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Goalkeeping great Buffon turns 40

Sun, 28 Jan 2018 15:23:00 GMT

On his 40th birthday, FIFA.com celebrates the winner of the inaugural The Best FIFA Goalkeeper award and a FIFA World Cup™ winner with Italy, Gianluigi Buffon.

The Week in Numbers

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 08:12:00 GMT

Bas Dost, Ciro Immobile, Faiz Al Rushaidi and John Herdman are among the stars of FIFA.com's latest weekly stats review.

The Week in Numbers

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 12:57:00 GMT

A Dutch homeboy having fun in 'The Tub', Der Bomber and El Pelusa getting dethroned and a mini-man towering above his rivals feature in FIFA.com's latest stats review.

Venerating five of football's retired royals

Tue, 26 Dec 2017 14:37:00 GMT

Xabi Alonso, Kaka, Philipp Lahm, Andrea Pirlo and Francesco Totti retired in 2017. With some stats, goals and quotes from some big football personalities, FIFA.com pays tribute.

Kaka calls time on illustrious career

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 18:50:00 GMT

Former Brazil attacking midfielder Kaka, who won the FIFA World Cup™ title with his country in 2002, announced his retirement from football on Sunday.

Quartet secure spots in Round of 16

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 22:14:00 GMT

Manchester United and Basel joined Italian duo Juventus and Roma in securing their spots in the Round of 16 of the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League on Tuesday evening.

The Week in Numbers

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 07:27:00 GMT

Peru's FIFA World Cup™ return, Camille Abily's milestone in UEFA women’s club competition, and a 100 per cent Dane all feature in FIFA.com’s latest stats review.

Sweden stun Italy to book World Cup return

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 21:43:00 GMT

For the first time since 1958, Italy will not be going to the FIFA World Cup™. Sweden held on to force a goalless draw in the second leg at the San Siro to defeat the Italians 1-0 on aggregate in their Russia 2018 play-off.

Excitement assured in European play-offs

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 09:28:00 GMT

While Europe’s FIFA World Cup™ qualifiers are seen as a marathon rather than a sprint, the play-offs always represent that frantic final dash for the finish line.

 

Andersson: Sweden can beat any team in the world

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 07:48:00 GMT

Ahead of their two-legged World Cup qualifying play-off against Italy, Sweden head coach Janne Andersson gives insight into his team's mentality and the reasons they've made it this far.

Free-scoring Berg eyes play-off glory

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 11:12:00 GMT

Marcus Berg, Sweden's top scorer in World Cup qualifying, speaks to FIFA.com about the play-off against Italy, hitting four against Luxembourg and emerging from Zlatan Ibrahimovic's shadow.

Buffon: Being a goalkeeper is in my nature

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 08:01:00 GMT

After winning the first ever The Best FIFA Goalkeeper Award, Italy and Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon sat down with FIFA.com to reflect on his career and to look ahead to an important 2018.

The Week in Numbers

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 04:19:00 GMT

George Weah’s kid emulating a FIFA World Cup milestone-maker and a striker surpassing some of the sport’s greatest-ever teenagers feature in FIFA.com’s latest stats review, along with miss-kicks and spot-kicks.

Di Matteo: Italy has a history of producing good coaches

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:22:00 GMT

It is safe to say there is quite the Italian flavour to The Best FIFA Men’s Coach award this year. Speaking exclusively to FIFA.com, Roberto Di Matteo explains why Italy are so good at producing coaches, and why he's also tipping Cristiano Ronaldo to remain The Best FIFA Men's Player.

Europe's play-off participants learn fate

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 13:14:00 GMT

The match-ups to contest the final four European tickets to the 2018 FIFA World Russia™ have been decided, as the play-off ties featuring the group stage's eight best second-placed sides were confirmed in Zurich on Tuesday.

 

Relive the European play-off draw

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 10:59:00 GMT

On Tuesday 17 October, FIFA.com streamed live the Official Draw for the European FIFA World Cup play-off, which took  place at the Home of FIFA in Zurich at 14:00 CET.

Totti: Messi, Neymar & Ronaldo are footballing aliens

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 05:15:00 GMT

A bona fide Roma and Italian legend, Francesco Totti knows The Best when he sees it. The recently-retired midfielder let us know who he thinks is in line to pick up the honours at The Best FIFA Football Awards later this month.

How to follow Tuesday's European play-off draw

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 05:27:00 GMT

The draw for the upcoming European play-off round, with four World Cup places up for grabs, will take place at 14.00 on Tuesday 17 October in Zurich. Find out how you can follow it live!

Serbians relieved, Icelanders in raptures

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 00:45:00 GMT

FIFA.com reviews Monday's European 2018 World Cup qualifying action where Serbia and Iceland both secured qualification for Russia, while two more play-off spots were locked up.

Who can qualify from Europe on Monday?

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 04:51:00 GMT

On Monday 9 October, a total of nine games in Groups D, G and I will be played. Here we outline which nations can secure an automatic berth for Russia 2018 on the qualification campaign's final matchday.

Ranieri: I really admire Conte and Allegri

Sun, 08 Oct 2017 10:33:00 GMT

FIFA.com caught up with The Best FIFA Men's Coach 2016 Claudio Ranieri to see how he is adapting to life at his new club Nantes, what the award has brought him and his verdict on this year's nominees.

Determination fuelling Allegri's fire for 25 years

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 10:42:00 GMT

Massimiliano Allegri finds himself among The Best FIFA Men's Coach finalists for the first time, but his drive to succeed is no new phenomena, being present a quarter of a century ago back in his playing days.

How it all began for Allegri, Conte and Zidane

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 09:39:00 GMT

With Massimiliano Allegri, Antonio Conte and Zinedine Zidane having been named as finalists for The Best FIFA Men's Coach 2017 award, FIFA.com takes a step back in time to recall their early days in the dugout. 

Conte’s key qualities: In his players’ words

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 07:19:00 GMT

What's The Best FIFA Men’s Coach finalist Antonio Conte like as a manager? FIFA.com collects the thoughts from the men who know the Italian's coaching qualities more than anyone: his players.  

The Week in Numbers

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 06:45:00 GMT

Girl power, Shanghai shoot-outs, a huge climb and a rapid stay in Croydon feature in FIFA.com’s latest stats review, along with goal feats from big-name forwards.

European nations vie for France 2019 slots

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 08:32:00 GMT

FIFA.com looks ahead to the first two rounds of European qualifying matches for the FIFA Women’s World Cup™, with the continent's giants all set to enter the fray and begin battling it out for the eight available places.

Nacho: Spain must stay relaxed against Italy

Fri, 01 Sep 2017 12:31:00 GMT

Spain and Real Madrid defender Nacho Fernandez speaks to FIFA.com about the "absolutely vital" upcoming qualifier against Italy and why he has always had a passion for stopping goals rather than scoring them.

The Week in Numbers

Fri, 25 Aug 2017 08:38:00 GMT

A team taking tika-taka to new heights decorates FIFA.com’s latest stats review, along with big cats ripping up records in Moselle and Sao Paulo and a mega-money signing sizzling.

Spain end Women’s U-19 EURO final hoodoo

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 02:12:00 GMT

FIFA.com reviews the UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship after Spain cast aside several years of heartbreak to win the final of a tournament which saw three other teams book qualification to France 2018.

The Week in Numbers

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 09:07:00 GMT

A mathematical explanation, a positional transformation and the daddy of debuts feature in FIFA.com’s latest stats review, along with a familiar office for the French and the end of long unbeaten runs.

Big and little, old and new

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 16:27:00 GMT

A huge team, a little striker, an veteran midfielder and fresh champs feature in FIFA.com’s latest stats review, along with Real retention and climbing Poles.

EURO stars, comebacks and a circus trick

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 07:44:00 GMT

A breathtaking back-heel, set-piece wizardry, spot-kick incapacity feature in FIFA.com’s latest stats review, along with a Brazilian equalling an Alessandro Del Piero feat and the end of unprecedented hegemony.

A dribble, a shutout and a three-team club

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 10:41:00 GMT

A jaw-dropping dribble, dream debuts, the swapping of a stripe and the end of long sequences feature in FIFA.com’s latest stats review, along with joy for a Brooklynite and a Reddingite.

Bonucci completes AC Milan switch

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 14:45:00 GMT

Italy defender Leonardo Bonucci has sealed a move to AC Milan after signing a deal which keeps him with the Rossoneri until 2022 on Thursday.

Bearzot’s Blues of ’82 in numbers

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 05:53:00 GMT

Mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, classical painters and Panini stickers feature in FIFA.com’s statistical review of Italy’s conquest of Spain 1982, along with a scream, a drought and a treble.

Europe seeks its latest footballing heroines

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 06:12:00 GMT

The UEFA Women’s EURO 2017 kicks-off in the Netherlands on Sunday as the hosts take on Norway. FIFA.com previews the three-week tournament where for the first time, 16 teams will battle it out for European glory.

Boban presented with fair play award

Sun, 09 Jul 2017 13:47:00 GMT

FIFA Deputy Secretary General Zvonimir Boban has been honoured during the 21st edition of the Fair Play Menarini Awards in Italy.

Chinese coffee and a deadly insect

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 06:17:00 GMT

Compatriots sharing a big birthday celebration feature in FIFA.com’s latest stats review, along with a set-piece specialist, a supersub, an unbelievable upset and a game that lasted longer than two days.

England soar as history-makers abound in Korea Republic

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 08:59:00 GMT

The FIFA U-20 World Cup Korea Republic 2017 ended in scintillating style in Suwon as England won their first ever title at this level. Fittingly capping off a tournament graced by dazzling moments, both individually and collectively, the Young Lions and Venezuela put on a final befitting a fine three weeks of action.

Golden trio reflect on personal glory

Sun, 11 Jun 2017 17:50:00 GMT

We hear from adidas Golden Ball winner Dominic Solanke and England team-mate Freddie Woodman, who clinched the adidas Golden Glove, as well Italy's Riccardo Orsolini - who took home the adidas Golden Boot.

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