<![CDATA[FIFA.com - News]]>http://www.fifa.com/index.htmlenCopyright ©1994 - 2015 FIFA. All rights reservedMon, 13 Nov 2017 12:49:00 GMTMon, 13 Nov 2017 12:58:21 GMTFIFA.comFIFA.comhttp://www.fifa.com/imgml/rssheader.gif http://www.fifa.com/index.html13928FIFA.com RSS<![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[Eagles of Carthage take off for Russia]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=11/news=eagles-of-carthage-take-off-for-russia-2919711.htmlIn qualifying for Russia 2018, Tunisia ended a 12-year absence from the world finals. FIFA.com spoke to the players who made it happen.

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Sun, 12 Nov 2017 14:58:00 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[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[Akolo: My World Cup dream lives on]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=10/news=akolo-my-world-cup-dream-lives-on-2910336.htmlAs a teenager, Chadrac Akolo embarked on a life-changing journey that took him from Kinshasa, Congo DR's capital, to Switzerland. FIFA.com caught up with the VfB Stuttgart man as a call-up for the Leopards sees him return to the country.

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Thu, 05 Oct 2017 09:21:00 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[Bangoura: Guinea not giving up on our dream]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=8/news=bangoura-we-re-not-giving-up-on-our-dream-2903234.htmlFIFA.com about his side's progress in recent months and their dreams of making it to Russia.]]>Tue, 08 Aug 2017 08:54:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Kabananga: World Cup spot would be a historic achievement]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=3/news=kabananga-world-cup-spot-would-be-a-historic-achievement-2874774.htmlFIFA.com about the highs and lows of that tournament and his hopes for the Russia 2018 preliminary campaign.]]>Mon, 06 Mar 2017 08:56:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Damja: Libya have cause for optimism]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=11/news=damja-libya-have-cause-for-optimism-2851748.htmlDespite losing their first two matches in Group A of Round 3 in the African qualifying competition for Russia 2018, newly-appointed Libya head coach Jalal Damja spoke with FIFA.com about the belief he has in the new generation of players coming into the squad.

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Wed, 16 Nov 2016 23:47:00 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[Guinea look to make their stand]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=11/news=guinea-look-to-make-their-stand-2848087.htmlMon, 07 Nov 2016 05:21:00 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[Keita ready to back up his bravado]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=9/news=keita-ready-to-back-up-his-bravado-2837512.htmlBorn on the streets of Conakry in Guinea, Naby Keita is on a determined journey to become one of Africa's best footballers. Ahead of third round African qualifying for Russia 2018, Keita speaks with FIFA.com about his and his country's lofty ambitions.

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Fri, 30 Sep 2016 07:18:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Clemente: Libya can make it to Russia]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=7/news=clemente-libya-can-make-it-to-russia-2811773.htmlFIFA.com about how his team will aim to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia.]]>Wed, 13 Jul 2016 06:02:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=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[Pogba brothers dream of family reunion]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=11/news=pogba-brothers-dream-of-family-reunion-2730732.htmlFIFA.com about teaming up with twin brother Mathias for the national team, and their hopes of one day sharing a pitch with high-profile younger sibling Paul.]]>Fri, 06 Nov 2015 09:20:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![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[Ten left standing after wild weekend in Africa]]>/worldcup/news/y=2013/m=9/news=ten-left-standing-after-wild-weekend-africa-2169544.htmlSun, 08 Sep 2013 19:32:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. African Zone<![CDATA[Big names return on final group day]]>/worldcup/news/y=2013/m=9/news=big-names-return-final-group-day-2167916.htmlFri, 06 Sep 2013 01:11:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. African Zone<![CDATA[Côte d'Ivoire, Egypt lead charge]]>/worldcup/news/y=2013/m=6/news=cote-ivoire-egypt-lead-charge-into-final-round-2110785.htmlSun, 16 Jun 2013 22:12:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. African Zone<![CDATA[Make or break time in Africa]]>/worldcup/news/y=2013/m=6/news=make-break-time-africa-2107933.htmlFri, 14 Jun 2013 04:56:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. African Zone<![CDATA[Favourites made to wait in Africa]]>/worldcup/news/y=2013/m=6/news=favourites-made-wait-africa-2104967.htmlSun, 09 Jun 2013 21:25:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. African Zone<![CDATA[African trio eye final round spots]]>/worldcup/news/y=2013/m=6/news=african-trio-eye-final-round-spots-2103380.htmlFIFA.com previews a potentially pivotal matchday on the Mother Continent.]]>Fri, 07 Jun 2013 06:28:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. African Zone<![CDATA[Favourites struggle as Eto'o returns]]>/worldcup/news/y=2013/m=3/news=favourites-struggle-eto-returns-2044639.htmlThe last two African champions only managed draws in the latest round of African qualifying for 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™, but Cameroon icon Samuel Eto'o led his side to victory over Togo with a brace. FIFA.com reviews the action.

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Sun, 24 Mar 2013 19:44:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. African Zone
<![CDATA[Diallo: Playing for Guinea is a pleasure]]>/worldcup/news/y=2013/m=3/news=diallo-playing-for-guinea-pleasure-2039488.htmlFIFA.com caught up with Guinea's defensive stalwart Ibrahima Diallo, as his side prepare for a crucial 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil qualifier against Mozambique in Group G.

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Sat, 23 Mar 2013 09:17:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. African Zone
<![CDATA[Late goals go North Africa's way]]>/worldcup/news/y=2012/m=6/news=late-goals-north-africa-way-1647153.htmlLibya and Egypt both secured dramatic late wins on Sunday as Africa's FIFA World Cup™ qualifying group stage continued in thrilling fashion.

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Sun, 10 Jun 2012 22:29:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. African Zone
<![CDATA[Crunch clashes come early in Africa]]>/worldcup/news/y=2012/m=6/news=crunch-clashes-come-early-africa-1645513.htmlFIFA.com previews a heavy schedule of crucial fixtures in Africa.]]>Fri, 08 Jun 2012 04:18:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. African Zone<![CDATA[Bafana falter on day of frustration]]>/worldcup/news/y=2012/m=6/news=bafana-falter-day-frustration-1643497.htmlIt was a tough day for strikers in Africa as Bafana Bafana were held at home by Ethiopia, Nigeria just earned a win and no side managed more than a single goal.

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Sun, 03 Jun 2012 21:49:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. African Zone
<![CDATA[African favourites seek home comfort]]>/worldcup/news/y=2012/m=5/news=african-favourites-seek-home-comfort-1641714.htmlThu, 31 May 2012 02:41:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. African Zone<![CDATA[Diallo: Guinea have no margin for error]]>/worldcup/news/y=2011/m=11/news=diallo-guinea-have-margin-for-error-1549522.htmlFIFA.com more.]]>Tue, 29 Nov 2011 08:07:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. African Zone<![CDATA[Ahmed Hassan: African football has changed]]>/worldcup/news/y=2011/m=10/news=ahmed-hassan-african-football-has-changed-1528317.htmlEgypt captain Ahmed Hassan.]]>Sun, 16 Oct 2011 21:20:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=Group QuotesTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. African Zone<![CDATA[A test for the Pharaohs]]>/worldcup/news/y=2011/m=8/news=test-for-the-pharaohs-1485120.htmlMon, 01 Aug 2011 20:43:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=Group AnalysisTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. African Zone<![CDATA[Cameroon and Nigeria celebrate]]>/worldcup/news/y=2009/m=11/news=cameroon-and-nigeria-celebrate-1134021.htmlThe Indomitable Lions and the Super Eagles booked their places at South Africa 2010, while Egypt and Algeria face play-off on Wednesday.

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Sat, 14 Nov 2009 20:30:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa ™
<![CDATA[African qualifiers preview]]>/worldcup/news/y=2009/m=11/news=african-qualifiers-preview-1132438.htmlAlgeria or Egypt? Cameroon or Gabon? Tunisia or Nigeria? A dramatic conclusion ensues as Africa's last three places at the FIFA World Cup are seized.

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Thu, 12 Nov 2009 11:19:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa ™
<![CDATA[North African duo a step closer]]>/worldcup/news/y=2009/m=10/news=north-african-duo-step-closer-1116877.html Late goals made for a dramatic day of qualifying as Tunisia and Algeria stayed on course for South Africa 2010 at the expense of Nigeria and Egypt.

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Sun, 11 Oct 2009 23:57:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa ™
<![CDATA[Desert Warriors date with destiny]]>/worldcup/news/y=2009/m=10/news=desert-warriors-date-with-destiny-1115874.html The penultimate qualifying matches for the South Africa 2010 may see Algeria qualify for the finals for the first time in more than 23 years.

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Fri, 09 Oct 2009 01:05:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa ™
<![CDATA[Four places still up for grabs]]>/worldcup/news/y=2009/m=9/news=four-places-still-for-grabs-1101821.htmlTue, 15 Sep 2009 08:12:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa ™