<![CDATA[FIFA.com - News]]>http://www.fifa.com/index.htmlenCopyright ©1994 - 2015 FIFA. All rights reservedMon, 01 Feb 2016 04:43:00 GMTMon, 01 Feb 2016 05:09:05 GMTFIFA.comFIFA.comhttp://www.fifa.com/imgml/rssheader.gif http://www.fifa.com/index.html13928FIFA.com RSS<![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]]>http://www.fifa.com?cid=rssfeed&att=Brazil 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 ]]>http://www.fifa.com?cid=rssfeed&att=www.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]]>http://www.fifa.com?cid=rssfeed&att=FIFA.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]]>http://www.fifa.com?cid=rssfeed&att=
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]]>http://www.fifa.com?cid=rssfeed&att=Wed, 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 ]]>http://www.fifa.com?cid=rssfeed&att=FIFA.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 <![CDATA[Lekhwiya’s Flores targets title defence, Asian final ]]>http://www.fifa.com?cid=rssfeed&att=Mon, 17 Aug 2015 11:30:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=Club FootballKind=NewsTournament=Qatar Stars League 2014/2015<![CDATA[Weiss: Everyone now believes in Slovakia]]>http://www.fifa.com?cid=rssfeed&att=Sat, 08 Aug 2015 09:56:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=News<![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[Transfer chains and early deals kick off window]]>http://www.fifa.com?cid=rssfeed&att=FIFA.com dives into some of the biggest and most eye-catching deals of the transfer window so far.]]>Fri, 03 Jul 2015 07:38:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=Club FootballKind=News<![CDATA[New Zealand sees stars emerge, Serbia sparkle ]]>/u20worldcup/news/y=2015/m=6/news=new-zealand-sees-stars-emerge-serbia-sparkle-2652283.htmlFIFA.com's review of New Zealand 2015 ; a tournament which had drama, disappointments, spectacular goals, super saves, record-breaking moments and ultimately ended in success for Serbia. ]]>Mon, 22 Jun 2015 09:34:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015<![CDATA[Guam train continues as Japan, Iran blush]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=6/news=guam-train-continues-as-japan-iran-blush-2649326.htmlGuam and the Philippines continued their fairytale starts to Asian Zone qualifying on Matchday 2, while Japan and Iran were held to unforeseen draws and two teams recorded 6-0 wins.

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Tue, 16 Jun 2015 20:25:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2018 Prel. Comp. Asian Zone
<![CDATA[Asian powerhouses eye opening victories ]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=6/news=monday-asian-powerhouses-eye-opening-victories-2648433.htmlFIFA.com previewing all the action.]]>Mon, 15 Jun 2015 10:29:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2018 Prel. Comp. Asian Zone<![CDATA[Xavi: I couldn't have written a better script]]>http://www.fifa.com?cid=rssfeed&att=Barcelona legend Xavi Hernandez speaks about his final moments at Camp Nou, comparing the treble-wining sides of 2009 and 2015, and looks ahead to the next chapter of his career, at Al Sadd in Qatar.

 

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Mon, 15 Jun 2015 08:47:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=Club FootballKind=Interview
<![CDATA[Upsets, thrashings and 11th-hour saviours]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=6/news=upsets-thashings-and-11th-hour-saviours-2646383.htmlThu, 11 Jun 2015 22:24:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2018 Prel. Comp. Asian Zone<![CDATA[Asian minnows face tough opening tasks ]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=6/news=asian-minnows-face-tough-opening-tasks-2639811.htmlWed, 10 Jun 2015 07:06:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2018 Prel. Comp. Asian Zone<![CDATA[Pride and pain as eight bid farewell ]]>/u20worldcup/news/y=2015/m=6/news=pride-and-pain-as-eight-bid-farewell-2621447.htmlFIFA.com rounds up reaction from the eight teams who failed to survive the New Zealand 2015 group phase.]]>Sun, 07 Jun 2015 23:39:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015<![CDATA[Free-kick feast as Portugal, Serbia top groups]]>/u20worldcup/news/y=2015/m=6/news=free-kick-feast-as-portugal-serbia-top-groups-2620886.htmlFIFA.com rounds up the action from a day that saw Portugal and Serbia top their groups, while Mali, Uruguay and Colombia reached the knockout stages and Senegal face an anxious wait.

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Sat, 06 Jun 2015 09:43:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015
<![CDATA[Senegal keep slender chances alive]]>/u20worldcup/matches/round=271602/match=300269564/match-report.htmlSat, 06 Jun 2015 04:00:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=Match SummaryTournament=FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015<![CDATA[Roberto Carlos: Neymar will help Brazil win the World Cup again]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=6/news=roberto-carlos-neymar-will-help-brazil-win-the-world-cup-again-2620484.htmlwww.sc.qa about the Barcelona-Juventus showdown, Neymar’s progression, Real Madrid’s appointment of Rafa Benitez, and Brazil’s chances at the FIFA U-20 World Cup and the FIFA Women’s World Cup.]]>Fri, 05 Jun 2015 18:31:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=LOCKind=InterviewTournament=2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar (TM)<![CDATA[Seven set for nerve-wracking finale ]]>/u20worldcup/news/y=2015/m=6/news=seven-set-for-nerve-wracking-finale-2619027.htmlFIFA.com previews the action.]]>Thu, 04 Jun 2015 23:56:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015<![CDATA[Delight amid the deluge as Portugal progress ]]>/u20worldcup/news/y=2015/m=6/news=delight-amid-the-deluge-as-portugal-progress-2617988.htmlWed, 03 Jun 2015 11:05:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015<![CDATA[Sweet 16 for rampant Portugal ]]>/u20worldcup/matches/round=271602/match=300269529/match-report.htmlWed, 03 Jun 2015 06:58:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=Match SummaryTournament=FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015<![CDATA[Attacking football gets pulses racing]]>/u20worldcup/news/y=2015/m=5/news=attacking-football-gets-pulses-racing-2611161.htmlDay 2 at New Zealand 2015 saw a match with three red cards, some late goals and an African upset, with 2013 finalists Uruguay returning with a slender victory.

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Sun, 31 May 2015 12:55:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015
<![CDATA[Rodriguez on target as Colombia hold out]]>/u20worldcup/matches/round=271602/match=300269545/match-report.htmlSun, 31 May 2015 03:54:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=Match SummaryTournament=FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015<![CDATA[Qatar's 1981 hero recalls U-20 fairy tale ]]>/u20worldcup/news/y=2015/m=5/news=qatar-s-1981-hero-recalls-u-20-fairy-tale-2609578.htmlFri, 29 May 2015 10:41:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015<![CDATA[Stage set for future stars in New Zealand ]]>/u20worldcup/news/y=2015/m=5/news=stage-set-for-future-stars-in-new-zealand-2609758.htmlFIFA.com previews the FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015 as some of the beautiful game’s future stars take their bow on the world stage over the next three weeks.]]>Thu, 28 May 2015 23:39:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015<![CDATA[Surprises abound as last-eight line-up completed]]>http://www.fifa.com?cid=rssfeed&att=Thu, 28 May 2015 06:15:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=Club FootballKind=NewsTournament=AFC Champions League 2015 <![CDATA[The FIFA U-20 World Cup in numbers]]>/u20worldcup/news/y=2015/m=5/news=the-fifa-u-20-world-cup-in-numbers-2608506.htmlFIFA.com highlights some of the key stats from this edition and the tournament's illustrious history.]]>Thu, 28 May 2015 03:15:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015<![CDATA[Hosts eye progression as last-eight beckons]]>http://www.fifa.com?cid=rssfeed&att=FIFA.com runs the rule over this week’s AFC Champions League action where the quarter-finalists will be determined.]]>Mon, 25 May 2015 06:28:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=Club FootballKind=NewsTournament=AFC Champions League 2015