<![CDATA[FIFA.com - News]]>http://www.fifa.com/index.htmlenCopyright ©1994 - 2015 FIFA. All rights reservedMon, 28 Mar 2016 00:03:00 GMTTue, 29 Mar 2016 00:28:16 GMTFIFA.comFIFA.comhttp://www.fifa.com/imgml/rssheader.gif http://www.fifa.com/index.html13928FIFA.com RSS<![CDATA[Seven tickets await on decisive matchday]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=3/news=seven-tickets-await-on-decisive-matchday-2772687.htmlFIFA.com previews what promises to be a thrilling conclusion to round two in Asian qualifying for Russia 2018.]]>Mon, 28 Mar 2016 00:03:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Thrillers galore and surprises aplenty in Asia]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=12/news=thrillers-galore-and-surprises-aplenty-in-asia-2747968.htmlThe 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[Duo edge closer as quartet bounce back]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=11/news=duo-edge-closer-as-quartet-bounce-back-2732117.htmlThursday's 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ qualifying matchday in Asia saw Thailand and Korea Republic close on progression with victories. 

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Thu, 12 Nov 2015 17:58:00 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[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[Bright horizons for Timor-Leste]]>/fifa-world-ranking/news/y=2015/m=5/news=bright-horizons-for-timor-leste-2607223.htmlFIFA.com looks at Timor-Leste’s breakthrough FIFA World Cup results this year and subsequent rise on the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking.]]>Thu, 21 May 2015 09:57:00 GMTArea=World RankingSection=Men RankingKind=News<![CDATA[Wales set another personal best, Russia return to top 30]]>/fifa-world-ranking/news/y=2015/m=5/news=wales-set-another-personal-best-russia-return-to-top-30-2602590.htmlThu, 07 May 2015 09:00:00 GMTArea=World RankingSection=Men RankingKind=News<![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<![CDATA[Trio make history as Chinese Taipei recover]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=3/news=trio-make-history-as-chinese-taipei-recover-2566120.htmlTue, 17 Mar 2015 15:30:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2018 Prel. Comp. Asian Zone<![CDATA[Trio eye progression as duo aim to bounce back]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=3/news=quartet-eye-progression-as-duo-aim-to-bounce-back-2565319.htmlWith five ties finely poised in the first round of Asian qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, FIFA.com previews the second leg matches, with the potential for more surprise results and fairytale stories.

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Mon, 16 Mar 2015 05:40:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2018 Prel. Comp. Asian Zone
<![CDATA[Long road to Russia begins in Dili]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=3/news=long-road-to-russia-begins-in-dili-2557346.htmlWed, 11 Mar 2015 08:50:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2018 Prel. Comp. Asian Zone<![CDATA[Underdogs aim to open Asian qualifying with a bang]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=3/news=underdogs-aim-to-open-asian-qualifying-with-a-bang-2557103.htmlWed, 11 Mar 2015 00:57:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2018 Prel. Comp. Asian Zone<![CDATA[Asia ready for first step on road to Russia]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=2/news=asia-ready-for-first-step-on-road-to-russia-2522561.htmlFIFA.com takes a look at the six ties that will kick off qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, with Stephen Constantine's return to Nepal with India among the standout matches.]]>Tue, 10 Feb 2015 10:47:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2018 Prel. Comp. Asian Zone<![CDATA[Asian minnows begin World Cup mission]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=2/news=world-cup-route-mapped-out-for-asian-minnows-2522325.htmlFIFA.com previews the upcoming draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers in Asia, with the 12 lowest ranked countries on the continent ready to learn their fate as they take the first tentative steps on the road to Russia.]]>Mon, 09 Feb 2015 12:59:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2018 Prel. Comp. Asian Zone<![CDATA[Myanmar, Laos top regional quintet]]>http://www.fifa.com/world-match-centre/news/newsid/245/941/5/index.html?cid=rssfeed&att=Tue, 21 Oct 2014 06:35:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=News<![CDATA[Thai talents rock the region]]>http://www.fifa.com?cid=rssfeed&att=FIFA.com reviews the Men's Football Tournament of the 2013 SEA Games, which saw a host of young players emerge and Thailand crowed champions. ]]>Sun, 22 Dec 2013 13:57:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=News<![CDATA[Live Your Goals busy across the globe]]>/development/news/y=2013/m=11/news=live-your-goals-busy-across-the-globe-2215045.htmlFIFA.com looks back on the initiative’s latest developments in September and October.]]>Fri, 01 Nov 2013 12:57:00 GMTArea=Football DevelopmentSection=Live your goalsKind=News<![CDATA[FIFA to implement first Goal project in Indonesia ]]>/development/news/y=2013/m=9/news=fifa-implement-first-goal-project-indonesia-2167539.htmlWed, 04 Sep 2013 18:21:00 GMTArea=Football DevelopmentSection=Goal ProgrammeKind=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[Argentina climb third, Italy and Russia rise]]>/fifa-world-ranking/news/y=2012/m=11/news=argentina-climb-third-italy-and-russia-rise-1847063.htmlWed, 07 Nov 2012 08:59:00 GMTArea=World RankingSection=Men RankingKind=News<![CDATA[Malaysia maintain regional supremacy]]>http://www.fifa.com/world-match-centre/news/newsid/154/605/8/index.html?cid=rssfeed&att=FIFA.com reviews the tournament.]]>Tue, 22 Nov 2011 08:23:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=News<![CDATA[Favourites progress as stars shine]]>/worldcup/news/y=2011/m=7/news=favourites-progress-stars-shine-1467720.htmlThe first round of qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ in Brazil has been completed, seeing a barrel-load of goals scored around Asia, with the likes of big-guns Vietnam being joined by first-time qualifiers Philippines.

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Sun, 03 Jul 2011 22:27:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. Asian Zone
<![CDATA[Stern tests for Asian hopefuls]]>/worldcup/news/y=2011/m=7/news=stern-tests-for-asian-hopefuls-1466177.htmlThe chance to mix with Asia's big guns is up for grabs this weekend, with 16 of the continent's minnows battling it out in the second legs of the preliminary qualifying round.

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Fri, 01 Jul 2011 10:33:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. Asian Zone
<![CDATA[Preliminary journey kicks off in Asia]]>/worldcup/news/y=2011/m=6/news=preliminary-journey-kicks-off-asia-1464834.htmlFIFA.com reviews all the action.]]>Thu, 30 Jun 2011 05:03:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. Asian Zone<![CDATA[Sixteen hopefuls embark on Brazil path]]>/worldcup/news/y=2011/m=6/news=sixteen-hopefuls-embark-brazil-path-1463106.htmlAsia's lowest-ranked teams are set to begin continental qualifying for the 2014 tournament, with Sri Lanka-Philippines, Bangladesh-Pakistan and Malaysia-Chinese Taipei among the most appetising matches on the menu.

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Tue, 28 Jun 2011 10:29:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil ™
<![CDATA[Brazil 2014 draw stirs Asian hopefuls ]]>/worldcup/news/y=2011/m=3/news=brazil-2014-draw-stirs-asian-hopefuls-1409548.htmlFIFA.com reviews the Asian qualifying draw for the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ which has thrown up a host of intriguing match-ups as some of the continents smaller footballing nations seek a share of the spotlight.]]>Thu, 31 Mar 2011 09:02:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=Preliminary DrawKind=NewsTournament=2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil ™<![CDATA[Asia's Brazil 2014 draw made]]>/worldcup/news/y=2011/m=3/news=asia-brazil-2014-draw-made-1408931.htmlThe AFC has conducted the draw for Asia’s first and second round qualifiers for Brazil 2014.

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Wed, 30 Mar 2011 11:26:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=Preliminary DrawKind=NewsTournament=2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil ™
<![CDATA[Asian Zone to play preliminary round for Brazil 2014]]>/worldcup/news/y=2011/m=3/news=asian-zone-play-preliminary-round-for-brazil-2014-1401533.htmlSat, 19 Mar 2011 14:38:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil ™<![CDATA[Timor-Leste: Building work continues with Goal III]]>/about-fifa/news/y=2011/m=3/news=timor-leste-building-work-continues-with-goal-iii-1398445.htmlFIFA President Joseph S. Blatter is this week touring Asia, where his first port of call was Timor-Leste.

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Tue, 15 Mar 2011 11:15:00 GMTArea=OrganisationSection=PresidentKind=News
<![CDATA[Laos, Philippines reach ASEAN Cup]]>http://www.fifa.com/world-match-centre/news/newsid/132/562/6/index.html?cid=rssfeed&att=Laos and Philippines secured the final two berths at the 2010 ASEAN Cup after qualifying for the eight-nation tournament at the expense of Cambodia and Timor Leste.

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Wed, 27 Oct 2010 01:33:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=News
<![CDATA[Beach soccer lays roots in Dubai]]>/development/news/y=2009/m=12/news=beach-soccer-lays-roots-dubai-1147298.htmlNovember 2009 will go down as a historic date for beach soccer in Dubai, with minds now focused on developing the discipline in the UAE.

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Thu, 10 Dec 2009 11:31:00 GMTArea=Football DevelopmentSection=Beach SoccerKind=News
<![CDATA[Kalbuadi: We are family]]>/about-fifa/news/y=2008/m=11/news=kalbuadi-are-family-954330.html Francisco Kalbuadi, President of the Timor-Leste FA, paid a visit to Zurich and spoke to FIFA.com about the development of football on the island.

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Thu, 20 Nov 2008 13:29:00 GMTArea=OrganisationSection=Home of FifaKind=News
<![CDATA[Heavy blows for Asian giants]]>/worldcup/news/y=2008/m=3/news=heavy-blows-for-asian-giants-722162.htmlWed, 26 Mar 2008 19:25:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa ™<![CDATA[What is the best game you've seen?]]>http://www.fifa.com/world-match-centre/news/newsid/703/720/index.html?cid=rssfeed&att=Be it from international or club level, yesteryear or the modern era, FIFA.com would like to know what is the best match you have ever watched.

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Tue, 04 Mar 2008 17:47:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=GeneralKind=Have Your Say
<![CDATA[What is the most exciting league?]]>http://www.fifa.com/world-match-centre/news/newsid/682/680/index.html?cid=rssfeed&att=Planet football is home to a number of captivating national championships. But which, do you feel, is the most most exciting league in the world?

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Sun, 03 Feb 2008 09:58:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=Club FootballKind=Have Your Say
<![CDATA[Asian route marked out]]>/worldcup/news/y=2007/m=12/news=asian-route-marked-out-660494.html]]>Fri, 14 Dec 2007 11:42:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa ™<![CDATA[Asia's ups and downs]]>/worldcup/news/y=2007/m=11/news=asia-ups-and-downs-643876.htmlSat, 24 Nov 2007 11:51:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=Preliminary DrawKind=NewsTournament=2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa ™<![CDATA[Debutants take to the stage]]>/worldcup/news/y=2007/m=11/news=debutants-take-the-stage-643960.htmlThe field of 200 teams taking part in the 2010 FIFA World Cup Preliminaries includes five nations making their first appearance at this level.

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Fri, 23 Nov 2007 19:38:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=Preliminary DrawKind=NewsTournament=2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa ™
<![CDATA[Favourites clear first hurdle]]>/worldcup/news/y=2007/m=10/news=favourites-clear-first-hurdle-624270.htmlMon, 29 Oct 2007 10:25:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=Preliminary DrawKind=NewsTournament=2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa ™<![CDATA[Aspirants out to preserve dream]]>/worldcup/news/y=2007/m=10/news=aspirants-out-preserve-dream-623115.htmlFifteen decisive first round, second leg matches will take place on Sunday as Asia takes a step towards determining its representatives in South Africa.

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Fri, 26 Oct 2007 08:30:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=Preliminary DrawKind=NewsTournament=2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa ™
<![CDATA[Traditional powers set the tone]]>/worldcup/news/y=2007/m=10/news=traditional-powers-set-the-tone-620877.htmlMon, 22 Oct 2007 12:17:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=Preliminary DrawKind=NewsTournament=2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa ™