<![CDATA[FIFA.com - News]]>http://www.fifa.com/index.htmlenCopyright ©1994 - 2015 FIFA. All rights reservedSun, 12 Nov 2017 18:51:00 GMTSun, 12 Nov 2017 20:48:27 GMTFIFA.comFIFA.comhttp://www.fifa.com/imgml/rssheader.gif http://www.fifa.com/index.html13928FIFA.com RSS<![CDATA[Switzerland qualify for fourth consecutive World Cup]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=11/news=switzerland-qualify-for-fourth-consecutive-world-cup-2919719.htmlSun, 12 Nov 2017 18:51:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Northern Ireland still believe ]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=11/news=northern-ireland-still-believe-2919367.htmlAfter suffering a 1-0 defeat in the first leg of their 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ play-off, Northern Ireland must record a victory over Switzerland in Basel today to stand a chance of booking a berth at the global finals.

 
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Sun, 12 Nov 2017 08:59:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Croatia cruise, Swiss earn away win ]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=11/news=croatia-cruise-swiss-earn-away-win-2919281.htmlThu, 09 Nov 2017 16:38:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Shaqiri: Hopefully we'll have a qualification party in Basel]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=11/news=shaqiri-hopefully-we-ll-have-a-qualification-party-in-basel-2919164.htmlFIFA.com spoke exclusively with Switzerland's explosive winger Xherdan Shaqiri about his country's upcoming FIFA World Cup play-off with Northern Ireland and being the last person to score a hat-trick at the global finals.

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Wed, 08 Nov 2017 12:58:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Davis: It’s our dream to reach Russia]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=11/news=davis-it-s-our-dream-to-reach-russia-2918830.htmlFIFA.com spoke exclusively with Northern Ireland captain Steven Davis about his country's FIFA World Cup play-off with Switzerland, being on the verge of a century of caps, dreams of reaching Russia 2018 and more. 

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Wed, 08 Nov 2017 10:29:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Excitement assured in European play-offs]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=11/news=excitement-assured-in-european-play-offs-2918857.htmlWhile Europe’s FIFA World Cup™ qualifiers are seen as a marathon rather than a sprint, the play-offs always represent that frantic final dash for the finish line.

 
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Wed, 08 Nov 2017 09:28:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[O'Neill: Our togetherness is our strength ]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=11/news=o-neill-our-togetherness-is-our-strength-2918477.htmlAhead of Northern Ireland's European play-off with Switzerland, FIFA.com sat down with manager Michael O'Neill, who discusses what it would mean for the country to reach their first FIFA World Cup since Mexico 1986. 

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Thu, 02 Nov 2017 10:32:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[UEFA play-offs: 8 players to watch]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=10/news=uefa-play-offs-8-players-to-watch-2918338.htmlWith the Russia 2018 play-offs looming in Europe, FIFA.com looks at eight key players who could emerge as heroes for their respective teams.

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Wed, 01 Nov 2017 11:37:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Europe’s eight play-off contenders in numbers]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=10/news=europe-s-eight-play-off-contenders-in-numbers-2915338.htmlEight teams discovered their opponents who stand in their way of a ticket to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, but how do they fair in the European play-offs themselves? We analyse the eight teams and how they have fared in the past.

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Tue, 17 Oct 2017 13:17:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Europe's play-off participants learn fate ]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=10/news=europe-s-play-off-participants-learn-fate-2915188.htmlThe match-ups to contest the final four European tickets to the 2018 FIFA World Russia™ have been decided, as the play-off ties featuring the group stage's eight best second-placed sides were confirmed in Zurich on Tuesday.

 
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Tue, 17 Oct 2017 13:14:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Relive the European play-off draw]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=10/news=follow-the-european-play-off-draw-2914996.htmlFIFA.com streamed live the Official Draw for the European FIFA World Cup play-off, which took  place at the Home of FIFA in Zurich at 14:00 CET.]]>Tue, 17 Oct 2017 10:59:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[All you need to know about Tuesday's European play-off draw]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=10/news=all-you-need-to-know-about-the-european-play-off-draw-2914803.htmlThe draw will take place at the Home of FIFA in Zurich on Tuesday 17 October at 14:00 (local time) and will be live streamed on FIFA.com and FIFA's YouTube channel. 

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Mon, 16 Oct 2017 09:07:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[How to follow Tuesday's European play-off draw]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=10/news=follow-the-european-play-off-draw-live-2914502.htmlThe draw for the upcoming European play-off round, with four World Cup places up for grabs, will take place at 14.00 on Tuesday 17 October in Zurich. Find out how you can follow it live!

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Sun, 15 Oct 2017 05:27:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Huppenkothen and Hierro to present European play-off draw ]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=10/news=huppenkothen-and-hierro-will-present-european-play-off-draw-2913919.htmlRenowned Mexican TV presenter Vanessa Huppenkothen and former Spain captain Fernando Hierro will conduct the official draw for the European playoff matches for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™.

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Fri, 13 Oct 2017 14:23:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Cheers for Poland, tears for Scotland]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=10/news=cheers-for-poland-tears-for-scotland-2912055.htmlFIFA.com reviews Sunday's European qualifying action where Robert Lewandowski set a new mark in helping Poland end their 12-year FIFA World Cup drought, while Slovakia's joy meant heartbreak for Scotland.]]>Mon, 09 Oct 2017 00:02:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Who can qualify from Europe on Sunday?]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=10/news=who-can-qualify-from-europe-on-sunday-2911578.htmlSun, 08 Oct 2017 10:49:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Germany, England reach Russia 2018]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=10/news=germany-england-reach-russia-2018-2910568.htmlWorld champions Germany and 1966 winners England booked their places at the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ Russia after recording respective victories on Thursday.

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Thu, 05 Oct 2017 21:34:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Northern Ireland's historic challenge]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=9/news=northern-ireland-s-historic-challenge-2910040.htmlSun, 01 Oct 2017 08:40:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[The Week in Numbers]]>/news/y=2017/m=9/news=the-week-in-numbers-2907968.htmlFIFA.com’s latest stats review, along with goal feats from big-name forwards.]]>Fri, 15 Sep 2017 06:45:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=Week in StatsKind=News<![CDATA[Germany oust Brazil as qualifying heroes soar]]>/fifa-world-ranking/news/y=2017/m=9/news=germany-oust-brazil-as-qualifying-heroes-soar-2907633.htmlFIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, continuing this year’s ongoing tug-of-war with Brazil for top spot.]]>Thu, 14 Sep 2017 08:59:00 GMTArea=World RankingSection=Men RankingKind=News<![CDATA[European nations vie for France 2019 slots]]>/development/news/y=2017/m=9/news=european-nations-vie-for-france-2019-slots-2907740.htmlFIFA.com looks ahead to the first two rounds of European qualifying matches for the FIFA Women’s World Cup™, with the continent's giants all set to enter the fray and begin battling it out for the eight available places.

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Wed, 13 Sep 2017 08:32:00 GMTArea=Football DevelopmentSection=WomenKind=News
<![CDATA[Two Door Cinema Club talk football]]>/the-best-fifa-football-awards/news/y=2017/m=9/news=two-door-cinema-club-talk-football-2906781.htmlFIFA.com hears from renowned indie rock band Two Door Cinema Club about performing at a Russia 2018 stadium, the shock of seeing one of their all-time footballing heroes at one of their shows, the upcoming FIFA Football Awards and more.  ]]>Wed, 06 Sep 2017 15:38:00 GMTArea=The Best AwardsSection=GeneralKind=NewsTournament=The Best – FIFA Football Awards 2017<![CDATA[Europe's big names close in on automatic qualification]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=9/news=europe-s-big-names-close-in-on-automatic-qualification-2906875.htmlFIFA.com reviews Monday's FIFA World Cup qualifying action in Europe where several of the continent's traditional heavyweights moved within touching distance of winning a ticket to Russia.

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Tue, 05 Sep 2017 01:19:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Late strikes abound as second-placed sides jostle ]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=9/news=late-strikes-abound-as-second-placed-sides-jockey-for-position-2906481.htmlFIFA.com reviews another exciting matchday in Europe as a number of nations took a step towards Russia 2018 qualification including Germany, England and Northern Ireland.]]>Sat, 02 Sep 2017 03:42:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Heavyweight duels await as stakes rise in Europe]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=8/news=heavyweight-duels-await-as-stakes-rise-in-europe-2905711.htmlWed, 30 Aug 2017 07:30:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Spain end Women’s U-19 EURO final hoodoo]]>/u20womensworldcup/news/y=2017/m=8/news=spain-end-women-s-u-19-euro-final-hoodoo-2904838.htmlFIFA.com reviews the UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship after Spain cast aside several years of heartbreak to win the final of a tournament which saw three other teams book qualification to France 2018.]]>Mon, 21 Aug 2017 02:12:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup France 2018<![CDATA[O'Neill: World Cup place would be phenomenal]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=8/news=o-neill-world-cup-place-would-be-phenomenal-2904505.htmlFIFA.com speaks exclusively with Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill about his World Cup memories, hopes of leading his country to Russia 2018, Northern Ireland's staggering rise up the FIFA Ranking and more. 

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Sun, 20 Aug 2017 12:55:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Northern Ireland looking to cement legacy ]]>/development/news/y=2017/m=8/news=northern-ireland-looking-to-cement-legacy-2903159.htmlAhead of the Women's Under-19 EURO in Northern Ireland, FIFA.com speaks exclusively with tournament director Sara Booth and head coach Alfie Wylie about how the competition can leave a lasting legacy on the women's game in the country. 

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Tue, 08 Aug 2017 07:06:00 GMTArea=Football DevelopmentSection=WomenKind=News
<![CDATA[European octet eye France 2018 slots]]>/u20womensworldcup/news/y=2017/m=7/news=european-octet-eye-france-2018-slots-2902306.htmlWith the UEFA Women’s Euro 2017 having culminated on 6 August with a victory for the Netherlands, the spotlight has now turned on the UEFA Women’s U-19 Championship, which kicks off on 8 August.

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Mon, 07 Aug 2017 09:34:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup France 2018
<![CDATA[Germany on top after two-year wait]]>/fifa-world-ranking/news/y=2017/m=7/news=germany-on-top-after-two-year-wait-2900464.htmlGermany have capped a sensational week on the international stage by returning to the top of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking for the first time since being knocked off the top spot exactly two years ago.

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Thu, 06 Jul 2017 08:56:00 GMTArea=World RankingSection=Men RankingKind=News
<![CDATA[Scots denied thrilling win, Germans in seventh heaven]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=6/news=scots-denied-thrilling-win-germans-in-seventh-heaven-2894198.htmlSat, 10 Jun 2017 22:42:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Brazil return to top after seven-year wait]]>/fifa-world-ranking/news/y=2017/m=4/news=brazil-return-to-top-after-seven-year-wait-2878543.htmlThu, 06 Apr 2017 08:56:00 GMTArea=World RankingSection=Men RankingKind=News<![CDATA[High stakes as qualifying resumes in Europe]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=3/news=high-stakes-as-qualifying-resumes-in-europe-2876818.htmlFIFA.com previews the latest round of qualifiers in Europe, where some of the continent's heavyweights face crucial matches in the race to secure direct passage to Russia 2018.

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Thu, 23 Mar 2017 14:00:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Brunt: Play-offs a realistic target for Northern Ireland]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=2/news=brunt-play-offs-a-realistic-target-for-northern-ireland-2868761.htmlFIFA.com hears from Northern Ireland's Chris Brunt on the agony of missing out on UEFA EURO 2016 - his country’s first major tournament in 30 years - due to injury, bouncing back from his lengthy lay-off, Northern Irish hopes of reaching Russia 2018 and more.]]>Wed, 01 Mar 2017 10:21:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[131st IFAB AGM agenda confirmed]]>/about-fifa/news/y=2017/m=1/news=131st-ifab-agm-agenda-confirmed-2865567.htmlWed, 01 Feb 2017 09:11:00 GMTArea=OrganisationSection=IFABKind=Release<![CDATA[Behind the World Cup record: Norman Whiteside]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=1/news=behind-the-world-cup-record-norman-whiteside-2865232.htmlAs we continue our look at the stories behind the records made at the FIFA World Cup, FIFA.com spoke exclusively to Norman Whiteside who, at Spain 1982, became the youngest-ever player to appear at the world finals aged 17 years and 41 days.

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Mon, 30 Jan 2017 09:19:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=1982 FIFA World Cup Spain ™
<![CDATA[When the holders faced heroic Harry]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=1/news=when-the-holders-faced-heroic-harry-2863260.htmlFIFA.com will be highlighting a classic FIFA World Cup image. We continue with a look back to when West Germany faced Northern Ireland and an inspired Harry Gregg in 1958.]]>Thu, 12 Jan 2017 13:44:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Rodgers: Nobody has been better than Suarez this year]]>/the-best-fifa-football-awards/news/y=2016/m=11/news=rodgers-nobody-has-been-better-than-saurez-this-year-2855650.htmlSun, 27 Nov 2016 19:12:00 GMTArea=The Best AwardsSection=Player of the Year -Kind=NewsTournament=The Best – FIFA Football Awards 2016<![CDATA[Modric: Croatia can wait serenely until spring]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=11/news=modric-croatia-can-wait-serenely-until-spring-2849719.htmlSun, 13 Nov 2016 14:52:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[European favourites march on]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=11/news=european-favourites-march-on-2849524.htmlFriday's UEFA qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ saw the favourites keep their focus to either go top of their groups or extend their leads at the summit. FIFA.com rounds up Friday's action.

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Sat, 12 Nov 2016 09:04:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifiers - Europe
<![CDATA[VAR progress core to IFAB ABM discussions]]>/about-fifa/news/y=2016/m=11/news=var-progress-core-to-ifab-abm-discussions-2847823.htmlThe IFAB’s Annual Business Meeting (ABM) took place in London at Wembley Stadium today, chaired by Martin Glenn, Chief Executive of The Football Association. 

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Thu, 03 Nov 2016 17:02:00 GMTArea=OrganisationSection=IFABKind=News
<![CDATA[131st Annual Business Meeting of The IFAB to take place at Wembley ]]>/about-fifa/news/y=2016/m=11/news=131st-annual-business-meeting-of-the-ifab-to-take-place-at-wembley-2847450.htmlTue, 01 Nov 2016 14:12:00 GMTArea=OrganisationSection=IFABKind=News<![CDATA[England held, Germany push on]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=10/news=england-held-germany-push-on-2842764.htmlTue, 11 Oct 2016 23:03:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Revenge, a winning debut and impressive underdogs]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=10/news=revenge-a-winning-debut-and-impressive-underdogs-2842084.htmlSun, 09 Oct 2016 00:12:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifiers - Europe<![CDATA[New eras, new coaches, new nations]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=9/news=new-eras-new-coaches-new-nations-2830142.htmlFIFA.com previews the opening action in UEFA qualifying for Russia 2018 where 13 tickets to the world stage are for grabs.]]>Fri, 02 Sep 2016 07:00:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Jennings: NI's World Cup qualifications built on clean sheets ]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=8/news=jennings-ni-s-world-cup-qualifications-built-on-clean-sheets-2823427.htmlThu, 01 Sep 2016 07:46:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Europe's FIFA World Cup qualifiers in numbers]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=8/news=europe-s-fifa-world-cup-qualifiers-in-numbers-2824388.htmlFIFA.com whets your appetite for the UEFA Zone’s upcoming FIFA World Cup qualifiers in statistical form.]]>Thu, 01 Sep 2016 05:32:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Goal-getter McParland reflects on Sweden 1958]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=8/news=goal-getter-mcparland-reflects-on-sweden-1958-2823273.htmlFIFA.com speaks to Peter McParland about his goalscoring exploits at the 1958 FIFA World Cup, a tournament which saw minnows Nothern Ireland become the then-smallest nation to qualify for the global finals.

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Wed, 24 Aug 2016 09:13:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=InterviewTournament=1958 FIFA World Cup Sweden ™
<![CDATA[McAlery, the visionary skipper who brought football to Ireland ]]>/news/y=2016/m=7/news=mcalery-the-visionary-skipper-who-brought-football-to-ireland-2812542.htmlFIFA.com highlights the story of John McAlery, the Irish Football Association's first skipper and the man often credited for bringing football to the Emerald Isle. ]]>Sun, 24 Jul 2016 08:01:00 GMTArea=ClassicSection=GeneralKind=News<![CDATA[The Week in Quotes]]>/news/y=2016/m=7/news=the-week-in-quotes-2804861.htmlFIFA.com's weekly look at the best quotes from around the footballing world includes Lionel Messi announcing his retirement from international football, Zlatan Ibrahimovic announcing his move to Manchester United in his unique way, Iceland's president-elect showing that he's just like any football fan and much more. ]]>Sat, 02 Jul 2016 10:18:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=Week in QuotesKind=News