Interviews

Cafu: Russia are one of Confed Cup favourites

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 08:31:00 GMT

During 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.

Puyol anticipating memorable matches in Russia

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 11:51:00 GMT

Spanish 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.

Ellis: We have to evolve

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 16:01:00 GMT

FIFA.com spoke exclusively with USA's FIFA Women's World Cup-winning coach Jill Ellis about the Stars and Stripes' disappointing 2016, integrating new players into the side, handling the pressure that comes with the job and more.

Griezmann: I want to play another final

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 19:29:00 GMT

Atletico Madrid and France striker Antoine Griezmann spoke exclusively to FIFA.com about his 2016, a year of highs and lows for him, and looked ahead to fresh challenges.

Chicharito: I’ve achieved more than I ever dreamed of

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 17:25:00 GMT

FIFA.com spoke to Mexico and Bayer Leverkusen forward Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez about the secrets of being a successful centre forward, while also touching on his past, present and future at club and international level.

Ranieri: I know what makes players tick

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 11:59:00 GMT

After an incredible 2016 with Leicester City, defying the odds to win the English Premier League title, manager Claudio Ranieri was commended by receiving The Best FIFA Men's Coach 2016 award. After, he exclusively spoke to FIFA.com.

Lizarazu: Zidane does nothing piecemeal

Sat, 07 Jan 2017 16:33:00 GMT

FIFA.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.

Marta: What it means to be The Best

Sat, 31 Dec 2016 14:33:00 GMT

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.

Monfils: I play football whenever I can

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 10:29:00 GMT

Tennis star Gael Monfils speaks to FIFA.com about his love of football and PSG in particular, his admiration for Arsene Wenger and why he has "a weakness" for Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Del Bosque: Simeone is The Best

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 14:04:00 GMT

Former Real Madrid and Spain coach Vicente del Bosque spoke to FIFA.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.

Borja delivers on his promises

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 15:50:00 GMT

Atletico Nacional forward Miguel Borja started scoring goals as soon as he arrived at the Colombian giants and he has not slowed down. Borja spoke with FIFA.com about his upbringing in Tierralta and what inspires him, ahead of the FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2016.

Noboa talks discipline, dedication and family support

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 13:05:00 GMT

When your father is a high-ranking military man, things like discipline and respect tend to be integral parts of your upbringing. That was certainly the case for Ecuador midfielder Cristhian Noboa.

Laudrup: We were so close to beating Brazil

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 09:55:00 GMT

Denmark legend Brian Laudrup, who was a key component in their most successful period in history, reflects on reaching the quarter-finals of 1998 FIFA World Cup France, as well as winning UEFA EURO 1992 and the 1995 FIFA Confederations Cup.

Van der Vaart: If the Netherlands call, I’ll always say yes

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 08:05:00 GMT

We 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.

Martinez: In football, you have to be able to adapt

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 19:55:00 GMT

In 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.

Sissoko: It’s been a tough summer for me

Wed, 05 Oct 2016 10:04:00 GMT

Currently preparing to face Bulgaria and the Netherlands in the qualifiers for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, Moussa Sissoko spoke to FIFA.com about his eventful summer.  

Lopetegui: We expect the team to meet every challenge

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 12:51:00 GMT

We have an exclusive interview with Spain's new manager Julen Lopetegui about the challenge he and his team face in qualifying for Russia, life away from football and who would win in a cycle race between him and Luis Enrique!

Nani: My past can teach children a lot

Mon, 05 Sep 2016 09:04:00 GMT

A freshly-crowned European champion, the Portuguese winger chats to FIFA.com about winning the continental title, the next FIFA World Cup, his recent move to Valencia and a past plagued with obstacles and hard work to overcome them.

Goal-getter McParland reflects on Sweden 1958

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 09:13:00 GMT

FIFA.com speaks to Peter McParland about his goalscoring exploits at the 1958 FIFA World Cup, a tournament which saw minnows Nothern Ireland become the then-smallest nation to qualify for the global finals.

De Colo: I’m a big Iniesta fan

Mon, 01 Aug 2016 18:53:00 GMT

French basketball star Nando de Colo looks back on his footballing childhood, the players who left a mark on him and ahead to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia - with him currently playing his trade at CSKA Moscow.

Del Bosque: I've fulfilled my duty to Spanish football

Mon, 18 Jul 2016 09:22:00 GMT

In an exclusive interview with FIFA.com, 2010 FIFA World Cup-winning coach Vicente del Bosque talks Spain successes, his thankfulness for the job done by predecessor Luis Aragones, his optimism surrounding the legacy he himself leaves and a firm vote of confidence for his yet-to-be confirmed successor.

Bats: Nothing tops the 1984 final for me

Sat, 09 Jul 2016 10:58:00 GMT

FIFA.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.

Jacquet: This France team is full of potential

Wed, 06 Jul 2016 09:25:00 GMT

Aime Jacquet, who led France to FIFA World Cup glory on home soil in 1998, speaks to FIFA.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.

Okazaki: I'm hungry for World Cup redemption

Mon, 04 Jul 2016 07:18:00 GMT

FIFA.com spoke with Shinji Okazaki to hear about his experiences with Leicester City, and Japan's prospects of qualifying for Russia 2018 via a tough group.

Gervinho: Côte d'Ivoire should always be at the World Cup

Mon, 27 Jun 2016 10:03:00 GMT

In an exclusive interview with FIFA.com, Côte d’Ivoire's Gervinho talks adapting to life in China, the return of Les Éléphants to the top table of African football and the current African qualifying campaign for Russia 2018.

Bellone: My legs were doing the samba

Thu, 23 Jun 2016 10:44:00 GMT

Still regarded as one of the most dramatic games in FIFA World Cup history, France and Brazil's epic quarter-final at Mexico 1986 went all the way to a shoot-out, which Les Bleus striker Bruno Bellone recalled with FIFA.com.

Boban: Croatia's time may come at Russia 2018

Mon, 25 Apr 2016 08:18:00 GMT

Former Croatia and AC Milan midfielder Zvonimir Boban was in Moscow recently alongside FIFA President Gianni Infantino. FIFA.com took the opportunity to ask him about the future of both Croatian and Russian football.

Sampaoli: Being rebellious an integral part of my teams

Fri, 22 Apr 2016 15:19:00 GMT

A 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.

Amokachi: I want to open the door for African coaches in Europe

Mon, 18 Apr 2016 06:40:00 GMT

A two-time FIFA World Cup participant with Nigeria, Daniel Amokachi talks to FIFA.com about his first managerial role in Europe, adapting to life in Finland since leaving Nigeria and his memories of winning Olympic gold at Atlanta 1996.

Solo: The world hasn’t seen the best of me yet

Thu, 07 Apr 2016 07:33:00 GMT

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.

Lloris: Keepers have to be players too

Wed, 06 Apr 2016 12:08:00 GMT

France 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.

Pearce: Managing at an Olympics was the biggest honour

Tue, 05 Apr 2016 08:16:00 GMT

Ahead of this summer’s Men's Olympic Football Tournament Rio 2016, 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.

Hrubesch: Rio 2016 will be special

Thu, 31 Mar 2016 09:10:00 GMT

FIFA.com spoke with Horst Hrubesch, who will be leading Germany at their first Olympic Football Tournament since 1988.

Pizarro: My dream is to reach the World Cup with Peru

Mon, 07 Mar 2016 08:21:00 GMT

Does a 37-year-old footballer still have dreams? Claudio Pizarro certainly does. FIFA.com caught up with the captain of the Peru national team to discuss qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup and his secret to staying fit.

Meulensteen: America’s an emerging market

Sat, 05 Mar 2016 11:50:00 GMT

FIFA.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.

Infantino: Football without the fans is nothing

Fri, 04 Mar 2016 08:29:00 GMT

As new FIFA President Gianni Infantino begins life in his new role, he sat down for an interview on his first day in the office to talk fans, the FIFA World Cup and the future of football.

VIDEO: Gianni Infantino interview

Mon, 29 Feb 2016 10:00:00 GMT

During 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.

Dani Alves: I’ll always say what I think

Mon, 22 Feb 2016 09:45:00 GMT

The Brazilian full-back spoke fully and frankly with FIFA.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.”

Scifo reflects on half century

Fri, 19 Feb 2016 08:35:00 GMT

Ahead of his 50th birthday the legendary playmaker, who appeared at four FIFA World Cups™, granted an exclusive interview to FIFA.com, in which he looks back at the five decades of his life.

Kluivert: The Netherlands are in transition

Mon, 15 Feb 2016 08:46:00 GMT

FIFA.com sat down with Netherlands legend Patrick Kluivert, who talked about his time as the Oranje's assistant coach at Brazil 2014, managing Curacao in the CONCACAF Zone qualifying for Russia 2018 and his thoughts on the current Barca side.

Hareide: Denmark job an ideal challenge

Mon, 08 Feb 2016 07:41:00 GMT

FIFA.com spoke to Denmark coach Age Harried about taking on his latest challenge, preparation for FIFA World Cup qualifiers, the changes in football over his years in management and much more.

James Galanis and the story behind Carli Lloyd's success

Wed, 27 Jan 2016 12:53:00 GMT

What does it take to turn someone into the very best? We talk to Carli Lloyd's mentor and trainer James Galanis, who discusses commitment, shaping her mentality and getting inside the head of the FIFA Women's World Player of the Year.

Angerer: I was often my own worst enemy

Fri, 22 Jan 2016 12:46:00 GMT

In 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.

Asamoah: Football has the power to bring people together

Wed, 20 Jan 2016 14:05:00 GMT

Something of a pioneer for progress in German football, we spoke to Gerald Asamoah on the pride of being the nation's first black player, the challenges it brought and his involvement in helping the current influx of refugees.

De Jong: Time for new Dutch generation to step up

Fri, 15 Jan 2016 07:49:00 GMT

Prolific PSV striker Luuk de Jong speaks to FIFA.com about reviving his career, Champions League success and the challenge of restoring the Netherlands after their failure to qualify for the EURO.

Ellis: It was a pretty amazing journey

Thu, 14 Jan 2016 16:39:00 GMT

After Jill Ellis took to the FIFA Ballon d'Or 2015 Gala stage FIFA.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.

Lloyd: We're going after that gold

Wed, 13 Jan 2016 16:46:00 GMT

We sat down with FIFA Women's World Player of the Year Carli Lloyd after her extraordinary 2015, where she looks ahead to the next 12 months with her focus firmly on the Women's Olympic Football Tournament in Rio de Janeiro.

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