<![CDATA[FIFA.com - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ - News]]>http://www.fifa.com/index.htmlenCopyright ©1994 - 2018 FIFA. All rights reservedVisit FIFA.com for footballing news from across the world plus interviews and the chance to comment on the beautiful game. Tue, 10 Jul 2018 08:25:00 GMTMon, 16 Jul 2018 06:52:21 GMTFIFA.com<![CDATA[FIFA.com - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ - News]]>//img.fifa.com/imgml/rssheader.gifhttp://www.fifa.com/index.html13928rssFifa1531723327453<![CDATA[France revel in winning second world title]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/france-revel-winning-second-world-title-2986453<p>Twenty years on, France are back on top of the world. We give you a sneak peek at the beginning of <em>Les Bleus</em>'* *celebrations, which are sure to last a long time.</p> Sun, 15 Jul 2018 23:37:00 GMT1531723327443<![CDATA[Griezmann: I'll be the first to buy the jersey with the two stars]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/griezmann-ill-be-first-to-buy-jersey-with-two-stars-2986443<p>Antoine Griezmann eased France’s path to glory in Sunday’s final. We spoke to the Budweiser Man of the Match.</p> Sun, 15 Jul 2018 22:59:00 GMT1531723327378<![CDATA[Modric: Croatia can be proud]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/modric-croatia-can-be-proudSun, 15 Jul 2018 20:32:00 GMT1531723326327<![CDATA[Vote for Goal of the Tournament]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/hyundai-goal-of-the-tournament<p>With the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ having reached its conclusion, football fans around the world can cast their vote for the Goal of the Tournament, presented by Hyundai.</p> Thu, 12 Jul 2018 23:50:00 GMT1531723327294<![CDATA[Golden consolation for magical Modric]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/157-awards-piece-2986294<p>Prior to seeing France lift the FIFA World Cup™ Trophy, the FIFA Technical Study Group (TSG) came together to decide where the Russia 2018 awards should go.</p> Sun, 15 Jul 2018 19:54:00 GMT1531723327152<![CDATA[Meunier and Pogba sign off in style]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/meunier-and-pogba-bow-out-with-a-bangSun, 15 Jul 2018 11:04:00 GMT1531723327101<![CDATA[Formidable France secure second title]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/formidable-france-secure-second-titleSun, 15 Jul 2018 09:15:00 GMT1531723326918<![CDATA[Pick your Fan Dream Team until today's end]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/last-chance-to-pick-your-fan-dream-teamFri, 13 Jul 2018 15:50:00 GMT1531723327026<![CDATA[From Russia 2018 to Qatar 2022]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/from-russia-2018-to-qatar-2022-2986026<p>Russian President Vladimir Putin, Emir of Qatar Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and FIFA President Gianni Infantino have taken part in a ceremony to hand over the role of FIFA World Cup hosts from Russia to Qatar.</p> Sun, 15 Jul 2018 16:06:00 GMT1531723326892<![CDATA[Buzzing Belgium believe even brighter future beckons]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/buzzing-belgium-believe-even-brighter-future-beckons-2985892<p>Belgium's Vincent Kompany, Eden Hazard and Axel Witsel reflect on their performances at Russia 2018, which saw Roberto Martinez's side finish in third place, the country's best finish at the world finals.</p> Sat, 14 Jul 2018 21:49:00 GMT1531723326889<![CDATA[Southgate's Three Lions exit with pride and room to improve]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/southgate-s-three-lions-exit-with-pride-and-room-to-improve<p>Gareth Southgate's England reflect on their Russia 2018 campaign, which ended with a 2-0 defeat by Belgium in the Play-off for Third Place.</p> Sat, 14 Jul 2018 19:43:00 GMT1531723326712<![CDATA[Journey to 2022: FIFA President meets leadership of Qatar’s Supreme Committee]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/journey-to-2022-fifa-president-meets-leadership-of-qatar-s-supreme-committeeSat, 14 Jul 2018 16:23:00 GMT1531723326678<![CDATA[Hazard, Meunier bag bronze for Belgium]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/hazard-meunier-bag-bronze-for-belgium<p>Thomas Meunier and Eden Hazard struck at either end of their Play-off for Third Place with England to secure bronze at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ - their best-ever performance at the global finals.</p> Sat, 14 Jul 2018 10:46:00 GMT1531723326383<![CDATA[The last time France and Croatia met on the world stage ]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/last-time-france-croatia-met-world-stage<p>FIFA.com takes a journey down memory lane to relive the last time France and Croatia met at the World Cup, ahead of their most significant encounter to date, the 2018 Final.</p> Fri, 13 Jul 2018 13:51:00 GMT1531723326422<![CDATA[Dalic: No excuses, we are ready]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/dalic-no-excuses-we-are-ready<p>With Croatia set to take their first steps into a FIFA World Cup Final, coach Zlatko Dalic spoke about where their achievements stand in the global game and how he found himself set to lead his nation on this stage.</p> Fri, 13 Jul 2018 21:28:00 GMT1531723326281<![CDATA[The finalists' star keepers in focus ]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/finalists-star-keepers-in-focus<p>With the FIFA World Cup Final now looming large, FIFA.com asked our dedicated Team Reporters to give us the lowdown on their sides' No1s.</p> Thu, 12 Jul 2018 14:10:00 GMT1531723326413<![CDATA[Pogba: I don't want to be proud just yet]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/pogba-i-dont-want-to-be-proud-just-yet<p>Dominant, diligent and creative, the France midfielder has radiated maturity and class in Russia. He is determined not to put that good work to waste in the final.</p> Fri, 13 Jul 2018 20:33:00 GMT1531723326412<![CDATA[Preview: France v Croatia]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/preview-france-v-croatiaFri, 13 Jul 2018 18:01:00 GMT1531723326399<![CDATA[Pitana: It's an indescribable feeling]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/pitana-it-s-an-indescribable-feeling<p>Referee Nestor Pitana discusses what it means to be selected to officiate not only the Opening Match at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia but the Final as well, becoming only the second man to do so.</p> Fri, 13 Jul 2018 14:32:00 GMT1531723326398<![CDATA[Delph: Making the World Cup squad is my career highlight]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/delph-making-the-england-squad-is-my-career-highlight<p>Fabian Delph sat down to discuss his time at Russia 2018, which he referred to as the pinnacle of his career despite England's semi-final defeat that he expects will haunt him and his team-mates for some considerable time to come.</p> Fri, 13 Jul 2018 15:46:00 GMT1531723326338<![CDATA[62 matches down – which XI make your Fan Dream Team?]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/62-matches-down-which-xi-make-your-dream-team<p>You, the fans, will determine the team of the tournament for Russia 2018, and you could win one of five 65” Hisense FIFA World Cup™ Edition 4K UltraHD TVs doing so.</p> Fri, 13 Jul 2018 12:29:00 GMT1531723326318<![CDATA[Three reasons why France deserve to win the Final]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/france-three-reasons-win-final<p>Our team reporter with France offers three reasons why <em>Les Bleus</em> can, must and will win the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia in the deciding match against Croatia.</p> Fri, 13 Jul 2018 10:48:00 GMT1531723326263<![CDATA[Hernandez and Pavard, France's unexpected heroes]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/hernandez-pavard-france-unexpected-heroes-2985263<p>Surprise inclusions in Didier Deschamps’ starting XI at Russia 2018, full-backs Benjamin Pavard and Lucas Hernandez have established themselves as key players in the France team.</p> Thu, 12 Jul 2018 18:33:00 GMT1531723326293<![CDATA[Why this has been a World Cup of set-pieces]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/why-this-has-been-a-world-cup-of-set-pieces<p>The fact that the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ has been a tournament of set-pieces will not have gone unnoticed by even the most inattentive of spectators.</p> Fri, 13 Jul 2018 07:00:00 GMT1531723326283<![CDATA[Three reasons why Croatia deserve to win the Final]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/three-reasons-why-croatia-deserves-to-win-the-final<p>Our Croatia team reporter looks at three reasons why Croatia deserves to win the FIFA World Cup Final.</p> Thu, 12 Jul 2018 21:15:00 GMT1531723326289<![CDATA[Preview: Belgium vs England]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/preview-belgium-vs-englandThu, 12 Jul 2018 14:46:00 GMT1531723326337<![CDATA[Fanboy Meunier out to rewrite history]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/fanboy-meunier-out-to-rewrite-history<p>Coming back from suspension during the semi-finals, Belgium defender Thomas Meunier is ready to face England at Russia 2018's play-off for third place.</p> Fri, 13 Jul 2018 13:53:00 GMT1531723326249<![CDATA[Results of the anti-doping testing programme for the 2018 FIFA World Cup]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/results-of-the-anti-doping-testing-programme-for-the-2018-fifa-world-cup<p>As the 2018 FIFA World Cup draws to a close, FIFA can today announce that so far, the analyses of all doping tests conducted before and during the competition have yielded negative results.</p> Thu, 12 Jul 2018 13:06:00 GMT1531723326268<![CDATA[Natalia Vodianova and Philipp Lahm to accompany the Official FIFA World Cup™ Original Trophy and Travel Case designed by Louis Vuitton at the FIFA World Cup™ Final]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/natalia-vodianova-and-philipp-lahm-to-accompany-the-official-fifa-world-cuptm-or<p>FIFA Legend and 2014 FIFA World Cup™ winner <a href="https://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/lahm-we-will-pass-our-pride-to-winners-2985215">Philipp Lahm </a>will be accompanied by Russian supermodel, activist, and philanthropist Natalia Vodianova when coming onto the pitch of the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow before kick-off of the World Cup Final with the FIFA World Cup™ Original Trophy in the newly designed Louis Vuitton travel case.</p> Thu, 12 Jul 2018 18:08:00 GMT1531723326215<![CDATA[Lahm: We will pass on our pride to the winners]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/lahm-we-will-pass-our-pride-to-winners-2985215<p>FIFA World Cup winner with Germany in 2014 Philipp Lahm speaks with FIFA.com ahead of him bringing the Trophy to Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium for the 2018 Final between France and Croatia.</p> Thu, 12 Jul 2018 13:58:00 GMT1531723326213<![CDATA[Four split four in final sprint for Kia Sportage]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/four-split-four-in-final-sprint-for-kia-sportageThu, 12 Jul 2018 11:15:00 GMT1531723326209<![CDATA[Magic moments in all-European Finals]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/magic-moments-in-all-european-finalsThu, 12 Jul 2018 11:00:00 GMT1531723326189<![CDATA[The day France's World Cup dream came true]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/the-day-frances-world-cup-dream-came-true-2985189<p>Every French person above a certain age remembers where they were on 12 July 1998. Whether they were among the lucky spectators at the Stade de France, watching in a bar or following the action on holiday, nobody can forget that historic victory. <strong>FIFA.com</strong> pays tribute.</p> Thu, 12 Jul 2018 10:18:00 GMT1531723326165<![CDATA[Perisic: Our dream is so close]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/perisic-our-dream-is-so-closeThu, 12 Jul 2018 01:52:00 GMT1531723326168<![CDATA[Kane: We have built a great foundation]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/kane-we-have-built-a-great-foundationThu, 12 Jul 2018 05:29:00 GMT1531723325877<![CDATA[RELIVE: Media briefing with the FIFA Technical Study Group]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/12-july-tsg-media-briefing-77-2984877<p>H - Media briefing with the FIFA Technical Study Group (TSG)</p> Wed, 11 Jul 2018 18:42:00 GMT1531723325856<![CDATA[Fantasy Round 7 Preview: The final push]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/fantasy-round-7-preview-the-final-push<p>If you haven't yet registered, you can still play McDonald’s FIFA World Cup™ Fantasy and create private leagues to compete with your friends.</p> Wed, 11 Jul 2018 16:27:00 GMT1531723326004<![CDATA[Umtiti, Perisic headline the semis]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/umtiti-perisic-headline-the-semis<p>Anything one France centre-back can do, the other can too! After Raphael Varane top-scored with 12 points in Round 5, <a href="https://www.fifa.com/worldcup/videos/samuel-umtiti-goal-france-v-belgium-match-61">Samuel Umtiti did the same</a> in Round 6 – both thanks to a clean sheet and a header from a set-piece.</p> Wed, 11 Jul 2018 17:13:00 GMT1531723325989<![CDATA[History-maker Mandzukic sends Croatia into first Final]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/history-maker-mandzukic-sends-croatia-into-first-final<p>Croatia have reached their first FIFA World Cup™ Final, coming from behind to defeat England 2-1 after extra time at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow - with Mario Mandzukic's extra time goal the decisive strike.</p> Wed, 11 Jul 2018 08:54:00 GMT1531723325809<![CDATA[FIFA statement on beoutQ]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/fifa-statement-on-beoutqWed, 11 Jul 2018 15:37:00 GMT1531723325269<![CDATA[Be There with Hyundai winners experience unforgettable Russia]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/be-there-with-hyundai-winners-experience-unforgettable-russia<p>Thirty-two FIFA.com users won big – <em>really</em> big – in the Be There With Hyundai contest for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™.</p> Tue, 10 Jul 2018 14:59:00 GMT1531723325738<![CDATA[Umtiti, Les Bleus's latest hero]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/umtiti-france-latest-hero-2984738<p>In a France side packed full of potential matchwinners, Samuel Umtiti stepped up as their latest hero against Belgium, flashing home the header that sent <em>Les Bleus</em> into Sunday’s Final.</p> Wed, 11 Jul 2018 08:15:00 GMT1531723325751<![CDATA[De Bruyne: We gave it our all]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/de-bruyne-we-gave-it-our-all-2984751<p>Kevin de Bruyne and Belgium accepted their fate after France ended their 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ dreams in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday.</p> Wed, 11 Jul 2018 10:50:00 GMT1531723325314<![CDATA[Umtiti heads France into the Final]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/umtiti-heads-france-into-the-finalTue, 10 Jul 2018 13:23:00 GMT1531723325163<![CDATA[#FIFAStadiumDJ competition results in most engaged Tweet about the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ to date]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/fifastadiumdj-competition-results-in-most-engaged-tweet-about-the-2018-fifa-worl<p>FIFA has netted its most retweeted tweet ever thanks to the #FIFAStadiumDJ competition, a global fan engagement campaign powered by Vivo. </p> Tue, 10 Jul 2018 16:12:00 GMT1531723324853<![CDATA[Belgium’s key moments in semi-final charge]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/belgium-analysis-2983853<p>Spotlight on the key strategic decisions behind Belgium’s run to the semi-finals.</p> Tue, 10 Jul 2018 11:37:00 GMT1531723324852<![CDATA[Qatar @roadto2022 exhibition opens in Moscow]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/qatar-roadto2022-exhibition-opens-in-moscowTue, 10 Jul 2018 10:06:00 GMT1531723324847<![CDATA[England primed for midfield battle royale]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/england-primed-for-midfield-battle-royaleTue, 10 Jul 2018 01:32:00 GMT1531723324816<![CDATA[Subasic: I didn't want to give up]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/subasic-i-didn-t-want-to-give-upMon, 09 Jul 2018 17:41:00 GMT