<![CDATA[FIFA.com - News]]>http://www.fifa.com/index.htmlenCopyright ©1994 - 2015 FIFA. All rights reservedFri, 17 Nov 2017 07:27:00 GMTFri, 17 Nov 2017 22:10:04 GMTFIFA.comFIFA.comhttp://www.fifa.com/imgml/rssheader.gif http://www.fifa.com/index.html13928FIFA.com RSS<![CDATA[The Week in Numbers]]>/news/y=2017/m=11/news=the-week-in-numbers-2920204.htmlFIFA.com’s latest stats review.]]>Fri, 17 Nov 2017 07:27:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=Week in StatsKind=News<![CDATA[The Qualifiers in Numbers]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=11/news=the-qualifiers-in-numbers-2920457.htmlThe road to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ has been long and winding, the longest in history in fact. FIFA.com brings you some of the recently completed qualifying competition’s most notable statistics.

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Thu, 16 Nov 2017 10:25:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Long-term absentees make triumphant returns]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=11/news=long-term-absentees-make-triumphant-returns-2919837.htmlMon, 13 Nov 2017 12:49:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Morocco, Tunisia reach Russia 2018]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=11/news=tunisia-morocco-reach-russia-2018-2919583.htmlMorocco and Tunisia completed CAF's line-up at the FIFA World Cup™, securing the last of Africa's berths at Russia 2018.

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Sat, 11 Nov 2017 19:59:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Three spots up for grabs in Africa]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=11/news=three-spots-up-for-grabs-in-africa-2919169.htmlFIFA.com runs the rule over the fixtures on Matchday 6 – including the replayed game between South Africa and Senegal – scheduled to take place between 10 and 14 November.]]>Thu, 09 Nov 2017 07:46:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Boutaib, Morocco's man of the moment]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=11/news=boutaib-the-man-of-the-moment-2919127.htmlIf Morocco qualify for the FIFA World Cup for the first time since 1998, Khalid Boutaib will have played a huge part in that success. FIFA.com caught up with the Yeni Malatyaspor striker a few days before the Atlas Lions were due to play their decisive and final qualifier away to Côte d'Ivoire.

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Wed, 08 Nov 2017 05:17:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Who can qualify in Africa?]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=11/news=who-can-qualify-in-africa-2918834.htmlThe third and last round of African qualifiers for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ draws to a close this weekend, with three of the five berths at next year’s tournament still to be determined. 

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Tue, 07 Nov 2017 07:46:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Wydad end 25-year Champions League drought]]>/clubworldcup/news/y=2017/m=11/news=wydad-end-25-year-champions-league-drought-2918679.htmlWydad Casablanca will have the honour of representing Africa at the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2017 thanks to a 2-1 aggregate win over Egypt's Al Ahly in the final of the 53rd CAF Champions League.

 
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Mon, 06 Nov 2017 12:13:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2017
<![CDATA[Wydad crowned African champions]]>/clubworldcup/news/y=2017/m=11/news=wydad-crowned-african-champions-2918627.htmlMoroccan side Wydad Casablanca will represent Africa at the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2017 after defeating Egyptian giants Al Ahly 2-1 on aggregate in the CAF Champions League final.

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Sat, 04 Nov 2017 21:59:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2017
<![CDATA[Wydad, Al Ahly 90 minutes from glory]]>/clubworldcup/news/y=2017/m=11/news=wydad-al-ahly-90-minutes-from-glory-2918594.html

With 90 down and 90 to go, the CAF Champions League enters its final stanza on a knife edge, with Wydad Casablanca hosting Al Ahly and a ticket to the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2017 on the line.

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Fri, 03 Nov 2017 13:19:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2017
<![CDATA[Al Ahly, Wydad share spoils in first leg]]>/clubworldcup/news/y=2017/m=10/news=al-ahly-wydad-share-spoils-in-first-leg-2918139.htmlSat, 28 Oct 2017 20:17:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2017<![CDATA[Moroccan finishers poised for final showdown]]>/clubworldcup/news/y=2017/m=10/news=moroccan-finishers-poised-for-final-showdown-2917668.htmlTwo players who contributed much to Al Ahly and Wydad Casablanca's success in getting to the 2017 CAF Champions League final were Moroccan forwards Walid Azaro and Achraf Bencharki. FIFA.com takes a closer look at each forward's attributes ahead of the final.

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Thu, 26 Oct 2017 13:59:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2017
<![CDATA[Al Ahly, Wydad set for African final]]>/clubworldcup/news/y=2017/m=10/news=al-ahly-wydad-set-for-african-final-2917646.html

After a long journey that has taken in the length and breadth of Africa, the 2017 CAF Champions League is about to reach its conclusion, with two teams from the north of the continent set to fight it out for the trophy.]]>
Thu, 26 Oct 2017 10:52:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2017
<![CDATA[Ten-man Wydad reach African final]]>/clubworldcup/news/y=2017/m=10/news=ten-man-wydad-reach-african-final-2916404.htmlSat, 21 Oct 2017 22:28:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2017<![CDATA[African quartet with all to play for ]]>/clubworldcup/news/y=2017/m=10/news=african-quartet-with-all-to-play-for-2916089.htmlContested by four north African sides, the semi-finals of the 2017 CAF Champions League are both finely poised ahead of this weekend’s second legs. 

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Fri, 20 Oct 2017 12:50:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2017
<![CDATA[Put: We can get a result in Morocco]]>/clubworldcup/news/y=2017/m=10/news=put-we-can-get-a-result-in-morocco-2915747.htmlDuels between North African teams traditionally generate great excitement and enthusiasm from players and fans, and Wydad Casablanca and USM Alger's CAF Champions League semi-final second-leg will be no different. 

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Wed, 18 Oct 2017 12:19:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2017
<![CDATA[Peru, Spain into top ten as Germany stay at the summit ]]>/fifa-world-ranking/news/y=2017/m=10/news=peru-spain-into-top-ten-as-germany-stay-at-the-summit-2914186.htmlMon, 16 Oct 2017 08:55:00 GMTArea=World RankingSection=Men RankingKind=News<![CDATA[The Week in Numbers]]>/news/y=2017/m=10/news=the-week-in-numbers-2913682.htmlFIFA.com’s latest stats review, along with single-half spree and unbeaten runs.]]>Fri, 13 Oct 2017 08:44:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=Week in StatsKind=News<![CDATA[Nigeria qualify, Elephants in peril]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=10/news=nigeria-qualify-elephants-in-peril-2911676.htmlWhile the headline-grabber was very much Nigeria's passage to Russia with victory over Zambia, a pair of North African side moved into striking distance of their own ticket ahead of the final day.

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Sun, 08 Oct 2017 11:00:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[All to play for in Africa's penultimate joust]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=10/news=all-to-play-for-in-africa-s-penultimate-joust-2910263.htmlFIFA.com looks ahead to this weekend's fifth round of fixtures in Africa where tickets to Russia 2018 are up for grabs.]]>Fri, 06 Oct 2017 06:16:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[All to play for in Africa after first legs]]>/clubworldcup/news/y=2017/m=10/news=all-to-play-for-in-africa-after-first-legs-2910343.htmlNothing has been decided after the two first leg semi-finals of the CAF Champions League. USM Alger shared the points with Wydad Casablanca and Etoile Sportive could yet regret their goal conceded at home against Al Ahly.

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Sun, 01 Oct 2017 23:00:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2017
<![CDATA[All roads lead north]]>/clubworldcup/news/y=2017/m=9/news=all-roads-lead-north-2909843.htmlIt is a clash of North African rivals in the semi-finals of the CAF Champions League, with USM Alger hosting Wydad Casablanca and Etoile du Sahel locking horns with Al Ahly.

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Thu, 28 Sep 2017 10:37:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2017
<![CDATA[Renard: Morocco have what it takes to qualify ]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=9/news=renard-morocco-have-what-it-takes-to-qualify-2909537.htmlAfter a slow start to his Morocco tenure, Herve Renard has picked up speed and now, with two games to go, the two-time CAF Africa Cup of Nations-winning coach is set on ending the Atlas Lions' 20-year wait for a FIFA World Cup adventure.

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Wed, 27 Sep 2017 08:52:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Nigerians on the brink, big guns out in the cold]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=9/news=nigerians-on-the-brink-big-guns-out-in-the-cold-2907177.htmlFIFA.com reviews latest qualifying action from Africa where World Cup regulars Cameroon have suffered an early elimination along with Brazil 2014 participants Algeria, while Nigeria edged closer to their Russia 2018 goal.]]>Wed, 06 Sep 2017 07:46:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Terrific travellers and a fantastic farewell]]>/news/y=2017/m=5/news=terrific-travellers-and-a-fantastic-farewell-2884352.htmlEl Niño Maravilla and some ‘Little Donkeys’ feature in FIFA.com’s latest statistical review, along with a fisherman bowing out in style.]]>Fri, 19 May 2017 11:49:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=Week in StatsKind=News<![CDATA[Women’s game gets second wind in Morocco]]>/development/news/y=2017/m=5/news=women-s-game-gets-second-wind-in-morocco-2883434.html​After having played at two CAF Africa Women Cup of Nations tournaments in a row, at Nigeria 1998 and South Africa 2000, Morocco have since managed to miss out on all the rest. There is now a plan in place at the Moroccan Football Association to get the nation back on the right track.

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Wed, 10 May 2017 12:09:00 GMTArea=Football DevelopmentSection=WomenKind=News
<![CDATA[Amrabat, from washing dishes to World Cup dreams]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=4/news=amrabat-from-washing-dishes-to-world-cup-dreams-2878724.htmlFIFA.com spoke to Morocco and Watford winger Nordin Amrabat about his remarkable rise, from being released by Ajax as a teenager to UEFA Champions League football and a potential spot on the plane to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™.

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Thu, 06 Apr 2017 07:56:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Cameroon stumble, Morocco stand proud]]>/live-scores/news/y=2017/m=3/news=cameroon-stumble-morocco-stand-proud-2878107.htmlWith the next round of FIFA World Cup™ qualifiers scheduled for August, Africa's national sides were put through their paces on Monday and Tuesday in a fresh set of friendlies. FIFA.com reviews the action.

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Wed, 29 Mar 2017 13:30:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=NewsTournament=Friendlies
<![CDATA[Cameroon stand out in clutch of African friendlies]]>/live-scores/news/y=2017/m=3/news=les-lions-etrennent-leur-statut-de-champions-2877525-2877531.htmlFIFA.com looks back on four days of friendlies involving African nations, who were looking to keep in shape ahead of their FIFA World Cup™ qualifiers in August.]]>Mon, 27 Mar 2017 20:35:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=News<![CDATA[Leopards roar to Germany 1974]]>/worldcup/news/y=2008/m=5/news=leopards-roar-germany-1974-771439.htmlFIFA.com looks back on how the Ebony Leopards of Zaire became the first sub-Saharan African side to reach a world finals by beating Morocco 3-0 in Kinshasa in 1973.

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Mon, 20 Mar 2017 08:46:00 GMTArea=ClassicSection=Qualifiers MatchesKind=NewsTournament=1974 FIFA World Cup Germany ™
<![CDATA[Ayew brothers propel Ghana forward, Egypt advance]]>/live-scores/africancup/news/newsid/286/547/2/index.htmlFIFA.com reviews all the action from west Africa.]]>Sun, 29 Jan 2017 21:06:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=NewsTournament=Africa Cup of Nations 2017<![CDATA[New stars shining in Gabon]]>/live-scores/africancup/news/newsid/286/533/7/index.htmlFIFA.com runs the rule over a number of players who have already boosted their reputations]]>Fri, 27 Jan 2017 11:14:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=NewsTournament=Africa Cup of Nations 2017<![CDATA[Saints, foreign forwards and an African turnaround]]>/news/y=2017/m=1/news=saints-foreign-forwards-and-an-african-turnaround-2865200.html A Uruguayan in France, a Frenchman in the USA and a Bosnian in Italy feature in FIFA.com’s latest stats review, along with role reversals in Africa and Saintly shutouts in England.]]>Fri, 27 Jan 2017 07:44:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=Week in StatsKind=News<![CDATA[Upsets aplenty in the AFCON group stage]]>/live-scores/africancup/news/newsid/286/525/4/index.htmlFIFA.com looks back on a dramatic group phase at the Africa Cup of Nations that left the holders and hosts out and saw Burkina Faso, Congo DR, Egypt and Senegal qualify as section winners.]]>Thu, 26 Jan 2017 10:24:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=NewsTournament=Africa Cup of Nations 2017<![CDATA[Morocco knock out holders Côte d'Ivoire]]>/live-scores/africancup/news/newsid/286/510/8/index.htmlFIFA.com recaps both matches.]]>Tue, 24 Jan 2017 23:06:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=NewsTournament=Africa Cup of Nations 2017<![CDATA[Leopards and Atlas Lions in pole positions]]>/live-scores/africancup/news/newsid/286/399/7/index.htmlFIFA.com recaps the action from both matches.]]>Sat, 21 Jan 2017 00:01:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=NewsTournament=Africa Cup of Nations 2017<![CDATA[Moroccans left empty-handed, reigning champs stumble]]>/live-scores/africancup/news/newsid/286/358/5/index.htmlDefending champions Côte d'Ivoire stuttered to a disappointing share of the spoils with Togo in their opening Group C match, while Congo DR went top of the section after catching a profligate Morocco side on the break.

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Mon, 16 Jan 2017 23:11:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=NewsTournament=Africa Cup of Nations 2017
<![CDATA[Africa’s finest go in search of glory ]]>/live-scores/africancup/news/newsid/286/333/6/index.htmlRunning the rule over the leading contenders and the dark horses, not to mention the players looking to cement their reputations and the lesser-known names intent on announcing themselves to the wider world, FIFA.com looks ahead to the AFCON, which kicks off in Libreville on Saturday.

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Fri, 13 Jan 2017 14:14:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=NewsTournament=Africa Cup of Nations 2017
<![CDATA[The AFCON in numbers]]>/live-scores/africancup/news/newsid/286/318/5/index.htmlFIFA.com looks over some of the tournament's most interesting stats.]]>Thu, 12 Jan 2017 07:41:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=NewsTournament=Africa Cup of Nations 2017<![CDATA[Africa primed for another grandstand finish]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=12/news=africa-primed-for-another-grandstand-finish-2861420.htmlFIFA.com examines the state of play in Africa's preliminaries for Russia 2018, with Algeria and Ghana both struggling to maintain their proud recent qualifying record.

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Tue, 20 Dec 2016 12:23:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Nigeria, Senegal qualify for Bahamas 2017]]>/beachsoccerworldcup/news/y=2016/m=12/news=senegal-book-place-at-bahamas-2017-2860885.htmlHosts Nigeria and Senegal will represent Africa at the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Bahamas 2017 after defeating Morocco 6-1 and Egypt 5-2 in their respective semi-final matches of the 2016 CAF Beach Soccer Africa Cup of Nations in Nigeria.  

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Sat, 17 Dec 2016 19:06:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Bahamas 2017
<![CDATA[All eyes turn to the beach for African contenders]]>/beachsoccerworldcup/news/y=2016/m=12/news=all-eyes-turn-to-the-beach-for-african-contenders-2859589.htmlMon, 12 Dec 2016 02:52:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Bahamas 2017<![CDATA[Irving: We thought we were world-beaters]]>/clubworldcup/news/y=2016/m=11/news=irving-we-thought-we-were-world-beaters-2856040.htmlFIFA.com caught up with former Auckland City defender John Irving, who reflects on the New Zealand club's valiant run at the 2014 FIFA Club World Morocco where the Navy Blues stormed to third place against the odds.]]>Sat, 03 Dec 2016 11:06:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2016<![CDATA[Nigeria, Egypt seize inside track]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=11/news=nigeria-egypt-seize-inside-track-2850198.htmlFIFA.com reviews the action.]]>Mon, 14 Nov 2016 07:24:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Tandjigora: We’re ready for Mali and we’ll fight to the end]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=11/news=tandjigora-we-re-ready-for-mali-and-we-ll-fight-to-the-end-2848906.html

One of Gabon's mainstays, Merlin Tandjigora, looked back at his side's opening draw against Morocco in 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia qualifiers and talked about his country's dreams of qualifying for the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 in an exclusive interview with FIFA.com.

 

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Thu, 10 Nov 2016 13:11:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Africa's giants wrestle for control]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=11/news=africa-s-giants-wrestle-for-control-2848763.htmlNigeria will host Algeria and South Africa take on Senegal in just two of the mouth-watering clashes set to light up Africa this weekend in 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying.

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Thu, 10 Nov 2016 08:52:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Sutchuin: Cameroon have to back up Algeria result]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=11/news=sutchuin-cameroon-have-to-back-up-algeria-result-2848809.htmlCameroon midfielder Arnaud Sutchuin speaks with FIFA.com about his side's positive start to Russia 2018 qualifying and the upcoming home match against Zambia.

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Thu, 10 Nov 2016 08:20:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA['Brazilians' overcome the odds in Africa]]>/clubworldcup/news/y=2016/m=10/news=brazilians-overcome-the-odds-in-africa-2845881.htmlTue, 25 Oct 2016 05:21:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2016<![CDATA[Thueanklang does it again]]>/futsalworldcup/news/y=2016/m=10/news=thueanklang-does-it-again-2842322.htmlIn a repeat of the 2012 vote, the users of FIFA.com chose a sumptuous Suphawut Thueanklang strike as the best goal of the FIFA Futsal World Cup Colombia 2016.

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Mon, 10 Oct 2016 17:06:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Futsal World Cup Colombia 2016
<![CDATA[Black Stars held, Super Eagles off to a flying start]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=10/news=black-stars-held-super-eagles-off-to-a-flying-start-2842248.htmlFIFA.com looks back at an action-packed first match day in the group phase of the FIFA World Cup qualifiers in Africa.]]>Sun, 09 Oct 2016 23:52:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™