<![CDATA[FIFA.com]]>http://www.fifa.com/index.htmlenCopyright ©1994 - 2015 FIFA. All rights reservedFri, 12 Feb 2016 20:18:00 GMTFri, 12 Feb 2016 20:19:17 GMTFIFA.comFIFA.comhttp://www.fifa.com/imgml/rssheader.gif http://www.fifa.com/index.html13928FIFA.com RSS<![CDATA[Higuain v Dybala, Serie A’s Argentinian duel]]>http://www.fifa.com?cid=rssfeed&att=Argentina coach Gerardo Martino is sure to keep a close eye on Saturday’s top-of-the-table clash in Serie A, when in-form Albiceleste aces Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala go head to head.

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Fri, 12 Feb 2016 20:18:00 GMT Area=World Match Centre Section=Club Football Kind=News Tournament=Serie A TIM 2015/2016
<![CDATA[Qatar hosts Challenges in Football Injuries conference]]>http://www.fifa.com/development/news/y=2016/m=2/news=qatar-hosts-challenges-in-football-injuries-conference-2764896.htmlThe aim of the conference, hosted on 11 and 12 February, was to provide education in the field of football injuries, focusing on some of the specific challenges and controversial topics in the area.

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Fri, 12 Feb 2016 14:06:00 GMT Area=Football Development Section=Medical Kind=News
<![CDATA[Bakambu: I like taking risks]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=2/news=bakambu-i-like-taking-risks-2764893.htmlWe speak to well-travelled forward Cedric Bakambu on his journey from Congo DR to Spain, via France and Turkey, and his hopes for 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying with the country of his birth.

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Fri, 12 Feb 2016 13:13:00 GMT Area=Tournament Section=Competition Kind=News Tournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)
<![CDATA[Heleno, Brazil’s first brilliant badboy]]>http://www.fifa.com/news/y=2012/m=3/news=heleno-brazil-first-brilliant-badboy-1608582.htmlFIFA.com recalls the career of the Botafogo legend.]]>Fri, 12 Feb 2016 09:58:00 GMT Area=Classic Section=History Kind=News<![CDATA[From 1966 to 2014: Remembering FIFA World Cup mascots]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=2/news=from-1966-to-2014-looking-back-at-fifa-world-cup-mascots-2764879.htmlFri, 12 Feb 2016 09:04:00 GMT Area=Tournament Section=Competition Kind=News Tournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[African clubs begin continental trek]]>http://www.fifa.com/world-match-centre/cafchampionsleague/news/newsid/276/486/2/index.html?cid=rssfeed&att=Fri, 12 Feb 2016 04:48:00 GMT Area=World Match Centre Section=Club Football Kind=News Tournament=CAF Champions League 2016 <![CDATA[Sampson: We'll have some ups and downs]]>http://www.fifa.com/ballon-dor/news/y=2016/m=2/news=sampson-we-ll-have-some-ups-and-downs-2764817.htmlFIFA World Coach of the Year for Women's Football finalist Mark Sampson reflects with FIFA.com on an unforgettable Canada 2015 campaign with England and looks ahead to building on that success.

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Thu, 11 Feb 2016 16:38:00 GMT Area=Ballon d'Or Section=General Kind=News
<![CDATA[Tiger, wolf and cat shortlisted to be Russia 2018 mascot]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=2/news=tiger-wolf-and-cat-shortlisted-to-be-russia-2018-mascot-2764813.htmlThe campaign to select the Official Mascot for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ has taken another step forward, with three shortlisted designs now being prepared for the public vote that will take place across Russia in Autumn 2016.

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Thu, 11 Feb 2016 15:18:00 GMT Area=Tournament Section=Competition Kind=News Tournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)
<![CDATA[The thirtysomething strikers]]>http://www.fifa.com?cid=rssfeed&att=FIFA.com looks at forwards over the age of 30 who have enjoyed a renaissance with their goalscoring prowess, showing that age is just a number.]]>Thu, 11 Feb 2016 08:33:00 GMT Area=World Match Centre Section=Club Football Kind=News<![CDATA[Shawky confident of Egyptian revival]]>http://www.fifa.com?cid=rssfeed&att=Wed, 10 Feb 2016 13:41:00 GMT Area=World Match Centre Section=National Teams Kind=News<![CDATA[Eight teams, two tickets in CONCACAF qualifiers]]>http://www.fifa.com/womensolympic/news/y=2016/m=2/news=eight-teams-two-tickets-in-concacaf-qualifiers-2764669.htmlCanada and world champions USA are both wary of their regional rivals as the CONCACAF qualifiers for the Rio 2016 Women's Olympic Football Tournament loom in the United States.

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Wed, 10 Feb 2016 09:02:00 GMT Area=Tournament Section=Competition Kind=News Tournament=Olympic Football Tournaments Rio 2016 - Women
<![CDATA[Iniesta: Spain have the right squad to win]]>http://www.fifa.com/ballon-dor/news/y=2016/m=2/news=iniesta-spain-have-the-right-squad-to-win-2764558.htmlAndres Iniesta, a mainstay on the FIFA/FIFPro World XI for the better part of the past decade, spoke to FIFA.coma about taking over the captain's armband at Barcelona, Spain's chances at UEFA EURO 2016 and much more.

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Wed, 10 Feb 2016 08:28:00 GMT Area=Ballon d'Or Section=General Kind=News Tournament=FIFA Ballon d'Or 2015
<![CDATA[Big spenders and broken records]]>http://www.fifa.com/news/y=2016/m=2/news=big-spenders-and-broken-records-2764625.htmlFIFA.com’s latest weekly stats review, milestones reached by Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Fernando Torres and Romelu Lukaku feature alongside the Chinese Super League's January spending spree and an unwanted record for Victor Wanyama.]]>Wed, 10 Feb 2016 07:07:00 GMT Area=News Centre Section=Week in Stats Kind=News<![CDATA[Octet complete group stage field]]>http://www.fifa.com?cid=rssfeed&att=Wed, 10 Feb 2016 05:11:00 GMT Area=World Match Centre Section=Club Football Kind=News Tournament=AFC Champions League 2016 <![CDATA[Experts assess labour conditions and workers' safety at St Petersburg stadium]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=2/news=experts-assess-labour-conditions-and-workers-safety-at-st-petersburg-s-2764629.htmlThe inspection was part of the implementation of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Sustainability Strategy and was the first of its kind.

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Tue, 09 Feb 2016 16:13:00 GMT Area=Tournament Section=LOC Kind=News Tournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)
<![CDATA[Cuper: Passion in the air in Egypt]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=2/news=cuper-passion-in-the-air-in-egypt-2764592.htmlFIFA.com about his new job shepherding Egypt's national team back to the FIFA World Cup for the first time in over a quarter of a century.]]>Tue, 09 Feb 2016 14:20:00 GMT Area=Tournament Section=Competition Kind=News Tournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Acting Secretary General visits Rwandan memorial site ]]>http://www.fifa.com/about-fifa/news/y=2016/m=2/news=acting-secretary-general-visits-rwandan-memorial-site-2764614.htmlTue, 09 Feb 2016 13:27:00 GMT Area=Organisation Section=Generic Kind=News<![CDATA[All to play for in France, Italy, Spain]]>http://www.fifa.com/development/news/y=2016/m=2/news=all-to-play-for-in-france-italy-spain-2764520.htmlFIFA.com reviews the latest women’s club football action where there were vastly contrasting fortunes for the leading pack in France, Spain and Italy, as well as Republic of Ireland.]]>Tue, 09 Feb 2016 03:36:00 GMT Area=Football Development Section=Women Kind=News<![CDATA[Statement by Andreas Bantel, the spokesperson of the chairman of the Ad-hoc Electoral Committee]]>http://www.fifa.com/about-fifa/news/y=2016/m=2/news=statement-by-andreas-bantel-the-spokesperson-of-the-chairman-of-the-ad-2764557.htmlMon, 08 Feb 2016 16:27:00 GMT Area=Organisation Section=Football Governance Kind=News<![CDATA[When Rene met Roger]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=2/news=when-rene-met-roger-2764040.htmlEvery week in the build-up to Russia 2018, FIFA.com will be highlighting a classic FIFA World Cup image. Our latest photograph features Rene Higuita and Roger Milla conjuring up an iconic moment at Italy 1990.

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Mon, 08 Feb 2016 13:41:00 GMT Area=Tournament Section=Competition Kind=News Tournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)
<![CDATA[Invitation to tender: Public Food & Beverage Concessionaire for the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 and 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=2/news=invitation-to-tender-public-food-beverage-concessionaire-for-the-fifa--2764543.htmlFIF wishes to invite tenderers to submit proposals for the FIFA Public Food & Beverage Concession operations for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ and FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017.

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Mon, 08 Feb 2016 10:55:00 GMT Area=Organisation Section=Marketing Kind=News Tournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)
<![CDATA[Hareide: Denmark job an ideal challenge]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=2/news=hareide-denmark-job-an-ideal-challenge-2763983.htmlFIFA.com spoke to Denmark coach Age Harried about taking on his latest challenge, preparation for FIFA World Cup qualifiers, the changes in football over his years in management and much more.

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Mon, 08 Feb 2016 07:41:00 GMT Area=Tournament Section=Competition Kind=Interview Tournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)
<![CDATA[Africans use CHAN to stake their claim]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=2/news=africans-use-chan-to-stake-their-claim-2764491.htmlMon, 08 Feb 2016 04:47:00 GMT Area=Tournament Section=Competition Kind=News Tournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Happy Birthday to you!]]>http://www.fifa.com/news/y=2016/m=2/news=happy-birthday-to-you-2764278.htmlNo less than six FIFA World Cup stars feature in our weekly birthday round-up, including winners at Switzerland 1954 and Korea/Japan 2002, as well as a 2012 FIFA Club World Cup champion.

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Sun, 07 Feb 2016 08:12:00 GMT Area=News Centre Section=Birthdays Kind=News
<![CDATA[New Zealand plotting futsal progress, present and future]]>http://www.fifa.com/futsalworldcup/news/y=2016/m=2/news=new-zealand-plotting-futsal-progress-present-and-future-2764202.htmlFIFA.com looks at the development of futsal in New Zealand, as the country sets its sights on qualifying for Colombia 2016.

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Sat, 06 Feb 2016 15:51:00 GMT Area=Tournament Section=Competition Kind=News Tournament=FIFA Futsal World Cup Colombia 2016
<![CDATA[Leger ready for lift-off]]>http://www.fifa.com/u20womensworldcup/news/y=2016/m=2/news=leger-ready-for-lift-off-2764204.htmlFIFA.com sat down with starlet Marie-Charlotte Leger, who reflects on winning her first senior cap for France, and looks ahead to Rio 2016 and the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup. 

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Sat, 06 Feb 2016 15:23:00 GMT Area=Tournament Section=Competition Kind=News Tournament=FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Papua New Guinea 2016
<![CDATA[Gramatica, NFL’s diehard soccer fan]]>http://www.fifa.com?cid=rssfeed&att=FIFA.com sat down with XXXVII Super Bowl winner Martin Gramatica, who talks about his love of Argentina, Boca Juniors and whether he would swap his Super Bowl ring for a FIFA World Cup medal.

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Sat, 06 Feb 2016 09:44:00 GMT Area=World Match Centre Section=General Kind=News
<![CDATA[The Week in Quotes]]>http://www.fifa.com/news/y=2016/m=2/news=the-week-in-quotes-2764089.htmlFIFA.com’s latest round-up, including a creative free-kick delegation routine in the Australian W-League, honest words from Stuart Holden as he announced his retirement and Diego Simeone as he explained Jackson Martinez's transfer to China PR.]]>Sat, 06 Feb 2016 07:15:00 GMT Area=News Centre Section=Week in Quotes Kind=News<![CDATA[Grand Finalists for New York confirmed ]]>http://www.fifa.com/interactiveworldcup/news/y=2016/m=2/news=grand-finalists-confirmed-2763513.htmlWith only one seat still to be decided, FIFA.com is proud to reveal the list of Grand Finalists for the New York Grand Final, which takes place from 20-22 March.

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Fri, 05 Feb 2016 16:48:00 GMT Area=Tournament Section=Competition Kind=News Tournament=FIFA Interactive World Cup 2016
<![CDATA[Futsal World Cup match schedule confirmed]]>http://www.fifa.com/futsalworldcup/news/y=2016/m=2/news=futsal-world-cup-match-schedule-confirmed-2764033.htmlFri, 05 Feb 2016 15:44:00 GMT Area=Tournament Section=Competition Kind=News Tournament=FIFA Futsal World Cup Colombia 2016<![CDATA[Saudis keen to make most of second futsal chance]]>http://www.fifa.com/futsalworldcup/news/y=2016/m=2/news=saudis-keen-to-make-most-of-second-futsal-chance-2764048.htmlAfter entering the AFC Futsal Championship through the back door, Saudi Arabia's Belgian coach is hoping they can take advantage of their late admission and shoot for a FIFA Futsal World Cup spot.

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Fri, 05 Feb 2016 13:20:00 GMT Area=Tournament Section=Competition Kind=News Tournament=FIFA Futsal World Cup Colombia 2016
<![CDATA[Ireland's women making massive strides]]>http://www.fifa.com/development/news/y=2016/m=2/news=ireland-s-women-making-massive-strides-2763511.htmlFIFA.com sat down with Republic of Ireland women's head coach Sue Ronan and veteran goalkeeper Emma Byrne to discuss the growth of women's football in the Emerald Isle.]]>Fri, 05 Feb 2016 06:18:00 GMT Area=Football Development Section=Women Kind=News<![CDATA[Win a $100 gift card as we countdown to Russia ]]>http://www.fifa.com/theclub/news/newsid=2763961/index.html?cid=rssfeed&att=FIFA.com is offering all football fans the chance to win one of five gift vouchers to the value of USD $100 for exclusive use in the Official FIFA Online Store.

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Thu, 04 Feb 2016 17:51:00 GMT Area=The Club Section=The Club Kind=News
<![CDATA[USA champion to be decided in Seattle ]]>http://www.fifa.com/interactiveworldcup/news/y=2016/m=2/news=usa-champion-to-be-decided-in-seattle-2763749.htmlOn Saturday, 20 February, Seattle Sounders will welcome eight finalists to their hometown for the FIFA Interactive World Cup 2016 Host Country X-Box Live Qualification event.

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Thu, 04 Feb 2016 17:04:00 GMT Area=Tournament Section=Competition Kind=News Tournament=FIFA Interactive World Cup 2016
<![CDATA[Chilavert: I’ve never held back]]>http://www.fifa.com/futsalworldcup/news/y=2016/m=2/news=chilavert-i-ve-never-held-back-2763962.htmlThu, 04 Feb 2016 12:01:00 GMT Area=Tournament Section=Competition Kind=News Tournament=FIFA Futsal World Cup Colombia 2016<![CDATA[Palestine push up, Rwanda sting and Hungary rejoice]]>http://www.fifa.com/fifa-world-ranking/news/y=2016/m=2/news=palestine-push-up-rwanda-sting-and-hungary-rejoice-2763523.htmlWith the current 20 best-ranked teams yet to play an A-game in 2016, the top 18 positions remain unchanged for the February edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking.

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Thu, 04 Feb 2016 08:55:00 GMT Area=World Ranking Section=Men Ranking Kind=News
<![CDATA[Shandong Luneng headline play-off line-up ]]>http://www.fifa.com?cid=rssfeed&att=Thu, 04 Feb 2016 02:44:00 GMT Area=World Match Centre Section=Club Football Kind=News Tournament=AFC Champions League 2016 <![CDATA[Villafana: It’s a dream come true]]>http://www.fifa.com?cid=rssfeed&att=

We speak to Jorge Villafana, who went from helping his uncle clean a church in his native California, to sealing a dream move to Mexican giants Santos Laguna after winning a reality TV player-search competition.

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Wed, 03 Feb 2016 16:49:00 GMT Area=World Match Centre Section=Club Football Kind=News
<![CDATA[Moscow marks 500 days to go]]>http://www.fifa.com/confederationscup/news/y=2016/m=2/news=moscow-marks-500-days-to-go-2763719.html 

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Wed, 03 Feb 2016 15:54:00 GMT Area=Tournament Section=Competition Kind=News Tournament=FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017
<![CDATA[Russia awaits the Festival of Champions]]>http://www.fifa.com/confederationscup/news/y=2016/m=2/news=russia-awaits-the-festival-of-champions-2763743.htmlEven with 500 days still to go before the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 kicks off, the host country is already relishing the arrival of some real champions.  A mood of huge celebration is in the air, right across Russia.

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Wed, 03 Feb 2016 15:39:00 GMT Area=Tournament Section=Competition Kind=News Tournament=FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017
<![CDATA[Postecoglou: Russia 2017 a great reward]]>http://www.fifa.com/confederationscup/news/y=2016/m=2/news=postecoglou-russia-2017-a-great-reward-2763720.htmlWed, 03 Feb 2016 11:18:00 GMT Area=Tournament Section=Competition Kind=News Tournament=FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017<![CDATA[Icons emulated as a drought ends]]>http://www.fifa.com/news/y=2016/m=2/news=icons-emulated-as-a-drought-ends-2763510.htmlFIFA.com’s latest weekly stats review, the goalscoring exploits of Cristiano Ronaldo, Alberto Gilardino and Salomon Kalou feature alongside a momentous title for Melbourne City and a moment of relief for Eden Hazard.]]>Wed, 03 Feb 2016 07:16:00 GMT Area=News Centre Section=Week in Stats Kind=News<![CDATA[Jang: I’m far from being the new Hong]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=2/news=jang-i-m-far-from-being-the-new-hong-2763442.htmlWed, 03 Feb 2016 03:08:00 GMT Area=Tournament Section=Competition Kind=News Tournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Modric: I admired Zidane as a child]]>http://www.fifa.com/ballon-dor/news/y=2016/m=1/news=modric-i-admired-zidane-as-a-child-2763493.htmlFIFA.com sat down with Real Madrid star Luka Modric, who reveals boss Zinedine Zidane was his childhood idol, as the midfielder looks ahead to UEFA EURO 2016 with Croatia.]]>Tue, 02 Feb 2016 13:42:00 GMT Area=Ballon d'Or Section=FIF/Pro World XI Kind=News Tournament=FIFA Ballon d'Or 2015<![CDATA[130th IFAB AGM agenda confirmed]]>http://www.fifa.com/about-fifa/news/y=2016/m=2/news=130th-ifab-agm-agenda-confirmed-2763481.htmlTue, 02 Feb 2016 13:06:00 GMT Area=Organisation Section=IFAB Kind=News<![CDATA[Falcon: The time is now for Venezuelan futsal]]>http://www.fifa.com/futsalworldcup/news/y=2016/m=2/news=falcon-the-time-is-now-for-venezuelan-futsal-2763478.htmlFIFA.com sat down with Venezuela futsal captain Jose Falcon, who hopes to lead his country to the 2016 FIFA Futsal World Cup in Colombia.

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Tue, 02 Feb 2016 13:04:00 GMT Area=Tournament Section=Competition Kind=News Tournament=FIFA Futsal World Cup Colombia 2016
<![CDATA[Loans in droves on deadline day]]>http://www.fifa.com?cid=rssfeed&att=FIFA.com takes a look at the standout deals from the final weekend of the transfer window, and the biggest moves on deadline day, with the use of the loan system a common theme in the closing hours as it was throughout January.]]>Tue, 02 Feb 2016 12:33:00 GMT Area=World Match Centre Section=Club Football Kind=News<![CDATA[Guardiola, in the words of his players]]>http://www.fifa.com?cid=rssfeed&att=Tue, 02 Feb 2016 12:07:00 GMT Area=World Match Centre Section=Club Football Kind=News<![CDATA[Melbourne crown perfect season, lead changes in Italy]]>http://www.fifa.com/development/news/y=2016/m=2/news=melbourne-crown-perfect-season-lead-changes-in-italy-2763449.htmlTue, 02 Feb 2016 07:57:00 GMT Area=Football Development Section=Women Kind=News<![CDATA[Friedel's latest chapter with USA]]>http://www.fifa.com?cid=rssfeed&att=FIFA.com catches up with newly appointed USA U-19 coach Brad Friedel about his transition into the world of coaching after an exemplary playing career and a budding broadcast role as well.]]>Mon, 01 Feb 2016 20:32:00 GMT Area=World Match Centre Section=National Teams Kind=News<![CDATA[Win trips to the next FIFA Ballon d'Or]]>http://www.fifa.com/theclub/news/newsid=2763304/index.html?cid=rssfeed&att=Club members woke up on 1 February to the excitement and expectation that comes with the opening day of our annual FIFA Predictor and FIFA Trivia games. Predict and answer your way to a seat at the next FIFA Ballon d'Or!

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Mon, 01 Feb 2016 17:27:00 GMT Area=The Club Section=The Club Kind=News