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World Cup preview: Honduras

May 28, 2010

 

With the World Cup just 13 days away I feel it is important to educate the country about some of the less well-known nations participating in this year’s finals in South Africa, starting off with CONCACAF’s 3rd-placed side, Honduras.

Qualification
During the North American qualifying campaign Honduras performed admirably without setting the world alight. Starting way back in early June 2008, Los Catrachos saw off Puerto Rico in the 2nd round with a 4-0 victory on home soil, before settling for a 2-2 draw in the 2nd leg. Having been placed in Group 2 of the 3rd round alongside Mexico, Jamaica, and Canada, Honduras topped the group despite away defeats against Mexico and Jamaica. The highlight of the round undoubtedly a surprise victory over fellow qualifiers Mexico at the Francisco Morazon stadium. Having seen off potentially tricky opposition in the 3rd round, much tougher opposition lay ahead in the 4th and final stage of qualifying with fixtures against U.S.A, Costa Rica, and Mexico once again standing between them and a place in their second World Cup finals.  Despite 4 defeats in 10 matches, 16 points was enough to see them through, mainly thanks to a superior goal difference over Costa Rica, who failed to win their play-off against Uruguay.

History/Records
– Honduras played their first ever game against Guatemala in 1921, a match that they lost 10-1.
– Honduras won the 1981 CONCACAF with victories over Haiti (4-0), Cuba (2-0), and Canada (2-1), as well as 0-0 draws with El Salvador and Mexico.
– Honduras’ first World Cup was the 1982 Spanish tournament, where they managed to gain draws with Spain and Northern Ireland, before narrowly missing out to Yugoslavia by a goal to nil. They failed to qualify for the next round as a result.
– Carlos Pavon is their current leading goalscorer with 57 goals in 98 appearances.
– Pavon is also the 2nd highest capped Honduran, behind Amado Guevara who has made 133 appearances for the country.

Watch out for
Georgie Welcome (25-years old; 5ft10; 76kg).

A powerful, combative striker, who made his International bow in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing before marking his full International debut with a goal against Belize in May 08. He is the only Honduran player to have been picked for the National side whilst playing in the second division, with Roatan-based side Arsenal.

Eye-catching finishes are his forté, and who knows, if he catches the eye in SA in two weeks time, a much bigger Arsenal could be knocking on his door.

 Star Player
Wilson Palacios – Tottenham Hotspur

Fans of the Premier League will be very aware of the talents of Tottenham’s dynamic midfielder Wilson Palacios. Palacios captains his country, and will be an influential figure during the time Honduras spend at the World Cup. If they are to have any hope of progressing through a group containing Spain, Chile and Switzerland, his experience will be vital to the younger players in the squad. His tireless attitude and hard-hitting tackling has the potential to upset the Spanish, and Honduras will no doubt be relying on him heavily to inspire an upset or two this summer.

 Prediction
Group H dark horses with pride the aim of the game.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. May 31, 2010 10:21 am

    Is it just me or are there 3 Spanish speaking sides in the same group? Not that it matters, but perhaps Honduras might just be able to spring a surprise thanks to good records against Mexico?

    On another note, I reckon their jerseys look very nice! :)

  2. May 31, 2010 3:38 pm

    They seem like a good team, may be a surprise packet for that group ;)

  3. June 1, 2010 2:18 pm

    Welcome to the football http://vakhshclub.wordpress.com/

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