<![CDATA[FIFA.com - News]]>http://www.fifa.com/index.htmlenCopyright ©1994 - 2015 FIFA. All rights reservedFri, 10 Jun 2016 16:05:00 GMTFri, 10 Jun 2016 16:12:05 GMTFIFA.comFIFA.comhttp://www.fifa.com/imgml/rssheader.gif http://www.fifa.com/index.html13928FIFA.com RSS<![CDATA[Bureau of the FIFA Council lifts suspension of Benin Football Association (FBF)]]>/about-fifa/news/y=2016/m=6/news=bureau-of-the-fifa-council-lifts-suspension-of-benin-football-associat-2800838.htmlFri, 10 Jun 2016 16:05:00 GMTArea=OrganisationSection=Football GovernanceKind=Release<![CDATA[Gounongbe: I'm a bit of an outsider in the football world]]>/live-scores/news/y=2016/m=3/news=gounongbe-i-m-a-bit-of-an-outsider-in-the-football-world-2772502.htmlFIFA.com hears from Benin forward Frederic Gounongbe on his unusual route into professional football and the thrill of representing his country.]]>Sat, 26 Mar 2016 18:02:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=News<![CDATA[African favourites stay on target]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=12/news=african-favourites-stay-on-target-2748054.htmlTue, 29 Dec 2015 09:00:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2018 Prel. Comp. Africa Zone<![CDATA[Big boys bounce back in Africa]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=11/news=big-boys-bounce-back-in-africa-2733455.htmlThe 20-team group stage in CAF qualifying for Russia 2018 is set as favourites like Egypt, Nigeria and Ghana rebounded in the second legs of their tests.

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Tue, 17 Nov 2015 22:21:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)
<![CDATA[Shocks set up African qualifying drama]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=11/news=shocks-set-up-african-qualifying-drama-2732952.htmlNigeria, Ghana and Algeria all drew, while Egypt and Mali lost in a stunning round of first leg results in African qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia.

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Sat, 14 Nov 2015 21:47:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2018 Prel. Comp. Africa Zone
<![CDATA[African favourites enter Russian race]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=11/news=african-favourites-enter-russian-race-2732015.htmlWed, 11 Nov 2015 05:49:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Imorou immersing himself in Benin]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=11/news=imorou-immersing-himself-in-benin-2730386.htmlFIFA.com on pulling on the shirt of paternal nation Benin, adapting to the different pace of life in the African country and setting his sights on a dream spot at Russia 2018.]]>Thu, 05 Nov 2015 08:05:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Young Stallion Traore holds the reins]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=11/news=young-stallion-traore-holds-the-reins-2730128.htmlA prodigy coming into his own for Burkina Faso, Chelsea forward Bertrand Traore speaks to FIFA.com about his bid to help the west Africans to their first FIFA World Cup as they start Russia 2018 qualifying against Benin.

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Wed, 04 Nov 2015 11:58:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2018 Prel. Comp. Africa Zone
<![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[Africa's giants ready to plot their course]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=7/news=africa-s-giants-ready-to-plot-their-course-2667899.htmlFIFA.com looks closer at the African Zone qualifiers following the Russia 2018 Preliminary Draw, with several of the continent's big guns facing potential banana skins.]]>Sat, 25 Jul 2015 21:14:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=Preliminary DrawKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2018 Prel. Comp. Africa Zone<![CDATA[North Africa impress early]]>/live-scores/cafchampionsleague/news/newsid/253/538/1/index.htmlMon, 02 Mar 2015 03:09:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=Club FootballKind=NewsTournament=CAF Champions League 2015 <![CDATA[Stars and Ticos reach new heights]]>/fifa-world-ranking/news/y=2014/m=8/news=stars-and-ticos-reach-new-heights-2420625.htmlIn a month of little international action, there was little movement at the top of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, with Costa Rica and Sierra Leone achieving all-time high positions of 15th and 50th respectively.

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Thu, 14 Aug 2014 08:59:00 GMTArea=World RankingSection=Men RankingKind=News
<![CDATA[FIFA to discuss future of Africa’s football development in Marrakech]]>/development/news/y=2013/m=12/news=fifa-discuss-future-africa-football-development-marrakech-2247244.htmlThu, 19 Dec 2013 17:58:00 GMTArea=Football DevelopmentSection=GenericKind=News<![CDATA[Ten left standing after wild weekend in Africa]]>/worldcup/news/y=2013/m=9/news=ten-left-standing-after-wild-weekend-africa-2169544.htmlSun, 08 Sep 2013 19:32:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. African Zone<![CDATA[Big names return on final group day]]>/worldcup/news/y=2013/m=9/news=big-names-return-final-group-day-2167916.htmlFri, 06 Sep 2013 01:11:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. African Zone<![CDATA[Côte d'Ivoire, Egypt lead charge]]>/worldcup/news/y=2013/m=6/news=cote-ivoire-egypt-lead-charge-into-final-round-2110785.htmlSun, 16 Jun 2013 22:12:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. African Zone<![CDATA[Favourites made to wait in Africa]]>/worldcup/news/y=2013/m=6/news=favourites-made-wait-africa-2104967.htmlSun, 09 Jun 2013 21:25:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. African Zone<![CDATA[African trio eye final round spots]]>/worldcup/news/y=2013/m=6/news=african-trio-eye-final-round-spots-2103380.htmlFIFA.com previews a potentially pivotal matchday on the Mother Continent.]]>Fri, 07 Jun 2013 06:28:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. African Zone<![CDATA[Egypt leads African charge after fourth title]]>/u20worldcup/news/y=2013/m=4/news=egypt-leads-african-charge-after-fourth-title-2051466.htmlMon, 01 Apr 2013 08:27:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA U-20 World Cup Turkey 2013<![CDATA[Menessou and Benin set sights on history]]>/worldcup/news/y=2013/m=3/news=menessou-and-benin-set-sights-history-2045105.htmlFIFA.com chat with Benin defender Arsene Menessou as the Squirrels hunt breakthrough qualification for the FIFA World Cup.™]]>Tue, 26 Mar 2013 06:08:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. African Zone<![CDATA[African aspirants resume journey]]>/worldcup/news/y=2013/m=3/news=african-aspirants-resume-journey-2039515.htmlThu, 21 Mar 2013 14:34:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. African Zone<![CDATA[Glory within reach for African finalists]]>/u20worldcup/news/y=2013/m=3/news=glory-within-reach-for-african-finalists-2030421.htmlFri, 15 Mar 2013 05:03:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA U-20 World Cup Turkey 2013<![CDATA[Pote: Brazil is still a long way off]]>/worldcup/news/y=2013/m=2/news=pote-brazil-still-long-way-off-2018285.htmlFIFA.com chatted exclusively with striker Mickael Pote, who dreams of reaching the showpiece event.]]>Tue, 26 Feb 2013 07:45:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. African Zone<![CDATA[Busy year for African hopefuls]]>/worldcup/news/y=2012/m=12/news=busy-year-for-african-hopefuls-1977150.html2012 has seen a few surprises in the African qualifying zone for the FIFA World Cup™ as the campaign reaches its midpoint. There's still all to play for in 2013 as the continent cuts down from 52 countries to five representatives.

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Wed, 26 Dec 2012 09:37:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. African Zone
<![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[Hosts slam doors in AFCON preliminaries]]>/confederationscup/news/y=2012/m=6/news=hosts-slam-doors-afcon-preliminaries-1651411.htmlMon, 18 Jun 2012 00:41:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013<![CDATA[Late goals go North Africa's way]]>/worldcup/news/y=2012/m=6/news=late-goals-north-africa-way-1647153.htmlLibya and Egypt both secured dramatic late wins on Sunday as Africa's FIFA World Cup™ qualifying group stage continued in thrilling fashion.

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Sun, 10 Jun 2012 22:29:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. African Zone
<![CDATA[Crunch clashes come early in Africa]]>/worldcup/news/y=2012/m=6/news=crunch-clashes-come-early-africa-1645513.htmlFIFA.com previews a heavy schedule of crucial fixtures in Africa.]]>Fri, 08 Jun 2012 04:18:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. African Zone<![CDATA[Bafana falter on day of frustration]]>/worldcup/news/y=2012/m=6/news=bafana-falter-day-frustration-1643497.htmlIt was a tough day for strikers in Africa as Bafana Bafana were held at home by Ethiopia, Nigeria just earned a win and no side managed more than a single goal.

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Sun, 03 Jun 2012 21:49:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. African Zone
<![CDATA[African favourites seek home comfort]]>/worldcup/news/y=2012/m=5/news=african-favourites-seek-home-comfort-1641714.htmlThu, 31 May 2012 02:41:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. African Zone<![CDATA[Amoros: We can be next African surprise]]>/worldcup/news/y=2012/m=5/news=amoros-can-next-african-surprise-1641397.htmlWed, 30 May 2012 08:55:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. African Zone<![CDATA[Draws aplenty and one major surprise]]>/live-scores/news/y=2012/m=3/news=draws-aplenty-and-one-major-surprise-1606385.htmlFIFA.com reviews the weekend action in the CAF Champions League, where eight of 15 matches ended in draws and Berekum Chelsea of Ghana produced the stand-out result of the round.]]>Mon, 26 Mar 2012 11:44:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=Club FootballKind=News<![CDATA[Football and the net, a virtual match]]>/news/y=2012/m=3/news=football-and-the-net-virtual-match-1604875.htmlFri, 23 Mar 2012 11:00:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=Off The BallKind=News<![CDATA[Surprises continue in Africa]]>/confederationscup/news/y=2012/m=3/news=surprises-continue-africa-1591886.htmlThu, 01 Mar 2012 01:48:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013<![CDATA[The Week in Quotes]]>/news/y=2012/m=2/news=the-week-quotes-1578931.htmlSat, 04 Feb 2012 03:04:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=Week in QuotesKind=News<![CDATA[Expectations thrown in African whirlwind]]>/live-scores/news/y=2011/m=10/news=expectations-thrown-african-whirlwind-1524229.htmlMon, 10 Oct 2011 01:26:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=News<![CDATA[Duo qualify as final day looms]]>/live-scores/news/y=2011/m=9/news=duo-qualify-final-day-looms-1504946.htmlSenegal and Burkina Faso were the big winners over the weekend as the pair booked passage to the 2012 CAF Africa Cup of Nations, but seven groups remain up for grabs with one qualifying round to go.

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Mon, 05 Sep 2011 03:43:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=News
<![CDATA[Do or die weekend in Africa]]>/live-scores/news/y=2011/m=9/news=die-weekend-africa-1502592.htmlThu, 01 Sep 2011 06:57:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=News<![CDATA[Ndah Francois: The game is for everybody]]>/womensworldcup/news/y=2011/m=4/news=ndah-francois-the-game-for-everybody-1422963.htmlFIFA.com speaks to Rosalie Tempa Ndah Francois, who will officiate at the FIFA Women’s World Cup Germany 2011™, which is one of many projects the busy Benin national is involved with.

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Fri, 22 Apr 2011 08:47:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Women's World Cup Germany 2011
<![CDATA[Sudan-Egypt pick of Olympic draw]]>/tournaments/archive/mensolympic/london2012/news/y=2011/m=4/news=sudan-egypt-pick-olympic-draw-1417569.htmlThe draw for the second round of men's African qualifying matches for London 2012 took place today at CAF's headquarters in Cairo, seeing Egypt paired together with north-eastern neighbours Sudan in one of eight ties.

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Wed, 13 Apr 2011 13:22:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=NewsTournament=Olympic Football Tournaments London 2012 - Men
<![CDATA[Gambia’s withdrawal sends Benin through ]]>http://www.fifa.com/tournaments/archive/mensolympic/london2012/news/newsid=1405188/index.html?cid=rssfeed&att=Benin have qualified for the second round of CAF qualifiers for the Men’s Olympic Tournament London 2012 after Gambia this week withdrew from the competition.

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Thu, 24 Mar 2011 16:41:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=Olympic Football Tournaments London 2012 - Men
<![CDATA[Giants begin journey to 2012]]>/live-scores/news/y=2010/m=9/news=giants-begin-journey-2012-1294011.htmlAlgeria, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Morocco, Nigeria, South Africa and Zambia will get their qualifying campaigns underway with easy home games, while Congo DR and Senegal will collide in the pick of the weekend’s fixtures.

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Fri, 03 Sep 2010 12:44:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=News
<![CDATA[African journalists train for the FIFA World Cup]]>/development/news/y=2010/m=5/news=african-journalists-train-for-the-fifa-world-cup-1208152.htmlAs part of a programme run by the AFP Foundation and financed by FIFA, some 270 African sports journalists, editors and photographers attended a training programme which concluded on 5 May 2010.

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Mon, 10 May 2010 19:20:00 GMTArea=Football DevelopmentSection=Win in AfricaKind=News
<![CDATA[Benin embark on new direction]]>/fifa-world-ranking/news/y=2010/m=3/news=benin-embark-new-direction-1182663.htmlAfter a series of sweeping changes, Benin are edging ever closer to their highest ever position of 59th in the Ranking, attained a few months ago.

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Thu, 18 Mar 2010 15:13:00 GMTArea=World RankingSection=Men RankingKind=News
<![CDATA[New stars emerge in Angola]]>/live-scores/news/y=2010/m=2/news=new-stars-emerge-angola-1164748.htmlThe Cup of Nations was a showcase for players seemingly on the cusp of greatness. We look at Egypt’s Gedo and a few other stars in the making.

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Mon, 01 Feb 2010 09:11:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=News
<![CDATA[Nigeria join Egypt in last eight]]>/live-scores/news/y=2010/m=1/news=nigeria-join-egypt-last-eight-1159795.htmlPeter Odemwingie led Nigeria's Super Eagles past Mozambique, while Egypt preserved their unbeaten streak in the CAF Africa Cup of Nations.

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Wed, 20 Jan 2010 19:18:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=News
<![CDATA[Familiar names, fresh feats]]>/news/y=2010/m=1/news=familiar-names-fresh-feats-1159281.htmlRonaldinho, Lionel Messi and Liedson ensure this week’s statistical review is a star-studded affair, while Egypt’s record-breaking form also features.

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Wed, 20 Jan 2010 08:17:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=Week in StatsKind=News
<![CDATA[Pharaohs march into last eight]]>/live-scores/news/y=2010/m=1/news=pharaohs-march-into-last-eight-1158114.htmlEgypt beat Mozambique to secure a place in the last eight of the Cup of Nations in Angola, while Nigeria outlasted a tough challenge from Benin.

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Sat, 16 Jan 2010 22:03:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=News
<![CDATA[Angelique Kidjo: Football and music are universal]]>/about-fifa/news/y=2010/m=1/news=angelique-kidjo-football-and-music-are-universal-1158091.htmlPrior to performing a concert in Zurich, Beninoise singer Angelique Kidjo shared her views on music, football and the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa.

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Fri, 15 Jan 2010 18:03:00 GMTArea=OrganisationSection=Home of FifaKind=News
<![CDATA[Who will win the Cup of Nations?]]>/live-scores/news/y=2010/m=1/news=who-will-win-the-cup-nations-1156058.htmlThe CAF Africa Cup of Nations has kicked off with some exciting and unpredictable contests. But who do you think will win the coveted continental title?

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Wed, 13 Jan 2010 08:33:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=Have Your Say