<![CDATA[FIFA.com]]>http://www.fifa.com/index.htmlenCopyright ©1994 - 2015 FIFA. All rights reservedThu, 18 Feb 2016 08:08:00 GMTThu, 18 Feb 2016 08:51:18 GMTFIFA.comFIFA.comhttp://www.fifa.com/imgml/rssheader.gif http://www.fifa.com/index.html13928FIFA.com RSS<![CDATA[Solomons seek to reprise historic high watermark]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=2/news=solomons-seek-to-reprise-historic-high-watermark-2765760.htmlFIFA.com speaks to Solomon Islands veteran star Henry Fa'Arodo who says the Bonitos are aiming to reward the nation's passion for football during upcoming Russia 2018 qualifying.]]>Thu, 18 Feb 2016 08:08:00 GMT Area=Tournament Section=Competition Kind=News Tournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Rejuvenated Chollima fly high]]>http://www.fifa.com/fifa-world-ranking/news/y=2016/m=2/news=rejuvenated-chollima-fly-high-2765563.htmlChollima's recent rise.]]>Thu, 18 Feb 2016 02:25:00 GMT Area=World Ranking Section=Men Ranking Kind=News<![CDATA[Scoring goals off the park for women’s football]]>http://www.fifa.com/development/news/y=2016/m=2/news=scoring-goals-off-the-park-for-women-s-football-2765568.htmlWed, 17 Feb 2016 21:48:00 GMT Area=Football Development Section=Women Kind=News<![CDATA[Quartet book tickets to Colombia]]>http://www.fifa.com/futsalworldcup/news/y=2016/m=2/news=quartet-book-tickets-to-colombia-2765663.htmlWed, 17 Feb 2016 17:36:00 GMT Area=Tournament Section=Competition Kind=News Tournament=FIFA Futsal World Cup Colombia 2016<![CDATA[Seattle set for FIWC qualifying finale]]>http://www.fifa.com/interactiveworldcup/news/y=2016/m=2/news=seattle-set-for-fiwc-qualifying-finale-2765661.htmlAhead of the Grand Final in New York City on 20 to 22 March, Seattle Sounders are set to host the Host Nation Qualifier for the 2016 FIFA Interactive World Cup at THE NINETY, where the event will be played exclusively on Xbox One.


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Wed, 17 Feb 2016 16:58:00 GMT Area=Tournament Section=Competition Kind=News Tournament=FIFA Interactive World Cup 2016
<![CDATA[Ekaterina Bocharova's Siberian fairytale]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=2/news=ekaterina-bocharova-s-siberian-fairytale-2765519.htmlFIFA.com introduces fans to the three finalists of the campaign to design the Official Mascot of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia. Their work will be put to a nationwide vote in autumn to determine the tournament's mascot. Today we learn all about Ekaterina Bocharova from Tomsk State University.]]>Wed, 17 Feb 2016 13:33:00 GMT Area=Tournament Section=Competition Kind=News Tournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Omari and Syria working a miracle]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=2/news=omari-and-syria-working-a-miracle-2765628.html

Osama Omari speaks to FIFA.com about his role in Syria's hugely impressive FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign and the obstacles the team has faced as war continues to rage.]]>
Wed, 17 Feb 2016 11:50:00 GMT Area=Tournament Section=Competition Kind=News Tournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)
<![CDATA[Ramos: You can’t live in the past at Madrid]]>http://www.fifa.com?cid=rssfeed&att=FIFA.com hears from Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos on his rise in status with Los Merengues, career highlights and future challenges with both club and country.]]>Wed, 17 Feb 2016 08:31:00 GMT Area=World Match Centre Section=Club Football Kind=News<![CDATA[Shooting stars and sighs of relief]]>http://www.fifa.com/news/y=2016/m=2/news=shooting-stars-and-sighs-of-relief-2765509.htmlIn FIFA.com’s latest stats review, we reflect on a week that brought notable achievements for Christine Sinclair, Julian Nagelsmann and Juventus, while ending droughts for Valencia and Danny Welbeck.

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Wed, 17 Feb 2016 07:26:00 GMT Area=News Centre Section=Week in Stats Kind=News
<![CDATA[Returning heroes spy Libertadores glory]]>http://www.fifa.com?cid=rssfeed&att=FIFA.com previews the 2016 edition of Latin America's biggest club competition, the Copa Libertadores, as several stars return to their childhood clubs in the hopes of lifting the coveted trophy and a place at the FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2016.

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Tue, 16 Feb 2016 17:28:00 GMT Area=World Match Centre Section=Club Football Kind=News Tournament=Copa Bridgestone Libertadores 2016
<![CDATA[FIFA recruiting female security officers]]>http://www.fifa.com/about-fifa/news/y=2016/m=2/news=fifa-recruiting-female-security-officers-2764708.htmlSafety and security at football events across the world has always been the highest priority for FIFA. To ensure this, the FIFA Security Division is providing support and expert advice in security-related matters to host countries, local security agencies, Local Organising Committees and FIFA’s Member Associations.

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Tue, 16 Feb 2016 13:02:00 GMT Area=Organisation Section=FIFA Security Kind=News
<![CDATA[Doe: There's been a transition in security for women]]>http://www.fifa.com/about-fifa/news/y=2016/m=2/news=doe-there-s-been-a-transition-in-security-for-women-2764930.htmlWith FIFA looking to attract more female Security Officers from around the world, we talk to Deborah Doe - who has performed the role at a number of FIFA tournaments - about the changes in the industry and the role.

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Tue, 16 Feb 2016 12:59:00 GMT Area=Organisation Section=FIFA Security Kind=News
<![CDATA[Renard appointed as new Morocco coach]]>http://www.fifa.com?cid=rssfeed&att=Tue, 16 Feb 2016 12:53:00 GMT Area=World Match Centre Section=National Teams Kind=News<![CDATA[Live Your Goals Festival attracts Al-Mogableen students in Jordan]]>http://www.fifa.com/development/news/y=2016/m=2/news=live-your-goals-festival-attracts-al-mogableen-students-in-jordan-2765426.htmlFIFA.com recaps a Live Your Goals Festival that concluded on Sunday 14 February at King Abdulla II Park stadium in Al-Mogableen, in the Jordanian capital of Amman, where more than 150 girls between the ages of six and 14 participated. ]]>Tue, 16 Feb 2016 11:44:00 GMT Area=Football Development Section=Live your goals Kind=News<![CDATA[Table-toppers underpin title hopes ]]>http://www.fifa.com/development/news/y=2016/m=2/news=table-toppers-underpin-title-hopes-2765473.htmlThe German Women’s Bundesliga returned after an eight-week hiatus, while the winter break is also over in Switzerland, where FC Zurich again find themselves clear at the top.

 

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Tue, 16 Feb 2016 10:21:00 GMT Area=Football Development Section=Women Kind=News
<![CDATA[From Europe to Africa and back]]>http://www.fifa.com?cid=rssfeed&att=FIFA.com breaks down the trend of young footballers stalled in their pursuit of European club stardom moving to Africa to gain experience, attention and potentially a return to the big leagues.]]>Tue, 16 Feb 2016 06:10:00 GMT Area=World Match Centre Section=Club Football Kind=News<![CDATA[Pele gives Uruguay the runaround]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=2/news=pele-gives-uruguay-the-runaround-2764887.htmlEvery week in the build-up to Russia 2018, FIFA.com will be highlighting a classic FIFA World Cup image. We continue with a look back to a moment of magic from Pele in the 1970 semi-finals.

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Mon, 15 Feb 2016 14:05:00 GMT Area=Tournament Section=Competition Kind=News Tournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)
<![CDATA[FIFA Executive Committee meeting agenda now available]]>http://www.fifa.com/about-fifa/news/y=2016/m=2/news=fifa-executive-committee-meeting-agenda-now-available-2765408.htmlFIFA.com.]]>Mon, 15 Feb 2016 12:00:00 GMT Area=Organisation Section=Bodies Kind=News<![CDATA[Origins of Suarez and Messi's genius]]>http://www.fifa.com?cid=rssfeed&att=After Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi's remarkable penalty against Celta Vigo, we recall two early examples of the two-man penalty which was also made famous by the likes of Johan Cruyff and Jesper Olsen and Robert Pires and Thierry Henry.

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Mon, 15 Feb 2016 10:41:00 GMT Area=World Match Centre Section=National Teams Kind=News
<![CDATA[Big three through from South America]]>http://www.fifa.com/futsalworldcup/news/y=2016/m=2/news=sudamerica-confirma-a-sus-potencias-2765296-2765386.htmlBrazil took the honours at the South American qualifiers for the FIFA Futsal World Cup Colombia 2016, with Argentina and Paraguay securing the other two places on offer in Asuncion.

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Mon, 15 Feb 2016 10:20:00 GMT Area=Tournament Section=Competition Kind=News Tournament=FIFA Futsal World Cup Colombia 2016
<![CDATA[Diagne blazes a trail with Les Bleus]]>http://www.fifa.com?cid=rssfeed&att=FIFA.com looks back 85 years to the colourful Raoul Diagne becoming the first black player to turn out for France's national team.

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Mon, 15 Feb 2016 09:16:00 GMT Area=World Match Centre Section=National Teams Kind=News
<![CDATA[Kluivert: The Netherlands are in transition]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=2/news=kluivert-the-netherlands-are-in-transition-2765372.htmlFIFA.com sat down with Netherlands legend Patrick Kluivert, who talked about his time as the Oranje's assistant coach at Brazil 2014, managing Curacao in the CONCACAF Zone qualifying for Russia 2018 and his thoughts on the current Barca side.

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Mon, 15 Feb 2016 08:46:00 GMT Area=Tournament Section=Competition Kind=Interview Tournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)
<![CDATA[High five provides another boost for vibrant Solomons]]>http://www.fifa.com/futsalworldcup/news/y=2016/m=2/news=high-five-provides-another-boost-for-vibrant-solomons-2765347.htmlMon, 15 Feb 2016 03:30:00 GMT Area=Tournament Section=Competition Kind=News Tournament=FIFA Futsal World Cup Colombia 2016<![CDATA[Relationships that were built to last]]>http://www.fifa.com/news/y=2013/m=1/news=relationships-that-were-built-last-1987743.htmlAll too often these days, the life of a coach sees them move from job to job every couple of years having been made the scapegoat for slow progress, however FIFA.com takes a look at the incidents where the relationship was built to last.

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Sun, 14 Feb 2016 14:55:00 GMT Area=News Centre Section=Off The Ball Kind=News
<![CDATA[Love and the beautiful game]]>http://www.fifa.com/news/y=2010/m=4/news=-1203385.htmlFIFA.com looks at the profound connection between the beautiful game and matters of the heart across the world.]]>Sun, 14 Feb 2016 13:47:00 GMT Area=News Centre Section=Off The Ball Kind=News<![CDATA[Happy Birthday to you!]]>http://www.fifa.com/news/y=2016/m=2/news=happy-birthday-to-you-2765153.htmlThis week our regular birthday round-up features a FIFA World Cup winner from Brazil 2014, a 2015 Women's World Cup star, a CAF Africa Cup of Nations champion and more.

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Sun, 14 Feb 2016 08:50:00 GMT Area=News Centre Section=Birthdays Kind=News
<![CDATA[Paraguay progress to Colombia]]>http://www.fifa.com/futsalworldcup/news/y=2016/m=2/news=paraguay-progress-to-colombia-2765181.htmlLa Albirroja will join fellow South American nations Brazil, Argentina and hosts Colombia at the 2016 FIFA Futsal World Cup.

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Sun, 14 Feb 2016 08:06:00 GMT Area=Tournament Section=Competition Kind=News Tournament=FIFA Futsal World Cup Colombia 2016
<![CDATA[The Week in Quotes]]>http://www.fifa.com/news/y=2016/m=2/news=the-week-in-quotes-2764947.htmlThe footballing world’s best sound bites from the past week are featured in FIFA.com’s latest round-up, including Everton’s manager discussing his dance moves, Louis van Gaal opening up a softer side to the media, Alexis Sanchez mistakenly getting into a fight with his coach and much more.

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Sat, 13 Feb 2016 07:55:00 GMT Area=News Centre Section=Week in Quotes Kind=News
<![CDATA[Stars and locals look to unleash potential in Rwanda]]>http://www.fifa.com/sustainability/news/y=2016/m=2/news=stars-and-locals-look-to-unleash-potential-in-rwanda-2764699.htmlWith Africa's wealth of home talent on show at the African Nations Championship in Rwanda, it was the perfect chance for one of FIFA's Football For Hope centres to host the 'Unleash African Football' festival to promote the social power of the game.

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Sat, 13 Feb 2016 07:48:00 GMT Area=Social Section=FFH - Centers Kind=News
<![CDATA[Solomon Islands stamp ticket to Colombia]]>http://www.fifa.com/futsalworldcup/news/y=2016/m=2/news=solomon-islands-stamp-ticket-to-colombia-2764956.htmlSat, 13 Feb 2016 07:44:00 GMT Area=Tournament Section=Competition Kind=News Tournament=FIFA Futsal World Cup Colombia 2016<![CDATA[Brazil, Argentina book place at Colombia]]>http://www.fifa.com/futsalworldcup/news/y=2016/m=2/news=brazil-argentina-book-place-at-colombia-2764951.htmlThe two South American nations guaranteed their passage to the 2016 FIFA Futsal World Cup, while a third and final team from CONMEBOL has yet to stamp their ticket to Colombia.

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Sat, 13 Feb 2016 01:12:00 GMT Area=Tournament Section=Competition Kind=News Tournament=FIFA Futsal World Cup Colombia 2016
<![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)