<![CDATA[FIFA.com - News]]>http://www.fifa.com/index.htmlenCopyright ©1994 - 2015 FIFA. All rights reservedMon, 17 Apr 2017 07:12:00 GMTTue, 25 Apr 2017 10:42:46 GMTFIFA.comFIFA.comhttp://www.fifa.com/imgml/rssheader.gif http://www.fifa.com/index.html13928FIFA.com RSS<![CDATA[When the world welcomed wounded Iraq]]>/confederationscup/news/y=2017/m=4/news=when-the-world-welcomed-wounded-iraq-2879670.htmlIraq shocked the world by qualifying for the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup in South Africa. Their coach at that tournament, the well-travelled Bora Milutinovic, shares his memories of the experience with FIFA.com.

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Mon, 17 Apr 2017 07:12:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017
<![CDATA[History and milestones mark Asia’s road to France]]>/development/news/y=2017/m=4/news=history-and-milestones-mark-asia-s-road-to-france-2879510.htmlFIFA.com reviews a landmark round of FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019™ qualifiers in Asia where there were several debutants and at least one major casualty.]]>Thu, 13 Apr 2017 07:16:00 GMTArea=Football DevelopmentSection=WomenKind=News<![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[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[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[Young Dawood inspired by iconic Iraq idol]]>/u17worldcup/news/y=2017/m=3/news=young-dawood-inspired-by-iconic-iraq-idol-2875337.htmlFIFA.com hears from teenage Iraq ace Mohammed Dawood about following in the footsteps of national football icon Younis Mahmoud, ambitions for the upcoming FIFA U-17 World Cup in India and much more.]]>Thu, 09 Mar 2017 03:58:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA U-17 World Cup India 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[Iraq’s Abdulzahra keeping the faith]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=2/news=iraq-s-abdulzahra-keeping-the-faith-2868426.htmlIraq captain Alaa Abdulzahra caught up with FIFA.com ahead of two crucial Russia 2018 qualifying matches and he expressed his belief that the Lions of Mesopotamia can bounce back against Australia and Saudi Arabia.

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Fri, 24 Feb 2017 08:05:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)
<![CDATA[Asian hopefuls eye France 2019 berths]]>/development/news/y=2017/m=1/news=asian-hopefuls-eye-france-2019-berths-2863965.htmlSat, 21 Jan 2017 16:50:00 GMTArea=Football DevelopmentSection=WomenKind=News<![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[Happy Birthday to you!]]>/news/y=2016/m=12/news=happy-birthday-to-you-2860865.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, 18 Dec 2016 08:36:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=BirthdaysKind=News
<![CDATA[Maradona: Saudi Arabia have taken the UAE’s pulse]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=11/news=maradona-saudi-arabia-have-taken-the-uae-s-pulse-2854828.htmlFri, 25 Nov 2016 10:10:00 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[Iraq prodigy raring to upset adopted country]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=11/news=iraq-prodigy-raring-to-upset-adopted-country-2849510.htmlWith Iraq facing United Arab Emirates in Tuesday's Asian qualifier for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, Al Nasr Dubai's Mohannad Abdulraheem will be tasked with finding the net against his adopted country. 

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Sat, 12 Nov 2016 07:56:00 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[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[Iraq headline Asian quartet bound for India]]>/u17worldcup/news/y=2016/m=10/news=quartet-through-as-iraq-crowned-in-asia-2839144.htmlFIFA.com reviews the AFC U-16 Championship as four Asian sides among a 16-team field battled for a ticket to India 2017.]]>Mon, 03 Oct 2016 06:55:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017<![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[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[Draw ends Olympic dream for Iraq and South Africa]]>/mensolympic/news/y=2016/m=8/news=draw-ends-olympic-dream-for-iraq-and-south-africa-2821240.htmlThu, 11 Aug 2016 04:23:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=Olympic Football Tournaments Rio 2016 - Men<![CDATA[Brazil break tension as others pay penalty]]>/mensolympic/news/y=2016/m=8/news=brazil-break-tension-as-others-pay-penalty-2821513.htmlFIFA.com ​reviews the final day of group action in the Men's Olympic Football Tournament Rio 2016, with penalties a common theme throughout the day before Brazil broke their Olympic drought in defeating Denmark.

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Thu, 11 Aug 2016 04:08:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=Olympic Football Tournaments Rio 2016 - Men
<![CDATA[Group stage goes down to the wire]]>/mensolympic/news/y=2016/m=8/news=group-stage-goes-down-to-the-wire-2820673.htmlTue, 09 Aug 2016 10:26:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=Olympic Football Tournaments Rio 2016 - Men<![CDATA[Officials appointed for final men's group games]]>/mensolympic/news/y=2016/m=8/news=officials-appointed-for-final-men-s-group-game-2820604.htmlThe match officials for the final round of group games in the Men's Olympic Football Tournament Rio 2016 have been announce.

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Mon, 08 Aug 2016 18:07:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=Olympic Football Tournaments Rio 2016 - Men
<![CDATA[Anxiety-afflicted Brazil seek positives ]]>/mensolympic/news/y=2016/m=8/news=anxiety-afflicted-brazil-seek-positives-2820568.htmlMon, 08 Aug 2016 11:15:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=Olympic Football Tournaments Rio 2016 - Men<![CDATA[Heat on the hosts as Portugal and Nigeria go through]]>/mensolympic/news/y=2016/m=8/news=heat-on-the-hosts-as-portugal-and-nigeria-go-through-2820551.htmlPortugal and Nigeria marched on, while Fiji and Algeria bowed out on a day of Men's Olympic Tournament that left many teams, Brazil among them, battling to reach the last eight.

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Mon, 08 Aug 2016 08:04:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=Olympic Football Tournaments Rio 2016 - Men
<![CDATA[Hosts frustrated by impenetrable Iraq]]>/mensolympic/news/y=2016/m=8/news=hosts-frustrated-by-impenetrable-iraq-2820304.htmlMon, 08 Aug 2016 03:57:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=Olympic Football Tournaments Rio 2016 - Men<![CDATA[Intriguing duels on tap as Brazil look to kick-start journey]]>/mensolympic/news/y=2016/m=8/news=intriguing-duels-on-tap-as-brazil-look-to-kick-start-journey-2819935.htmlFIFA.com previews what’s ahead at Rio 2016. ]]>Sat, 06 Aug 2016 15:43:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=Olympic Football Tournaments Rio 2016 - Men<![CDATA[Big guns falter on dramatic opening day]]>/mensolympic/news/y=2016/m=8/news=debut-en-fanfare-des-buts-en-pagaille-2819817-2819830.html FIFA.com reflects on the action.]]>Fri, 05 Aug 2016 07:53:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=Olympic Football Tournaments Rio 2016 - Men<![CDATA[Iraq, Denmark share spoils]]>/mensolympic/news/y=2016/m=8/news=iraq-denmark-share-spoils-2819507.htmlIraq and Denmark opened the Men's Olympic Football Tournament Rio 2016 with an entertaining goalless draw at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia.

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Thu, 04 Aug 2016 19:03:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=Olympic Football Tournaments Rio 2016 - Men
<![CDATA[Match official appointments made for second matchdays]]>/mensolympic/news/y=2016/m=8/news=match-official-appointments-made-for-second-matchdays-2819578.htmlThe match official appointments for the second round of matches in the Men's and Women's Olympic Football Tournaments at Rio 2016 have been announced.

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Thu, 04 Aug 2016 18:42:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=Olympic Football Tournaments Rio 2016 - Men
<![CDATA[Brazil's golden obsession looms large]]>/mensolympic/news/y=2016/m=8/news=brazil-s-golden-obsession-looms-large-2819208.htmlHosts Brazil begin their journey against South Africa as the Men's Olympic Football Tournament Rio 2016 gets set to kick off. FIFA.com previews all the action ahead on matchday 1.

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Wed, 03 Aug 2016 04:11:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=Olympic Football Tournaments Rio 2016 - Men
<![CDATA[Match official appointments made for opening matches]]>/mensolympic/news/y=2016/m=8/news=match-official-appointments-made-for-opening-matches-2819115.htmlTue, 02 Aug 2016 23:02:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=Olympic Football Tournaments Rio 2016 - Men<![CDATA[The Olympic Football Tournaments in numbers]]>/mensolympic/news/y=2016/m=7/news=the-olympic-football-tournaments-in-numbers-2813403.htmlFIFA.com highlights some intriguing statistics behind the competing teams.]]>Sun, 31 Jul 2016 14:31:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=Olympic Football Tournaments Rio 2016 - Men<![CDATA[Ready for Rio 2016? Get your tickets today!]]>/mensolympic/news/y=2016/m=7/news=ready-for-rio-2016-get-your-tickets-today-2813297.htmlSat, 30 Jul 2016 14:39:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=TicketingKind=NewsTournament=Olympic Football Tournaments Rio 2016 - Men<![CDATA[Neymar, Marta among galaxy of stars at Rio 2016 ]]>/mensolympic/news/y=2016/m=7/news=neymar-stars-rio-2016-son-heungmin-mikel-hope-solo-marta-2812740.htmlThe Olympic Football Tournaments Rio 2016 have drawn one step closer, with the confirmation of the final squads for the men’s and women’s competitions.

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Mon, 25 Jul 2016 13:01:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=Olympic Football Tournaments Rio 2016 - Men
<![CDATA[Al Jassam: Asian football has developed a lot]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=7/news=al-jassam-asian-football-has-developed-a-lot-2812628.htmlFIFA.com caught up with Saudi Arabia midfielder Taiseer Al Jassam who talks about his country's ambitions of reaching Russia 2018, his disappointment of missing out on Germany 2006 and how the Green Falcons are looking to re-establish themselves among Asia's elite. 

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Thu, 21 Jul 2016 12:22:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)
<![CDATA[Jordan seminar seeks to leverage U-17 legacy and grow women’s football in West Asia]]>/u17womensworldcup/news/y=2016/m=5/news=jordan-seminar-seeks-to-leverage-u-17-legacy-and-grow-women-s-football-2791745.htmlAs part of the legacy programme of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Jordan 2016, a regional women’s football development seminar was held in Jordan between 17 and 20 May.

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Fri, 20 May 2016 13:41:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Jordan 2016
<![CDATA[Abdulraheem inspired by Iraq's class of 2004]]>/mensolympic/news/y=2016/m=5/news=abdulraheem-inspired-by-iraq-s-class-of-2004-2790140.htmlSpeaking exclusively to FIFA.com, Iraq's 22-year-old frontman Mohanad Abdulraheem talks about his ambitions to follow in the footsteps of national team greats, sealing qualification to Rio 2016 and drawing inspiration from Iraq's Olympic spirit of 2004.

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Fri, 06 May 2016 14:23:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=Olympic Football Tournaments Rio 2016 - Men
<![CDATA[Scott takes her love of the cage to Iraq]]>/development/news/y=2016/m=5/news=scott-takes-her-love-of-the-cage-to-iraq-2789272.htmlAfter growing up in East London, on pitches encased by steel fences, England international Alex Scott took the chance to share her love for expressing yourself within a football cage with refugees in Iraq.

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Tue, 03 May 2016 11:24:00 GMTArea=Football DevelopmentSection=WomenKind=News
<![CDATA[Group B preview: Rivalries renewed in a tight section]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=4/news=group-b-preview-rivalries-renewed-in-a-tight-section-2780779.htmlSeveral rivalries will be renewed in Group B of the third round of the Asian qualifying competition for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia when Australia, Japan, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Iraq and Thailand come face to face again.

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Tue, 12 Apr 2016 16:16:00 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[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)