<![CDATA[FIFA.com - News]]>http://www.fifa.com/index.htmlenCopyright ©1994 - 2015 FIFA. All rights reservedSun, 17 Jul 2016 09:00:00 GMTSun, 17 Jul 2016 16:16:42 GMTFIFA.comFIFA.comhttp://www.fifa.com/imgml/rssheader.gif http://www.fifa.com/index.html13928FIFA.com RSS<![CDATA[Happy Birthday to you!]]>/news/y=2016/m=7/news=happy-birthday-to-you-2812135.htmlWe run through some of the biggest names in football who will be celebrating their birthdays over the coming week, including a Swedish veteran, an English FIFA World Cup winner and a Norwegian FIFA Women's World Cup stalwart.

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Sun, 17 Jul 2016 09:00:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=BirthdaysKind=News
<![CDATA[Gunter and Wales wedded to EURO dreams]]>/live-scores/uefaeuro/news/newsid/280/461/7/index.htmlAhead of Wales' historic UEFA EURO 2016 quarter-final meet with Belgium, FIFA.com caught up with defender Chris Gunter, who may have to relinquish the honour of being the best man at his brother's wedding due to his country's valiant campaign.

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Thu, 30 Jun 2016 11:20:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=NewsTournament=UEFA EURO 2016
<![CDATA[Minnows ready to mix it with the heavyweights]]>/live-scores/uefaeuro/news/newsid/280/423/6/index.htmlUEFA EURO 2016 has reached the quarter-final stage and the only certainty is that the trophy will be changing hands, with Spain’s eight-year reign having come to an end. FIFA.com previews the action. 

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Wed, 29 Jun 2016 06:10:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=NewsTournament=UEFA EURO 2016
<![CDATA[France fight back, Germany and Belgium lay down markers]]>/live-scores/uefaeuro/news/newsid/280/390/6/index.htmlThere were no shocks in store in the second set of UEFA EURO 2016 Round of 16 fixtures, with all three pre-match favourites getting the job done to progress to the quarter-finals.

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Sun, 26 Jun 2016 23:55:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=NewsTournament=UEFA EURO 2016
<![CDATA[Scifo still in awe of Maradona]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=6/news=scifo-still-in-awe-of-maradona-2803606.htmlSat, 25 Jun 2016 08:59:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=1986 FIFA World Cup Mexico ™<![CDATA[Iceland and Republic of Ireland make history in dramatic finale]]>/live-scores/uefaeuro/news/newsid/280/333/4/index.htmlFIFA.com reviews a tense and dramatic conclusion to the UEFA EURO 2016 group-stage as Iceland and Republic of Ireland advanced in spectacular fashion, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic exited the international stage in underwhelming fashion.]]>Wed, 22 Jun 2016 22:40:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=NewsTournament=UEFA EURO 2016<![CDATA[Belgium back on track, all to play for in Group F]]>/live-scores/uefaeuro/news/newsid/280/257/4/index.htmlWe review the latest matchday at UEFA EURO 2016, with Belgium returning to form, Iceland and Hungary involved in a stalemate and Cristiano Ronaldo hitting the headlines once more.

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Sat, 18 Jun 2016 22:05:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=NewsTournament=UEFA EURO 2016
<![CDATA[Old rivalry, new continent]]>/live-scores/uefaeuro/news/newsid/280/241/8/index.htmlFIFA.com looks back at this old rivalry on a different continent.]]>Sat, 18 Jun 2016 13:23:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=NewsTournament=UEFA EURO 2016<![CDATA[Italy down Belgium, Spain leave it late]]>/live-scores/uefaeuro/news/newsid/280/159/2/index.htmlFIFA.com takes a look back at Monday’s exciting UEFA EURO 2016 encounters headed by wins for Italy and hosts Spain, plus a stalemate for Republic of Ireland and Sweden.]]>Tue, 14 Jun 2016 00:17:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=NewsTournament=UEFA EURO 2016<![CDATA[Spain's crown up for grabs at star-studded EURO]]>/live-scores/uefaeuro/news/newsid/280/070/8/index.htmlFIFA.com previews the newly-expanded and much-anticipated 2016 edition of the UEFA EURO as Spain attempt to defend their crown.]]>Fri, 10 Jun 2016 06:16:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=NewsTournament=UEFA EURO 2016<![CDATA[UEFA EURO in numbers]]>/live-scores/uefaeuro/news/newsid/280/037/8/index.htmlFIFA.com’s statistical look at UEFA EURO history.]]>Wed, 08 Jun 2016 18:03:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=NewsTournament=UEFA EURO 2016<![CDATA[Football says goodbye to Nigeria's Big Boss]]>/news/y=2016/m=6/news=football-says-goodbye-to-nigeria-s-big-boss-2800477.htmlTributes from around the footballing world have poured in for Stephen Keshi, after his tragic and sudden passing at the age of 54.

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Wed, 08 Jun 2016 10:01:00 GMTArea=ClassicSection=ObituariesKind=News
<![CDATA[European teams prepare for continental challenge]]>/fifa-world-ranking/news/y=2016/m=5/news=a-flurry-of-friendlies-as-european-teams-prepare-for-continential-chal-2793728.htmlThu, 02 Jun 2016 08:57:00 GMTArea=World RankingSection=Men RankingKind=News<![CDATA[Lombaerts: I can get by in any scenario in Russia]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=5/news=lombaerts-i-can-get-by-in-any-scenario-in-russia-2792170.htmlTue, 24 May 2016 06:17:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Happy Birthday to you!]]>/news/y=2016/m=5/news=happy-birthday-to-you-2792008.htmlIn our regular Sunday feature, FIFA.com presents you with some of the biggest names in football who will be celebrating their birthdays over the coming week.

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Sun, 22 May 2016 10:43:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=BirthdaysKind=News
<![CDATA[The weekend in review]]>/live-scores/news/y=2016/m=5/news=the-weekend-so-far-2790534.htmlFIFA.com’s rolling round-up of the weekend’s action, where we will keep you in the loop on the major happenings across world football.]]>Sun, 15 May 2016 21:39:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=Club FootballKind=News<![CDATA[Happy Birthday to you!]]>/news/y=2016/m=5/news=happy-birthday-to-you-2790299.htmlSun, 08 May 2016 08:45:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=BirthdaysKind=News<![CDATA[Kareem Gubari's skills lift Grasshoppers to the title]]>/youthcup/news/y=2016/m=5/news=gubari-s-skills-lift-grasshoppers-to-the-title-2790028.htmlSwiss side Grasshopper won the 78th edition of the Blue Stars/FIFA Youth Cup in Zurich with a 2-0 victory against West Ham United in the final. FIFA.com reviews all the action.

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Thu, 05 May 2016 19:50:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=Blue Stars/FIFA Youth Cup 2016
<![CDATA[Following in famous footsteps]]>/news/y=2009/m=9/news=following-famous-footsteps-1103224.html From Paolo Maldini to Laurent Platini, the sons of famous players have found varying levels of success taking the baton from their fathers.

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Tue, 03 May 2016 12:35:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=Off The BallKind=News
<![CDATA[Happy Birthday to you!]]>/news/y=2016/m=4/news=happy-birthday-to-you-2783692.htmlNo less than six FIFA World Cup stars feature in this week's birthday round-up, including two tournament winners.

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Sun, 01 May 2016 10:09:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=BirthdaysKind=News
<![CDATA[Women's round-up: April 2016]]>/development/news/y=2016/m=4/news=women-s-round-up-april-2016-2782875.htmlFIFA.com reviews another massive month in women’s football, headlined by huge off-field interest in Europe and North America, as well as international action across three continents as teams continue to build for Rio 2016.]]>Fri, 29 Apr 2016 01:07:00 GMTArea=Football DevelopmentSection=WomenKind=News<![CDATA[Cayman: We’ve come a long way]]>/development/news/y=2016/m=4/news=cayman-we-ve-come-a-long-way-2783361.htmlBelgium captain Janice Cayman talks us through the progress made by the Red Flames, and attempting to emulate a 'golden generation' in the men's side.

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Thu, 28 Apr 2016 16:41:00 GMTArea=Football DevelopmentSection=WomenKind=News
<![CDATA[Happy Birthday to you!]]>/news/y=2016/m=4/news=happy-birthday-to-you-2782443.htmlOur weekly look ahead to the next seven days of footballing birthdays features a prolific Portuguese, an Argentinian FIFA World Cup winner and an Austrian who went the finals on the field and the sidelines.

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Sun, 24 Apr 2016 08:39:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=BirthdaysKind=News
<![CDATA[The weekend in review]]>/live-scores/news/y=2016/m=4/news=the-weekend-so-far-2781129.html​The latest rolling round-up of the weekend’s action, focusses on a key clash between local rivals at the top of the table in Russia, while there is more drama set for the summits in Spain and England.]]>Fri, 15 Apr 2016 22:19:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=Club FootballKind=News<![CDATA[Joy for European duo, USA make statement]]>/development/news/y=2016/m=4/news=joy-for-european-duo-usa-make-statement-2780920.htmlWed, 13 Apr 2016 11:32:00 GMTArea=Football DevelopmentSection=WomenKind=News<![CDATA[From quiet guy to main man for De Bruyne]]>/live-scores/news/y=2016/m=4/news=from-quiet-guy-to-main-man-for-de-bruyne-2780887.htmlFIFA.com takes a closer look.]]>Wed, 13 Apr 2016 08:56:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=Club FootballKind=News<![CDATA[The Weekend in Review]]>/live-scores/news/y=2016/m=4/news=the-weekend-so-far-2780296.htmlFIFA.com rounds up the weekend’s action where Wydad Casablanca enjoyed a 2-0 win over the African champions, Schalke and Borussia Dortmund battled to a 2-2 draw, Leicester City's march to the English Premier League took another step forward and much more.]]>Sat, 09 Apr 2016 21:50:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=Club FootballKind=News<![CDATA[The Weekend in Review]]>/live-scores/news/y=2016/m=3/news=the-weekend-so-far-2773599.htmlWe round-up the weekend’s club action, where all eyes were on El Clasico as Real Madrid kept their title hopes alive, while there’s a highly-charged derby across in Italy, plus the table-toppers in England stretched their lead.

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Sat, 02 Apr 2016 18:32:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=Club FootballKind=News
<![CDATA[Lukaku brothers boosting Belgium]]>/live-scores/news/y=2016/m=3/news=brothers-lukaku-giving-belgium-a-boost-2773551.htmlFIFA.com sat down with left-back Jordan Lukaku, who talks playing alongside older brother Romelu in the Belgian national side, expressing himself on the pitch at club level with KV Oostende and more. 

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Thu, 31 Mar 2016 08:07:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=NewsTournament=Friendlies
<![CDATA[Germany end frustrating run, Portugal, Netherlands impress]]>/live-scores/news/y=2016/m=3/news=germany-end-frustrating-run-portugal-netherlands-impress-2773382.htmlWed, 30 Mar 2016 09:33:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=News<![CDATA[FIFA welcomes Brussels Court of Appeal ruling on third-party ownership]]>/about-fifa/news/y=2016/m=3/news=fifa-welcomes-brussels-court-of-appeal-ruling-on-third-party-ownership-2770816.htmlLiga Nacional de Fútbol Profesional (LFP) against FIFA, UEFA, the Belgian FA and FIFPro.]]>Thu, 17 Mar 2016 16:08:00 GMTArea=OrganisationSection=Football GovernanceKind=Release<![CDATA[Can Juve spring a surprise in Munich?]]>/live-scores/uefachampionsleague/news/newsid/277/020/9/index.htmlMon, 14 Mar 2016 09:19:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=Club FootballKind=NewsTournament=UEFA Champions League 2015/2016<![CDATA[First-leg wins key to progression]]>/live-scores/uefachampionsleague/news/newsid/276/948/7/index.htmlFIFA.com rounds up the events from the last 16 in Europe's premier club competition this week.]]>Wed, 09 Mar 2016 23:51:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=Club FootballKind=NewsTournament=UEFA Champions League 2015/2016<![CDATA[Home four face different challenges]]>/live-scores/uefachampionsleague/news/newsid/276/901/0/index.htmlMon, 07 Mar 2016 14:10:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=Club FootballKind=NewsTournament=UEFA Champions League 2015/2016<![CDATA[Venezuela and Armenia on the up]]>/fifa-world-ranking/news/y=2016/m=3/news=venezuela-and-armenia-on-the-up-2767779.htmlThe March edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking was marked by few changes in the top 50, with most teams yet to play in 2016.

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Thu, 03 Mar 2016 08:56:00 GMTArea=World RankingSection=Men RankingKind=News
<![CDATA[International teams head for the sun]]>/development/news/y=2016/m=3/news=international-teams-head-for-the-sun-2767905.htmlFIFA.com previews two traditional highlights of the annual women’s football calendar - the Algarve and Cyprus Cups.]]>Wed, 02 Mar 2016 05:17:00 GMTArea=Football DevelopmentSection=WomenKind=News<![CDATA[Happy Birthday to you!]]>/news/y=2016/m=2/news=happy-birthday-to-you-2767306.htmlIn our regular Sunday feature we preview the week's upcoming footballing birthdays as a Belgian Red Devil with three FIFA World Cups under his belt, a German champions at Brazil 2014 and a member of A Seleção all celebrating.

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Sun, 28 Feb 2016 08:56:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=BirthdaysKind=News
<![CDATA[FIFA rejects appeal of Belgian club sanctioned under third-party influence and third-party ownership rules ]]>/about-fifa/news/y=2016/m=2/news=fifa-rejects-appeal-of-belgian-club-sanctioned-under-third-party-influ-2766428.htmlMon, 22 Feb 2016 17:14:00 GMTArea=OrganisationSection=Football GovernanceKind=Release<![CDATA[The Week in Quotes]]>/news/y=2016/m=2/news=the-week-in-quotes-2766092.htmlIn this week's instalment of The Week in Quotes, four-time NBA champion Shaquille O'Neal voices his support for an unlikely lower division English side, Zlatan Ibrahimovic teases the English press about his future and Johan Cruyff talks about the unorthodox penalty he made famous.

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Sat, 20 Feb 2016 10:26:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=Week in QuotesKind=News
<![CDATA[Scifo reflects on half century]]>/news/y=2016/m=2/news=scifo-reflects-on-half-century-2765994.htmlFIFA.com, in which he looks back at the five decades of his life.]]>Fri, 19 Feb 2016 08:35:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=News centreKind=Interview<![CDATA[Origins of Suarez and Messi's genius]]>/live-scores/news/y=2012/m=6/news=belgians-invent-the-two-man-penalty-1644041.htmlAfter Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi's remarkable penalty against Celta Vigo, we recall two early examples of the two-man penalty which was also made famous by the likes of Johan Cruyff and Jesper Olsen and Robert Pires and Thierry Henry.

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Mon, 15 Feb 2016 10:41:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=News
<![CDATA[Love and the beautiful game]]>/news/y=2010/m=4/news=-1203385.htmlFIFA.com looks at the profound connection between the beautiful game and matters of the heart across the world.]]>Sun, 14 Feb 2016 13:47:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=Off The BallKind=News<![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[The Week in Quotes]]>/news/y=2016/m=1/news=the-week-in-quotes-2754415.htmlIn the latest edition of FIFA.com's weekly look back at the top quotes from the past seven days, we hear from Will Ferrell on taking a minority ownership stake at a new Major League Soccer club, David Moyes discusses Manchester United, Romelu Lukaku gets advice from his mother and much more.

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Sat, 09 Jan 2016 09:44:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=Week in QuotesKind=News
<![CDATA[Belgium hold on, Uganda and Kyrgyzstan surprise]]>/fifa-world-ranking/news/y=2016/m=1/news=belgium-hold-on-uganda-and-kyrgyzstan-surprise-2754056.htmlBelgium stay top of the pile, while Uganda and Kyrgyzstan begin 2016 with their highest-ever standing in the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking.

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Thu, 07 Jan 2016 08:58:00 GMTArea=World RankingSection=Men RankingKind=News
<![CDATA[Happy Birthday to you!]]>/news/y=2015/m=12/news=happy-birthday-to-you-2753736.htmlIn our regular Sunday feature, we preview the week's footballing birthdays, with a Spanish schemer, a Belgian superstar and a Korean keeper all celebrating over the next seven days.

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Sun, 03 Jan 2016 09:05:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=BirthdaysKind=News
<![CDATA[Wilmots: Together Belgium can achieve great things]]>/live-scores/news/y=2015/m=12/news=wilmots-together-belgium-can-achieve-great-things-2747731.htmlto FIFA.com about the factors that have led to the national team's top spot in the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, his leadership qualities and why his nickname when he was a player was 'War Pig'. ]]>Mon, 28 Dec 2015 04:13:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=Interview<![CDATA[Ryan’s journey from caravan to penthouse]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=12/news=wednesday-subbed-ryan-s-journey-from-caravan-to-penthouse-2742721.htmlFIFA.com about his experiences at Brazil 2014, living in Spain, growing up in Sydney’s blue collar outer suburbs and more.]]>Wed, 09 Dec 2015 00:49:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Gilbert thrilled to see Belgium riding high]]>/live-scores/news/y=2015/m=12/news=philippe-gilbert-entre-petite-reine-et-sport-roi-2742690-2742926.htmlFIFA.com caught up with Belgian cycling star Philippe Gilbert to discuss his country's love of football and cycling, his pride in seeing Les Diables Rouges do so well on the international stage, why the FIFA Ballon d'Or awards remind him of cycling's honours and much more.

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Tue, 08 Dec 2015 14:42:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=GeneralKind=VIP interview
<![CDATA[Vermaelen: I feel like I’m more a part of the team]]>/clubworldcup/news/y=2015/m=12/news=vermaelen-i-feel-like-i-m-more-a-part-of-the-team-2742572.htmlFIFA.com about putting 11 months of hurt behind him and chasing his first major trophy as a Barcelona player at the FIFA Club World Cup.]]>Mon, 07 Dec 2015 12:03:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2015