<![CDATA[FIFA.com - News]]>http://www.fifa.com/index.htmlenCopyright ©1994 - 2015 FIFA. All rights reservedTue, 28 Mar 2017 21:24:00 GMTWed, 29 Mar 2017 09:34:46 GMTFIFA.comFIFA.comhttp://www.fifa.com/imgml/rssheader.gif http://www.fifa.com/index.html13928FIFA.com RSS<![CDATA[Iran move within a whisker, Thailand out]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=3/news=iran-move-within-a-whisker-thailand-out-2877866.htmlFIFA.com rounds up all the action from FIFA World Cup™ qualifying in Asia, where all six hosts recorded three points on home soil.]]>Tue, 28 Mar 2017 21:24:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Iran look to edge closer, duo aim to bounce back]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=3/news=iran-eye-early-qualification-duo-aim-to-bounce-back-2877457.htmlFIFA.com previews Tuesday's matchday in Asian qualifying for Russia 2018, where the jostling for a ticket to the world stage continues to intensify heading into the home straight. ]]>Mon, 27 Mar 2017 07:27:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Trio move clear as underdogs triumph ]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=3/news=trio-move-clear-as-underdogs-triumph-2876611.htmlFIFA.com looks back on all the action.

]]>
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 19:23:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)
<![CDATA[Revenge on the menu in return legs]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=3/news=revenge-on-the-menu-in-return-legs-2876610.htmlFIFA.com previews Thursday's Russia 2018 qualifiers in Asia as the 12 remaining contenders enter the second half of their group schedule with all to play for.]]>Wed, 22 Mar 2017 06:38:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Iran cruise to second Asian title on sand]]>/beachsoccerworldcup/news/y=2017/m=3/news=iran-cruise-to-second-asian-title-on-sand-2875647.htmlFIFA.com rounds up all the action from seven days of competition on the beach sands of Pantai Batu Buruk in Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia.]]>Mon, 13 Mar 2017 04:48:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Bahamas 2017<![CDATA[Rescued trees set to adorn Qatar 2022 sites]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=3/news=rescued-trees-set-to-adorn-qatar-2022-sites-2874803.htmlA scheme to save unwanted trees from being cast off is set to see sites for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar given a splash of colour, as well as providing green spaces for locals into the future.

]]>
Tue, 07 Mar 2017 15:20:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=LOCKind=NewsTournament=2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™
<![CDATA[Asian hopefuls ready to battle in Malaysia]]>/beachsoccerworldcup/news/y=2017/m=3/news=asian-hopefuls-ready-to-battle-in-malaysia-2869204.htmlFri, 03 Mar 2017 08:44:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Bahamas 2017<![CDATA[A new World Cup chapter for Iran’s Jahanbakhsh ]]>http://www.fifa.com?cid=rssfeed&att=FIFA.com about his FIFA World Cup memories and experiences as a fan and a player, and assesses the team's prospects of qualifying for Russia 2018.]]>Tue, 28 Feb 2017 07:19:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Oscar: We’re pioneers for Asian football]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=1/news=oscar-we-re-pioneers-for-asian-football-2863522.htmlSun, 15 Jan 2017 22:52:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=LOCKind=NewsTournament=2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™<![CDATA[Hulk: Qatar 2022 will be absolutely incredible]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=1/news=hulk-qatar-2022-will-be-absolutely-incredible-2863168.htmlBrazil striker Hulk looks ahead to the 2022 FIFA World Cup™ Qatar and talks about the significance of representing your country at the tournament on home soil.

]]>
Wed, 11 Jan 2017 11:29:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=LOCKind=NewsTournament=2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™
<![CDATA[All to play for in Asia]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=12/news=all-to-play-for-in-asia-2861361.htmlMon, 19 Dec 2016 18:36:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Lionel Messi makes young Murtaza’s dream come true in Qatar]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=12/news=lionel-messi-makes-young-murtaza-s-dream-come-true-in-qatar-2860027.htmlTue, 13 Dec 2016 14:57:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=LOCKind=NewsTournament=2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™<![CDATA[Xavi surprise for Labour City workers]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=12/news=xavi-surprise-for-labour-city-workers-2859808.htmlMon, 12 Dec 2016 19:01:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=LOCKind=NewsTournament=2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™<![CDATA[Smarter choices ensuring a lasting legacy for Qatar after 2022]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=12/news=smarter-choices-ensuring-a-lasting-legacy-for-qatar-after-2022-2859815.htmlMon, 12 Dec 2016 18:25:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=LOCKind=NewsTournament=2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™<![CDATA[Innovative roof at Khalifa International Stadium nears completion]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=12/news=innovative-roof-at-khalifa-international-stadium-nears-completion-2858872.htmlWed, 07 Dec 2016 12:35:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=LOCKind=NewsTournament=2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™<![CDATA[Hassan Al Thawadi: Qatar 2022 will be a benchmark for future mega events]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=12/news=hassan-al-thawadi-qatar-2022-will-be-a-benchmark-for-future-mega-event-2857288.htmlSupreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Secretary General HE Hassan Al Thawadi sat down for an exclusive interview with www.sc.qa to highlight his firm belief that Qatar will set a new benchmark for hosting major sporting events in the future. 

]]>
Fri, 02 Dec 2016 07:21:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=LOCKind=NewsTournament=2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™
<![CDATA[Making the 2022 FIFA World Cup™ Qatar accessible to all]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=11/news=making-the-2022-fifa-world-cuptm-qatar-accessible-to-all-2854776.htmlFri, 25 Nov 2016 08:46:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™<![CDATA[Six years before kick-off, progress on 2022 World Cup stadiums continues]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=11/news=six-years-before-kick-off-progress-on-2022-world-cup-stadiums-continue-2853986.htmlTue, 22 Nov 2016 12:20:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=LOCKind=NewsTournament=2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™<![CDATA[Mixed results for Asian titans ]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=11/news=mixed-results-for-asian-titans-2850756.htmlIt proved to be a mixed night for Asia’s top four teams who represented the continent at Brazil 2014, as the third round of qualifying for 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia reached the midway mark.

]]>
Tue, 15 Nov 2016 18:37:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)
<![CDATA[Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy and BWI sign MoU for joint inspections on Qatar 2022 Stadiums]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=11/news=supreme-committee-for-delivery-legacy-and-bwi-sign-mou-for-joint-inspe-2850955.htmlTue, 15 Nov 2016 16:00:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™<![CDATA[Pivotal encounters loom large in Asia]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=11/news=pivotal-encounters-loom-large-in-asia-2850167.htmlFIFA.com takes a look at the fifth matchday in Round 3 of FIFA World Cup qualifying across Asia, with some crucial match-ups looming as the groups begin to take shape at the midway point.

]]>
Mon, 14 Nov 2016 02:49:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)
<![CDATA[Al Haydos: It's an honour to captain my country]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=11/news=al-haydos-it-s-an-honour-to-captain-my-country-2850094.htmlQatar captain Hassan Al Haydos chats about what it means to wear the skipper's armband, coming up against a World Cup-winning coach in his country's next FIFA World Cup qualifier, playing alongside legend Xavi at club level and more.

]]>
Sun, 13 Nov 2016 12:21:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)
<![CDATA[Lippi: I hope we can achieve a miracle]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=11/news=lippi-i-hope-we-can-achieve-a-miracle-2849581.htmlFIFA World Cup-winning coach Marcello Lippi and China PR striker Wu Lei talk about what it will take to guide the country to their second global appearance at Russia 2018.

]]>
Sun, 13 Nov 2016 03:40:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifiers - Asia
<![CDATA[Samoura: With Qatar 2022, football is opening to diversity]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=11/news=samoura-with-qatar-2022-football-is-opening-to-diversity-2848934.htmlAhead of the Qatar 2022 LOC Board Meeting in Doha this week, FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura led a FIFA delegation on a bus tour which highlighted Qatar’s advancing preparations for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

]]>
Thu, 10 Nov 2016 15:10:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™
<![CDATA[Construction advancing on proposed semi-final venue Al Bayt Stadium]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=11/news=construction-advancing-on-proposed-semi-final-venue-al-bayt-stadium-2848663.htmlProgress at Al Bayt Stadium – Al Khor City is now in full swing after successful work on the foundations and installation of the first sections of the 12-metre lower tier walls for the potential semi-final venue.

]]>
Tue, 08 Nov 2016 10:30:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=LOCKind=NewsTournament=2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™
<![CDATA[Qatar building green stadiums ]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=11/news=qatar-building-green-stadiums-2848542.htmlMon, 07 Nov 2016 16:36:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™<![CDATA[Chhetri hoping for 'home' atmosphere in Doha]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=11/news=chhetri-hoping-for-home-atmosphere-in-doha-2847610.htmlwww.sc.qa about his special bond with Qatar, as he seeks to write Indian footballing history with his club, Bengaluru FC.]]>Wed, 02 Nov 2016 11:53:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™<![CDATA[Growing 16,000 trees for 2022, using recycled water]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=11/news=growing-16-000-trees-for-2022-using-recycled-water-2847448.htmlTue, 01 Nov 2016 14:31:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™<![CDATA[Lippi: China will do everything to complete mission impossible]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=10/news=lippi-china-will-do-everything-to-complete-mission-impossible-2847038.htmlFri, 28 Oct 2016 12:23:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Former winners tee up Asian final meeting]]>/live-scores/afcchampionsleague/news/newsid/284/480/1/index.htmlWed, 19 Oct 2016 14:32:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=Club FootballKind=NewsTournament=AFC Champions League 2016 <![CDATA[Strugglers bounce back as Iran, Saudi Arabia go clear ]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=10/news=strugglers-bounce-back-as-iran-saudi-arabia-go-clear-2842485.htmlFIFA.com takes a look back at matchday four across Asia's third round of FIFA World Cup qualifying on the road to Russia 2018, with Iran seeing off Korea Republic after Japan and Australia shared the spoils in Melbourne.

]]>
Tue, 11 Oct 2016 21:30:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)
<![CDATA[Titans re-unite as Asian derbies loom large]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=10/news=titans-re-unite-as-asian-derbies-loom-large-2842110.htmlFIFA.com previews Tuesday's round of 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying in Asia, headlined by two major derbies.]]>Mon, 10 Oct 2016 07:00:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Hakeem: Syria will not give up]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=10/news=hakeem-syria-will-not-give-up-2842156.htmlHaving taken up the challenging task of coaching Syria ahead of their latest round of qualifying, Ayman Hakeem suffered something of a stuttering start, but progress has been consistent as they head into a clash with Qatar.]]>Sun, 09 Oct 2016 16:23:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Syria reignite hopes as trio clinch hard-fought wins ]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=10/news=syria-reignite-hopes-as-trio-clinch-hard-fought-wins-2840628.htmlAsia's titanic trio - Iran, Japan and Korea Republic - all prevailed with hard-fought victories in AFC third round qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, while brave Syria salvaged a lifeline after overcoming hosts China PR 1-0.

]]>
Thu, 06 Oct 2016 22:56:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)
<![CDATA[Asian underdogs out to avenge past defeats]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=10/news=asian-underdogs-out-to-avenge-past-defeats-2838442.htmlFIFA.com previews the third matchday in Asia's final stage of 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying with some familiar match-ups in store.]]>Tue, 04 Oct 2016 03:22:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Korean duo clash as El Jaish challenge Al Ain]]>/live-scores/afcchampionsleague/news/newsid/283/689/9/index.htmlA place in the final beckons as the 2016 AFC Champions League reaches the semi-final stage. FIFA.com previews the enticing pair of meetings. 

]]>
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 08:35:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=Club FootballKind=NewsTournament=AFC Champions League 2016
<![CDATA[Asia’s newest stars grabbing headlines]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=9/news=asia-s-newest-stars-grabbing-headlines-2835121.htmlFIFA.com takes a look at some of the newer names making an impact across Asia during the continent's qualifying campaign for Russia 2018.]]>Tue, 20 Sep 2016 05:24:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![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. 

]]>
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.

]]>
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.
]]>
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™<![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™<![CDATA[Parker: Qatar can make a statement at 2022 World Cup]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/qatar2022/news/newsid=2804234/index.html?cid=rssfeed&att=Former 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.

]]>
Tue, 28 Jun 2016 20:17:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=LOCKind=NewsTournament=2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™