<![CDATA[FIFA.com - News]]>http://www.fifa.com/index.htmlenCopyright ©1994 - 2014 FIFA. All rights reservedTue, 16 Jun 2015 20:25:00 GMTTue, 16 Jun 2015 20:27:20 GMTFIFA.comFIFA.comhttp://www.fifa.com/imgml/rssheader.gif http://www.fifa.com/index.html13928FIFA.com RSS<![CDATA[Guam train continues as Japan, Iran blush]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=6/news=guam-train-continues-as-japan-iran-blush-2649326.htmlGuam and the Philippines continued their fairytale starts to Asian Zone qualifying on Matchday 2, while Japan and Iran were held to unforeseen draws and two teams recorded 6-0 wins.

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Tue, 16 Jun 2015 20:25:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2018 Prel. Comp. Asian Zone
<![CDATA[Asian powerhouses eye opening victories ]]>http://www.fifa.com?cid=rssfeed&att=FIFA.com previewing all the action.]]>Mon, 15 Jun 2015 10:29:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2018 Prel. Comp. Asian Zone<![CDATA[Upsets, thrashings and 11th-hour saviours]]>http://www.fifa.com?cid=rssfeed&att=Thu, 11 Jun 2015 22:24:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2018 Prel. Comp. Asian Zone<![CDATA[Asian minnows face tough opening tasks ]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=6/news=asian-minnows-face-tough-opening-tasks-2639811.htmlWed, 10 Jun 2015 07:06:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2018 Prel. Comp. Asian Zone<![CDATA[Varied reactions across Asia after Russia 2018 draw]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=4/news=varied-reactions-across-asia-over-russia-2018-draw-2590780.htmlFIFA.com looks at the reaction to Tuesday’s FIFA World Cup qualifying draw in Asia, with coaches from across the continent providing their views on the looming campaign.

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Wed, 15 Apr 2015 08:16:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2018 Prel. Comp. Asian Zone
<![CDATA[Asian draw throws up derbies and drama]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=4/news=draw-throws-up-derbies-and-drama-2590319.htmlTue, 14 Apr 2015 10:59:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2018 Prel. Comp. Asian Zone<![CDATA[World Cup draw looms large in Asia]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=4/news=world-cup-draw-looms-large-in-asia-2590022.htmlMon, 13 Apr 2015 06:53:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2018 Prel. Comp. Asian Zone<![CDATA[Hopefuls shine through to Asian finals]]>/mensolympic/news/y=2015/m=4/news=hopefuls-shine-through-to-asian-finals-2581159.htmlWed, 01 Apr 2015 06:12:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=Olympic Football Tournaments Rio 2016 - Men<![CDATA[Oman crowned Asia’s sand kings ]]>/beachsoccerworldcup/news/y=2015/m=3/news=oman-crowned-asia-s-sand-kings-2580505.htmlMon, 30 Mar 2015 16:59:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Portugal 2015<![CDATA[Iran book their ticket to Portugal]]>/beachsoccerworldcup/news/y=2015/m=3/news=iran-book-their-ticket-to-portugal-2579806.htmlIran have booked their ticket to the 2015 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, joining Oman and Japan as Asia's final representative in Portugal.

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Sat, 28 Mar 2015 16:26:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Portugal 2015
<![CDATA[Oman, Japan bound for the beach]]>/beachsoccerworldcup/news/y=2015/m=3/news=oman-japan-bound-for-the-beach-2579579.htmlOman and Japan booked their spots at the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Portugal 2015 on Friday after winning their respective semi-finals at the 2015 AFC Beach Soccer Championship in Doha, Qatar.

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Fri, 27 Mar 2015 18:35:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Portugal 2015
<![CDATA[Lebanon coach out to sink his countrymen]]>/beachsoccerworldcup/news/y=2015/m=3/news=lebanon-coach-out-to-sink-his-countrymen-2577833.htmlMon, 23 Mar 2015 12:03:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Portugal 2015<![CDATA[Asian contenders battle for Portugal berths]]>http://www.fifa.com/beachsoccerworldcup/news/newsid=2569006/index.html?cid=rssfeed&att=Sun, 22 Mar 2015 08:40:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Portugal 2015<![CDATA[Bahrainis, Faroes climb amid minimal change]]>/fifa-world-ranking/news/y=2015/m=1/news=bahrainis-faroes-climb-amid-minimal-change-2503870.htmlThu, 08 Jan 2015 08:57:00 GMTArea=World RankingSection=Men RankingKind=News<![CDATA[Regional seminars cover turf care techniques]]>/development/news/y=2014/m=10/news=regional-seminars-cover-turf-care-techniques-2460337.htmlAs FIFA continues to help install Football Turf around the globe, there is also the requirement to help maintain them too, which is why regular maintenance seminars are held to help Member Associations.

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Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:00:00 GMTArea=Football DevelopmentSection=Pitch & EquipmentKind=News
<![CDATA[Lebanon: The first FIFA/CIES Programme graduates receive their diplomas]]>/development/news/y=2014/m=6/news=lebanon-the-first-fifa-cies-programme-graduates-receive-their-diplomas-2387794.htmlThe first fifteen students at Notre Dame University - Louaize (NDU), the academic partner of the International Centre for Sports Studies (CIES) in Lebanon, were awarded their diplomas during a ceremony held last week at Zouk Mosbeh campus near Beirut.

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Fri, 27 Jun 2014 14:57:00 GMTArea=Football DevelopmentSection=EducationKind=News
<![CDATA[Asian Cup to be expanded to 24 teams]]>http://www.fifa.com/world-match-centre/news/newsid/231/992/1/index.html?cid=rssfeed&att=Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:15:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=News<![CDATA[Drama as Iraq, China earn passage]]>http://www.fifa.com?cid=rssfeed&att=FIFA.com wraps up a dramatic final day of qualifying for the AFC Asian Cup as Iraq and China PR sealed progression in vastly contrasting fashion, while Lebanese hopes were dashed by the slimmest of margins.]]>Thu, 06 Mar 2014 07:07:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=News<![CDATA[China survive huge scare to reach Asian Cup]]>http://www.fifa.com?cid=rssfeed&att=Wed, 05 Mar 2014 16:48:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=News<![CDATA[Ibrahim continuing the Toure family trade]]>http://www.fifa.com?cid=rssfeed&att=FIFA.com about struggling to settle in Europe, excelling in Lebanon, the influence his brothers Yaya and Kolo have had on him and his dream of going to Brazil 2014.]]>Wed, 15 Jan 2014 15:28:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=Club FootballKind=NewsTournament=Lebanese League 2013/2014<![CDATA[Six of the best on the road to Brazil]]>/worldcup/news/y=2013/m=12/news=six-the-best-the-road-brazil-2237920.htmlFIFA.com takes a look back at some of the more remarkable matches from Brazil 2014 qualifying. ]]>Tue, 03 Dec 2013 09:35:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=Final DrawKind=NewsTournament=2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil ™<![CDATA[Grassroots football brings hope to Lebanon]]>/development/news/y=2013/m=11/news=grassroots-football-brings-hope-lebanon-2227518.htmlFri, 22 Nov 2013 08:58:00 GMTArea=Football DevelopmentSection=GrassrootKind=News<![CDATA[Quartet prevail amid Asian excitement]]>/worldcup/news/y=2013/m=11/news=quartet-prevail-amid-asian-excitement-2219337.htmlFIFA.com reviews the Asian Zone qualifiers for Brazil 2014, which ended with Australia, Iran, Japan, Korea Republic marching onwards to represent the continent.]]>Thu, 21 Nov 2013 13:27:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=Final DrawKind=NewsTournament=2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil ™<![CDATA[Five reach Asian finals]]>http://www.fifa.com?cid=rssfeed&att=Uzbekistan, Qatar, Oman, Iran and Kuwait stormed into the 2015 AFC Asian Cup, but China hit a stumbling block and face a tough final game to decide their fate.

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Tue, 19 Nov 2013 19:48:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=NewsTournament=Asian Nations Cup 2015 Prel. Comp.
<![CDATA[UAE opens arms to western Asian coaches]]>/development/news/y=2013/m=10/news=uae-opens-arms-western-asian-coaches-2206785.htmlSun, 27 Oct 2013 23:41:00 GMTArea=Football DevelopmentSection=EducationKind=News<![CDATA[Giannini: I set the bar high]]>http://www.fifa.com?cid=rssfeed&att=FIFA.com about his impressive playing career and his new coaching position in charge of Lebanon's national team.]]>Mon, 16 Sep 2013 07:43:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=GeneralKind=InterviewTournament=Serie A TIM 2013/2014<![CDATA[USA hold top spot, Germany stationary]]>/fifa-world-ranking/news/y=2013/m=7/news=usa-hold-top-spot-germany-stationary-2141911.htmlFri, 02 Aug 2013 09:10:00 GMTArea=World RankingSection=Women RankingKind=News<![CDATA[FIFA extends sanctions against Lebanese match officials]]>/about-fifa/news/y=2013/m=6/news=fifa-extends-sanctions-against-lebanese-match-officials-2119084.htmlTue, 25 Jun 2013 14:59:00 GMTArea=OrganisationSection=Football GovernanceKind=News<![CDATA[Asian giants awake from their slumber]]>/worldcup/news/y=2013/m=6/news=asian-giants-awake-from-their-slumber-2105711.htmlTue, 11 Jun 2013 19:07:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. Asian Zone<![CDATA[Quartet advance to Asian women's finals]]>/womensworldcup/news/y=2013/m=6/news=quartet-advance-asian-women-finals-2105245.htmlMon, 10 Jun 2013 09:30:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015<![CDATA[Brazil 2014 tickets on the line in Asia]]>/worldcup/news/y=2013/m=6/news=brazil-2014-tickets-the-line-asia-2105227.htmlFIFA.com previews the penultimate matchday in Asian Brazil 2014 qualifying with three spots still up for grabs and Uzbekistan eyeing historic passage to the world stage.]]>Mon, 10 Jun 2013 01:55:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. Asian Zone<![CDATA[Japan reach Brazil as Oman, Iran prevail ]]>/worldcup/news/y=2013/m=6/news=japan-reach-brazil-oman-iran-prevail-2102290.htmlAFC held four FIFA World Cup™ qualifiers Tuesday which saw Japan become the first team to join Brazil in next year's event, while Iran and Oman earned hard-fought 1-0 results and Korea Repbulic scored late to end 1-1 with Lebanon.

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Tue, 04 Jun 2013 22:10:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. Asian Zone
<![CDATA[Kim saves Korea's blushes in Lebanon]]>/worldcup/news/y=2013/m=6/news=kim-saves-korea-blushes-lebanon-2102730.htmlKim Chi Woo's last gasp, deflected free kick in the 97th minute saved Korea Republic's blushes in Beirut on Tuesday, drawing 1-1 with Lebanon. 

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Tue, 04 Jun 2013 21:16:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. Asian Zone
<![CDATA[All on the line in Asia as Japan eye Brazil]]>/worldcup/news/y=2013/m=6/news=all-the-line-asia-japan-eye-brazil-2097366.htmlMon, 03 Jun 2013 06:39:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. Asian Zone<![CDATA[Lebanon’s women breaking new ground]]>/womensworldcup/news/y=2013/m=6/news=lebanon-women-breaking-new-ground-2097154.htmlLebanon's women's football coach Farid Nujaim spoke with FIFA.com ahead of their first-ever qualifying campaign for the 2014 AFC Women's Asian Cup about his opportunity to put the Lebanese women's team on the map.

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Sun, 02 Jun 2013 17:55:54 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015
<![CDATA[Football's faded giants]]>/news/y=2013/m=5/news=football-faded-giants-2083772.htmlFIFA.com looks at some of the once-dominant clubs that have slipped down the divisions since their halcyon days.]]>Fri, 24 May 2013 09:30:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=Off The BallKind=News<![CDATA[Asian women begin bid for Canada]]>http://www.fifa.com?cid=rssfeed&att=Mon, 20 May 2013 03:11:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015<![CDATA[Worldwide sanctions imposed on players from Estonia, Lebanon ]]>/about-fifa/news/y=2013/m=5/news=worldwide-sanctions-imposed-players-from-estonia-lebanon-2078834.htmlTue, 14 May 2013 14:18:00 GMTArea=OrganisationSection=Football GovernanceKind=Release<![CDATA[Syrian football thriving despite troubles]]>http://www.fifa.com?cid=rssfeed&att=Thu, 25 Apr 2013 09:14:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=Club FootballKind=NewsTournament=Iraqi League 2013/2014<![CDATA[FIFA extends Lebanese match-fixing sanctions]]>/about-fifa/news/y=2013/m=4/news=fifa-extends-lebanese-match-fixing-sanctions-2062616.htmlWed, 24 Apr 2013 09:00:00 GMTArea=OrganisationSection=Football GovernanceKind=Release<![CDATA[Favourites drop points as underdogs shine ]]>/worldcup/news/y=2013/m=3/news=favourites-drop-points-underdogs-shine-2047525.htmlTue, 26 Mar 2013 17:05:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. Asian Zone<![CDATA[Early progression in Japan's sights]]>/worldcup/news/y=2013/m=3/news=early-progression-japan-sights-2044504.htmlSun, 24 Mar 2013 13:19:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. Asian Zone<![CDATA[West Asian duo maintain perfect run]]>http://www.fifa.com?cid=rssfeed&att=FIFA.com reviews all the action from Friday’s abbreviated AFC Asian Cup matchday with Bahrain and United Arab Emirates the big winners, as 2011 semi-finalists Uzbekistan were undone on the road.]]>Sat, 23 Mar 2013 01:29:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=News<![CDATA[Asian favourites open brightly]]>http://www.fifa.com?cid=rssfeed&att=Thu, 07 Feb 2013 02:55:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=News<![CDATA[Hassan aiming for repeat of Iran heroics]]>http://www.fifa.com?cid=rssfeed&att=Thu, 07 Feb 2013 00:01:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=News<![CDATA[Journey to Asian glory opens with key match-ups ]]>http://www.fifa.com?cid=rssfeed&att=FIFA.com previews all the action.]]>Tue, 05 Feb 2013 07:34:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=News<![CDATA[Familiar trio head up Asian contenders]]>http://www.fifa.com?cid=rssfeed&att=Mon, 28 Jan 2013 09:50:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Tahiti 2013<![CDATA[Asian giants face challenge in Doha]]>http://www.fifa.com?cid=rssfeed&att=The Qatari capital Doha is set to host the AFC qualifiers for the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Tahiti 2013, as teams hope for one of the three tickets to the event in September. FIFA.com previews the qualifiers.

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Mon, 21 Jan 2013 08:31:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Tahiti 2013
<![CDATA[Japan cruise as giants flounder]]>/worldcup/news/y=2012/m=12/news=japan-cruise-giants-flounder-1977092.htmlWed, 26 Dec 2012 01:30:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. Asian Zone<![CDATA[Syrians reign supreme in West Asia]]>http://www.fifa.com?cid=rssfeed&att=FIFA.com looks back at the highlights of the seventh edition of the WAFF Championship, and turns the spotlight on some of the teams that made their mark, most notably Syria who defied the odds to be crowned regional kings.]]>Fri, 21 Dec 2012 08:48:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=News