<![CDATA[FIFA.com - News]]>http://www.fifa.com/index.htmlenCopyright ©1994 - 2015 FIFA. All rights reservedThu, 30 Nov 2017 01:23:00 GMTThu, 30 Nov 2017 01:41:36 GMTFIFA.comFIFA.comhttp://www.fifa.com/imgml/rssheader.gif http://www.fifa.com/index.html13928FIFA.com RSS<![CDATA[Kharbin, Kerr named Asia’s best]]>/live-scores/news/y=2017/m=11/news=kharbin-kerr-named-asia-s-best-2921934.htmlThu, 30 Nov 2017 01:23:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=GeneralKind=News<![CDATA[Six of the best qualifiers on the road to Russia]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=11/news=six-of-the-best-qualifiers-on-the-road-to-russia-2921470.htmlFIFA.com looks back on six of the most memorable matches from the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia 2018™ qualifiers.]]>Tue, 28 Nov 2017 08:02:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Syrian dream ends but heralds bright future]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=10/news=syrian-dream-ends-but-heralds-bright-future-2913851.htmlTheir Russia 2018 adventure ended in disappointment in Sydney, but Syria achieved some momentous gains along the way. FIFA.com looks closer.

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Thu, 12 Oct 2017 13:21:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Cahill the hero as Socceroos see off Syria]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=10/news=cahill-the-hero-as-socceroos-see-off-syria-2912621.htmlTue, 10 Oct 2017 12:58:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Australia, Syria face moment of truth ]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=10/news=australia-syria-face-moment-of-truth-2912081.htmlMon, 09 Oct 2017 07:28:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[The Week in Numbers]]>/news/y=2017/m=10/news=the-week-in-numbers-2910643.htmlFIFA.com’s statistical review of the recent action.]]>Sat, 07 Oct 2017 11:39:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=Week in StatsKind=News<![CDATA[Syria and Australia share the spoils]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=10/news=syria-and-australia-share-the-spoils-2910424.htmlSyria and Australia drew 1-1 in the first leg of the FIFA World Cup™ qualifying Asian Round 4 play-off in Malacca, Malaysia. A first-half effort from Robbie Kruse was cancelled out by Omar Al Soma's late penalty.

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Thu, 05 Oct 2017 15:23:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Contrasting styles await in Asian finale]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=10/news=contrasting-styles-awaits-in-asian-finale-2910217.htmlFIFA.com runs the rule over the final match-up in Asian 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying as continental champions Australia tackle fairytale side Syria, with a ticket to the intercontinental play-off up for grabs.]]>Wed, 04 Oct 2017 08:01:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Zaher Midani: Syria ready for Australia showdown]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=10/news=zaher-midani-syria-ready-for-australia-showdown-2910155.htmlSyria midfielder Mohammed Zaher Midani speaks to FIFA.com about the country's massive upcoming FIFA World Cup™ play-off against Australia. 

 

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Tue, 03 Oct 2017 10:57:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Age no obstacle for Syria’s Al Masri]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=9/news=age-no-obstacle-for-syria-s-al-masri-2909092.htmlFIFA.com speaks to Syria's Hadi Al Masri on a burgeoning international career in his early 30's.]]>Mon, 25 Sep 2017 21:36:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Germany oust Brazil as qualifying heroes soar]]>/fifa-world-ranking/news/y=2017/m=9/news=germany-oust-brazil-as-qualifying-heroes-soar-2907633.htmlFIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, continuing this year’s ongoing tug-of-war with Brazil for top spot.]]>Thu, 14 Sep 2017 08:59:00 GMTArea=World RankingSection=Men RankingKind=News<![CDATA[The Week in Numbers]]>/news/y=2017/m=9/news=the-week-in-numbers-2907341.htmlFIFA.com’s latest stats review, along with starlets from Stuttgart and Montevideo and veterans from Belgrade and Gran Canaria.]]>Fri, 08 Sep 2017 10:33:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=Week in StatsKind=News<![CDATA[Korea Republic, Saudi Arabia qualify, Syria make history]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=9/news=korea-republic-saudi-arabia-qualify-syria-make-history-2906877.htmlSaudi Arabia and Korea Republic snatch the last two automatic tickets to 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia 2018, while Australia and Syria must battle it out in Round Four.

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Tue, 05 Sep 2017 21:56:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Russia 2018: Who can qualify this week?]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=9/news=russia-2018-who-can-qualify-this-week-2906775.htmlCosta Rica, Germany, Nigeria and any two of six competing Asian sides could book their places at Russia 2018 this week. FIFA.com looks at the teams in the running and what they require to secure their spots. 

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Mon, 04 Sep 2017 13:57:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Drama looms in Asian finale]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=9/news=drama-looms-for-asian-finale-2906651.htmlFIFA.com previews what is likely to be a tense conclusion to Russia 2018 qualifying in Asia with six nations still in the hunt for the two remaining automatic qualification berths on offer.

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Mon, 04 Sep 2017 07:25:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Samurai Blue through as quintet have to leave it late]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=8/news=japan-through-as-quintet-have-to-leave-it-late-2906052.htmlJapan became the second Asian team to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, joining Iran at the global finals after beating Australia 2-0 at home.

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Thu, 31 Aug 2017 16:46:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Returning Al Somah boosts Syrian hopes]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=8/news=returning-al-somah-boosts-syrian-hopes-2905835.htmlWhile Syria are outsiders for a place at Russia 2018, their hopes have been lifted by the return of striker Omar Al Somah after a five-year absence. FIFA.com looks closer. 

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Wed, 30 Aug 2017 12:17:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Tickets to Russia up for grabs in Asia]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=8/news=afc-fwcq-matchday-9-preview-wendesday-2905762.htmlFIFA.com previews a delicately poised penultimate matchday in Asia where nine nations remain in contention and potentially two tickets to Russia 2018 will be secured.]]>Wed, 30 Aug 2017 05:50:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Syria skipper Al Salih eyes unlikely World Cup dream]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=7/news=syria-skipper-al-salih-eyes-unlikely-world-cup-dream-2900759.htmlFIFA.com speaks with Syria captain Ahmad Al Salih who has played a key role in helping his nation maintain an unlikely charge for Russia 2018 despite being unable to play home matches.]]>Tue, 11 Jul 2017 06:11:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Iran complete mission as Korea Republic, Japan stunned]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=6/news=iran-complete-mission-as-korea-republic-japan-stunned-2894699.htmlWed, 14 Jun 2017 02:02:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Iran seek qualification as Japan aim to move clear]]>http://www.fifa.com?cid=rssfeed&att=Asia's qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia is approaching its first watershed moment with Iran in sight of reaching the global finals.

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Sun, 11 Jun 2017 11:48:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[New Zealand climb ahead of Confed Cup, Poles into top ten]]>/fifa-world-ranking/news/y=2017/m=5/news=new-zealand-climb-ahead-of-confed-cup-poles-into-top-ten-2890741.htmlAhead of a busy month in senior international football, with FIFA World Cup™ qualifying and the FIFA Confederations Cup set to take centre stage in June, there has been a small amount of notable movement in the latest FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking. 

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Thu, 01 Jun 2017 08:55:00 GMTArea=World RankingSection=Men RankingKind=News
<![CDATA[In-form super-sub Hanchao raring to go ]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=5/news=in-form-super-sub-hanchao-raring-to-go-2891044.htmlFIFA.com hears from in-form Guangzhou Evergrande forward Yu Hanchao, who could be the x-factor China PR need if they are to revive their flagging 2018 FIFA World Cup ambitions.]]>Thu, 01 Jun 2017 02:22:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[History and milestones mark Asia’s road to France]]>/development/news/y=2017/m=4/news=history-and-milestones-mark-asia-s-road-to-france-2879510.htmlFIFA.com reviews a landmark round of FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019™ qualifiers in Asia where there were several debutants and at least one major casualty.]]>Thu, 13 Apr 2017 07:16:00 GMTArea=Football DevelopmentSection=WomenKind=News<![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™<![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™<![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.

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Thu, 23 Mar 2017 19:23:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![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™<![CDATA[Asian hopefuls eye France 2019 berths]]>/development/news/y=2017/m=1/news=asian-hopefuls-eye-france-2019-berths-2863965.htmlSat, 21 Jan 2017 16:50:00 GMTArea=Football DevelopmentSection=WomenKind=News<![CDATA[Al Kadri: New life, old passion]]>/news/y=2016/m=12/news=al-kadri-new-life-old-passion-2861403.htmlWed, 21 Dec 2016 05:03:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=News centreKind=News<![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™<![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.

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Tue, 15 Nov 2016 18:37:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![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.

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Mon, 14 Nov 2016 02:49:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Germany, Brazil climb to close in on Argentina]]>/fifa-world-ranking/news/y=2016/m=10/news=germany-brazil-climb-to-close-in-on-argentina-2844703.htmlFollowing another packed round of 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ qualifiers, there has been a reshuffle on the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking podium as Germany and Brazil moved into second and third respectively.

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Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:57:00 GMTArea=World RankingSection=Men RankingKind=News
<![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.

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Tue, 11 Oct 2016 21:30:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Women’s coaching workshop shines light on bright future]]>/u17womensworldcup/news/y=2016/m=10/news=women-s-coaching-workshop-shines-light-on-bright-future-2842312.htmlMon, 10 Oct 2016 16:54:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Jordan 2016<![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™<![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™<![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.

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Thu, 06 Oct 2016 22:56:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![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™<![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™<![CDATA[Records fall across the globe]]>/news/y=2016/m=9/news=records-fall-across-the-globe-2830987.htmlFIFA.com’s latest statistical review, as well two on-song European superstars and the fall of defensive impregnability.]]>Wed, 07 Sep 2016 11:29:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=Week in StatsKind=News<![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™<![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™<![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™<![CDATA[Syria defying circumstances to climb high]]>/fifa-world-ranking/news/y=2016/m=6/news=syria-defying-circumstances-to-climb-high-2803363.htmlThu, 23 Jun 2016 10:00:00 GMTArea=World RankingSection=Men RankingKind=News<![CDATA[Kharbin: We want to put a smile on Syrian faces]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=6/news=khribin-we-want-to-put-a-smile-on-syrian-faces-2801823.htmlHaving fired Syria into striking distance of their first-ever FIFA World Cup finals, forward Omar Kharbin sat down with FIFA.com to talk upcoming challenges, crucial goals and giving something to those back home.

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Wed, 15 Jun 2016 11:10:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Jordan seminar seeks to leverage U-17 legacy and grow women’s football in West Asia]]>/u17womensworldcup/news/y=2016/m=5/news=jordan-seminar-seeks-to-leverage-u-17-legacy-and-grow-women-s-football-2791745.htmlAs part of the legacy programme of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Jordan 2016, a regional women’s football development seminar was held in Jordan between 17 and 20 May.

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Fri, 20 May 2016 13:41:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Jordan 2016
<![CDATA[Syrian father finds sanctuary on Spanish pitches]]>/live-scores/news/y=2016/m=4/news=syrian-father-finds-sanctuary-on-spanish-pitches-2781264.htmlOsama Abdul Mohsen, the Syrian refugee infamously tripped by a Hungarian TV reporter as he fled with his son in his arms, speaks to FIFA.com about his long journey to Madrid, where he now coaches local youngsters.

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Fri, 15 Apr 2016 11:55:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=GeneralKind=News
<![CDATA[Group A preview: Potential debutants dare to dream]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=4/news=group-a-preview-potential-debutants-dare-to-dream-2780725.htmlTue, 12 Apr 2016 20:45:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=Group AnalysisTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™