<![CDATA[FIFA.com - News]]>http://www.fifa.com/index.htmlenCopyright ©1994 - 2015 FIFA. All rights reservedTue, 19 Dec 2017 05:28:00 GMTTue, 19 Dec 2017 05:56:51 GMTFIFA.comFIFA.comhttp://www.fifa.com/imgml/rssheader.gif http://www.fifa.com/index.html13928FIFA.com RSS<![CDATA[Emerging Asano eyes World Cup breakthrough with Japan ]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=12/news=tues-emerging-asano-eyes-world-cup-breakthrough-with-japan-2924604.htmlFIFA.com hears from rising star Takuma Asano whose performances helped Japan qualify for Russia 2018, and who is shaping as a key figure for Samurai Blue after improving his game in the Bundesliga with Stuttgart.]]>Tue, 19 Dec 2017 05:28:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[World Cup rivalries reprised]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=12/news=world-cup-rivalries-reprised-2922357.htmlFIFA.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[Group H: Poland head wide open group]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=12/news=group-h-poland-head-wide-open-group-2922381.htmlFri, 01 Dec 2017 18:36:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=Group AnalysisTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Balanced groups drawn for Russia 2018]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=12/news=final-draw-roundup-2922235.htmlFollowing 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/y=2017/m=11/news=meet-the-32-finalists-for-russia-2018-2921492.htmlLearn 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[The Qualifiers in Numbers]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=11/news=the-qualifiers-in-numbers-2920457.htmlThe road to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ has been long and winding, the longest in history in fact. FIFA.com brings you some of the recently completed qualifying competition’s most notable statistics.

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Thu, 16 Nov 2017 10:25:00 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[Senegal book World Cup ticket]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=11/news=senegal-book-world-cup-ticket-2919432.htmlSenegal sealed a return to the FIFA World Cup™ for the first time since their 2002 debut thanks to a 2-0 win over South Africa in World Cup qualifying African Group D.

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Fri, 10 Nov 2017 18:58:00 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[South Africa vs. Senegal World Cup qualifier to be replayed in November]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=9/news=south-africa-vs-senegal-world-cup-qualifier-to-be-replayed-in-november-2907241.htmlWed, 06 Sep 2017 20:06:00 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[Indomitable Lions and Stallions reach semis]]>/live-scores/africancup/news/newsid/286/541/5/index.htmlBurkina Faso and Cameroon advanced to the semi-finals of the CAF Africa Cup of Nations Gabon 2017 with wins over Tunisia and Senegal respectively. FIFA.com reviews the first set of quarter-finals in west Africa.

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Sat, 28 Jan 2017 22:03:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=NewsTournament=Africa Cup of Nations 2017
<![CDATA[Broos: We changed Cameroon's mentality]]>/live-scores/africancup/news/newsid/286/528/6/index.htmlCameroon head coach Hugo Broos speaks with FIFA.com about his rebuilding process and ambitions for the team, ahead of the Indomitable Lions' quarter-final against Senegal at the CAF Africa Cup of Nations 2017.

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Fri, 27 Jan 2017 08:34:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=NewsTournament=Africa Cup of Nations 2017
<![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[Tunisia join Senegal in knockout stages ]]>/live-scores/africancup/news/newsid/286/417/1/index.htmlFIFA.com recaps the final day of action in the group.]]>Mon, 23 Jan 2017 22:04:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=NewsTournament=Africa Cup of Nations 2017<![CDATA[Senegal into last eight, Algeria up against it]]>/live-scores/africancup/news/newsid/286/387/7/index.htmlFIFA.com looks back on the two Group B fixtures played in Franceville on Thursday.]]>Thu, 19 Jan 2017 23:41:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=NewsTournament=Africa Cup of Nations 2017<![CDATA[Senegal win, Algeria earn draw in Group B ]]>/live-scores/africancup/news/newsid/286/348/2/index.htmlSun, 15 Jan 2017 21:41:00 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[Leekens: We’re going all out for African glory]]>/live-scores/africancup/news/newsid/286/316/4/index.htmlFIFA.com about the challenges and opportunities he has faced since taking the job and assesses the outlook for FIFA World Cup qualifiers and the CAF Africa Cup of Nations.]]>Wed, 11 Jan 2017 07:56:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=NewsTournament=Africa Cup of Nations 2017<![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[Koulibaly focuses on World Cup glory after tumultuous year]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=7/news=koulibaly-the-start-of-a-beautiful-story-2810555.htmlFIFA.com about a run of success with Senegal, his time with Napoli and standing up to racism in football.]]>Mon, 04 Jul 2016 04:31:00 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[Camara, Senegal's own Solskjaer]]>/live-scores/news/y=2016/m=3/news=camara-senegal-s-own-solskjaer-2769887.htmlWe speak to Montpellier and Senegal forward Souleymane Camara about his career, which has often seen him make a big impact off the substitutes' bench.

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Sat, 12 Mar 2016 13:17:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=News
<![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[Ba: African qualifying is full of surprises]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=10/news=ba-african-qualifying-is-full-of-surprises-2723393.htmlFIFA.com caught up with former Chelsea striker and Senegalese international Demba Ba, who is enjoying a new lease of life with Shanghai Shenhua, to discuss his country's chances on the road to Russia 2018, discovering the cultural gap in China PR and much more.]]>Wed, 04 Nov 2015 05:11:00 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[Déjà vu amid African drama]]>/worldcup/news/y=2013/m=11/news=deja-amid-african-drama-2227104.htmlThu, 21 Nov 2013 11:36:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=Final DrawKind=NewsTournament=2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil ™<![CDATA[West African trio punch tickets]]>/worldcup/news/y=2013/m=11/news=west-african-trio-punch-tickets-2225157.htmlNigeria, Côte d'Ivoire and Cameroon became the first three African nations to qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil with victories over the weekend. FIFA.com rounds up all the action.

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Sun, 17 Nov 2013 18:15:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. African Zone
<![CDATA[Côte d'Ivoire hang on to see off Senegal]]>/worldcup/news/y=2013/m=11/news=cote-ivoire-hang-reach-brazil-2224825.htmlCôte d'Ivoire hung on against Senegal to win 4-2 on aggregate and qualify for their third-successive FIFA World Cup, with Salomon Kalou scoring a late equaliser to make it 1-1 on the night despite being distinctly second-best.

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Sat, 16 Nov 2013 21:09:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. African Zone
<![CDATA[Cisse versus Drogba in numbers]]>/worldcup/news/y=2013/m=11/news=cisse-versus-drogba-numbers-2224013.htmlFri, 15 Nov 2013 10:48:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. African Zone<![CDATA[90 minutes to go in Africa]]>/worldcup/news/y=2013/m=11/news=minutes-africa-2223766.htmlFri, 15 Nov 2013 03:32:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. African Zone<![CDATA[African repeat remains on the cards]]>/worldcup/news/y=2013/m=10/news=african-repeat-remains-the-cards-2195476.htmlThe CAF nations that qualified for the 2010 FIFA World Cup stayed on course for Brazil 2014 with Côte d'Ivoire and Nigeria recording victories, while Burkina Faso also won and Cameroon earned a hard-fought draw.

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Sun, 13 Oct 2013 20:47:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. African Zone
<![CDATA[Mane: Brazil would be a once-in-a-lifetime experience]]>/worldcup/news/y=2013/m=10/news=mane-brazil-would-once-lifetime-experience-2194082.htmlRed Bull Salzburg prodigy Sadio Mane will be hoping Senegal can defeat what he sees as "the best team in Africa",  Côte d'Ivoire, over two matches for a berth at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil.

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Fri, 11 Oct 2013 11:29:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. African Zone
<![CDATA[African hopefuls two games from Brazil]]>/worldcup/news/y=2013/m=10/news=african-hopefuls-two-games-from-brazil-2193484.htmlFri, 11 Oct 2013 01:54:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. African Zone<![CDATA[Arab rivals avoid each other]]>/worldcup/news/y=2013/m=9/news=مواجهات-عربية-عربية-الدور-الحاسم-2174867.htmlFIFA.com has the details.]]>Mon, 16 Sep 2013 17:15:01 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. African Zone<![CDATA[Play-off draw brings high drama]]>/worldcup/news/y=2013/m=9/news=live-african-play-off-draw-2174592.htmlMon, 16 Sep 2013 10:48:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil ™