<![CDATA[FIFA.com - News]]>http://www.fifa.com/index.htmlenCopyright ©1994 - 2015 FIFA. All rights reservedWed, 25 May 2016 21:54:00 GMTThu, 26 May 2016 10:51:15 GMTFIFA.comFIFA.comhttp://www.fifa.com/imgml/rssheader.gif http://www.fifa.com/index.html13928FIFA.com RSS<![CDATA[Quartet seal maiden quarter-final spots]]>/live-scores/afcchampionsleague/news/newsid/279/244/5/index.htmlFour teams made history in progressing to the quarter-finals of the AFC Champions League for the first time, while there was plenty of late drama around Asia as the last eight competitors snuck past the competition.

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Wed, 25 May 2016 21:54:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=Club FootballKind=NewsTournament=AFC Champions League 2016
<![CDATA[Record numbers bid to host FIFA Futsal World Cup in 2020]]>/futsalworldcup/news/y=2016/m=5/news=record-numbers-bid-to-host-fifa-futsal-world-cup-in-2020-2792309.htmlTue, 24 May 2016 14:37:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Futsal World Cup Colombia 2016<![CDATA[Mixed results for Asian giants]]>/live-scores/afcchampionsleague/news/newsid/279/154/5/index.htmlFIFA.com reviews all the action across Asia.]]>Wed, 18 May 2016 21:23:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=Club FootballKind=NewsTournament=AFC Champions League 2016 <![CDATA[Seven through as Asian line-up complete]]>/live-scores/news/y=2016/m=5/news=seven-through-as-asian-line-up-complete-2789850.htmlThu, 05 May 2016 02:52:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=Club FootballKind=News<![CDATA[Holders go out as eight book early progression]]>/live-scores/afcchampionsleague/news/newsid/278/169/7/index.htmlEight sides advanced to the Round of 16 of the AFC Champions League 2016 with a game to spare, while holders Guangzhou Evergrande missed out on the knockout phase for the first time. FIFA.com reviews the penultimate matchday. 

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Wed, 20 Apr 2016 02:13:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=Club FootballKind=NewsTournament=AFC Champions League 2016
<![CDATA[Group B preview: Rivalries renewed in a tight section]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=4/news=group-b-preview-rivalries-renewed-in-a-tight-section-2780779.htmlSeveral rivalries will be renewed in Group B of the third round of the Asian qualifying competition for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia when Australia, Japan, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Iraq and Thailand come face to face again.

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Tue, 12 Apr 2016 16:16:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=Group AnalysisTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)
<![CDATA[Australia, Japan to go head-to-head following Asian draw]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=4/news=australia-and-japan-go-head-to-head-in-asian-draw-2780621.htmlTue, 12 Apr 2016 10:10:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Asian dozen dreaming of Russia]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=4/news=asian-dozen-dreaming-of-russia-2780312.htmlQualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia is reaching its final throes in Asia and just 12 nations from the world's most populous continent remain in the hunt for a spot at the global extravaganza that will kick off in just over two years' time.

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Mon, 11 Apr 2016 02:04:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)
<![CDATA[El Jaish progress, leaders on the verge]]>/live-scores/afcchampionsleague/news/newsid/278/000/1/index.htmlFIFA.com reviews all the action from AFC Champions League 2016 Matchday 4 as El Jaish became the first side to advance to the Round of 16.]]>Thu, 07 Apr 2016 00:23:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=Club FootballKind=NewsTournament=AFC Champions League 2016 <![CDATA[Technical Directors develop in Dubai]]>/development/news/y=2016/m=4/news=technical-directors-develop-in-dubai-2780014.htmlWed, 06 Apr 2016 12:55:00 GMTArea=Football DevelopmentSection=GenericKind=News<![CDATA[Heavy interest in hosting 2020 futsal extravaganza]]>/futsalworldcup/news/y=2016/m=4/news=heavy-interest-in-hosting-2020-futsal-extravaganza-2779168.htmlTue, 05 Apr 2016 08:35:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Futsal World Cup Colombia 2016<![CDATA[Matar return excites Emirati fans and players alike]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=4/news=matar-return-excites-emirati-fans-and-players-alike-2779462.htmlTue, 05 Apr 2016 06:26:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![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[Decisive duels await Asia's 2018 hopefuls]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=3/news=decisive-duel-await-for-asia-s-2018-hopefuls-2771545.htmlWed, 23 Mar 2016 08:10:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Asian sides kick-start long road to Japan 2016]]>/live-scores/afcchampionsleague/news/newsid/276/635/7/index.htmlFIFA.com previews the 2016 AFC Champions League with the 32-team field headlined by some big-spending Chinese clubs.]]>Mon, 22 Feb 2016 05:58:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=Club FootballKind=NewsTournament=AFC Champions League 2016 <![CDATA[Octet complete group stage field]]>/live-scores/afcchampionsleague/news/newsid/276/466/3/index.htmlWed, 10 Feb 2016 05:11:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=Club FootballKind=NewsTournament=AFC Champions League 2016 <![CDATA[Sixteen becomes eight in Asia’s race for Rio]]>/mensolympic/news/y=2016/m=1/news=sixteen-becomes-eight-in-asia-s-race-for-rio-2756216.htmlThu, 21 Jan 2016 06:20:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=Olympic Football Tournaments Rio 2016 - Men<![CDATA[Asian hopefuls set sights on Rio 2016 ]]>/mensolympic/news/y=2016/m=1/news=asian-hopefuls-set-sights-on-rio-2016-2754587.htmlAsia'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]]>/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[Dubai symposium looks at impact of heat and humidity in sport]]>/development/news/y=2015/m=12/news=symposium-sur-l-impact-de-la-chaleur-et-de-l-humidite-dans-le-sport-a--2-2747675.htmlStaged at Dubai’s Grand Hyatt Hotel and taking the impact of heat and humidity in sport as its theme, the second Sports Medicine Symposium got under way on 21 December. 

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Wed, 23 Dec 2015 11:33:00 GMTArea=Football DevelopmentSection=MedicalKind=News
<![CDATA[Scolari and Guangzhou prevail after dramatic campaign]]>/clubworldcup/news/y=2015/m=11/news=scolari-and-guangzhou-prevail-after-dramatic-campaign-2734016.htmlFIFA.com takes a look back at the 2015 AFC Champions League, which saw dramatic late winners, penalty shootouts and tight affairs in nine months of thrills and spills across the globe's most populous continent.

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Mon, 23 Nov 2015 08:34:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2015
<![CDATA[Elkeson winner sees Guangzhou complete Asian brace]]>/clubworldcup/news/y=2015/m=11/news=elkeson-winner-sees-guangzhou-complete-asian-brace-2734059.htmlBrazilian forward Elkeson scored the match and tournament winning-goal as Guangzhou Evergrande claimed the 2015 AFC Champions League title by seeing off ten-man Al Ahli 1-0, having shared spoils in a goalless stalemate in the first leg. 

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Sat, 21 Nov 2015 15:06:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2015
<![CDATA[Olaroiu: Al Ahli used to playing under pressure]]>/clubworldcup/news/y=2015/m=11/news=olaroiu-al-ahli-used-to-playing-under-pressure-2733977.htmlAl Ahli’s coach Cosmin Olaroiu and goalkeeper Ahmed Mahmoud speak about their upcoming AFC Champions League final second leg tie against Guangzhou Evergrande.

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Fri, 20 Nov 2015 13:38:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2015
<![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[Al Ahli, Guangzhou share spoils]]>/clubworldcup/news/y=2015/m=11/news=al-ahli-guangzhou-share-spoils-2730919.htmlHosts Al Ahli and Guangzhou Evergrande played out a goalless draw in Saturday's 2015 AFC Champions League final first leg, a result which leaves the title-race well in the balance.

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Sat, 07 Nov 2015 18:53:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2015
<![CDATA[Guangzhou, Al Ahli battle for Asian laurels ]]>/clubworldcup/news/y=2015/m=11/news=guangzhou-al-ahli-battle-for-asian-laurels-2730341.htmlFIFA.com previews what promises to be an enthralling AFC Champions League final between Al Ahli land Guangzhou Evergrande.]]>Thu, 05 Nov 2015 06:03:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2015<![CDATA[Al Ahli, Guangzhou set up intriguing final]]>/clubworldcup/news/y=2015/m=10/news=al-ahli-guangzhou-set-up-intriguing-final-2719873.htmlWed, 21 Oct 2015 15:41:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2015<![CDATA[Gamba, Ahli seek home inspiration]]>/clubworldcup/news/y=2015/m=10/news=gamba-ahli-seek-home-inspiration-2718677.htmlFIFA.com previews this week's AFC Champions League semi-finals return legs as a spot in the continental remains very much up for grabs.]]>Mon, 19 Oct 2015 05:55:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2015<![CDATA[New dawn for UAE women's football with the Live Your Goals Campaign]]>/development/news/y=2015/m=10/news=new-dawn-for-uae-women-football-with-the-live-your-goals-campaign-2710094.htmlFri, 09 Oct 2015 07:09:00 GMTArea=Football DevelopmentSection=Live your goalsKind=News<![CDATA[All to play for in final push]]>/clubworldcup/news/y=2015/m=9/news=all-to-play-for-in-final-push-2702779.htmlFIFA.com recaps the semi-final, first-leg action, where Guangzhou Evergrande did not get the victory their dominance deserved and Al Hilal were held at home.]]>Wed, 30 Sep 2015 18:04:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2015<![CDATA[Intrigue aplenty as last four square up in Asia]]>/clubworldcup/news/y=2015/m=9/news=intrigue-aplenty-as-last-four-square-up-in-asia-2702377.htmlFIFA.com previews the AFC Champions League semi-finals, with Al Hilal taking on Al Ahli and Guangzhou Evergrande set to do battle with Gamba Osaka.]]>Mon, 28 Sep 2015 09:49:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2015<![CDATA[Happy Birthday to you!]]>/news/y=2015/m=9/news=happy-birthday-to-you-2678959.htmlA Danish defender, a Dutch stopper and a Serbian giant all feature in our regular feature, a review of the week's footballing birthdays.

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Sun, 20 Sep 2015 09:07:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=BirthdaysKind=News
<![CDATA[Heavyweight trio seal semi-final return]]>/live-scores/afcchampionsleague/news/newsid/267/823/5/index.htmlFIFA.com reviews the 2015 AFC Champions League quarter-final second legs, with a spot at the FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2015 now within reach for the four semi-finalists.

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Wed, 16 Sep 2015 22:21:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=Club FootballKind=NewsTournament=AFC Champions League 2015
<![CDATA[Last-four berths beckon in Asia]]>/live-scores/afcchampionsleague/news/newsid/267/767/8/index.html
Jeonbuk Motors and Gamba Osaka have all to play for in their AFC Champions League quarter-final second leg match this week, while Guangzhou Evergrande and Al Hilal have convincing advantages in their ties. FIFA.com previews the last-eight, second leg fixtures.

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Mon, 14 Sep 2015 06:54:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=Club FootballKind=NewsTournament=AFC Champions League 2015
<![CDATA[French free-kicks, Rooney's record and a Welsh wonder]]>/news/y=2015/m=9/news=french-free-kicks-rooney-s-record-and-a-welsh-wonder-2676619.htmlFIFA.com's weekly statistical review.]]>Wed, 09 Sep 2015 08:25:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=Week in StatsKind=News<![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[Goalscoring midfielders boosting Palestinian prospects]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=9/news=goalscoring-midfielders-boosting-palestinian-prospects-2675431.htmlFri, 04 Sep 2015 07:27:00 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[Hilal, Guangzhou on the brink of semis]]>/live-scores/afcchampionsleague/news/newsid/267/330/0/index.htmlWed, 26 Aug 2015 19:26:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=Club FootballKind=NewsTournament=AFC Champions League 2015 <![CDATA[Former champs take centre stage in Asia ]]>/live-scores/afcchampionsleague/news/newsid/267/274/0/index.htmlFIFA.com previews this and the other last-eight fixtures.]]>Mon, 24 Aug 2015 08:49:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=Club FootballKind=NewsTournament=AFC Champions League 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[Happy Birthday to you!]]>/news/y=2015/m=7/news=happy-birthday-to-you-2661055.htmlOur weekly birthday review takes in a USA star, a FIFA World Cup finalist and a World Cup winner, a historic Saudi and a legendary Mexican forward.

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Sun, 05 Jul 2015 11:30:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=BirthdaysKind=News
<![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[Surprises abound as last-eight line-up completed]]>/live-scores/afcchampionsleague/news/newsid/260/882/5/index.htmlThu, 28 May 2015 06:15:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=Club FootballKind=NewsTournament=AFC Champions League 2015 <![CDATA[Hosts eye progression as last-eight beckons]]>/live-scores/afcchampionsleague/news/newsid/260/819/4/index.htmlFIFA.com runs the rule over this week’s AFC Champions League action where the quarter-finalists will be determined.]]>Mon, 25 May 2015 06:28:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=Club FootballKind=NewsTournament=AFC Champions League 2015