<![CDATA[FIFA.com - News]]>http://www.fifa.com/index.htmlenCopyright ©1994 - 2015 FIFA. All rights reservedSun, 24 Apr 2016 08:39:00 GMTSun, 24 Apr 2016 08:39:36 GMTFIFA.comFIFA.comhttp://www.fifa.com/imgml/rssheader.gif http://www.fifa.com/index.html13928FIFA.com RSS<![CDATA[Happy Birthday to you!]]>/news/y=2016/m=4/news=happy-birthday-to-you-2782443.htmlOur weekly look ahead to the next seven days of footballing birthdays features a prolific Portuguese, an Argentinian FIFA World Cup winner and an Austrian who went the finals on the field and the sidelines.

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Sun, 24 Apr 2016 08:39:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=BirthdaysKind=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[Miyama: I wish we could play the Final again]]>/womensworldcup/news/y=2016/m=4/news=miyama-i-wish-we-could-play-the-final-again-2780704.htmlFIFA.com sat down with Japan star Aya Miyama to look back on video clips of key moments from the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup.]]>Tue, 12 Apr 2016 17:32:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015<![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)
<![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[Reds, runs and Real relief]]>/news/y=2016/m=4/news=reds-runs-and-real-relief-2779938.htmlFIFA.com’s latest stats review, along with a rapid treble.]]>Wed, 06 Apr 2016 05:52:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=Week in StatsKind=News<![CDATA[Heavy interest in hosting 2020 futsal extravaganza]]>/futsalworldcup/news/y=2016/m=4/news=heavy-interest-in-hosting-2020-futsal-extravaganza-2779168.htmlTue, 05 Apr 2016 08:35:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Futsal World Cup Colombia 2016<![CDATA[Familiar faces succeed in Europe, Bayern stunned]]>/development/news/y=2016/m=4/news=familiar-faces-succeed-in-europe-bayern-stunned-2779461.htmlFIFA.com reviews the latest women’s club football action where there was a familiar look as the race for the UEFA Champions League semi-finals took centre-stage. We also take in the latest from Japan and France, plus an unexpected shock for Germany’s in-form side.]]>Tue, 05 Apr 2016 03:59:00 GMTArea=Football DevelopmentSection=WomenKind=News<![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[Record breakers and international icons]]>/news/y=2016/m=3/news=record-breakers-and-international-icons-2773325.htmlFIFA.com’s latest stats review, alongside a man who was delivering post a few years ago and one European behemoth ending a long drought against another.]]>Wed, 30 Mar 2016 08:28:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=Week in StatsKind=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[Happy Birthday to you!]]>/news/y=2016/m=3/news=happy-birthday-to-you-2772746.htmlA four-time FIFA World Cup star, an AFC Asian Cup winner and a beach soccer icon feature in this week's birthday round-up.

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Sun, 27 Mar 2016 08:06:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=BirthdaysKind=News
<![CDATA[Everything falling into place for Okazaki]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=3/news=everything-falling-into-place-for-okazaki-2772507.htmlFri, 25 Mar 2016 15:16:00 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[Intriguing groups drawn for PNG 2016]]>/u20womensworldcup/news/y=2016/m=3/news=intriguing-groups-drawn-for-png-2016-2770353.htmlThu, 17 Mar 2016 18:17:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Papua New Guinea 2016<![CDATA[RELIVE: U-20 Women's World Cup draw]]>/u20womensworldcup/news/y=2016/m=3/news=u-20-women-s-world-cup-draw-to-be-streamed-live-2770348.htmlThe final draw for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Papua New Guinea was held in Zurich on Thursday 17 March and streamed live on FIFA.com and on FIFA's YouTube channel.

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Wed, 16 Mar 2016 12:55:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Papua New Guinea 2016
<![CDATA[Sasaki and Japan part ways]]>/development/news/y=2016/m=3/news=sasaki-and-japan-part-ways-2769645.htmlNorio Sasaki has confirmed he has left his position on Wednesday following Japan’s failure to qualify for the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament in Rio later this year. 

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Thu, 10 Mar 2016 15:44:00 GMTArea=Football DevelopmentSection=WomenKind=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[Glittering Stars and Stripes headline February]]>/development/news/y=2016/m=2/news=glittering-stars-and-stripes-headline-february-2767600.htmlFIFA.com looks at all the action from February in Women's Football, headlined by USA's latest triumph in CONCACAF, club news from Germany and Australia, plus much more.]]>Mon, 29 Feb 2016 05:24:00 GMTArea=Football DevelopmentSection=WomenKind=News<![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[Shocks galore as Iran reclaim Asian crown]]>/futsalworldcup/news/y=2016/m=2/news=shocks-galore-as-iranians-reclaim-asian-crown-2766953.htmlThu, 25 Feb 2016 08:35:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Futsal World Cup Colombia 2016<![CDATA[Miyama: I’d love to play with Marta again]]>/womensolympic/news/y=2016/m=2/news=miyama-i-d-love-to-play-with-marta-again-2766548.htmlFIFA.com about redeeming Nadeshiko glory in qualifying for the Women's Olympic Football Tournament at Rio 2016, playing alongside Marta, learning new cultures while playing football abroad and more.]]>Wed, 24 Feb 2016 03:06:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=Olympic Football Tournaments Rio 2016 - Women<![CDATA[Olympic draw to be held at Maracana]]>/mensolympic/news/y=2016/m=2/news=olympic-draw-to-be-held-at-maracana-2765656.htmlThe iconic Maracana stadium will host the draw for the Olympic Football Tournaments 2016 on 14 April 2016, ahead of hosting the men’s and women’s finals of the Olympic Football Tournaments Rio 2016 on 19 and 20 August respectively.

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Tue, 23 Feb 2016 12:18:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=Olympic Football Tournaments Rio 2016 - Men
<![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[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[Happy Birthday to you!]]>/news/y=2016/m=2/news=happy-birthday-to-you-2764278.htmlNo less than six FIFA World Cup stars feature in our weekly birthday round-up, including winners at Switzerland 1954 and Korea/Japan 2002, as well as a 2012 FIFA Club World Cup champion.

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Sun, 07 Feb 2016 08:12:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=BirthdaysKind=News
<![CDATA[Japan excel as trio book passage]]>/mensolympic/news/y=2016/m=1/news=japan-excel-as-trio-book-passage-2757777.htmlFIFA.com reviews all the action as Japan, Korea Republic and Iraq underlined their pedigree at this level to qualify for Rio 2016.]]>Mon, 01 Feb 2016 04:43:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=Olympic Football Tournaments Rio 2016 - Men<![CDATA[Women’s round-up: January 2016 ]]>/development/news/y=2016/m=1/news=women-s-round-up-january-2016-2757414.htmlFIFA.com rounds up the women’s football news from January, a month in which the FIFA Ballon d’Or Gala took centre stage.]]>Fri, 29 Jan 2016 11:50:00 GMTArea=Football DevelopmentSection=WomenKind=News<![CDATA[Japan, Korea Republic secure Rio spots]]>/mensolympic/news/y=2016/m=1/news=japan-claim-asia-s-first-rio-ticket-2756975.htmlJapan and Korea Republic grabbed Asia's first two tickets to the Men's Olympic Football Tournament Rio 2016 in dramatic fashion after winning their respective semi-finals late on against Iraq and Qatar at the AFC U-23 Championship in Doha.

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Tue, 26 Jan 2016 15:25:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=Olympic Football Tournaments Rio 2016 - Men
<![CDATA[Happy Birthday to you!]]>/news/y=2016/m=1/news=happy-birthday-to-you-2756543.htmlIn our weekly birthday round-up, we include stars from the 2014 FIFA World Cup, while two Club World Cup and Women's World Cup winners also feature. 

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Sun, 24 Jan 2016 09:23:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=BirthdaysKind=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[2015: A year of triumphs, surprises and tears]]>/live-scores/news/y=2015/m=12/news=2015-a-year-of-triumphs-surprises-and-tears-2748207.htmlFIFA.com looks back at the greatest moments from 2015, including all of FIFA's competitions throughout the year and the 2014 FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala, which served as another great way to kick off the footballing year in Zurich back in January.]]>Thu, 31 Dec 2015 07:56:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=GeneralKind=News<![CDATA[The mother of all years]]>/development/news/y=2015/m=12/news=the-mother-of-all-years-2748128.htmlFIFA.com reviews a huge year for women's football.]]>Wed, 30 Dec 2015 09:50:00 GMTArea=Football DevelopmentSection=WomenKind=News<![CDATA[Ogimi: Miyama is the perfect captain]]>/ballon-dor/news/y=2015/m=12/news=ogimi-miyama-is-the-perfect-captain-2747632.htmlFIFA.com about the on and off-field qualities of FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year nominee Aya Miyama ahead of the upcoming FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala.]]>Tue, 29 Dec 2015 07:36:00 GMTArea=Ballon d'OrSection=Player of the Year -Kind=NewsTournament=FIFA Ballon d'Or 2015<![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[Japan’s expectations soar for Club World Cup 2016]]>/clubworldcup/news/y=2015/m=12/news=japan-colorful-piece-シャハン2015の興奮の余韻からシャハン2016の期待へ-2747735-2747867.htmlFIFA.com spoke with three prominent figures in Japanese football about their thoughts on the 2015 FIFA Club World Cup and their expectations for next year’s event, which will also be hosted by Japan.]]>Sat, 26 Dec 2015 12:06:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2015<![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[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[Kessler: Lloyd is the favourite to win]]>/ballon-dor/news/y=2015/m=12/news=kessler-lloyd-is-the-favourite-to-win-2746240.htmlReigning FIFA Women's World Player of the Year Nadine Kessler spoke to FIFA.com about the 2015 installment of the FIFA Ballon d'Or awards and why she believes USA's Carli Lloyd is the favourite to take her crown.

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Fri, 18 Dec 2015 09:18:00 GMTArea=Ballon d'OrSection=Player of the Year -Kind=NewsTournament=FIFA Ballon d'Or 2015
<![CDATA[Aya Miyama: Highlights from 2015]]>/ballon-dor/news/y=2015/m=12/news=aya-miyama-highlights-from-2015-2746289.htmlFIFA.com looks at three headline achievements for Aya Miyama ahead of next month’s FIFA Ballon d’Or Gala on 11 January, where she is one of the final three nominees for the FIFA Women's World Player of the Year award.]]>Fri, 18 Dec 2015 07:43:00 GMTArea=Ballon d'OrSection=Player of the Year -Kind=NewsTournament=FIFA Ballon d'Or 2015