<![CDATA[FIFA.com - News]]>http://www.fifa.com/index.htmlenCopyright ©1994 - 2015 FIFA. All rights reservedWed, 14 Sep 2016 23:24:00 GMTTue, 20 Sep 2016 05:48:57 GMTFIFA.comFIFA.comhttp://www.fifa.com/imgml/rssheader.gif http://www.fifa.com/index.html13928FIFA.com RSS<![CDATA[El Jaish make history as trio seal return to semi-finals]]>/clubworldcup/news/y=2016/m=9/news=el-jaish-make-history-as-trio-seal-return-to-semi-finals-2833488.htmlFIFA.com reviews the AFC Champions League quarter-final second leg results as Jeonbuk Motors, Al Ain, FC Seoul and El Jaish all sealed progression to the last four. 

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Wed, 14 Sep 2016 23:24:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2016
<![CDATA[Tricky challenges for former winners]]>/clubworldcup/news/y=2016/m=9/news=tricky-challenges-for-former-winners-2832389.htmlFIFA.com previews the AFC Champions League quarter-final return legs with former Asian kings Al Ain and Jeonbuk Motors facing a challenging scenario.]]>Mon, 12 Sep 2016 07:29:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2016<![CDATA[Trio stay perfect as Japan bounce back ]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=9/news=trio-stay-perfect-as-japan-bounce-back-2830918.htmlTue, 06 Sep 2016 20:36:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Winners clash as hosts seek to bounce back]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=9/news=winners-clash-as-hosts-seek-to-bounce-back-2830632.htmlFIFA.com previews matchday 2 in the final stage of Asia's Russia 2018 qualifying, headlined by United Arab Emirates hosting Asian champions Australia.]]>Mon, 05 Sep 2016 03:53:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Japan stunned as quintet triumph at home]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=9/news=japan-stunned-as-quintet-triumph-at-home-2829918.htmlIt proved to be a mixed opening matchday for Asia's heavyweights in the continent’s third qualifying round for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™. FIFA.com takes a closer look at the action.

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Thu, 01 Sep 2016 22:39:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)
<![CDATA[Dejagah: Qatar can qualify for Russia]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=8/news=dejagah-qatar-can-qualify-for-russia-2824163.htmlWed, 31 Aug 2016 03:34:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Old rivalries resume in Asian openers]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=8/news=old-rivalries-resume-in-asian-openers-2824077.htmlTue, 30 Aug 2016 09:00:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Al Haidos: Qatar ready to embrace pressure]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=8/news=al-haidos-qatar-ready-to-embrace-pressure-2823546.htmlFIFA.com why he and his team-mates feel capable of excelling in a tough Russia 2018 qualifying section that includes Korea Republic, Syria, Iran, China and Uzbekistan.
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Thu, 25 Aug 2016 09:20:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)
<![CDATA[FC Seoul, Al Nasr cruise as former winners misfire]]>/clubworldcup/news/y=2016/m=8/news=fc-seoul-al-nasr-cruise-as-former-winners-misfire-2823484.htmlFIFA.com reviews the latest AFC Champions League action which saw FC Seoul and Al Nasr put one hand on a semi-final berth, but former continental winners Jeonbuk Motors and Al Ain have plenty of work ahead of them in the return leg.]]>Thu, 25 Aug 2016 03:46:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2016<![CDATA[Stiff challenges in store for Asian heavyweights]]>/clubworldcup/news/y=2016/m=8/news=stiff-challenges-in-store-for-asian-heavyweights-2823257.htmlFIFA.com previews the quarter-final stage in the AFC Champions League where a host of headline recruits are set to add further glamour to Asia's elite club competition.]]>Mon, 22 Aug 2016 07:06:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2016<![CDATA[Wu Lei: China is making rapid improvement]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=7/news=wu-lei-china-is-making-rapid-improvement-2812999.htmlTue, 26 Jul 2016 02:32:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar (TM)<![CDATA[Workers Cup brings construction staff together in Doha]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=7/news=workers-cup-brings-construction-staff-together-in-doha-2810581.htmlMon, 11 Jul 2016 10:38:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar (TM)<![CDATA[Parker: Qatar can make a statement at 2022 World Cup]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=6/news=parker-qatar-can-make-a-statement-at-2022-world-cup-2804234.htmlFormer England defender Paul Parker, who made six appearances for the Three Lions at the 1990 FIFA World Cup, reveals why he thinks Qatar can establish themselves as a leading footballing nation in Asia and more.

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Tue, 28 Jun 2016 20:17:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=LOCKind=NewsTournament=2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar (TM)
<![CDATA[Khalifa International Stadium receives four-star GSAS Sustainability rating]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=6/news=khalifa-international-stadium-receives-four-star-gsas-sustainability-r-2803433.htmlThu, 23 Jun 2016 15:16:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=LOCKind=NewsTournament=2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar (TM)<![CDATA[3D printed stadiums shaping 2022 design]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=6/news=3d-printed-stadiums-shaping-2022-design-2802070.htmlThu, 16 Jun 2016 16:46:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=LOCKind=NewsTournament=2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar (TM)<![CDATA[Xavi: This is Atletico's moment]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=5/news=xavi-this-is-atletico-s-moment-2792546.htmlFormer FC Barcelona captain Xavi looks ahead to the UEFA Champions League final between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid, while also talking about witnessing Qatar's 2022 FIFA World Cup preparations taking shape.

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Thu, 26 May 2016 10:56:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=LOCKind=NewsTournament=2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar (TM)
<![CDATA[Quartet seal maiden quarter-final spots]]>/live-scores/afcchampionsleague/news/newsid/279/244/5/index.htmlFour teams made history in progressing to the quarter-finals of the AFC Champions League for the first time, while there was plenty of late drama around Asia as the last eight competitors snuck past the competition.

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Wed, 25 May 2016 21:54:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=Club FootballKind=NewsTournament=AFC Champions League 2016
<![CDATA[Mixed results for Asian giants]]>/live-scores/afcchampionsleague/news/newsid/279/154/5/index.htmlFIFA.com reviews all the action across Asia.]]>Wed, 18 May 2016 21:23:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=Club FootballKind=NewsTournament=AFC Champions League 2016 <![CDATA[Qatar on track with stadium and infrastructure preparations]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=5/news=qatar-on-track-with-stadium-and-infrastructure-preparations-2791512.htmlWed, 18 May 2016 15:47:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=LOCKind=NewsTournament=2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar (TM)<![CDATA[Al Rayyan Stadium wins Stadium Design of the Year award]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=5/news=al-rayyan-stadium-wins-stadium-design-of-the-year-award-2791504.htmlThe Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) has been awarded the Stadium Design of the Year award for Al Rayyan Stadium at the 2016 World Stadium Congress in Doha. 

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Wed, 18 May 2016 15:36:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=LOCKind=NewsTournament=2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar (TM)
<![CDATA[Afif: Villarreal move a dream come true]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=5/news=afif-villarreal-move-a-dream-come-true-2790405.htmlQatari starlet Akram Afif is set to break new ground as the first player from the nation to feature in Spain's La Liga, which he hopes will give them a boost when building towards the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

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Mon, 09 May 2016 10:04:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar (TM)
<![CDATA[Seven through as Asian line-up complete]]>/live-scores/news/y=2016/m=5/news=seven-through-as-asian-line-up-complete-2789850.htmlThu, 05 May 2016 02:52:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=Club FootballKind=News<![CDATA[Infantino: 2022 is an opportunity to set workers rights benchmark ]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=4/news=infantino-2022-is-an-opportunity-to-set-workers-rights-benchmark-2782226.htmlFri, 22 Apr 2016 15:19:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar (TM)<![CDATA[FIFA President announces oversight body for workers' welfare]]>/about-fifa/news/y=2016/m=4/news=fifa-president-announces-oversight-body-for-workers-welfare-2782174.htmlFri, 22 Apr 2016 08:26:00 GMTArea=OrganisationSection=PresidentKind=News<![CDATA[FIFA President meets with Qatari leadership: World Cup preparations & workers’ rights top of the agenda]]>/about-fifa/news/y=2016/m=4/news=friday-8am-cet-wait-for-green-light-h-fifa-president-meets-with-qatari-2782127.htmlFri, 22 Apr 2016 07:33:00 GMTArea=OrganisationSection=PresidentKind=News<![CDATA[SC Technical Delivery Office wins acclaimed Gold RoSPA Health & Safety Award]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=4/news=sc-technical-delivery-office-wins-acclaimed-gold-rospa-health-safety-a-2782118.htmlThe UK-based Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents has recognised the continuing health and safety work undertaken by the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy’s Technical Delivery Office across all sites for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™, by awarding the organisation the RoSPA Gold Health and Safety award.

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Thu, 21 Apr 2016 14:00:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=LOCKind=NewsTournament=2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar (TM)
<![CDATA[Holders go out as eight book early progression]]>/live-scores/afcchampionsleague/news/newsid/278/169/7/index.htmlEight sides advanced to the Round of 16 of the AFC Champions League 2016 with a game to spare, while holders Guangzhou Evergrande missed out on the knockout phase for the first time. FIFA.com reviews the penultimate matchday. 

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Wed, 20 Apr 2016 02:13:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=Club FootballKind=NewsTournament=AFC Champions League 2016
<![CDATA[Historic first step taken with referees' joint-preparation]]>/development/news/y=2016/m=4/news=historic-first-step-taken-with-referees-joint-preparation-2781429.htmlWe track the progress of the groundbreaking referee seminar in Qatar which, for the first time ever, saw male and female referees work together in preparation for their respective upcoming major tournaments.

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Tue, 19 Apr 2016 11:24:00 GMTArea=Football DevelopmentSection=RefereeingKind=News
<![CDATA[Zaha Hadid legacy continues in Qatar as Al Wakrah Stadium works advance]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=4/news=zaha-hadid-legacy-continues-in-qatar-as-al-wakrah-stadium-works-advanc-2781593.htmlTue, 19 Apr 2016 10:46:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar (TM)<![CDATA[ FIFA President Infantino to visit FIFA World Cup hosts Russia and Qatar]]>/about-fifa/news/y=2016/m=4/news=fifa-president-infantino-to-visit-fifa-world-cup-hosts-russia-and-qata-2781269.htmlFri, 15 Apr 2016 14:02:00 GMTArea=OrganisationSection=PresidentKind=News<![CDATA[Group A preview: Potential debutants dare to dream]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=4/news=group-a-preview-potential-debutants-dare-to-dream-2780725.htmlTue, 12 Apr 2016 20:45:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=Group AnalysisTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Historic referees' joint-preparation for 2018 and 2019 World Cups begins in Doha]]>/development/news/y=2016/m=4/news=tuesday-subbed-wait-for-video-historic-referees-joint-preparation-for--2780654.htmlTue, 12 Apr 2016 12:47:00 GMTArea=Football DevelopmentSection=RefereeingKind=News<![CDATA[Australia, Japan to go head-to-head following Asian draw]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=4/news=australia-and-japan-go-head-to-head-in-asian-draw-2780621.htmlTue, 12 Apr 2016 10:10:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Asian dozen dreaming of Russia]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=4/news=asian-dozen-dreaming-of-russia-2780312.htmlQualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia is reaching its final throes in Asia and just 12 nations from the world's most populous continent remain in the hunt for a spot at the global extravaganza that will kick off in just over two years' time.

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Mon, 11 Apr 2016 02:04:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)
<![CDATA[The Weekend in Review]]>/live-scores/news/y=2016/m=4/news=the-weekend-so-far-2780296.htmlFIFA.com rounds up the weekend’s action where Wydad Casablanca enjoyed a 2-0 win over the African champions, Schalke and Borussia Dortmund battled to a 2-2 draw, Leicester City's march to the English Premier League took another step forward and much more.]]>Sat, 09 Apr 2016 21:50:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=Club FootballKind=News<![CDATA[Al Rayyan Stadium progress visible as training pitches ready for new season]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=4/news=al-rayyan-stadium-progress-visible-as-training-pitches-ready-for-new-s-2780295.htmlThe new home of this season’s Qatar Stars League (QSL) champions Al Rayyan is continuing to take on shape, as construction on the Al Rayyan Stadium temporary training facility next to the main stadium site concludes in time for the start of the new season in September 2016. 

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Fri, 08 Apr 2016 15:59:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=LOCKind=NewsTournament=2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar (TM)
<![CDATA[El Jaish progress, leaders on the verge]]>/live-scores/afcchampionsleague/news/newsid/278/000/1/index.htmlFIFA.com reviews all the action from AFC Champions League 2016 Matchday 4 as El Jaish became the first side to advance to the Round of 16.]]>Thu, 07 Apr 2016 00:23:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=Club FootballKind=NewsTournament=AFC Champions League 2016 <![CDATA[Independent workers’ welfare monitor appointed as edition two of SC Standards takes effect ]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=4/news=independent-workers-welfare-monitor-appointed-as-edition-two-of-sc-sta-2779499.htmlMon, 04 Apr 2016 18:00:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=LOCKind=NewsTournament=2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar (TM)<![CDATA[FIFA Statement on latest Amnesty International Report on Qatar]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=3/news=fifa-statement-on-latest-amnesty-international-report-on-qatar-2773473.htmlThu, 31 Mar 2016 07:05:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar (TM)<![CDATA[Seven tickets await on decisive matchday]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=3/news=seven-tickets-await-on-decisive-matchday-2772687.htmlFIFA.com previews what promises to be a thrilling conclusion to round two in Asian qualifying for Russia 2018.]]>Mon, 28 Mar 2016 00:03:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Decisive duels await Asia's 2018 hopefuls]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=3/news=decisive-duel-await-for-asia-s-2018-hopefuls-2771545.htmlWed, 23 Mar 2016 08:10:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Podolski: 2022 can be a positive force]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=3/news=podolski-2022-can-be-a-positive-force-2771806.htmlTue, 22 Mar 2016 17:43:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar (TM)<![CDATA[Value of mega sports events for sustainable development discussed at UN ]]>/sustainability/news/y=2016/m=3/news=value-of-mega-sports-events-for-sustainable-development-discussed-at-u-2768070.htmlFri, 11 Mar 2016 10:00:00 GMTArea=SocialSection=GeneralKind=News<![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[Asian sides kick-start long road to Japan 2016]]>/live-scores/afcchampionsleague/news/newsid/276/635/7/index.htmlFIFA.com previews the 2016 AFC Champions League with the 32-team field headlined by some big-spending Chinese clubs.]]>Mon, 22 Feb 2016 05:58:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=Club FootballKind=NewsTournament=AFC Champions League 2016 <![CDATA[Octet complete group stage field]]>/live-scores/afcchampionsleague/news/newsid/276/466/3/index.htmlWed, 10 Feb 2016 05:11:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=Club FootballKind=NewsTournament=AFC Champions League 2016 <![CDATA[Japan excel as trio book passage]]>/mensolympic/news/y=2016/m=1/news=japan-excel-as-trio-book-passage-2757777.htmlFIFA.com reviews all the action as Japan, Korea Republic and Iraq underlined their pedigree at this level to qualify for Rio 2016.]]>Mon, 01 Feb 2016 04:43:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=Olympic Football Tournaments Rio 2016 - Men<![CDATA[Iraq clinch Asia's final Rio spot]]>/mensolympic/news/y=2016/m=1/news=iraq-clinch-asia-s-final-rio-spot-2757413.html

Iraq have reached their first Men's Olympic Football Tournament since 2004 with a 2-1 extra time victory over Qatar in the AFC U-23 Championship third place play-off. ]]>
Fri, 29 Jan 2016 17:13:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=Olympic Football Tournaments Rio 2016 - Men
<![CDATA[Qatar's grand plan making progress]]>/fifa-world-ranking/news/y=2016/m=1/news=qatar-s-grand-plan-continues-to-progress-2757257.htmlThu, 28 Jan 2016 08:29:00 GMTArea=World RankingSection=Men RankingKind=News<![CDATA[Japan, Korea Republic secure Rio spots]]>/mensolympic/news/y=2016/m=1/news=japan-claim-asia-s-first-rio-ticket-2756975.htmlJapan and Korea Republic grabbed Asia's first two tickets to the Men's Olympic Football Tournament Rio 2016 in dramatic fashion after winning their respective semi-finals late on against Iraq and Qatar at the AFC U-23 Championship in Doha.

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Tue, 26 Jan 2016 15:25:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=Olympic Football Tournaments Rio 2016 - Men