<![CDATA[FIFA.com - News]]>http://www.fifa.com/index.htmlenCopyright ©1994 - 2015 FIFA. All rights reservedFri, 29 Apr 2016 21:44:00 GMTMon, 02 May 2016 01:31:12 GMTFIFA.comFIFA.comhttp://www.fifa.com/imgml/rssheader.gif http://www.fifa.com/index.html13928FIFA.com RSS<![CDATA[The weekend in review]]>/live-scores/news/y=2016/m=4/news=the-weekend-so-far-2783374.htmlFri, 29 Apr 2016 21:44:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=Club FootballKind=News<![CDATA[Happy Birthday to you!]]>/news/y=2016/m=4/news=happy-birthday-to-you-2782443.htmlOur weekly look ahead to the next seven days of footballing birthdays features a prolific Portuguese, an Argentinian FIFA World Cup winner and an Austrian who went the finals on the field and the sidelines.

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Sun, 24 Apr 2016 08:39:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=BirthdaysKind=News
<![CDATA[Superstars shine as Barça bow out]]>/live-scores/uefachampionsleague/news/newsid/278/109/4/index.htmlWhen it comes to team spirit on the pitch, ‘all for one and one for all’ is the prevailing motto. Although this age-old sentiment is as true as it is wise, it is the beautiful game’s superstars that provide the icing on the cake, take the fans’ breath away and cause entire stadiums to erupt in amazement. FIFA.com looks back at the second legs of the last eight of the UEFA Champions League

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Wed, 13 Apr 2016 23:33:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=Club FootballKind=NewsTournament=UEFA Champions League 2015/2016
<![CDATA[Spain head up strong European contingent]]>/futsalworldcup/news/y=2016/m=4/news=spain-head-up-strong-european-contingent-2780867.htmlWed, 13 Apr 2016 22:15:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Futsal World Cup Colombia 2016<![CDATA[Atleti, Bayern advance to final four]]>/live-scores/uefachampionsleague/news/newsid/278/103/0/index.htmlFive-time champions Bayern Munich and two-time finalists Atletico Madrid joined Manchester City and Real Madrid in completing the semi-final line-up of the 2015/16 UEFA Champions League.

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Wed, 13 Apr 2016 21:42:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=Club FootballKind=NewsTournament=UEFA Champions League 2015/2016
<![CDATA[Excitement guaranteed after close first legs]]>/live-scores/uefachampionsleague/news/newsid/278/064/7/index.htmlMon, 11 Apr 2016 12:12:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=Club FootballKind=NewsTournament=UEFA Champions League 2015/2016<![CDATA[Olympic draw: what you need to know]]>/mensolympic/news/y=2016/m=4/news=olympic-draw-what-you-need-to-know-2780213.htmlThe draw for the Olympic Football Tournaments Rio 2016 will be held at the Maracana on 14 April 2016 and FIFA.com is here to guide you through the nuts and bolts of the draw process.

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Fri, 08 Apr 2016 08:08:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=Olympic Football Tournaments Rio 2016 - Men
<![CDATA[Narrow victories and a huge surprise]]>/live-scores/uefachampionsleague/news/newsid/278/013/9/index.htmlWed, 06 Apr 2016 23:42:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=Club FootballKind=NewsTournament=UEFA Champions League 2015/2016<![CDATA[Bayern beat Benfica as Barça battle back]]>/live-scores/uefachampionsleague/news/newsid/277/992/9/index.htmlArturo Vidal scored early to give Bayern Munich a 1-0 lead, which the Germans held onto to beat Benfica in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League quarter-final, while Barcelona battled back against a ten-man Atletico Madrid to win their encounter 2-1.

 
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Tue, 05 Apr 2016 21:57:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=Club FootballKind=NewsTournament=UEFA Champions League 2015/2016
<![CDATA[PSG aiming high, Wolfsburg ready to be bold]]>/live-scores/uefachampionsleague/news/newsid/277/953/1/index.htmlAs well as boasting an array of seasoned campaigners, this year’s UEFA Champions League quarter-finals include two debutants at this level. We also take a look at the man who decided the latest El Clásico and reveal why Barcelona were far from buoyant about being drawn against Atletico.

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Mon, 04 Apr 2016 16:56:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=Club FootballKind=NewsTournament=UEFA Champions League 2015/2016
<![CDATA[Happy Birthday to you!]]>/news/y=2016/m=3/news=happy-birthday-to-you-2779342.htmlNo less than seven FIFA World Cup stars feature in this week's birthday round-up, including a winner at Brazil 2014.

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Sun, 03 Apr 2016 08:22:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=BirthdaysKind=News
<![CDATA[Germany end frustrating run, Portugal, Netherlands impress]]>/live-scores/news/y=2016/m=3/news=germany-end-frustrating-run-portugal-netherlands-impress-2773382.htmlWed, 30 Mar 2016 09:33:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=News<![CDATA[Europe’s top teams kick off the international year]]>/live-scores/news/y=2016/m=3/news=europe-s-top-teams-kick-off-the-international-year-2772796.htmlFIFA.com rounds up the latest international action from Europe, with preparations for UEFA EURO 2016 now in full swing.  

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Sun, 27 Mar 2016 08:39:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=News
<![CDATA[A kid, a coach and the world's costliest player]]>/news/y=2016/m=3/news=a-kid-a-coach-and-the-world-s-costliest-player-2771877.htmlFIFA.com’s latest stats review, along with a kid, a coach and the world’s costliest player.]]>Wed, 23 Mar 2016 07:41:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=Week in StatsKind=News<![CDATA[Barça to face Atleti, PSG up against Man City]]>/live-scores/uefachampionsleague/news/newsid/277/105/8/index.htmlThe quarter-final draw for the 2015/16 UEFA Champions League threw up some interesting ties, including an all-Spanish tussle between Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, a repeat of the 2013/14 quarter-final.

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Fri, 18 Mar 2016 11:48:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=Club FootballKind=NewsTournament=UEFA Champions League 2015/2016
<![CDATA[Who will advance to the UEFA Champions League semi-finals?]]>/live-scores/uefachampionsleague/news/newsid/277/071/8/index.htmlAs we now know the eight quarter-finalists for the UEFA Champions League, FIFA.com wants to know which teams you think will advance to the semi-finals, and why?

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Wed, 16 Mar 2016 22:53:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=Club FootballKind=Have Your SayTournament=UEFA Champions League 2015/2016
<![CDATA[Can Juve spring a surprise in Munich?]]>/live-scores/uefachampionsleague/news/newsid/277/020/9/index.htmlMon, 14 Mar 2016 09:19:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=Club FootballKind=NewsTournament=UEFA Champions League 2015/2016<![CDATA[First-leg wins key to progression]]>/live-scores/uefachampionsleague/news/newsid/276/948/7/index.htmlFIFA.com rounds up the events from the last 16 in Europe's premier club competition this week.]]>Wed, 09 Mar 2016 23:51:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=Club FootballKind=NewsTournament=UEFA Champions League 2015/2016<![CDATA[Bursting, bouncing and bulletproof]]>/news/y=2016/m=3/news=bursting-bouncing-and-bulletproof-2769291.htmlFIFA.com’s latest stats review, along with a ‘bouncing’ farewell and 30x3.]]>Wed, 09 Mar 2016 06:06:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=Week in StatsKind=News<![CDATA[Home four face different challenges]]>/live-scores/uefachampionsleague/news/newsid/276/901/0/index.htmlMon, 07 Mar 2016 14:10:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=Club FootballKind=NewsTournament=UEFA Champions League 2015/2016<![CDATA[International teams head for the sun]]>/development/news/y=2016/m=3/news=international-teams-head-for-the-sun-2767905.htmlFIFA.com previews two traditional highlights of the annual women’s football calendar - the Algarve and Cyprus Cups.]]>Wed, 02 Mar 2016 05:17:00 GMTArea=Football DevelopmentSection=WomenKind=News<![CDATA[Goal gluts and finished famines]]>/news/y=2016/m=2/news=goal-gluts-and-finished-famines-2766627.html Droughts dissolving for an Argentinian flea and a Bolivian force decorate FIFA.com’s latest stats review, along with records falling on Australia’s west coast and Spain’s east coast.]]>Wed, 24 Feb 2016 10:21:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=Week in StatsKind=News<![CDATA[Olympic draw to be held at Maracana]]>/mensolympic/news/y=2016/m=2/news=olympic-draw-to-be-held-at-maracana-2765656.htmlThe iconic Maracana stadium will host the draw for the Olympic Football Tournaments 2016 on 14 April 2016, ahead of hosting the men’s and women’s finals of the Olympic Football Tournaments Rio 2016 on 19 and 20 August respectively.

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Tue, 23 Feb 2016 12:18:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=Olympic Football Tournaments Rio 2016 - Men
<![CDATA[Referees and assistant referees for the Algarve Cup 2016 selected ]]>/development/news/y=2016/m=2/news=referees-and-assistant-referees-for-the-algarve-cup-2016-selected-2766009.htmlFri, 19 Feb 2016 14:45:00 GMTArea=Football DevelopmentSection=RefereeingKind=News<![CDATA[Origins of Suarez and Messi's genius]]>/live-scores/news/y=2012/m=6/news=belgians-invent-the-two-man-penalty-1644041.htmlAfter Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi's remarkable penalty against Celta Vigo, we recall two early examples of the two-man penalty which was also made famous by the likes of Johan Cruyff and Jesper Olsen and Robert Pires and Thierry Henry.

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Mon, 15 Feb 2016 10:41:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=News
<![CDATA[Love and the beautiful game]]>/news/y=2010/m=4/news=-1203385.htmlFIFA.com looks at the profound connection between the beautiful game and matters of the heart across the world.]]>Sun, 14 Feb 2016 13:47:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=Off The BallKind=News<![CDATA[Happy Birthday to you!]]>/news/y=2016/m=2/news=happy-birthday-to-you-2764278.htmlNo less than six FIFA World Cup stars feature in our weekly birthday round-up, including winners at Switzerland 1954 and Korea/Japan 2002, as well as a 2012 FIFA Club World Cup champion.

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Sun, 07 Feb 2016 08:12:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=BirthdaysKind=News
<![CDATA[The Week in Quotes]]>/news/y=2016/m=1/news=week-in-quotes-2757324.htmlFIFA.com’s latest round-up, including Dimitar Berbatov interviewing himself, Caleb Porter comparing winning a title to ice cream, Stuart Pearce signing for “the worst team in the UK” and much more.]]>Sat, 30 Jan 2016 08:52:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=Week in QuotesKind=News<![CDATA[Tight margins at league summits]]>/development/news/y=2016/m=1/news=tight-margins-at-the-summit-2756787.htmlFIFA.com looks at the latest in women's club football, including high drama in Australia, an increasingly fascinating title race in Italy, plus news from Portugal.]]>Tue, 26 Jan 2016 06:05:00 GMTArea=Football DevelopmentSection=WomenKind=News<![CDATA[Growing up with Cristiano]]>/live-scores/news/y=2016/m=1/news=growing-up-with-cristiano-2756156.htmlMon, 25 Jan 2016 06:33:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=GeneralKind=News<![CDATA[Happy Birthday to you!]]>/news/y=2016/m=1/news=happy-birthday-to-you-2756543.htmlIn our weekly birthday round-up, we include stars from the 2014 FIFA World Cup, while two Club World Cup and Women's World Cup winners also feature. 

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Sun, 24 Jan 2016 09:23:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=BirthdaysKind=News
<![CDATA[Golden oldies and Gabonese glory]]>/news/y=2016/m=1/news=golden-oldies-and-gabonese-glory-2755272.html FIFA.com’s latest stats review reflects on a positive week for French Ligue 1 veterans and Italian and Portuguese giants, while highlighting a historic award for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and the end of a Lionel Messi 'drought'.]]>Wed, 13 Jan 2016 11:45:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=Week in StatsKind=News<![CDATA[A legend, a king deposed and a natty dresser]]>/ballon-dor/news/y=2016/m=1/news=a-legend-king-deposed-and-a-natty-dresser-2755269-2755284.htmlWith their leading players in the running for the 2015 FIFA Ballon d’Or, the media in Argentina, Portugal and Brazil had plenty to say about Monday’s Gala. FIFA.com reveals more.

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Tue, 12 Jan 2016 19:27:00 GMTArea=Ballon d'OrSection=GeneralKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Ballon d'Or 2015
<![CDATA[The Gala in numbers]]>/ballon-dor/news/y=2016/m=1/news=the-gala-in-numbers-2755243.htmlFIFA.com highlights some of the most intriguing statistics from the FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala.]]>Tue, 12 Jan 2016 07:32:00 GMTArea=Ballon d'OrSection=GeneralKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Ballon d'Or 2015<![CDATA[Spectacular sequences and double digits]]>/news/y=2016/m=1/news=spectacular-sequences-and-double-digits-2753933.htmlWed, 06 Jan 2016 07:21:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=Week in StatsKind=News<![CDATA[2015: A year of triumphs, surprises and tears]]>/live-scores/news/y=2015/m=12/news=2015-a-year-of-triumphs-surprises-and-tears-2748207.htmlFIFA.com looks back at the greatest moments from 2015, including all of FIFA's competitions throughout the year and the 2014 FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala, which served as another great way to kick off the footballing year in Zurich back in January.]]>Thu, 31 Dec 2015 07:56:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=GeneralKind=News<![CDATA[2015 in numbers]]>/news/y=2015/m=12/news=2015-in-numbers-2747708.htmlFIFA.com reflects on the stats behind the likes of Chile's Copa America triumph, Abby Wambach's USA farewell and the scoring exploits of players such as Robert Lewandowski, Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.]]>Wed, 30 Dec 2015 10:01:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=Week in StatsKind=News<![CDATA[2015 in tweets]]>/live-scores/news/y=2015/m=12/news=2015-in-tweets-2748167.htmlTue, 29 Dec 2015 23:15:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=Club FootballKind=News<![CDATA[Ronaldo, Messi or Neymar?]]>/ballon-dor/news/y=2015/m=12/news=ronaldo-messi-or-neymar-2745074.htmlFIFA.com wants to know whether you think Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi or Neymar should win the FIFA Ballon d'Or for 2015.]]>Tue, 15 Dec 2015 23:23:00 GMTArea=Ballon d'OrSection=Player of the Year -Kind=Have Your SayTournament=FIFA Ballon d'Or 2015<![CDATA[The countdown continues: four weeks to go]]>/ballon-dor/news/y=2015/m=12/news=the-countdown-continues-four-weeks-to-go-2744463.htmlMon, 14 Dec 2015 08:13:00 GMTArea=Ballon d'OrSection=GeneralKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Ballon d'Or 2015<![CDATA[Streaks, speed and scoring starlets]]>/news/y=2015/m=12/news=streaks-speed-and-scoring-starlets-2743063.htmlHat-trick hero Antonio Sanabria stars alongside the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Diego Valeri in a stats review that also highlights impressive runs from Porto and PSV Eindhoven.

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Wed, 09 Dec 2015 08:44:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=Week in StatsKind=News
<![CDATA[Cristiano Ronaldo: Three highlights from 2015]]>/ballon-dor/news/y=2015/m=12/news=cristiano-ronaldo-three-highlights-from-2015-2742172.htmlMon, 07 Dec 2015 06:09:00 GMTArea=Ballon d'OrSection=Player of the Year -Kind=NewsTournament=FIFA Ballon d'Or 2015<![CDATA[The 2015 trinity]]>/news/y=2015/m=12/news=the-2015-trinity-2741468.htmlFIFA.com delivers you a football-related photo you won't be able to resist paying a second glance to. This week's showcases three famous footballers on a wall.]]>Tue, 01 Dec 2015 14:57:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=Super SnapKind=News<![CDATA[Matchday traditions around the world ]]>/news/y=2015/m=11/news=matchday-traditions-around-the-world-2735321.htmlFri, 27 Nov 2015 15:23:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=Off The BallKind=News<![CDATA[Happy Birthday to you!]]>/news/y=2015/m=11/news=happy-birthday-to-you-2732985.htmlIn our regular Sunday feature, we preview the week's footballing birthdays with a Portuguese winger, a Swedish legend and an Argentinian FIFA World Cup winner are among those celebrating in the coming days.

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Sun, 15 Nov 2015 09:56:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=BirthdaysKind=News
<![CDATA[Golden Eaglets and a golden oldie]]>/news/y=2015/m=11/news=golden-eaglets-and-a-golden-oldie-2731942.htmlWed, 11 Nov 2015 07:30:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=Week in StatsKind=News<![CDATA[Happy Birthday to you!]]>/news/y=2015/m=11/news=happy-birthday-to-you-2731124.htmlSun, 08 Nov 2015 08:52:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=BirthdaysKind=News<![CDATA[The Ballon d'Or in Numbers]]>/ballon-dor/news/y=2015/m=10/news=the-ballon-d-or-in-numbers-2723098.htmlFIFA.com takes a statistical look at the 59-year history of the award along with some of its more remarkable winners and a few serial bridesmaids.]]>Fri, 30 Oct 2015 18:19:00 GMTArea=Ballon d'OrSection=Player of the Year -Kind=NewsTournament=FIFA Ballon d'Or 2015<![CDATA[Teens, titans and derby delight]]>/news/y=2015/m=10/news=teens-titans-and-derby-delight-2722323.htmlFIFA.com's latest stats review.]]>Wed, 28 Oct 2015 07:16:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=Week in StatsKind=News<![CDATA[Matthaus: Messi the only player who can win]]>/ballon-dor/news/y=2015/m=10/news=matthaus-there-can-be-only-one-winner-messi-2709737.htmlFIFA.com his memories of that memorable year, and also views for the 2015 award.]]>Wed, 14 Oct 2015 13:11:00 GMTArea=Ballon d'OrSection=GeneralKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Ballon d'Or 2015