<![CDATA[FIFA.com - News]]>http://www.fifa.com/index.htmlenCopyright ©1994 - 2015 FIFA. All rights reservedWed, 15 Nov 2017 18:50:00 GMTThu, 18 Jan 2018 15:56:14 GMTFIFA.comFIFA.comhttp://www.fifa.com/imgml/rssheader.gif http://www.fifa.com/index.html13928FIFA.com RSS<![CDATA[Italy part ways with Ventura ]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=11/news=italy-part-ways-with-ventura-2920199.htmlWed, 15 Nov 2017 18:50:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Long-term absentees make triumphant returns]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=11/news=long-term-absentees-make-triumphant-returns-2919837.htmlMon, 13 Nov 2017 12:49:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Three spots up for grabs in Africa]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=11/news=three-spots-up-for-grabs-in-africa-2919169.htmlFIFA.com runs the rule over the fixtures on Matchday 6 – including the replayed game between South Africa and Senegal – scheduled to take place between 10 and 14 November.]]>Thu, 09 Nov 2017 07:46:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Boutaib, Morocco's man of the moment]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=11/news=boutaib-the-man-of-the-moment-2919127.htmlIf Morocco qualify for the FIFA World Cup for the first time since 1998, Khalid Boutaib will have played a huge part in that success. FIFA.com caught up with the Yeni Malatyaspor striker a few days before the Atlas Lions were due to play their decisive and final qualifier away to Côte d'Ivoire.

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Wed, 08 Nov 2017 05:17:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Who can qualify in Africa?]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=11/news=who-can-qualify-in-africa-2918834.htmlThe third and last round of African qualifiers for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ draws to a close this weekend, with three of the five berths at next year’s tournament still to be determined. 

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Tue, 07 Nov 2017 07:46:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[All to play for in Africa's penultimate joust]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=10/news=all-to-play-for-in-africa-s-penultimate-joust-2910263.htmlFIFA.com looks ahead to this weekend's fifth round of fixtures in Africa where tickets to Russia 2018 are up for grabs.]]>Fri, 06 Oct 2017 06:16:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Nigerians on the brink, big guns out in the cold]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=9/news=nigerians-on-the-brink-big-guns-out-in-the-cold-2907177.htmlFIFA.com reviews latest qualifying action from Africa where World Cup regulars Cameroon have suffered an early elimination along with Brazil 2014 participants Algeria, while Nigeria edged closer to their Russia 2018 goal.]]>Wed, 06 Sep 2017 07:46:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Dreams take shape and hopes evaporate in Africa]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=9/news=dreams-take-shape-and-hopes-evaporate-in-africa-2906652.htmlThe third instalment of the third round of African qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia did not result in any team booking their ticket for next year’s tournament, but did enable certain nations to take huge steps towards that goal. 

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Sun, 03 Sep 2017 11:24:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Race resumes for Africa's World Cup hopefuls]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=8/news=race-resumes-for-africa-s-world-cup-hopefuls-2905814.htmlWed, 30 Aug 2017 09:31:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Lions roar in Abidjan]]>/worldcup/news/y=2008/m=4/news=lions-roar-abidjan-748124.htmlMon, 15 May 2017 08:26:00 GMTArea=ClassicSection=Qualifiers MatchesKind=NewsTournament=2006 FIFA World Cup Germany ™<![CDATA[Amrabat, from washing dishes to World Cup dreams]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=4/news=amrabat-from-washing-dishes-to-world-cup-dreams-2878724.htmlFIFA.com spoke to Morocco and Watford winger Nordin Amrabat about his remarkable rise, from being released by Ajax as a teenager to UEFA Champions League football and a potential spot on the plane to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™.

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Thu, 06 Apr 2017 07:56:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Wilmots takes charge of the Elephants]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=3/news=wilmots-takes-charge-of-the-elephants-2876607.htmlTue, 21 Mar 2017 14:53:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Upsets aplenty in the AFCON group stage]]>/live-scores/africancup/news/newsid/286/525/4/index.htmlFIFA.com looks back on a dramatic group phase at the Africa Cup of Nations that left the holders and hosts out and saw Burkina Faso, Congo DR, Egypt and Senegal qualify as section winners.]]>Thu, 26 Jan 2017 10:24:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=NewsTournament=Africa Cup of Nations 2017<![CDATA[Morocco knock out holders Côte d'Ivoire]]>/live-scores/africancup/news/newsid/286/510/8/index.htmlFIFA.com recaps both matches.]]>Tue, 24 Jan 2017 23:06:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=NewsTournament=Africa Cup of Nations 2017<![CDATA[Leopards and Atlas Lions in pole positions]]>/live-scores/africancup/news/newsid/286/399/7/index.htmlFIFA.com recaps the action from both matches.]]>Sat, 21 Jan 2017 00:01:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=NewsTournament=Africa Cup of Nations 2017<![CDATA[Moroccans left empty-handed, reigning champs stumble]]>/live-scores/africancup/news/newsid/286/358/5/index.htmlDefending champions Côte d'Ivoire stuttered to a disappointing share of the spoils with Togo in their opening Group C match, while Congo DR went top of the section after catching a profligate Morocco side on the break.

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Mon, 16 Jan 2017 23:11:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=NewsTournament=Africa Cup of Nations 2017
<![CDATA[Africa’s finest go in search of glory ]]>/live-scores/africancup/news/newsid/286/333/6/index.htmlRunning the rule over the leading contenders and the dark horses, not to mention the players looking to cement their reputations and the lesser-known names intent on announcing themselves to the wider world, FIFA.com looks ahead to the AFCON, which kicks off in Libreville on Saturday.

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Fri, 13 Jan 2017 14:14:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=NewsTournament=Africa Cup of Nations 2017
<![CDATA[Africa primed for another grandstand finish]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=12/news=africa-primed-for-another-grandstand-finish-2861420.htmlFIFA.com examines the state of play in Africa's preliminaries for Russia 2018, with Algeria and Ghana both struggling to maintain their proud recent qualifying record.

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Tue, 20 Dec 2016 12:23:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Pardew: Zaha’s done more than enough for England place]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=11/news=pardew-zaha-s-done-more-than-enough-for-england-place-2855238.htmlFri, 25 Nov 2016 21:30:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Varane: I remind Giroud about bossing him]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=11/news=varane-i-remind-giroud-about-bossing-him-2850753.htmlTue, 15 Nov 2016 07:13:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Nigeria, Egypt seize inside track]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=11/news=nigeria-egypt-seize-inside-track-2850198.htmlFIFA.com reviews the action.]]>Mon, 14 Nov 2016 07:24:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Africa's giants wrestle for control]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=11/news=africa-s-giants-wrestle-for-control-2848763.htmlNigeria will host Algeria and South Africa take on Senegal in just two of the mouth-watering clashes set to light up Africa this weekend in 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying.

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Thu, 10 Nov 2016 08:52:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Sutchuin: Cameroon have to back up Algeria result]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=11/news=sutchuin-cameroon-have-to-back-up-algeria-result-2848809.htmlCameroon midfielder Arnaud Sutchuin speaks with FIFA.com about his side's positive start to Russia 2018 qualifying and the upcoming home match against Zambia.

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Thu, 10 Nov 2016 08:20:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Black Stars held, Super Eagles off to a flying start]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=10/news=black-stars-held-super-eagles-off-to-a-flying-start-2842248.htmlFIFA.com looks back at an action-packed first match day in the group phase of the FIFA World Cup qualifiers in Africa.]]>Sun, 09 Oct 2016 23:52:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[African rivals set for group-stage challenge]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=10/news=african-rivals-set-for-group-stage-challenge-2839420.htmlTue, 04 Oct 2016 05:40:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Giresse: Mali can make it this time]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=6/news=giresse-mali-can-make-it-this-time-2811489.htmlNow in his second stint with the Eagles, Mali head coach Alain Giresse spoke with FIFA.com to discuss the third round of qualifiers for Russia 2018 and prospects for his side at the CAF Africa Cup of Nations Gabon 2017.

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Fri, 08 Jul 2016 08:27:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![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™
<![CDATA[Mouth-watering match-ups drawn in Africa]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=6/news=mouth-watering-contests-drawn-in-africa-2803565.htmlFIFA.com looks at the group stage draw in CAF qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.]]>Fri, 24 Jun 2016 19:11:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifiers - Africa<![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™
<![CDATA[Scary surprises lurk in African draw]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=6/news=scary-surprises-lurk-in-african-draw-2803239.htmlThu, 23 Jun 2016 06:28:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifiers - Africa<![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™<![CDATA[African favourites stay on target]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=12/news=african-favourites-stay-on-target-2748054.htmlTue, 29 Dec 2015 09:00:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifiers - Africa<![CDATA[June draw for third round of African Zone qualifiers]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=11/news=june-draw-for-third-round-of-african-zone-qualifiers-2733952.htmlFIFA and CAF have determined that the draw for the third round of African Zone qualifiers for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ will be held at CAF headquarters in Cairo on 24 June 2016.

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Fri, 20 Nov 2015 13:05:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Big boys bounce back in Africa]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=11/news=big-boys-bounce-back-in-africa-2733455.htmlThe 20-team group stage in CAF qualifying for Russia 2018 is set as favourites like Egypt, Nigeria and Ghana rebounded in the second legs of their tests.

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Tue, 17 Nov 2015 22:21:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Shocks set up African qualifying drama]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=11/news=shocks-set-up-african-qualifying-drama-2732952.htmlNigeria, Ghana and Algeria all drew, while Egypt and Mali lost in a stunning round of first leg results in African qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia.

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Sat, 14 Nov 2015 21:47:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifiers - Africa
<![CDATA[African favourites enter Russian race]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=11/news=african-favourites-enter-russian-race-2732015.htmlWed, 11 Nov 2015 05:49:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Magic hour for maiden quartet]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=10/news=magic-hour-for-maiden-quartet-2709825.htmlFIFA.com looks back at that fateful day.]]>Thu, 08 Oct 2015 03:47:00 GMTArea=ClassicSection=Qualifiers MatchesKind=NewsTournament=2006 FIFA World Cup Germany ™<![CDATA[Africa's giants ready to plot their course]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=7/news=africa-s-giants-ready-to-plot-their-course-2667899.htmlFIFA.com looks closer at the African Zone qualifiers following the Russia 2018 Preliminary Draw, with several of the continent's big guns facing potential banana skins.]]>Sat, 25 Jul 2015 21:14:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=Preliminary DrawKind=NewsTournament=FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifiers - Africa<![CDATA[Brazil 2014's 100 club]]>/worldcup/news/y=2014/m=7/news=brazil-2014-s-100-club-2400785.htmlSun, 06 Jul 2014 17:07:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil ™<![CDATA[The first phase in tweets]]>/worldcup/news/y=2014/m=6/news=the-first-phase-in-tweets-2388679.htmlFIFA.com looks at the best tweets from the group stage.]]>Sat, 28 Jun 2014 22:16:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil ™<![CDATA[The World Cup group stage in quotes]]>/worldcup/news/y=2014/m=6/news=the-world-cup-group-stage-in-quotes-2388217.htmlSat, 28 Jun 2014 00:47:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil ™<![CDATA[Stars in people's hearts]]>/worldcup/news/y=2014/m=6/news=stars-in-people-s-hearts-2388114.htmlSat, 28 Jun 2014 00:06:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil ™<![CDATA[All in a day's work for nerveless Samaras]]>/worldcup/news/y=2014/m=6/news=samaras-y-su-mentalidad-de-hierro-2384713-2384747.htmlFIFA.com, Greece striker Georgios Samaras relived his match-winning penalty, spoke of his side’s determination and looked forward to the Round of 16.  ]]>Wed, 25 Jun 2014 03:04:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil ™<![CDATA[Late goals decisive on big day for keepers]]>/worldcup/news/y=2014/m=6/news=late-goals-decisive-on-big-day-for-keepers-2384705.htmlWed, 25 Jun 2014 00:18:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil ™<![CDATA[Greek spot-kick drama denies Ivorians]]>/worldcup/matches/round=255931/match=300186455/match-report.htmlTue, 24 Jun 2014 23:04:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=Match SummaryTournament=2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil ™<![CDATA[Quintero: We're feeling right at home]]>/worldcup/news/y=2014/m=6/news=tuesday-subbed-quintero-we-re-feeling-right-at-home-2383399.htmlCafetero fans.]]>Tue, 24 Jun 2014 22:24:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil ™<![CDATA[Exit beckons for former winners, Group C wide open ]]>/worldcup/news/y=2014/m=6/news=exit-beckons-for-former-winners-group-c-wide-open-2382101.htmlFIFA.com previews matchday 13.]]>Tue, 24 Jun 2014 00:49:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil ™<![CDATA[Goalscorers stealing the limelight]]>/worldcup/news/y=2014/m=6/news=goalscorers-stealing-the-limelight-2382712.htmlThree players have two Budweiser Man of the Match awards to their names at Brazil 2014, while two keepers are also on the roll of honour. FIFA.com reviews the tournament’s winners so far and tells you how to cast your vote.

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Mon, 23 Jun 2014 21:15:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=Man Of MatchKind=NewsTournament=2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil ™
<![CDATA[Lamouchi: We can make history]]>/worldcup/news/y=2014/m=6/news=lamouchi-we-can-make-history-2382095.htmlCôte d'Ivoire head coach Sabri Lamouchi talks style, the final Group C game with Greece and how he hopes to make history with Les Eléphants​.

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Mon, 23 Jun 2014 15:28:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil ™
<![CDATA[Referee designations for matches 37-40]]>/worldcup/news/y=2014/m=6/news=referee-designations-for-matches-37-40-2380902.htmlSun, 22 Jun 2014 13:33:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil ™<![CDATA[Zaccheroni worried by loss of balance]]>/worldcup/news/y=2014/m=6/news=zaccheroni-worried-by-loss-of-balance-2380314.htmlFIFA.com, Japan coach Alberto Zaccheroni details where things have gone wrong so far at Brazil 2014, how they can rediscover their best form and how they are preparing to face Colombia. ]]>Sun, 22 Jun 2014 07:49:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil ™