The world of football is becoming decidedly smaller and all of us connoisseurs of the game want to watch more than just our local team or Super Sunday. We want to see Flamengo play in the Brasileiro, Dinamo Kiev in the Ukrainian Premier League and the Basque derby between Real Sociedad and Athletic Bilbao. We need to see FA Cup replays, the Intertoto Cup and Portuguese club friendlies. Need to.
What better to accompany a game of football than being in a pub, drinking a pint and a debating with your mates whether Werder Bremen’s latest playmaker would cut it at United or Liverpool. However, some drinking establishments do not share our blind faith in the fact that a Ligue 1 clash between Ajaccio and St Etienne could be a barnstormer – enter Matchpint.
Matchpint have released an essential app (iTunes link) and website to tell you exactly which pubs are showing which games, so you don’t have to miss a moment of the Copa Libertadores. Watch football and drink beer smarter; no longer is it a case of running to a pub with your fingers crossed that they will have a game on for your viewing delight; check the facts with Matchpint and don’t miss a minute of Copa Del Rey action.
The pub app been done before? Not like this it hasn’t. Each pub has a profile on Matchpint that they upload, update and maintain; that way if it says the AZ Alkmaar game is on, it’s on. The detail to help you decide which public house to frequent is awe-inspiring; learn how many screens it has, whether the bar has HD or 3D, whether it will show the game with or without sound and whether it serves food.
Matchpint is designed to be interactive; the world’s football (and beer) fans working as one to give each other information on enjoying a pub experience whilst watching the game we love. The site has the facility to allow you to rate your experience, read other supporters’ thoughts, upload photos and have your say.
The dedicated search engine means that you will find the match, pub or competition you are looking for, and be given a host of options for your viewing pleasure. Pubs are rated by viewers’ preference, so you will have a list of the best football-beer experiences in a specific city or town at your fingertips.
Matchpint is fully conversant with Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites, so you will never miss a game, and have the ability to interact with other users. It is also free, easy to register and use, and, well, very cool.
So no longer let the television schedule dominate your life; ESPN or Sky are no longer the boss – you are. Pick the game, find a pub that is showing it and enjoy. Simple really. Thanks Matchpint, I’ll get the next round.