<![CDATA[FIFA.com - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ - News]]>http://www.fifa.com/index.htmlenCopyright ©1994 - 2014 FIFA. All rights reservedTue, 30 Jun 2015 14:48:00 GMTWed, 01 Jul 2015 10:10:31 GMTFIFA.comFIFA.comhttp://www.fifa.com/imgml/rssheader.gif http://www.fifa.com/index.html13928FIFA.com RSS<![CDATA[Russians choose ten characters to inspire the design of the 2018 Official Mascot ]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/newsid=2654360/index.html?cid=rssfeed&att=Tue, 30 Jun 2015 14:48:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Barbados sanctioned for fielding ineligible player]]>/about-fifa/news/y=2015/m=6/news=barbados-sanctioned-for-fielding-ineligible-player-2654185.htmlMon, 29 Jun 2015 15:36:00 GMTArea=OrganisationSection=Football GovernanceKind=Release<![CDATA[Altidore: I’m a lover]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=6/news=altidore-i-m-a-lover-2653310.htmlFIFA.com chats with USA and Toronto FC striker Jozy Altidore about the current USA national team and his hopes ahead of Russia 2018 qualifying in the CONCACAF zone.
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Mon, 29 Jun 2015 08:33:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=InterviewTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)
<![CDATA[New blend on the Spice Island ]]>/fifa-world-ranking/news/y=2015/m=6/news=new-blend-on-the-spice-island-2652916.htmlFIFA.com caught up with members of Grenada's national team to talk about the island's new blend of footballing spice, their recent climb up the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, their enduring love affair with the message-sending tackle and much more.]]>Thu, 25 Jun 2015 13:29:00 GMTArea=World RankingSection=Men RankingKind=News<![CDATA[St. Petersburg's 30 day countdown to the Preliminary Draw]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=6/news=saint-petersburg-gears-up-for-the-2018-fifa-world-cuptm-preliminary-dr-2653028.htmlThu, 25 Jun 2015 13:06:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Central American four lead the way]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=6/news=central-american-four-lead-the-way-2649971.htmlFIFA.com takes a closer look at the second round of qualifying in CONCACAF on the road to Russia 2018, where El Salvador, Belize, Nicaragua and Guatemala all booked passage.]]>Wed, 17 Jun 2015 08:23:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![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[White: It was a historic event for Guam]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=6/news=white-it-was-a-historic-event-for-guam-2648294.html​FIFA.com after his country's first ever FIFA World Cup qualifying victory and looks ahead to the game against India, coached by fellow Englishman Stephen Constantine.]]>Mon, 15 Jun 2015 08:47:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2018 Prel. Comp. Asian Zone<![CDATA[Captain Cuba up among the stars]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=6/news=captain-cuba-up-among-the-stars-2647060.htmlCuba skipper Yenier Marquez spoke to ​FIFA.com ​about his meeting with Pele and Raul, his two decades in the Cuban national team set-up and his side's hopes for their FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign.

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Sat, 13 Jun 2015 13:28:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2018 Prel. Comp. CONCACAF 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[CONCACAF’s road to Russia continues ]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=6/news=concacaf-s-road-to-russia-continues-2639618.htmlFIFA.com previews this week's second round of Russia 2018 qualifying in the CONCACAF Zone, where El Salvador, Canada and Cuba all take their bows.]]>Wed, 10 Jun 2015 14:39:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Russia 2018 LOC Board meets 45 days ahead of Preliminary Draw ]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=6/news=russia-2018-loc-board-meets-45-days-ahead-of-preliminary-draw-2643877.htmlWed, 10 Jun 2015 09:43:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=ReleaseTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![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[MLS great Nowak's new Caribbean calling]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=6/news=mls-great-nowak-s-new-caribbean-calling-2622610.htmlTue, 09 Jun 2015 13:54:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Bunmathan: 'Zico' can take Thailand through]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=6/news=bunmathan-zico-can-take-thailand-through-2618396.htmlThailand captain Theerathon Bunmathan spoke exclusively to FIFA.com about his country's 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign, working under Kiatisuk 'Zico' Senamuang and his idol Ashley Cole.

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Thu, 04 Jun 2015 12:07:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2018 Prel. Comp. Asian Zone
<![CDATA[Indonesia disqualified from 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia and AFC Asian Cup 2019 qualifiers]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=6/news=indonesia-disqualified-from-2018-fifa-world-cup-russia-and-afc-asian-c-2617809.htmlWed, 03 Jun 2015 20:11:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Japan call up big guns for World Cup qualifier]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=6/news=japan-call-up-big-guns-for-world-cup-qualifier-2614411.htmlMon, 01 Jun 2015 06:20:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2018 Prel. Comp. Asian Zone<![CDATA[Current allocation of FIFA World Cup™ confederation slots maintained ]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=5/news=current-allocation-of-fifa-world-cuptm-confederation-slots-maintained-2610611.htmlSat, 30 May 2015 11:46:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=ReleaseTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Relive: Post-ExCo extraordinary meeting press conference]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=5/news=post-exco-extraordinary-meeting-press-conference-to-be-streamed-2610484.htmlFollowing the extraordinary meeting of the FIFA Executive Committee, where the slots for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ and the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ will be decided, a press conference took place on Saturday, 30 May 2015 in Zurich.

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Sat, 30 May 2015 09:52:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)
<![CDATA[Luongo, Sainsbury out of Kyrgyz clash]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=5/news=luongo-sainsbury-out-of-kyrgyz-clash-2610535.htmlMidfield star Massimo Luongo and Trent Sainsbury have been ruled out of Australia's 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Kyrgyzstan with injuries, Soccer Australia said on Saturday.

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Sat, 30 May 2015 04:34:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2018 Prel. Comp. Asian Zone
<![CDATA[Russia 2018 LOC congratulates FIFA President Blatter on re-election]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=5/news=russia-2018-loc-congratulates-fifa-president-blatter-on-re-election-2610298.html 

Following his re-election at the helm of FIFA, the Local Organising Committee for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ extends its heartfelt congratulations to President Joseph S. Blatter and wishes him the best of success for his fifth term.]]>
Fri, 29 May 2015 21:36:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)
<![CDATA[Bhutan's CR7 out to challenge Asia]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=5/news=bhutan-s-cr7-out-to-challenge-asia-2608196.htmlFri, 29 May 2015 04:29:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2018 Prel. Comp. Asian Zone<![CDATA[Guam captain leads proud Matao into new era]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=5/news=guam-captain-leads-proud-matao-into-new-era-2609034.htmlThu, 28 May 2015 02:26:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2018 Prel. Comp. Asian Zone<![CDATA[An unlikely hero for Belize]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=5/news=an-unlikely-hero-for-belize-2608844.htmlFIFA.com chats to Belize's stand-in hero Elroy Kuylen about the return of Deon McCaulay to the team, his love of free-kicks, and hopes for the next series against Dominican Republic.]]>Wed, 27 May 2015 14:25:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Patino: The draw was not kind to the Philippines]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=5/news=patino-the-draw-was-not-kind-to-the-philippines-2608195.htmlAzkals striker Javier Patino is making waves in the Chinese Super League,]]>Tue, 26 May 2015 02:25:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2018 Prel. Comp. Asian Zone<![CDATA[Australia back Asian Cup heroes for Kyrgyzstan]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=5/news=australia-back-asian-cup-heroes-for-kyrgyzstan-2608198.htmlMon, 25 May 2015 02:02:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2018 Prel. Comp. Asian Zone<![CDATA[Thailand beat ten-man Vietnam in World Cup qualifier]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=5/news=thailand-beat-ten-man-vietnam-in-world-cup-qualifier-2608087.htmlThailand beat ten-man Vietnam 1-0 in Bangkok on Sunday in a qualifier match for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™.

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Sun, 24 May 2015 15:01:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2018 Prel. Comp. Asian Zone
<![CDATA[Cong Vinh taking inspiration from history]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=5/news=cong-vinh-taking-inspiration-from-history-2607362.htmlFIFA.com ahead of his country’s match against Thailand, the first FIFA World Cup qualifier between the two in over four decades.]]>Fri, 22 May 2015 05:21:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2018 Prel. Comp. Asian Zone<![CDATA[In-form Gao aims high with China]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=5/news=in-form-gao-aims-high-with-china-2604731.htmlGao Lin is set to be a key figure in China PR’s upcoming FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign and the speedy striker tells FIFA.com about his recent growth at club level under Fabio Cannavaro, and growing international ambitions for the world’s most populous nation.

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Thu, 14 May 2015 05:46:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2018 Prel. Comp. Asian Zone
<![CDATA[Toure: I have to fight against this]]>/sustainability/news/y=2015/m=5/news=toure-i-have-to-fight-against-this-2604276.htmlTue, 12 May 2015 14:43:00 GMTArea=SocialSection=Anti-RacismKind=News<![CDATA[Klinsmann: I want USA to play a proactive style]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=5/news=klinsmann-i-want-usa-to-play-a-proactive-style-2603436.htmlFIFA.com about the changing football culture in America and his hopes for Russia 2018.]]>Mon, 11 May 2015 08:58:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=InterviewTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Response to ARD’s “Der verkaufte Fussball” report on 4 May 2015]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=5/news=stellungnahme-zur-ard-reportage-der-verkaufte-fussball-vom-4-mai-2015-26-2602576.htmlWed, 06 May 2015 12:38:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Russians participate in the Official Mascot's creation]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=4/news=young-russians-participate-in-the-official-mascot-s-creation-2595011.htmlIn a press conference held in Moscow today, Russia 2018 ‘s Local Organising Committee (LOC) and FIFA have announced the start of the competition’s Official Mascot brand development campaign

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Wed, 29 Apr 2015 10:49:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)
<![CDATA[Russians participate in the Official Mascot's creation]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=4/news=young-russians-participate-in-the-official-mascot-s-creation-2595011.htmlIn a press conference held in Moscow today, Russia 2018 ‘s Local Organising Committee (LOC) and FIFA have announced the start of the competition’s Official Mascot brand development campaign

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Wed, 29 Apr 2015 10:49:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)
<![CDATA[Playing for blood in St. Kitts]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=4/news=playing-for-blood-in-st-kitts-2590922.html FIFA.com talks to St. Kitts and Nevis' most famous footballing son, Atiba Harris, about the Sugar Boyz'  World Cup qualifying campaign so far and the difference between playing for blood and money.]]>Thu, 16 Apr 2015 14:38:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Varied reactions across Asia after Russia 2018 draw]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=4/news=varied-reactions-across-asia-over-russia-2018-draw-2590780.htmlFIFA.com looks at the reaction to Tuesday’s FIFA World Cup qualifying draw in Asia, with coaches from across the continent providing their views on the looming campaign.

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Wed, 15 Apr 2015 08:16:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2018 Prel. Comp. Asian Zone
<![CDATA[FIFA President Blatter welcomes members of the German Bundestag]]>/about-fifa/news/y=2015/m=4/news=fifa-president-blatter-welcomes-members-of-the-german-bundestag-2590576.htmlFIFA President Blatter today welcomed a delegation from the Sports Committee of the German Bundestag (parliament), led by its deputy chair Reinhard Grindel, to the Home of FIFA.

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Tue, 14 Apr 2015 17:11:00 GMTArea=OrganisationSection=Home of FifaKind=News
<![CDATA[Krylya Sovetov visit new stadium in Samara ]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=4/news=krylya-sovetov-visit-new-stadium-in-samara-2590495.htmlTue, 14 Apr 2015 15:37:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Asian draw throws up derbies and drama]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=4/news=draw-throws-up-derbies-and-drama-2590319.htmlTue, 14 Apr 2015 10:59:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2018 Prel. Comp. Asian Zone<![CDATA[World Cup draw looms large in Asia]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=4/news=world-cup-draw-looms-large-in-asia-2590022.htmlMon, 13 Apr 2015 06:53:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2018 Prel. Comp. Asian Zone<![CDATA[Chen: Chinese Taipei should focus on development ]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=4/news=chen-chinese-taipei-should-focus-on-development-2583842.htmlFIFA.com spoke to Chinese Taipei captain Chen Po-Liang, who is ready to lead the islanders into the second round of Asian qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, about his ambitions for club and country, how a baseball game got him into football and more.]]>Thu, 09 Apr 2015 06:17:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2018 Prel. Comp. Asian Zone<![CDATA[Green standard for Russia 2018 stadiums]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=4/news=green-standard-for-russia-2018-stadiums-2583558.htmlWed, 08 Apr 2015 15:53:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Volgograd ready for World Cup revamp]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=4/news=volgograd-ready-for-world-cup-revamp-2581936.htmlOn Friday, Volgograd came under inspection from a high-ranking delegation led by Russian First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov, which paid the city a visit to check on its preparations for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia.

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Sat, 04 Apr 2015 09:31:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)
<![CDATA[Volunteer recruitment for the Preliminary Draw: A case of abundant enthusiasm]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=4/news=volunteer-recruitment-for-the-preliminary-draw-a-case-of-abundant-enth-2581481.htmlWed, 01 Apr 2015 14:37:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=LOCKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Seven in, seven out in CONCACAF]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=3/news=wednesday-seven-in-seven-out-in-concacaf-2581120.htmlFIFA.com recaps the first round of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia from the CONCACAF zone. ]]>Wed, 01 Apr 2015 12:56:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[Barbados, St Kitts first to advance]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=3/news=barbados-st-kitts-first-to-advance-2579277.htmlFri, 27 Mar 2015 01:28:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2018 Prel. Comp. CONCACAF Zone<![CDATA[Virgin Islanders’ true fairytale]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=3/news=virgin-islanders-true-fairytale-2578306.html The US Virgin Islands, once easy beats, are causing a sensation in the Caribbean. FIFA.com spoke to captain Dusty Good before and after their shock win over Barbados.]]>Wed, 25 Mar 2015 15:30:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)<![CDATA[US Virgin Islands grab spotlight as CONCACAF gets underway ]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=3/news=us-virgin-islands-grab-spotlight-as-concacaf-gets-underway-2569663.htmlMon, 23 Mar 2015 02:39:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2018 Prel. Comp. CONCACAF Zone<![CDATA[Anguilla, out on the edge]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=3/news=anguilla-out-on-the-edge-2568973.htmlFIFA.com talks with Anguilla's coach as the side try to make an unlikely impact in Russia 2018 qualifying and keep from slipping into dead last in the world rankings.

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Sat, 21 Mar 2015 13:54:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM)
<![CDATA[CONCACAF minnows start up-stream]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=3/news=concacaf-minnows-start-up-stream-2567751.htmlFIFA.com takes a closer look at the first round of action in the CONCACAF zone on the road to Russia 2018.]]>Fri, 20 Mar 2015 16:09:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2018 Prel. Comp. CONCACAF Zone