<![CDATA[FIFA.com - News]]>http://www.fifa.com/index.htmlenCopyright ©1994 - 2015 FIFA. All rights reservedThu, 02 Jun 2016 04:22:00 GMTThu, 02 Jun 2016 05:55:52 GMTFIFA.comFIFA.comhttp://www.fifa.com/imgml/rssheader.gif http://www.fifa.com/index.html13928FIFA.com RSS<![CDATA[Former African champions on the brink]]>/confederationscup/news/y=2016/m=6/news=former-african-champions-on-the-brink-2799420.htmlThu, 02 Jun 2016 04:22:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017<![CDATA[Martins: Our dream is still alive]]>/live-scores/news/y=2016/m=5/news=martins-our-dream-is-still-alive-2790531.htmlOne of the surprising stories in CAF Africa Cup of Nations 2017 qualifying is the rise of Mauritania, who are punching well above their weight under the guidance of former France international Corentin Martins.

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Fri, 13 May 2016 07:58:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=News
<![CDATA[African favourites stay on target]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=12/news=african-favourites-stay-on-target-2748054.htmlTue, 29 Dec 2015 09:00:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2018 Prel. Comp. Africa Zone<![CDATA[Big boys bounce back in Africa]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=11/news=big-boys-bounce-back-in-africa-2733455.htmlThe 20-team group stage in CAF qualifying for Russia 2018 is set as favourites like Egypt, Nigeria and Ghana rebounded in the second legs of their tests.

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Tue, 17 Nov 2015 22:21:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)
<![CDATA[Shocks set up African qualifying drama]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=11/news=shocks-set-up-african-qualifying-drama-2732952.htmlNigeria, Ghana and Algeria all drew, while Egypt and Mali lost in a stunning round of first leg results in African qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia.

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Sat, 14 Nov 2015 21:47:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2018 Prel. Comp. Africa Zone
<![CDATA[Bessam, Mauritania’s comic-strip hero]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=11/news=bessam-mauritania-s-comic-strip-hero-2732049.htmlWed, 11 Nov 2015 16:08:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[African favourites enter Russian race]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=11/news=african-favourites-enter-russian-race-2732015.htmlWed, 11 Nov 2015 05:49:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[History made in eventful African qualifiers]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=10/news=history-made-in-eventful-african-qualifiers-2711523.htmlTue, 13 Oct 2015 22:58:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2018 Prel. Comp. Africa Zone<![CDATA[Rich pickings for travelling teams]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=10/news=rich-picking-for-travelling-teams-2710722.htmlKenya, Niger, Botswana and Swaziland were among the big winners over the weekend in CAF qualifying for Russia 2018 as the first round heads into the second leg this week.

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Sat, 10 Oct 2015 19:51:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2018 Prel. Comp. Africa Zone
<![CDATA[Martins teaching Mauritania the art of the upset]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=10/news=martins-teaching-mauritania-the-art-of-the-upset-2710538.htmlAfter Mauritania pulled of a real shock booking their spot in 2017 CAF Africa Cup of Nations, French coach Corentin Martins talks to us on climbing the FIFA Ranking, producing shocks and leaving his playing days behind.

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Fri, 09 Oct 2015 16:40:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)
<![CDATA[African climbers begin charge for Russia]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=10/news=african-climbers-begin-charge-for-russia-2709538.htmlTue, 06 Oct 2015 02:52:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Germany up to second, Spain back in top ten]]>/fifa-world-ranking/news/y=2015/m=9/news=germany-up-to-second-spain-back-in-top-ten-2702884.htmlThu, 01 Oct 2015 08:58:00 GMTArea=World RankingSection=Men RankingKind=News<![CDATA[Mauritanian football comes of age]]>/fifa-world-ranking/news/y=2015/m=8/news=mauritanian-football-comes-of-age-2672001.htmlWe look at the recent rise of Mauritania in the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, thanks to some positive results under new French coach Corentin Martins.

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Thu, 20 Aug 2015 15:26:00 GMTArea=World RankingSection=Men RankingKind=News
<![CDATA[Chile enter top ten, Mexico and Jamaica soar]]>/fifa-world-ranking/news/y=2015/m=8/news=chile-enter-top-ten-mexico-and-jamaica-soar-2669229.htmlThu, 06 Aug 2015 08:57:00 GMTArea=World RankingSection=Men RankingKind=News<![CDATA[The Preliminary Draw results in full]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=7/news=the-preliminary-draw-results-in-full-2667929.html

FIFA.com rounds up the results from the Preliminary Draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, which took place at the Konstantin Palace in St. Petersburg on Saturday 25 July.]]>
Sat, 25 Jul 2015 21:37:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=Preliminary DrawKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)
<![CDATA[Africa's giants ready to plot their course]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=7/news=africa-s-giants-ready-to-plot-their-course-2667899.htmlFIFA.com looks closer at the African Zone qualifiers following the Russia 2018 Preliminary Draw, with several of the continent's big guns facing potential banana skins.]]>Sat, 25 Jul 2015 21:14:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=Preliminary DrawKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2018 Prel. Comp. Africa Zone<![CDATA[Africans, Asians make huge leaps]]>/fifa-world-ranking/news/y=2015/m=2/news=africans-asians-make-huge-leaps-2522971.htmlThu, 12 Feb 2015 08:58:00 GMTArea=World RankingSection=Men RankingKind=News<![CDATA[Neveu's Mauritania continue brave climb]]>/fifa-world-ranking/news/y=2014/m=5/news=mauritania-continue-their-brave-climb-2338841.htmlThu, 15 May 2014 06:59:00 GMTArea=World RankingSection=Men RankingKind=News<![CDATA[Brazil take continental command, Honduras rise]]>/fifa-world-ranking/news/y=2014/m=5/news=thursday-10am-cet-brazil-take-continental-command-honduras-rise-2335121.htmlThu, 08 May 2014 09:01:00 GMTArea=World RankingSection=Men RankingKind=News<![CDATA[African antiques & disappearing droughts]]>/news/y=2014/m=4/news=african-antiques-disappearing-droughts-2319765.htmlFIFA.com's Week in Stats this week examines why Kersley Appou's name has gone down in the record books, Marco Reus' influence on Borussia Dortmund and Tony Pulis's influence at the Palace.]]>Wed, 16 Apr 2014 08:46:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=Week in StatsKind=News<![CDATA[Inspirational Mauritian claims Milla's crown]]>/live-scores/news/y=2014/m=4/news=inspirational-mauritian-claims-milla-s-crown-2319268.htmlTue, 15 Apr 2014 22:40:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=News<![CDATA[FIFA to discuss future of Africa’s football development in Marrakech]]>/development/news/y=2013/m=12/news=fifa-discuss-future-africa-football-development-marrakech-2247244.htmlThu, 19 Dec 2013 17:58:00 GMTArea=Football DevelopmentSection=GenericKind=News<![CDATA[Big-mover Mauritania looking forward to first finals]]>/fifa-world-ranking/news/y=2013/m=8/news=big-mover-mauritania-looking-forward-first-finals-2151841.htmlAfter a defeat of Senegal and a historic qualification for their first-ever continental competition, Mauritania have leaped up the latest FIFA/Coca-Cola World Rankings.

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Thu, 15 Aug 2013 18:55:00 GMTArea=World RankingSection=Men RankingKind=News
<![CDATA[New development priorities for FIFA member associations ]]>/development/news/y=2013/m=4/news=new-development-priorities-for-fifa-member-associations-2065789.htmlTue, 30 Apr 2013 07:30:00 GMTArea=Football DevelopmentSection=PerformanceKind=News<![CDATA[Blatter sees impact of Mauritania development programme]]>/about-fifa/news/y=2013/m=2/news=blatter-sees-impact-mauritania-development-programme-2002827.htmlWhile much of the football world remains transfixed by the 2013 CAF Africa Cup of Nations, FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter has begun a six-day visit to the continent, kicking off his trip in Mauritania.

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Thu, 07 Feb 2013 08:03:00 GMTArea=OrganisationSection=PresidentKind=News
<![CDATA[Blatter set for extensive Africa tour]]>/about-fifa/news/y=2013/m=2/news=blatter-set-for-extensive-africa-tour-2001046.htmlFIFA.com has the details. ]]>Mon, 04 Feb 2013 16:58:00 GMTArea=OrganisationSection=PresidentKind=News<![CDATA[Busy year for African hopefuls]]>/worldcup/news/y=2012/m=12/news=busy-year-for-african-hopefuls-1977150.html2012 has seen a few surprises in the African qualifying zone for the FIFA World Cup™ as the campaign reaches its midpoint. There's still all to play for in 2013 as the continent cuts down from 52 countries to five representatives.

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Wed, 26 Dec 2012 09:37:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. African Zone
<![CDATA[A month of FIFA development: October 2012]]>/development/news/y=2012/m=11/news=month-fifa-development-october-2012-1940380.htmlFIFA.com brings you our monthly round-up of the most recent development projects and events during October.]]>Thu, 22 Nov 2012 08:21:00 GMTArea=Football DevelopmentSection=GenericKind=News<![CDATA[What is international football’s biggest rivalry?]]>/live-scores/news/y=2012/m=11/news=what-international-football-biggest-rivalry-1893478.htmlFIFA.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[African development takes centre stage]]>/development/news/y=2012/m=8/news=african-development-takes-centre-stage-1677870.html
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Thu, 09 Aug 2012 18:02:00 GMTArea=Football DevelopmentSection=GenericKind=News
<![CDATA[First roll of the dice for African hopefuls]]>/worldcup/news/y=2011/m=11/news=first-roll-the-dice-for-african-hopefuls-1540248.htmlThu, 10 Nov 2011 05:22:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. African Zone<![CDATA[Modernisation the watchword for Mauritania]]>/about-fifa/news/y=2011/m=10/news=modernisation-the-watchword-for-mauritania-1521709.htmlTue, 04 Oct 2011 14:49:00 GMTArea=OrganisationSection=Home of FifaKind=News<![CDATA[Duo qualify as final day looms]]>/live-scores/news/y=2011/m=9/news=duo-qualify-final-day-looms-1504946.htmlSenegal and Burkina Faso were the big winners over the weekend as the pair booked passage to the 2012 CAF Africa Cup of Nations, but seven groups remain up for grabs with one qualifying round to go.

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Mon, 05 Sep 2011 03:43:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=News
<![CDATA[Favourites rack up goals in Africa]]>/live-scores/news/y=2011/m=1/news=favourites-rack-goals-africa-1374448.htmlMon, 31 Jan 2011 13:43:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=Club FootballKind=News<![CDATA[Giants begin journey to 2012]]>/live-scores/news/y=2010/m=9/news=giants-begin-journey-2012-1294011.htmlAlgeria, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Morocco, Nigeria, South Africa and Zambia will get their qualifying campaigns underway with easy home games, while Congo DR and Senegal will collide in the pick of the weekend’s fixtures.

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Fri, 03 Sep 2010 12:44:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=News
<![CDATA[African journalists train for the FIFA World Cup]]>/development/news/y=2010/m=5/news=african-journalists-train-for-the-fifa-world-cup-1208152.htmlAs part of a programme run by the AFP Foundation and financed by FIFA, some 270 African sports journalists, editors and photographers attended a training programme which concluded on 5 May 2010.

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Mon, 10 May 2010 19:20:00 GMTArea=Football DevelopmentSection=Win in AfricaKind=News
<![CDATA[Culture Foot Solidaire protecting youth]]>/sustainability/news/y=2008/m=10/news=culture-foot-solidaire-protecting-youth-920094.htmlTue, 21 Oct 2008 15:13:00 GMTArea=SocialSection=Football for HopeKind=News<![CDATA[Joy and pain in Africa]]>/worldcup/news/y=2008/m=10/news=joy-and-pain-africa-910476.htmlMon, 13 Oct 2008 18:27:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa ™<![CDATA[Big names make no mistake]]>/worldcup/news/y=2008/m=10/news=big-names-make-mistake-908176.html Senegal were the only major side to fall as Round Three of the African qualifiers for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa entered the final straight.

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Sat, 11 Oct 2008 22:35:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa ™
<![CDATA[Fairy tale endings still open]]>/worldcup/news/y=2008/m=10/news=fairy-tale-endings-still-open-905403.htmlFri, 10 Oct 2008 08:27:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa ™<![CDATA[All to play for in Africa]]>/worldcup/news/y=2008/m=10/news=all-play-for-africa-904754.htmlThu, 09 Oct 2008 09:43:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa ™<![CDATA[Chamakh down but not out]]>/worldcup/news/y=2008/m=10/news=chamakh-down-but-not-out-897716.htmlFri, 03 Oct 2008 08:11:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa ™<![CDATA[FIFA determines kick-off times]]>/worldcup/news/y=2008/m=9/news=fifa-determines-kick-off-times-892062.htmlMon, 29 Sep 2008 16:19:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa ™<![CDATA[Ethiopia excluded from the preliminary competition]]>/worldcup/news/y=2008/m=9/news=ethiopia-excluded-from-the-preliminary-competition-879416.htmlFri, 12 Sep 2008 15:57:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=ReleaseTournament=2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa ™<![CDATA[African hopefuls on the brink]]>/worldcup/news/y=2008/m=9/news=african-hopefuls-the-brink-871257.html In the second half of FIFA.com's preview of this weekend's African qualifiers for South Africa 2010, we look ahead to the action in Groups 7 to 12.

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Thu, 04 Sep 2008 02:07:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa ™
<![CDATA[Burkina Faso setting breakneck pace]]>/worldcup/news/y=2008/m=6/news=burkina-faso-setting-breakneck-pace-815731.htmlWed, 25 Jun 2008 08:05:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa ™<![CDATA[Big guns sign off in style]]>/worldcup/news/y=2008/m=6/news=big-guns-sign-off-style-813621.htmlCongo DR, Benin, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Egypt and Mali all picked up important wins to help their bids to reach South Africa 2010.]]>Sun, 22 Jun 2008 21:33:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa ™<![CDATA[Ghana and Guinea go top]]>/worldcup/news/y=2008/m=6/news=ghana-and-guinea-top-812929.html]]>Sun, 22 Jun 2008 16:20:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa ™<![CDATA[Shock leaders aim to keep hold]]>/worldcup/news/y=2008/m=6/news=shock-leaders-aim-keep-hold-808791.htmlThu, 19 Jun 2008 15:56:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa ™<![CDATA[Ethiopia get off the mark]]>/worldcup/news/y=2008/m=6/news=ethiopia-get-off-the-mark-801795.htmlSat, 14 Jun 2008 11:28:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa ™