<![CDATA[FIFA.com]]>http://www.fifa.com/index.htmlenCopyright ©1994 - 2015 FIFA. All rights reservedMon, 27 Mar 2017 07:27:00 GMTMon, 27 Mar 2017 07:41:51 GMTFIFA.comFIFA.comhttp://www.fifa.com/imgml/rssheader.gif http://www.fifa.com/index.html13928FIFA.com RSS<![CDATA[Iran eye early qualification, duo aim to bounce back]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=3/news=iran-eye-early-qualification-duo-aim-to-bounce-back-2877457.htmlFIFA.com previews Tuesday's matchday in Asian qualifying for Russia 2018, where the jostling for a ticket to the world stage continues to intensify heading into the home straight. ]]>Mon, 27 Mar 2017 07:27:00 GMT Area=Tournament Section=Competition Kind=News Tournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Veteran strikers turn back time to boost European big guns]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=3/news=veteran-strikers-turn-back-time-to-boost-european-heavyweights-2877455.htmlFIFA.com reviews Sunday’s qualifying action in Europe where some big-name players proved that age is not necessarily a barrier to success.]]>Mon, 27 Mar 2017 02:56:00 GMT Area=Tournament Section=Competition Kind=News Tournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Bradley and Jermain's special bond ]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=3/news=bradley-and-jermain-s-special-bond-2877374.html​FIFA.com ​takes a closer look at the special bond between Sunderland fan Bradley Lowery and his hero Jermain Defoe, after the pair stepped out at Wembley Stadium together ahead of England's FIFA World Cup qualifier against Lithuania.

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Sun, 26 Mar 2017 19:05:00 GMT Area=Tournament Section=Competition Kind=News Tournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)
<![CDATA[Precious points to play for in South America]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=3/news=precious-points-to-play-for-in-south-america-2877364.htmlFIFA.com looks ahead to Matchday 14 of FIFA World Cup qualifying in CONMEBOL, which could well yield another new-look top five before the action resumes again in August.



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Sun, 26 Mar 2017 12:22:00 GMT Area=Tournament Section=Competition Kind=News Tournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)
<![CDATA[Next week on FIFA.com]]>http://www.fifa.com/news/y=2017/m=3/news=next-week-on-fifa-com-2877366.htmlJust like every Sunday, we whet your appetite with a sneak peek at what is coming up on FIFA.com in the week ahead.


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Sun, 26 Mar 2017 11:30:00 GMT Area=News Centre Section=News centre Kind=News
<![CDATA[Ahlam Abo Eid: Palestinian women can do the impossible]]>http://www.fifa.com/development/news/y=2017/m=3/news=ahlam-abo-eid-palestinian-women-can-do-the-impossible-2877328.html

Ahlam Abo Eid speaks with FIFA.com about her journey and the challenges for women playing football in Palestine, ahead of Palestine's AFC Women's Asian Cup qualifier against Thailand, which lands on her 18th birthday.

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Sun, 26 Mar 2017 09:00:00 GMT Area=Football Development Section=Women Kind=News
<![CDATA[Bundesliga regulars make the difference]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=3/news=bundesliga-regulars-make-the-difference-2877359.htmlFIFA.com brings you all the key moments from the latest step on the road to Russia.]]>Sat, 25 Mar 2017 23:32:00 GMT Area=Tournament Section=Competition Kind=News Tournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Captain Khedira, a leader and role model]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=3/news=kapitan-khedira-leadertyp-und-vorbild-2877293-2877357.htmlSat, 25 Mar 2017 23:22:00 GMT Area=Tournament Section=Competition Kind=News Tournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[The Week in Quotes]]>http://www.fifa.com/news/y=2017/m=3/news=the-week-in-quotes-2877091.htmlThis week we hear from Dirk Kuyt on a lucky escape, Lukas Podolski and Francesco Totti discuss the past and future, Kazuyoshi Miura reveals his football dream and Paulinho basks in a memorable performance for Brazil.

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Sat, 25 Mar 2017 13:58:00 GMT Area=News Centre Section=Week in Quotes Kind=News
<![CDATA[Mexico go top as USA, T&T rebound]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=3/news=mexico-go-top-as-usa-t-t-rebound-2877279.htmlHexagonal round of qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia with an impressive win over Costa Rica at the Estadio Azteca.]]>Sat, 25 Mar 2017 09:50:00 GMT Area=Tournament Section=Competition Kind=News Tournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Twenty years of Rafael Marquez]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=3/news=twenty-years-of-rafael-marquez-2877288.htmlRafael Marquez’s appearance last night for Mexico against Costa Rica marked 20 years of wearing in green, having made his debut against Ecuador back in February 1997.

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Sat, 25 Mar 2017 05:52:00 GMT Area=Tournament Section=Competition Kind=News Tournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)
<![CDATA[New Zealand outlast Fiji to edge towards play-off]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=3/news=new-zealand-outlast-fiji-to-edge-towards-play-off-2877268.htmlSat, 25 Mar 2017 04:36:00 GMT Area=Tournament Section=Competition Kind=News Tournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Powerhouses impress, Celtic duo play out stalemate]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=3/news=powerhouses-impress-celtic-duo-play-out-stalemate-2877198.htmlSat, 25 Mar 2017 01:28:00 GMT Area=Tournament Section=Competition Kind=News Tournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Buffon plays 1,000th professional match]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=3/news=buffon-plays-1-000th-professional-match-2877185.htmlFri, 24 Mar 2017 23:10:00 GMT Area=Tournament Section=Competition Kind=News Tournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Brazil's hat-trick hero relishing his resurrection]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=3/news=brazil-s-hat-trick-hero-relishing-his-resurrection-2877042.htmlFri, 24 Mar 2017 14:12:00 GMT Area=Tournament Section=Competition Kind=News Tournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Salman Almuwashar, Saudi Arabia's super sub]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=3/news=salman-almuwashar-saudi-arabia-s-super-sub-2877059.html

FIFA.com looks at the rise of Saudi Arabia’s Salman Almuwashar, who led his country to a 3-0 win over Thailand in the third round of AFC qualifying for Russia 2018.

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Fri, 24 Mar 2017 10:38:00 GMT Area=Tournament Section=Competition Kind=News Tournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)
<![CDATA[Germany on top as USA’s ranking reign ends]]>http://www.fifa.com/fifa-world-ranking/news/y=2017/m=3/news=germany-on-top-as-usa-s-ranking-reign-ends-2876620.htmlFri, 24 Mar 2017 08:58:00 GMT Area=World Ranking Section=Women Ranking Kind=News<![CDATA[Brazil run riot, Argentina edge Chile]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=3/news=brazil-run-riot-argentina-edge-chile-2877052.htmlFri, 24 Mar 2017 08:17:00 GMT Area=Tournament Section=Competition Kind=News Tournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Adventurous acts and a Shakespearean revival]]>http://www.fifa.com/news/y=2017/m=3/news=adventurous-acts-and-a-shakespearean-revival-2876982.html A daring keeper and an unlikely hat-trick hero feature in FIFA.com’s latest stats review, along with a few Germans and a fairytale start to a managerial career.]]>Fri, 24 Mar 2017 06:55:00 GMT Area=News Centre Section=Week in Stats Kind=News<![CDATA[Messi exorcises Argentina’s penalty demons]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=3/news=messi-exorcises-argentina-s-penalty-demons-2877065.htmlLionel Messi banished memories of Argentina’s recent Copa America penalty shootout defeats to Chile, converting the spot-kick that give his side a precious win over La Roja on Thursday.

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Fri, 24 Mar 2017 03:39:00 GMT Area=Tournament Section=Competition Kind=News Tournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)
<![CDATA[First meeting of FIFA Football Stakeholders Committee ]]>http://www.fifa.com/about-fifa/news/y=2017/m=3/news=first-meeting-of-fifa-football-stakeholders-committee-2876941.htmlRepresentatives from clubs, leagues and players came together with Member Associations, Confederations and the FIFA Administration today in Zurich at the first meeting of FIFA's Football Stakeholder Committee.

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Thu, 23 Mar 2017 19:47:00 GMT Area=Organisation Section=Committees Kind=News
<![CDATA[Trio move clear as underdogs triumph ]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=3/news=trio-move-clear-as-underdogs-triumph-2876611.htmlFIFA.com looks back on all the action.

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Thu, 23 Mar 2017 19:23:00 GMT Area=Tournament Section=Competition Kind=News Tournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)
<![CDATA[El Tri, Ticos clash as USA start fresh]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=3/news=el-tri-ticos-clash-as-usa-start-fresh-2876615.htmlFIFA.com previews the resumption of FIFA World Cup qualifying in the CONCACAF region headlined by a massive match-up as Mexico host Costa Rica, while USA will have fresh hopes under returning coach Bruce Arena.]]>Thu, 23 Mar 2017 18:45:00 GMT Area=Tournament Section=Competition Kind=News Tournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[High stakes as qualifying resumes in Europe]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=3/news=high-stakes-as-qualifying-resumes-in-europe-2876818.htmlFIFA.com previews the latest round of qualifiers in Europe, where some of the continent's heavyweights face crucial matches in the race to secure direct passage to Russia 2018.

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Thu, 23 Mar 2017 14:00:00 GMT Area=Tournament Section=Competition Kind=News Tournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)
<![CDATA[Koke talks idols, Iniesta and Spain's new generation]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=3/news=koke-talks-idols-iniesta-and-spain-s-new-generation-2876506.htmlThu, 23 Mar 2017 09:49:00 GMT Area=Tournament Section=Competition Kind=News Tournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Tahiti comeback breaks PNG hearts]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=3/news=tahiti-comeback-breaks-png-hearts-2876767.htmlThu, 23 Mar 2017 08:23:00 GMT Area=Tournament Section=Competition Kind=News Tournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Motherhood & football a winning blend for Iceland’s skipper]]>http://www.fifa.com/development/news/y=2017/m=3/news=motherhood-football-a-winning-blend-for-iceland-s-skipper-2876697.htmlFIFA.com hears from Margret Lara Vidarsdottir, Iceland's EURO-bound captain and record scorer, on how a maternity break and motherhood has impacted on her football career.]]>Thu, 23 Mar 2017 08:11:00 GMT Area=Football Development Section=Women Kind=News<![CDATA[Americans back in the Arena]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=3/news=americans-back-in-the-arena-2876600.htmlUSA enters crucial matches in CONCACAF's Hexagonal round of Russia 2018 qualifying under the leadership of head coach Bruce Arena, who sits down with FIFA.com to talk about his second stint at the helm.

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Wed, 22 Mar 2017 19:06:00 GMT Area=Tournament Section=Competition Kind=News Tournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)
<![CDATA[The Sanneh Foundation bringing silver lining to Haiti]]>http://www.fifa.com/development/news/y=2017/m=3/news=the-sanneh-foundation-bringing-silver-lining-to-haiti-2876530.htmlFormer USA defender Tony Sanneh speaks with FIFA.com about The Sanneh Foundation's Haitian Initiative, which is helping give opportunities to the people of Cite Soleil, one of the poorest slums in the world. 

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Wed, 22 Mar 2017 15:04:00 GMT Area=Football Development Section=Generic Kind=News
<![CDATA[Bahamas Governor General launches FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Trophy Experience]]>http://www.fifa.com/beachsoccerworldcup/news/y=2017/m=3/news=bahamas-governor-general-launches-fifa-beach-soccer-world-cup-trophy-e-2876634.htmlWed, 22 Mar 2017 10:27:00 GMT Area=Tournament Section=LOC Kind=News Tournament=FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Bahamas 2017<![CDATA[Revenge on the menu in return legs]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=3/news=revenge-on-the-menu-in-return-legs-2876610.htmlFIFA.com previews Thursday's Russia 2018 qualifiers in Asia as the 12 remaining contenders enter the second half of their group schedule with all to play for.]]>Wed, 22 Mar 2017 06:38:00 GMT Area=Tournament Section=Competition Kind=News Tournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Nigeria prepare for return to world stage]]>http://www.fifa.com/beachsoccerworldcup/news/y=2017/m=3/news=nigeria-prepare-for-return-to-world-stage-2876612.htmlFIFA.com spoke with Nigeria captain Isiaka Olawale ahead of his fourth appearance at a FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in the Bahamas next month.]]>Wed, 22 Mar 2017 05:09:00 GMT Area=Tournament Section=Competition Kind=News Tournament=FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Bahamas 2017<![CDATA[Thanh aiming to scale new heights with Vietnam]]>http://www.fifa.com/u20worldcup/news/y=2017/m=3/news=thanh-aiming-to-scale-new-heights-with-vietnam-2876453.htmlWed, 22 Mar 2017 02:19:00 GMT Area=Tournament Section=Competition Kind=News Tournament=FIFA U-20 World Cup Korea Republic 2017<![CDATA[Komolong leading PNG’s new breed]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=3/news=komolong-leading-png-s-new-breed-2876544.htmlFIFA.com hears from Papua New Guinea's young star Alwin Komomlong about his quirky background, footballing brothers and the hopes of Oceania's largest nation building further upon their recent success.]]>Tue, 21 Mar 2017 22:48:00 GMT Area=Tournament Section=Competition Kind=News Tournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Wilmots takes charge of the Elephants]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=3/news=wilmots-takes-charge-of-the-elephants-2876607.htmlTue, 21 Mar 2017 14:53:00 GMT Area=Tournament Section=Competition Kind=News Tournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Russia 2018 hopefuls face turning point]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=3/news=russia-2018-hopefuls-face-turning-point-2876554.htmlFIFA.com looks ahead to March's FIFA World Cup qualifiers in South America, with some mouth-watering encounters set to take place, as the race for Russia 2018 spots gets even hotter.]]>Tue, 21 Mar 2017 14:14:00 GMT Area=Tournament Section=Competition Kind=News Tournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Stalwarts’ trophy visit thrills Kiwi kids ]]>http://www.fifa.com/confederationscup/news/y=2017/m=3/news=stalwarts-trophy-visit-thrills-kiwi-kids-2876560.htmlTue, 21 Mar 2017 12:02:00 GMT Area=Tournament Section=Competition Kind=News Tournament=FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017<![CDATA[Schweinsteiger to make Chicago Fire switch]]>http://www.fifa.com/live-scores/news/y=2017/m=3/news=schweinsteiger-to-make-chicago-fire-switch-2876556.htmlManchester United have agreed to let 2014 FIFA World Cup winner Bastian Schweinsteiger move to MLS side Chicago Fire. The former Germany captain's move to MLS is subject to a medical and visa being secured.

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Tue, 21 Mar 2017 10:06:00 GMT Area=World Match Centre Section=Club Football Kind=News
<![CDATA[Abdulrahman: We have to beat Japan]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=3/news=abdulrahman-we-have-to-beat-japan-2876540.htmlAhead of his side's FIFA World Cup qualifier against Japan, FIFA.com spoke exclusively with United Arab Emirates playmaker Omar Abdulrahman, who says beating Samurai Blue is key to UAE's Russia 2018 hopes.

 
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Tue, 21 Mar 2017 09:41:00 GMT Area=Tournament Section=Competition Kind=News Tournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)
<![CDATA[League leaders continue relentless march]]>http://www.fifa.com/development/news/y=2017/m=3/news=league-leaders-continue-relentless-march-2876541.htmlFIFA.com looks back at the action in women’s club football in France, Germany, Spain and Italy, where the league leaders all consolidated their positions with resounding victories this weekend.

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Tue, 21 Mar 2017 08:28:00 GMT Area=Football Development Section=Women Kind=News
<![CDATA[Little margin for error in Oceania ]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=3/news=tue-21-mar-ofc-wc-preview-2876534.htmlFIFA.com runs the rule over upcoming Oceania qualifiers for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in what could prove to be a pivotal week in the Pacific.]]>Tue, 21 Mar 2017 06:04:00 GMT Area=Tournament Section=Competition Kind=News Tournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Brazil head up South American quartet]]>http://www.fifa.com/u17worldcup/news/y=2017/m=3/news=brazil-head-up-south-american-quartet-2876546.htmlMon, 20 Mar 2017 20:40:00 GMT Area=Tournament Section=Competition Kind=News Tournament=FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017<![CDATA[Leopards roar to Germany 1974]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=2008/m=5/news=leopards-roar-germany-1974-771439.htmlFIFA.com looks back on how the Ebony Leopards of Zaire became the first sub-Saharan African side to reach a world finals by beating Morocco 3-0 in Kinshasa in 1973.

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Mon, 20 Mar 2017 08:46:00 GMT Area=Classic Section=Qualifiers Matches Kind=News Tournament=1974 FIFA World Cup Germany ™
<![CDATA[Matos: India will show indomitable will]]>http://www.fifa.com/u17worldcup/news/y=2017/m=3/news=matos-india-will-show-indomitable-will-2876457.htmlWith 200 days to go until the FIFA U-17 World Cup in India, the host nation's new head coach Luis Norton de Matos sat down with FIFA.com for a chat about the challenge ahead and what football legacy the tournament could leave in the second-most populated country in the world.

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Mon, 20 Mar 2017 08:39:00 GMT Area=Tournament Section=Competition Kind=News Tournament=FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017
<![CDATA[Maradona and Aimar remember Argentinian triumphs]]>http://www.fifa.com?cid=rssfeed&att=Mon, 20 Mar 2017 08:11:00 GMT Area=Tournament Section=Competition Kind=News Tournament=FIFA U-20 World Cup Korea Republic 2017<![CDATA[Gilberto Silva: The Confederations Cup is a special tournament ]]>http://www.fifa.com/confederationscup/news/y=2017/m=3/news=gilberto-silva-the-confederations-cup-is-a-special-tournament-2876500.htmlA two-time Confederations Cup winner, Gilberto Silva has been reunited with the trophy during events in Australia and New Zealand. He told FIFA.com about his memories of the tournament and expectations for Russia 2017.

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Mon, 20 Mar 2017 07:44:00 GMT Area=Tournament Section=Competition Kind=News Tournament=FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017
<![CDATA[Feng: We can surprise Korea Republic]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=3/news=feng-we-can-surprise-korea-republic-2876452.htmlFIFA.com about improvements in the team under new head coach Marcello Lippi ahead of the country's crucial 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia qualifier against Korea Republic.]]>Mon, 20 Mar 2017 03:02:00 GMT Area=Tournament Section=Competition Kind=News Tournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Colombia secure ticket to India]]>http://www.fifa.com/u17worldcup/news/y=2017/m=3/news=colombia-secure-ticket-to-india-2876473.htmlMon, 20 Mar 2017 01:54:00 GMT Area=Tournament Section=Competition Kind=News Tournament=FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017<![CDATA[Next week on FIFA.com]]>http://www.fifa.com/news/y=2017/m=3/news=next-week-on-fifa-com-2876464.htmlJust like every Sunday, we whet your appetite with a sneak peek at what is on the menu on FIFA.com in the coming days.

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Sun, 19 Mar 2017 12:50:00 GMT Area=News Centre Section=News centre Kind=News
<![CDATA[The Week in Quotes]]>http://www.fifa.com/news/y=2017/m=3/news=the-week-in-quotes-2876445.htmlSat, 18 Mar 2017 10:15:00 GMT Area=News Centre Section=Week in Quotes Kind=News<![CDATA[Kewell: Australia will have to be at their best]]>http://www.fifa.com?cid=rssfeed&att=FIFA.com at a media event in his hometown of Sydney to reminisce about his performances at the 1997 FIFA Confederations Cup and give his take on Australia’s class of 2017.]]>Fri, 17 Mar 2017 23:09:00 GMT Area=Tournament Section=Competition Kind=News Tournament=FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017