<![CDATA[FIFA.com - News]]>http://www.fifa.com/index.htmlenCopyright ©1994 - 2015 FIFA. All rights reservedThu, 11 May 2017 06:13:00 GMTThu, 11 May 2017 16:57:02 GMTFIFA.comFIFA.comhttp://www.fifa.com/imgml/rssheader.gif http://www.fifa.com/index.html13928FIFA.com RSS<![CDATA[Former Club World Cup participants lead charge in Asia ]]>/live-scores/afcchampionsleague/news/newsid/288/362/9/index.htmlFIFA.com reviews all the action from the AFC Champions League group stage where some former champions impressed, as did a host of new faces.]]>Thu, 11 May 2017 06:13:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=Club FootballKind=NewsTournament=AFC Champions League 2017 <![CDATA[Hisense becomes Official Sponsor of 2018 FIFA World Cup™]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=4/news=hisense-becomes-official-sponsor-of-2018-fifa-world-cuptm-2878703.htmlThu, 06 Apr 2017 04:03:00 GMTArea=OrganisationSection=MarketingKind=ReleaseTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Iran move within a whisker, Thailand out]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=3/news=iran-move-within-a-whisker-thailand-out-2877866.htmlFIFA.com rounds up all the action from FIFA World Cup™ qualifying in Asia, where all six hosts recorded three points on home soil.]]>Tue, 28 Mar 2017 21:24:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Iran look to edge closer, duo aim to bounce back]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=3/news=iran-eye-early-qualification-duo-aim-to-bounce-back-2877457.htmlFIFA.com previews Tuesday's matchday in Asian qualifying for Russia 2018, where the jostling for a ticket to the world stage continues to intensify heading into the home straight. ]]>Mon, 27 Mar 2017 07:27:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Adventurous acts and a Shakespearean revival]]>/news/y=2017/m=3/news=adventurous-acts-and-a-shakespearean-revival-2876982.html A daring keeper and an unlikely hat-trick hero feature in FIFA.com’s latest stats review, along with a few Germans and a fairytale start to a managerial career.]]>Fri, 24 Mar 2017 06:55:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=Week in StatsKind=News<![CDATA[Trio move clear as underdogs triumph ]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=3/news=trio-move-clear-as-underdogs-triumph-2876611.htmlFIFA.com looks back on all the action.

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Thu, 23 Mar 2017 19:23:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)
<![CDATA[Revenge on the menu in return legs]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=3/news=revenge-on-the-menu-in-return-legs-2876610.htmlFIFA.com previews Thursday's Russia 2018 qualifiers in Asia as the 12 remaining contenders enter the second half of their group schedule with all to play for.]]>Wed, 22 Mar 2017 06:38:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Feng: We can surprise Korea Republic]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=3/news=feng-we-can-surprise-korea-republic-2876452.htmlFIFA.com about improvements in the team under new head coach Marcello Lippi ahead of the country's crucial 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia qualifier against Korea Republic.]]>Mon, 20 Mar 2017 03:02:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Iran cruise to second Asian title on sand]]>/beachsoccerworldcup/news/y=2017/m=3/news=iran-cruise-to-second-asian-title-on-sand-2875647.htmlFIFA.com rounds up all the action from seven days of competition on the beach sands of Pantai Batu Buruk in Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia.]]>Mon, 13 Mar 2017 04:48:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Bahamas 2017<![CDATA[Asian hopefuls ready to battle in Malaysia]]>/beachsoccerworldcup/news/y=2017/m=3/news=asian-hopefuls-ready-to-battle-in-malaysia-2869204.htmlFri, 03 Mar 2017 08:44:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Bahamas 2017<![CDATA[A new World Cup chapter for Iran’s Jahanbakhsh ]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=2/news=a-new-world-cup-chapter-for-iran-s-jahanbakhsh-2868751.htmlFIFA.com about his FIFA World Cup memories and experiences as a fan and a player, and assesses the team's prospects of qualifying for Russia 2018.]]>Tue, 28 Feb 2017 07:19:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Giant-killers and goal gluts]]>/news/y=2017/m=2/news=giant-killers-and-goal-gluts-2868079.htmlFIFA.com’s latest stats review, along with an almighty upset and a pioneering female coach.]]>Fri, 24 Feb 2017 08:55:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=Week in StatsKind=News<![CDATA[Emerging Tan blossoms with Steel Roses]]>/development/news/y=2017/m=2/news=emerging-tan-blossoms-with-steel-roses-2868080.htmlFIFA.com hears from Tan Ruyin, a star midfielder in China PR's rapidly-developing side who has been likened to former Italy maestro Andrea Pirlo.]]>Thu, 23 Feb 2017 06:01:00 GMTArea=Football DevelopmentSection=WomenKind=News<![CDATA[Big spending, domestic dominance and Egyptian perfection]]>/news/y=2017/m=2/news=big-spending-domestic-dominance-and-egyptian-perfection-2866008.htmlFIFA.com’s latest stats review.]]>Fri, 03 Feb 2017 06:00:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=Week in StatsKind=News<![CDATA[Oscar: We’re pioneers for Asian football]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=1/news=oscar-we-re-pioneers-for-asian-football-2863522.htmlSun, 15 Jan 2017 22:52:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=LOCKind=NewsTournament=2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™<![CDATA[Streaks and switches centre stage]]>/news/y=2017/m=1/news=streaks-and-switches-centre-stage-2862351.htmlFIFA.com’s latest stats review, along with an indefatigable Englishman, an expensive Brazilian and a conquering Colombian.]]>Fri, 06 Jan 2017 08:16:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=Week in StatsKind=News<![CDATA[Scolari: It will take 2,000 years for another 7-1]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=12/news=scolari-it-will-take-2-000-years-for-another-7-1-2861399.htmlTue, 20 Dec 2016 09:17:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[All to play for in Asia]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=12/news=all-to-play-for-in-asia-2861361.htmlMon, 19 Dec 2016 18:36:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[McGowan: The Adelaide Oval could make the difference]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=11/news=mcgowan-the-adelaide-oval-could-make-the-difference-2857078.htmlWed, 30 Nov 2016 17:50:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Mixed results for Asian titans ]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=11/news=mixed-results-for-asian-titans-2850756.htmlIt proved to be a mixed night for Asia’s top four teams who represented the continent at Brazil 2014, as the third round of qualifying for 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia reached the midway mark.

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Tue, 15 Nov 2016 18:37:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)
<![CDATA[Pivotal encounters loom large in Asia]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=11/news=pivotal-encounters-loom-large-in-asia-2850167.htmlFIFA.com takes a look at the fifth matchday in Round 3 of FIFA World Cup qualifying across Asia, with some crucial match-ups looming as the groups begin to take shape at the midway point.

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Mon, 14 Nov 2016 02:49:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)
<![CDATA[Lippi: I hope we can achieve a miracle]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=11/news=lippi-i-hope-we-can-achieve-a-miracle-2849581.htmlFIFA World Cup-winning coach Marcello Lippi and China PR striker Wu Lei talk about what it will take to guide the country to their second global appearance at Russia 2018.

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Sun, 13 Nov 2016 03:40:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifiers - Asia
<![CDATA[Sainsbury: My Australia team-mates are more like brothers]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=11/news=sainsbury-my-australia-team-mates-are-more-like-brothers-2848750.htmlWed, 09 Nov 2016 01:10:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Lippi: China will do everything to complete mission impossible]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=10/news=lippi-china-will-do-everything-to-complete-mission-impossible-2847038.htmlFri, 28 Oct 2016 12:23:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Rivalries and ruined records]]>/news/y=2016/m=10/news=rivalries-and-ruined-records-2846959.htmlFIFA.com reflects on that being the case for one of Europe’s most prominent coaches and two of its most prominent clubs, as well as an unstoppable striker in Medellin and hegemony by the Pearl River.]]>Fri, 28 Oct 2016 06:24:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=Week in StatsKind=News<![CDATA[Sinclair gets the party started]]>/development/news/y=2016/m=10/news=sinclair-gets-the-party-started-2845234.htmlSat, 22 Oct 2016 18:02:00 GMTArea=Football DevelopmentSection=WomenKind=News<![CDATA[Lippi appointed as new China PR coach]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=10/news=lippi-appointed-as-new-china-pr-coach-2845616.htmlSat, 22 Oct 2016 14:46:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Strugglers bounce back as Iran, Saudi Arabia go clear ]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=10/news=strugglers-bounce-back-as-iran-saudi-arabia-go-clear-2842485.htmlFIFA.com takes a look back at matchday four across Asia's third round of FIFA World Cup qualifying on the road to Russia 2018, with Iran seeing off Korea Republic after Japan and Australia shared the spoils in Melbourne.

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Tue, 11 Oct 2016 21:30:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)
<![CDATA[Titans re-unite as Asian derbies loom large]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=10/news=titans-re-unite-as-asian-derbies-loom-large-2842110.htmlFIFA.com previews Tuesday's round of 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying in Asia, headlined by two major derbies.]]>Mon, 10 Oct 2016 07:00:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Chinese wind-chaser reflects on World Cup debut]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=10/news=chinese-wind-chaser-reflects-on-world-cup-debut-2842108.htmlFIFA.com caught up with former national team forward Qu Bo to talk about the country's development and to look back on his fond memories from Korea/Japan 2002.]]>Mon, 10 Oct 2016 03:22:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Hakeem: Syria will not give up]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=10/news=hakeem-syria-will-not-give-up-2842156.htmlHaving taken up the challenging task of coaching Syria ahead of their latest round of qualifying, Ayman Hakeem suffered something of a stuttering start, but progress has been consistent as they head into a clash with Qatar.]]>Sun, 09 Oct 2016 16:23:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Syria reignite hopes as trio clinch hard-fought wins ]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=10/news=syria-reignite-hopes-as-trio-clinch-hard-fought-wins-2840628.htmlAsia's titanic trio - Iran, Japan and Korea Republic - all prevailed with hard-fought victories in AFC third round qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, while brave Syria salvaged a lifeline after overcoming hosts China PR 1-0.

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Thu, 06 Oct 2016 22:56:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)
<![CDATA[Asian underdogs out to avenge past defeats]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=10/news=asian-underdogs-out-to-avenge-past-defeats-2838442.htmlFIFA.com previews the third matchday in Asia's final stage of 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying with some familiar match-ups in store.]]>Tue, 04 Oct 2016 03:22:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[China PR welcomes Live Your Goals]]>/development/news/y=2016/m=9/news=china-pr-welcomes-live-your-goals-2837536.htmlChina PR is the latest country to embrace FIFA's Live Your Goals initiative as 150 girls recently took part in a festival in Changchun. This campaign, initiated by FIFA and the CFA (Chinese Football Association) will run from 2016-2019, aiming to inspire 9,000 to 15,000 young girls.

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Thu, 29 Sep 2016 00:35:00 GMTArea=Football DevelopmentSection=Live your goalsKind=News
<![CDATA[Asia’s newest stars grabbing headlines]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=9/news=asia-s-newest-stars-grabbing-headlines-2835121.htmlFIFA.com takes a look at some of the newer names making an impact across Asia during the continent's qualifying campaign for Russia 2018.]]>Tue, 20 Sep 2016 05:24:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[El Jaish make history as trio seal return to semi-finals]]>/clubworldcup/news/y=2016/m=9/news=el-jaish-make-history-as-trio-seal-return-to-semi-finals-2833488.htmlFIFA.com reviews the AFC Champions League quarter-final second leg results as Jeonbuk Motors, Al Ain, FC Seoul and El Jaish all sealed progression to the last four. 

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Wed, 14 Sep 2016 23:24:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2016
<![CDATA[Tricky challenges for former winners]]>/clubworldcup/news/y=2016/m=9/news=tricky-challenges-for-former-winners-2832389.htmlFIFA.com previews the AFC Champions League quarter-final return legs with former Asian kings Al Ain and Jeonbuk Motors facing a challenging scenario.]]>Mon, 12 Sep 2016 07:29:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2016<![CDATA[Records fall across the globe]]>/news/y=2016/m=9/news=records-fall-across-the-globe-2830987.htmlFIFA.com’s latest statistical review, as well two on-song European superstars and the fall of defensive impregnability.]]>Wed, 07 Sep 2016 11:29:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=Week in StatsKind=News<![CDATA[Trio stay perfect as Japan bounce back ]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=9/news=trio-stay-perfect-as-japan-bounce-back-2830918.htmlTue, 06 Sep 2016 20:36:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Winners clash as hosts seek to bounce back]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=9/news=winners-clash-as-hosts-seek-to-bounce-back-2830632.htmlFIFA.com previews matchday 2 in the final stage of Asia's Russia 2018 qualifying, headlined by United Arab Emirates hosting Asian champions Australia.]]>Mon, 05 Sep 2016 03:53:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Japan stunned as quintet triumph at home]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=9/news=japan-stunned-as-quintet-triumph-at-home-2829918.htmlIt proved to be a mixed opening matchday for Asia's heavyweights in the continent’s third qualifying round for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™. FIFA.com takes a closer look at the action.

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Thu, 01 Sep 2016 22:39:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)
<![CDATA[Old rivalries resume in Asian openers]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=8/news=old-rivalries-resume-in-asian-openers-2824077.htmlTue, 30 Aug 2016 09:00:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Rejuvenated Gao leading Chinese charge]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=8/news=rejuvenated-gao-leading-chinese-charge-2823963.htmlFIFA.com hears from Gao Lin with the in-form goalscorer set to be a key contributor as the world's biggest nation aim to break their 16-year FIFA World Cup drought.]]>Tue, 30 Aug 2016 01:58:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Sharp shooting, spot-kick specialists and a sad swansong]]>/news/y=2016/m=8/news=sharp-shooting-spot-kick-specialists-and-a-sad-swansong-2823619.html A Moonwalk master joining an exclusive club, a saddening swansong, a ‘perfect’ treble and a goal flood highlight FIFA.com’s latest stats review, along with a spot-kick specialist and a laudable landmark.]]>Fri, 26 Aug 2016 05:01:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=Week in StatsKind=News<![CDATA[FC Seoul, Al Nasr cruise as former winners misfire]]>/clubworldcup/news/y=2016/m=8/news=fc-seoul-al-nasr-cruise-as-former-winners-misfire-2823484.htmlFIFA.com reviews the latest AFC Champions League action which saw FC Seoul and Al Nasr put one hand on a semi-final berth, but former continental winners Jeonbuk Motors and Al Ain have plenty of work ahead of them in the return leg.]]>Thu, 25 Aug 2016 03:46:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2016<![CDATA[Superstars, shoot-outs and shutouts]]>/mensolympic/news/y=2016/m=8/news=superstars-shoot-outs-and-shutouts-2823343.htmlWed, 24 Aug 2016 06:45:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=Olympic Football Tournaments Rio 2016 - Men<![CDATA[Germany make history, hosts claim hearts]]>/womensolympic/news/y=2016/m=8/news=germany-make-history-hosts-claim-hearts-2823368.htmlFIFA.com reviews the Women's Olympic Football Tournament Rio 2016, where Germany claimed their first Olympic gold in a final that was contested between two European sides for the first time after hosts Brazil and holders USA failed to reach the Maracana.

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Tue, 23 Aug 2016 11:07:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=Olympic Football Tournaments Rio 2016 - Women
<![CDATA[Stiff challenges in store for Asian heavyweights]]>/clubworldcup/news/y=2016/m=8/news=stiff-challenges-in-store-for-asian-heavyweights-2823257.htmlFIFA.com previews the quarter-final stage in the AFC Champions League where a host of headline recruits are set to add further glamour to Asia's elite club competition.]]>Mon, 22 Aug 2016 07:06:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2016<![CDATA[Numbers game sees USA out, Brazil through]]>/womensolympic/news/y=2016/m=8/news=numbers-game-sees-usa-out-brazil-through-2821887.htmlWe review the seventh matchday of the Olympic Football Tournaments at Rio 2016, which saw the women's semi-finalists decided on a day of drama in which lucky number seven and the unfortunate number 13 played a part in the holders' exit.

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Sat, 13 Aug 2016 05:31:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=Olympic Football Tournaments Rio 2016 - Women
<![CDATA[Behringer brilliance sees Germany through]]>/womensolympic/news/y=2016/m=8/news=behringer-brilliance-sees-germany-through-2821717.htmlGermany progressed to the semi-finals of the Women's Olympic Football Tournament with a tight 1-0 win against China PR in Salvador which required a moment of brilliance from Melanie Behringer to seal the tie, with Wang Shuang missing a late penalty which would have sent the tie to extra time.

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Fri, 12 Aug 2016 21:54:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=Olympic Football Tournaments Rio 2016 - Women