Next week on FIFA.com
Can't wait to see what FIFA.com has in store for you next week? Here's a quick look at the interviews, stories and match coverage coming soon to FIFA.com.
Exclusive interview: Ailton
With 16 clubs in 17 years under his boots, Ailton is one well-travelled footballer. In a FIFA.com exclusive, Ailton sits down to reflect on his career highlights, which include being the first foreigner to ever win the German Footballer of the Year award. The Brazilian also discusses life in China and eludes to a potential return to European football.
Do you remember Hao Haidong?
Arguably one of the best goalscorers Asia has ever produced, Hao Haidong is fondly remembered as the man who helped China PR obtain their first-ever FIFA World Cup™ qualification. Haidong enjoyed a trophy-filled career, winning a record five league titles with Chinese giants Dalian Shide, finishing top scorer in the Chinese Super League five times and receiving two Chinese Player of the Year accolades on the way. Next week, FIFA.com catches up with the 39-year-old maestro.
Ranking Spotlight: Portugal
Just when everyone had almost written off these 2010 FIFA World Cup hopefuls, Portugal have made an impressive comeback to bring themselves to the verge of South Africa 2010 qualification. FIFA.com takes a look at A Selecção das Quinas's recent form which has helped them climb back into the prestigious top ten on the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking.
What to watch
Stage 2 of the FIFA U-17 World Cup Nigeria 2009 kicks off on 2 November. Next week, fans can catch all the action from the Round of 16 games as well as the first two quarter-finals. In club football, a number of massive derbies take place next weekend including: the Soweto Derby in South Africa, Chile's Clasico Universitario, The Big Tel Aviv Derby (Israel) and the latest Ajax-Feyenoord Klassieker in Netherlands.
The hidden gem
The FIFA Women's World Cup Germany 2011 section on FIFA.com has recently been updated. New sections of interest to women's football fans include: a volunteers' section, ticketing section, and match and results pages for the tournament qualifiers to ensure that fans can keep track of their team's qualification campaign.