<![CDATA[FIFA.com - News]]>http://www.fifa.com/index.htmlenCopyright ©1994 - 2015 FIFA. All rights reservedThu, 05 May 2016 19:50:00 GMTThu, 05 May 2016 22:27:04 GMTFIFA.comFIFA.comhttp://www.fifa.com/imgml/rssheader.gif http://www.fifa.com/index.html13928FIFA.com RSS<![CDATA[Gubari's skills lift Grasshoppers to the title]]>http://www.fifa.com?cid=rssfeed&att=Swiss side Grasshoppers 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[Seven through as Asian line-up complete]]>/live-scores/news/y=2016/m=5/news=seven-through-as-asian-line-up-complete-2789850.htmlThu, 05 May 2016 02:52:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=Club FootballKind=News<![CDATA[Pezzaiuoli: The next step is hosting World Cup in China PR]]>/youthcup/news/y=2016/m=5/news=pezzaiuoli-the-next-step-is-hosting-world-cup-in-china-pr-2789319.htmlFIFA.com spoke to Marco Pezzaiuoli, who oversees Guangzhou Evergrande's youth set-up ahead of the club's appearance at the Blue Stars/FIFA Youth Cup, and chats to us about football development in China PR, their push to host a FIFA World Cup in the future and much more.

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Mon, 02 May 2016 18:03:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=Blue Stars/FIFA Youth Cup 2016
<![CDATA[The weekend in review]]>/live-scores/news/y=2016/m=4/news=the-weekend-so-far-2782183.htmlThis week in our rolling round-up of the weekend’s action, there was a continental champion crowned in Oceania, while the latest chapter in arguably South America’s biggest rivalry was written.

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Sun, 24 Apr 2016 21:35:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=Club FootballKind=News
<![CDATA[Holders go out as eight book early progression]]>/live-scores/afcchampionsleague/news/newsid/278/169/7/index.htmlEight sides advanced to the Round of 16 of the AFC Champions League 2016 with a game to spare, while holders Guangzhou Evergrande missed out on the knockout phase for the first time. FIFA.com reviews the penultimate matchday. 

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Wed, 20 Apr 2016 02:13:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=Club FootballKind=NewsTournament=AFC Champions League 2016
<![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[Group A preview: Potential debutants dare to dream]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=4/news=group-a-preview-potential-debutants-dare-to-dream-2780725.htmlTue, 12 Apr 2016 20:45:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=Group AnalysisTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Australia, Japan to go head-to-head following Asian draw]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=4/news=australia-and-japan-go-head-to-head-in-asian-draw-2780621.htmlTue, 12 Apr 2016 10:10:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Bini: Every team will go to Rio with high hopes]]>/womensolympic/news/y=2016/m=4/news=bini-every-team-will-go-to-rio-with-high-hopes-2780653.htmlFIFA.com sat down with Frenchman Bruno Bini, who reflects on his seven months in charge of China PR's women's national team and looks ahead to the Women's Olympic Football Tournament at Rio 2016.

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Tue, 12 Apr 2016 02:02:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=Olympic Football Tournaments Rio 2016 - Women
<![CDATA[Asian dozen dreaming of Russia]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=4/news=asian-dozen-dreaming-of-russia-2780312.htmlQualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia is reaching its final throes in Asia and just 12 nations from the world's most populous continent remain in the hunt for a spot at the global extravaganza that will kick off in just over two years' time.

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Mon, 11 Apr 2016 02:04:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)
<![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[Ma: Scoring first Women's World Cup goal was special]]>/development/news/y=2016/m=4/news=ma-scoring-first-women-s-world-cup-goal-was-special-2779998.htmlFIFA.com caught up with China PR's Ma Li, scorer of the opening goal in FIFA Women's World Cup history, who discussed that famous first strike, her rivalry with USA legend Michelle Akers, the pain of exiting China 1991 in the quarter-finals and more.

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Sat, 09 Apr 2016 11:13:00 GMTArea=Football DevelopmentSection=WomenKind=News
<![CDATA[The Week in Quotes]]>/news/y=2016/m=4/news=the-week-in-quotes-2780324.htmlIn FIFA.com’s latest edition of our weekly collection of world football’s best sound bites, Gerard Pique explains the difference between Messi and Ronaldo, Claudio Ranieri shares N’Golo Kante’s secret to his never-ending energy, Xavi praises Matt Le Tissier, Maximilian Arnold wishes for a better coiffure and much more.

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Sat, 09 Apr 2016 09:27:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=Week in QuotesKind=News
<![CDATA[Olympic draw: what you need to know]]>/mensolympic/news/y=2016/m=4/news=olympic-draw-what-you-need-to-know-2780213.htmlThe draw for the Olympic Football Tournaments Rio 2016 will be held at the Maracana on 14 April 2016 and FIFA.com is here to guide you through the nuts and bolts of the draw process.

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Fri, 08 Apr 2016 08:08:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=Olympic Football Tournaments Rio 2016 - Men
<![CDATA[El Jaish progress, leaders on the verge]]>/live-scores/afcchampionsleague/news/newsid/278/000/1/index.htmlFIFA.com reviews all the action from AFC Champions League 2016 Matchday 4 as El Jaish became the first side to advance to the Round of 16.]]>Thu, 07 Apr 2016 00:23:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=Club FootballKind=NewsTournament=AFC Champions League 2016 <![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[Women’s round-up: March 2016]]>/development/news/y=2016/m=3/news=women-s-round-up-march-2016-2779147.htmlFIFA.com rounds up the main events from women’s football in the month of March, which saw sides book the remaining spots at the Women's Olympic Football Tournament, the long-awaited draw for the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup take place and more.

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Fri, 01 Apr 2016 16:22:00 GMTArea=Football DevelopmentSection=WomenKind=News
<![CDATA[Seven tickets await on decisive matchday]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=3/news=seven-tickets-await-on-decisive-matchday-2772687.htmlFIFA.com previews what promises to be a thrilling conclusion to round two in Asian qualifying for Russia 2018.]]>Mon, 28 Mar 2016 00:03:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Matildas reach record high as Japan sink to seventh]]>/fifa-world-ranking/news/y=2016/m=3/news=matildas-reach-record-high-as-japan-sink-to-seventh-2772038.htmlFri, 25 Mar 2016 08:53:00 GMTArea=World RankingSection=Women RankingKind=News<![CDATA[Decisive duels await Asia's 2018 hopefuls]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=3/news=decisive-duel-await-for-asia-s-2018-hopefuls-2771545.htmlWed, 23 Mar 2016 08:10:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[A kid, a coach and the world's costliest player]]>/news/y=2016/m=3/news=a-kid-a-coach-and-the-world-s-costliest-player-2771877.htmlFIFA.com’s latest stats review, along with a kid, a coach and the world’s costliest player.]]>Wed, 23 Mar 2016 07:41:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=Week in StatsKind=News<![CDATA[Wanda Group becomes new FIFA Partner]]>/about-fifa/news/y=2016/m=3/news=wanda-group-becomes-new-fifa-partner-2771032.htmlFri, 18 Mar 2016 13:33:00 GMTArea=OrganisationSection=MarketingKind=Release<![CDATA[The weekend in review]]>/live-scores/news/y=2016/m=3/news=the-weekend-so-far-2769703.htmlFIFA.com's rolling round-up of the weekend’s action.]]>Sun, 13 Mar 2016 17:02:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=Club FootballKind=News<![CDATA[Asia’s strength in depth heightened amid Rio charge]]>/womensolympic/news/y=2016/m=3/news=asia-s-strength-in-depth-heightened-amid-rio-charge-2769517.htmlFIFA.com reviews AFC qualifying for the 2016 Women’s Olympic Football Tournament in Rio as Australia and China PR achieved their goals, while there was a shock for Japan.]]>Thu, 10 Mar 2016 02:13:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=Olympic Football Tournaments Rio 2016 - Women<![CDATA[Bursting, bouncing and bulletproof]]>/news/y=2016/m=3/news=bursting-bouncing-and-bulletproof-2769291.htmlFIFA.com’s latest stats review, along with a ‘bouncing’ farewell and 30x3.]]>Wed, 09 Mar 2016 06:06:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=Week in StatsKind=News<![CDATA[Australia and China book Olympic spots ]]>/womensolympic/news/y=2016/m=3/news=australia-and-china-book-olympic-spots-2769004.htmlMon, 07 Mar 2016 13:15:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=Olympic Football Tournaments Rio 2016 - Women<![CDATA[Asian sextet on starting blocks]]>/womensolympic/news/y=2016/m=2/news=asian-sextet-on-starting-blocks-2767081.htmlFIFA.com looks ahead to the AFC qualifiers for the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament Rio 2016, which has been described as a ‘mini World Cup’, where two spots are up for grabs at the Olympics this summer.

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Fri, 26 Feb 2016 23:00:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=Olympic Football Tournaments Rio 2016 - Women
<![CDATA[Asian sides kick-start long road to Japan 2016]]>/live-scores/afcchampionsleague/news/newsid/276/635/7/index.htmlFIFA.com previews the 2016 AFC Champions League with the 32-team field headlined by some big-spending Chinese clubs.]]>Mon, 22 Feb 2016 05:58:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=Club FootballKind=NewsTournament=AFC Champions League 2016 <![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[Big spenders and broken records]]>/news/y=2016/m=2/news=big-spenders-and-broken-records-2764625.htmlFIFA.com’s latest weekly stats review, milestones reached by Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Fernando Torres and Romelu Lukaku feature alongside the Chinese Super League's January spending spree and an unwanted record for Victor Wanyama.]]>Wed, 10 Feb 2016 07:07:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=Week in StatsKind=News<![CDATA[Octet complete group stage field]]>/live-scores/afcchampionsleague/news/newsid/276/466/3/index.htmlWed, 10 Feb 2016 05:11:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=Club FootballKind=NewsTournament=AFC Champions League 2016 <![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[Shandong Luneng headline play-off line-up ]]>/live-scores/afcchampionsleague/news/newsid/276/386/7/index.htmlThu, 04 Feb 2016 02:44:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=Club FootballKind=NewsTournament=AFC Champions League 2016 <![CDATA[Old boys and loan rangers on the move]]>/live-scores/news/y=2016/m=1/news=old-boys-and-loan-rangers-on-the-move-2757385.htmlFIFA.com wraps up the latest transfer business across the world of football, with free transfers and tentative loan deals the flavour of the month in the January window so far.]]>Fri, 29 Jan 2016 08:10:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=Club FootballKind=News<![CDATA[January window creaking open]]>/live-scores/news/y=2016/m=1/news=january-window-creaking-open-2756331.htmlFIFA.com takes a look at some of the movers and shakers in the January transfer window so far, with European sides looking to bolster their squads mid-season and teams further afield sculpting their sides for a fresh campaign.

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Fri, 22 Jan 2016 10:14:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=Club FootballKind=News
<![CDATA[Sixteen becomes eight in Asia’s race for Rio]]>/mensolympic/news/y=2016/m=1/news=sixteen-becomes-eight-in-asia-s-race-for-rio-2756216.htmlThu, 21 Jan 2016 06:20:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=Olympic Football Tournaments Rio 2016 - Men<![CDATA[Asian hopefuls set sights on Rio 2016 ]]>/mensolympic/news/y=2016/m=1/news=asian-hopefuls-set-sights-on-rio-2016-2754587.htmlAsia's final qualification for the Men's Olympic Football Tournament at Rio 2016 begins at the start of the new year with 16 sides vying for a place in the global showpiece this August. FIFA.com previews the upcoming competition and takes a closer look at the contenders eager to take a trip to Rio.

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Mon, 11 Jan 2016 02:18:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=Olympic Football Tournaments Rio 2016 - Men
<![CDATA[Kicking-off 2016!]]>/news/y=2016/m=1/news=kicking-off-2016-2753876.htmlFIFA.com delivers you a football-related photo you won't be able to resist paying a second glance to. This week's shows a new year tradition being revived.]]>Mon, 04 Jan 2016 15:37:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=Super SnapKind=News<![CDATA[The countdown continues: two weeks to go]]>/ballon-dor/news/y=2015/m=12/news=the-countdown-continues-two-weeks-to-go-2748035.htmlWith just two weeks to go until the FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala, FIFA.com looks back at previous winners in the women's category.

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Mon, 28 Dec 2015 11:50:00 GMTArea=Ballon d'OrSection=GeneralKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Ballon d'Or 2015
<![CDATA[Thrillers galore and surprises aplenty in Asia]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=12/news=thrillers-galore-and-surprises-aplenty-in-asia-2747968.htmlThe year in Asian qualifying for Russia 2018 has been one to savour for all those who enjoy a surprise, with minnows making waves and favourites faltering as only Qatar end the year with a guaranteed spot in the next round.]]>Mon, 28 Dec 2015 02:26:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![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[Young Sanfrecce warriors vow to shine in Asia]]>/clubworldcup/news/y=2015/m=12/news=young-sanfrecce-warriors-vow-to-shine-in-asia-2747343.htmlStandard-bearers of the Hiroshima outfit’s next generation, midfielder Yusuke Chajima and forward Takuma Asano, spoke to FIFA.com about what they had gained from the FIFA Club World Cup and the challenges ahead.

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Sun, 20 Dec 2015 20:11:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2015
<![CDATA[Douglas’s double gives Sanfrecce bronze ]]>/clubworldcup/matches/round=275786/match=300338747/match-report.htmlSun, 20 Dec 2015 09:00:00 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[Maiden meeting in match for third]]>/clubworldcup/matches/round=275786/match=300338747/preview.htmlFri, 18 Dec 2015 12:52:00 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[Suarez: It was like a dream]]>/clubworldcup/news/y=2015/m=12/news=suarez-sets-up-return-to-his-roots-2746230.htmlLuis Suarez spoke to us after his match-winning hat-trick in the FIFA Club World Cup against Guangzhou Evergrande that set up a game against South American opposition that has been a long time coming for the Uruguayan.

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Thu, 17 Dec 2015 17:36:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2015
<![CDATA[Moriyasu and Morisaki, Hiroshima's dependable duo]]>/clubworldcup/news/y=2015/m=12/news=moriyasu-and-morisaki-hiroshima-s-dependable-duo-2746069.htmlFIFA.com hears from Hajime Moriyasu and Kazuyuki Morisaki, the coach and player who have been the brains and spirit in the ever-improving Sanfrecce Hiroshima side.]]>Thu, 17 Dec 2015 15:14:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2015<![CDATA[Suarez hat-trick books Barça's final berth]]>/clubworldcup/matches/round=275782/match=300338752/match-report.htmlThu, 17 Dec 2015 12:24:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=Match SummaryTournament=FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2015