<![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. Thu, 26 Apr 2018 15:11:00 GMTFri, 27 Apr 2018 09:22:38 GMTFIFA.com<![CDATA[FIFA.com - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ - News]]>//img.fifa.com/imgml/rssheader.gifhttp://www.fifa.com/index.html13928rssFifa1524820302237<![CDATA[Voting now open! You decide the Team Bus slogans ]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=2018/m=4/news=voting-now-open-you-decide-the-team-bus-slogans.html<p>You can now vote for slogans that will be emblazoned on the 32 team buses at Russia 2018 – and win each of their creators a fantastic trip to the FIFA World Cup.</p> Wed, 25 Apr 2018 10:14:00 GMT1524820302701<![CDATA[Rewind to a clash of rivals from 2002 today]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=2018/m=4/news=rewind-to-a-clash-of-rivals-from-2002-on-friday.html<p>Fans across the world voted for their favourite FIFA World Cup matches, and the latest of those choices – USA-Mexico – is set to be streamed 'live' on Friday 27 April.</p> Thu, 26 Apr 2018 14:56:00 GMT1524820302241<![CDATA[49 days to go: Costa Rica make their mark]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=2018/m=4/news=thu-264-countdown-49-day-194w-2944241.html<p>To mark 49 days until the next FIFA World Cup™, we look back on how Costa Rica made a splash in their first appearance at Italy 1990.</p> Wed, 25 Apr 2018 11:46:00 GMT1524820302312<![CDATA[When Ukraine and Switzerland both made history ]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=2018/m=4/news=when-ukraine-and-switzerland-both-made-history.html<p>Continuing our series on memorable FIFA World Cup images, we look back to 2006 and Ukraine's Oleg Gusev celebrating victory in a historic penalty shootout.</p> Wed, 25 Apr 2018 13:19:00 GMT1524820302492<![CDATA[Take the FIFA World Cup Bracket Challenge]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=2018/m=4/news=take-the-fifa-world-cup-bracket-challenge.html<p>FIFA.com’s Bracket Predictor Challenge will make every match at Russia 2018 even more interesting to you and your friends. It’s free, it’s fun, and it offers some fantastic prizes.</p> Mon, 23 Apr 2018 16:00:00 GMT1524820302246<![CDATA[50 days to go: Heroic hat-tricks]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=2018/m=4/news=50-days-to-go-heroic-hat-tricks-25-4-2944246.html<p>As we reach the half-way point in our 100-day countdown, we take a look back at some of the 50 hat-tricks scored at the FIFA World Cup.</p> Wed, 25 Apr 2018 12:01:00 GMT1524820301946<![CDATA[Torres: I enjoy the big moments a lot]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=2018/m=4/news=torres-i-enjoy-the-big-moments-a-lot.html<p>It is every footballers’ dream to shine in the big moments of a match or a competition. Panama captain Roman Torres can consider himself fortunate to have created such moments on more than one occasion.</p> Tue, 24 Apr 2018 14:47:00 GMT1524820302195<![CDATA[Bailey on the Wright path for Socceroos]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=2018/m=4/news=bailey-on-the-wright-path-for-socceroos.html<p>FIFA.com hears from Australia defender Bailey Wright who talks of his experiences under new coach Bert van Marwijk, and his hunger to feature at Russia 2018 after watching from the sidelines in Brazil.</p> Wed, 25 Apr 2018 07:03:00 GMT1524820301933<![CDATA[Bjelland makes his case for the Danish defence ]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=2018/m=4/news=bjelland-makes-his-case-for-the-danish-defence.html<p>Andreas Bjelland has waited almost eight years for his FIFA World Cup chance, with Denmark returning to the global stage for the first time since South Africa 2010. FIFA.com spoke to the Brentford defender about the road to Russia and his hopes for the global finals. </p> Tue, 24 Apr 2018 13:50:00 GMT1524820302010<![CDATA[Lopetegui: We’re excited about seeing Iniesta in Russia]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=2018/m=4/news=lopetegui-we-re-excited-about-seeing-iniesta-in-russia.html<p>Julen Lopetegui has hailed the form of Andres Iniesta leading into Russia 2018 and the way he can win opposing supporters over.</p> Tue, 24 Apr 2018 15:43:00 GMT1524820302083<![CDATA[Mahmoud Trezeguet: Egypt must fear no one]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=2018/m=4/news=mahmoud-trezeguet-egypt-must-fear-no-one.html<p>Egypt star Mahmoud Hassan 'Trezeguet' can pride himself on having earned the confidence of coach Hector Cuper, becoming a stalwart of the team set to dispute the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia.</p> Tue, 24 Apr 2018 22:38:00 GMT1524820301873<![CDATA[Higuita: I achieved something even Pele, Maradona and Messi haven't]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=2018/m=4/news=higuita-achieved-pele-maradona-messi-havent.html<p>With his eye-catching long hair and even more noticeable style of play, iconic Colombian goalkeeper Rene Higuita shares FIFA World Cup™ memories and explains how he changed the game.</p> Tue, 24 Apr 2018 08:34:00 GMT1524820301956<![CDATA[51 days to go: Peru's red and white charges]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=2018/m=4/news=51-days-to-go-peru-s-red-and-white-charges.html<p>With 51 days until the action gets under way at Russia, we take a look at the number of players to represent one of the long-absent participants this year: Peru.</p> Tue, 24 Apr 2018 16:00:00 GMT1524820298446<![CDATA[Irresistible Oranje mark the end of an era]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=2018/m=4/news=irresistible-oranje-mark-the-end-of-an-era.html<p>Every week until Russia 2018 begins we are going to be looking back at some of the best games from Brazil 2014!</p> Sat, 21 Apr 2018 10:40:00 GMT1524820298553<![CDATA[52 days to go: Batista's red mist]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=2018/m=4/news=52-days-to-go-batistas-red-mist-2940553.html<p>52 days to go</p> Mon, 23 Apr 2018 13:06:00 GMT1524820298562<![CDATA[Smolov: I'm ready to take on more responsibility for Russia]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=2018/m=4/news=april-23--fedor-smolov-interview-2940562.html<p>In-form Fedor Smolov is the most likely source of goals for hosts Russia at the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The striker spoke to FIFA.com about his role in the team and their hopes of making an impact.</p> Mon, 23 Apr 2018 14:11:00 GMT1524820298209<![CDATA[Reyes: Mexico going to Russia to win the Trophy]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=2018/m=4/news=reyes-mexico-going-to-russia-to-win-the-trophy.html<p>Diego Reyes reckons Mexico will win Russia 2018 and has pointed out why people shouldn’t call him ‘crazy’ for saying so.</p> Sat, 21 Apr 2018 05:11:00 GMT1524820297659<![CDATA[53 days to go: Super Sanchez]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=2018/m=4/news=sun-224-countdown-53-days-141-w-2939659.html<p>There have been 53 FIFA World Cup matches played by players with the surname Sanchez. Chile's Leonel won the adidas Golden Boot in 1962, while Mexico's Hugo appeared at three world finals.</p> Fri, 20 Apr 2018 15:06:00 GMT1524820295964<![CDATA[54 days to go: Beamed around the world]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=2018/m=4/news=april-21-wc-countdown-54-days-to-go-2937964.html<p>To mark 54 days before kick off in Russia, we recall the first FIFA World Cup to be beamed around the world: Switzerland 1954.</p> Tue, 17 Apr 2018 07:39:00 GMT1524820297312<![CDATA[RE-LIVE: 1998 World Cup Rewind]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=2018/m=4/news=1998-world-cup-rewind-live.html<p>Fans across the world voted for their favourite FIFA World Cup matches, and the latest of those choices – Brazil-France from France 1998 - is set to be streamed 'live' on Friday 20 April.</p> Thu, 19 Apr 2018 15:15:00 GMT1524820297823<![CDATA[Neymar: I'll arrive at World Cup in good shape]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=2018/m=4/news=neymar-i-ll-arrive-at-world-cup-in-good-shape.html<p>Neymar has backed Mo Salah, Eden Hazard, Kevin de Bruyne and Luis Suarez to dazzle at Russia 2018 and opined that Brazil are the team to beat.</p> Fri, 20 Apr 2018 14:21:00 GMT1524820297691<![CDATA[Spartak Stadium: All you need to know]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=2018/m=4/news=spartak-stadium-all-you-need-to-know-2939691.html<p>Spartak Stadium: All you need to know</p> Fri, 20 Apr 2018 15:35:00 GMT1524820297043<![CDATA[55 days to go: Maradona's moment of magic]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=2018/m=4/news=fri-204-countdown-55-days-2939043.html<p>After Diego Maradona's indiscretion - the 'Hand of God' - four minutes earlier, fans at the Estadio Azteca did not have long to wait until the 55th minute of Argentina's clash against England at Mexico 1986 to see the 'Goal of the Century'.</p> Thu, 19 Apr 2018 07:52:00 GMT1524820297100<![CDATA[Three reasons why Mexico can reach the quinto partido]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=2018/m=4/news=three-reasons-why-mexico-can-reach-quinto-partido-2939100.html<p>Mexico have reached the round of 16 at the last six World Cups but failed to advance to the quarter-finals on each of those occasions. FIFA.com explores three reasons why El Tri could finally break that pattern at Russia 2018.</p> Thu, 19 Apr 2018 09:53:00 GMT1524820297359<![CDATA[Xavi: Talent is the next evolution of football]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=2018/m=4/news=xavi-talent-is-the-next-evolution-of-football.html<p>Former Barcelona and Spain midfielder Xavi Hernandez believes that enhancing the level of talent in football is the game’s future evolution.</p> Thu, 19 Apr 2018 19:13:00 GMT1524820296632<![CDATA[56 days to go: Goals conceded by the Three Lions ]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=2018/m=4/news=56-days-to-go-goals-conceded-by-three-lions-2938632.html<p>Fifty-six is the number of goals that England have conceded in their FIFA World Cup™ appearances to date. Germany have scored past English goalkeepers ten times – more than any other team that has faced the Three Lions in the world finals.</p> Wed, 18 Apr 2018 09:58:00 GMT1524820296613<![CDATA[Video Vault: Pele, a footballing titan]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=2018/m=4/news=video-vault-pele-a-footballing-titan.html<p>In the latest instalment of the FIFA World Cup Video Vault series, FIFA.com looks back on one of the all-time legends of the beautiful game: Pele. </p> Wed, 18 Apr 2018 08:33:00 GMT1524820297145<![CDATA[164,136 FIFA World Cup tickets allocated within first 24 hours]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=2018/m=4/news=164-136-fifa-world-cup-tickets-allocated-within-first-24-hours.html<p>164,136 tickets have been allocated to fans around the world via FIFA.com/tickets in the first 24 hours of the last-minute sales phase, which started on 18 April at 12:00 Moscow time.</p> Thu, 19 Apr 2018 11:15:00 GMT1524820297118<![CDATA[Wonderful World Cup goals under the microscope]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=2018/m=4/news=wonderful-world-cup-goals-under-the-microscope.html<p>Hyundai Anatomy of a Goal series takes a closer analytical look at some of the best goals in FIFA World Cup history.</p> Thu, 19 Apr 2018 09:50:00 GMT1524820295965<![CDATA[57 days to go: Argentina's glut of global goalscorers]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=2018/m=4/news=argentinas-glut-of-global-goalscorers-2937965.html<p>One the way to two FIFA World Cup titles and five finals, an impressive 57 players have scored for Argentina on the globe's biggest stage.</p> Tue, 17 Apr 2018 07:44:31 GMT1524820296472<![CDATA[World Cup ticket holders: Help the environment and win two Final tickets ]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=2018/m=4/news=world-cup-ticket-holders-help-the-environment-and-win-two-final-tickets.html<p>FIFA has launched a campaign encouraging successful ticket applicants to offset the carbon emissions resulting from their travel to the tournament for free - while also having the chance to see the FIFA World Cup Final.</p> Tue, 17 Apr 2018 15:54:00 GMT1524820296311<![CDATA[How will the debutants compare?]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=2018/m=4/news=panama-iceland-how-will-the-debutants-compare.html<p>There have been some outstanding FIFA World Cup debuts in previous editions, and FIFA.com takes a look back at a selection of the most memorable, to see the standard bearers that Iceland and Panama will look up to before their bow at Russia 2018.</p> Tue, 17 Apr 2018 18:30:00 GMT1524820296240<![CDATA[Last-minute Russia 2018 sales phase starts and FIFA Venue Ticketing Centres open]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=2018/m=4/news=last-minute-russia-2018-sales-phase-starts-and-fifa-venue-ticketing-centres-open.html<p>At 12:00 Moscow time on 18 April the last-minute sales phase for 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ will begin, while fans will be able to visit FIFA Venue Ticketing Centres in the Host Cities.</p> Tue, 17 Apr 2018 12:57:00 GMT1524820295994<![CDATA[58 days to go: Brothers in arms]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=2018/m=4/news=j-58-fwc-countdown-2937994.html<p>To mark 58 days to go until the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia kicks off, we look back at how 58 brothers have appeared at the tournament over the years, including two pairs of twins and two brothers on opposing teams!</p> Tue, 17 Apr 2018 09:44:00 GMT1524820295856<![CDATA[A golden generation's best chance to shine]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=2018/m=4/news=a-golden-generation-s-best-chance-to-shine.html<p>With a star-studded squad including names like De Bruyne, Hazard, Lukaku and Kompany, Belgium have been touted as potential title contenders at Russia 2018. FIFA.com looks at the reasons for believing they could go all the way.</p> Mon, 16 Apr 2018 12:32:00 GMT1524820295674<![CDATA[59 days to go: Fans flock to the World Cup]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=2018/m=4/news=mon-164-countdown-59-days-141w-2937674.htmlA total of 59 FIFA World Cup matches have registered crowds of over 80,000 fans cheering on their heroes in the stadiums.Sun, 15 Apr 2018 07:44:04 GMT1524820295719<![CDATA[Pardo: Germany are the best mentally]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=2018/m=4/news=pardo-germany-are-the-best-mentally.html<p>Pavel Pardo has hailed Germany’s mental strength and told Mexico they must improve their own if they are to cause an upset in the sides’ Russia 2018 opener.</p> Sun, 15 Apr 2018 22:37:00 GMT1524820295718<![CDATA[Santos: Portugal aren’t among the five favourites]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=2018/m=4/news=santos-portugal-aren-t-among-the-five-favourites.html<p>Fernando Santos has labelled Brazil, Germany, Spain, Argentina and France as the five teams to beat at Russia 2018 and discussed Cristiano Ronaldo’s importance to Portugal.</p> Mon, 16 Apr 2018 01:13:00 GMT1524820295707<![CDATA[Cottee: England don’t have a better passer than Shelvey]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=2018/m=4/news=cottee-england-don-t-have-a-better-passer-than-shelvey.html<p>Tony Cottee has hailed Jonjo Shelvey’s passing and urged England manager Gareth Southgate to take the Newcastle United midfielder to Russia 2018.</p> Sun, 15 Apr 2018 17:10:00 GMT1524820295660<![CDATA[60 days to go: Gli Azzurri's super sixty ]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=2018/m=4/news=60-days-to-go-gli-azzurri-super-sixty-2937660.htmlSixty is the number of players who have scored for Italy in the history of the FIFA World Cup™. Sat, 14 Apr 2018 19:03:02 GMT1524820295692<![CDATA[Wanchope discusses 2002, 2018 battles with Brazil]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=2018/m=4/news=wanchope-discusses-2002-2018-battles-with-brazil.html<p>Paulo Wanchope reminisces about scoring in Costa Rica’s thrilling 5-2 defeat by Brazil at Korea/Japan 2002, the sides’ upcoming encounter in Russia and what his country lack.</p> Sun, 15 Apr 2018 00:01:00 GMT1524820295647<![CDATA[Nishino: Japan can reach the knockout phase]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=2018/m=4/news=nishino-japan-can-reach-the-knockout-phase.html<p>Akira Nishino has discussed his sudden appointment as Japan coach and what they must do to reach the knockout phase at Russia 2018.</p> Sat, 14 Apr 2018 14:58:00 GMT1524820295640<![CDATA[Batistuta: Depending on Messi is very dangerous]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=2018/m=4/news=batistuta-depending-on-messi-is-very-dangerous.html<p>Gabriel Batistuta has warned that Argentina can’t rely on Lionel Messi at Russia 2018 and opined that Gonzalo Higuain should be their No9 ahead of the likes of Sergio Aguero and Mauro Icardi.</p> Sat, 14 Apr 2018 12:31:00 GMT1524820295482<![CDATA[61 days to go: Record-breaker Matthaus]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=2018/m=4/news=april-14--wc-countdown-61-days-to-go-2937482.html<p>In the year 1961 – on 21 March 1961, to be precise – Lothar Matthaus came into the world in Erlangen, Germany.</p> Fri, 13 Apr 2018 07:34:00 GMT1524820295305<![CDATA[62 days to go: England’s chequered history]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=2018/m=4/news=62-days-to-go-england-s-chequered-history.htmlEngland have played 62 matches at the FIFA World Cup, and have emerged with mixed memories. But amid the disappointments and penalty shoot-out defeats, there has been one unrivalled highlight: their triumph in the 1966 Final.Thu, 12 Apr 2018 07:19:22 GMT1524820295474<![CDATA[Forlan: No one likes to play against Uruguay]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=2018/m=4/news=forlan-no-one-likes-to-play-against-uruguay-2937474.html<p>For the first time since Italy 1990, Diego Forlan is preparing to cheer Uruguay on at the FIFA World Cup™ as a supporter, a situation that will no doubt take some getting used to for a player who represented La Celeste at each of their world finals appearances since then.</p> Fri, 13 Apr 2018 07:12:04 GMT1524820295236<![CDATA[63 days to go: Extra-time drama]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=2018/m=4/news=1204--63-days-to-go-2937236.html<p>In the history of the FIFA World Cup, 63 matches have gone to extra time – including some of the tournament’s most memorable and significant encounters. Among them were the last three Finals, with Italy, Spain, and Germany having triumphed after 120 minutes.</p> Wed, 11 Apr 2018 16:08:00 GMT1524820295350<![CDATA[RE-LIVE: 1994 World Cup Rewind]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=2018/m=4/news=1994-world-cup-rewind-live.html<p>Fans across the world voted for their favourite FIFA World Cup matches, and the fourth of those choices – Netherlands-Brazil from USA 1994 - is now being streamed 'live'.</p> Thu, 12 Apr 2018 09:54:00 GMT1524820295205<![CDATA[Limbering up for Italy 1934]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=2018/m=4/news=limbering-up-for-italy-1934.html<p>Training regimes have developed a lot in the last eight decades, as Argentina's pre-match warm-up ahead of their Italy 1934 opener against Sweden showed!</p> Thu, 05 Apr 2018 13:33:00 GMT