<![CDATA[FIFA.com - News]]>http://www.fifa.com/index.htmlenCopyright ©1994 - 2015 FIFA. All rights reservedThu, 18 Jan 2018 08:51:00 GMTThu, 18 Jan 2018 16:33:31 GMTFIFA.comFIFA.comhttp://www.fifa.com/imgml/rssheader.gif http://www.fifa.com/index.html13928FIFA.com RSS<![CDATA[Kuwait & Tunisia climb as top ten hold firm]]>/fifa-world-ranking/news/y=2018/m=1/news=kuwait-tunisia-climb-as-top-ten-hold-firm-2926432.htmlWith just 22 matches played, all friendlies, since the December edition, it is no surprise to see few significant changes in the first FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking of 2018, with Germany remaining on top.

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Thu, 18 Jan 2018 08:51:00 GMTArea=World RankingSection=Men RankingKind=News
<![CDATA[Khazri: Tunisia can go far in Russia]]>/worldcup/news/y=2018/m=1/news=khazri-tunisia-can-go-far-in-russia-2926240.htmlPresent at three successive FIFA World Cups between 1998 and 2006, the Eagles of Carthage were surprise absentees from South Africa 2010 and Brazil 2014. Tunisia midfielder Wahbi Khazri speaks with FIFA.com in an exclusive interview about his team's ambitions in Russia after a lengthy absence from the world finals.

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Fri, 12 Jan 2018 08:26:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Arab teams star on the road to Russia]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=12/news=arab-teams-star-on-the-road-to-russia-2925635.htmlWith Egypt, Morocco, Saudi Arabia and Tunisia having booked their berths at next year’s global finals, FIFA.com looks back on the four Arab nations’ journeys to Russia 2018.

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Fri, 22 Dec 2017 15:23:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Meet the 32 Finalists for Russia 2018]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=11/news=meet-the-32-finalists-for-russia-2018-2921492.htmlLearn all about the 32 teams that will play at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ by viewing our colourful, interactive guide!

 

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Tue, 28 Nov 2017 14:17:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![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[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.

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Thu, 16 Nov 2017 10:25:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Long-term absentees make triumphant returns]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=11/news=long-term-absentees-make-triumphant-returns-2919837.htmlMon, 13 Nov 2017 12:49:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Eagles of Carthage take off for Russia]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=11/news=eagles-of-carthage-take-off-for-russia-2919711.htmlIn qualifying for Russia 2018, Tunisia ended a 12-year absence from the world finals. FIFA.com spoke to the players who made it happen.

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Sun, 12 Nov 2017 14:58:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Morocco, Tunisia reach Russia 2018]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=11/news=tunisia-morocco-reach-russia-2018-2919583.htmlMorocco and Tunisia completed CAF's line-up at the FIFA World Cup™, securing the last of Africa's berths at Russia 2018.

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Sat, 11 Nov 2017 19:59:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Three spots up for grabs in Africa]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=11/news=three-spots-up-for-grabs-in-africa-2919169.htmlFIFA.com runs the rule over the fixtures on Matchday 6 – including the replayed game between South Africa and Senegal – scheduled to take place between 10 and 14 November.]]>Thu, 09 Nov 2017 07:46:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Who can qualify in Africa?]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=11/news=who-can-qualify-in-africa-2918834.htmlThe third and last round of African qualifiers for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ draws to a close this weekend, with three of the five berths at next year’s tournament still to be determined. 

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Tue, 07 Nov 2017 07:46:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Msakni spearheading Tunisian quest for glory]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=11/news=msakni-spearheading-tunisian-quest-for-glory-2918678.htmlFIFA.com speaks to Tunisia forward Youssef Msakni.]]>Mon, 06 Nov 2017 15:59:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Al Ahly ease into continental decider ]]>/clubworldcup/news/y=2017/m=10/news=al-ahly-ease-into-continental-decider-2916653.htmlMon, 23 Oct 2017 01:33:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2017<![CDATA[African quartet with all to play for ]]>/clubworldcup/news/y=2017/m=10/news=african-quartet-with-all-to-play-for-2916089.htmlContested by four north African sides, the semi-finals of the 2017 CAF Champions League are both finely poised ahead of this weekend’s second legs. 

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Fri, 20 Oct 2017 12:50:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2017
<![CDATA[Nigeria qualify, Elephants in peril]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=10/news=nigeria-qualify-elephants-in-peril-2911676.htmlWhile the headline-grabber was very much Nigeria's passage to Russia with victory over Zambia, a pair of North African side moved into striking distance of their own ticket ahead of the final day.

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Sun, 08 Oct 2017 11:00:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[All to play for in Africa's penultimate joust]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=10/news=all-to-play-for-in-africa-s-penultimate-joust-2910263.htmlFIFA.com looks ahead to this weekend's fifth round of fixtures in Africa where tickets to Russia 2018 are up for grabs.]]>Fri, 06 Oct 2017 06:16:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[All to play for in Africa after first legs]]>/clubworldcup/news/y=2017/m=10/news=all-to-play-for-in-africa-after-first-legs-2910343.htmlNothing has been decided after the two first leg semi-finals of the CAF Champions League. USM Alger shared the points with Wydad Casablanca and Etoile Sportive could yet regret their goal conceded at home against Al Ahly.

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Sun, 01 Oct 2017 23:00:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2017
<![CDATA[Tunisia's Ben Youssef eager to erase World Cup pain]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=9/news=tunisia-s-ben-youssef-eager-to-erase-world-cup-pain-2909995.htmlCan Tunisia return to the FIFA World Cup™ after a 12-year absence? FIFA.com hears from defender Syam Ben Youssef on the pain of missing out on Brazil 2014 and the African nation's hopes of reaching Russia 2018. 

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Sat, 30 Sep 2017 08:49:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[All roads lead north]]>/clubworldcup/news/y=2017/m=9/news=all-roads-lead-north-2909843.htmlIt is a clash of North African rivals in the semi-finals of the CAF Champions League, with USM Alger hosting Wydad Casablanca and Etoile du Sahel locking horns with Al Ahly.

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Thu, 28 Sep 2017 10:37:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2017
<![CDATA[Nigerians on the brink, big guns out in the cold]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=9/news=nigerians-on-the-brink-big-guns-out-in-the-cold-2907177.htmlFIFA.com reviews latest qualifying action from Africa where World Cup regulars Cameroon have suffered an early elimination along with Brazil 2014 participants Algeria, while Nigeria edged closer to their Russia 2018 goal.]]>Wed, 06 Sep 2017 07:46:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Bangoura: Guinea not giving up on our dream]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=8/news=bangoura-we-re-not-giving-up-on-our-dream-2903234.htmlFIFA.com about his side's progress in recent months and their dreams of making it to Russia.]]>Tue, 08 Aug 2017 08:54:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Maaloul: I’m optimistic about reaching Russia]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=7/news=maaloul-i-m-optimistic-about-reaching-russia-2901135.htmlLocked at the top of their with Congo DR, Tunisia face a crucial next pair of 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia qualifiers as Nabil Maaloul looks to continue a strong start as he rekindles his relationship with Les Aigles de Carthage.

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Wed, 12 Jul 2017 12:00:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
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FIFA.com has begun the countdown to the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 in Russia, and from now until the start we will share an interesting fact about the tournament every day. Today we recall the only coach to have won the Confederations Cup and also guided a different team to the competition.

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Sun, 07 May 2017 11:33:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=100 days to goTournament=FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017
<![CDATA[Referees share their experience at Bahamas 2017]]>/beachsoccerworldcup/news/y=2017/m=5/news=referees-share-their-experience-at-bahamas-2017-2882722.htmlFIFA.com in the tunnel after the Switzerland-Iran quarter-final at Bahamas 2017 to talk about what it is like being a referee in such a fast-paced sport.]]>Fri, 05 May 2017 20:25:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Bahamas 2017<![CDATA[Maaloul appointed as Tunisia coach]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=4/news=maaloul-appointed-as-tunisia-coach-2880812.htmlThu, 27 Apr 2017 17:36:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Cameroon stand out in clutch of African friendlies]]>/live-scores/news/y=2017/m=3/news=les-lions-etrennent-leur-statut-de-champions-2877525-2877531.htmlFIFA.com looks back on four days of friendlies involving African nations, who were looking to keep in shape ahead of their FIFA World Cup™ qualifiers in August.]]>Mon, 27 Mar 2017 20:35:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=News<![CDATA[Kabananga: World Cup spot would be a historic achievement]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=3/news=kabananga-world-cup-spot-would-be-a-historic-achievement-2874774.htmlFIFA.com about the highs and lows of that tournament and his hopes for the Russia 2018 preliminary campaign.]]>Mon, 06 Mar 2017 08:56:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Indomitable Lions and Stallions reach semis]]>/live-scores/africancup/news/newsid/286/541/5/index.htmlBurkina Faso and Cameroon advanced to the semi-finals of the CAF Africa Cup of Nations Gabon 2017 with wins over Tunisia and Senegal respectively. FIFA.com reviews the first set of quarter-finals in west Africa.

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Sat, 28 Jan 2017 22:03:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=NewsTournament=Africa Cup of Nations 2017
<![CDATA[New stars shining in Gabon]]>/live-scores/africancup/news/newsid/286/533/7/index.htmlFIFA.com runs the rule over a number of players who have already boosted their reputations]]>Fri, 27 Jan 2017 11:14:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=NewsTournament=Africa Cup of Nations 2017<![CDATA[Upsets aplenty in the AFCON group stage]]>/live-scores/africancup/news/newsid/286/525/4/index.htmlFIFA.com looks back on a dramatic group phase at the Africa Cup of Nations that left the holders and hosts out and saw Burkina Faso, Congo DR, Egypt and Senegal qualify as section winners.]]>Thu, 26 Jan 2017 10:24:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=NewsTournament=Africa Cup of Nations 2017<![CDATA[Tunisia join Senegal in knockout stages ]]>/live-scores/africancup/news/newsid/286/417/1/index.htmlFIFA.com recaps the final day of action in the group.]]>Mon, 23 Jan 2017 22:04:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=NewsTournament=Africa Cup of Nations 2017<![CDATA[Senegal into last eight, Algeria up against it]]>/live-scores/africancup/news/newsid/286/387/7/index.htmlFIFA.com looks back on the two Group B fixtures played in Franceville on Thursday.]]>Thu, 19 Jan 2017 23:41:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=NewsTournament=Africa Cup of Nations 2017<![CDATA[Senegal win, Algeria earn draw in Group B ]]>/live-scores/africancup/news/newsid/286/348/2/index.htmlSun, 15 Jan 2017 21:41:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=NewsTournament=Africa Cup of Nations 2017<![CDATA[Africa’s finest go in search of glory ]]>/live-scores/africancup/news/newsid/286/333/6/index.htmlRunning the rule over the leading contenders and the dark horses, not to mention the players looking to cement their reputations and the lesser-known names intent on announcing themselves to the wider world, FIFA.com looks ahead to the AFCON, which kicks off in Libreville on Saturday.

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Fri, 13 Jan 2017 14:14:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=NewsTournament=Africa Cup of Nations 2017
<![CDATA[The AFCON in numbers]]>/live-scores/africancup/news/newsid/286/318/5/index.htmlFIFA.com looks over some of the tournament's most interesting stats.]]>Thu, 12 Jan 2017 07:41:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=NewsTournament=Africa Cup of Nations 2017<![CDATA[Leekens: We’re going all out for African glory]]>/live-scores/africancup/news/newsid/286/316/4/index.htmlFIFA.com about the challenges and opportunities he has faced since taking the job and assesses the outlook for FIFA World Cup qualifiers and the CAF Africa Cup of Nations.]]>Wed, 11 Jan 2017 07:56:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=NewsTournament=Africa Cup of Nations 2017<![CDATA[Mathlouthi: The World Cup is an obsession for me]]>/live-scores/africancup/news/newsid/286/307/7/index.htmlFIFA.com about his dream 2016 and the challenges facing his team at the CAF Africa Cup of Nations and in the FIFA World Cup qualifiers.]]>Tue, 10 Jan 2017 11:27:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=NewsTournament=Africa Cup of Nations 2017<![CDATA[Damja: Libya have cause for optimism]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=11/news=damja-libya-have-cause-for-optimism-2851748.htmlDespite losing their first two matches in Group A of Round 3 in the African qualifying competition for Russia 2018, newly-appointed Libya head coach Jalal Damja spoke with FIFA.com about the belief he has in the new generation of players coming into the squad.

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Wed, 16 Nov 2016 23:47:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Nigeria, Egypt seize inside track]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=11/news=nigeria-egypt-seize-inside-track-2850198.htmlFIFA.com reviews the action.]]>Mon, 14 Nov 2016 07:24:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Africa's giants wrestle for control]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=11/news=africa-s-giants-wrestle-for-control-2848763.htmlNigeria will host Algeria and South Africa take on Senegal in just two of the mouth-watering clashes set to light up Africa this weekend in 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying.

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Thu, 10 Nov 2016 08:52:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Sutchuin: Cameroon have to back up Algeria result]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=11/news=sutchuin-cameroon-have-to-back-up-algeria-result-2848809.htmlCameroon midfielder Arnaud Sutchuin speaks with FIFA.com about his side's positive start to Russia 2018 qualifying and the upcoming home match against Zambia.

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Thu, 10 Nov 2016 08:20:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Happy Birthday to you!]]>/news/y=2016/m=11/news=happy-birthday-to-you-2848022.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, 06 Nov 2016 08:14:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=BirthdaysKind=News
<![CDATA[Black Stars held, Super Eagles off to a flying start]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=10/news=black-stars-held-super-eagles-off-to-a-flying-start-2842248.htmlFIFA.com looks back at an action-packed first match day in the group phase of the FIFA World Cup qualifiers in Africa.]]>Sun, 09 Oct 2016 23:52:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[African rivals set for group-stage challenge]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=10/news=african-rivals-set-for-group-stage-challenge-2839420.htmlTue, 04 Oct 2016 05:40:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Kasperczak: There are no minnows in Africa]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=9/news=kasperczak-there-are-no-minnows-in-africa-2837563.htmlTunisia head coach Henryk Kasperczak speaks with FIFA.com about the final round of African qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia and the Eagles of Carthage's chances of returning to the tournament for the first time since Germany 2006.

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Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:40:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Six AFCON spots up for grabs]]>/confederationscup/news/y=2016/m=9/news=six-afcon-spots-up-for-grabs-2830070.htmlFri, 02 Sep 2016 05:37:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017<![CDATA[Clemente: Libya can make it to Russia]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=7/news=clemente-libya-can-make-it-to-russia-2811773.htmlFIFA.com about how his team will aim to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia.]]>Wed, 13 Jul 2016 06:02:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Mouth-watering match-ups drawn in Africa]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=6/news=mouth-watering-contests-drawn-in-africa-2803565.htmlFIFA.com looks at the group stage draw in CAF qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.]]>Fri, 24 Jun 2016 19:11:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifiers - Africa<![CDATA[Road to Russia mapped out for African hopefuls]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=6/news=road-to-russia-mapped-out-for-african-hopefuls-2803414.html

The last remaining steps for Africa’s FIFA World Cup contenders have been laid out after the draw for the continent’s third round of Russia 2018 qualifiers took place in Cairo, Egypt.

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Fri, 24 Jun 2016 17:00:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Scary surprises lurk in African draw]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=6/news=scary-surprises-lurk-in-african-draw-2803239.htmlThu, 23 Jun 2016 06:28:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifiers - Africa