<![CDATA[FIFA.com - News]]>http://www.fifa.com/index.htmlenCopyright ©1994 - 2015 FIFA. All rights reservedMon, 11 Jan 2016 02:18:00 GMTThu, 14 Jan 2016 08:58:54 GMTFIFA.comFIFA.comhttp://www.fifa.com/imgml/rssheader.gif http://www.fifa.com/index.html13928FIFA.com RSS<![CDATA[Asian hopefuls set sights on Rio 2016 ]]>http://www.fifa.com?cid=rssfeed&att=Asia's final qualification for the Men's Olympic Football Tournament at Rio 2016 begins at the start of the new year with 16 sides vying for a place in the global showpiece this August. FIFA.com previews the upcoming competition and takes a closer look at the contenders eager to take a trip to Rio.

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Mon, 11 Jan 2016 02:18:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=Olympic Football Tournaments Rio 2016 - Men
<![CDATA[Thrillers galore and surprises aplenty in Asia]]>http://www.fifa.com?cid=rssfeed&att=The year in Asian qualifying for Russia 2018 has been one to savour for all those who enjoy a surprise, with minnows making waves and favourites faltering as only Qatar end the year with a guaranteed spot in the next round.]]>Mon, 28 Dec 2015 02:26:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Iraq make history by seeing off Syria]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=11/news=iraq-make-history-by-seeing-off-syria-2735465.html

We remember the game that sealed Iraq’s maiden appearance at the FIFA World Cup on 29 November 1985, with legendary former forward Ahmed Radhi recalling his memories from the two-legged win over Syria.

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Sun, 29 Nov 2015 10:20:00 GMTArea=ClassicSection=Qualifiers MatchesKind=NewsTournament=1986 FIFA World Cup Mexico ™
<![CDATA[Nigeria head African party in Chile]]>/u17worldcup/news/y=2015/m=11/news=nigeria-head-african-party-in-chile-2732150.htmlFIFA.com looks back on a memorable FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile, which brought joy for Nigeria and breakthrough successes for the likes of Mali and Belgium, as well as heralding the arrival of several new stars.]]>Thu, 12 Nov 2015 11:31:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA U-17 World Cup Chile 2015<![CDATA[Stange: Right now I can’t live without football]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=11/news=stange-right-now-i-can-t-live-without-football-2731876.htmlFIFA.com about Singapore's success in Russia 2018 qualifying, receiving praise from Jose Mourinho, getting his team to ditch the long ball for a more modern style of play and why he just can't give up football. ]]>Wed, 11 Nov 2015 02:50:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Last 16 determined on day of drama]]>http://www.fifa.com?cid=rssfeed&att=Mon, 26 Oct 2015 03:46:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA U-17 World Cup Chile 2015<![CDATA[Ruthless France send Syria home]]>/u17worldcup/matches/round=271783/match=300298410/match-report.htmlSun, 25 Oct 2015 20:49:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=Match SummaryTournament=FIFA U-17 World Cup Chile 2015<![CDATA[Final push for the knockouts]]>/u17worldcup/news/y=2015/m=10/news=final-push-for-the-knockouts-2721315.htmlFrance alone will go into the final day of group matches at the FIFA U-17 World Cup Chile 2015 sure of their place in the knockout stage, for the seven other teams, everything remains possible.

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Sat, 24 Oct 2015 18:36:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA U-17 World Cup Chile 2015
<![CDATA[The Week in Quotes]]>/news/y=2015/m=10/news=the-week-in-quotes-2721048.html​The latest from our weekly feature includes some of the best lines from the FIFA U-17 World Cup Chile 2015 so far, a tribute to the recently retired Shannon Boxx, Alessandro Del Piero complimenting Gianluigi Buffon, reaction from the recent FIFA Ballon d'Or award announcements and more.]]>Sat, 24 Oct 2015 08:54:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=Week in QuotesKind=News<![CDATA[France the only victors on day of penalties]]>/u17worldcup/news/y=2015/m=10/news=france-the-only-victors-on-day-of-penalties-2720806.htmlMatchday 6 at the FIFA U-17 World Cup Chile 2015 served up plenty of talking points, although this time goals were not the main topic of conversation with the battle between goalkeepers and penalty takers providing a gripping spectacle.

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Fri, 23 Oct 2015 03:59:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA U-17 World Cup Chile 2015
<![CDATA[New Zealand, Syria left to settle for point]]>/u17worldcup/matches/round=271783/match=300298368/match-report.htmlNew Zealand and Syria were left to settle for a point after an evenly-contested goalless draw at the Estadio Chinquihue in Puerto Montt in Group F of the FIFA U-17 World Cup Chile 2015.

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Thu, 22 Oct 2015 22:53:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=Match SummaryTournament=FIFA U-17 World Cup Chile 2015
<![CDATA[Syria: pride despite adversity]]>/u17worldcup/news/y=2015/m=10/news=syria-pride-despite-adversity-2719917.htmlFIFA.com spoke to Mohammad Al Attar, Syria's coach at the FIFA U-17 World Cup, on the difficulties the squad have faced in preparation for the tournament, due in part to the ongoing situation back home.

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Wed, 21 Oct 2015 18:12:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA U-17 World Cup Chile 2015
<![CDATA[France, Paraguay shine while Asian champs disappoint]]>/u17worldcup/news/y=2015/m=10/news=recitals-de-fin-de-tournee-2719283-2719363.htmlTue, 20 Oct 2015 03:12:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA U-17 World Cup Chile 2015<![CDATA[Paraguay too strong for Syria]]>/u17worldcup/matches/round=271783/match=300298375/match-report.htmlTue, 20 Oct 2015 01:50:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=Match SummaryTournament=FIFA U-17 World Cup Chile 2015<![CDATA[Chile all set for U-17 party]]>http://www.fifa.com?cid=rssfeed&att=FIFA.com looks ahead to the world's best U-17 players strutting their stuff in a country flying high following a spate of recent football success stories.]]>Thu, 15 Oct 2015 16:18:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA U-17 World Cup Chile 2015<![CDATA[Past and present events inspiring Al Hussain]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=10/news=past-and-present-events-inspiring-al-hussain-2709660.htmlSyria captain Abdelrazaq Al Hussain speaks with FIFA.com ahead of his country's crucial 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Group E qualifier against Asian powerhouse Japan and how his team are aiming to bring hope amidst suffering back home.

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Tue, 06 Oct 2015 15:47:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)
<![CDATA[Giants cruise as Jordan, China PR bounce back]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=9/news=giants-cruise-as-jordan-china-pr-bounce-back-2676528.html
Regional favourites underlined their dominance, while Jordan and China PR bounced back on Matchday 4 of 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia qualifying in Asia. FIFA.com reviews all the action across the continent.

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Tue, 08 Sep 2015 20:15:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)
<![CDATA[Away tests await Asian giants]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=9/news=away-tests-await-asian-giants-2676019.htmlFIFA.com takes a closer look at all the upcoming action in Asia from Matchday 4 of 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia qualifying.]]>Mon, 07 Sep 2015 06:49:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Drubbings, upsets and goal sprees]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=9/news=drubbings-upsets-and-goal-sprees-2675117.htmlFIFA.com reviews all the action across the continent.]]>Thu, 03 Sep 2015 22:03:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Giants aim to fight back as minnows seek breakthrough]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=9/news=giants-aim-to-fight-back-as-minnows-seek-breakthrough-2674892.htmlFIFA.com previews all the action here.]]>Wed, 02 Sep 2015 06:34:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Syrian history-maker counsels U-17 hopefuls]]>http://www.fifa.com?cid=rssfeed&att=Fri, 28 Aug 2015 11:48:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA U-17 World Cup Chile 2015<![CDATA[Draw marks the way to Chile 2015 glory]]>http://www.fifa.com?cid=rssfeed&att=Fri, 07 Aug 2015 01:07:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA U-17 World Cup Chile 2015<![CDATA[World Cup qualifying: the story so far]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=7/news=world-cup-qualifying-the-story-so-far-2660791.htmlWith the Preliminary Draw set to take centre stage this week, we look back at the first steps on the road to Russia 2018, with 76 FIFA World Cup qualifying matches having already been played across Asia and North America.

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Tue, 21 Jul 2015 14:23:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)
<![CDATA[Guam train continues as Japan, Iran blush]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=6/news=guam-train-continues-as-japan-iran-blush-2649326.htmlGuam and the Philippines continued their fairytale starts to Asian Zone qualifying on Matchday 2, while Japan and Iran were held to unforeseen draws and two teams recorded 6-0 wins.

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Tue, 16 Jun 2015 20:25:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2018 Prel. Comp. Asian Zone
<![CDATA[Asian powerhouses eye opening victories ]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=6/news=monday-asian-powerhouses-eye-opening-victories-2648433.htmlFIFA.com previewing all the action.]]>Mon, 15 Jun 2015 10:29:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2018 Prel. Comp. Asian Zone<![CDATA[Upsets, thrashings and 11th-hour saviours]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=6/news=upsets-thashings-and-11th-hour-saviours-2646383.htmlThu, 11 Jun 2015 22:24:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2018 Prel. Comp. Asian Zone<![CDATA[Asian minnows face tough opening tasks ]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=6/news=asian-minnows-face-tough-opening-tasks-2639811.htmlWed, 10 Jun 2015 07:06:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2018 Prel. Comp. Asian Zone<![CDATA[Varied reactions across Asia after Russia 2018 draw]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=4/news=varied-reactions-across-asia-over-russia-2018-draw-2590780.htmlFIFA.com looks at the reaction to Tuesday’s FIFA World Cup qualifying draw in Asia, with coaches from across the continent providing their views on the looming campaign.

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Wed, 15 Apr 2015 08:16:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2018 Prel. Comp. Asian Zone
<![CDATA[Asian draw throws up derbies and drama]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=4/news=draw-throws-up-derbies-and-drama-2590319.htmlTue, 14 Apr 2015 10:59:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2018 Prel. Comp. Asian Zone<![CDATA[World Cup draw looms large in Asia]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=4/news=world-cup-draw-looms-large-in-asia-2590022.htmlMon, 13 Apr 2015 06:53:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2018 Prel. Comp. Asian Zone<![CDATA[Belgium and Brazil climb third and fifth]]>/fifa-world-ranking/news/y=2015/m=4/news=belgium-and-brazil-climb-third-and-fifth-2583443.htmlThu, 09 Apr 2015 08:58:00 GMTArea=World RankingSection=Men RankingKind=News<![CDATA[Hopefuls shine through to Asian finals]]>/mensolympic/news/y=2015/m=4/news=hopefuls-shine-through-to-asian-finals-2581159.htmlWed, 01 Apr 2015 06:12:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=Olympic Football Tournaments Rio 2016 - Men<![CDATA[Young Syrians responding to adversity ]]>/u17worldcup/news/y=2015/m=1/news=young-syrians-responding-to-adversity-2509239.htmlTue, 20 Jan 2015 14:22:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA U-17 World Cup Chile 2015<![CDATA[Korea DPR recapture Asian laurels ]]>/u17worldcup/news/y=2014/m=9/news=korea-dpr-recapture-asian-laurels-2442725.htmlFIFA.com run the rule over the recent Asian qualifiers for Chile 2015 with Korea DPR topping a successful quartet that also included Korea Republic, Syria and Australia.]]>Mon, 22 Sep 2014 06:50:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA U-17 World Cup Chile 2015<![CDATA[Asian foursome book Chile 2015 ticket]]>/u17worldcup/news/y=2014/m=9/news=australia-korea-republic-book-chile-ticket-2439739.htmlAustralia, Korea Republic, Syria and Korea DPR all booked a spot at the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup by reaching the semi-finals of the AFC U-16 Championship, seeing off Malaysia, Japan, Uzbekistan and Iran in their respective quarter-finals.

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Sun, 14 Sep 2014 12:10:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA U-17 World Cup Chile 2015
<![CDATA[Underdogs challenge favourites for global spots]]>/u17worldcup/news/y=2014/m=9/news=afc-u16-championship-preview-2436368.htmlFri, 05 Sep 2014 06:05:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA U-17 World Cup Chile 2015<![CDATA[Jordan and football team up for Syrian children]]>/news/y=2014/m=8/news=jordan-and-football-team-up-for-syrian-children-2421318.htmlThu, 14 Aug 2014 18:13:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=Video of the WeekKind=News<![CDATA[Drama as Iraq, China earn passage]]>http://www.fifa.com?cid=rssfeed&att=FIFA.com wraps up a dramatic final day of qualifying for the AFC Asian Cup as Iraq and China PR sealed progression in vastly contrasting fashion, while Lebanese hopes were dashed by the slimmest of margins.]]>Thu, 06 Mar 2014 07:07:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=News<![CDATA[UAE opens arms to western Asian coaches]]>/development/news/y=2013/m=10/news=uae-opens-arms-western-asian-coaches-2206785.htmlSun, 27 Oct 2013 23:41:00 GMTArea=Football DevelopmentSection=EducationKind=News<![CDATA[Executive Committee welcomes progress for Palestine football & launches consultation process on Qatar 2022 dates]]>/about-fifa/news/y=2013/m=10/news=executive-welcomes-progress-for-palestine-football-launches-consultation-2190697.htmlFri, 04 Oct 2013 15:56:00 GMTArea=OrganisationSection=BodiesKind=Release<![CDATA[Football as a peacemaker]]>/news/y=2013/m=7/news=football-peacemaker-2132306.htmlFIFA.com casts the spotlight on the frontier between Israel and Syria, where football is playing its part in bringing peace to the region.]]>Fri, 05 Jul 2013 13:14:47 GMTArea=News CentreSection=Video of the WeekKind=News<![CDATA[FIFA to support Syrian refugees ]]>/development/news/y=2013/m=6/news=fifa-support-syrian-refugees-2103397.htmlThu, 06 Jun 2013 08:54:01 GMTArea=Football DevelopmentSection=GrassrootKind=News<![CDATA[Syrian football thriving despite troubles]]>http://www.fifa.com?cid=rssfeed&att=Thu, 25 Apr 2013 09:14:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=Club FootballKind=NewsTournament=Iraqi League 2013/2014<![CDATA[New stars rise on Asian scene]]>http://www.fifa.com?cid=rssfeed&att=FIFA.com takes a look at a handful of young stars who are making an ever-increasing impact in Asian football at both club and international level.]]>Tue, 16 Apr 2013 07:35:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=News<![CDATA[Executive Committee strongly backs further governance reforms and strengthens fight against racism and discrimination ]]>/about-fifa/news/y=2013/m=3/news=executive-committee-strongly-backs-further-governance-reforms-and-streng-2039605.htmlThu, 21 Mar 2013 14:17:00 GMTArea=OrganisationSection=BodiesKind=Release<![CDATA[Blatter shocked after Syrian player killed]]>/news/y=2013/m=2/news=blatter-shocked-after-syrian-player-killed-2016591.htmlAfter the death of a young Syrian footballer in Damascus, President Joseph S. Blatter has written to the Syrian Football Association President relaying his shock and heartfelt condolences to the player's loved ones.

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Fri, 22 Feb 2013 09:56:00 GMTArea=ClassicSection=ObituariesKind=News
<![CDATA[Football provides hope in Syria]]>/development/news/y=2013/m=2/news=football-provides-hope-syria-2012386.htmlSyria may be a country in turmoil, but their national team is proving an important unifier as FIFA.com speaks with coach Hosam Al Sayed and captain Mosab Balhous the power of football and their recent cup triumph.

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Fri, 15 Feb 2013 08:22:00 GMTArea=Football DevelopmentSection=GenericKind=News
<![CDATA[Asian favourites open brightly]]>http://www.fifa.com?cid=rssfeed&att=Thu, 07 Feb 2013 02:55:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=News<![CDATA[Journey to Asian glory opens with key match-ups ]]>http://www.fifa.com?cid=rssfeed&att=FIFA.com previews all the action.]]>Tue, 05 Feb 2013 07:34:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=News<![CDATA[Red Eagles helping storm clouds dissipate in Syria]]>/fifa-world-ranking/news/y=2013/m=1/news=red-eagles-helping-storm-clouds-dissipate-syria-1998477.htmlThu, 31 Jan 2013 08:40:00 GMTArea=World RankingSection=Men RankingKind=News