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FIFA Secretary General meets with Spanish authorities

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 16:52:00 GMT

FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura met with Inigo Mendez de Vigo, the Spanish Minister for Education, Culture and Sport, in Madrid on Tuesday 5 February. Also present at the meeting were Jose Ramon Lete, the president of the Spanish Sports Council, and Juan Luis Larrea, the president of the Spanish Football Association (RFEF).

Rising La Roja eyeing further progress

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 07:58:00 GMT

FIFA.com caught up with Spain head coach Jorge Vilda to discuss the blueprint underlying La Roja's years of success at youth level and the strides they are currently making on the senior stage, which has seen them equal their highest-ever placing in the FIFA/Coca-Cola Women's World Ranking.

The Week in Quotes

Sat, 03 Feb 2018 08:47:00 GMT

This week features David Beckham's newest endeavour in the game, an emotional return for Tim Cahill and the first words from Bert van Marwijk as the new Socceroos manager.

Main stadium of Russia 2018 receives ‘green’ certification

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 15:49:00 GMT

The FIFA World Cup has always had a strong influence on many aspects of society in Host Nations, and Russia is no exception. With just over four months remaining until the start of the tournament, the venue hosting the Opening Match and Final of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ has received a final certificate of pass from international green standard BREEAM.

Al Jaber: My World Cup memories are vivid

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 14:52:00 GMT

Almost 12 years on from scoring the last of his world finals goals, former Saudi Arabia forward Sami Al Jaber spoke with FIFA.com about his World Cup memories and what Russia 2018 means to the country's players.

Brazil dominate again, Paraguay back on big stage

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 20:15:00 GMT

Brazil booked their place at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup France 2018 in style, winning all their matches at the South American Championships in the age group, held in Ecuador. Joining the Brazilians in France are tournament runners-up Paraguay.

FYR Macedonia’s rollercoaster ride continues

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 11:34:00 GMT

From playing their part in Italy’s failure to qualify for Russia and big wins against famous names, to a promising U-21 side and huge leaps up and down the world rankings, life in football is rarely dull for FYR Macedonia.

Rimet’s World Cup vision realised

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 10:20:00 GMT

In the build-up to Russia 2018, FIFA.com will be highlighting some classic FIFA World Cup images. This week, we go right back to the start with a shot of Jules Rimet arriving for the tournament's first edition in Uruguay.

Trophy Tour provides fresh boost for PNG

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 09:22:00 GMT

The FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour™ by Coca-Cola made a special and historic stop on its global journey today as it touched down for the first time in Papua New Guinea.

Van Marwijk: I will do it my way

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 06:58:00 GMT

New Australia coach Bert van Marwijk says the Socceroos are good enough to progress into the knockout stage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia.

Uruguay stalwart Lugano hangs up the boots

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 00:31:00 GMT

Diego Lugano, who captained Uruguay to a memorable semi-final appearance at the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa, has announced his retirement to bring down the curtain on a glittering 19-year playing career.

Ghana and Nigeria make it five in a row

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 12:34:00 GMT

Nigeria and Ghana triumphed in Africa to secure the two spots at the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup France 2018, with the pair set to appear at their fifth-successive finals.

Dalic: My dream has come true with Croatia

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 08:43:00 GMT

Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic speaks to FIFA.com about how he revived the team's FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign, the importance of Luka Modric and the enduring importance of France 1998 to his country's people.

Oceania field takes shape

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 05:58:00 GMT

Cook Islands’ Tupapa Maraerenga and Samoa’s Lupe Ole Soaga claimed the final slots in the OFC Champions League 2018 group stage after topping the preliminary section over the weekend.

France 2018 launches volunteer appeal

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 18:25:00 GMT

With the qualification of Brazil and Paraguay from the South American U-20 Women’s Championship on Sunday, the 16-team line-up for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup France 2018 is now complete. However, there are still some other key slots to be filled – ones that will allow successful applicants to experience this wonderful event up close. We are, of course, referring to the tournament volunteers.

Teenage DhTekKz stuns all at FUT Champions Cup

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 15:15:00 GMT

The first 16 names set for the FIFA 18 Global Series Playoffs were confirmed at the FUT Champions Cup in Barcelona, while a new name rose into the consciousness of the eSports world: 16-year-old DhTekKz.

Alves: Neymar had to step out of Messi’s shadow

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 08:11:00 GMT

Dani Alves is hoping to make 2018 one of his most memorable years to date. The charismatic defender spoke to FIFA.com about his UEFA Champions League dreams with PSG, his team-mate Neymar, and more besides.

Mexico prevail in strengthened CONCACAF region

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 01:58:00 GMT

Mexico were crowned CONCACAF champions for the first time in their history as they led the region's trio heading to the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup France 2018, joined by runners-up USA and third-placed Haiti.

 

Haiti book CONCACAF's final ticket to France 2018

Sun, 28 Jan 2018 20:12:00 GMT

Haiti booked the final ticket from the CONCACAF region to qualify for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup France 2018 with a 1-0 victory over Canada in the match for third place at the CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship in Couva, Trinidad and Tobago.

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.

Ghana, Nigeria return to global finals

Sat, 27 Jan 2018 17:50:00 GMT

Ghana and Nigeria booked Africa's two tickets to the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup France 2018 with wins over Cameroon and South Africa.

The Week in Quotes

Sat, 27 Jan 2018 09:44:00 GMT

This week we feature Robin van Persie's return to Feyenoord, Javier Mascherano's emotional farewell at the Camp Nou and Christine Sinclair's latest honour in her homeland.

Mexico, USA book tickets to France 2018

Fri, 26 Jan 2018 21:58:00 GMT

After a thrilling day of penalty shoot-out drama, Mexico and USA advanced to the CONCACAF Women's U-20 Championship 2018 final and booked their tickets to the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup France 2018.

Sochi prepares to welcome World Cup teams

Fri, 26 Jan 2018 11:38:00 GMT

On 27-28 February, the Team Workshop for competing nations at the 2018 FIFA World Cup  is being organised in Sochi. FIFA.com has all the details.

Luzhniki Stadium: All you need to know

Fri, 26 Jan 2018 10:25:00 GMT

FIFA.com is beginning a series on the venues where the teams will be playing, starting with the arena that will host the Opening Match of the tournament on 14 June: the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

Musa: Nigeria are aiming for the semis

Fri, 26 Jan 2018 09:08:00 GMT

FIFA.com speaks to Nigeria striker Ahmed Musa about his country's qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ and his expectations for the Super Eagles in Russia.

 

The Week in Numbers

Fri, 26 Jan 2018 05:04:00 GMT

Alexandre Lacazette, Luis Suarez, Robert Lewandowski and many more stars feature in this week's edition of FIFA.com's The Week in Numbers, while a long wait ends in Rotterdam and Madrid.

Aimar: There's plenty more I'd like to have achieved

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 13:01:00 GMT

Argentinian playmaker Pablo Aimar has retired from football at 38 years of age. FIFA.com spoke with the former River Plate, Valencia, Real Zaragoza and Benfica star prior to his final match in the Copa Argentina.

Australia well placed ahead of latest Dutch odyssey

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 07:33:00 GMT

With Ange Postecoglou at the helm, Australia commenced 2017 at 44 on the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking and facing a significant challenge to qualify for a fourth successive FIFA World Cup. Now they are flying high and bound for Russia, as FIFA.com reports.

Van Marwijk named new Australia coach

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 03:11:00 GMT

Bert van Marwick has been announced as Australia’s new coach with the Dutchman to take the Socceroos to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia.

Draw lays out first ever UEFA Nations League

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 11:50:00 GMT

The draw for the first UEFA Nations League has seen the likes of Germany, France and the Netherlands grouped together in its top league ahead of its kick off in September 2018.

Pozzo's Azzurri in stats

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 14:39:00 GMT

Continuing our look at the number behind previous FIFA World Cup winners, FIFA.com highlights the enchanting statistical story of Italy’s 1934 and ’38 FIFA World Cup™ campaigns.

VAR experiment discussed at The IFAB ABM

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 19:04:00 GMT

The 132nd Annual Business Meeting (ABM) of the International Football Association Board (IFAB) took place at the Home of FIFA in Zurich, Switzerland, on Monday.

England mourns former captain Armfield

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 11:30:00 GMT

Former England captain Jimmy Armfield, who made 43 appearances for the Three Lions, has died at the age of 82 following a battle with cancer.

Signeul braced for Finnish challenge

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 10:42:00 GMT

Starting her coaching career at the age of 21, Anna Signeul, now 56, speaks with FIFA.com about her latest challenge: getting Finland to the FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019.

The Week in Quotes

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 07:00:00 GMT

Our latest round-up features tributes to Cyrille Regis and Ronaldinho, Geoff Hurst on Harry Kane  and Antonio Cassano on Paulo Dybala.

The Week in Numbers

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 11:50:00 GMT

Mario Balotelli, Edinson Cavani, Neymar, and Paul Pogba star in FIFA.com’s latest stats review, along with a rapid goal, some on-song Lions, and an all-time Barça-Real record being under threat.

Communication and cooperation stressed by summit participants

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 09:13:00 GMT

At the fifth FIFA Executive Football Summit of the 2017/2018 series in Amsterdam, representatives from 21 FIFA member associations held discussions on the FIFA Forward Programme, the future of youth and women’s competitions, the transfer system and players' status. FIFA.com rounds up some of the reactions.

FIFA obtains preliminary injunction against viagogo

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 08:27:00 GMT

The Hamburg District Court has issued a preliminary injunction against Switzerland-based viagogo AG, banning the company from offering tickets for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ via its viagogo.de online ticket marketplace prior to FIFA officially allocating such tickets and/or to viagogo AG physically possessing them.

Duggan and Ireland upsetting the odds

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 13:51:00 GMT

Karen Duggan speaks to FIFA.com about Republic of Ireland's quest to make the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™ their first major tournament and explains why she has opted against turning professional.

Heroes' welcome for defeated Dutch

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 13:03:00 GMT

In the build-up to Russia 2018, FIFA.com will be highlighting some classic FIFA World Cup images. This week we look back to 1974 and the spectacular scenes that greeted the beaten Netherlands team on their return to Amsterdam.

Kuwait & Tunisia climb as top ten hold firm

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 08:51:00 GMT

With just 22 matches played, all friendlies, since the December edition, it is no surprise to see few significant changes in the first FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking of 2018, with Germany remaining on top.

Ronaldinho calls time on mesmerising career

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:02:00 GMT

Two-time FIFA World Player of the Year and FIFA World Cup winner Ronaldinho has retired from professional football, bringing to an end a two-decade career on the pitch adorned with medals, trophies and a legacy of outrageous talent.

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