<![CDATA[FIFA.com - News]]>http://www.fifa.com/index.htmlenCopyright ©1994 - 2014 FIFA. All rights reservedTue, 21 Jul 2015 14:23:00 GMTWed, 29 Jul 2015 23:41:18 GMTFIFA.comFIFA.comhttp://www.fifa.com/imgml/rssheader.gif http://www.fifa.com/index.html13928FIFA.com RSS<![CDATA[World Cup qualifying: the story so far]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=7/news=world-cup-qualifying-the-story-so-far-2660791.htmlWith the Preliminary Draw set to take centre stage this week, we look back at the first steps on the road to Russia 2018, with 76 FIFA World Cup qualifying matches having already been played across Asia and North America.

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Tue, 21 Jul 2015 14:23:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)
<![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 ]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=6/news=monday-asian-powerhouses-eye-opening-victories-2648433.htmlFIFA.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]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=6/news=upsets-thashings-and-11th-hour-saviours-2646383.htmlThu, 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[Normalisation committee appointed for the Football Association of Maldives]]>/about-fifa/news/y=2014/m=12/news=normalisation-committee-appointed-for-the-football-association-of-mald-2486998.htmlTue, 02 Dec 2014 10:12:00 GMTArea=OrganisationSection=Football GovernanceKind=News<![CDATA[Philippines, Palestine set up decider]]>http://www.fifa.com?cid=rssfeed&att=Wed, 28 May 2014 04:44:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=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[A history of qualifying shocks]]>/worldcup/news/y=2013/m=10/news=history-qualifying-shocks-2207766.htmlFIFA.com looks back at some of the most surprising qualifying scorelines in FIFA World Cup™ history.]]>Tue, 29 Oct 2013 00:16:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil ™<![CDATA[Afghanistan stuns India to win SAFF title]]>http://www.fifa.com/world-match-centre/news/newsid/217/252/1/index.html?cid=rssfeed&att=Wed, 11 Sep 2013 15:11:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=News<![CDATA[Pakistan appoint Shamlan after Bahrain stint]]>http://www.fifa.com/world-match-centre/news/newsid/215/639/4/index.html?cid=rssfeed&att=Pakistan appointed Bahrain's Mohammed Shamlan as their new coach ahead of the South Asian Football Federation Cup (SAFF). 

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Thu, 22 Aug 2013 15:01:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=News
<![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[Tricksters thrive as England & Spain suffer]]>/news/y=2013/m=7/news=tricksters-thrive-england-spain-suffer-2130996.htmlFIFA.com’s stats review, along with considerable feats for Brazil, New Radiant and San Jose Earthquakes and a seemingly never-ending struggle for England.]]>Wed, 03 Jul 2013 08:27:49 GMTArea=News CentreSection=Week in StatsKind=News<![CDATA[Ahmed: Football’s the Maldives' No1 sport]]>/development/news/y=2013/m=5/news=ahmed-football-the-maldives-no1-sport-2066718.htmlFIFA.com about how the country is trying to develop players, thanks to FIFA's and the AFC's assistance.]]>Wed, 01 May 2013 11:59:00 GMTArea=Football DevelopmentSection=GenericKind=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[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[FIFA calls for solidarity to eradicate match-fixing]]>/about-fifa/news/y=2012/m=9/news=fifa-calls-for-solidarity-eradicate-match-fixing-1711131.htmlChaired by FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter, the FIFA Executive Committee today completed a two-day meeting at the Home of FIFA in Zurich, where it called for the solidarity of the football community to help eradicate match-fixing from the game.

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Fri, 28 Sep 2012 16:08:00 GMTArea=OrganisationSection=Football GovernanceKind=Release
<![CDATA[India rejoices at Nehru Cup treble ]]>http://www.fifa.com?cid=rssfeed&att=FIFA.com reports from the Nehru Cup, where Wim Koevermans' India have made history by becoming the first Asian team to win the title in three successive editions.]]>Mon, 03 Sep 2012 08:49:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=News<![CDATA[Ranking rise boosts the Red Snappers]]>/fifa-world-ranking/news/y=2012/m=8/news=ranking-rise-boosts-the-red-snappers-1690877.htmlFIFA.com charts their recent success.]]>Thu, 30 Aug 2012 13:25:00 GMTArea=World RankingSection=Men RankingKind=News<![CDATA[India eye Nehru Cup hat-trick ]]>http://www.fifa.com?cid=rssfeed&att=FIFA.com takes a closer look at India's national team as Wim Koevermans's new-look men get set to defend their Nehru Cup crown.]]>Tue, 21 Aug 2012 10:09:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=News<![CDATA[Pfannenstiel's remarkable journey]]>http://www.fifa.com/world-match-centre/news/newsid/161/827/7/index.html?cid=rssfeed&att=German goalkeeper Lutz Pfannenstiel hung up his gloves in 2010 following a nomadic career which saw him play on all six football continents. Not content with merely travelling the world, however, his latest mission is to save it.

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Sun, 22 Apr 2012 10:30:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=GeneralKind=News
<![CDATA[Hard-won redemption for Korea DPR]]>http://www.fifa.com?cid=rssfeed&att=FIFA.com reviews the action from Asia’s second-tier tournament that was also marked by the emergence of Palestine and Philippines.]]>Tue, 20 Mar 2012 04:28:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=News<![CDATA[Chetri shines as India retain crown]]>http://www.fifa.com?cid=rssfeed&att=Mon, 12 Dec 2011 07:43:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=News<![CDATA[FIFA awards further TV rights for 2015-2022]]>/about-fifa/news/y=2011/m=10/news=fifa-awards-further-rights-for-2015-2022-1533484.htmlThu, 27 Oct 2011 09:16:00 GMTArea=OrganisationSection=TVKind=Release<![CDATA[Favourites prevail in Asian qualifiers]]>/worldcup/news/y=2011/m=7/news=favourites-prevail-asian-qualifiers-1482296.htmlFIFA.com rounds up the action.]]>Thu, 28 Jul 2011 20:27:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. Asian Zone<![CDATA[Asian hopefuls in do or die deciders]]>/worldcup/news/y=2011/m=7/news=asian-hopefuls-die-deciders-1479874.htmlAsia's second round of qualifiers reaching a climax today, with no fewer than 30 sides battling it out on the road to 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™. You can follow the action live on FIFA.com.

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Tue, 26 Jul 2011 12:42:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. Asian Zone
<![CDATA[Asian favourites draw first blood]]>/worldcup/news/y=2011/m=7/news=asian-favourites-draw-first-blood-1479456.htmlFIFA.com reviews the latest round of 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying in Asia, which saw the traditional favourites take an advantage over their underdog opponents.

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Mon, 25 Jul 2011 09:00:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. Asian Zone
<![CDATA[Thirty hopefuls begin road to round three]]>/worldcup/news/y=2011/m=7/news=thirty-hopefuls-begin-road-round-three-1478636.htmlSome intriguing second round, first legs are in store, with Kuwait-Philippines, Qatar-Vietnam, Singapore-Malaysia and United Arab Emirates-India catching the eye.

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Fri, 22 Jul 2011 06:55:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. Asian Zone
<![CDATA[Leaders stumble as chasers close in]]>http://www.fifa.com/world-match-centre/news/newsid/146/791/7/index.html?cid=rssfeed&att=Leaders around Asia suffered surprise results this weekend as the chase for domestic silverware hots up, with the J-League's Kashiwa Reysol being stunned 5-0 and K-League front-runners Jeonbuk Motors drawing 2-2.

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Mon, 04 Jul 2011 11:56:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=Club FootballKind=News
<![CDATA[Favourites progress as stars shine]]>/worldcup/news/y=2011/m=7/news=favourites-progress-stars-shine-1467720.htmlThe first round of qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ in Brazil has been completed, seeing a barrel-load of goals scored around Asia, with the likes of big-guns Vietnam being joined by first-time qualifiers Philippines.

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Sun, 03 Jul 2011 22:27:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. Asian Zone
<![CDATA[Maldives in safe Argentine hands]]>http://www.fifa.com?cid=rssfeed&att=FIFA.com.]]>Fri, 13 May 2011 09:01:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=News<![CDATA[Development continues, Brazil reign supreme]]>/development/news/y=2011/m=5/news=development-continues-brazil-reign-supreme-1429115.htmlWhile preparations for the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Italy 2011 continue, there has been plenty going on elsewhere in the beach soccer community over the last two months.

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Wed, 04 May 2011 08:10:00 GMTArea=Football DevelopmentSection=Beach SoccerKind=News
<![CDATA[Brazil 2014 draw stirs Asian hopefuls ]]>/worldcup/news/y=2011/m=3/news=brazil-2014-draw-stirs-asian-hopefuls-1409548.htmlFIFA.com reviews the Asian qualifying draw for the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ which has thrown up a host of intriguing match-ups as some of the continents smaller footballing nations seek a share of the spotlight.]]>Thu, 31 Mar 2011 09:02:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=Preliminary DrawKind=NewsTournament=2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil ™<![CDATA[Asia's Brazil 2014 draw made]]>/worldcup/news/y=2011/m=3/news=asia-brazil-2014-draw-made-1408931.htmlThe AFC has conducted the draw for Asia’s first and second round qualifiers for Brazil 2014.

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Wed, 30 Mar 2011 11:26:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=Preliminary DrawKind=NewsTournament=2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil ™
<![CDATA[Asian Zone to play preliminary round for Brazil 2014]]>/worldcup/news/y=2011/m=3/news=asian-zone-play-preliminary-round-for-brazil-2014-1401533.htmlSat, 19 Mar 2011 14:38:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil ™<![CDATA[Hong Kong finally qualify, champions Qatar follow]]>http://www.fifa.com/world-match-centre/news/newsid/133/314/6/index.html?cid=rssfeed&att=Hong Kong ended a 52-year wait to reach the knockout rounds of the Asian Games after a 4-1 win over Bangladesh, while Qatar topped Group D after a 2-0 win over neighbours Kuwait.

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Thu, 11 Nov 2010 14:06:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=News
<![CDATA[Undefeated VB Sports claim crown]]>http://www.fifa.com/world-match-centre/news/newsid/130/560/1/index.html?cid=rssfeed&att=VB Sports claimed their second successive Dhiraagu Dhivehi League crown in the Maldives with a 4-1 win over Maziya securing an eight-point gap over Victory SC with only two rounds remaining.

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Wed, 22 Sep 2010 00:33:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=Club FootballKind=News
<![CDATA[Bengal Tigers roar again]]>http://www.fifa.com/world-match-centre/news/newsid/116/760/1/index.html?cid=rssfeed&att=After a dearth of regional success Bangladesh has found form at the right time to claim bragging rights by winning the recent South Asian Games.

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Tue, 09 Feb 2010 08:01:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=News
<![CDATA[India reign in South Asia]]>http://www.fifa.com/world-match-centre/news/newsid/114/842/4/index.html?cid=rssfeed&att=India reclaimed the South Asian Football Federation Championship with a hard-fought final victory over last year's winners, the Maldives.

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Mon, 14 Dec 2009 14:18:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=News
<![CDATA[Beach soccer lays roots in Dubai]]>/development/news/y=2009/m=12/news=beach-soccer-lays-roots-dubai-1147298.htmlNovember 2009 will go down as a historic date for beach soccer in Dubai, with minds now focused on developing the discipline in the UAE.

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Thu, 10 Dec 2009 11:31:00 GMTArea=Football DevelopmentSection=Beach SoccerKind=News
<![CDATA[World Leagues review]]>http://www.fifa.com?cid=rssfeed&att= The leaders heading into weekend slipped up in Argentina, Brazil and South Africa, while there was drama in the USA and a record in Korea Republic.

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Mon, 14 Sep 2009 09:43:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=Club FootballKind=News
<![CDATA[USA still ahead of Brazil, Germany]]>/fifa-world-ranking/news/y=2009/m=6/news=usa-still-ahead-brazil-germany-1076463.html There are no newcomers to the top ten in the latest FIFA/Coca-Cola Women's World Ranking with USA still topping Brazil and Germany.

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Fri, 26 Jun 2009 09:01:00 GMTArea=World RankingSection=Women RankingKind=News
<![CDATA[Maldives run with the wind]]>/fifa-world-ranking/news/y=2009/m=5/news=maldives-run-with-the-wind-1062775.htmlThu, 28 May 2009 04:49:00 GMTArea=World RankingSection=Men RankingKind=News<![CDATA[Jordan shine on road to Germany]]>/womensworldcup/news/y=2009/m=5/news=jordan-shine-road-germany-1054510.html The long path to the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup has commenced in Asia with Jordan joined by Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan in the next stage.

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Mon, 04 May 2009 09:46:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Women's World Cup Germany 2011
<![CDATA[Heavy blows for Asian giants]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/archive/southafrica2010/news/newsid=722162/index.html?cid=rssfeed&att=Wed, 26 Mar 2008 19:25:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa ™<![CDATA[Big wins in Asia]]>/clubworldcup/news/y=2008/m=3/news=big-wins-asia-716549.htmlGamba Osaka came out on top of a seven-goal thriller on Wednesday while J-League champions Kashima Antlers strolled to another huge victory.

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Wed, 19 Mar 2008 13:58:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2008