<![CDATA[FIFA.com - News]]>http://www.fifa.com/index.htmlenCopyright ©1994 - 2014 FIFA. All rights reservedFri, 24 Oct 2014 13:00:00 GMTSat, 06 Dec 2014 04:36:32 GMTFIFA.comFIFA.comhttp://www.fifa.com/imgml/rssheader.gif http://www.fifa.com/index.html13928FIFA.com RSS<![CDATA[Regional seminars cover turf care techniques]]>http://www.fifa.com/aboutfifa/footballdevelopment/news/newsid=2460337/index.html?cid=rssfeed&att=As 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]]>http://www.fifa.com?cid=rssfeed&att=The 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]]>http://www.fifa.com/aboutfifa/footballdevelopment/technicalsupport/grassroots/news/newsid=2227518/index.html?cid=rssfeed&att=Fri, 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]]>http://www.fifa.com/aboutfifa/footballdevelopment/education/news/newsid=2206785/index.html?cid=rssfeed&att=Sun, 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]]>http://www.fifa.com/aboutfifa/organisation/footballgovernance/news/newsid=2119084/index.html?cid=rssfeed&att=Tue, 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]]>http://www.fifa.com/newscentre/features/news/newsid=2083772/index.html?cid=rssfeed&att=FIFA.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]]>/womensworldcup/news/y=2013/m=5/news=asian-women-begin-bid-for-canada-2082088.htmlMon, 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 ]]>http://www.fifa.com/aboutfifa/organisation/news/newsid=2078834/index.html?cid=rssfeed&att=Tue, 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]]>http://www.fifa.com/aboutfifa/organisation/news/newsid=2062616/index.html?cid=rssfeed&att=Wed, 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<![CDATA[Launch of the FIFA/CIES programme]]>http://www.fifa.com?cid=rssfeed&att=Tue, 18 Dec 2012 17:50:00 GMTArea=Football DevelopmentSection=EducationKind=News<![CDATA[Tough draw for Chinese champions]]>http://www.fifa.com/world-match-centre/news/newsid/196/686/0/index.html?cid=rssfeed&att=Thu, 06 Dec 2012 11:33:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=Club FootballKind=News<![CDATA[Victories excite Asian media]]>/worldcup/news/y=2012/m=11/news=victories-excite-asian-media-1906548.htmlFIFA.com collects all of the reaction and comments from around Asia following the latest round of 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers to take place across the region.]]>Thu, 15 Nov 2012 14:41:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. Asian Zone<![CDATA[Trio celebrate as Iran stumble ]]>/worldcup/news/y=2012/m=11/news=trio-celebrate-iran-stumble-1900251.htmlWed, 14 Nov 2012 20:09:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. Asian Zone<![CDATA[Sublime Soria strike gives Qatar hope]]>/worldcup/news/y=2012/m=11/news=sublime-soria-strike-gives-qatar-hope-1900130.htmlQatar are suddenly back in the mix for a spot at 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ after a 1-0 win over Lebanon, courtesy of Sebastian Soria's long-range goal, sees them just a point off the top of Group A.

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Wed, 14 Nov 2012 19:28:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. Asian Zone
<![CDATA[What is international football’s biggest rivalry?]]>http://www.fifa.com/world-match-centre/news/newsid/189/347/8/index.html?cid=rssfeed&att=FIFA.com wants to know what you feel is the biggest rivalry in the international game.]]>Tue, 13 Nov 2012 10:36:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=Have Your Say<![CDATA[Familiar foes reunite in Asian showdowns]]>/worldcup/news/y=2012/m=11/news=familiar-foes-reunite-asian-showdowns-1889500.htmlFIFA.com previews Wednesday’s FIFA World Cup™ qualifiers in Asia as the final round reaches beyond the midway point, with a crucial matchday highlighted by Iran hosting Uzbekistan, and Japan travelling to Oman.]]>Tue, 13 Nov 2012 07:29:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. Asian Zone<![CDATA[Lebanon's Antar eyes further success]]>/worldcup/news/y=2012/m=10/news=lebanon-antar-eyes-further-success-1770390.htmlWed, 10 Oct 2012 07:09:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. Asian Zone<![CDATA[Former champions handed tough draws]]>http://www.fifa.com/world-match-centre/news/newsid/174/853/1/index.html?cid=rssfeed&att=China PR, Iraq, Malaysia and Saudi Arabia have been grouped together in AFC Asian Cup 2015 qualifying, while Iran will join Kuwait, Thailand and Lebanon in another tough pool.

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Tue, 09 Oct 2012 11:36:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=News
<![CDATA[Decisive action at the top across Asia]]>http://www.fifa.com?cid=rssfeed&att=FIFA.com’s weekly wrap-up of Asian club football looks at significant activity at the summit in Japan and China PR, while there is also a review of early-season action in Qatar, United Arab Emirates and elsewhere.]]>Mon, 01 Oct 2012 09:21:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=Club FootballKind=News<![CDATA[Davids saluted as Goliaths feel the heat]]>/worldcup/news/y=2012/m=9/news=davids-saluted-goliaths-feel-the-heat-1700531.htmlFIFA.com looks at the Asian media’s reaction to its latest FIFA World Cup qualifiers.]]>Wed, 12 Sep 2012 15:58:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. Asian Zone<![CDATA[Underdogs steal the show in Asia ]]>/worldcup/news/y=2012/m=9/news=underdogs-steal-the-show-asia-1698952.htmlThere were a number of shocks in Asian FIFA World Cup™ today as Lebanon pulled of a shock to beat Iran, while Australia were defeated by Jordan. FIFA.com reviews the day's games.

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Tue, 11 Sep 2012 20:28:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. Asian Zone
<![CDATA[Historic win for Lebanon over Iran]]>/worldcup/news/y=2012/m=9/news=historic-win-for-lebanon-over-iran-1699261.htmlLebanon claimed their first ever win over regional heavyweights Iran, with Roda Antar's header providing a 1-0 victory, to keep hopes alive of reaching their maiden FIFA World Cup™ finals.

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Tue, 11 Sep 2012 17:54:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. Asian Zone
<![CDATA[Must-win fixtures for Asian underdogs]]>/worldcup/news/y=2012/m=9/news=must-win-fixtures-for-asian-underdogs-1698551.htmlFIFA.com previews Matchday 4 in the final round of Asian Zone qualifying.]]>Mon, 10 Sep 2012 10:22:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. Asian Zone