<![CDATA[FIFA.com - News]]>http://www.fifa.com/index.htmlenCopyright ©1994 - 2015 FIFA. All rights reservedSun, 13 Dec 2015 10:44:00 GMTMon, 11 Jan 2016 07:47:18 GMTFIFA.comFIFA.comhttp://www.fifa.com/imgml/rssheader.gif http://www.fifa.com/index.html13928FIFA.com RSS<![CDATA[Happy Birthday to you!]]>/news/y=2015/m=12/news=happy-birthday-to-you-2744126.htmlWe look ahead to the week's footballing birthdays in our regular feature, with a Colombian full-back, a Ghanaian hotshot and a Chilean livewire all celebrating this week.

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Sun, 13 Dec 2015 10:44:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=BirthdaysKind=News
<![CDATA[Happy Birthday to you!]]>/news/y=2015/m=7/news=happy-birthday-to-you-2668876.htmlIn our regular Sunday feature, FIFA.com presents you with some of the biggest names in football who will be celebrating their birthdays over the coming week.

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Sun, 02 Aug 2015 09:10:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=BirthdaysKind=News
<![CDATA[Dates set for European qualifying fixtures]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=7/news=dates-set-for-european-qualifying-fixtures-2667948.htmlSun, 26 Jul 2015 11:25:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=Preliminary DrawKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[The Preliminary Draw results in full]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=7/news=the-preliminary-draw-results-in-full-2667929.html

FIFA.com rounds up the results from the Preliminary Draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, which took place at the Konstantin Palace in St. Petersburg on Saturday 25 July.]]>
Sat, 25 Jul 2015 21:37:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=Preliminary DrawKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)
<![CDATA[Heavyweights and old enemies meet in Europe]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=7/news=heavyweights-and-old-enemies-meet-in-europe-2667885.htmlFIFA.com takes a closer look at the groups in the European Zone, where Spain meet Italy, France take on the Netherlands and Sweden, and England reprise their old rivalry with Scotland. ]]>Sat, 25 Jul 2015 18:53:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=Preliminary DrawKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[European elite eye global summit]]>/u17worldcup/news/y=2015/m=5/news=european-elite-eye-global-summit-2602148.htmlTue, 05 May 2015 08:38:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA U-17 World Cup Chile 2015<![CDATA[The Week in Quotes]]>/news/y=2014/m=12/news=the-week-in-quotes-2496367.htmlFri, 26 Dec 2014 23:03:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=Week in QuotesKind=News<![CDATA[Quintet set sights on last two slots]]>http://www.fifa.com?cid=rssfeed&att=Wed, 10 Dec 2014 05:25:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=Club FootballKind=NewsTournament=UEFA Champions League 2014/2015<![CDATA[Tension in the air as last 16 looms]]>http://www.fifa.com?cid=rssfeed&att=FIFA.com previews Tuesday's UEFA Champions League group stage matches with Manchester City hosting German giants Bayern Munich, while Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea are all in action. ]]>Tue, 25 Nov 2014 05:12:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=Club FootballKind=NewsTournament=UEFA Champions League 2014/2015<![CDATA[The milestones on Rooney's road to 100]]>http://www.fifa.com?cid=rssfeed&att=FIFA.com recalls what was said about the major milestones on the Liverpudlian's way to reaching his Three Lions century.]]>Sat, 15 Nov 2014 16:57:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=NewsTournament=UEFA EURO 2016 Prel. Comp.<![CDATA[Big guns aiming to fire again]]>http://www.fifa.com?cid=rssfeed&att=Wed, 05 Nov 2014 05:20:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=Club FootballKind=NewsTournament=UEFA Champions League 2014/2015<![CDATA[Big leaps for eastern European trio after major coups]]>/fifa-world-ranking/news/y=2014/m=10/news=big-leaps-for-eastern-european-trio-after-major-coups-2463970.htmlFIFA.com looks back on recent events.]]>Fri, 31 Oct 2014 12:08:00 GMTArea=World RankingSection=Men RankingKind=News<![CDATA[Roma test for Bayern, City under pressure]]>http://www.fifa.com?cid=rssfeed&att=Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:17:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=Club FootballKind=NewsTournament=UEFA Champions League 2014/2015<![CDATA[PSG and City steeled for stern examinations]]>http://www.fifa.com?cid=rssfeed&att=Tue, 30 Sep 2014 05:09:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=Club FootballKind=NewsTournament=UEFA Champions League 2014/2015<![CDATA[Bayern win late, Roma, Porto dazzle]]>http://www.fifa.com?cid=rssfeed&att=Wed, 17 Sep 2014 22:27:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=Club FootballKind=NewsTournament=UEFA Champions League 2014/2015<![CDATA[Bayern, City take centre stage]]>http://www.fifa.com?cid=rssfeed&att=Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:55:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=Club FootballKind=NewsTournament=UEFA Champions League 2014/2015<![CDATA[European coaches to recap Brazil 2014's technical legacy in Russia ]]>/worldcup/news/y=2014/m=9/news=european-coaches-to-recap-brazil-2014-s-technical-legacy-in-russia-2439876.htmlMon, 15 Sep 2014 14:00:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil ™<![CDATA[Liverpool draw champions, City face Bayern]]>http://www.fifa.com?cid=rssfeed&att=Liverpool's return to Europe's elite competition was marked by drawing holders Real Madrid, while Arsenal, Manchester City and Chelsea all drew familiar foes in the 2014/15 UEFA Champions League draw. 

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Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:24:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=Club FootballKind=NewsTournament=UEFA Champions League 2014/2015
<![CDATA[Germany march on, Matildas triumph]]>/development/news/y=2014/m=4/news=germany-march-on-matildas-triumph.htmlAnother round of thrilling UEFA qualifiers took place ahead of Canada 2015, while Australia caused a stir in beating Brazil 2-1 in a friendly down under. FIFA.com reviews the action.

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Sat, 12 Apr 2014 09:01:00 GMTArea=Football DevelopmentSection=WomenKind=News
<![CDATA[Spain toppled as Italy triumph]]>/development/news/y=2014/m=2/news=spain-toppled-italy-triumph-2276597.htmlItaly are the new kings of European futsal with a 3-1 victory over Russia after reigning champions Spain were toppled for the first time in almost a decade in the semi-finals. FIFA.com reviews the UEFA Futsal EURO 2014 action.

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Sun, 09 Feb 2014 17:42:00 GMTArea=Football DevelopmentSection=FutsalKind=News
<![CDATA[ Happy Birthday to you!]]>/news/y=2014/m=1/news=happy-birthday-you-2265573.htmlWe preview the upcoming birthdays in the world of football, with a Belgian legend, a Japanese veteran, a Turkish playmaker and a mercurial Slovenian talent all celebrating this week.

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Sun, 26 Jan 2014 11:27:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=BirthdaysKind=News
<![CDATA[Lyon, Lazio amongst qualified sides]]>http://www.fifa.com?cid=rssfeed&att=Thu, 28 Nov 2013 23:01:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=Club FootballKind=News<![CDATA[Six of the best World Cup play-offs ]]>/worldcup/news/y=2013/m=11/news=six-the-best-world-cup-play-offs-2222431.htmlFIFA.com looks back at some of the classic ties that have set the standard for drama, significance and shock value.]]>Tue, 12 Nov 2013 08:53:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. Play-off South America/Asia<![CDATA[Relief, records and a centurion]]>/news/y=2013/m=10/news=relief-records-and-centurion-2197183.htmlFIFA.com’s latest stats review.]]>Wed, 16 Oct 2013 12:00:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=Week in StatsKind=News<![CDATA[Bosnians make history, Iceland maintain dream]]>/worldcup/news/y=2013/m=10/news=bosnians-make-history-iceland-keep-dream-alive-2196919.htmlWed, 16 Oct 2013 02:10:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. European Zone<![CDATA[Qualification scenarios explained]]>/worldcup/news/y=2013/m=10/news=qualification-scenarios-explained-2195395.htmlFIFA.com guides you through all the possible outcomes, with automatic and play-off places up for grabs in the race to reach the FIFA World Cup™.]]>Mon, 14 Oct 2013 14:55:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp.<![CDATA[Europe poised for last-day drama]]>/worldcup/news/y=2013/m=10/news=europe-poised-for-last-day-drama-2195655.htmlMon, 14 Oct 2013 09:32:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. European Zone<![CDATA[Belgium, Germany and Switzerland join party]]>/worldcup/news/y=2013/m=10/news=belgium-germany-and-switzerland-join-the-party-2194935.htmlSat, 12 Oct 2013 03:01:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. European Zone<![CDATA[Promised land looms for European quartet]]>/worldcup/news/y=2013/m=10/news=promised-land-looms-for-european-quartet-2193684.htmlBelgium, Germany, Russia and Switzerland could all qualify for Brazil 2014 on Friday as the penultimate round of qualifiers takes place across Europe, with England and Montenegro also battling it out for supremacy at the top of Group H.

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Fri, 11 Oct 2013 09:29:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. European Zone
<![CDATA[Slovenia’s solidity helping turnaround]]>/fifa-world-ranking/news/y=2013/m=9/news=slovenia-solidity-helping-turnaround-2183346.htmlth in the recent FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, thanks to two wins in Brazil 2014 qualifying. FIFA.com takes a closer look at a side hoping to reach their second consecutive FIFA World Cup.]]>Thu, 03 Oct 2013 09:49:00 GMTArea=World RankingSection=Men RankingKind=News<![CDATA[Italy, Netherlands reach promised land]]>/worldcup/news/y=2013/m=9/news=italy-netherlands-reach-promised-land-2172065.htmlWed, 11 Sep 2013 03:37:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. European Zone<![CDATA[European quartet eye early progress]]>/worldcup/news/y=2013/m=9/news=european-quartet-eye-early-progress-2169692.htmlFIFA.com previews the action.]]>Mon, 09 Sep 2013 10:04:06 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. European Zone<![CDATA[Belgium in touching distance, France held]]>/worldcup/news/y=2013/m=9/news=belgium-within-touching-distance-france-stutter-2169009.htmlSat, 07 Sep 2013 03:40:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. European Zone<![CDATA[Decisive duels as end draws near]]>/worldcup/news/y=2013/m=9/news=decisive-duels-campaign-end-draws-near-2167710.htmlThu, 05 Sep 2013 13:26:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. European Zone<![CDATA[Belgium move clear, Portugal claim key win ]]>/worldcup/news/y=2013/m=6/news=belgium-clear-portugal-pull-off-key-win-2104446.htmlFIFA.com reviews Friday's matchday in European qualifying for Brazil 2014 as Belgium and Portugal improved their prospects, while Croatia and Montenegro both stumbled at home.]]>Sat, 08 Jun 2013 03:01:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. European Zone<![CDATA[Crunch time for Portugal in Europe]]>/worldcup/news/y=2013/m=6/news=crunch-time-for-portugal-europe-2103404.htmlThu, 06 Jun 2013 10:09:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. European Zone<![CDATA[Spain stumble, Portugal rescue point]]>/worldcup/news/y=2013/m=3/news=spain-stumble-portugal-rescue-point-2044063.htmlFIFA.com reviews all the action from a massive evening of Brazil 2014 qualifiers in Europe highlighted by a shock draw at home for world champions Spain against Finland, while Portugal narrowly avoided defeat in Israel.]]>Fri, 22 Mar 2013 23:25:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. European Zone<![CDATA[Trusty Handanovic earns Inter faith ]]>http://www.fifa.com?cid=rssfeed&att=Samir Handanovic had his work cut out to claim the No1 spot when he signed for Inter Milan in summer 2012, but the tall Slovenian is winning over the Internazionale faithful with a string of commanding performances in goal.

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Tue, 15 Jan 2013 17:25:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=Club FootballKind=NewsTournament=Serie A TIM 2013/2014
<![CDATA[Who should your club sign?]]>http://www.fifa.com/world-match-centre/news/newsid/197/796/9/index.html?cid=rssfeed&att=FIFA.com wants to know who you reckon your club should sign in January 2013.]]>Sat, 29 Dec 2012 10:54:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=Club FootballKind=Have Your Say<![CDATA[NBA stars divided on Ballon d’Or choice]]>/ballon-dor/news/y=2012/m=11/news=nba-stars-divided-ballon-choice-1929206.htmlAs the FIFA Ballon d’Or gala nears, FIFA.com went Stateside to ask some of the NBA’s foreign stars who should get the coveted award.

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Mon, 19 Nov 2012 09:54:00 GMTArea=Ballon d'OrSection=GeneralKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Ballon d'Or 2012
<![CDATA[Ibra turns on the style, France impress again]]>http://www.fifa.com?cid=rssfeed&att=FIFA.com wraps up a big night of international action across the globe highlighted by an impressive win for France in Italy, a Zlatan Ibrahimovic masterclass and Saudi Arabia denying Argentina.]]>Wed, 14 Nov 2012 23:10:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=News<![CDATA[What is international football’s biggest rivalry?]]>http://www.fifa.com/world-match-centre/news/newsid/189/347/8/index.html?cid=rssfeed&att=FIFA.com wants to know what you feel is the biggest rivalry in the international game.]]>Tue, 13 Nov 2012 10:36:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=Have Your Say<![CDATA[Yugoslavia cause Chilean sensation]]>/u20worldcup/news/y=2012/m=10/news=yugoslavia-cause-chilean-sensation-1795111.htmlFIFA.com recalls how a Yugoslavia team including Boban, Prosinecki, Mijatovic and Suker - one that nobody knew about before Chile 1987 - thrilled spectators and upset a series of giants to become youth champions of the world.]]>Thu, 25 Oct 2012 09:56:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA U-20 World Cup Turkey 2013<![CDATA[Sting in the tail for Germany, Spain]]>/worldcup/news/y=2012/m=10/news=sting-the-tail-for-germany-spain-1786911.htmlSurprise results littered Tuesday's 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ qualification, as Germany let slip a four goal lead to draw 4-4 with Sweden, Northern Ireland held Portugal and France stunned Spain to grab a point in the closing seconds.

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Tue, 16 Oct 2012 22:58:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. European Zone
<![CDATA[Excitement as Euro elite face off]]>/worldcup/news/y=2012/m=10/news=excitement-euro-elite-face-off-1785373.htmlFIFA.com explains.]]>Mon, 15 Oct 2012 07:00:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. European Zone<![CDATA[High stakes in Belgrade, Moscow and Piraeus]]>/worldcup/news/y=2012/m=10/news=high-stakes-belgrade-moscow-and-piraeus-1783048.htmlThu, 11 Oct 2012 07:08:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. European Zone<![CDATA[Watch out!]]>/news/y=2012/m=9/news=watch-out-1702674.htmlFIFA.com delivers you a football-related photo you won’t be able to resist paying a second glance to. This week’s involves a chaotic scene from France 1998!]]>Mon, 17 Sep 2012 16:03:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=Super SnapKind=News<![CDATA[Powerhouses make steady progress]]>/worldcup/news/y=2012/m=9/news=powerhouses-make-steady-progress-1700155.htmlFIFA.com reviews all the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ qualifying action from Europe on a positive evening for the continent's major nations, although both Germany and Spain were made to work overtime before collecting wins.]]>Wed, 12 Sep 2012 00:23:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. European Zone<![CDATA[World champions join the party]]>/worldcup/news/y=2012/m=9/news=world-champions-join-the-party-1698641.htmlFIFA.com looks ahead to all the action in the old continent.]]>Mon, 10 Sep 2012 09:26:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. European Zone<![CDATA[Big guns hit ground running]]>/worldcup/news/y=2012/m=9/news=big-guns-hit-ground-running-1697521.htmlThe likes of England, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Portugal made winning starts to European Zone qualifying for Brazil 2014, while Italy were held to a 2-2 draw in Bulgaria.

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Fri, 07 Sep 2012 23:56:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. European Zone