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We might be able to toss Slovenia in the “happy to be here” category. For firsts, they have a very humble, and short, World Cup history which consists of three losses and nothing else. Of course making World Cup 2002 was a miracle in itself and brings their record of World Cup qualifying to 2 in 4, a damn fine record for country of their size (2m) and birth date (1992).

For seconds, and for bigger, they pulled off perhaps the upset of qualifying by beating Russia, or Guus Hiddink, or Guus Hiddink’s Russia, over two-legs in the second-placed playoffs.… Continue reading

For better or worse (probably worse) the one thing most people know about Zinedine Zidane is that he headbutted Marco Materazzi in the 2006 World Cup final. But when we asked for your favourite World Cup moments it was Zidane’s other World Cup final appearance that got the most mentions, and what Zizou did with his head in 1998.

As we all know, France beat Brazil 3-0 in that game to win their first ever World Cup. Emannuel Petit got himself on the scoresheet (which seems slightly bizarre in hindsight) but the game was effectively over at that point thanks… Continue reading

FIFA News

Experienced Paraguay midfielder Cristian Riveros, a veteran of the 2006 and 2010 FIFA World Cups, speaks about La Albirroja's hopes of salvaging their Russia 2018 campaign, as the final qualifier [read]

The finalists for The Best FIFA Football Awards™ were announced at an event in London, where the awards ceremony will be hosted on 23 October, and five FIFA Legends were there to help unveil the final [read]

FIFA calls for providers to offer an all-in-one solution for communication systems that enables the pitch referees to communicate among themselves and with the VARs in a remote location. [read]

FIFA calls for providers to offer a solution for a calibrated virtual offside line that will be made available to the VAR in order to assist with decision-making for possible offside positions. [read]

The shortlists for the FIFA Puskás Award and FIFA Fan Award have been announced, and now it's time for FIFA.com users to vote! [read]

The final nominees for a host of The Best FIFA Football Awards™ have been revealed at an event in London, with the countdown to the ceremony itself in England’s capital on 23 October now well and trul [read]

FIFA.com has you covered as we announce the finalists for a host of The Best FIFA Football Awards. We have a bitesize information pack as we prepare to reveal at an event in London those left in the r [read]

You can follow the announcement of finalists for a host of The Best FIFA Football Awards live from London on Facebook, as the final trios for a number of top awards are revealed. [read]

FIFA.com looks back at the statistical week that was in world football including a rare blank for Real Madrid, another landmark passed by Alex Morgan, and goalscoring feats in Colombia, France and Ita [read]