<![CDATA[FIFA.com - News]]>http://www.fifa.com/index.htmlenCopyright ©1994 - 2015 FIFA. All rights reservedSat, 06 Feb 2016 09:44:00 GMTSat, 06 Feb 2016 23:20:16 GMTFIFA.comFIFA.comhttp://www.fifa.com/imgml/rssheader.gif http://www.fifa.com/index.html13928FIFA.com RSS<![CDATA[Gramatica, NFL’s diehard soccer fan]]>http://www.fifa.com?cid=rssfeed&att=FIFA.com sat down with XXXVII Super Bowl winner Martin Gramatica, who talks about his love of Argentina, Boca Juniors and whether he would swap his Super Bowl ring for a FIFA World Cup medal.

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Sat, 06 Feb 2016 09:44:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=GeneralKind=News
<![CDATA[The Week in Quotes]]>/news/y=2016/m=2/news=the-week-in-quotes-2764089.htmlFIFA.com’s latest round-up, including a creative free-kick delegation routine in the Australian W-League, honest words from Stuart Holden as he announced his retirement and Diego Simeone as he explained Jackson Martinez's transfer to China PR.]]>Sat, 06 Feb 2016 07:15:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=Week in QuotesKind=News<![CDATA[Happy Birthday to you!]]>/news/y=2016/m=1/news=happy-birthday-to-you-2757666.htmlA Brazilian FIFA World Cup winner, an Australian speed merchant and an Argentinian hotshot are all celebrating this week, as ​FIFA.com​ rounds up the forthcoming footballing birthdays.

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Sun, 31 Jan 2016 08:22:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=BirthdaysKind=News
<![CDATA[Vital veterans and a lethal lefty]]>/news/y=2016/m=1/news=vital-veterans-and-a-lethal-lefty-2757001.htmlIn FIFA.com’s latest weekly stats review, the mid-30s trio of Clemens Fritz, Claudio Pizarro and Aritz Aduriz feature alongside Paulo Dybala, Arsenal-Chelsea and a less-than-cordial Argentinian friendly.

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Wed, 27 Jan 2016 07:27:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=Week in StatsKind=News
<![CDATA[The kid who was signed on a napkin]]>http://www.fifa.com?cid=rssfeed&att=Mon, 25 Jan 2016 13:26:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=GeneralKind=News<![CDATA[Happy Birthday to you!]]>/news/y=2016/m=1/news=happy-birthday-to-you-2756543.htmlIn our weekly birthday round-up, we include stars from the 2014 FIFA World Cup, while two Club World Cup and Women's World Cup winners also feature. 

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Sun, 24 Jan 2016 09:23:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=BirthdaysKind=News
<![CDATA[A reflection of greatness]]>/news/y=2016/m=1/news=a-reflection-of-greatness-2755921.htmlFIFA.com delivers you a football-related photo you won't be able to resist paying a second glance to. This week's shows the Ballon d'Or being paraded at a packed Camp Nou.]]>Mon, 18 Jan 2016 13:18:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=Super SnapKind=News<![CDATA[Stars line up to laud Messi]]>/ballon-dor/news/y=2016/m=1/news=stars-line-up-to-laud-messi-2755453.htmlFIFA.com examines the reactions of Lionel Messi’s Barcelona and Argentina team-mates on the back of his historic fifth Ballon d’Or triumph.]]>Fri, 15 Jan 2016 10:00:00 GMTArea=Ballon d'OrSection=Player of the Year -Kind=NewsTournament=FIFA Ballon d'Or 2015<![CDATA[FIFA sanctions several football associations after discriminatory chants by fans ]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=1/news=fifa-sanctions-several-football-associations-after-discriminatory-chan-2755350.htmlWed, 13 Jan 2016 14:26:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=ReleaseTournament=FIFA WC 2018 Prel. Comp. South America Zone<![CDATA[A legend, a king deposed and a natty dresser]]>/ballon-dor/news/y=2016/m=1/news=a-legend-king-deposed-and-a-natty-dresser-2755269-2755284.htmlWith their leading players in the running for the 2015 FIFA Ballon d’Or, the media in Argentina, Portugal and Brazil had plenty to say about Monday’s Gala. FIFA.com reveals more.

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Tue, 12 Jan 2016 19:27:00 GMTArea=Ballon d'OrSection=GeneralKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Ballon d'Or 2015
<![CDATA[The Gala in numbers]]>/ballon-dor/news/y=2016/m=1/news=the-gala-in-numbers-2755243.htmlFIFA.com highlights some of the most intriguing statistics from the FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala.]]>Tue, 12 Jan 2016 07:32:00 GMTArea=Ballon d'OrSection=GeneralKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Ballon d'Or 2015<![CDATA[Happy Birthday to you!]]>/news/y=2016/m=1/news=happy-birthday-to-you-2754489.htmlSun, 10 Jan 2016 08:29:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=BirthdaysKind=News<![CDATA[Samuel: I’m not scared of the future]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=1/news=samuel-argentina-tiene-centrales-para-rato-2753862-2753872.htmlCurrently winding down his career in the Swiss league, former Argentinian international Walter Samuel talks to FIFA.com about his life in Switzerland and what the future may hold for him off the pitch and his national team on it.

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Mon, 04 Jan 2016 15:48:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=InterviewTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)
<![CDATA[Kaka: It's no easy task to forge a Ballon d'Or winner]]>/ballon-dor/news/y=2015/m=12/news=kaka-it-s-no-easy-task-to-forge-a-ballon-d-or-winner-2748200.htmlKaka discusses the Messi-Ronaldo monopoly of the FIFA Ballon d'Or, Brazil's drought, Neymar's hopes of getting his hands on the award and more in an exclusive chat with FIFA.com.

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Mon, 04 Jan 2016 09:15:00 GMTArea=Ballon d'OrSection=Player of the Year -Kind=NewsTournament=FIFA Ballon d'Or 2015
<![CDATA[Ecuador, Uruguay set the early pace]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=12/news=ecuador-uruguay-set-the-early-pace-2748158.htmlFIFA.com reviews the early stages of South American qualifying for the next FIFA World Cup, highlighting a stat, a quote and some standout performers.]]>Wed, 30 Dec 2015 13:55:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![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[Japan’s expectations soar for Club World Cup 2016]]>/clubworldcup/news/y=2015/m=12/news=japan-colorful-piece-シャハン2015の興奮の余韻からシャハン2016の期待へ-2747735-2747867.htmlFIFA.com spoke with three prominent figures in Japanese football about their thoughts on the 2015 FIFA Club World Cup and their expectations for next year’s event, which will also be hosted by Japan.]]>Sat, 26 Dec 2015 12:06:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2015<![CDATA[#Christmas on Twitter]]>/news/y=2015/m=12/news=christmas-on-twitter-2747761.htmlSeveral stars from the world of football have been giving us an insight into their Christmas on Twitter. FIFA.com takes a look at the celebrations, feasts and presents that those on social media have been enjoying.

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Sat, 26 Dec 2015 08:51:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=Week in QuotesKind=News
<![CDATA[A defender's worst nightmare]]>/news/y=2015/m=12/news=waiting-assassins-2747437.htmlFIFA.com delivers you a football-related photo you won't be able to resist paying a second glance to. This week's shows Barcelona's intimidating strike force waiting to take to the field in the FIFA Club World Cup final.]]>Mon, 21 Dec 2015 15:53:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=Super SnapKind=News<![CDATA[Barcelona secure historic third title in Japan ]]>/clubworldcup/news/y=2015/m=12/news=barcelona-secure-historic-third-title-in-japan-2747220.htmlMon, 21 Dec 2015 12:55:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2015<![CDATA[Suarez: It’s another dream come true]]>/clubworldcup/news/y=2015/m=12/news=suarez-it-s-another-dream-come-true-2747418.htmlMon, 21 Dec 2015 10:37:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=InterviewTournament=FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2015<![CDATA[FIFA and hosts hail Japan 2015]]>/clubworldcup/news/y=2015/m=12/news=fifa-and-hosts-hail-japan-2015-2747054.htmlDaini Kuniya, President of the Japan Football Association, and FIFA Acting Secretary General, Markus Kattner, were delighted to see the FIFA Club World Cup return to Japan.

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Mon, 21 Dec 2015 07:53:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2015
<![CDATA[Mascherano and Neymar rejoice, but in different ways]]>/clubworldcup/news/y=2015/m=12/news=mascherano-and-neymar-rejoice-but-in-different-ways-2747330.htmlBarcelona enthusiastically celebrated their third FIFA Club World Cup title on Sunday after beating River Plate 3-0 in Yokohama, but the ways in which Neymar and Javier Mascherano celebrated the accomplishment were vastly different. FIFA.com spoke to the Barça duo after the match to find out why.

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Sun, 20 Dec 2015 19:05:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2015
<![CDATA[The tears of a gladiator]]>/clubworldcup/news/y=2015/m=12/news=the-tears-of-a-gladiator-2747308.htmlFIFA.com spoke to River Plate's Leonardo Ponzio who could not contain his emotions when speaking to the media after the South American champions 3-0 loss in the FIFA Club World Cup Final to Barcelona on Sunday, who explains his concern at not being able to compete at the annual tournament again.

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Sun, 20 Dec 2015 17:36:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2015
<![CDATA[Barcelona honoured with FIFA World Champions Badge for third time]]>/clubworldcup/news/y=2015/m=12/news=barcelona-honoured-with-fifa-world-champions-badge-for-third-time-2747087.htmlSun, 20 Dec 2015 15:50:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2015<![CDATA[Barcelona trio sweep awards]]>/clubworldcup/news/y=2015/m=12/news=barcelona-trio-raumt-ab-2747108-2747184.htmlSun, 20 Dec 2015 14:12:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2015<![CDATA[Messi, Suarez strike to secure global crown for Barça ]]>/clubworldcup/matches/round=275784/match=300338750/match-report.htmlSun, 20 Dec 2015 12:31:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=Match SummaryTournament=FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2015<![CDATA[Happy Birthday to you!]]>/news/y=2015/m=12/news=happy-birthday-to-you-2746713.htmlWe look ahead to the week's footballing birthdays in our regular feature, with an Argentinian centre-back, a German tactician and an Ivorian champion all celebrating this week.

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Sun, 20 Dec 2015 08:21:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=BirthdaysKind=News
<![CDATA[Sawa’s memorable 2015 rolls on]]>/clubworldcup/news/y=2015/m=12/news=sawa-s-memorable-2015-rolls-on-2746543.htmlFIFA.com spoke to the recently retired Homare Sawa about her highlights from the past year, her duties the the Final and much more.]]>Sun, 20 Dec 2015 01:04:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2015<![CDATA[The ties that bind River and Barcelona]]>/clubworldcup/news/y=2015/m=12/news=the-ties-that-bind-river-and-barcelona-2746537.htmlSat, 19 Dec 2015 12:36:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2015<![CDATA[Barovero, River’s calm in a storm]]>/clubworldcup/news/y=2015/m=12/news=barovero-river-s-calm-in-a-storm-2746536.htmlWe speak to Marcelo Barovero, River Plate's goalkeeper, on the challenges he has faced on the road to the FIFA Club World Cup final at Japan 2015.

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Sat, 19 Dec 2015 12:17:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2015
<![CDATA[Iniesta: Messi seems better]]>/clubworldcup/news/y=2015/m=12/news=iniesta-messi-seems-better-2746519.htmlAndres Iniesta has hinted his team-mate Lionel Messi could play a part in Barcelona's FIFA Club World Cup final against River Plate, telling a press conference that "everyone wants him to play."

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Sat, 19 Dec 2015 11:06:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2015
<![CDATA[Giants compete for FIFA Club World Cup crown]]>/clubworldcup/matches/round=275784/match=300338750/preview.htmlWhich continent’s champions are better: South America or Europe? This question will be answered on Sunday as River Plate and Barcelona meet in the eagerly awaited final of the FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2015.

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Fri, 18 Dec 2015 14:48:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=Match PreviewTournament=FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2015
<![CDATA[Sumo superstar turns attention to Barcelona]]>/clubworldcup/news/y=2015/m=12/news=yokozuna-hakuho-i-think-barcelona-will-win-the-final-2746232.htmlFIFA.com spoke to Sho Hakuho, the famous sumo wrestler who also happens to be a big Barcelona supporter, after the European champions' 3-0 victory in the FIFA Club World Cup semi-finals.]]>Thu, 17 Dec 2015 22:43:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2015<![CDATA[Ill Messi is to miss semi-final]]>/clubworldcup/news/y=2015/m=12/news=ill-messi-is-to-miss-semi-final-2745887.htmlThu, 17 Dec 2015 09:45:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2015<![CDATA[Alario: All of this is new to me]]>/clubworldcup/news/y=2015/m=12/news=alario-all-of-this-is-new-to-me-2745807.htmlIt has been quite the journey for Lucas Alario to grace the stage at the FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2015, but the man from the small Argentinian village of Cuatro Bocas has fired River Plate into the Sunday's final and he shared his story with FIFA.com after the South American champions' semi-final victory.

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Wed, 16 Dec 2015 20:23:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2015
<![CDATA[River reach final with narrow win]]>/clubworldcup/matches/round=275782/match=300338748/match-report.html
 
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Wed, 16 Dec 2015 12:31:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=Match SummaryTournament=FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2015
<![CDATA[Club America claim fifth place]]>/clubworldcup/matches/round=275788/match=300338753/match-report.htmlWed, 16 Dec 2015 09:21:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=Match SummaryTournament=FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2015<![CDATA[Ronaldo, Messi or Neymar?]]>/ballon-dor/news/y=2015/m=12/news=ronaldo-messi-or-neymar-2745074.htmlFIFA.com wants to know whether you think Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi or Neymar should win the FIFA Ballon d'Or for 2015.]]>Tue, 15 Dec 2015 23:23:00 GMTArea=Ballon d'OrSection=Player of the Year -Kind=Have Your SayTournament=FIFA Ballon d'Or 2015<![CDATA[Sanchez: Being here in Japan is special]]>/clubworldcup/news/y=2015/m=12/news=sanchez-being-here-in-japan-is-special-2744958.htmlTue, 15 Dec 2015 02:00:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2015<![CDATA[Aoyama lets his feet do the talking]]>/clubworldcup/news/y=2015/m=12/news=aoyama-lets-his-feet-do-the-talking-2744832.htmlIn an exclusive interview with FIFA.com ahead of Sanfrecce Hiroshima’s last-four meeting with River Plate, captain Toshihiro Aoyama said his team are up for the challenge and will take confidence from their 3-0 quarter-final win over TP Mazembe.

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Mon, 14 Dec 2015 14:26:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2015
<![CDATA[Sanfrecce test awaits for patient River]]>http://www.fifa.com?cid=rssfeed&att=Mon, 14 Dec 2015 12:45:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=Match PreviewTournament=FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2015<![CDATA[Messi: I’ve added qualities to my game]]>/clubworldcup/news/y=2015/m=12/news=messi-i-ve-added-qualities-to-my-game-2744741.htmlBarcelona’s legendary No10 sat down with FIFA.com prior to jetting off to the Land of the Rising Sun to take a look at the tournament ahead, evaluate his growth as a player and give his verdict on a year that could possibly bring him his fifth FIFA Ballon d’Or.

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Mon, 14 Dec 2015 10:54:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=InterviewTournament=FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2015
<![CDATA[The countdown continues: four weeks to go]]>/ballon-dor/news/y=2015/m=12/news=the-countdown-continues-four-weeks-to-go-2744463.htmlMon, 14 Dec 2015 08:13:00 GMTArea=Ballon d'OrSection=GeneralKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Ballon d'Or 2015<![CDATA[Benedetto’s dream night turns sour]]>/clubworldcup/news/y=2015/m=12/news=benedetto-s-dream-night-turns-sour-2744381.htmlClub America's Dario Benedetto speaks to ​FIFA.com ​after the CONCACAF champions were eliminated from the FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2015 following their last gasp defeat to Guangzhou Evergrande.

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Sun, 13 Dec 2015 13:55:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2015
<![CDATA[A striking showdown with the semis in sight]]>/clubworldcup/matches/round=275776/match=300338754/preview.htmlFri, 11 Dec 2015 17:43:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=Match PreviewTournament=FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2015<![CDATA[River’s Japanese obsession]]>/clubworldcup/news/y=2015/m=12/news=river-s-japanese-obsession-2743648.htmlFri, 11 Dec 2015 10:33:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2015<![CDATA[Lionel Messi: Three highlights from 2015]]>/ballon-dor/news/y=2015/m=12/news=leo-messi-three-highlights-from-2015-2743109.htmlWe take a look back at three of Argentinian superstar Lionel Messi's highlights from this year, including record-breaking assist-making, international achievements and one of his finest UEFA Champions League moments.

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Wed, 09 Dec 2015 10:30:00 GMTArea=Ballon d'OrSection=Player of the Year -Kind=NewsTournament=FIFA Ballon d'Or 2015
<![CDATA[Who will win the FIFA Club World Cup?]]>/clubworldcup/news/y=2015/m=12/news=who-will-win-the-fifa-club-world-cup-2741690.htmlWith the best sides from each continent descending on Japan for the FIFA Club World Cup 2015, who do you think will come out on top?

 

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Wed, 09 Dec 2015 01:59:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2015
<![CDATA[Ambitious River touch down in Tokyo]]>/clubworldcup/news/y=2015/m=12/news=ambitious-river-touch-down-in-tokyo-2742777.htmlTue, 08 Dec 2015 10:22:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2015