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Soccer star Lionel Messi conquers America in new documentary trailer

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International soccer legend Lionel Messi is now a fixture with MLS club Inter Miami CF.
International soccer legend Lionel Messi is now a fixture with MLS club Inter Miami CF.
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World soccer phenom Lionel Messi conquered the world. And now he’s come for the United States, according to a new documentary teaser trailer Apple TV+ dropped Monday for Messi Meets America.

The six-part series, which debuts October 11, is all about Messi’s first season with Major League Soccer club Inter Miami CF.

After the Whistle podcast with Ted Lasso’s Coach Beard is back

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Tune in July 19 for a preview of the 2023 Women's World Cup and follow each episode covering the tournament's matches.
Tune in July 19 for a preview of the 2023 Women's World Cup and follow each episode covering the tournament's matches.
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Apple News said Monday its popular soccer podcast After the Whistle with Brendan Hunt and Rebecca Lowe will return for a second season July 19.

While the first season saw Hunt — Coach Beard on the smash hit Apple TV+ soccer comedy Ted Lasso — and veteran sports broadcaster Lowe applying their super fandom to the Men’s World Cup tournament, the second season focuses on the 2023 Women’s World Cup, hosted by Australia and New Zealand.

Real Madrid: Until the End shoots and misses [Apple TV+ review] ★★☆☆

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The new three-part documentary debuts March on Apple TV+.★★☆☆
How do you tell an exciting sports story when there's not much going on?
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TV+ Review New Apple TV+ sports documentary Real Madrid: Until the End chronicles one of the world’s most popular football clubs during a treacherous 2021 and 2022 comeback season.

Missing their star striker, reuniting with an old coach, dealing with their best player’s injuries … there are many hurdles for the team to overcome. This three-part series won’t play particularly well for people who aren’t already invested in the fortunes of Real Madrid. But it proves fairly informative and entertaining even to the layman.

New Apple TV+ trailer showcases Real Madrid soccer club’s epic season

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The new three-part documentary debuts March on Apple TV+.
The new three-part documentary debuts March on Apple TV+.
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Apple TV+ kicked off an upcoming documentary series — Real Madrid: Until the End — with a trailer Wednesday. In it, soccer icon David Beckham raves about the famous Spanish soccer club’s remarkable 2021-2022 season. It was loaded with drama and plenty of come-from-behind victories on the way to the club taking the Champions League title.

The three-part documentary series premieres on Apple TV+ on Friday, March 10.

T-Mobile gives customers free MLS Season Pass via Apple TV app

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If you're an Apple TV+ subscriber and a T-Mobile customer, this deal saves you $79 ($99 for people not already signed up for Apple TV+).
If you're an Apple TV+ subscriber and a T-Mobile customer, this deal saves you $79 ($99 for people not already signed up for Apple TV+).
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Cellular carrier T-Mobile said Tuesday it’s offering MLS Season Pass for free to every customer this soccer season. The pass is available by subscription via the Apple TV app on millions of devices, with many matches available on Apple TV+.

So if you’re a T-Mobile or Metro by T-Mobile customer, MLS Season Pass — the only way to watch all of the league’s live soccer matches this season — comes free when you sign up for it. See details below.

New Apple TV+ documentary trailer shows ominous ‘War for Football’

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Will a war over big-time soccer tear the sport apart?
Will a war over big-time soccer tear the sport apart?
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A new documentary series is coming to Apple TV+ January 13 — Super League: The War for Football. Its trailer, dropped Wednesday, makes it look like a spy thriller filled with betrayals is currently unfolding in the world of international soccer.

And it’s good timing on the streaming service’s part, promoting it during the world’s most-popular sport’s biggest event, the World Cup.

Cristiano Ronaldo bought his teammates iMacs after getting red-carded

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To be fair, he can probably afford it.
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World renowned soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo bought the entire Juventus squad iMacs after getting a red card in a 2018 Champions League match against Valencia.

The Portuguese superstar player was reduced to tears after being sent off for pulling the hair of defender Jeison Murillo. Although Juventus won the match 2-0, club rules stipulated by boss Massimiliano Allegri meant Ronaldo had to buy gifts for the rest of his team. Eventually he settled on iMacs.

Old-school cool: Ronaldo rocks iPod shuffle before soccer match

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An obsolete iPod shuffle hasn't hurt Ronaldo’s game.
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Soccer star Christiano Ronaldo is worth roughly $450 million. He has invested in a hotel chain, owns a $3 million sports car, lives in a $6 million house and has a lifetime deal with Nike worth a reported $1 billion.

But when it comes to listening to music, he’s fine with an iPod shuffle.

Apple teases Beats Studio3 headphones in a Neymar Jr. edition

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They’re “coming soon” to the Apple Store.
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Apple today added a Neymar Jr. Custom Edition of the Beats Studio3 wireless headphones to its online store.

The headphones, which celebrate the soccer star’s 27th birthday, feature a black and white design inspired by São Paulo street graffiti, where Neymar first started playing soccer.

Cheer on your World Cup team with these stupid expensive custom iPhones

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These World Cup iPhones don't come cheap.
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The World Cup is set to kick off one week from now in Russia and one of the country’s gaudiest iPhone modders has come out with a collection of custom gold iPhones to celebrate your favorite players.

Caviar is no stranger to super expensive iPhones, but their latest designs might have the most universal appeal. The new Football Legends collection features eight new designs that are dedicated to one modern football hero and the national team he plays for. By combining patterns from the players’ countries with Russian design elements, Caviar’s new iPhone X collection actually looks pretty cool.

Check em out:

Clips goes soccer mad with new World Cup update

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We'd call it "football" but we don't want to start a war in the comments section.
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Ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, which kicks off on June 14, Apple has updated its Clips video app with a soccer-themed refresh.

The free apps allows users to combine video clips, photos and music into short videos that they can share with friends and family. To add some flair to these videos, it’s possible to utilize filters, emoji, stickers, captions and more. The new Clips update includes new soccer graphics.

Cult of Mac Magazine: Everything you need to know about HEIF, iOS 11 brings 5 different types of tap, and more!

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HEIF is the still-image version of the HVEC video format. Its main advantage for you and me is that photos saved in HEIF are roughly half the size of JPEGs, and of better quality.
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In this week’s Cult of Mac Magazine, we’re going to tell you everything you need to know about HEIF (High Efficiency Image File Format), Apple’s new photo format to replace JPEGs. Discover the many advantages HEIF has over JPEG.

Discover all the great ways to watch streaming soccer this summer on Apple TV with our handy list. Learn how to easily save lots of iMessage pictures and movies all at once toCult of Macthe iPhone Photos app.

And, save 20 percent off Dubai-based Ullu’s luxury Apple Watch bands only for the month of June! Check out lots of new arrivals in our Watch Store!

Click iTunes for a free subscription to Cult of Mac Magazine. Here are this week’s top stories.

Best Apple TV apps for streaming soccer

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Best Apple TV apps for streaming soccer
Best Apple TV apps for streaming soccer.
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By Chris Brantner

Soccer is one of the most popular sports in the world — there are soccer fans everywhere. With all of this popularity comes a ton of potential leagues and tournaments to watch. If you’re a big fan, you’ll be glad to know there are some great ways to watch streaming soccer on Apple TV.

Apple pays tribute to the beautiful game in new ad

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Are you ready for Euro 2016?
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The Euro 2016 soccer football championships are set to kickoff tomorrow in France and Apple is marking the occasion with yet another “Shot on iPhone” ad that will make you feel weepy with love for the beautiful game.

Apple’s ad for the biggest football tournament outside the World Cup features pictures and videos of kids playing football around the world with Little Simz inspirational song “Wingz” in the background.

Check it out:

Apple lines up Manchester City star as sport ambassador

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Raheem Sterling of Manchester City.
Raheem Sterling of Manchester City.
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Apple is planning to make a big advertising push during the 2016 UEFA European Championship football tournament, and Raheem Sterling could be the star of the company’s ads.

Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling is reportedly close to signing a deal with Apple to become its first ever global sports ambassador from England, but the entire deal hinges on whether the 21-year-old phenom actually makes the team.

Soccer coach equips players with iPads to overcome language barrier

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Free iPads for a game of football a week? Where do I sign up?
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With his ability to fire people up and get them motivated, Steve Jobs has been likened to a great football coach. And now to bring things full circle, a real football coach (or “soccer” to you American readers!) is using Jobs’ creation, the iPad, to help coach his players.

The coach in question is Gary Neville, who a new report claims has distributed iPads to the Valencia football team to teach them strategies on the pitch, while covering up for his lack of fluency in Spanish.

Premiership soccer player faked injury to grab the latest iPhone

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Would you take a dive for a brand new iPhone?
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Anyone who has ever watched a soccer game knows that players will take a dive for any possible strategic advantage. But what about to get their hands on the latest iPhone?

According to a new report, the answer is a resounding yes. Highly-paid Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli — a man known for his erratic behavior — is said to have feigned an injury during a training game in 2014 so as to get hold of Apple’s latest handset.

Go for goal with these World Cup essentials

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The supermarkets are already full of Brazil-related plastic junk, and even folks who only watch football once every four years are getting excited. Why? It’s World Cup time, of course!

Here we have a selection of apps and gadgets, clothes and toys to help you follow along and enjoy the show. The only thing we haven’t included is streaming app, because broadcast rights vary from country to country. Our workaround is to watch on TV or listen on the radio. Or do it like the Brazilians and head to your local bar.

Clever app turns greasy fast food trays into World Cup soccer shootout

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The FIFA World Cup 2014 is set to get underway in Brazil in less than a month which will bring four years worth of soccer football promotions packed into a month of kicking, grass stains and sweat to your TV.

Giraffas, a one of the largest restaurant chains in Brazil, may have already scored the coolest cross promotion with their clever iOS app that turns your greasy tray of fastfood into a tiny soccer shootout game.

Check out how it works in the video below:

This Week’s Must-Have iOS Games: FIFA 13, Bad Piggies, Lili & More [Roundup]

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FIFA 13 kicks off this week’s must-have games roundup, delivering a much-improved version of everyone’s favorite soccer sim. In addition to new visuals and optimization for the iPhone 5, FIFA 13 finally boasts an online multiplayer mode, allowing you to play against friends and random opponents over the Internet.

We also have Rovio’s latest release, Bad Piggies; a stunning adventure RPG called Lili, a new Monsters Ate My Condo game, and more.

EA Sports Brings FIFA 13 To The App Store With Online Multiplayer

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FIFA 13 promises "groundbreaking visuals" and the most responsive control system yet.

As a massive soccer fan, I love EA Sports’s FIFA Soccer series. So imagine my delight when I opened up the App Store this morning to find FIFA 13 staring back at me. This is the FIFA game I’ve been waiting for for iOS. Why? Because it’s the first to boast online multiplayer, allowing you to play against your friends over the Internet.

DreamWorks Dragons Brings The Lovable Toothless To iOS In Physics-Based Puzzler

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Toothless the fire-breathing dragon comes to iOS is a fun, physics-based puzzle game from PikPok.
Toothless the fire-breathing dragon comes to iOS is a fun, physics-based puzzle game from PikPok.

My kids fell in love with Toothless, the lovable fire-breathing dragon, after watching DreamWorks’s hit 2010 animation How To Train Your Dragon. Today he makes his debut on iOS in DreamWorks Dragons: TapDragonTap, a colorful physics-based puzzle game from development studio PikPok.