Brazil" file from the folder where the app was extracted.

Download iCup 2014 Brazil (for Linux, Windows and Mac OS X)