<![CDATA[FIFA.com - News]]>http://www.fifa.com/index.htmlenCopyright ©1994 - 2015 FIFA. All rights reservedTue, 17 Oct 2017 13:17:00 GMTThu, 19 Oct 2017 07:26:13 GMTFIFA.comFIFA.comhttp://www.fifa.com/imgml/rssheader.gif http://www.fifa.com/index.html13928FIFA.com RSS<![CDATA[Europe’s eight play-off contenders in numbers]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=10/news=europe-s-eight-play-off-contenders-in-numbers-2915338.htmlEight teams discovered their opponents who stand in their way of a ticket to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, but how do they fair in the European play-offs themselves? We analyse the eight teams and how they have fared in the past.

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Tue, 17 Oct 2017 13:17:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)
<![CDATA[Europe's play-off participants learn fate ]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=10/news=europe-s-play-off-participants-learn-fate-2915188.htmlThe match-ups to contest the final four European tickets to the 2018 FIFA World Russia™ have been decided, as the play-off ties featuring the group stage's eight best second-placed sides were confirmed in Zurich on Tuesday.

 
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Tue, 17 Oct 2017 13:14:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)
<![CDATA[Relive the European play-off draw]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=10/news=follow-the-european-play-off-draw-2914996.htmlFIFA.com streamed live the Official Draw for the European FIFA World Cup play-off, which took  place at the Home of FIFA in Zurich at 14:00 CET.]]>Tue, 17 Oct 2017 10:59:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[All you need to know about Tuesday's European play-off draw]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=10/news=all-you-need-to-know-about-the-european-play-off-draw-2914803.htmlThe draw will take place at the Home of FIFA in Zurich on Tuesday 17 October at 14:00 (local time) and will be live streamed on FIFA.com and FIFA's YouTube channel. 

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Mon, 16 Oct 2017 09:07:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)
<![CDATA[How to follow Tuesday's European play-off draw]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=10/news=follow-the-european-play-off-draw-live-2914502.htmlThe draw for the upcoming European play-off round, with four World Cup places up for grabs, will take place at 14.00 on Tuesday 17 October in Zurich. Find out how you can follow it live!

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Sun, 15 Oct 2017 05:27:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)
<![CDATA[Huppenkothen and Hierro to present European play-off draw ]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=10/news=huppenkothen-and-hierro-will-present-european-play-off-draw-2913919.htmlRenowned Mexican TV presenter Vanessa Huppenkothen and former Spain captain Fernando Hierro will conduct the official draw for the European playoff matches for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™.

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Fri, 13 Oct 2017 14:23:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)
<![CDATA[The World Cup qualifiers in numbers]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=10/news=the-world-cup-qualifiers-in-numbers-2913265.htmlBarça buddies breaking a goal record, a nation outscoring all their rivals but getting no reward and some remarkable campaigns feature in FIFA.com’s statistical review of the Russia 2018 preliminaries.]]>Wed, 11 Oct 2017 11:05:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Portugal leapfrog Switzerland, France qualify]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=10/news=portugal-leapfrog-switzerland-france-qualify-2913151.htmlWed, 11 Oct 2017 00:17:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[France, Portugal earn Europe's last automatic Russia tickets]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=10/news=france-portugal-earn-europe-s-last-automatic-russia-tickets-2913125.htmlFrance and Portugal booked their places at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ on the final day of Europe's group stage, with the pair earning comfortable wins to top Group A and B respectively, while the play-off line-up was finalised.

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Tue, 10 Oct 2017 21:39:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)
<![CDATA[Who can qualify from Europe on Tuesday?]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=10/news=who-can-qualify-from-europe-today-2912464.htmlFIFA.com runs the rule over the various permutations as a host of nations joust on the final day of Russia 2018 group-stage qualifying in Europe.]]>Tue, 10 Oct 2017 09:37:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Xhaka: Portugal game is like a World Cup Final]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=10/news=xhaka-portugal-game-is-like-a-world-cup-final-2912058.htmlSwitzerland midfielder Granit Xhaka speaks to FIFA.com as the Swiss prepare for their winner-takes-all meeting against Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal on Tuesday.

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Mon, 09 Oct 2017 05:09:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)
<![CDATA[France edge closer as Sweden, Belgium break records]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=10/news=france-edge-closer-as-sweden-belgium-break-records-2911442.htmlSat, 07 Oct 2017 22:53:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[ Cultural programme for autumn and winter 2017 published]]>/about-fifa/news/y=2017/m=9/news=cultural-programme-for-autumn-and-winter-2017-published-2909426.htmlTue, 26 Sep 2017 10:30:00 GMTArea=OrganisationSection=AdministrationKind=News<![CDATA[Belgium book their ticket while minnows show mettle]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=9/news=belgium-book-their-ticket-while-minnows-show-mettle-2906743.htmlBelgium became the sixth team to book their place at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia with a 2-1 win in Greece, while Luxembourg stunned France and Switzerland kept up their 100 per cent qualification record.

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Sun, 03 Sep 2017 22:53:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)
<![CDATA[Dzemaili: This is the best team in Switzerland’s history]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=8/news=dzemaili-this-is-the-best-team-in-switzerland-s-history-2905816.htmlNew Montreal Impact midfielder Blerim Dzemaili speaks with FIFA.com about his move to Major League Soccer and high expectations for the Switzerland national team on the road to Russia 2018.

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Thu, 31 Aug 2017 07:51:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifiers - Europe
<![CDATA[Heavyweight duels await as stakes rise in Europe]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=8/news=heavyweight-duels-await-as-stakes-rise-in-europe-2905711.htmlWed, 30 Aug 2017 07:30:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Brazil back on top while Gold Cup performers climb]]>/fifa-world-ranking/news/y=2017/m=8/news=brazil-back-on-top-while-gold-cup-performers-climb-2903380.htmlBrazil have returned to the top of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking after a one-month hiatus, replacing reigning FIFA World Cup™ champions Germany (2nd, down 1), who slipped back into second spot.

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Thu, 10 Aug 2017 08:59:00 GMTArea=World RankingSection=Men RankingKind=News
<![CDATA[Tournament of surprises enters knockout stages]]>/development/news/y=2017/m=7/news=tournament-of-surprises-enters-knockout-stages-2902229.htmlThe UEFA Women’s EURO 2017 in The Netherlands has reached the end of the group stage and FIFA.com takes a look back at the tournament so far.

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Fri, 28 Jul 2017 08:07:00 GMTArea=Football DevelopmentSection=WomenKind=NewsTournament=UEFA European Women's Championship Netherlands 2017
<![CDATA[Unblemished Swiss at an all-time high ]]>/fifa-world-ranking/news/y=2017/m=7/news=unblemished-swiss-at-an-all-time-high-2902140.htmlWith six wins from six on the road to Russia 2018, Switzerland's form has taken them to a record high position of fifth in the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking. FIFA.com hears how they have managed it.]]>Thu, 27 Jul 2017 12:04:00 GMTArea=World RankingSection=Men RankingKind=News<![CDATA[Students graduate from the 17th edition of the FIFA Master]]>/development/news/y=2017/m=7/news=students-graduate-from-the-17th-edition-of-the-fifa-master-2901566.htmlWed, 19 Jul 2017 13:34:00 GMTArea=Football DevelopmentSection=EducationKind=News<![CDATA[Europe seeks its latest footballing heroines]]>/development/news/y=2017/m=7/news=europe-seeks-its-latest-footballing-heroines-2901236.htmlFIFA.com previews the three-week tournament where for the first time, 16 teams will battle it out for European glory.]]>Fri, 14 Jul 2017 06:12:00 GMTArea=Football DevelopmentSection=WomenKind=News<![CDATA[Fast-improving Switzerland aim for fresh highs]]>/development/news/y=2017/m=7/news=fast-improving-switzerland-aim-for-fresh-highs-2900772.htmlTue, 11 Jul 2017 08:18:00 GMTArea=Football DevelopmentSection=WomenKind=News<![CDATA[Germany on top after two-year wait]]>/fifa-world-ranking/news/y=2017/m=7/news=germany-on-top-after-two-year-wait-2900464.htmlGermany have capped a sensational week on the international stage by returning to the top of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking for the first time since being knocked off the top spot exactly two years ago.

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Thu, 06 Jul 2017 08:56:00 GMTArea=World RankingSection=Men RankingKind=News
<![CDATA[Favourites triumph; a record and a milestone]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=6/news=favourites-triumph-a-record-and-a-milestone-2894097.htmlSat, 10 Jun 2017 00:36:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifiers - Europe<![CDATA[Gurev clinches wildcard in live Museum final]]>/interactiveworldcup/news/y=2017/m=6/news=final-liveturnier-gurev-gewinnt-die-wildcard-2893051-2893072.htmlAndrei Gurev won the FIFA World Football Museum’s Live Qualification Tournament on Monday 5 June 2017 to secure a coveted wildcard place at the European Regional Qualifiers of the FIFA Interactive World Cup 2017.

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Tue, 06 Jun 2017 12:27:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Interactive World Cup 2017
<![CDATA[Final eight to battle for Wildcard in Museum Showdown]]>/interactiveworldcup/news/y=2017/m=5/news=final-eight-to-battle-for-wildcard-in-museum-showdown-2891460.htmlThu, 01 Jun 2017 19:47:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Interactive World Cup 2017<![CDATA[Fourth workshop on video assistant referees held in Zurich]]>/about-fifa/news/y=2017/m=6/news=fourth-workshop-on-video-assistant-referees-held-in-zurich-2891943.htmlThu, 01 Jun 2017 14:15:00 GMTArea=OrganisationSection=IFABKind=News<![CDATA[Lyon take home first title on debut]]>/youthcup/news/y=2017/m=5/news=lyon-take-home-first-title-on-debut-2888476.htmlThu, 25 May 2017 21:20:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=Blue Stars/FIFA Youth Cup 2017<![CDATA[Smiljanic: We want to defend our title at all costs]]>/youthcup/news/y=2017/m=5/news=smiljanic-wir-wollen-unseren-titel-unbedingt-verteidigen-2886111-2886393.htmlGrasshoppers coach Boris Smiljanic spoke to youthcup.ch about the 79th edition of the Blue Stars/FIFA Youth Cup 2017 at the Buchlern sports complex.

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Tue, 23 May 2017 10:16:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=Blue Stars/FIFA Youth Cup 2017
<![CDATA[Stars of the future ready for kick-off]]>/youthcup/news/y=2017/m=5/news=stars-of-the-future-ready-for-kick-off-2886372.htmlThe 79th edition of the Blue Stars/FIFA Youth Cup takes place this week, with the Buchlern sports complex in Zurich hosting ten youth teams from across the globe on Wednesday and Thursday.

 
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Tue, 23 May 2017 09:08:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=Blue Stars/FIFA Youth Cup 2017
<![CDATA[Iran join seasoned trio in semis]]>/beachsoccerworldcup/news/y=2017/m=5/news=iran-join-seasoned-trio-in-semis-2882563.htmlFri, 05 May 2017 03:03:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Bahamas 2017<![CDATA[Third time's a charm for Iran]]>/beachsoccerworldcup/matches/round=278267/match=300392028/match-report.htmlFri, 05 May 2017 00:36:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=Match SummaryTournament=FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Bahamas 2017<![CDATA[Iran advance on day of mixed emotions]]>/beachsoccerworldcup/news/y=2017/m=5/news=iran-advance-on-day-of-mixed-emotions-2881903.htmlFIFA.com looks back at a fascinating penultimate day of group-stage action at Bahamas 2017 headlined by Iran's tense qualification for the quarter-finals, and an inspirational win for the home side.]]>Tue, 02 May 2017 07:43:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Bahamas 2017<![CDATA[Switzerland sink Senegal on penalties]]>/beachsoccerworldcup/matches/round=278269/match=300392003/match-report.htmlMon, 01 May 2017 23:38:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=Match SummaryTournament=FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Bahamas 2017<![CDATA[ Three go through, three bow out]]>/beachsoccerworldcup/news/y=2017/m=4/news=three-go-through-three-bow-out-2881486.htmlAfter claiming two wins from two, we already have a trio of names now pondering their fates in the quarter-finals, while three teams now know their next FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup will be their last at Bahamas 2017.

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Sun, 30 Apr 2017 11:16:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Bahamas 2017
<![CDATA[Switzerland survive Ecuador fightback]]>/beachsoccerworldcup/matches/round=278269/match=300392030/match-report.htmlSat, 29 Apr 2017 23:06:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=Match SummaryTournament=FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Bahamas 2017<![CDATA[Favourites get the job done]]>/beachsoccerworldcup/news/y=2017/m=4/news=favourites-get-the-job-done-2880991.htmlFri, 28 Apr 2017 07:41:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Bahamas 2017<![CDATA[Swiss spoil the party for hosts Bahamas]]>/beachsoccerworldcup/matches/round=278269/match=300392021/match-report.htmlTwo goals from Glenn Hodel helped Switzerland to a 3-2 win over hosts Bahamas in their opening Group A match at the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup.

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Fri, 28 Apr 2017 02:41:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=Match SummaryTournament=FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Bahamas 2017
<![CDATA[Stage set for Bahamas 2017 ]]>/beachsoccerworldcup/news/y=2017/m=4/news=stage-set-for-bahamas-2017-2880407.htmlExcitement is building ahead of the ninth FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup – a tournament that promises lots of sun, sand, spectacular action and an amazing atmosphere. FIFA.com previews the action.

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Tue, 25 Apr 2017 14:03:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Bahamas 2017
<![CDATA[FIFA celebrates International Day of Sport for Development and Peace]]>/sustainability/news/y=2017/m=4/news=fifa-celebrates-international-day-of-sport-for-development-and-peace-2878446.htmlThu, 06 Apr 2017 09:59:00 GMTArea=SocialSection=GeneralKind=News<![CDATA[Brazil return to top after seven-year wait]]>/fifa-world-ranking/news/y=2017/m=4/news=brazil-return-to-top-after-seven-year-wait-2878543.htmlThu, 06 Apr 2017 08:56:00 GMTArea=World RankingSection=Men RankingKind=News<![CDATA[Contenders announced for Blue Stars/FIFA Youth Cup 2017]]>/youthcup/news/y=2017/m=3/news=contenders-announced-for-blue-stars-fifa-youth-cup-2017-2877838.htmlWed, 05 Apr 2017 14:17:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=Blue Stars/FIFA Youth Cup 2016<![CDATA[Great tournament, top-quality teams, fantastic organisation]]>/youthcup/news/y=2017/m=4/news=great-tournament-top-quality-teams-fantastic-organisation-2878653.htmlWe hear from some former stars of the Blue Stars/FIFA Youth Cup who share their memories of the tournament and why it holds a special place in their hearts.

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Wed, 05 Apr 2017 14:08:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=Blue Stars/FIFA Youth Cup 2016
<![CDATA[Over 75 years of stars, large and small]]>/youthcup/news/y=2014/m=3/news=75-years-of-stars-large-and-small-2878452.htmlFIFA.com looks at the clubs, both large and small, that have graced the Blue Stars/FIFA Youth Cup in the tournament's long history.]]>Wed, 05 Apr 2017 14:08:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=Blue Stars/FIFA Youth Cup 2016<![CDATA[High stakes as qualifying resumes in Europe]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=3/news=high-stakes-as-qualifying-resumes-in-europe-2876818.htmlFIFA.com previews the latest round of qualifiers in Europe, where some of the continent's heavyweights face crucial matches in the race to secure direct passage to Russia 2018.

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Thu, 23 Mar 2017 14:00:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)
<![CDATA[Morgan leads Lyon charge, fresh start in Brazil]]>/development/news/y=2017/m=3/news=morgan-leads-lyon-charge-fresh-start-in-brazil-2875931.htmlFIFA.com reviews global club football news as Alex Morgan grabbed the headlines in France, Brazil where a brand new competition got underway, plus Switzerland and Italy on what proved to be a tough weekend for the respective leaders.]]>Tue, 14 Mar 2017 04:55:00 GMTArea=Football DevelopmentSection=WomenKind=News<![CDATA[European trio celebrate international success]]>/development/news/y=2017/m=3/news=european-trio-celebrate-international-success-2875378.htmlSheBelieves Cup, Algarve Cup, Cyprus Cup – there has been plenty of international women's football to enjoy over the last few days, including a number of teams making history. FIFA.com runs the rule over the recent world-class action.

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Thu, 09 Mar 2017 12:02:00 GMTArea=Football DevelopmentSection=WomenKind=News
<![CDATA[Ott: the Swiss Messi of Beach Soccer]]>/beachsoccerworldcup/news/y=2017/m=3/news=ott-the-swiss-messi-of-beach-soccer-2874894.htmlNoel Ott speaks to FIFA.com about being compared to Lionel Messi, his hopes for the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Bahamas 2017 and his decision to choose sand over grass.

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Tue, 07 Mar 2017 13:27:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Bahamas 2017
<![CDATA[Sylla: Everyone is a fan of beach soccer in Senegal]]>/beachsoccerworldcup/news/y=2017/m=3/news=sylla-everyone-is-a-fan-of-beach-soccer-in-senegal-2869259.htmlFIFA.com spoke with Senegal coach Omar Sylla – nicknamed 'Ngalla' – who gives the lowdown on his team's potential ahead of the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Bahamas 2017.]]>Sat, 04 Mar 2017 09:40:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Bahamas 2017<![CDATA[Bahamas 2017 Official Draw: Participants' reaction]]>/beachsoccerworldcup/news/y=2017/m=3/news=bahamas-2017-official-draw-participants-reaction-2869004-2869023.htmlFIFA.com with their reactions.]]>Wed, 01 Mar 2017 18:41:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Bahamas 2017