<![CDATA[FIFA.com - News]]>http://www.fifa.com/index.htmlenCopyright ©1994 - 2015 FIFA. All rights reservedTue, 26 Apr 2016 10:03:00 GMTWed, 27 Apr 2016 10:12:48 GMTFIFA.comFIFA.comhttp://www.fifa.com/imgml/rssheader.gif http://www.fifa.com/index.html13928FIFA.com RSS<![CDATA[The trials that made Cana who he is]]>/live-scores/uefaeuro/news/newsid/278/296/2/index.htmlRenowned for his robust approach on the field, Lorik Cana has fostered a reputation as a fighter in the heat of a game, but it took a series of challenges to get him to that point. He spoke to FIFA.com about his life and career, and the long road to UEFA EURO 2016 with Albania.

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Tue, 26 Apr 2016 10:03:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=NewsTournament=UEFA EURO 2016
<![CDATA[Worldwide extension of sanctions imposed in connection with anti-doping violations]]>/development/news/y=2016/m=4/news=worldwide-extension-of-sanctions-imposed-in-connection-with-anti-dopin-2782661.htmlMon, 25 Apr 2016 14:42:00 GMTArea=Football DevelopmentSection=Anti-dopingKind=News<![CDATA[2015 in numbers]]>/news/y=2015/m=12/news=2015-in-numbers-2747708.htmlFIFA.com reflects on the stats behind the likes of Chile's Copa America triumph, Abby Wambach's USA farewell and the scoring exploits of players such as Robert Lewandowski, Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.]]>Wed, 30 Dec 2015 10:01:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=Week in StatsKind=News<![CDATA[The Week in Quotes]]>/news/y=2015/m=10/news=the-week-in-quotes-2712161.htmlFIFA.com's weekly look at the best quotes from around the footballing world includes USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann responding to critics, a touching account of a father reuniting with his footballing son and Rafa Benitez on selling books.]]>Sat, 17 Oct 2015 08:46:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=Week in QuotesKind=News<![CDATA[Albanian apex, Monumental madness & sizzling Sanchez]]>/news/y=2015/m=10/news=albanian-apex-monumental-madness-sizzling-sanchez-2711823.htmlFIFA.com’s latest stats review, along with defending in Doha and scoring in South America.]]>Wed, 14 Oct 2015 15:45:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=Week in StatsKind=News<![CDATA[Albania on the up with De Biasi]]>/fifa-world-ranking/news/y=2015/m=8/news=albania-on-the-up-with-de-biasi-2673315.htmlShqiponjat's astonishing rise to an all-time high of 22nd in the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking.]]>Thu, 27 Aug 2015 08:19:00 GMTArea=World RankingSection=Men RankingKind=News<![CDATA[Chile enter top ten, Mexico and Jamaica soar]]>/fifa-world-ranking/news/y=2015/m=8/news=chile-enter-top-ten-mexico-and-jamaica-soar-2669229.htmlThu, 06 Aug 2015 08:57:00 GMTArea=World RankingSection=Men RankingKind=News<![CDATA[Dates set for European qualifying fixtures]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=7/news=dates-set-for-european-qualifying-fixtures-2667948.htmlSun, 26 Jul 2015 11:25:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=Preliminary DrawKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[The Preliminary Draw results in full]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=7/news=the-preliminary-draw-results-in-full-2667929.html

FIFA.com rounds up the results from the Preliminary Draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, which took place at the Konstantin Palace in St. Petersburg on Saturday 25 July.]]>
Sat, 25 Jul 2015 21:37:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=Preliminary DrawKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)
<![CDATA[Heavyweights and old enemies meet in Europe]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=7/news=heavyweights-and-old-enemies-meet-in-europe-2667885.htmlFIFA.com takes a closer look at the groups in the European Zone, where Spain meet Italy, France take on the Netherlands and Sweden, and England reprise their old rivalry with Scotland. ]]>Sat, 25 Jul 2015 18:53:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=Preliminary DrawKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Gashi: You never know what tomorrow brings]]>/live-scores/news/y=2015/m=3/news=gashi-you-never-know-what-tomorrow-brings-2557057.htmlFIFA.com about representing Albania, his partnership with Marco Streller and his personal future.]]>Tue, 10 Mar 2015 14:47:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=Club FootballKind=NewsTournament=Raiffeisen Super League 2014/2015<![CDATA[European coaches to recap Brazil 2014's technical legacy in Russia ]]>/worldcup/news/y=2014/m=9/news=european-coaches-to-recap-brazil-2014-s-technical-legacy-in-russia-2439876.htmlMon, 15 Sep 2014 14:00:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil ™<![CDATA[Shocks, strikers and crammed stands]]>/news/y=2014/m=9/news=shocks-strikers-and-crammed-stands-2437638.htmlWed, 10 Sep 2014 07:22:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=Week in StatsKind=News<![CDATA[Albania buoyed by dream start]]>/live-scores/news/y=2014/m=9/news=albania-buoyed-by-dream-start-2437276.htmlMon, 08 Sep 2014 13:33:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=News<![CDATA[Goal feats, upsets and a career nadir]]>/news/y=2014/m=8/news=goal-feats-upsets-and-a-career-nadir-2420481.htmlFIFA.com’s latest stats review along with some stunning surprises in UEFA competitions and two unforgettable minutes for one man in Norway.]]>Wed, 13 Aug 2014 11:35:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=Week in StatsKind=News<![CDATA[Ashley Cole’s memorable England moments]]>/live-scores/news/y=2014/m=5/news=ashley-cole-s-memorable-england-moments-2337243.htmlFIFA.com looks back at some memorable moments from an incredible career for his country.]]>Mon, 12 May 2014 17:54:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=News<![CDATA[Portugal go third, Greece and Scotland soar]]>/fifa-world-ranking/news/y=2014/m=4/news=portugal-go-third-greece-and-scotland-soar.htmlThu, 10 Apr 2014 08:58:00 GMTArea=World RankingSection=Men RankingKind=News<![CDATA[Rraklli: Every game is an experience]]>/womensworldcup/news/y=2013/m=11/news=rraklli-every-game-experience-2223682.htmlHaving led Albania's women's national team since their first match in 2011, coach Altin Rraklli is now gearing up to compete alongside Europe's best as qualifying for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™ gets underway.

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Thu, 14 Nov 2013 17:31:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015
<![CDATA[Big victories as groups take shape]]>/womensworldcup/news/y=2013/m=11/news=big-victories-groups-take-shape-2216568.html

The latest qualifying matches for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™ took place across Europe this week with an exciting blend of closely fought duels and clear victories. FIFA.com summarises the round of qualifiers.

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Sat, 02 Nov 2013 06:27:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015
<![CDATA[Bosnians make history, Iceland maintain dream]]>/worldcup/news/y=2013/m=10/news=bosnians-make-history-iceland-keep-dream-alive-2196919.htmlWed, 16 Oct 2013 02:10:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. European Zone<![CDATA[Europe poised for last-day drama]]>/worldcup/news/y=2013/m=10/news=europe-poised-for-last-day-drama-2195655.htmlMon, 14 Oct 2013 09:32:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. European Zone<![CDATA[Belgium, Germany and Switzerland join party]]>/worldcup/news/y=2013/m=10/news=belgium-germany-and-switzerland-join-the-party-2194935.htmlSat, 12 Oct 2013 03:01:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. European Zone<![CDATA[Promised land looms for European quartet]]>/worldcup/news/y=2013/m=10/news=promised-land-looms-for-european-quartet-2193684.htmlBelgium, Germany, Russia and Switzerland could all qualify for Brazil 2014 on Friday as the penultimate round of qualifiers takes place across Europe, with England and Montenegro also battling it out for supremacy at the top of Group H.

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Fri, 11 Oct 2013 09:29:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. European Zone
<![CDATA[Qualification scenarios explained]]>/worldcup/news/y=2013/m=10/news=qualification-scenarios-explained-2193264.htmlWith nine teams, as well as the hosts, having secured their place in Brazil for next summer's FIFA World Cup, FIFA.com takes a look at the eight sides that could be joining them on Friday.

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Thu, 10 Oct 2013 11:31:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp.
<![CDATA[European giants join the race to Canada ]]>/womensworldcup/news/y=2013/m=9/news=european-giants-join-the-race-canada-2175863.htmlFIFA.com previews the action.]]>Thu, 19 Sep 2013 07:30:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015<![CDATA[Italy, Netherlands reach promised land]]>/worldcup/news/y=2013/m=9/news=italy-netherlands-reach-promised-land-2172065.htmlWed, 11 Sep 2013 03:37:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. European Zone<![CDATA[European quartet eye early progress]]>/worldcup/news/y=2013/m=9/news=european-quartet-eye-early-progress-2169692.htmlFIFA.com previews the action.]]>Mon, 09 Sep 2013 10:04:06 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. European Zone<![CDATA[Belgium in touching distance, France held]]>/worldcup/news/y=2013/m=9/news=belgium-within-touching-distance-france-stutter-2169009.htmlSat, 07 Sep 2013 03:40:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. European Zone<![CDATA[Decisive duels as end draws near]]>/worldcup/news/y=2013/m=9/news=decisive-duels-campaign-end-draws-near-2167710.htmlThu, 05 Sep 2013 13:26:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. European Zone<![CDATA[Salihi: Albania can make it to Brazil]]>/worldcup/news/y=2013/m=7/news=salihi-albania-can-make-brazil-2134175.htmlFIFA.com speaks with prolific Albania forward Hamdi Salihi who says his nation can make history over the coming months and qualify for their maiden FIFA World Cup™.]]>Wed, 10 Jul 2013 06:55:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. European Zone<![CDATA[USA close on records, Sweden outjump France]]>/fifa-world-ranking/news/y=2013/m=6/news=usa-close-records-sweden-outjump-france-2113721.htmlFri, 21 Jun 2013 08:58:00 GMTArea=World RankingSection=Women RankingKind=News<![CDATA[Belgium move clear, Portugal claim key win ]]>/worldcup/news/y=2013/m=6/news=belgium-clear-portugal-pull-off-key-win-2104446.htmlFIFA.com reviews Friday's matchday in European qualifying for Brazil 2014 as Belgium and Portugal improved their prospects, while Croatia and Montenegro both stumbled at home.]]>Sat, 08 Jun 2013 03:01:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. European Zone<![CDATA[Crunch time for Portugal in Europe]]>/worldcup/news/y=2013/m=6/news=crunch-time-for-portugal-europe-2103404.htmlThu, 06 Jun 2013 10:09:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. European Zone<![CDATA[Dutch go fifth, quartet reach personal bests]]>/fifa-world-ranking/news/y=2013/m=6/news=oranje-fifth-quartet-reach-personal-bests-2103109.htmlThu, 06 Jun 2013 08:59:00 GMTArea=World RankingSection=Men RankingKind=News<![CDATA[Women’s round-up: April 2013 ]]>/development/news/y=2013/m=5/news=women-round-april-2013-2066745.htmlFIFA.com runs the rule over an action-packed month of women's football, which witnessed the qualifying campaign for the FIFA Women's World Cup 2015™ gather pace and the dawn of a new era in the USA.]]>Wed, 01 May 2013 07:47:00 GMTArea=Football DevelopmentSection=WomenKind=News<![CDATA[Qualifying route laid out in Europe ]]>/womensworldcup/news/y=2013/m=4/news=qualifying-route-laid-out-europe-2059209.htmlTue, 16 Apr 2013 14:01:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015<![CDATA[Croatia and Ecuador on the up]]>/fifa-world-ranking/news/y=2013/m=4/news=croatia-and-ecuador-the-2056322.htmlThu, 11 Apr 2013 09:00:00 GMTArea=World RankingSection=Men RankingKind=News<![CDATA[Debutants pass first test en route to Canada ]]>/womensworldcup/news/y=2013/m=4/news=debutants-pass-first-test-route-canada-2056297.htmlFIFA.com rounds up the highlights of the first matches in FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 qualifying, which recently took place in Lithuania and Malta.]]>Wed, 10 Apr 2013 08:47:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015<![CDATA[Lithuania, Malta first stops on road to Canada ]]>/womensworldcup/news/y=2013/m=4/news=lithuania-malta-first-stops-road-canada-2052572.htmlFIFA.com looks ahead to the Canada 2015 qualifiers, with global qualifying commencing on Thursday with a mini-tournament involving Europe's eight lowest-ranked teams.]]>Wed, 03 Apr 2013 11:00:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015<![CDATA[Spain stumble, Portugal rescue point]]>/worldcup/news/y=2013/m=3/news=spain-stumble-portugal-rescue-point-2044063.htmlFIFA.com reviews all the action from a massive evening of Brazil 2014 qualifiers in Europe highlighted by a shock draw at home for world champions Spain against Finland, while Portugal narrowly avoided defeat in Israel.]]>Fri, 22 Mar 2013 23:25:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. European Zone<![CDATA[Albania's Italian influence]]>/fifa-world-ranking/news/y=2013/m=3/news=albania-italian-influence-2039457.htmlThu, 21 Mar 2013 08:16:00 GMTArea=World RankingSection=Men RankingKind=News<![CDATA[Who should your club sign?]]>/live-scores/news/y=2012/m=12/news=who-should-your-club-sign-1977969.htmlFIFA.com wants to know who you reckon your club should sign in January 2013.]]>Sat, 29 Dec 2012 10:54:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=Club FootballKind=Have Your Say<![CDATA[What is international football’s biggest rivalry?]]>/live-scores/news/y=2012/m=11/news=what-international-football-biggest-rivalry-1893478.htmlFIFA.com wants to know what you feel is the biggest rivalry in the international game.]]>Tue, 13 Nov 2012 10:36:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=Have Your Say<![CDATA[Sting in the tail for Germany, Spain]]>/worldcup/news/y=2012/m=10/news=sting-the-tail-for-germany-spain-1786911.htmlSurprise results littered Tuesday's 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ qualification, as Germany let slip a four goal lead to draw 4-4 with Sweden, Northern Ireland held Portugal and France stunned Spain to grab a point in the closing seconds.

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Tue, 16 Oct 2012 22:58:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. European Zone
<![CDATA[Excitement as Euro elite face off]]>/worldcup/news/y=2012/m=10/news=excitement-euro-elite-face-off-1785373.htmlFIFA.com explains.]]>Mon, 15 Oct 2012 07:00:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. European Zone<![CDATA[High stakes in Belgrade, Moscow and Piraeus]]>/worldcup/news/y=2012/m=10/news=high-stakes-belgrade-moscow-and-piraeus-1783048.htmlThu, 11 Oct 2012 07:08:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. European Zone<![CDATA[Powerhouses make steady progress]]>/worldcup/news/y=2012/m=9/news=powerhouses-make-steady-progress-1700155.htmlFIFA.com reviews all the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ qualifying action from Europe on a positive evening for the continent's major nations, although both Germany and Spain were made to work overtime before collecting wins.]]>Wed, 12 Sep 2012 00:23:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. European Zone<![CDATA[World champions join the party]]>/worldcup/news/y=2012/m=9/news=world-champions-join-the-party-1698641.htmlFIFA.com looks ahead to all the action in the old continent.]]>Mon, 10 Sep 2012 09:26:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. European Zone<![CDATA[Big guns hit ground running]]>/worldcup/news/y=2012/m=9/news=big-guns-hit-ground-running-1697521.htmlThe likes of England, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Portugal made winning starts to European Zone qualifying for Brazil 2014, while Italy were held to a 2-2 draw in Bulgaria.

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Fri, 07 Sep 2012 23:56:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. European Zone
<![CDATA[Development efforts to the fore in June]]>/development/news/y=2012/m=7/news=development-efforts-the-fore-june-1662505.htmlA large number of development initiatives were carried out in June as member associations from every confederation reaped the benefits of FIFA programmes.

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Wed, 11 Jul 2012 10:30:00 GMTArea=Football DevelopmentSection=GenericKind=News