<![CDATA[FIFA.com - News]]>http://www.fifa.com/index.htmlenCopyright ©1994 - 2014 FIFA. All rights reservedThu, 21 Nov 2013 09:44:00 GMTWed, 29 Jul 2015 15:55:52 GMTFIFA.comFIFA.comhttp://www.fifa.com/imgml/rssheader.gif http://www.fifa.com/index.html13928FIFA.com RSS<![CDATA[French future bright as starlets come to fore]]>/worldcup/news/y=2013/m=11/news=french-future-bright-starlets-come-fore-2227293.htmlFIFA.com examines France's incredible turnaround against Ukraine at the Stade de France, analysing in particular the roles played by Mamadou Sakho, Paul Pogba, and Raphael Varane - Les Bleus next generation.]]>Thu, 21 Nov 2013 09:44:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. European Zone<![CDATA[France, Ronaldo shine to book Brazil berths]]>/worldcup/news/y=2013/m=11/news=france-ronaldo-shine-book-brazil-berths-2226678.htmlFIFA.com reviews a thrilling conclusion to European qualifying for Brazil 2014 headlined by Cristiano Ronaldo's scene-stealing hat-trick and France's dramatic comeback.]]>Wed, 20 Nov 2013 02:11:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. European Zone<![CDATA[Deschamps' contract extended to 2016]]>/worldcup/news/y=2013/m=11/news=deschamps-contract-extended-2016-2226707.htmlWed, 20 Nov 2013 01:31:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. European Zone<![CDATA[Tymoschuk: Ribery deserves Ballon d’Or ]]>/worldcup/news/y=2013/m=11/news=tymoschuk-wir-mussen-unseren-stil-durchziehen-2225526.htmlMon, 18 Nov 2013 09:31:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. European Zone<![CDATA[Last chance for Europe's hopefuls]]>/worldcup/news/y=2013/m=11/news=last-chance-for-europe-play-off-hopefuls-2225415.htmlFIFA.com previews the second legs.]]>Mon, 18 Nov 2013 09:21:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. European Zone<![CDATA[Deschamps: Ukraine are a solid side]]>/worldcup/news/y=2013/m=11/news=deschamps-ukraine-are-solid-side-2224767.htmlFrance coach Didier Deschamps said that his side failed to cope with Ukraine's physical approach in their FIFA World Cup qualifying play-off first leg, and lamented Laurent Koscielny's late red card.

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Sat, 16 Nov 2013 00:35:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. European Zone
<![CDATA[Greece in control, France face uphill task]]>/worldcup/news/y=2013/m=11/news=greece-control-france-face-uphill-task-2224729.htmlFIFA.com reviews the action from the FIFA World Cup European zone qualifying play-offs. Cristiano Ronaldo scored a crucial goal, Greece took control over Romania and France slipped to a 2-0 defeat in Ukraine.

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Fri, 15 Nov 2013 23:16:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. European Zone
<![CDATA[France in trouble, Ukraine at the double]]>/worldcup/news/y=2013/m=11/news=france-trouble-ukraine-the-double-2224392.htmlFri, 15 Nov 2013 22:01:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. European Zone<![CDATA[Europe poised for play-off showdowns]]>/worldcup/news/y=2013/m=11/news=europe-poised-for-play-off-showdowns-2223742.htmlThu, 14 Nov 2013 19:43:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. European Zone<![CDATA[Varane doubtful for France]]>/worldcup/news/y=2013/m=11/news=varane-doubtful-for-france-2224012.htmlThu, 14 Nov 2013 18:06:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. European Zone<![CDATA[Ribery: France have to be in Brazil]]>/worldcup/news/y=2013/m=11/news=ribery-france-have-brazil-2223763.htmlAs France prepare to take on Ukraine, Franck Ribery spoke to FIFA.com about the pressure facing Les Bleus ahead of their play-off, Bayern Munich competing at the FIFA Club World Cup, the FIFA Ballon d'Or and more.

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Thu, 14 Nov 2013 16:40:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=InterviewTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. European Zone
<![CDATA[Deschamps: No room for doubt]]>/worldcup/news/y=2013/m=11/news=deschamps-room-for-doubt-2222409.htmlFrance coach Didier Deschamps insists his players are primed for action and says there's no room for doubt or questioning ahead of his team's FIFA World Cup play-off against Ukraine. 

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Mon, 11 Nov 2013 17:41:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. European Zone
<![CDATA[Evra in France's play-off squad]]>/worldcup/news/y=2013/m=11/news=evra-france-play-off-squad-2220070.htmlThu, 07 Nov 2013 13:19:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. European Zone<![CDATA[Deschamps: It’s time we wrote a new story]]>/worldcup/news/y=2013/m=11/news=deschamps-time-wrote-new-story-2210137.htmlFIFA.com chats exclusively with France coach Didier Deschamps about the looming play-offs for Brazil 2014, his impact within the dressing room as a former Les Bleus great, and much more.]]>Fri, 01 Nov 2013 00:25:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=InterviewTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. European Zone<![CDATA[Who will win the European play-offs?]]>/worldcup/news/y=2013/m=10/news=who-will-win-the-european-play-offs-2202398.htmlFIFA.com wants to know which four teams you expect to progress to Brazil 2014 from the Portugal-Sweden, Ukraine-France, Greece-Romania and Iceland-Croatia ties.]]>Tue, 22 Oct 2013 14:09:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=Have Your SayTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. European Zone<![CDATA[Coaches react to play-off draw]]>/worldcup/news/y=2013/m=10/news=coaches-react-play-off-draw-2201671.htmlFIFA.com spoke to the coaches who attended the FIFA World Cup qualifying draw for the European play-off matches, with Portugal-Sweden and Ukraine-France the standout ties.]]>Mon, 21 Oct 2013 16:29:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. European Zone<![CDATA[Ten pivotal moments in European qualifying]]>/worldcup/news/y=2013/m=10/news=ten-pivotal-moments-european-qualifying-2196854.htmlFIFA.com investigates.]]>Wed, 16 Oct 2013 07:46:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. European Zone<![CDATA[Bosnians make history, Iceland maintain dream]]>/worldcup/news/y=2013/m=10/news=bosnians-make-history-iceland-keep-dream-alive-2196919.htmlWed, 16 Oct 2013 02:10:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. European Zone<![CDATA[France head into play-offs with a win]]>/worldcup/news/y=2013/m=10/news=france-head-into-play-offs-with-win-2196244.htmlTue, 15 Oct 2013 22:14:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. European Zone<![CDATA[Varane: Thuram is my role model]]>/worldcup/news/y=2013/m=10/news=varane-thuram-role-model-2195661.html FIFA.com about life at Real Madrid, the influence of Jose Mourinho and Zinedine Zidane, his hopes of playing at Brazil 2014 and the role models to whom he aspires.]]>Mon, 14 Oct 2013 10:55:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=InterviewTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. European Zone<![CDATA[Europe poised for last-day drama]]>/worldcup/news/y=2013/m=10/news=europe-poised-for-last-day-drama-2195655.htmlMon, 14 Oct 2013 09:32:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. European Zone<![CDATA[Dominant France leave Australia hit for six again]]>/worldcup/news/y=2013/m=10/news=dominant-france-see-australia-hit-for-six-again-2194730.htmlFri, 11 Oct 2013 21:40:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. European Zone<![CDATA[European play-off draw LIVE on FIFA.com]]>/worldcup/news/y=2013/m=10/news=european-play-off-draw-live-fifa-com-2192042.htmlEurope will have eight teams vying for play-off spots to secure passage to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™. The draw for take place at the Home of FIFA at 14:00 CET on 21 October, and you can follow it LIVE on FIFA.com.

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Mon, 07 Oct 2013 19:41:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. European Zone
<![CDATA[France recall Remy, Sakho and Varane]]>/worldcup/news/y=2013/m=10/news=france-recall-remy-sakho-and-varane-2190180.htmlThu, 03 Oct 2013 13:27:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. European Zone<![CDATA[Italy, Netherlands reach promised land]]>/worldcup/news/y=2013/m=9/news=italy-netherlands-reach-promised-land-2172065.htmlWed, 11 Sep 2013 03:37:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. European Zone<![CDATA[European quartet eye early progress]]>/worldcup/news/y=2013/m=9/news=european-quartet-eye-early-progress-2169692.htmlFIFA.com previews the action.]]>Mon, 09 Sep 2013 10:04:06 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. European Zone<![CDATA[French goal famine leaves bid in doubt]]>/worldcup/news/y=2013/m=9/news=french-goal-famine-leaves-doubts-brazil-bid-2169670.htmlMon, 09 Sep 2013 01:05:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. European Zone<![CDATA[Deschamps: We need to persevere]]>/worldcup/news/y=2013/m=9/news=deschamps-need-persevere-2169315.htmlDespite having gone five matches without finding the back of the net, France coach Didier Deschamps isn't concerned and will continue to rely on his strikers to lift Les Blues to victory on Tuesday against in Belarus.

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Sat, 07 Sep 2013 16:17:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. European Zone
<![CDATA[Belgium in touching distance, France held]]>/worldcup/news/y=2013/m=9/news=belgium-within-touching-distance-france-stutter-2169009.htmlSat, 07 Sep 2013 03:40:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. European Zone<![CDATA[Disappointing France held in Georgia]]>/worldcup/news/y=2013/m=9/news=disappointing-france-held-georgia-2168705.htmlFri, 06 Sep 2013 20:17:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. European Zone<![CDATA[Belarus coach wary of improved France]]>/worldcup/news/y=2013/m=9/news=belarus-coach-wary-improved-france-2168165.htmlLes Bleus are "much stronger" now.]]>Fri, 06 Sep 2013 08:28:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. European Zone<![CDATA[Decisive duels as end draws near]]>/worldcup/news/y=2013/m=9/news=decisive-duels-campaign-end-draws-near-2167710.htmlThu, 05 Sep 2013 13:26:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. European Zone<![CDATA[Gignac gets nod for qualifiers]]>/worldcup/news/y=2013/m=8/news=gignac-gets-nod-for-qualifiers-2159213.html Marseille forward Andre-Pierre Gignac made his return to the France squad for the qualifiers against Georgia and Belarus, but there was no place for Newcastle United midfielder Yohan Cabaye.

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Thu, 29 Aug 2013 12:43:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. European Zone
<![CDATA[Nasri: I accept criticism as long as it's justified]]>/worldcup/news/y=2013/m=7/news=nasri-accept-criticism-long-justified-2138543.htmlFIFA.com about his troubled year, learning from past mistakes and the goal of returning to the France side for the 2014 FIFA World Cup™.]]>Mon, 22 Jul 2013 06:00:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=InterviewTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. European Zone<![CDATA[Spain triumph, Montenegro hold firm]]>/worldcup/news/y=2013/m=3/news=spain-triumph-montenegro-hold-firm-2049530.htmlFIFA.com wraps up another massive evening of European Brazil 2014 qualifying highlighted by a crucial win for world champions Spain on their trip to Paris, while Montenegro and England remain evenly poised after a hard-fought draw.]]>Wed, 27 Mar 2013 00:04:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. European Zone<![CDATA[Spain edge crucial win in Paris]]>/worldcup/news/y=2013/m=3/news=spain-edge-crucial-win-paris-2047948.htmlTue, 26 Mar 2013 22:25:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. European Zone<![CDATA[Iniesta versus Ribery in numbers]]>/worldcup/news/y=2013/m=3/news=iniesta-versus-ribery-numbers-2047388.htmlFIFA.com juxtaposes the pair.]]>Tue, 26 Mar 2013 07:40:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. European Zone<![CDATA[Del Bosque calls for calm]]>/worldcup/news/y=2013/m=3/news=del-bosque-calls-for-calm-2044969.htmlMon, 25 Mar 2013 14:59:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. European Zone<![CDATA[Crunch time for former champions]]>/worldcup/news/y=2013/m=3/news=crunch-time-for-former-champions-2044761.htmlFIFA.com previews the action.]]>Mon, 25 Mar 2013 08:03:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. European Zone<![CDATA[Cazorla: We can’t afford to slip up]]>/worldcup/news/y=2013/m=3/news=cazorla-can-afford-slip-2044709.html La Roja midfielder Santi Cazorla insists he still has “total faith”.]]>Mon, 25 Mar 2013 03:58:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. European Zone<![CDATA[Spain stumble, Portugal rescue point]]>/worldcup/news/y=2013/m=3/news=spain-stumble-portugal-rescue-point-2044063.htmlFIFA.com reviews all the action from a massive evening of Brazil 2014 qualifiers in Europe highlighted by a shock draw at home for world champions Spain against Finland, while Portugal narrowly avoided defeat in Israel.]]>Fri, 22 Mar 2013 23:25:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. European Zone<![CDATA[Pressure on in Europe as Brazil 2014 draws nearer]]>/worldcup/news/y=2013/m=3/news=pressure-europe-brazil-2014-draws-nearer-2040111.htmlFIFA.com looks ahead to today's 24 qualifying matches in Europe, with the meeting of Croatia and Serbia just one of several tasty encounters in prospect.]]>Fri, 22 Mar 2013 06:58:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. European Zone<![CDATA[Busquets: Barça and Real players are in the same ship]]>/worldcup/news/y=2013/m=3/news=busquets-barca-and-real-players-are-the-same-ship-2038921.htmlWed, 20 Mar 2013 14:07:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. European Zone<![CDATA[France summon Varane, Remy and Pogba for Spain]]>/worldcup/news/y=2013/m=3/news=france-summon-varane-remy-and-pogba-for-spain-2030392.htmlThu, 14 Mar 2013 14:00:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. European Zone<![CDATA[Valbuena: I have to prove myself more ]]>/worldcup/news/y=2013/m=1/news=valbuena-have-prove-myself-more-1983951.htmlFIFA.com about his rise from playing in France's fifth tier to showcasing his talents in the UEFA Champions League and the FIFA World Cup™. ]]>Tue, 15 Jan 2013 07:38:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=InterviewTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. European Zone<![CDATA[Duo remain perfect, France troubling Spain]]>/worldcup/news/y=2012/m=12/news=duo-remain-perfect-france-troubling-spain-1977295.htmlFIFA.com reviews the European race for Brazil 2014 places so far, including crucial games and goals and an intriguing stat, and looks at some of the biggest upcoming clashes.]]>Sat, 29 Dec 2012 07:32:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. European Zone<![CDATA[Sting in the tail for Germany, Spain]]>/worldcup/news/y=2012/m=10/news=sting-the-tail-for-germany-spain-1786911.htmlSurprise results littered Tuesday's 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ qualification, as Germany let slip a four goal lead to draw 4-4 with Sweden, Northern Ireland held Portugal and France stunned Spain to grab a point in the closing seconds.

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Tue, 16 Oct 2012 22:58:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. European Zone
<![CDATA[Excitement as Euro elite face off]]>/worldcup/news/y=2012/m=10/news=excitement-euro-elite-face-off-1785373.htmlFIFA.com explains.]]>Mon, 15 Oct 2012 07:00:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. European Zone<![CDATA[Deschamps unworried by French injury crisis]]>/worldcup/news/y=2012/m=10/news=deschamps-unworried-french-injury-crisis-1748203.htmlFrance coach Didier Deschamps warned there was no worry in his camp ahead of a tough Brazil 2014 qualifier against world champions Spain despite something of an injury crisis.

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Mon, 08 Oct 2012 18:11:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. European Zone
<![CDATA[Chantome replaces Diarra in France squad]]>/worldcup/news/y=2012/m=10/news=chantome-replaces-diarra-france-squad-1747740.htmlMon, 08 Oct 2012 00:10:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. European Zone<![CDATA[Diarra recalled, no place for Nasri]]>/worldcup/news/y=2012/m=10/news=diarra-recalled-place-for-nasri-1715504.htmlLassana Diarra has been included in Didier Deschamps' 23-man France squad for their friendly against Japan and FIFA World Cup qualifier with holders Spain this month.

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Thu, 04 Oct 2012 13:34:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. European Zone