Colombia are amongst the seeds in the Final Draw for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™, and FIFA.com brings you the background behind their surge up the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking.
Juvenuts are now three points clear atop the Italian Serie A table with a last-gasp 1-0 win over Udinese, while Inter Milan and Roma were both held to 1-1 draws by Sampdoria and Atalanta respectively.
Fiorentina, led by Giuseppe Rossi's hat-trick, stunned Juventus 4-2, Torino held Inter Milan in a thrilling 3-3 draw, Atalanta edged Lazio 2-1 and Verona downed Parma 3-2 in an action-packed Sunday in Italy's Serie A.
After the death of his father and star player Cristian Benitez in the space of four days in July, Ecuador coach Reinaldo Rueda is drawing on reserves of strength to steer La Tricolor to their third FIFA World Cup.
FIFA.com's weekly look at just some of the game's stars celebrating birthdays this week include Inter Milan's Colombian star Fredy Guarin, Italy striker Alberto Gilardino and FIFA Women's World Cup™ winner Sandra Smisek.
Edinson Cavani grabbed his 99th, 100th and 101st Napoli goals with an impressive hat-trick against Inter Milan. Ricky Alvarez had levelled after Cavani opened the scoring before the Uruguayan completed his treble.