Narrow wins the order of the day

For Finland, it was 33rd time lucky. On 15 November 2019, at long last - and after 32 failed qualifying campaigns spread across nine decades - the Huuhkajat (Eagle Owls) finally reached a major tournament. For Finland, it was 33rd time lucky. It had been a long time coming,

Banda out to eclipse Zambia’s past heroes

For Finland, it was 33rd time lucky. On 15 November 2019, at long last - and after 32 failed qualifying campaigns spread across nine decades - the Huuhkajat (Eagle Owls) finally reached a major tournament. For Finland, it was 33rd time lucky. It had been a long time coming,

Reactions as path to glory drawn in Suwon

MESSI The Best FIFA Football Awards "Enjoying this moment with my family is unique" Milan’s Teatro alla Scala acclaimed #TheBest, joined by the great and good of the beautiful ga,e. Lionel Messi collected the Best FIFA Men’s Player award for the first time, though it is the sixth time

Korea Republic 2017 in numbers

MESSI The Best FIFA Football Awards "Enjoying this moment with my family is unique" Milan’s Teatro alla Scala acclaimed #TheBest, joined by the great and good of the beautiful ga,e. Lionel Messi collected the Best FIFA Men’s Player award for the first time, though it is the sixth time

African favourites enter Russian race

In the 1960s, whispers surfaced that Brazil were about to hire a foreign coach for the first time. Bela Guttmann never was offered the job. Nor was Johan Cruyff at Romario’s suggestion, Jose Mourinho or, despite being “desperate” to guide Brazil at a FIFA World Cup™ they staged, Pep

Big boys bounce back in Africa

In the 1960s, whispers surfaced that Brazil were about to hire a foreign coach for the first time. Bela Guttmann never was offered the job. Nor was Johan Cruyff at Romario’s suggestion, Jose Mourinho or, despite being “desperate” to guide Brazil at a FIFA World Cup™ they staged, Pep

Zambia crowned U-20 kings of Africa

KOHLI The Best FIFA Football Awards "For me, Cristiano is above everyone else" The arguments against Virat Kohli being the greatest batsman in history are dissipating faster than the supersonic rate at which he scores runs. The India captain began 2019 by becoming the first man in history to

Europeans make semi-final date

KOHLI The Best FIFA Football Awards "For me, Cristiano is above everyone else" The arguments against Virat Kohli being the greatest batsman in history are dissipating faster than the supersonic rate at which he scores runs. The India captain began 2019 by becoming the first man in history to

The Week in Numbers

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A baby, a son and a magnate feature in FIFA.com’s latest stats review, along with new emperors in Japan and a new king in Africa.

Salah, Oshoala named Africa’s best

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Egypt's Mohamed Salah and Nigeria’s Asisat Oshoala were named as the top players in Africa at the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Awards in Accra, Ghana, on Thursday.