<![CDATA[FIFA.com - News]]>http://www.fifa.com/index.htmlenCopyright ©1994 - 2015 FIFA. All rights reservedFri, 17 Nov 2017 07:27:00 GMTFri, 17 Nov 2017 22:10:03 GMTFIFA.comFIFA.comhttp://www.fifa.com/imgml/rssheader.gif http://www.fifa.com/index.html13928FIFA.com RSS<![CDATA[The Week in Numbers]]>/news/y=2017/m=11/news=the-week-in-numbers-2920204.htmlFIFA.com’s latest stats review.]]>Fri, 17 Nov 2017 07:27:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=Week in StatsKind=News<![CDATA[The Qualifiers in Numbers]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=11/news=the-qualifiers-in-numbers-2920457.htmlThe road to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ has been long and winding, the longest in history in fact. FIFA.com brings you some of the recently completed qualifying competition’s most notable statistics.

]]>
Thu, 16 Nov 2017 10:25:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Swede dreams for Andersson’s play-off heroes]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=11/news=swede-dreams-for-andersson-s-play-off-heroes-2919990.htmlTue, 14 Nov 2017 09:21:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Sweden stun Italy to book World Cup return]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=11/news=sweden-stun-italy-to-book-world-cup-return-2919904.htmlFor the first time since 1958, Italy will not be going to the FIFA World Cup™. Sweden held on to force a goalless draw in the second leg at the San Siro to defeat the Italians 1-0 on aggregate in their Russia 2018 play-off.

]]>
Mon, 13 Nov 2017 21:43:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Johansson gives Sweden first-leg advantage]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=11/news=johansson-gives-sweden-first-leg-advantage-2919416.htmlFri, 10 Nov 2017 22:24:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Bonucci: Missing out on the World Cup is not an option]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=10/news=bonucci-missing-out-on-the-world-cup-is-not-an-option-2918840.htmlFIFA.com sat down with defender Leonardo Bonucci, recently named a member of the FIFA FIFPro World11 2017, to to look ahead to Italy's crunch FIFA World Cup play-off against Sweden.

]]>
Wed, 08 Nov 2017 14:28:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=InterviewTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Excitement assured in European play-offs]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=11/news=excitement-assured-in-european-play-offs-2918857.htmlWhile Europe’s FIFA World Cup™ qualifiers are seen as a marathon rather than a sprint, the play-offs always represent that frantic final dash for the finish line.

 
]]>
Wed, 08 Nov 2017 09:28:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Andersson: Sweden can beat any team in the world]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=11/news=andersson-sweden-can-beat-any-team-in-the-world-2918574.htmlAhead of their two-legged World Cup qualifying play-off against Italy, Sweden head coach Janne Andersson gives insight into his team's mentality and the reasons they've made it this far.

]]>
Mon, 06 Nov 2017 07:48:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[The Week in Numbers]]>/news/y=2017/m=11/news=the-week-in-numbers-2918517.htmlFIFA.com’s latest stats review, along with the end of an enduring run and a fantastic fightback.]]>Fri, 03 Nov 2017 05:48:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=Week in StatsKind=News<![CDATA[UEFA play-offs: 8 players to watch]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=10/news=uefa-play-offs-8-players-to-watch-2918338.htmlWith the Russia 2018 play-offs looming in Europe, FIFA.com looks at eight key players who could emerge as heroes for their respective teams.

]]>
Wed, 01 Nov 2017 11:37:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Free-scoring Berg eyes play-off glory]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=10/news=free-scoring-berg-eyes-play-off-glory-2917346.htmlMarcus Berg, Sweden's top scorer in World Cup qualifying, speaks to FIFA.com about the play-off against Italy, hitting four against Luxembourg and emerging from Zlatan Ibrahimovic's shadow.

]]>
Thu, 26 Oct 2017 11:12:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Early stumbles on the road to France]]>/womensworldcup/news/y=2017/m=10/news=early-stumbles-on-the-road-to-france-2917383.htmlFIFA.com rounds-up the latest France 2019 qualifying action in Europe which was headlined by a shock loss for Germany, while there was glory on-and-off the field for The Netherlands.]]>Wed, 25 Oct 2017 07:42:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019<![CDATA[Favourites out to extend lead as Netherlands enter the fray]]>/womensworldcup/news/y=2017/m=10/news=favourites-out-to-extend-lead-as-netherlands-enter-the-fray-2915152.htmlFIFA.com runs the rule over this week's FIFA Women's World Cup qualifiers in Europe where the highlights include a Scandinavian derby, while the newly-crowned European champions will open their campaign against a former world champion.]]>Wed, 18 Oct 2017 05:43:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019<![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.

]]>
Tue, 17 Oct 2017 13:17:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![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.

 
]]>
Tue, 17 Oct 2017 13:14:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![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™<![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. 

]]>
Mon, 16 Oct 2017 09:07:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![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!

]]>
Sun, 15 Oct 2017 05:27:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![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™.

]]>
Fri, 13 Oct 2017 14:23:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![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™<![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.

]]>
Tue, 10 Oct 2017 21:39:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![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™<![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™<![CDATA[Propper’s patience paying off]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=10/news=propper-s-patience-paying-off-2910340.htmlFour years after his first call-up for the Netherlands, Davy Propper is beginning to stake a claim for a regular spot in the Oranje starting XI. FIFA.com catches up with the Brighton and Hove Albion man, as the Dutch head into their crucial final Group A games.

]]>
Thu, 05 Oct 2017 12:35:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[No surprises as big guns make strong starts ]]>/womensworldcup/news/y=2017/m=9/news=no-surprises-as-big-guns-make-strong-starts-2908512.htmlWed, 20 Sep 2017 11:44:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019<![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.

]]>
Sun, 03 Sep 2017 22:53:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[The Week in Numbers]]>/news/y=2017/m=9/news=the-week-in-numbers-2906238.htmlThe expected prolific nature of a Selecção attacker and unexpected prolificacy of a Seleção midfielder make FIFA.com’s latest stats review, along with surprising scorelines in Auckland, Harrison, Montevideo, Sofia and Uyo.

]]>
Sat, 02 Sep 2017 11:36:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=Week in StatsKind=News
<![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™<![CDATA[Bachirou: Ostersunds example can inspire Comoros]]>/live-scores/news/y=2017/m=8/news=bachirou-ostersunds-example-can-inspire-comoros-2905110.html FIFA.com how challenges such as performing in a ballet, singing on national TV and writing a book have inspired Ostersunds players to new heights, and why his improving Comoros team can draw encouragement from the Swedes' example.]]>Thu, 24 Aug 2017 08:46:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=News<![CDATA[Big and little, old and new]]>/news/y=2017/m=8/news=big-and-little-old-and-new-2903831.htmlFIFA.com’s latest stats review, along with Real retention and climbing Poles.]]>Fri, 11 Aug 2017 16:27:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=Week in StatsKind=News<![CDATA[Granqvist relishing leadership roles in Sweden and Russia]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=8/news=granqvist-relishing-leadership-roles-in-sweden-and-russia-2903438.htmlFIFA.com speaks to Andreas Granqvist, who had the unenviable task of replacing Zlatan Ibrahimovic as Sweden captain, about the FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign on the road to Russia so far, which sees the ​Blagult ​lead Group A ahead of France and the Netherlands.

]]>
Wed, 09 Aug 2017 11:12:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Hosts Netherlands reach Women's EURO semis ]]>/development/news/y=2017/m=7/news=hosts-dutch-reach-women-s-euro-semis-2902330.htmlSat, 29 Jul 2017 21:01:00 GMTArea=Football DevelopmentSection=WomenKind=NewsTournament=UEFA European Women's Championship Netherlands 2017<![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.

]]>
Fri, 28 Jul 2017 08:07:00 GMTArea=Football DevelopmentSection=WomenKind=NewsTournament=UEFA European Women's Championship Netherlands 2017
<![CDATA[Big cats, Red Devils and a Gallic goblin]]>/news/y=2017/m=7/news=big-cats-red-devils-and-a-gallic-goblin-2901591.html FIFA.com’s latest stats review, along with foreigners on Merseyside and at the ESPYS.]]>Fri, 21 Jul 2017 08:54:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=Week in StatsKind=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[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.

]]>
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[Member associations release reports on intermediaries]]>/about-fifa/news/y=2017/m=5/news=member-associations-release-reports-on-intermediaries-2884304.htmlOver the past year, FIFA TMS Integrity and Compliance has contacted member associations to locate their respective reports and to determine what information has been published by each one of them.

]]>
Wed, 24 May 2017 10:43:00 GMTArea=OrganisationSection=Football GovernanceKind=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[Sundhage: We have high expectations for Sweden]]>/development/news/y=2017/m=3/news=sundhage-we-have-high-expectations-for-sweden-2877069.htmlSweden coach Pia Sundhage speaks to FIFA.com to reflect on her team's memorable Olympic campaign and hopes for this year's UEFA Women's EURO.

]]>
Mon, 27 Mar 2017 09:04:00 GMTArea=Football DevelopmentSection=WomenKind=News
<![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.

]]>
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 14:00:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Andersson: Sweden relishing post-Zlatan challenges]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=3/news=andersson-sweden-relishing-post-zlatan-challenges-2875513.htmlSweden coach Janne Andersson speaks to FIFA.com about coping with Zlatan Ibrahimovic's international retirement, and his hopes of leading his country to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia in his first international coaching job.

]]>
Sun, 12 Mar 2017 09:28:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[The Week in Quotes]]>/news/y=2017/m=3/news=the-week-in-quotes-2871383.htmlSat, 04 Mar 2017 10:04:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=Week in QuotesKind=News<![CDATA[Sweden and Estonia show the way ]]>/worldcup/news/y=2011/m=7/news=sweden-and-estonia-show-the-way-1483159.htmlAs teams across the globe prepare to resume their Russia 2018 preliminary campaigns, we look back to June 1933 and the first-ever FIFA World Cup qualifier between Sweden and Estonia.

]]>
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 06:47:00 GMTArea=ClassicSection=Qualifiers MatchesKind=NewsTournament=1934 FIFA World Cup Italy ™
<![CDATA[Shirts, stability and endangered foxes]]>/news/y=2017/m=2/news=shirts-stability-and-endangered-foxes-2866723.html Thomas Tuchel finally pressing repeat, an Argentinian club hitting a wild half-century and the overcoming of an implausible disadvantage feature in FIFA.com’s latest stats review, along with an incredible about-turn in England.]]>Fri, 10 Feb 2017 12:40:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=Week in StatsKind=News<![CDATA[Norway bring in Lagerback]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=2/news=norway-appoint-lars-lagerback-as-manager-2865942.htmlLars Lagerback has been appointed as Norway's new head coach, the country’s FA confirmed on Wednesday.

]]>
Wed, 01 Feb 2017 12:35:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Women’s round-up: January 2017]]>/development/news/y=2017/m=2/news=women-s-round-up-january-2017-2865907.htmlFIFA.com reviews all the news from a fascinating month for Women’s Football, headlined by a big move for USA superstar Alex Morgan.]]>Wed, 01 Feb 2017 06:47:00 GMTArea=Football DevelopmentSection=WomenKind=News<![CDATA[Technical Study Group publishes report on Papua New Guinea 2016]]>/u20womensworldcup/news/y=2017/m=1/news=technical-study-group-publishes-report-on-papua-new-guinea-2016-2863547.htmlThe Technical Study Group (TSG) has published its report on the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Papua New Guinea 2016. You can download and read it all on FIFA.com.

]]>
Mon, 23 Jan 2017 09:50:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Papua New Guinea 2016
<![CDATA[Ladies, devils and a gunslinger]]>/news/y=2017/m=1/news=ladies-devils-and-a-gunslinger-2863318.htmlEl Pistolero eclipsing every great in Barcelona’s history, La Vecchia Signora sprinting third in pursuit of a Barça record and some rampant Red Devils star in FIFA.com’s latest stats review, along with a 17-year-old from Naples and a veteran Jersey girl.]]>Fri, 13 Jan 2017 07:34:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=Week in StatsKind=News<![CDATA[The Week in Quotes]]>/news/y=2017/m=1/news=the-week-in-quotes-2862395.htmlSat, 07 Jan 2017 09:12:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=Week in QuotesKind=News