<![CDATA[FIFA.com - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ - News]]>http://www.fifa.com/index.htmlenCopyright ©1994 - 2015 FIFA. All rights reservedThu, 30 Jun 2016 14:26:00 GMTThu, 30 Jun 2016 16:18:45 GMTFIFA.comFIFA.comhttp://www.fifa.com/imgml/rssheader.gif http://www.fifa.com/index.html13928FIFA.com RSS<![CDATA[Slutsky steps down as Russia coach]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=6/news=slutsky-steps-down-as-russia-coach-2804706.htmlThu, 30 Jun 2016 14:26:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Captain’s clincher earns Brazil immortality]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=6/news=captain-s-clincher-earns-brazil-immortality-2804373.htmlEvery week in the build-up to Russia 2018, FIFA.com will be highlighting a classic FIFA World Cup image. Our latest photograph captures Carlos Alberto celebrating his legendary strike in the 1970 Final.

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Thu, 30 Jun 2016 14:00:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)
<![CDATA[Host Cities to create a smoke-free environment ]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=6/news=host-cities-to-create-a-smoke-free-environment-2804671.htmlThu, 30 Jun 2016 13:04:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Mordovia Arena to become important part of Saransk life]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=6/news=mordovia-arena-to-become-important-part-of-saransk-life-2804357.htmlFIFA.com provides an update for fans on how progress is going. ]]>Wed, 29 Jun 2016 13:16:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=LOCKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Messi calls time on international career]]>/live-scores/copaamerica/news/newsid/280/399/5/index.htmlAfter Lionel Messi announced his retirement from international football on the back of Argentina's defeat against Chile in the Copa America Centenario final, we look back on the five-time FIFA Ballon d'Or winner's career with La Albiceleste.

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Mon, 27 Jun 2016 10:50:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=NewsTournament=Copa America 2016 Centenario
<![CDATA[Gervinho: Côte d'Ivoire should always be at the World Cup]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=6/news=gervinho-cote-d-ivoire-should-always-be-at-the-world-cup-2803985.htmlIn an exclusive interview with FIFA.com, Côte d’Ivoire's Gervinho talks adapting to life in China, the return of Les Éléphants to the top table of African football and the current African qualifying campaign for Russia 2018.

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Mon, 27 Jun 2016 10:03:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=InterviewTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)
<![CDATA[Scifo still in awe of Maradona]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=6/news=scifo-still-in-awe-of-maradona-2803606.htmlSat, 25 Jun 2016 08:59:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=1986 FIFA World Cup Mexico ™<![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 (TM)
<![CDATA[Centenario celebrations set the tone]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=6/news=centenario-celebrations-set-the-tone-2803168.html FIFA.com will be highlighting a classic FIFA World Cup image. Our latest photograph takes us back to the first edition in 1930.]]>Thu, 23 Jun 2016 14:34:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Africa gears up for draw for third round of 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers ]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=6/news=africa-gears-up-for-draw-for-third-round-of-2018-fifa-world-cup-qualif-2803173.htmlWed, 22 Jun 2016 20:49:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Stars align in appreciation for Goal of the Century]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=6/news=stars-align-in-appreciation-for-goal-of-the-century-2802960.htmlTo celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Goal of the Century, FIFA.com sat down to watch it back with some of the greatest players of recent times. Find out what Lionel Messi, Ronaldo and Fabio Cannavaro, among others, had to say about Diego Maradona's wonder strike against England.

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Wed, 22 Jun 2016 09:37:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=1986 FIFA World Cup Mexico ™
<![CDATA[World Cup focus for Brazil's pragmatic new coach]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=6/news=world-cup-focus-for-brazil-s-pragmatic-new-coach-2802902.htmlTue, 21 Jun 2016 11:07:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Russian airports prepare to welcome the world]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=6/news=russian-airports-prepare-to-welcome-the-world-2802754.htmlMon, 20 Jun 2016 15:51:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=LOCKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[El-Hadary: Egypt back where they belong]]>/confederationscup/news/y=2016/m=6/news=el-hadary-egypt-are-back-where-they-belong-2802301.htmlEgypt goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary speaks to ​FIFA.com ​after his country reached their first CAF Africa Cup of Nations tournament since winning the continental championship in 2010.

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Sat, 18 Jun 2016 09:20:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017
<![CDATA[New Russian construction standard created for FIFA World Cup stadiums]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=6/news=new-russian-construction-standard-created-for-fifa-world-cup-stadiums-2802275.htmlSat, 18 Jun 2016 08:14:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=LOCKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Parker’s pain brings bliss to Brehme]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=6/news=parker-s-pain-brings-bliss-to-brehme-2801873.htmlEvery week in the build-up to Russia 2018, FIFA.com will be highlighting a classic FIFA World Cup image. Our latest photograph looks back to a critical moment in the 1990 semi-final between West Germany and England.

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Thu, 16 Jun 2016 12:08:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)
<![CDATA[A new prodigy rises in Egypt]]>/live-scores/news/newsid/280/187/1/index.htmlAfter a year thrilling Pharaohs and Al Ahly supporters, teenager Ramadan Sobhi talks to FIFA.com about his myriad skills, his big ambitions and the growing plaudits coming his way.

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Thu, 16 Jun 2016 08:28:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=NewsTournament=Africa Cup of Nations 2017
<![CDATA[Kharbin: We want to put a smile on Syrian faces]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=6/news=khribin-we-want-to-put-a-smile-on-syrian-faces-2801823.htmlHaving fired Syria into striking distance of their first-ever FIFA World Cup finals, forward Omar Kharbin sat down with FIFA.com to talk upcoming challenges, crucial goals and giving something to those back home.

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Wed, 15 Jun 2016 11:10:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)
<![CDATA[Dunga sacked as Brazil boss]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=6/news=dunga-sacked-as-brazil-boss-2801747.htmlBrazil have parted company with coach Dunga after the five-time FIFA World Cup™ winners exited the Copa America Centenario at group stage, the first time they have been eliminated that early in almost 30 years.

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Tue, 14 Jun 2016 20:42:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)
<![CDATA[Broos: Guiding Cameroon to Russia is my prime objective]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=6/news=broos-guiding-cameroon-to-russia-is-my-prime-objective-2801642.htmlFIFA.com heard from Hugo Broos about his priorities since taking the Cameroon job and his ambitions for Les Lions Indomptables at continental and world level.]]>Tue, 14 Jun 2016 07:34:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[New Zealand regain crown amid broadening pyramid]]>/confederationscup/news/y=2016/m=6/news=new-zealand-regain-crown-amid-broadening-pyramid-2801358.htmlFIFA.com reviews the 2016 OFC Nations Cup won by New Zealand for a record fifth time, but a tournament that will long be remembered as evidence of the increased depth and quality across the Pacific.]]>Mon, 13 Jun 2016 07:47:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017<![CDATA[Kiwis deny PNG to earn continental crown]]>/confederationscup/news/y=2016/m=6/news=kiwis-deny-png-to-earn-continental-crown-2800974.htmlSat, 11 Jun 2016 10:41:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017<![CDATA[Naser: We desperately want to reach Russia]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=6/news=naser-we-desperately-want-to-reach-russia-2800798.html With a youthful team forged by growing together, United Arab Emirates goalkeeper is one of few Majed Naser who can remember their last trip to a FIFA World Cup in 1990 and he is out to help their developing side repeat that feat.]]>Fri, 10 Jun 2016 11:25:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[High-flying PNG aim for historic milestone]]>/confederationscup/news/y=2016/m=6/news=high-flying-png-aim-for-historic-milestone-2800775.htmlFIFA.com previews the OFC Nations Cup final with Papua New Guinea chasing the realisation of a dream and a ticket to the FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017.]]>Fri, 10 Jun 2016 05:49:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017<![CDATA[Kosovo and Gibraltar assigned to 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying groups]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=6/news=kosovo-and-gibraltar-assigned-to-2018-fifa-world-cup-qualifying-groups-2800709.htmlThu, 09 Jun 2016 19:02:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[O Rei hits the goal trail]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=6/news=o-rei-hits-the-goal-trail-2800274.html FIFA.com will be highlighting a classic FIFA World Cup image. This week's shows the celebration that followed "the most important goal" of Pele's career.]]>Thu, 09 Jun 2016 13:18:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[New Zealand, PNG set up final showdown]]>/confederationscup/news/y=2016/m=6/news=new-zealand-png-set-up-final-showdown-2800504.htmlWed, 08 Jun 2016 12:46:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017<![CDATA[Russian volunteers head to France for EURO 2016 ]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=6/news=russian-volunteers-head-to-france-for-euro-2016-2800492.htmlWed, 08 Jun 2016 10:26:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=VolunteersKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Volunteer recruitment achieves high figures within the first days ]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=6/news=volunteer-recruitment-achieves-high-figures-within-the-first-days-2800267.htmlTue, 07 Jun 2016 12:40:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=LOCKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Dabbur: I can't wait for the opening match ]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=6/news=dabbur-i-can-t-wait-for-the-opening-match-2800058.htmlFIFA.com about his motivation to lift his game in the weeks to come to ensure he will be facing Italy when Israel’s Group G 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia qualifying campaign begins on 5 September.]]>Tue, 07 Jun 2016 04:26:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[The sky is the limit for football in Samara]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=6/news=the-sky-is-the-limit-for-football-in-samara-2800192.htmlFIFA.com that football's popularity even extends to the International Space Station (ISS). ]]>Mon, 06 Jun 2016 10:34:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[PNG, New Caledonia complete semi line-up]]>/confederationscup/news/y=2016/m=6/news=png-new-caledonia-complete-semi-line-up-2800055.htmlSun, 05 Jun 2016 12:14:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017<![CDATA[Kiwis, Solomons progress to final four]]>/confederationscup/news/y=2016/m=6/news=kiwis-solomons-progress-to-final-four-2799907.htmlNew Zealand and Solomon Islands advanced to the semi-final of the OFC Nations Cup, while third-placed Fiji progressed to the OFC’s third round of FIFA World Cup™ qualifying as Group B came to a close on Saturday.

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Sat, 04 Jun 2016 12:34:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017
<![CDATA[Abdennour: Tunisia deserve a World Cup place]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=6/news=abdennour-tunisia-deserve-a-world-cup-place-2799588.htmlFIFA.com spoke with powerful Tunisia and Valencia centre-back Aymen Abdennour about his team's determination to reach the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ – and the pain of their play-off defeat against Cameroon on the road to Brazil 2014.]]>Fri, 03 Jun 2016 08:24:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Volunteer recruitment campaign off to flying start in Host Cities]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=6/news=volunteer-recruitment-campaign-off-to-flying-start-in-host-cities-2799557.htmlAll Host Cities of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ hosted a festival coinciding with one of the most important milestones of the tournament: the beginning of the volunteer recruitment process for the 2018 FIFA World Cup and the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017. FIFA.com recounts the events.

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Thu, 02 Jun 2016 15:39:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=LOCKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)
<![CDATA[Zizou on top of the world ]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=6/news=zizou-on-top-of-the-world-2799353.htmlEvery week in the build-up to Russia 2018, FIFA.com will be highlighting a classic FIFA World Cup image. This week, we look back to 1998, when Zinedine Zidane was again the centre of attention.

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Thu, 02 Jun 2016 11:21:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)
<![CDATA[Smertin appointed as World Cup ambassador]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=6/news=smertin-appointed-as-world-cup-ambassador-2799303.htmlFormer Russia captain Alexei Smertin has been named as an ambassador for the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia.

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Wed, 01 Jun 2016 18:52:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=LOCKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)
<![CDATA[Volunteer Campaign for Russia 2018 kicks off with illustrious backing]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=6/news=volunteer-campaign-for-russia-2018-kicks-off-with-illustrious-backing-2799263.htmlWed, 01 Jun 2016 15:49:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=VolunteersKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Rostov Arena the starting point for new region of the city]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=5/news=ростов-арена-центр-нового-раиона-ростова-на-дону-обзор-стадионов-чм-20-2-2793743.htmlWith Russia 2018 drawing ever nearer, construction on all the tournament's stadiums continues apace. Every month FIFA.com provides an update for fans on how progress is going.

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Tue, 31 May 2016 18:37:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=LOCKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)
<![CDATA[Kiwis cruise as Fiji sink Solomons]]>/confederationscup/news/y=2016/m=5/news=kiwis-cruise-as-fiji-sink-solomons-2793376.htmlTue, 31 May 2016 12:30:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017<![CDATA[Tymoshchuk: Swiss shoot-out was a highlight]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=5/news=tymoshchuk-swiss-shoot-out-was-a-highlight-2792750.htmlFIFA.com spoke to Anatoliy Tymoshchuk on the eve of the ten-year anniversary of Ukraine's finest hour on the international footballing stage when they reached the quarter-finals at their first-ever FIFA World Cup at Germany 2006.

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Mon, 30 May 2016 08:27:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2006 FIFA World Cup Germany ™
<![CDATA[Holders get going, hosts hang on]]>/confederationscup/news/y=2016/m=5/news=holders-get-rolling-hosts-hang-on-2793100.htmlSun, 29 May 2016 12:21:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017<![CDATA[Kiwis, Solomons get the ball rolling]]>/confederationscup/news/y=2016/m=5/news=kiwis-solomons-get-the-ball-rolling-2792866.htmlSat, 28 May 2016 12:24:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017<![CDATA[Oceanian contenders ready themselves in hunt for glory]]>/confederationscup/news/y=2016/m=5/news=oceania-contenders-ready-themselves-in-hunt-for-glory-2792660.htmlFIFA.com previews the Oceania Nations Cup where eight nations are chasing a ticket to the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, this in a tournament which doubles as qualifiers for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™.]]>Fri, 27 May 2016 07:09:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017<![CDATA[Rio acclaims bronze-winning Brazil]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=5/news=rio-acclaims-bronze-winning-brazil-2792463.htmlEvery week in the build-up to Russia 2018, FIFA.com will be highlighting a classic FIFA World Cup image. This week's photo takes us back to 1938 and extraordinary scenes on the streets of Rio de Janeiro.

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Thu, 26 May 2016 12:57:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)
<![CDATA[Unconventional road to the top for Aussie ace Ikonomidis]]>/confederationscup/news/y=2016/m=5/news=unconventional-road-to-the-top-for-aussie-ace-ikonomidis-2792523.htmlFIFA.com speaks with Australia youngster Chris Ikonomidis about his unlikely path to the national team, his experiences at Lazio and being mentored by all-time FIFA World Cup great Miroslav Klose.]]>Thu, 26 May 2016 06:55:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017<![CDATA[FIFA carries out stadium visits in Saint Petersburg and Kaliningrad]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=5/news=fifa-carries-out-stadium-visits-in-saint-petersburg-and-kaliningrad-2792469.htmlEarlier this week FIFA’s Director of Competitions Colin Smith carried out stadium visits in Saint Petersburg and Kaliningrad accompanied by representatives of the Local Organising Committee for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™.

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Wed, 25 May 2016 18:22:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=LOCKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)
<![CDATA[Tahiti set sights on reprising fairytale]]>/confederationscup/news/y=2016/m=5/news=tahiti-seek-to-reprise-fairytale-2792412.htmlWed, 25 May 2016 07:37:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017<![CDATA[Lombaerts: I can get by in any scenario in Russia]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=5/news=lombaerts-i-can-get-by-in-any-scenario-in-russia-2792170.htmlTue, 24 May 2016 06:17:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Fiji well placed to maintain miracle year]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=5/news=fiji-well-placed-to-maintain-miracle-year-2791734.htmlSat, 21 May 2016 23:29:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[A red sea in Seoul]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=5/news=a-red-sea-in-seoul-2791625.html Every week in the build-up to Russia 2018, FIFA.com will be highlighting a classic FIFA World Cup image. This week's takes us back to 2002 and the remarkable gatherings of South Korean supporters.

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Thu, 19 May 2016 11:22:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)