<![CDATA[FIFA.com - News]]>http://www.fifa.com/index.htmlenCopyright ©1994 - 2015 FIFA. All rights reservedMon, 28 Dec 2015 02:26:00 GMTFri, 20 May 2016 15:00:10 GMTFIFA.comFIFA.comhttp://www.fifa.com/imgml/rssheader.gif http://www.fifa.com/index.html13928FIFA.com RSS<![CDATA[Thrillers galore and surprises aplenty in Asia]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=12/news=thrillers-galore-and-surprises-aplenty-in-asia-2747968.htmlThe year in Asian qualifying for Russia 2018 has been one to savour for all those who enjoy a surprise, with minnows making waves and favourites faltering as only Qatar end the year with a guaranteed spot in the next round.]]>Mon, 28 Dec 2015 02:26:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![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[Hopefuls shine through to Asian finals]]>http://www.fifa.com/mensolympic/news/newsid=2581159/index.html?cid=rssfeed&att=Wed, 01 Apr 2015 06:12:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=Olympic Football Tournaments Rio 2016 - Men<![CDATA[Qualifying match between Pakistan and Yemen rescheduled ]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=3/news=qualifying-match-between-pakistan-and-yemen-rescheduled-2567165.htmlThu, 19 Mar 2015 11:21:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2018 Prel. Comp. Asian Zone<![CDATA[Trio make history as Chinese Taipei recover]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=3/news=trio-make-history-as-chinese-taipei-recover-2566120.htmlTue, 17 Mar 2015 15:30:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2018 Prel. Comp. Asian Zone<![CDATA[Qualifier match between Pakistan and Yemen postponed]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=3/news=qualifier-match-between-pakistan-and-yemen-postponed-2565919.htmlMon, 16 Mar 2015 18:46:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2018 Prel. Comp. Asian Zone<![CDATA[Trio eye progression as duo aim to bounce back]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=3/news=quartet-eye-progression-as-duo-aim-to-bounce-back-2565319.htmlWith five ties finely poised in the first round of Asian qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, FIFA.com previews the second leg matches, with the potential for more surprise results and fairytale stories.

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Mon, 16 Mar 2015 05:40:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2018 Prel. Comp. Asian Zone
<![CDATA[Underdogs aim to open Asian qualifying with a bang]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=3/news=underdogs-aim-to-open-asian-qualifying-with-a-bang-2557103.htmlWed, 11 Mar 2015 00:57:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2018 Prel. Comp. Asian 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[Asia ready for first step on road to Russia]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=2/news=asia-ready-for-first-step-on-road-to-russia-2522561.htmlFIFA.com takes a look at the six ties that will kick off qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, with Stephen Constantine's return to Nepal with India among the standout matches.]]>Tue, 10 Feb 2015 10:47:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2018 Prel. Comp. Asian Zone<![CDATA[Asian minnows begin World Cup mission]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=2/news=world-cup-route-mapped-out-for-asian-minnows-2522325.htmlFIFA.com previews the upcoming draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers in Asia, with the 12 lowest ranked countries on the continent ready to learn their fate as they take the first tentative steps on the road to Russia.]]>Mon, 09 Feb 2015 12:59:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2018 Prel. Comp. Asian Zone<![CDATA[Handshake for peace between India and Pakistan]]>/sustainability/news/y=2014/m=8/news=handshake-for-peace-between-india-and-pakistan-2424064.htmlWed, 20 Aug 2014 14:00:00 GMTArea=SocialSection=GeneralKind=News<![CDATA[Two-year Dordoi deal for Pakistan’s Kaleem]]>/live-scores/news/y=2014/m=7/news=two-year-deal-dordoi-deal-for-pakistan-s-kaleem-2406084.htmlWed, 16 Jul 2014 07:35:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=Club FootballKind=News<![CDATA[Portuguese, Swiss rise amid African change]]>/fifa-world-ranking/news/y=2014/m=2/news=portuguese-swiss-rise-amid-african-movement-2277787.htmlThu, 13 Feb 2014 09:19:00 GMTArea=World RankingSection=Men RankingKind=News<![CDATA[Rehman: Racism stems from a lack of education]]>/sustainability/news/y=2013/m=12/news=rehman-racism-stems-from-lack-education-2242400.htmlFIFA.com spoke to Zesh Rehman who, as the first British Asian to play in the English Premier League and with his own grassroots programme for disadvantaged communities, offers an interesting insight into combating discrimination.]]>Wed, 11 Dec 2013 10:15:00 GMTArea=SocialSection=Anti-RacismKind=Interview<![CDATA[Standing alone in the Premier League 100]]>/live-scores/news/y=2013/m=11/news=standing-alone-the-premier-league-100-2230574.htmlFIFA.com chats with four players who are all the sole representatives of their nation on one of club football's biggest stages.]]>Thu, 28 Nov 2013 09:37:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=GeneralKind=News<![CDATA[Amiri: Football brings Afghans together]]>/live-scores/news/y=2013/m=8/news=amiri-football-brings-afghans-together-2156115.htmlFIFA.com about Afghanistan hosting an international for the first time in a decade, their 3-0 victory over Pakistan, how football unites the country and their FIFA World Cup ambitions.]]>Thu, 22 Aug 2013 13:39:06 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=News<![CDATA[Historic week showcases Afghan football success]]>/development/news/y=2013/m=8/news=historic-week-showcases-afghan-football-success-2152825.htmlFri, 16 Aug 2013 10:06:21 GMTArea=Football DevelopmentSection=Goal ProgrammeKind=News<![CDATA[Blatter expresses shock at Karachi deaths]]>/about-fifa/news/y=2013/m=8/news=blatter-expresses-shock-karachi-deaths-2150434.htmlFri, 09 Aug 2013 16:37:00 GMTArea=OrganisationSection=PresidentKind=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[President sends condolences after Gaga death]]>/news/y=2013/m=3/news=president-sends-condolences-after-gaga-death-2031375.htmlFIFA President Joseph S. Blatter has written to the Pakistan Football Federation to express his sorrow at hearing of the sudden death of former Pakistan international forward Iftikhar Gaga.

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Fri, 15 Mar 2013 08:23:00 GMTArea=ClassicSection=ObituariesKind=News
<![CDATA[Welcome progress for Pakistan]]>/fifa-world-ranking/news/y=2013/m=3/news=welcome-progress-for-pakistan-2025589.htmlRising 19 places to 170 in the most recent FIFA/Coca Cola World Ranking, Pakistan are looking forward to the AFC Challenge Cup qualifiers in Kyrgyzstan later this month to rise even higher in the ranking.

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Thu, 07 Mar 2013 16:06:00 GMTArea=World RankingSection=Men RankingKind=News
<![CDATA[Speed, silverware and Walters’ woe]]>/news/y=2013/m=1/news=speed-silverware-and-walters-woe-1985869.htmlWed, 16 Jan 2013 08:14:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=Week in StatsKind=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[KRL ease to title]]>/live-scores/news/y=2012/m=1/news=krl-ease-title-1563991.htmlThu, 05 Jan 2012 01:07:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=Club FootballKind=News<![CDATA[Chetri shines as India retain crown]]>/live-scores/news/y=2011/m=12/news=chetri-shines-india-retain-crown-1556129.htmlMon, 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[Records abound as history is made]]>/live-scores/news/y=2011/m=7/news=records-abound-history-made-1473089.htmlFIFA.com reviews the latest action around the Asian leagues, with two sets of fixtures played in the Chinese Super League, late finishes in the J.League, and goals galore in the K-League.]]>Mon, 11 Jul 2011 11:10:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=Club FootballKind=NewsTournament=J-League Division 1 2013 <![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[Stern tests for Asian hopefuls]]>/worldcup/news/y=2011/m=7/news=stern-tests-for-asian-hopefuls-1466177.htmlThe chance to mix with Asia's big guns is up for grabs this weekend, with 16 of the continent's minnows battling it out in the second legs of the preliminary qualifying round.

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Fri, 01 Jul 2011 10:33:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. Asian Zone
<![CDATA[Preliminary journey kicks off in Asia]]>/worldcup/news/y=2011/m=6/news=preliminary-journey-kicks-off-asia-1464834.htmlFIFA.com reviews all the action.]]>Thu, 30 Jun 2011 05:03:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. Asian Zone<![CDATA[Sixteen hopefuls embark on Brazil path]]>/worldcup/news/y=2011/m=6/news=sixteen-hopefuls-embark-brazil-path-1463106.htmlAsia's lowest-ranked teams are set to begin continental qualifying for the 2014 tournament, with Sri Lanka-Philippines, Bangladesh-Pakistan and Malaysia-Chinese Taipei among the most appetising matches on the menu.

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Tue, 28 Jun 2011 10:29:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil ™
<![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[A helping hand for Pakistan]]>/about-fifa/news/y=2010/m=9/news=helping-hand-for-pakistan-1293106.htmlThe President of the Pakistan FA has met with the FIFA President to discuss the floods that have hit the country and seek help from the football family.

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Wed, 01 Sep 2010 12:51:00 GMTArea=OrganisationSection=Home of FifaKind=News
<![CDATA[Blatter offers Pakistan solidarity and support]]>/about-fifa/news/y=2010/m=8/news=blatter-offers-pakistan-solidarity-and-support-1286744.htmlFIFA President Joseph S. Blatter has expressed his sorrow at the floods that have devastated Pakistan and vowed to help the country in a letter to its Football Association's President.

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Wed, 18 Aug 2010 16:02:00 GMTArea=OrganisationSection=PresidentKind=News
<![CDATA[India reign in South Asia]]>/live-scores/news/y=2009/m=12/news=india-reign-south-asia-1148424.htmlIndia 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[Pakistan on the move]]>/fifa-world-ranking/news/y=2009/m=5/news=pakistan-the-move-1055305.htmlThu, 07 May 2009 08:33:00 GMTArea=World RankingSection=Men RankingKind=News<![CDATA[Pakistani photog scoops prize ]]>/about-fifa/news/y=2009/m=3/news=pakistani-photog-scoops-prize-1040182.htmlMon, 23 Mar 2009 18:58:00 GMTArea=OrganisationSection=MarketingKind=News<![CDATA[Kicks replace stitches in Pakistan]]>/sustainability/news/y=2009/m=1/news=kicks-replace-stitches-pakistan-1005664.htmlTue, 27 Jan 2009 15:14:00 GMTArea=SocialSection=Football for HopeKind=News<![CDATA[Heavy blows for Asian giants]]>/worldcup/news/y=2008/m=3/news=heavy-blows-for-asian-giants-722162.htmlWed, 26 Mar 2008 19:25:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa ™<![CDATA[What is the best game you've seen?]]>/live-scores/news/y=2008/m=3/news=what-the-best-game-you-seen-703720.htmlBe it from international or club level, yesteryear or the modern era, FIFA.com would like to know what is the best match you have ever watched.

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Tue, 04 Mar 2008 17:47:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=GeneralKind=Have Your Say
<![CDATA[Liverpool quick on the draw]]>/news/y=2008/m=1/news=liverpool-quick-the-draw-676529.htmlWed, 23 Jan 2008 10:06:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=Week in StatsKind=News<![CDATA[Asian route marked out]]>/worldcup/news/y=2007/m=12/news=asian-route-marked-out-660494.html]]>Fri, 14 Dec 2007 11:42:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa ™<![CDATA[Asia's ups and downs]]>/worldcup/news/y=2007/m=11/news=asia-ups-and-downs-643876.htmlSat, 24 Nov 2007 11:51:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=Preliminary DrawKind=NewsTournament=2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa ™<![CDATA[Favourites clear first hurdle]]>/worldcup/news/y=2007/m=10/news=favourites-clear-first-hurdle-624270.htmlMon, 29 Oct 2007 10:25:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=Preliminary DrawKind=NewsTournament=2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa ™<![CDATA[Aspirants out to preserve dream]]>/worldcup/news/y=2007/m=10/news=aspirants-out-preserve-dream-623115.htmlFifteen decisive first round, second leg matches will take place on Sunday as Asia takes a step towards determining its representatives in South Africa.

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Fri, 26 Oct 2007 08:30:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=Preliminary DrawKind=NewsTournament=2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa ™
<![CDATA[Staab relishing development role]]>/development/news/y=2007/m=8/news=staab-relishing-development-role-585439.htmlSuccessful coach Monika Staab is currently travelling around Asia on behalf of FIFA helping to develop women's football, as she explained in an exclusive interview with FIFA.com.

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Fri, 31 Aug 2007 18:12:00 GMTArea=Football DevelopmentSection=WomenKind=News