<![CDATA[FIFA.com - News]]>http://www.fifa.com/index.htmlenCopyright ©1994 - 2015 FIFA. All rights reservedSat, 22 Apr 2017 05:49:00 GMTTue, 25 Apr 2017 11:25:51 GMTFIFA.comFIFA.comhttp://www.fifa.com/imgml/rssheader.gif http://www.fifa.com/index.html13928FIFA.com RSS<![CDATA['Msdossary7' wins regional title, Okabe advances]]>/interactiveworldcup/news/y=2017/m=4/news=msdossary7-wins-whistler-crown-okabe-advances-2880245.htmlSat, 22 Apr 2017 05:49:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Interactive World Cup 2017<![CDATA[Halilhodzic: We’re still a long way from Russia]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=4/news=halilhodzic-we-re-still-a-long-way-from-russia-2879001.htmlFIFA.com that the Samurai Blue have plenty of work left to do to secure their spot at next year's FIFA World Cup™.]]>Fri, 07 Apr 2017 10:32:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Aloufi makes regal progress]]>/interactiveworldcup/news/y=2017/m=3/news=aloufi-makes-regal-progress-2878203.htmlFIFA.com how his life has changed since winning the FIFA Ultimate Team Regional Final in Sydney, Australia, last month.]]>Thu, 30 Mar 2017 14:39:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Interactive World Cup 2017<![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[Salman Almuwashar, Saudi Arabia's super sub]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=3/news=salman-almuwashar-saudi-arabia-s-super-sub-2877059.html

FIFA.com looks at the rise of Saudi Arabia’s Salman Almuwashar, who led his country to a 3-0 win over Thailand in the third round of AFC qualifying for Russia 2018.

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Fri, 24 Mar 2017 10:38:00 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[Double-triples and a long shot]]>/news/y=2017/m=3/news=double-triples-and-a-long-shot-2876337.htmlFIFA.com’s latest stats review, along with the underscoring of a decision to swap selling houses for saving shots.]]>Fri, 17 Mar 2017 06:41:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=Week in StatsKind=News<![CDATA[Chappuis and Thailand daring to dream]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=3/news=chappuis-and-thailand-daring-to-dream-2876301.htmlFIFA.com hears from Thailand icon Charyl Chappuis on lifting the FIFA U-17 World Cup Nigeria 2009 with Switzerland, reaching the third and final AFC qualifying group on the road to Russia with the War Elephants, his love of wrestling away from football and more. 

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Thu, 16 Mar 2017 11:10:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifiers - Asia
<![CDATA[Reactions as path to glory drawn in Suwon]]>/u20worldcup/news/y=2017/m=3/news=reactions-as-path-to-glory-drawn-in-suwon-2876168.htmlAfter drama in the FIFA U-20 World Cup Korea Republic 2017 Official Draw, we sought out some of the onlooking coaches to get their reaction to their respective groups, as well as running the rule over what awaits the tournament's nearing kick off.

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Wed, 15 Mar 2017 10:25:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA U-20 World Cup Korea Republic 2017
<![CDATA[Hosts Korea Republic to play Guinea in FIFA U-20 World Cup opener]]>/u20worldcup/news/y=2017/m=3/news=hosts-korea-republic-to-play-guinea-in-fifa-u-20-world-cup-opener-2876063.htmlWed, 15 Mar 2017 07:11:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA U-20 World Cup Korea Republic 2017<![CDATA[RELIVE: Watch the Korea Republic 2017 draw on FIFA.com]]>/u20worldcup/news/y=2017/m=3/news=watch-the-korea-republic-2017-draw-on-fifa-com-2875703.htmlA major milestone on the road to the FIFA U-20 World Cup Korea Republic 2017 took place with the Official Draw showing the path to glory. You can relive it here.

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Tue, 14 Mar 2017 10:43:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA U-20 World Cup Korea Republic 2017
<![CDATA[Seven-goal thriller sends Saudis to USA 1994]]>/worldcup/news/y=2008/m=6/news=seven-goal-thriller-sends-saudis-to-usa-1994-814858.htmlFIFA.com looks back at a dramatic and goal-filled World Cup qualifier which sent Saudi Arabia to USA 1994, and catapulted them to a position of prominence in the region.

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Mon, 06 Mar 2017 09:08:00 GMTArea=ClassicSection=Qualifiers MatchesKind=NewsTournament=1994 FIFA World Cup USA ™
<![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["Xx ThE RoYaL Xx" crowned, Alshehri advances]]>http://www.fifa.com/interactiveworldcup/news/newsid=2866819/index.html?cid=rssfeed&att=Sat, 11 Feb 2017 12:15:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Interactive World Cup 2017<![CDATA[Spotlight on Alshehri in Australia]]>/interactiveworldcup/news/y=2017/m=2/news=spotlight-on-alshehri-in-australia-2866803.htmlFri, 10 Feb 2017 17:12:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Interactive World Cup 2017<![CDATA[Green Falcons charting an upward curve]]>/fifa-world-ranking/news/y=2017/m=1/news=green-falcons-charting-an-upward-curve-2863834.htmlFIFA.com looks closer.]]>Thu, 19 Jan 2017 16:19:00 GMTArea=World RankingSection=Men RankingKind=News<![CDATA[Al Shehri: I have some big ambitions]]>/u20worldcup/news/y=2017/m=1/news=al-shehri-i-have-some-big-ambitions-2863439.htmlFIFA.com sat down with Saudi Arabia U-20 manager Saad Al Shehri to discuss reaching the final of the 2016 AFC U-19 Championship, his country's return to the world stage and his ambitions for Korea Republic 2017.

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Sat, 14 Jan 2017 10:30:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA U-20 World Cup Korea Republic 2017
<![CDATA[Argentina stay top, Suriname start strong]]>/fifa-world-ranking/news/y=2017/m=1/news=argentina-stay-top-suriname-start-strong-2863074.htmlWith only 12 A matches played since the final ranking of 2016, there are few big changes in the January edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, with Argentina, Brazil and Germany still holding first, second and third place respectively.

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Thu, 12 Jan 2017 08:53:00 GMTArea=World RankingSection=Men RankingKind=News
<![CDATA[Regional success boosts Thailand's hopes]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=12/news=regional-success-boosts-thailand-s-hopes-2861918.htmlSun, 25 Dec 2016 09:08:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Checking the map to Korea Republic 2017]]>/u20worldcup/news/y=2016/m=12/news=checking-the-map-to-korea-republic-2017-2860773.htmlAs the road to the FIFA U-20 World Cup Korea Republic 2017 gets ever shorter, an assessment of the path trodden, and what lies ahead, seems in order. FIFA.com takes a look at the story of qualifying from the year gone by and what’s still yet to come in 2017.

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Sat, 24 Dec 2016 09:48:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA U-20 World Cup Korea Republic 2017
<![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-2859423.htmlSun, 11 Dec 2016 07:53:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=BirthdaysKind=News<![CDATA[Happy Birthday to you!]]>/news/y=2016/m=11/news=happy-birthday-to-you-2857950.htmlIn our regular look over the next week's footballing birthdays, among our seven FIFA World Cup stars feature a trio of Germany 2006 figures and a deadly German striker.

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Sun, 04 Dec 2016 10:04:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=BirthdaysKind=News
<![CDATA[McGowan: The Adelaide Oval could make the difference]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=11/news=mcgowan-the-adelaide-oval-could-make-the-difference-2857078.htmlWed, 30 Nov 2016 17:50:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Happy Birthday to you!]]>/news/y=2016/m=11/news=happy-birthday-to-you-2855241.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, 27 Nov 2016 08:58:00 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[Halilhodzic: Japan players must get regular football]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=11/news=halilhodzic-japan-players-must-get-regular-football-2852557.htmlThu, 17 Nov 2016 17:02:00 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[Burns: I thought Thailand would run away with it]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=11/news=burns-i-thought-thailand-would-run-away-with-it-2850971.htmlTue, 15 Nov 2016 17:23:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Halilhodzic: This is a huge win for Japan]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=11/news=halilhodzic-this-is-a-huge-win-for-japan-2850943.htmlTue, 15 Nov 2016 15:32:00 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[Al Abid, Saudi Arabia's penalty specialist ]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=11/news=al-abid-saudi-arabia-s-penalty-specialist-2849976.htmlStanding at the penalty spot preparing to take a kick can be one of the most high-pressure experiences a player can face. But Nawaf Al Abid has shown nerves of steel during Asia's Third Round qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, successfully converting three penalties, which has led to him to being dubbed the 'Brave One' by team-mates.

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Sun, 13 Nov 2016 12:58:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)
<![CDATA[Makino: Japan must fight to the death]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=11/news=makino-japan-must-fight-to-the-death-2848706.htmlTue, 08 Nov 2016 14:39:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Seventh time lucky for Japan]]>/u20worldcup/news/y=2016/m=10/news=seventh-time-lucky-for-japan-2847212.htmlMon, 31 Oct 2016 02:50:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA U-20 World Cup Korea Republic 2017<![CDATA[Asian quartet book Korea 2017 tickets]]>/u20worldcup/news/y=2016/m=10/news=saudi-arabia-book-their-ticket-to-korea-2845620.htmlMon, 24 Oct 2016 16:04:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA U-20 World Cup Korea Republic 2017<![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[Mabkhout: Strikers need to be patient]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=10/news=mabkhout-strikers-need-to-be-patient-2842100.htmlSun, 09 Oct 2016 09:32:00 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[Leckie’s broad shoulders ready to bear extra load]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=10/news=leckie-s-broad-shoulders-ready-to-bear-extra-load-2840535.htmlFIFA.com speaks with Australia's Mathew Leckie about his increasing influence at international level and the Socceroos hopes of qualifying for Russia 2018.]]>Wed, 05 Oct 2016 10:56:00 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[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[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)