<![CDATA[FIFA.com - Interviews]]>http://www.fifa.com/index.htmlenCopyright ©1994 - 2018 FIFA. All rights reservedTue, 12 Sep 2017 18:14:00 GMTThu, 25 Oct 2018 13:29:21 GMTFIFA.comFIFA.comhttp://www.fifa.com/imgml/rssheader.gif http://www.fifa.com/index.html13928FIFA.com RSS<![CDATA[Nacho: Madrid want to make history again]]>/clubworldcup/news/y=2017/m=9/news=nacho-madrid-want-to-make-history-again-2907642.htmlIn the second part of his exclusive interview with FIFA.com, Nacho Fernadez talks about his strong ties to Los Merengues and outlines the team's ambitions for the UEFA Champions League and FIFA Club World Cup.

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Tue, 12 Sep 2017 18:14:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=InterviewTournament=FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2017
<![CDATA[Nacho: Spain must stay relaxed against Italy]]>/worldcup/news/nacho-spain-must-stay-relaxed-against-italy-2906314Fri, 01 Sep 2017 12:31:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=InterviewTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Cafu: Russia are one of Confed Cup favourites]]>/confederationscup/news/y=2017/m=3/news=cafu-russia-are-one-of-confed-cup-favourites-2875642.htmlDuring his visit to St. Petersburg to celebrate 100 days to the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017, Brazil legend Cafu spoke with FIFA.com about the approaching festival of football in Russia and the best moments of his career.

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Mon, 13 Mar 2017 08:31:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=InterviewTournament=FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017
<![CDATA[Puyol anticipating memorable matches in Russia]]>/confederationscup/news/y=2017/m=3/news=puyol-anticipating-memorable-matches-in-russia-2869246.htmlSpanish FIFA World Cup-winning captain Carles Puyol gave his impressions on Russia's preparations for the FIFA Confederations Cup and spoke about his expectations for the upcoming tournament in an interview with FIFA.com.

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Fri, 03 Mar 2017 11:51:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=InterviewTournament=FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017
<![CDATA[Noboa: I consider myself half Ecuadorian, half Russian]]>/worldcup/news/noboa-i-consider-myself-half-ecuadorian-half-russian-2863432Ecuador and Rostov midfielder Cristhian Noboa caught up with FIFA.com to talk about his transition into Russian culture and Russia 2018 Host Cities Kazan, Moscow and Rostov-on-Don. 

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Sat, 14 Jan 2017 15:15:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=InterviewTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Lizarazu: Zidane does nothing piecemeal]]>/the-best-fifa-football-awards/news/y=2017/m=1/news=lizarazu-zidane-does-nothing-piecemeal-2862402.htmlFIFA.com caught up with 1998 FIFA World Cup winner Bixente Lizarazu, who offers invaluable insight into former national team-mate and The Best FIFA Men’s Coach 2016 nominee Zinedine Zidane.

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Sat, 07 Jan 2017 16:33:00 GMTArea=The Best AwardsSection=Coach of the Year - Kind=InterviewTournament=The Best – FIFA Football Awards 2016
<![CDATA[Marta: What it means to be The Best]]>/the-best-fifa-football-awards/news/y=2016/m=12/news=marta-what-it-means-to-be-the-best-2859833.html The Brazilian finalist for The Best FIFA Women’s Player 2016 talks to FIFA.com about the importance of having women in the awards and what it feels like to be named Player of the Year.]]>Sat, 31 Dec 2016 14:33:00 GMTArea=The Best AwardsSection=Player of the Year -Kind=InterviewTournament=The Best – FIFA Football Awards 2016<![CDATA[Monfils: I play football whenever I can]]>/ballon-dor/news/y=2016/m=12/news=monfils-i-play-football-whenever-i-can-2859213.htmlFIFA.com about his love of football and PSG in particular, his admiration for Arsene Wenger and why he has "a weakness" for Zlatan Ibrahimovic.]]>Fri, 09 Dec 2016 10:29:00 GMTArea=The Best AwardsSection=GeneralKind=Interview<![CDATA[Del Bosque: Simeone is The Best]]>/the-best-fifa-football-awards/news/y=2016/m=11/news=del-bosque-simeone-is-the-best-2855642.htmlFIFA.com about his favourites for The Best FIFA Football Awards™, his relationship with some of the nominees and the growth in popularity of the women’s game.]]>Mon, 28 Nov 2016 14:04:00 GMTArea=The Best AwardsSection=GeneralKind=InterviewTournament=The Best – FIFA Football Awards 2016<![CDATA[Van der Vaart: If the Netherlands call, I’ll always say yes]]>/live-scores/news/y=2016/m=10/news=van-der-vaart-if-the-netherlands-call-i-ll-always-say-yes-2843691.htmlWe catch up with Dutch playmaker Rafael van der Vaart, discussing his new stage of career in Denmark, looking back on the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final and gives his views on the current state of the Netherlands side.

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Mon, 17 Oct 2016 08:05:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=GeneralKind=Interview
<![CDATA[Martinez: In football, you have to be able to adapt]]>/worldcup/news/martinez-in-football-you-have-to-be-able-to-adapt-2843784In an exclusive interview with FIFA.com, Belgium head coach Roberto Martinez talks about his new challenge with Les Diables Rouges, including insight about his assistant coach Thierry Henry.

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Fri, 14 Oct 2016 19:55:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=InterviewTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Bats: Nothing tops the 1984 final for me]]>/live-scores/uefaeuro/news/newsid/281/159/7/index.htmlFIFA.com spoke to Joel Bats, who entered the annals of French football thanks to his performance in the 1986 FIFA World Cup Mexico quarter-final against Brazil, to speak about his fondest footballing memories, including a triumph at UEFA European Championship 1984.

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Sat, 09 Jul 2016 10:58:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=InterviewTournament=UEFA EURO 2016
<![CDATA[Jacquet: This France team is full of potential]]>/live-scores/uefaeuro/news/newsid/281/125/7/index.htmlFIFA.com about the pressure of being hosts, the job being done by the current coach and his former captain, and Les Bleus' chances against Germany.]]>Wed, 06 Jul 2016 09:25:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=InterviewTournament=UEFA EURO 2016<![CDATA[Sampaoli: Being rebellious an integral part of my teams]]>/ballon-dor/news/y=2016/m=4/news=sampaoli-being-rebellious-integral-to-my-teams-2782186.htmlA FIFA Men’s Football Coach of the Year nominee in 2015, Jorge Sampaoli discussed his unique career with FIFA.com. Proud of his past and content with the present, the Argentinian has high hopes for the future.

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Fri, 22 Apr 2016 15:19:00 GMTArea=Ballon d'OrSection=Coach of the Year - Kind=InterviewTournament=FIFA Ballon d'Or 2015
<![CDATA[Solo: The world hasn’t seen the best of me yet]]>http://www.fifa.com?cid=rssfeed&att=FIFA.com spoke to USA goalkeeper Hope Solo about her first encounter with football legend Mia Hamm, her own performances so far, her desire for perfection and another gold medal.]]>Thu, 07 Apr 2016 07:33:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=InterviewTournament=Olympic Football Tournaments Rio 2016 - Women<![CDATA[Lloris: Keepers have to be players too]]>/live-scores/uefaeuro/news/newsid/278/000/0/index.htmlFrance and Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris sat down with FIFA.com ​to discuss his position, responsibilities and ambitions ahead of his captaining his country at UEFA EURO 2016 on home soil.

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Wed, 06 Apr 2016 12:08:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=InterviewTournament=UEFA EURO 2016
<![CDATA[Pearce: Managing at an Olympics was the biggest honour ]]>http://www.fifa.com?cid=rssfeed&att= FIFA.com caught up with Stuart Pearce to get some of his insight into the Olympic football experience and to relive some of his memories coaching Team GB at London 2012.]]>Tue, 05 Apr 2016 08:16:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=InterviewTournament=Olympic Football Tournaments Rio 2016 - Men<![CDATA[Hrubesch: Rio 2016 will be special]]>http://www.fifa.com?cid=rssfeed&att=FIFA.com spoke with Horst Hrubesch, who will be leading Germany at their first Olympic Football Tournament since 1988.

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Thu, 31 Mar 2016 09:10:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=InterviewTournament=Olympic Football Tournaments Rio 2016 - Men
<![CDATA[Meulensteen: America’s an emerging market]]>/live-scores/news/y=2016/m=3/news=meulensteen-america-s-an-emerging-market-2768359.htmlFIFA.com caught up with former Manchester United assistant coach Rene Meulensteen to see where life has taken him in the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era and to learn about his passion for coaching.

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Sat, 05 Mar 2016 11:50:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=Club FootballKind=Interview
<![CDATA[Beswick: Sport will be dominated by psychological advancement in next 20 years]]>/development/news/y=2016/m=3/news=beswick-sport-will-be-dominated-by-psychological-advancement-in-next-2-2767801.htmlFIFA.com spoke with sports psychologist Bill Beswick to learn about his journey and his vision for psychology and mental development to play as big a role in football as technical and tactical development.]]>Wed, 02 Mar 2016 17:31:00 GMTArea=Football DevelopmentSection=GenericKind=Interview<![CDATA[VIDEO: Gianni Infantino interview]]>/about-fifa/news/y=2016/m=3/news=video-gianni-infantino-interview-2768278.htmlDuring his first day in office, Monday 29 February, FIFA President Gianni Infantino gave an exclusive interview to FIFA.com at the Home of FIFA in Zurich.

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Mon, 29 Feb 2016 10:00:00 GMTArea=OrganisationSection=PresidentKind=Interview
<![CDATA[Dani Alves: I’ll always say what I think]]>/ballon-dor/news/y=2016/m=2/news=dani-alves-i-ll-always-say-what-i-think-2766398.htmlFIFA.com on his brushes with the press, the key to Barcelona’s success, Brazilian football and a future linked to gastronomy, music or fashion: “I only do what I’m passionate about.”]]>Mon, 22 Feb 2016 09:45:00 GMTArea=Ballon d'OrSection=GeneralKind=InterviewTournament=FIFA Ballon d'Or 2015<![CDATA[Scifo reflects on half century]]>/news/y=2016/m=2/news=scifo-reflects-on-half-century-2765994.htmlFIFA.com, in which he looks back at the five decades of his life.]]>Fri, 19 Feb 2016 08:35:00 GMTArea=News CentreSection=News centreKind=Interview<![CDATA[Angerer: I was often my own worst enemy]]>/development/news/y=2016/m=1/news=angerer-i-was-often-my-own-worst-enemy-2756358.htmlIn an exclusive interview with FIFA.com, Nadine Angerer recalls winning the 2013 FIFA Women's Player of the Year, her iconic penalty save against Marta in the 2007 Women's World Cup final and talks about her new role as a goalkeeping coach.

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Fri, 22 Jan 2016 12:46:00 GMTArea=Football DevelopmentSection=WomenKind=Interview
<![CDATA[Asamoah: Football has the power to bring people together]]>/ballon-dor/news/y=2016/m=1/news=asamoah-football-has-the-power-to-bring-people-together-2756166.htmlWed, 20 Jan 2016 14:05:00 GMTArea=Ballon d'OrSection=Fair Play awardKind=InterviewTournament=FIFA Ballon d'Or 2015<![CDATA[Ellis: It was a pretty amazing journey]]>/ballon-dor/news/y=2016/m=1/news=ellis-it-was-a-pretty-amazing-journey-2755437.htmlFIFA.com caught up with the newly-crowned FIFA World Coach of the Year for Women’s Football to talk 2015, her career highlights and looking ahead to the Olympics.]]>Thu, 14 Jan 2016 16:39:00 GMTArea=Ballon d'OrSection=Coach of the Year - Kind=InterviewTournament=FIFA Ballon d'Or 2015<![CDATA[Lloyd: We're going after that gold]]>/ballon-dor/news/y=2016/m=1/news=lloyd-we-re-going-after-that-gold-2755270.htmlWed, 13 Jan 2016 16:46:00 GMTArea=Ballon d'OrSection=Player of the Year -Kind=InterviewTournament=FIFA Ballon d'Or 2015<![CDATA[Lemar: Neymar will be 2016's main contender]]>/ballon-dor/news/y=2016/m=1/news=lemar-neymar-will-be-2016-s-main-contender-2753725.htmlFIFA.com, while also reflecting on his childhood memories of Paul Gascoigne and explains why he thinks Neymar could break Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo's FIFA Ballon d'Or domination.]]>Tue, 05 Jan 2016 10:47:00 GMTArea=Ballon d'OrSection=GeneralKind=InterviewTournament=FIFA Ballon d'Or 2015<![CDATA[Boll: Coaches are crucial]]>/ballon-dor/news/y=2016/m=1/news=boll-coaches-are-crucial-2753925.htmlFIFA.com spoke exclusively with table tennis star Timo Boll about his second passion away from table tennis, his favourites at the FIFA Ballon d’Or Gala and the role coaches play in every athlete’s career.]]>Tue, 05 Jan 2016 08:56:00 GMTArea=Ballon d'OrSection=GeneralKind=InterviewTournament=FIFA Ballon d'Or 2015<![CDATA[Samuel: I’m not scared of the future]]>/worldcup/news/samuel-argentina-tiene-centrales-para-rato-2753862-2753872Currently winding down his career in the Swiss league, former Argentinian international Walter Samuel talks to FIFA.com about his life in Switzerland and what the future may hold for him off the pitch and his national team on it.

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Mon, 04 Jan 2016 15:48:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=InterviewTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Van Bommel: I need to develop as a coach]]>/live-scores/news/y=2015/m=12/news=van-bommel-i-need-to-develop-as-a-coach-2753666.htmlFIFA.com about a playing career that included stints at Barcelona, Bayern Munich and AC Milan, discusses his coaching plans and assesses the difficulties facing the Dutch national team.]]>Sat, 02 Jan 2016 08:27:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=GeneralKind=Interview<![CDATA[Wilmots: Together Belgium can achieve great things]]>/live-scores/news/y=2015/m=12/news=wilmots-together-belgium-can-achieve-great-things-2747731.htmlto FIFA.com about the factors that have led to the national team's top spot in the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, his leadership qualities and why his nickname when he was a player was 'War Pig'. ]]>Mon, 28 Dec 2015 04:13:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=Interview<![CDATA[Suarez: It’s another dream come true]]>http://www.fifa.com?cid=rssfeed&att=Mon, 21 Dec 2015 10:37:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=InterviewTournament=FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2015<![CDATA[Litmanen: Longevity fueled by passion]]>/live-scores/news/y=2015/m=12/news=litmanen-longevity-fueled-by-passion-2746377.htmlFIFA.com.]]>Fri, 18 Dec 2015 15:14:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=GeneralKind=Interview<![CDATA[Giggs: Club World Cup deserves greater recognition]]>/clubworldcup/news/y=2015/m=12/news=giggs-club-world-cup-deserves-greater-recognition-2743052.htmlFIFA.com caught up with Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs to hear about his playing experience in Japan at the FIFA Club World Cup, why he thinks the tournament does not get a lot of recognition in England and much more.]]>Tue, 15 Dec 2015 05:22:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=InterviewTournament=FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2015<![CDATA[Messi: I’ve added qualities to my game]]>/clubworldcup/news/y=2015/m=12/news=messi-i-ve-added-qualities-to-my-game-2744741.htmlBarcelona’s legendary No10 sat down with FIFA.com prior to jetting off to the Land of the Rising Sun to take a look at the tournament ahead, evaluate his growth as a player and give his verdict on a year that could possibly bring him his fifth FIFA Ballon d’Or.

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Mon, 14 Dec 2015 10:54:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=InterviewTournament=FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2015
<![CDATA[Del Bosque: Xavi, Busquets have been crucial to Spain’s success]]>http://www.fifa.com?cid=rssfeed&att=www.sc.qa about Spain's South Africa 2010 triumph, the influence of Xavi, the key men in his current team, their UEFA EURO 2016 hopes, and his belief that Qatar will stage a wonderful FIFA World Cup.]]>Tue, 08 Dec 2015 17:03:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=InterviewTournament=2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™<![CDATA[Kahn: You can't get to the top without being obsessed]]>/live-scores/news/y=2015/m=11/news=kahn-you-can-t-get-to-the-top-without-being-obsessed-2735148.htmlIn the second part of a FIFA.com exclusive interview with Oliver Khan, the Bayern Munich legend reflects on his playing career and how it influences his current work as a businessman.

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Thu, 26 Nov 2015 09:06:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=GeneralKind=Interview
<![CDATA[Kahn: Goalkeepers are held in very high regard in Germany]]>/ballon-dor/news/y=2015/m=11/news=kahn-goalkeepers-are-held-in-very-high-regard-in-germany-2734974.htmlIn the first part of a FIFA.com exclusive interview with Oliver Khan, the adidas Golden Ball winner at the 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan explained why he thinks goalkeepers should have their own set of awards, comparisons to Manuel Neuer and much more.

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Wed, 25 Nov 2015 08:42:00 GMTArea=Ballon d'OrSection=Player of the Year -Kind=InterviewTournament=FIFA Ballon d'Or 2015
<![CDATA[Lorenzo: Messi is a demigod]]>/ballon-dor/news/y=2015/m=11/news=lorenzo-messi-is-a-demigod-2734912.htmlTue, 24 Nov 2015 12:51:00 GMTArea=Ballon d'OrSection=GeneralKind=InterviewTournament=FIFA Ballon d'Or 2015<![CDATA[Shaqiri: Messi one step ahead]]>/ballon-dor/news/y=2015/m=11/news=shaqiri-messi-one-step-ahead-2733909.htmlFIFA.com about the upcoming FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala, the main contenders and his dream of a Swiss player one day being crowned the world's best player.]]>Fri, 20 Nov 2015 12:35:00 GMTArea=Ballon d'OrSection=GeneralKind=InterviewTournament=FIFA Ballon d'Or 2015<![CDATA[Isaksson: I’m proud of my career]]>/worldcup/news/isaksson-i-m-proud-of-my-career-2733122Mon, 16 Nov 2015 08:41:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=InterviewTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Altintop: I hit it with my eyes closed]]>/ballon-dor/news/y=2015/m=11/news=altintop-i-hit-it-with-my-eyes-closed-2731969.htmlTurkey and Galatasaray midfielder Hamit Altintop spoke with FIFA.com in an exclusive interview, looking back at the goal that brought him the FIFA Puskás Award back in 2010. 

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Tue, 10 Nov 2015 20:06:00 GMTArea=Ballon d'OrSection=Puskas awardKind=InterviewTournament=FIFA Ballon d'Or 2015
<![CDATA[Osorio: The Mexico job excites me]]>http://www.fifa.com?cid=rssfeed&att=FIFA.com about his new challenge with El Tri, vision for the game and coaching role-models.]]>Mon, 02 Nov 2015 06:55:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=InterviewTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Gattuso: It's my turn to teach ]]>/live-scores/news/y=2015/m=10/news=gattuso-it-s-my-turn-to-teach-2721028.html FIFA.com about his latest coaching post at Pisa and reflects on his European and world titles, his partnership with Andrea Pirlo and the modern-day midfielders he most admires.]]>Mon, 26 Oct 2015 07:27:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=Club FootballKind=InterviewTournament=Serie A TIM 2015/2016<![CDATA[Sigurdsson: We thought qualification was impossible]]>/live-scores/news/y=2015/m=10/news=sigurdsson-we-thought-qualification-was-impossible-2710583.htmlWith Iceland set to compete at the UEFA EURO for the first time, FIFA.com spoke to Gylfi Sigurdsson to talk emulating David Beckham, getting a boost from the Brazil 2014 near-miss and his reaction to making history with his nation.

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Mon, 12 Oct 2015 08:09:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=Interview
<![CDATA[Xavi: Spain believed we could beat anyone in 2010]]>/worldcup/news/xavi-i-d-love-to-return-to-barca-2709371Mon, 05 Oct 2015 09:50:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=CompetitionKind=InterviewTournament=2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™<![CDATA[Shaqiri: I've arrived at the best league in the world]]>/live-scores/news/y=2015/m=9/news=shaqiri-i-ve-arrived-at-the-best-league-in-the-world-2696014.htmlFIFA.com about his move to Stoke City in the English Premier League, representing La Nati at the FIFA World Cup and scoring a hat-trick at Brazil 2014, his skills at EA SPORTS' FIFA 15 and much more.]]>Mon, 28 Sep 2015 07:29:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=Interview<![CDATA[Rummenigge: Football has enabled me to see the world]]>/live-scores/news/y=2015/m=9/news=rummenigge-football-has-enabled-me-to-see-the-world-2695766.htmlFIFA Weekly why he was never jealous of Messrs Beckenbauer and Hoeness during his playing career, his marriage to Bayern Munich and the demands on the modern-day footballer.]]>Fri, 25 Sep 2015 08:05:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=Club FootballKind=Interview<![CDATA[Pizarro: Let’s make the most of this generation]]>/live-scores/news/y=2015/m=8/news=pizarro-let-s-make-the-most-of-this-generation-2674215.html La Roja's historic Copa America triumph, his desires to set foot at a FIFA World Cup and the challenges his team need to overcome to stay at the top of their game.]]>Mon, 31 Aug 2015 09:04:00 GMTArea=World Match CentreSection=National TeamsKind=Interview<![CDATA[Vilda: I'll bring my own ideas to Spain job]]>/development/news/y=2015/m=8/news=vilda-i-ll-bring-my-own-ideas-to-spain-job-2670233.htmlMon, 10 Aug 2015 11:19:00 GMTArea=Football DevelopmentSection=WomenKind=Interview