<![CDATA[FIFA.com - News]]>http://www.fifa.com/index.htmlenCopyright ©1994 - 2015 FIFA. All rights reservedSat, 02 Dec 2017 09:05:00 GMTSun, 03 Dec 2017 11:24:44 GMTFIFA.comFIFA.comhttp://www.fifa.com/imgml/rssheader.gif http://www.fifa.com/index.html13928FIFA.com RSS<![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 E: No easy task for five-time champions]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=12/news=group-e-no-easy-task-for-five-time-champions-2922367.htmlAfter qualifying first from the always-difficult South American qualifying competition, five-time FIFA World Cup™ winners Brazil will now have designs on topping Group E at Russia 2018. 

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Fri, 01 Dec 2017 17:30:00 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[Coaching quartet voice Final Draw hopes]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=11/news=coaching-quartet-voice-final-draw-hopes-2922017-2922092.htmlFIFA.com spoke with four coaches ahead of Friday’s Final Draw at the State Kremlin Palace and asked them what they are hoping for from the event.]]>Thu, 30 Nov 2017 16:45:00 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[2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™: 3,496,204 tickets requested as the first sales period concludes]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=10/news=2018-fifa-world-cup-russiatm-3-496-204-tickets-requested-as-the-first--2913903.htmlThu, 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/y=2017/m=10/news=2018-fifa-world-cup-tickets-first-sales-period-to-conclude-on-12-octob-2913511.htmlWed, 11 Oct 2017 14:12:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=TicketingKind=ReleaseTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Last-gasp drama provides joy for Panama, pain for USA]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=10/news=last-gasp-drama-provides-joy-for-panama-pain-for-usa-2913287.htmlWed, 11 Oct 2017 09:04:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Final-day drama leaves Panama smiling, USA despairing]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=10/news=final-day-drama-leaves-panama-smiling-2913249.htmlWed, 11 Oct 2017 05:12:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Intriguing finale awaits CONCACAF story]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=10/news=concacaf-story-set-for-intriguing-finale-2912333.htmlAfter over two years of qualifying in the CONCACAF region for 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, the final questions will be answered on the very final day, with USA, Panama and Honduras all in the hunt for the last automatic ticket.

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Mon, 09 Oct 2017 16:27:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Who can qualify in CONCACAF?]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=10/news=who-can-qualify-in-concacaf-2911733.htmlWith just 1.5 tickets remaining from CONCACAF, the final day brings about a three-horse race between USA, Panama and Honduras to book their place at 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, or keep their dream alive with a play-off spot.

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Sun, 08 Oct 2017 14:34:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Waston heroics lift Costa Rica into fifth World Cup]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=10/news=waston-heroics-lift-costa-rica-into-fifth-world-cup-2911652.htmlLos Ticos the point they required.]]>Sun, 08 Oct 2017 02:49:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[USA revive to deflate Panama hopes, El Tri win again]]>http://www.fifa.com?cid=rssfeed&att=FIFA.com reviews the latest CONCACAF qualifying action for Russia 2018 as USA finally found form at the expense of Panama, while Mexico underlined their position at the top of the Hexagonal standings.]]>Sat, 07 Oct 2017 06:58:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Costa Rica and Panama chase World Cup dream]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=10/news=costa-rica-and-panama-chase-world-cup-dream-2910297.htmlWith just two matchdays left in the CONCACAF qualifiers, Costa Rica and Panama can seal their place at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ this Friday.

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Wed, 04 Oct 2017 09:49:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Panama’s Torres determined to fulfil his vow]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=9/news=panama-s-torres-determined-to-fulfil-his-vow-2910033.htmlGabriel Torres made a pledge to his seriously ill wife: that he would take her and the family to watch Panama play at Russia 2018. FIFA.com hears from the forward about being on the verge of fulfilling that vow. 

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Sat, 30 Sep 2017 18:08:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Ticos made to wait, Panama up to third]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=9/news=ticos-made-to-wait-panama-up-to-third-2906984.htmlWed, 06 Sep 2017 06:38:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Ticos eye qualification as USA, Panama scrap for third]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=9/news=ticos-eye-qualification-as-usa-panama-scrap-for-third-2906675.htmlCosta Rica can become the second team through from the CONCACAF region with a victory over already-qualified Mexico, while USA will seek to bounce back from their defeat against Los Ticos against Honduras. FIFA.com previews these and the other matches in the region. 

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Mon, 04 Sep 2017 14:41:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Russia 2018: Who can qualify this week?]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=9/news=russia-2018-who-can-qualify-this-week-2906775.htmlCosta 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[The Week in Numbers]]>/news/y=2017/m=9/news=the-week-in-numbers-2906238.htmlThe expected prolific nature of a Selecção attacker and unexpected prolificacy of a Seleção midfielder make FIFA.com’s latest stats review, along with surprising scorelines in Auckland, Harrison, Montevideo, Sofia and Uyo.

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Sat, 02 Sep 2017 11:36:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=Week in StatsKind=News
<![CDATA[Mexico Russia-bound, Costa Rica move closer]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=9/news=mexico-russia-bound-costa-rica-move-closer-2906522.htmlIn beating Panama on Friday, Mexico became the fifth side to qualify for Russia 2018.

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Sat, 02 Sep 2017 10:22:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Mexico on brink of reaching Russia]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=8/news=mexico-on-brink-of-reaching-russia-2905999.htmlThu, 31 Aug 2017 16:48:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Video Vault: A debut to remember for Costa Rica]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=7/news=archive-a-debut-to-remember-for-costa-rica-2901034.html Kicking off our FIFA World Cup Video Vault series, FIFA.com looks back on Costa Rica's debut at the global finals, where they progressed to the Round of 16 at Italy 1990 against the odds.]]>Thu, 13 Jul 2017 05:37:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Costa Rica clear in second, Panama and Honduras draw]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=6/news=costa-rica-clear-in-second-panama-and-honduras-draw-2894878.htmlCosta Rica took sole possession of second in the Hexagonal standings after a crucial win over bottom side Trinidad and Tobago on Matchday 6 of CONCACAF’s final qualifying stage for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia.

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Wed, 14 Jun 2017 07:07:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Mexico extend lead, USA move up to third]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=6/news=mexico-extend-lead-usa-move-up-to-third-2893844.htmlFri, 09 Jun 2017 06:52:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Hexagonal teams ready to go again]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=6/news=hexagonal-teams-ready-to-go-again-2893237.htmlWed, 07 Jun 2017 18:43:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Waston's rise with Los Ticos]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=6/news=waston-s-rise-with-los-ticos-2893028.htmlFIFA.com spoke to centre-back Kendall Waston about his journey to becoming a regular starter for Costa Rica.

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Tue, 06 Jun 2017 15:51:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Behind the World Cup record: Bora Milutinovic]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=5/news=behind-the-world-cup-record-bora-milutinovic-2890944.htmlFIFA.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[Mexico increase lead after gritty night in Hex]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=3/news=mexico-increase-lead-on-gritty-night-in-hex-2877978.htmlMexico extended their lead at the top of the Hexagonal table with a narrow win in Trinidad and Tobago. FIFA.com takes a closer look at all the action from a night that showcased the competitive nature of the fifth and final round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying.

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Wed, 29 Mar 2017 06:18:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Panama eye American scalp, T&T face El Tri]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=3/news=panama-eye-american-scalp-t-t-face-el-tri-2877405.htmlFIFA.com casts an eye over the lay of the land in the CONCACAF region, ahead of the second round of FIFA World Cup qualifiers in March, with USA looking to continue a mini-resurgence and Mexico attempting to rubberstamp their dominance.

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Mon, 27 Mar 2017 17:12:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Mexico go top as USA, T&T rebound]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=3/news=mexico-go-top-as-usa-t-t-rebound-2877279.htmlHexagonal round of qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia with an impressive win over Costa Rica at the Estadio Azteca.]]>Sat, 25 Mar 2017 09:50:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Twenty years of Rafael Marquez]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=3/news=twenty-years-of-rafael-marquez-2877288.htmlRafael Marquez’s appearance last night for Mexico against Costa Rica marked 20 years of wearing in green, having made his debut against Ecuador back in February 1997.

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Sat, 25 Mar 2017 05:52:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[El Tri, Ticos clash as USA start fresh]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=3/news=el-tri-ticos-clash-as-usa-start-fresh-2876615.htmlFIFA.com previews the resumption of FIFA World Cup qualifying in the CONCACAF region headlined by a massive match-up as Mexico host Costa Rica, while USA will have fresh hopes under returning coach Bruce Arena.]]>Thu, 23 Mar 2017 18:45:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Ramirez: I hate wearing a suit and tie]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=11/news=ramirez-i-hate-wearing-a-suit-and-tie-2855243.htmlSat, 26 Nov 2016 10:42:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Osorio: Mexico’s win was an emotional hit for USA]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=11/news=osorio-mexico-s-win-was-an-emotional-hit-for-usa-2854136.htmlJuan Carlos Osorio believes Mexico’s upset victory in the USA led to the Stars and Stripes' 4-0 defeat in Costa Rica and the sacking of Jurgen Klinsmann.

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Wed, 23 Nov 2016 11:38:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Klinsmann: I'm confident USA can win the group]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=11/news=klinsmann-i-m-confident-usa-can-win-the-group-2853363.htmlJurgen Klinsmann has defended his USA players, backed them to finish first in CONCACAF qualifying for Russia 2018 and revealed his conversation with USA President Barack Obama.

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Mon, 21 Nov 2016 04:22:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Ramirez: We’ve given the Costa Rica fans a Christmas gift]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=11/news=ramirez-we-ve-given-the-costa-rica-fans-a-christmas-gift-2851709.htmlWed, 16 Nov 2016 16:27:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Hex heavyweights back in the saddle]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=11/news=hex-heavyweights-back-in-the-saddle-2850225.htmlHexagonal openers on the road and will be eager to keep up the form on Matchday 2 of CONCACAF's final qualifying round for Russia 2018.]]>Mon, 14 Nov 2016 17:59:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Howard: You can't play emotionally against Mexico]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=11/news=howard-you-can-t-play-emotionally-against-mexico-2848863.htmlThu, 10 Nov 2016 12:50:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Two tickets left in CONCACAF scrap]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=9/news=two-tickets-left-in-concacaf-scrap-2830647.htmlFIFA.com previews Tuesday's final matchday of semi-final round qualifying in the CONCACAF zone, where USA and Honduras are hoping to book their places in the Hexagonal

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Mon, 05 Sep 2016 23:08:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Urena: Goalscoring is my business]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=3/news=urena-goalscoring-is-my-business-2769370.htmlFIFA.com sat down with Costa Rica striker Marcos Urena, who recalls scoring at Brazil 2014 and looks ahead to Los Ticos' double header against Jamaica in CONCACAF Zone qualifying for Russia 2018.]]>Wed, 09 Mar 2016 13:48:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Herediano twosome step up for Ticos]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=11/news=herediano-twosome-step-up-for-ticos-2741498.htmlMidfielders Randall Azofeifa and Esteban Granados chat exclusively with FIFA.com about Costa Rica coach Oscar Ramirez's trust in them during Russia 2018 qualifying and their success in the Costa Rican championship with Herediano.

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Wed, 02 Dec 2015 15:08:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Baloy: This is our chance]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=11/news=baloy-this-is-our-chance-2733292.htmlLa Roja can make the final step towards the finals this time around.]]>Tue, 17 Nov 2015 12:14:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[CONCACAF’s elite enter the fray]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=11/news=concacaf-s-elite-enter-the-fray-2732099.html Mexico, Costa Rica, Honduras and a struggling USA all join in on CONCACAF qualifying for Russia 2018 on Friday. FIFA.com takes a closer look at the action ahead. ]]>Thu, 12 Nov 2015 05:07:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[CONCACAF hopefuls learn their fate]]>/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=7/news=concacaf-hopefuls-learn-their-fate-2667907.htmlFIFA.com assesses the road ahead for the region’s hopefuls. ]]>Sat, 25 Jul 2015 18:52:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=Group AnalysisTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Pinto, the man who made Costa Rica fly]]>/worldcup/news/y=2014/m=9/news=pinto-the-man-who-made-costa-rica-fly-2440393.htmlFormer Costa Rica coach Jorge Luis Pinto speaks exclusively to FIFA.com about his 2014 FIFA World Cup™ experience with Los Ticos, his goalkeeping hero Keylor Navas and his own future.

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Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:54:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil ™
<![CDATA[Coaches reflect on Brazil 2014]]>/worldcup/news/y=2014/m=9/news=coaches-reflect-on-brazil-2014-2439107.htmlFIFA invited coaches and directors of football from the member associations of the CONCACAF and CONMEBOL zones to Panama for a two-day conference, and FIFA.com was on hand to speak with several coaches from Brazil 2014.

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Fri, 12 Sep 2014 18:01:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil ™
<![CDATA[World champions Germany on top]]>/fifa-world-ranking/news/y=2014/m=7/news=world-champions-germany-on-top-2406169.htmlThu, 17 Jul 2014 08:59:00 GMTArea=World RankingSection=Men RankingKind=News<![CDATA[The World Cup's top social moments]]>/worldcup/news/y=2014/m=7/news=the-world-cup-s-top-social-moments-2406128.htmlSeveral milestones were reached and records set at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil on the pitch, but the presence of social media added another layer to the historic tournament. FIFA.com looks at five significant social media moments.

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Wed, 16 Jul 2014 11:04:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil ™
<![CDATA[Germans reign as Brazil thrills the world]]>/worldcup/news/y=2014/m=7/news=germans-reign-as-brazil-thrills-the-world-2404806.htmlFIFA.com reflects on a classic FIFA World Cup, with Brazil 2014 having served up upsets, controversy, thrilling football and outstanding goals before culminating in a landmark Maracana triumph for Germany.]]>Mon, 14 Jul 2014 08:49:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=NewsTournament=2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil ™<![CDATA[48 stars in the Brazilian sky]]>/worldcup/news/y=2014/m=7/news=48-stars-in-the-brazilian-sky-2405540.htmlMore than four million votes were cast for the Budweiser Man of the Match awards during the course of Brazil 2014, with 48 different players picking up the accolade. Leading the way was Lionel Messi with four. 

 

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Mon, 14 Jul 2014 02:55:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=Man Of MatchKind=NewsTournament=2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil ™