<![CDATA[FIFA.com - News]]>http://www.fifa.com/index.htmlenCopyright ©1994 - 2015 FIFA. All rights reservedFri, 22 Apr 2016 15:19:00 GMTFri, 22 Apr 2016 15:19:56 GMTFIFA.comFIFA.comhttp://www.fifa.com/imgml/rssheader.gif http://www.fifa.com/index.html13928FIFA.com RSS<![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
<![CDATA[Sixteen becomes eight in Asia’s race for Rio]]>/mensolympic/news/y=2016/m=1/news=sixteen-becomes-eight-in-asia-s-race-for-rio-2756216.htmlThu, 21 Jan 2016 06:20:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=Olympic Football Tournaments Rio 2016 - Men<![CDATA[Roberto Carlos: Neymar will soon be the best]]>/live-scores/news/y=2016/m=1/news=roberto-carlos-neymar-will-soon-be-the-best-2756189.htmlBrazil and Real Madrid legend Roberto Carlos spoke with www.sc.qa about his FIFA World Cup memories, his views on Neymar, Zinedine Zidane's appointment as Merengue coach and his hopes for Qatar 2022.

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Wed, 20 Jan 2016 20:06:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=GeneralKind=News
<![CDATA[Asian hopefuls set sights on Rio 2016 ]]>/mensolympic/news/y=2016/m=1/news=asian-hopefuls-set-sights-on-rio-2016-2754587.htmlAsia's final qualification for the Men's Olympic Football Tournament at Rio 2016 begins at the start of the new year with 16 sides vying for a place in the global showpiece this August. FIFA.com previews the upcoming competition and takes a closer look at the contenders eager to take a trip to Rio.

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Mon, 11 Jan 2016 02:18:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=Olympic Football Tournaments Rio 2016 - Men
<![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[Qatar 2022 Local Organising Committee holds second board meeting ]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=12/news=qatar-2022-local-organising-committee-holds-second-board-meeting-2742781.htmlTue, 08 Dec 2015 10:34:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=ReleaseTournament=2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar (TM)<![CDATA[Lazaroni: Neymar and Brazil will rule the world in 2022]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=11/news=lazaroni-neymar-and-brazil-will-rule-the-world-in-2002-2732239.htmlSebastiao Lazaroni speaks to www.sc.qa about Brazil’s loss to Argentina at Italy 1990, their upcoming duel, why Neymar will become the world’s best player and why the Seleção will peak at Qatar 2022.

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Thu, 12 Nov 2015 15:13:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=InterviewTournament=FIFA WC 2018 Prel. Comp. South America Zone
<![CDATA[Zola: Maradona would have scored more today ]]>/live-scores/news/y=2015/m=11/news=zola-maradona-would-have-scored-more-today-2731794.htmlwww.sc.qa about the Maradona-Messi debate, his unfulfilled Chelsea dream and the current blues hanging over Stamford Bridge.]]>Tue, 10 Nov 2015 09:25:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=GeneralKind=News<![CDATA[Oliver named as Chile 2015 final referee]]>/u17worldcup/news/y=2015/m=11/news=oliver-named-as-chile-2015-final-referee-2730825.htmlEnglish referee Michael Oliver and his compatriot assistant referees Stuart Burt and Gary Beswick will be joined by Costa Rican fourth official Ricardo Montero as the team of officials for the FIFA U-17 World Cup Chile 2015 final.

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Fri, 06 Nov 2015 21:54:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA U-17 World Cup Chile 2015
<![CDATA[Albanian apex, Monumental madness & sizzling Sanchez]]>/news/y=2015/m=10/news=albanian-apex-monumental-madness-sizzling-sanchez-2711823.htmlFIFA.com’s latest stats review, along with defending in Doha and scoring in South America.]]>Wed, 14 Oct 2015 15:45:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=Week in StatsKind=News<![CDATA[Xavi: Spain believed we could beat anyone in 2010]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=10/news=xavi-i-d-love-to-return-to-barca-2709371.htmlMon, 05 Oct 2015 09:50:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=InterviewTournament=2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar (TM)<![CDATA[Heavyweight trio seal semi-final return]]>/live-scores/afcchampionsleague/news/newsid/267/823/5/index.htmlFIFA.com reviews the 2015 AFC Champions League quarter-final second legs, with a spot at the FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2015 now within reach for the four semi-finalists.

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Wed, 16 Sep 2015 22:21:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=Club FootballKind=NewsTournament=AFC Champions League 2015
<![CDATA[Last-four berths beckon in Asia]]>/live-scores/afcchampionsleague/news/newsid/267/767/8/index.html
Jeonbuk Motors and Gamba Osaka have all to play for in their AFC Champions League quarter-final second leg match this week, while Guangzhou Evergrande and Al Hilal have convincing advantages in their ties. FIFA.com previews the last-eight, second leg fixtures.

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Mon, 14 Sep 2015 06:54:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=Club FootballKind=NewsTournament=AFC Champions League 2015
<![CDATA[French free-kicks, Rooney's record and a Welsh wonder]]>/news/y=2015/m=9/news=french-free-kicks-rooney-s-record-and-a-welsh-wonder-2676619.htmlFIFA.com's weekly statistical review.]]>Wed, 09 Sep 2015 08:25:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=Week in StatsKind=News<![CDATA[Giants cruise as Jordan, China PR bounce back]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=9/news=giants-cruise-as-jordan-china-pr-bounce-back-2676528.html
Regional favourites underlined their dominance, while Jordan and China PR bounced back on Matchday 4 of 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia qualifying in Asia. FIFA.com reviews all the action across the continent.

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Tue, 08 Sep 2015 20:15:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)
<![CDATA[Away tests await Asian giants]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=9/news=away-tests-await-asian-giants-2676019.htmlFIFA.com takes a closer look at all the upcoming action in Asia from Matchday 4 of 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia qualifying.]]>Mon, 07 Sep 2015 06:49:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Fossati: Suarez is Uruguay's most influential player ever]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=8/news=fossati-suarez-is-uruguay-s-most-influential-player-ever-2673564.html La Celeste and also on the 2022 FIFA World Cup.]]>Fri, 04 Sep 2015 17:06:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=LOCKind=NewsTournament=2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar (TM)<![CDATA[Drubbings, upsets and goal sprees]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=9/news=drubbings-upsets-and-goal-sprees-2675117.htmlFIFA.com reviews all the action across the continent.]]>Thu, 03 Sep 2015 22:03:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Khalifa International Stadium growing skywards as structure completion approaches ]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=9/news=khalifa-international-stadium-growing-skywards-as-structure-completion-2675003.htmlWed, 02 Sep 2015 10:59:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar (TM)<![CDATA[Giants aim to fight back as minnows seek breakthrough]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=9/news=giants-aim-to-fight-back-as-minnows-seek-breakthrough-2674892.htmlFIFA.com previews all the action here.]]>Wed, 02 Sep 2015 06:34:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Revived Yang Xu seeks World Cup dream]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=8/news=revived-yang-xu-seeks-world-cup-dream-2674009.htmlFIFA.com interviewed China PR striker Yang Xu, who has recently recovered from a slump of poor form to go on a goal-scoring streak through the AFC Champions League, the Chinese Super League and, perhaps most importantly, China's recent 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia qualifiers.

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Tue, 01 Sep 2015 02:45:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)
<![CDATA[Hilal, Guangzhou on the brink of semis]]>/live-scores/afcchampionsleague/news/newsid/267/330/0/index.htmlWed, 26 Aug 2015 19:26:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=Club FootballKind=NewsTournament=AFC Champions League 2015 <![CDATA[Former champs take centre stage in Asia ]]>/live-scores/afcchampionsleague/news/newsid/267/274/0/index.htmlFIFA.com previews this and the other last-eight fixtures.]]>Mon, 24 Aug 2015 08:49:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=Club FootballKind=NewsTournament=AFC Champions League 2015