<![CDATA[FIFA.com - News]]>http://www.fifa.com/index.htmlenCopyright ©1994 - 2015 FIFA. All rights reservedTue, 20 Sep 2016 05:24:00 GMTTue, 20 Sep 2016 05:48:57 GMTFIFA.comFIFA.comhttp://www.fifa.com/imgml/rssheader.gif http://www.fifa.com/index.html13928FIFA.com RSS<![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]]>http://www.fifa.com?cid=rssfeed&att=It 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[Happy Birthday to you!]]>/news/y=2016/m=7/news=happy-birthday-to-you-2813393.htmlItaly's former coach, a two-time Chilean Copa America champion, a Saudi Arabian goalscorer, a German FIFA Women's World Cup winner and more feature in our weekly round-up of football's biggest birthdays.

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Sun, 31 Jul 2016 08:19:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=BirthdaysKind=News
<![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[Tymoshchuk: Swiss shoot-out was a highlight]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=5/news=tymoshchuk-swiss-shoot-out-was-a-highlight-2792750.htmlFIFA.com spoke to Anatoliy Tymoshchuk on the eve of the ten-year anniversary of Ukraine's finest hour on the international footballing stage when they reached the quarter-finals at their first-ever FIFA World Cup at Germany 2006.

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Mon, 30 May 2016 08:27:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2006 FIFA World Cup Germany ™
<![CDATA[Quartet seal maiden quarter-final spots]]>/live-scores/afcchampionsleague/news/newsid/279/244/5/index.htmlFour teams made history in progressing to the quarter-finals of the AFC Champions League for the first time, while there was plenty of late drama around Asia as the last eight competitors snuck past the competition.

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Wed, 25 May 2016 21:54:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=Club FootballKind=NewsTournament=AFC Champions League 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[Suarez to the four amid silverware and stalemates]]>/news/y=2016/m=4/news=suarez-to-the-four-amid-silverware-and-stalemates-2782974.htmlFIFA.com’s latest stats review, we reflect on a historic week for Luis Suarez, title-winners in Italy and Hong Kong, and England’s champions-elect.]]>Wed, 27 Apr 2016 07:26:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=Week in StatsKind=News<![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[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[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[Matar return excites Emirati fans and players alike]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=4/news=matar-return-excites-emirati-fans-and-players-alike-2779462.htmlTue, 05 Apr 2016 06:26:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![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[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[Van Marwijk inspiring Saudi awakening]]>/fifa-world-ranking/news/y=2016/m=2/news=van-marwijk-inspiring-saudi-awakening-2766976.htmlFIFA.com looks at Saudi Arabia's recent rise up the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking under Dutch coach Bert van Marwijk.

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Thu, 25 Feb 2016 11:41:00 GMTArea=World RankingSection=Men RankingKind=News
<![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[Saudis keen to make most of second futsal chance]]>/futsalworldcup/news/y=2016/m=2/news=saudis-keen-to-make-most-of-second-futsal-chance-2764048.htmlAfter entering the AFC Futsal Championship through the back door, Saudi Arabia's Belgian coach is hoping they can take advantage of their late admission and shoot for a FIFA Futsal World Cup spot.

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Fri, 05 Feb 2016 13:20:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Futsal World Cup Colombia 2016
<![CDATA[Palestine push up, Rwanda sting and Hungary rejoice]]>/fifa-world-ranking/news/y=2016/m=2/news=palestine-push-up-rwanda-sting-and-hungary-rejoice-2763523.htmlWith the current 20 best-ranked teams yet to play an A-game in 2016, the top 18 positions remain unchanged for the February edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking.

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Thu, 04 Feb 2016 08:55:00 GMTArea=World RankingSection=Men RankingKind=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[FIWC Champion takes FIFA Ballon d’Or stars on a drive with a difference]]>/ballon-dor/news/y=2016/m=1/news=fiwc-champion-takes-fifa-ballon-d-or-stars-on-a-drive-with-a-differenc-2755275.htmlChampions from the world of football were joined by the champion of the virtual pitch, with FIFA Interactive World Cup (FIWC) 2015 winner Abdulaziz Alshehri joining the guests at this year’s FIFA Ballon d’Or awards ceremony.

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Thu, 14 Jan 2016 15:20:00 GMTArea=Ballon d'OrSection=GeneralKind=ReleaseTournament=FIFA Ballon d'Or 2015
<![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[Belgium hold on, Uganda and Kyrgyzstan surprise]]>/fifa-world-ranking/news/y=2016/m=1/news=belgium-hold-on-uganda-and-kyrgyzstan-surprise-2754056.htmlBelgium stay top of the pile, while Uganda and Kyrgyzstan begin 2016 with their highest-ever standing in the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking.

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Thu, 07 Jan 2016 08:58:00 GMTArea=World RankingSection=Men RankingKind=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[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[Al-Sahlawi: I’d love to score at the World Cup]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=12/news=al-sahlawi-i-d-love-to-score-at-the-world-cup-2745440.htmlFIFA.com about his memories of Saudi Arabia's class of '94, their fine performances in Russia 2018 qualifying, and the secret to his knack of scoring last-gasp goals.]]>Wed, 16 Dec 2015 10:38:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Predators, patience and legends’ landmarks]]>/news/y=2015/m=11/news=predators-patience-and-legends-landmarks-2733665.htmlWed, 18 Nov 2015 10:49:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=Week in StatsKind=News<![CDATA[Amman the venue for Palestine qualifiers]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=11/news=amman-the-venue-for-palestine-qualifiers-2730485.htmlThu, 05 Nov 2015 15:25:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Al Ahli, Guangzhou set up intriguing final]]>/clubworldcup/news/y=2015/m=10/news=al-ahli-guangzhou-set-up-intriguing-final-2719873.htmlWed, 21 Oct 2015 15:41:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2015<![CDATA[Palestine vs Saudi Arabia 2018 FIFA World Cup™ qualifier to be played on 5 November ]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=10/news=palestine-vs-saudi-arabia-2018-fifa-world-cuptm-qualifier-to-be-played-2719883.htmlThe newly installed bureau for the FIFA World Cup™ qualifiers unanimously decided that in view of the agreement made between the two teams last June, the match would be rescheduled to take place in Palestine on Thursday, 5 November 2015.

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Wed, 21 Oct 2015 13:25:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)
<![CDATA[Gamba, Ahli seek home inspiration]]>/clubworldcup/news/y=2015/m=10/news=gamba-ahli-seek-home-inspiration-2718677.htmlFIFA.com previews this week's AFC Champions League semi-finals return legs as a spot in the continental remains very much up for grabs.]]>Mon, 19 Oct 2015 05:55:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2015<![CDATA[FIFA statement on the Palestine-Saudi Arabia 2018 FIFA World Cup™ qualifier ]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=10/news=fifa-statement-on-the-palestine-saudi-arabia-2018-fifa-world-cuptm-qua-2709729.htmlWed, 07 Oct 2015 08:54:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifiers - Asia<![CDATA[Malaysian FA sanctioned after abandonment of FIFA World Cup qualifier]]>/about-fifa/news/y=2015/m=9/news=malaysian-fa-sanctioned-after-abandonment-of-fifa-world-cup-qualifier-2702858.htmlMon, 05 Oct 2015 08:17:00 GMTArea=OrganisationSection=Football GovernanceKind=Release<![CDATA[All to play for in final push]]>/clubworldcup/news/y=2015/m=9/news=all-to-play-for-in-final-push-2702779.htmlFIFA.com recaps the semi-final, first-leg action, where Guangzhou Evergrande did not get the victory their dominance deserved and Al Hilal were held at home.]]>Wed, 30 Sep 2015 18:04:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2015<![CDATA[Intrigue aplenty as last four square up in Asia]]>/clubworldcup/news/y=2015/m=9/news=intrigue-aplenty-as-last-four-square-up-in-asia-2702377.htmlFIFA.com previews the AFC Champions League semi-finals, with Al Hilal taking on Al Ahli and Guangzhou Evergrande set to do battle with Gamba Osaka.]]>Mon, 28 Sep 2015 09:49:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2015<![CDATA[Heavyweight trio seal semi-final return]]>/live-scores/afcchampionsleague/news/newsid/267/823/5/index.htmlFIFA.com reviews the 2015 AFC Champions League quarter-final second legs, with a spot at the FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2015 now within reach for the four semi-finalists.

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Wed, 16 Sep 2015 22:21:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=Club FootballKind=NewsTournament=AFC Champions League 2015
<![CDATA[Last-four berths beckon in Asia]]>/live-scores/afcchampionsleague/news/newsid/267/767/8/index.html
Jeonbuk Motors and Gamba Osaka have all to play for in their AFC Champions League quarter-final second leg match this week, while Guangzhou Evergrande and Al Hilal have convincing advantages in their ties. FIFA.com previews the last-eight, second leg fixtures.

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Mon, 14 Sep 2015 06:54:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=Club FootballKind=NewsTournament=AFC Champions League 2015
<![CDATA[Kiwi miracle in Riyadh]]>/worldcup/news/y=2008/m=9/news=kiwi-miracle-riyadh-882473.htmlFri, 11 Sep 2015 00:10:00 GMTArea=ClassicSection=Qualifiers MatchesKind=NewsTournament=1982 FIFA World Cup Spain ™<![CDATA[Giants cruise as Jordan, China PR bounce back]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=9/news=giants-cruise-as-jordan-china-pr-bounce-back-2676528.html
Regional favourites underlined their dominance, while Jordan and China PR bounced back on Matchday 4 of 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia qualifying in Asia. FIFA.com reviews all the action across the continent.

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Tue, 08 Sep 2015 20:15:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)
<![CDATA[Away tests await Asian giants]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=9/news=away-tests-await-asian-giants-2676019.htmlFIFA.com takes a closer look at all the upcoming action in Asia from Matchday 4 of 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia qualifying.]]>Mon, 07 Sep 2015 06:49:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Drubbings, upsets and goal sprees]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=9/news=drubbings-upsets-and-goal-sprees-2675117.htmlFIFA.com reviews all the action across the continent.]]>Thu, 03 Sep 2015 22:03:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Giants aim to fight back as minnows seek breakthrough]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=9/news=giants-aim-to-fight-back-as-minnows-seek-breakthrough-2674892.htmlFIFA.com previews all the action here.]]>Wed, 02 Sep 2015 06:34:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Hilal, Guangzhou on the brink of semis]]>/live-scores/afcchampionsleague/news/newsid/267/330/0/index.htmlWed, 26 Aug 2015 19:26:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=Club FootballKind=NewsTournament=AFC Champions League 2015 <![CDATA[Former champs take centre stage in Asia ]]>/live-scores/afcchampionsleague/news/newsid/267/274/0/index.htmlFIFA.com previews this and the other last-eight fixtures.]]>Mon, 24 Aug 2015 08:49:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=Club FootballKind=NewsTournament=AFC Champions League 2015