<![CDATA[FIFA.com - News]]>http://www.fifa.com/index.htmlenCopyright ©1994 - 2018 FIFA. All rights reservedSat, 02 Dec 2017 09:05:00 GMTThu, 24 May 2018 16:14:11 GMTFIFA.comFIFA.comhttp://www.fifa.com/imgml/rssheader.gif http://www.fifa.com/index.html13928FIFA.com RSS<![CDATA[World Cup rivalries reprised]]>/worldcup/news/world-cup-rivalries-reprised-2922357FIFA.com highlights some of the 'throwback' matches we can expect to see at the world finals in Russia.]]>Sat, 02 Dec 2017 09:05:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Balanced groups drawn for Russia 2018]]>/worldcup/news/final-draw-roundup-2922235Following a long road of qualifying joy and heartache, the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ has finally snapped into focus after the Final Draw on 1 December in Moscow’s Kremlin State Palace. ]]>Fri, 01 Dec 2017 16:09:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Meet the 32 Finalists for Russia 2018]]>/worldcup/news/meet-the-32-finalists-for-russia-2018-2921492Learn all about the 32 teams that will play at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ by viewing our colourful, interactive guide!

 

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Tue, 28 Nov 2017 14:17:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Long-term absentees make triumphant returns]]>/worldcup/news/long-term-absentees-make-triumphant-returns-2919837Mon, 13 Nov 2017 12:49:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™: 3,496,204 tickets requested as the first sales period concludes]]>/worldcup/news/2018-fifa-world-cup-russiatm-3-496-204-tickets-requested-as-the-first--2913903Thu, 12 Oct 2017 13:30:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=TicketingKind=ReleaseTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[2018 FIFA World Cup Tickets: first sales period to conclude on 12 October, 2 million tickets requested so far]]>/worldcup/news/2018-fifa-world-cup-tickets-first-sales-period-to-conclude-on-12-octob-2913511Wed, 11 Oct 2017 14:12:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=TicketingKind=ReleaseTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Nigerians on the brink, big guns out in the cold]]>/worldcup/news/nigerians-on-the-brink-big-guns-out-in-the-cold-2907177FIFA.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[Russia 2018: Who can qualify this week?]]>/worldcup/news/russia-2018-who-can-qualify-this-week-2906775Costa Rica, Germany, Nigeria and any two of six competing Asian sides could book their places at Russia 2018 this week. FIFA.com looks at the teams in the running and what they require to secure their spots. 

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Mon, 04 Sep 2017 13:57:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Dreams take shape and hopes evaporate in Africa]]>/worldcup/news/dreams-take-shape-and-hopes-evaporate-in-africa-2906652The 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/race-resumes-for-africa-s-world-cup-hopefuls-2905814Wed, 30 Aug 2017 09:31:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Mikel: Nigeria are in a very good position]]>/worldcup/news/mikel-nigeria-are-in-a-very-good-position-2902682FIFA.com hears from Nigeria captain John Obi Mikel on the Super Eagles' Russia 2018 qualifying campaign, the upcoming double-header against Cameroon and the pressure to qualify being applied by his Russian wife.]]>Wed, 02 Aug 2017 09:00:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Behind the World Cup record: Bora Milutinovic]]>/worldcup/news/behind-the-world-cup-record-bora-milutinovic-2890944FIFA.com hears from Bora Milutinovic, who took a staggering five different national teams from three different continents to the World Cup finals.]]>Tue, 30 May 2017 15:52:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[When little Tahiti lost like lions]]>/confederationscup/news/y=2017/m=4/news=when-little-tahiti-lost-like-lions-2880623.htmlFIFA.com looks back at the inspiring efforts of Oceania champions Tahiti at the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013.

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Thu, 27 Apr 2017 07:24:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017
<![CDATA[Amuneke: Super Eagles’ forgotten flight]]>/confederationscup/news/y=2017/m=3/news=amuneke-super-eagles-forgotten-flight-2876211.htmlFIFA.com spoke exclusively with former Nigeria international Emmanuel Amuneke, who reflects on the Super Eagles' 1995 FIFA Confederations Cup as well as striking gold at Atlanta 1996. 

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Fri, 17 Mar 2017 13:19:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017
<![CDATA[Rohr aiming to lead Super Eagles to new heights]]>/worldcup/news/rohr-aiming-to-lead-super-eagles-to-new-heights-2867002FIFA.com hears from Gernot Rohr who is aiming to revitalise Nigeria on the road to Russia 2018, following their shock failure to qualify for the recent CAF Africa Cup of Nations.]]>Wed, 15 Feb 2017 05:13:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Africa primed for another grandstand finish]]>/worldcup/news/africa-primed-for-another-grandstand-finish-2861420FIFA.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[Nigeria, Egypt seize inside track]]>/worldcup/news/nigeria-egypt-seize-inside-track-2850198FIFA.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/africa-s-giants-wrestle-for-control-2848763Nigeria 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/sutchuin-cameroon-have-to-back-up-algeria-result-2848809Cameroon 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[Starlets, an Octopus and a King]]>/news/y=2016/m=10/news=starlets-an-octopus-and-a-king-2843564.htmlFIFA.com’s latest stats review, along with a supersonic goal and droughts ending for a player in Amsterdam and a country in Cordoba.]]>Fri, 14 Oct 2016 09:22:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=Week in StatsKind=News<![CDATA[Black Stars held, Super Eagles off to a flying start]]>/worldcup/news/black-stars-held-super-eagles-off-to-a-flying-start-2842248FIFA.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/african-rivals-set-for-group-stage-challenge-2839420Tue, 04 Oct 2016 05:40:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Mouth-watering match-ups drawn in Africa]]>/worldcup/news/mouth-watering-contests-drawn-in-africa-2803565FIFA.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/road-to-russia-mapped-out-for-african-hopefuls-2803414

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/scary-surprises-lurk-in-african-draw-2803239Thu, 23 Jun 2016 06:28:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifiers - Africa<![CDATA[African favourites stay on target]]>/worldcup/news/african-favourites-stay-on-target-2748054Tue, 29 Dec 2015 09:00:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifiers - Africa<![CDATA[Big boys bounce back in Africa]]>/worldcup/news/big-boys-bounce-back-in-africa-2733455The 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/shocks-set-up-african-qualifying-drama-2732952Nigeria, 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/african-favourites-enter-russian-race-2732015Wed, 11 Nov 2015 05:49:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Oliseh: Don't expect miracles]]>/worldcup/news/oliseh-don-t-expect-miracles-2668586FIFA.com following the Russia 2018 draw.]]>Thu, 30 Jul 2015 16:18:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifiers - Africa<![CDATA[Africa's giants ready to plot their course]]>/worldcup/news/africa-s-giants-ready-to-plot-their-course-2667899FIFA.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[Who has been your top goalkeeper?]]>/worldcup/news/who-has-been-your-top-goalkeeper-2401216FIFA.com wants you to let us know your opinion.]]>Mon, 07 Jul 2014 08:46:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=Have Your SayTournament=2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™<![CDATA[Brazil 2014's 100 club]]>/worldcup/news/brazil-2014-s-100-club-2400785Sun, 06 Jul 2014 17:07:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™<![CDATA[African bravery, European victories]]>/worldcup/news/african-bravery-european-victories-2391410Tue, 01 Jul 2014 02:55:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™<![CDATA[Griezmann: I just want to be on the pitch]]>/worldcup/news/griezmann-i-just-want-to-be-on-the-pitch-2391205FIFA.com heard from France's impact substitute, Antoine Griezmann, and his coach, Didier Deschamps, on the changes that brought about Les Bleus' 2-0 win over Nigeria.]]>Tue, 01 Jul 2014 00:25:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™<![CDATA[Mikel positive despite Nigeria exit ]]>/worldcup/news/mikel-positive-despite-nigeria-exit-2391154Proud of his side’s performance versus France and his own display in an epic midfield clash with Paul Pogba, John Obi Mikel was upbeat even after Nigeria bade farewell to Brazil 2014.

 

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Mon, 30 Jun 2014 23:34:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™
<![CDATA[France sink Super Eagles ]]>/worldcup/matches/round=255951/match=300186462/match-report.htmlMon, 30 Jun 2014 18:54:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=Match SummaryTournament=2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™<![CDATA[African outsiders face European giants ]]>/worldcup/news/african-outsiders-face-european-giants-2389402Mon, 30 Jun 2014 01:55:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™<![CDATA[Yobo: I believe in this team]]>/worldcup/news/yobo-i-believe-in-this-team-2389250Centurion Joseph Yobo is hugely encouraged by what he has seen of his Nigeria team so far in the FIFA World Cup™ as he looks forward to facing France in the Round of 16. 

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Sun, 29 Jun 2014 07:06:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™
<![CDATA[The first phase in tweets]]>/worldcup/news/the-first-phase-in-tweets-2388679FIFA.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[Referee designations for matches 53 and 54]]>/worldcup/news/referee-designations-for-matches-53-and-54-2388860FIFA has announced that Mark Geiger and Sandro Ricci will take charge of France-Nigeria and Germany-Algeria respectively.

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Sat, 28 Jun 2014 20:58:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™
<![CDATA[Schneiderlin, France's surprise package ]]>/worldcup/news/schneiderlin-france-s-surprise-package-2388579FIFA.]]>Sat, 28 Jun 2014 16:30:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™<![CDATA[The World Cup group stage in quotes]]>/worldcup/news/the-world-cup-group-stage-in-quotes-2388217Sat, 28 Jun 2014 00:47:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™<![CDATA[CONCACAF and Africa enter brave new world]]>/worldcup/news/concacaf-and-africa-enter-brave-new-world-2388146​FIFA.com​ reflects on how representatives from CONCACAF and Africa are setting new standards for their regions at Brazil 2014.]]>Fri, 27 Jun 2014 22:39:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™<![CDATA[Contenders get chance to shine]]>/worldcup/news/muchos-minutos-para-los-candidatos-2386133-2386163Thu, 26 Jun 2014 08:47:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=Best Young PlayerKind=NewsTournament=2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™<![CDATA[Messi shares the spotlight as fates are decided]]>/worldcup/news/messi-shares-the-spotlight-as-fates-are-decided-2386160Thu, 26 Jun 2014 00:44:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™<![CDATA[Nigeria through despite Messi-inspired defeat]]>/worldcup/matches/round=255931/match=300186458/match-report.htmlWed, 25 Jun 2014 18:53:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=Match SummaryTournament=2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™<![CDATA[Nigeria-Argentina: A rivalry that keeps on running]]>/worldcup/news/nigeria-argentina-a-rivalry-that-keeps-on-runnng-2384741FIFA.com invites you to relive some of the most memorable meetings between Nigeria and Argentina. On the bill is Diego Maradona’s last match, an inspired young Lionel Messi and a special Gabriel Batistuta strike, all in our exclusive videos. ]]>Wed, 25 Jun 2014 15:04:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™<![CDATA[All to play for]]>/worldcup/news/all-to-play-for-2383477FIFA.com previews Matchday 14, which includes Nigeria-Argentina and Ecuador-France, with some quotes, information and a riveting flashback.]]>Wed, 25 Jun 2014 01:40:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™<![CDATA[Di Maria: We’re lucky Messi is Argentinian]]>/worldcup/news/di-maria-we-re-lucky-messi-is-argentinian-2384220FIFA about why the Argentina players try to cater to Lionel Messi's needs and their forthcoming game against Nigeria.]]>Tue, 24 Jun 2014 21:38:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™<![CDATA[Kanu: We called Keshi 'big boss']]>/worldcup/news/kanu-we-called-keshi-big-boss-2382160FIFA.com, reflecting on his time playing with current Nigeria coach and former captain Stephen Keshi, as the Super Eagles look to build on victory against Bosnia and Herzegovina and progress to the Round of 16.]]>Tue, 24 Jun 2014 11:27:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™