Honduras national football team
La Garra Catracha
|Association||Federación Nacional Autónoma de Fútbol de Honduras|
|Sub-confederation||UNCAF (Central America)|
|Head coach||Luis Fernando Suárez|
|Most caps||Amado Guevara (138)|
|Top scorer||Carlos Pavón (58)|
|Home stadium||Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano|
|FIFA ranking||40 3|
|Highest FIFA ranking||20 (September 2001)|
|Lowest FIFA ranking||95 (November 1998)|
|Highest Elo ranking||23 (September 2001)|
|Lowest Elo ranking||104 (November 1971)|
| Guatemala 10–1 Honduras
(Guatemala City, Guatemala; 14 September 1921)
| Honduras 13–0 Nicaragua
(San José, Costa Rica; 13 March 1946)
| Guatemala 10–1 Honduras
(Guatemala City, Guatemala; 14 September 1921)
|Appearances||3 (First in 1982)|
|Best result||Round 1, 1982, 2010|
|CONCACAF Gold Cup|
|Appearances||15 (First in 1963)|
|Best result||Winners, 1981|
|Appearances||1 (First in 2001)|
|Best result||3rd, 2001|
The Honduras national football team, nicknamed Los Catrachos, La Bicolor or La H, is the national team of Honduras and is controlled by the Federación Nacional Autónoma de Fútbol de Honduras (FENAFUTH). They are a rising team in CONCACAF, an ascent that started with their third place finish in the 2001 Copa América, where they were a late invitee, due to a withdrawal by Argentina one day prior to kickoff. To date, the team has qualified three times for the finals of the FIFA World Cup, in 1982, 2010 and 2014.
Honduras contests the Central America derby against Costa Rica. Honduras has lost most of the matches of this fixture, winning 20 times to Costa Rica's 22 victories.
- 1 History
- 2 Stadium
- 3 Competitive record
- 4 Honours
- 5 Current team status
- 6 Fixtures and results
- 7 Players
- 8 Coaches
- 9 Facts
- 10 See also
- 11 Notes
- 12 References
- 13 External links
During their first appearance at the Central American and Caribbean Games in 1930, Honduras posted a record of two wins and three losses. Their only wins came against Jamaica (5–1) and El Salvador (4–1), while they lost two games to Cuba and Costa Rica.
Honduras won the 1981 CONCACAF Championship and qualified for the World Cup for the first time in 1982. They finished second in the 1985 CONCACAF Championship losing their final match 2 to 1 against Canada, who would eventually qualify to the 1986 FIFA World Cup. Their next major accomplishment was being runner-ups at the 1991 CONCACAF Gold Cup losing against host nation, United States. For the 1998 FIFA World Cup, Jamaica's merits left Honduras out of the final round of qualification. Despite Honduras' overwhelming victory 11 to 3 against St.Vincent & the Grenadines, Jamaica defeated Mexico in Kingston. The scoreless draw from Jamaica's visit to Honduras ultimately allowed the Reggae Boys to advance to the next round. Hopes changed for 2002 as Honduras advanced to the hexagonal round. Despite Honduras effort, they were left at the edge of the 2002 FIFA World Cup losing at home against Trinidad & Tobago, and at the Azteca against Mexico, in their final two games of the qualifiers. The match against Trinidad saw Honduras hit the goal post seven times, but despite their effort they lost by the minimum amount. The second World Cup appearance was in the 2010 FIFA World Cup when Honduras strikingly qualified by their victory away at El Salvador and Costa Rica's tie against the USA. Their third and most recent World Cup appearance was the 2014 FIFA World Cup, where they defeated Mexico at Azteca on their way on qualifying. Honduras has won the UNCAF Nations Cup three times in 1993, 1995 and 2011.
1982 FIFA World Cup
Honduras qualified for the World Cup finals for the first time in 1982. Despite getting draws against host Spain, 1–1, and Northern Ireland, 1–1, they could not come up with a win against Yugoslavia losing 0–1.
2001 Copa América
Since 1993, CONMEBOL has invited teams from other confederations to participate in their confederation championship, Copa América. Honduras took part as one of the last minute teams added for 2001 Copa América. (Argentina dropped out one day before kickoff.) The team arrived only a few hours before the tournament's first game and with barely enough players. Despite the odds, Honduras progressed onto the quarter-final stage where they faced and defeated Brazil 2–0. In the semi-finals however, it was Colombia that knocked off Honduras, 0–2.
2010 FIFA World Cup
Honduras faced Chile, Spain, and Switzerland, respectively. In their first match they lost to Chile 0–1 by a goal from Jean Beausejour. They faced Spain in the second match and lost 0–2 by 2 goals from David Villa. In their last match against Switzerland they got a draw and finished the World Cup with 1 point.
Honduras plays the majority of its home games at Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano in San Pedro Sula. El Olímpico was built in 1997, and has a capacity of 53,000. Aside from being the home of the national team, it was the home of the 1997 Central American Olympics and is currently the home of C.D. Marathón.
When not playing at the Estadio Olímpico, the national team also plays at Estadio Tiburcio Carías Andino in Tegucigalpa, known popularly as Estadio Nacional. El Estadio Nacional opened on March 15, 1948, and seats 38,000 people. Since 2007 the team has played some games at Estadio Nilmo Edwards in La Ceiba. Generally the matches played in La Ceiba are friendly games against teams from the regional confederation. In the past, Honduras played their games in San Pedro Sula at Estadio Francisco Morazán, famous for witnessing Honduras' first home victory against Mexico in the 1998 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
Youth team records
FIFA World Cup matches
|World Cup matches (By team)|
|Total: 6 games played – 0 Wins – 3 Draws – 3 Losses – 2 Goals for – 6 Goals against|
- Third place (1): 2001
- Central American Games
- Winners (3): 1990, 1994 , 2013
- Independence Cup
- Winners (1): 2010
- Carlsberg Cup: 2002
- Winners (1): 2002
Current team status
2014 World Cup Qualification
Honduras' World Cup journey began with an automatic bye to the third round of the qualification because of their third place position in the FIFA World Ranking. The Honduras team qualified for the final round by finishing first in their third-round group, which included Panama, Canada, and Cuba. The first game began with an upsetting loss against Panama at home. Honduras managed to keep composure despite their tie in the second game in Canada. They went ahead to win both of their matches against Cuba and left with a tie from Panama. In their last match, Honduras recorded an impressive 8–1 win over Canada, allowing them to finish first in their group ahead of Panama.
Honduras disputed the fourth and final round of CONCACAF qualification for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The final round, sometimes referred as the hexagonal, is composed of six teams in which each team faces every opponent in a home-and-away format. In their first two games, Honduras faced regional giants USA and Mexico at home. Honduras successfully defeated USA 2 to 1 in their opening hexagonal match. Following the USA match, Honduras hosted Mexico only to comeback from a 0-2 trail to a 2-2 draw. Los Catrachos would then travel to Panama losing to the host team 2-0. Honduras' luck playing away would worsen after losing to hosts Costa Rica and United States 1-0. Following the 2-0 Jamaica win and the 1-0 USA loss, Honduras traveled to Mexico City to face a battered Mexico. Despite the opposition and the atmosphere, Honduras came back from a 1-0 trail to a stunning 1-2 win in Azteca. This would translate into the explusion of Jose "Chepo" de la Torre as head coach of Mexico. La Bicolor returned to Tegucigalpa only to draw 2-2 due to a last minute goal from Chen. In the final two games Honduras defeated their Central American rivals, Costa Rica 1-0 and qualified by means of a tie at Kingston against Jamaica.
2014 World Cup
Fixtures and results
|May 29, 2014||Friendly||RFK Stadium
|June 1, 2014||Friendly||BBVA Compass Stadium
|June 7, 2014||Friendly||Miami,
|June 15, 2014||2014 FIFA World Cup||Porto Alegre,
|June 20, 2014||2014 FIFA World Cup||Curitiba,
|June 25, 2014||2014 FIFA World Cup||Manaus,
|September 6, 2013||2014 World Cup Qualifier||Mexico City,
|Mexico||2-1||Bengtson 62', Costly 66'|
|September 10, 2013||2014 World Cup Qualifier||Tegucigalpa,
|Panama||2-2||Costly 27', Palacios 61'|
|October 11, 2013||2014 World Cup Qualifier||San Pedro Sula,
|Costa Rica||1-0||Bengston 62'|
|October 15, 2013||2014 World Cup Qualifier||Kingston,
|Jamaica||2–2||Costly 1', Figueroa 33'|
|November 16, 2013||Friendly||Miami,
|November 19, 2013||Friendly||Houston,
|Ecuador||2–2||Costly 63', 67'|
|March 5, 2014||Friendly||San Pedro Sula,
|Venezuela||2–1||Bengtson 5', Palacios 47'|
The following players have been called up to the Honduran squad in the last 12 months.
|Carlos Padilla||1960, 1970-1973|
|Elsy Núñez Gonzales||1962|
|Sergio Lecea Fernández||1967|
|José de la Paz Herrera||1980–1986, 1988, 2003, 2005|
|Flavio Ortega||1991–1992, 2006|
|Carlos Cruz Carranza||1995|
|Ernesto Rosa Guedes||1996|
|Ramón Maradiaga||1996, 1998–2002|
|Raúl Martínez Sambulá||2006|
|Juan de Dios Castillo||2010–2011|
|Luis Fernando Suárez||2011–present|
Record versus other nations
- As of 5 March 2014
- 3 points per win
|Antigua and Barbuda||1||1||0||0||1||0||+1||3|
|Saint Vincent and the Grenadines||6||6||0||0||36||4||+32||18|
|Trinidad and Tobago||16||7||6||3||24||17||+7||27|
- Honduras was the first Central American football team to score 2 goals at a World Cup tournament.
- Honduras is the only Central American football team to defeat and eliminate Brazil in a tournament (2001 Copa América in quarterfinals).
- Competed and finished third in the CONCACAF Fourth Round of Qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup and 2014 FIFA World Cup.
- Holds the best performance by a Central American team in Copa América (3rd place, 2001 Copa América)
- Has hosted Copa Centroamericana 3 times
- Honduras is the 2nd team to defeat Mexico in the Azteca for a World Cup qualifier, also known as "El Aztecazo."
- Football in Honduras
- Honduras national under-23 football team
- Honduras national under-20 football team
- Honduras national under-17 football team
- Honduras at the FIFA World Cup
- Mamrud, Roberto; Stokkermans, Karel. "Players with 100+ Caps and 30+ International Goals". RSSSF. Retrieved 29 January 2011.
- Courtney, Barrie (13 November 2006). "Honduras International Soccer Matches Since 1920". RSSSF. Retrieved 2 November 2010.
- "Pavon puts visitors through". ESPN. 2009-10-14. Retrieved 2009-10-15.
- "England enjoy kind World Cup draw". BBC News. December 4, 2009. Retrieved May 4, 2010.
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