Spain climbed two places to sixth and Switzerland were up three spots to eighth in the latest FIFA world rankings released on Thursday.
The prestige of Spain's food scene has been reflected once again as two more of the country's restaurants were awarded three Michelin stars – the highest accolade handed out by the Michelin Guide.
A newspaper uncovered the Whatsapp group where threats were made regarding high-profile journalist Ana Pastor and her family, as well as Mayor of Madrid Manuela Carmena.
Diego Simeone refused to be downhearted by Atletico Madrid's slim chances of making the Champions League last 16 after Antoine Griezmann returned to form with a stunning overhead kick and assist for Kevin Gameiro to beat Roma 2-0 on Wednesday.
"The Ecuadorian authorities have reiterated to Mr Assange his obligation not to make statements or activities that could affect Ecuador's international relations."