<![CDATA[FIFA.com - News]]>http://www.fifa.com/index.htmlenCopyright ©1994 - 2015 FIFA. All rights reservedMon, 13 Nov 2017 12:49:00 GMTMon, 13 Nov 2017 12:58:22 GMTFIFA.comFIFA.comhttp://www.fifa.com/imgml/rssheader.gif http://www.fifa.com/index.html13928FIFA.com RSS<![CDATA[Long-term absentees make triumphant returns]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=11/news=long-term-absentees-make-triumphant-returns-2919837.htmlMon, 13 Nov 2017 12:49:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Eagles of Carthage take off for Russia]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=11/news=eagles-of-carthage-take-off-for-russia-2919711.htmlIn qualifying for Russia 2018, Tunisia ended a 12-year absence from the world finals. FIFA.com spoke to the players who made it happen.

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Sun, 12 Nov 2017 14:58:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Morocco, Tunisia reach Russia 2018]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=11/news=tunisia-morocco-reach-russia-2018-2919583.htmlMorocco and Tunisia completed CAF's line-up at the FIFA World Cup™, securing the last of Africa's berths at Russia 2018.

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Sat, 11 Nov 2017 19:59:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Three spots up for grabs in Africa]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=11/news=three-spots-up-for-grabs-in-africa-2919169.htmlFIFA.com runs the rule over the fixtures on Matchday 6 – including the replayed game between South Africa and Senegal – scheduled to take place between 10 and 14 November.]]>Thu, 09 Nov 2017 07:46:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Who can qualify in Africa?]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=11/news=who-can-qualify-in-africa-2918834.htmlThe third and last round of African qualifiers for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ draws to a close this weekend, with three of the five berths at next year’s tournament still to be determined. 

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Tue, 07 Nov 2017 07:46:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Msakni spearheading Tunisian quest for glory]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=11/news=msakni-spearheading-tunisian-quest-for-glory-2918678.htmlFIFA.com speaks to Tunisia forward Youssef Msakni.]]>Mon, 06 Nov 2017 15:59:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[All to play for in Africa's penultimate joust]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=10/news=all-to-play-for-in-africa-s-penultimate-joust-2910263.htmlFIFA.com looks ahead to this weekend's fifth round of fixtures in Africa where tickets to Russia 2018 are up for grabs.]]>Fri, 06 Oct 2017 06:16:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Akolo: My World Cup dream lives on]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=10/news=akolo-my-world-cup-dream-lives-on-2910336.htmlAs a teenager, Chadrac Akolo embarked on a life-changing journey that took him from Kinshasa, Congo DR's capital, to Switzerland. FIFA.com caught up with the VfB Stuttgart man as a call-up for the Leopards sees him return to the country.

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Thu, 05 Oct 2017 09:21:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Nigerians on the brink, big guns out in the cold]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=9/news=nigerians-on-the-brink-big-guns-out-in-the-cold-2907177.htmlFIFA.com reviews latest qualifying action from Africa where World Cup regulars Cameroon have suffered an early elimination along with Brazil 2014 participants Algeria, while Nigeria edged closer to their Russia 2018 goal.]]>Wed, 06 Sep 2017 07:46:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Bangoura: Guinea not giving up on our dream]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=8/news=bangoura-we-re-not-giving-up-on-our-dream-2903234.htmlFIFA.com about his side's progress in recent months and their dreams of making it to Russia.]]>Tue, 08 Aug 2017 08:54:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Leopards on the prowl again]]>/fifa-world-ranking/news/y=2017/m=7/news=leopards-on-the-prowl-again-2901668.htmlClimbing to an all-time high in the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, Congo DR are chasing the dream of a return to the FIFA World Cup, more than four decades since they last set foot at the global finals.

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Thu, 20 Jul 2017 16:31:00 GMTArea=World RankingSection=Men RankingKind=News
<![CDATA[Maaloul: I’m optimistic about reaching Russia]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=7/news=maaloul-i-m-optimistic-about-reaching-russia-2901135.htmlLocked at the top of their with Congo DR, Tunisia face a crucial next pair of 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia qualifiers as Nabil Maaloul looks to continue a strong start as he rekindles his relationship with Les Aigles de Carthage.

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Wed, 12 Jul 2017 12:00:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Germany on top after two-year wait]]>/fifa-world-ranking/news/y=2017/m=7/news=germany-on-top-after-two-year-wait-2900464.htmlGermany have capped a sensational week on the international stage by returning to the top of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking for the first time since being knocked off the top spot exactly two years ago.

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Thu, 06 Jul 2017 08:56:00 GMTArea=World RankingSection=Men RankingKind=News
<![CDATA[FIFA awards 2017-2018 media rights for sub-Saharan Africa]]>/about-fifa/news/y=2017/m=3/news=fifa-awards-2017-2018-media-rights-for-sub-saharan-africa-2878204.htmlFollowing an open tender process for 42 territories in sub-Saharan Africa, FIFA has granted media rights for 2017-2018 –including the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 and the 2018 FIFA World Cup – to five major broadcasting entities in the region.

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Thu, 30 Mar 2017 11:00:00 GMTArea=OrganisationSection=TVKind=Release
<![CDATA[Leopards roar to Germany 1974]]>/worldcup/news/y=2008/m=5/news=leopards-roar-germany-1974-771439.htmlFIFA.com looks back on how the Ebony Leopards of Zaire became the first sub-Saharan African side to reach a world finals by beating Morocco 3-0 in Kinshasa in 1973.

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Mon, 20 Mar 2017 08:46:00 GMTArea=ClassicSection=Qualifiers MatchesKind=NewsTournament=1974 FIFA World Cup Germany ™
<![CDATA[Kabananga: World Cup spot would be a historic achievement]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=3/news=kabananga-world-cup-spot-would-be-a-historic-achievement-2874774.htmlFIFA.com about the highs and lows of that tournament and his hopes for the Russia 2018 preliminary campaign.]]>Mon, 06 Mar 2017 08:56:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Ayew brothers propel Ghana forward, Egypt advance]]>/live-scores/africancup/news/newsid/286/547/2/index.htmlFIFA.com reviews all the action from west Africa.]]>Sun, 29 Jan 2017 21:06:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=NewsTournament=Africa Cup of Nations 2017<![CDATA[New stars shining in Gabon]]>/live-scores/africancup/news/newsid/286/533/7/index.htmlFIFA.com runs the rule over a number of players who have already boosted their reputations]]>Fri, 27 Jan 2017 11:14:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=NewsTournament=Africa Cup of Nations 2017<![CDATA[Upsets aplenty in the AFCON group stage]]>/live-scores/africancup/news/newsid/286/525/4/index.htmlFIFA.com looks back on a dramatic group phase at the Africa Cup of Nations that left the holders and hosts out and saw Burkina Faso, Congo DR, Egypt and Senegal qualify as section winners.]]>Thu, 26 Jan 2017 10:24:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=NewsTournament=Africa Cup of Nations 2017<![CDATA[Morocco knock out holders Côte d'Ivoire]]>/live-scores/africancup/news/newsid/286/510/8/index.htmlFIFA.com recaps both matches.]]>Tue, 24 Jan 2017 23:06:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=NewsTournament=Africa Cup of Nations 2017<![CDATA[Leopards and Atlas Lions in pole positions]]>/live-scores/africancup/news/newsid/286/399/7/index.htmlFIFA.com recaps the action from both matches.]]>Sat, 21 Jan 2017 00:01:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=NewsTournament=Africa Cup of Nations 2017<![CDATA[Moroccans left empty-handed, reigning champs stumble]]>/live-scores/africancup/news/newsid/286/358/5/index.htmlDefending champions Côte d'Ivoire stuttered to a disappointing share of the spoils with Togo in their opening Group C match, while Congo DR went top of the section after catching a profligate Morocco side on the break.

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Mon, 16 Jan 2017 23:11:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=NewsTournament=Africa Cup of Nations 2017
<![CDATA[Ibenge: We want to show our progress]]>/live-scores/africancup/news/newsid/286/335/6/index.htmlAhead of the 2017 CAF Africa Cup of Nations, FIFA.com spoke to Congo DR manager Florent Ibenge about his side's chances in Gabon after finishing third at the continental tournament in 2015. 

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Sat, 14 Jan 2017 09:14:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=NewsTournament=Africa Cup of Nations 2017
<![CDATA[Africa’s finest go in search of glory ]]>/live-scores/africancup/news/newsid/286/333/6/index.htmlRunning the rule over the leading contenders and the dark horses, not to mention the players looking to cement their reputations and the lesser-known names intent on announcing themselves to the wider world, FIFA.com looks ahead to the AFCON, which kicks off in Libreville on Saturday.

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Fri, 13 Jan 2017 14:14:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=NewsTournament=Africa Cup of Nations 2017
<![CDATA[The AFCON in numbers]]>/live-scores/africancup/news/newsid/286/318/5/index.htmlFIFA.com looks over some of the tournament's most interesting stats.]]>Thu, 12 Jan 2017 07:41:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=NewsTournament=Africa Cup of Nations 2017<![CDATA[Damja: Libya have cause for optimism]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=11/news=damja-libya-have-cause-for-optimism-2851748.htmlDespite losing their first two matches in Group A of Round 3 in the African qualifying competition for Russia 2018, newly-appointed Libya head coach Jalal Damja spoke with FIFA.com about the belief he has in the new generation of players coming into the squad.

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Wed, 16 Nov 2016 23:47:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Nigeria, Egypt seize inside track]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=11/news=nigeria-egypt-seize-inside-track-2850198.htmlFIFA.com reviews the action.]]>Mon, 14 Nov 2016 07:24:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Africa's giants wrestle for control]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=11/news=africa-s-giants-wrestle-for-control-2848763.htmlNigeria will host Algeria and South Africa take on Senegal in just two of the mouth-watering clashes set to light up Africa this weekend in 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying.

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Thu, 10 Nov 2016 08:52:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Sutchuin: Cameroon have to back up Algeria result]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=11/news=sutchuin-cameroon-have-to-back-up-algeria-result-2848809.htmlCameroon midfielder Arnaud Sutchuin speaks with FIFA.com about his side's positive start to Russia 2018 qualifying and the upcoming home match against Zambia.

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Thu, 10 Nov 2016 08:20:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Zakuani: We must write a new chapter in Congolese history]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=11/news=zakuani-we-must-write-a-new-chapter-in-congolese-history-2848640.htmlTue, 08 Nov 2016 09:39:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Guinea look to make their stand]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=11/news=guinea-look-to-make-their-stand-2848087.htmlMon, 07 Nov 2016 05:21:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA['Brazilians' overcome the odds in Africa]]>/clubworldcup/news/y=2016/m=10/news=brazilians-overcome-the-odds-in-africa-2845881.htmlTue, 25 Oct 2016 05:21:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2016<![CDATA[Black Stars held, Super Eagles off to a flying start]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=10/news=black-stars-held-super-eagles-off-to-a-flying-start-2842248.htmlFIFA.com looks back at an action-packed first match day in the group phase of the FIFA World Cup qualifiers in Africa.]]>Sun, 09 Oct 2016 23:52:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Kabananga: Beating Libya would be a perfect start ]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=10/news=kabananga-beating-libya-would-be-a-perfect-start-2841470.htmlWith the final round of the African Russia 2018 preliminaries getting underway and Congo DR lining up in Group A, FIFA.com spoke to front man Junior Kabananga about their chances of fulfilling the dreams of a nation.

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Fri, 07 Oct 2016 22:50:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[African rivals set for group-stage challenge]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=10/news=african-rivals-set-for-group-stage-challenge-2839420.htmlTue, 04 Oct 2016 05:40:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Drama to the end in AFCON qualifying]]>/confederationscup/news/y=2016/m=9/news=drama-to-the-end-in-afcon-qualifying-2830719.htmlMon, 05 Sep 2016 01:24:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017<![CDATA[Six AFCON spots up for grabs]]>/confederationscup/news/y=2016/m=9/news=six-afcon-spots-up-for-grabs-2830070.htmlFri, 02 Sep 2016 05:37:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017<![CDATA[Clemente: Libya can make it to Russia]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=7/news=clemente-libya-can-make-it-to-russia-2811773.htmlFIFA.com about how his team will aim to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia.]]>Wed, 13 Jul 2016 06:02:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Mouth-watering match-ups drawn in Africa]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=6/news=mouth-watering-contests-drawn-in-africa-2803565.htmlFIFA.com looks at the group stage draw in CAF qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.]]>Fri, 24 Jun 2016 19:11:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifiers - Africa<![CDATA[Road to Russia mapped out for African hopefuls]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=6/news=road-to-russia-mapped-out-for-african-hopefuls-2803414.html

The last remaining steps for Africa’s FIFA World Cup contenders have been laid out after the draw for the continent’s third round of Russia 2018 qualifiers took place in Cairo, Egypt.

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Fri, 24 Jun 2016 17:00:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Scary surprises lurk in African draw]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=6/news=scary-surprises-lurk-in-african-draw-2803239.htmlThu, 23 Jun 2016 06:28:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifiers - Africa<![CDATA[Africa gears up for draw for third round of 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers ]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=6/news=africa-gears-up-for-draw-for-third-round-of-2018-fifa-world-cup-qualif-2803173.htmlWed, 22 Jun 2016 20:49:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Big boys line up for African finals]]>/confederationscup/news/y=2016/m=6/news=big-boys-line-up-for-african-finals-2800120.htmlMon, 06 Jun 2016 02:31:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017<![CDATA[Former African champions on the brink]]>/confederationscup/news/y=2016/m=6/news=former-african-champions-on-the-brink-2799420.htmlThu, 02 Jun 2016 04:22:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017<![CDATA[Crows crash out as group stage set]]>/live-scores/news/y=2016/m=4/news=crows-crash-out-as-group-stage-set-2781956.htmlThu, 21 Apr 2016 04:52:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=Club FootballKind=News<![CDATA[African clubs line up for final eight]]>/live-scores/cafchampionsleague/news/newsid/278/152/2/index.htmlMon, 18 Apr 2016 04:47:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=Club FootballKind=NewsTournament=Orange CAF Champions League 2016 <![CDATA[Holders stumble in Morocco, Al Ahly held]]>/live-scores/cafchampionsleague/news/newsid/278/060/2/index.htmlDefending CAF Champions League champions TP Mazembe of Congo DR were the biggest casualties of the first leg of the final round of home-and-away ties before the eight-team group phase.

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Mon, 11 Apr 2016 04:13:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=Club FootballKind=NewsTournament=Orange CAF Champions League 2016
<![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[Former champions line up for group stage]]>/live-scores/cafchampionsleague/news/newsid/278/004/6/index.htmlOnly one of eight CAF Champions League ties, which begin this weekend, does not feature a previous African champion. FIFA.com previews the knockout stage of Africa's premier club competition.

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Fri, 08 Apr 2016 11:41:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=Club FootballKind=NewsTournament=Orange CAF Champions League 2016
<![CDATA[Congolese clubs keep pace]]>/live-scores/cafchampionsleague/news/newsid/277/137/7/index.htmlMon, 21 Mar 2016 02:32:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=Club FootballKind=NewsTournament=Orange CAF Champions League 2016