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Thu, 12 Jul 2018 13:54:00 GMTSun, 22 Jul 2018 12:28:41 GMTFIFA.com<![CDATA[FIFA.com - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ - News]]>//img.fifa.com/imgml/rssheader.gifhttp://www.fifa.com/index.html13928rssFifa1532261907899<![CDATA[Marquez hangs up his boots]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/marquez-hangs-up-boots<p>Rafael Marquez, one of only three players to play at five FIFA World Cup™ tournaments, has announced his retirement.</p> Sun, 22 Jul 2018 10:40:00 GMT1532261907869<![CDATA[Cherchesov: Football fever in Russia really took off]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/cherchesov-football-fever-russia-took-off<style> </style> <p>One of the main factors behind the success of Russia 2018 was the superb performance of the hosts on the pitch. <strong>FIFA.com</strong> spoke with *Sbornaya *head coach Stanislav Cherchesov about how his team managed to reach the quarter-finals.</p> Fri, 20 Jul 2018 10:45:00 GMT1532261907852<![CDATA[Russia 2018 most engaging FIFA World Cup ever]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/russia-2018-most-engaging-fifa-world-cup-everFri, 20 Jul 2018 07:03:00 GMT1532261907847<![CDATA[Brazil goalkeeper Alisson makes Liverpool switch]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/brazil-goalkeeper-alisson-makes-liverpool-switchThu, 19 Jul 2018 19:20:00 GMT1532261907839<![CDATA[Luis Enrique: Spain’s football can evolve]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/luis-enrique-spains-football-can-evolve-2986839<p>After being officially unveiled as the Spain’s new coach, Luis Enrique explained what some of the keys to his tenure would be.</p> Thu, 19 Jul 2018 17:07:00 GMT1532261907794<![CDATA[7.7 million football fans visit FIFA Fan Fest during Russia 2018]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/7-7-million-football-fans-visit-fifa-fan-fest-during-russia-2018<p>The FIFA Fan Fest™ took Russia by storm, with FIFA now able to confirm that the Russian edition welcomed 7.7 million visitors across its 11 free-of-charge venues.</p> Thu, 19 Jul 2018 11:38:00 GMT1532261907647<![CDATA[Southgate and Boothroyd plot England's path forward]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/southgate-and-boothroyd-plot-england-s-path-forward<p>England head coach Gareth Southgate and U-21 coach Aidy Boothroyd talk about the Three Lions' successful FIFA World Cup™ and the importance of taking lessons learned to future generations.</p> Tue, 17 Jul 2018 18:59:00 GMT1532261907604<![CDATA[Winner of the FIFA climate campaign attends the Final]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/winner-of-the-fifa-climate-campaign-attends-the-final<p>When Armenian fan Aram Cherkezyan saw he won a trip to the Final of Russia 2018, he thought it was too good to be true.</p> Wed, 18 Jul 2018 07:06:00 GMT1532261907591<![CDATA[Russia 2018 in numbers]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/russia-2018-in-numbers<p>After a stellar Russia 2018, we pick out some of the stand-out stats from a month of football you couldn't take your eyes off.</p> Wed, 18 Jul 2018 01:32:00 GMT1532261907558<![CDATA[Kane crowned King, Mina the PPG VIP]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/kane-crowned-king-mina-the-ppg-vip<p>The distinctions keep coming for Harry Kane. As well as winning the adidas Golden Boot, the England No9 has been crowned the McDonald’s FIFA World Cup™ champion player.</p> Sun, 15 Jul 2018 11:20:00 GMT1532261906885<![CDATA[Repeating patterns and curses lifted]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/repeating-patterns-and-curses-lifted<p>You will struggle to find anyone who believes the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ was predictable. Big names tumbling early, unlikely runs to the latter stages and a few major upsets made sure of that.</p> Wed, 11 Jul 2018 11:24:00 GMT1532261907556<![CDATA[Debutants' coaches depart]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/debutants-coaches-depart<p>Heimir Hallgrimsson has left his role as head coach of the Iceland national team after spending seven years in the position.</p> Tue, 17 Jul 2018 13:05:00 GMT1532261907552<![CDATA[Cahill announces retirement from Socceroos]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/cahill-announces-retirement-from-socceroos<p>Australia's all-time leading goalscorer Tim Cahill has announced his retirement from the Socceroos.</p> Tue, 17 Jul 2018 11:37:00 GMT1532261907534<![CDATA[Champions return home to joyous celebrations]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/champions-return-home-joyous-celebrations-2986534<p>Newly crowned world champions France received a hero’s welcome from their adoring fans when they returned home on Monday.</p> Tue, 17 Jul 2018 09:39:00 GMT1532261907520<![CDATA[Heroes’ homecoming for Croatia]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/croatia-return-home-to-a-heroes-welcome<p>Croatia’s players and staff were greeted to a heroes’ welcome upon their arrival home in the Balkan country on Monday afternoon.</p> Mon, 16 Jul 2018 14:57:00 GMT1532261906883<![CDATA[Reputations on the rise in Russia]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/reputations-on-the-rise-in-russia<p>FIFA.com takes a look at five players who stepped up to the plate over the last month at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™.</p> Sat, 14 Jul 2018 17:54:00 GMT1532261907451<![CDATA[France triumphant in ravishing Russia]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/france-triumphant-in-ravishing-russia<p>FIFA.com rounds up what has been a thrilling 21st edition of the FIFA World Cup™ in Russia.</p> Sat, 14 Jul 2018 14:14:00 GMT1532261907453<![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 GMT1532261907443<![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 GMT1532261907378<![CDATA[Modric: Croatia can be proud]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/modric-croatia-can-be-proudSun, 15 Jul 2018 20:32:00 GMT1532261906327<![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 GMT1532261907294<![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 GMT1532261907152<![CDATA[Meunier and Pogba sign off in style]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/meunier-and-pogba-bow-out-with-a-bang<p>Back in the Belgium XI. Back among the points. That was the case for Thomas Meunier, who returned from suspension, scored and helped keep a clean sheet against England.</p> Sun, 15 Jul 2018 11:04:00 GMT1532261907101<![CDATA[Formidable France secure second title]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/formidable-france-secure-second-titleSun, 15 Jul 2018 09:15:00 GMT1532261906918<![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 GMT1532261907026<![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 GMT1532261906892<![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 GMT1532261906889<![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 GMT1532261906712<![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 GMT1532261906678<![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 GMT1532261906383<![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 GMT1532261906422<![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 GMT1532261906281<![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 GMT1532261906413<![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 GMT1532261906412<![CDATA[Preview: France v Croatia]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/preview-france-v-croatiaFri, 13 Jul 2018 18:01:00 GMT1532261906399<![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 GMT1532261906398<![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 GMT1532261906338<![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 GMT1532261906318<![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 GMT1532261906263<![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 GMT1532261906293<![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 GMT1532261906283<![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 GMT1532261906289<![CDATA[Preview: Belgium vs England]]>http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/preview-belgium-vs-englandThu, 12 Jul 2018 14:46:00 GMT1532261906337<![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 GMT1532261906268<![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 GMT1532261906215<![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 GMT1532261906213<![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 GMT1532261906209<![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 GMT1532261906189<![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 GMT