Honduras National Selection in the World Cup 2014 – Selección de fútbol de Honduras en el Mundial 2014
No matter what is going on in the country of Honduras, there is one thing for certain: EVERYTHING STOPS when the Selección plays! For years, Hondurans have cherished their team, win or lose. If everyone around the world thinks that tourism is the biggest source of revenue for this country, then I beg to differ.
Here is my take on this. There are no (to the best of my knowledge) actual official revenue numbers published by the government; however, one only has to be in Honduras when the “Bi-Color H” plays, to see the money flowing. Don’t even dream of getting any business, or for that matter, anything, done that does not involve watching the team play on one of the Honduras TV stations, or listening to the live game on any of the Honduras radio stations, as many of the “Campesinos”, and those in remote rural areas, have to do.
Every single bar, restaurant with a tv, nightclub with projection tv’s (you name it) is packed. Heck, even the prisoners that have met “good behavior” quotas in the weeks leading up to a National Team match are rewarded with “game time”! Some businesses in the major cities have actually rewarded city prisons with big projections screens for the game in critical “must win” matches.
Every single emotion can be felt (and heard) in the air, even if you are sitting at home by yourself watching the game, or for that matter, not even paying attention. The roar throughout the entire country when Honduras scores can not be avoided. Fireworks are constantly going off before, during, and after games. In rural areas (as well as unfortunately, in city areas, you will hear gun shots which are being fired in the air by those who cannot afford, or could not acquire, fireworks – or just plain old timers that have been doing this as a custom since day one. One need not be tuned in to the game to know what is going on, or the end result of the match, as you will hear the ooos and ahhhs, no matter where you are. Horns honking, firecrackers popping, and people yelling, indicates the team has won; complete silence – well, it means Los Catrachos didn’t quite pull it off this time.
Hondurans take their soccer seriously, and the aggregate fans within the country spend thousands of dollars every year to make sure they have the latest home and away jersey, the latest official soccer ball, and of course, noise makers. In the budget as well, is the means to attend the games, even if it is just to sit outside the stadium. Many affluent Hondurans even travel with the team during away matches, and travel agents have all kinds of deals going on to “be with the team every step of the way”. The “Cervecería Hondureña” (Honduran Brewery) invests millions of dollars to promote and sponsor the Honduras National Team games and events. They make sure every bar or establishment that is normally packed with tourists has anything and everything that has to do with selling beer (as well as Coke products) and soccer, fully in stock. Heck, they even give credit to some of the little “pulperias” (corner stores) around the country to make sure they are well stocked with brewery products for the games. (Note: the “Cervecería Hondureña” is known for never extending credit, even to its major clients.) Every one of the financial institutions in Honduras that has an advertising budget, and even those without, has all kinds of promotions for free t-shirts, wrist bands, noisemakers, you name it. Go to a bank the day before a game, and tellers as well as even management, are wearing a team jersey with the number 12 on it instead of their usual boring uniforms. The number 12 on the jersey signifies “La Garra Catracha” the nickname for “the backup bench”; the 12th player; the fans!
Catrachos around the globe spend thousands of dollars buying up all the same stuff to proudly show their support of the Honduras National Soccer Team, as well as many come home for important matches. Some of them go as far as skipping out on rent payments to scrape for tickets to (I know!) those extremely expensive foreign stadiums we play at for exhibition, or ‘friendly’ matches, which are designed by the MLS (Major League Soccer) to “show off” soccer; that is, to educate, promote, and build a following for, this beloved Honduran sport. Those away from home try to, at the very least, attend a few games every year.
Many foreign companies who have come and setup shop here in Honduras, have CEO’s around the world scratching their heads during game time, as even the President of Honduras “recommends” that businesses give their employees time off for the games. Sometimes, for really important do or die matches, he even tries to get Congress to pass a bill authorizing time off for the game, or at the very least, to make sure no one is penalized for “playing hookie”. LOL, yeah it is a political move, but keeps our country entertained, which we can certainly use, considering all the “bad press” the Associated Press likes to syndicate about us; which a lot of publishers do. Government employees are granted flexible hours on game day, allowing them to either show up late or leave early for the game. Top that NFL!!!
Now, those of you reading this are either fans of the Honduran National Team (and over 80% of you are) somewhere out there in the world (not in Honduras), trying to dig up every little bit of available online information about your beloved team; or, you have been assigned a research project at school and opted to cover our team. Honduras.com covers the Honduras National Team as much as we possible can, and, oh yeah, we are huge fans too! In 2013, we are going to cover every game of the Hexagonal World Cup qualifying matches for you, to the best of our ability, and if any of you out there want to help, please do so by contacting us, and we will set you right up.
This year is the prelude to the Brazil 2014 World Cup, and Honduras is right in the thick of it, leading off against the good ol’ USA on February 6th, 2013 at 3:00 PM in San Pedro Sula. There will be matches almost every month. You could call 2013 in Honduras, the year all the normal politics and bad raps we get (thanks to organized crime and other issues we are working hard to control) happens, and, oh yeah, we elect a new president this year, but nothing is more important to Hondurans than qualifying for Brazil in 2014. Fan or not, you can’t help but cheer for Honduras!!!
Let’s Go Catrachos!
Here ya go; everything you wanted to know about Honduras in the World Cup:
Home Stadium World Cup Qualification Fixtures and Results Team Players Recent Player call-ups Most Capped Players Top Goal Scorers Previous Team Squads Coaches Team Records World Cup History Youth team records Record vs other nations Team Titles Team Facts Facebook Coverage
Honduras has qualified for the Hexagonal, which is the third round of the CONCACAF qualification for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. This final round is called the Hexagonal because it involves six teams that play each other in a round-robin, home and away, format.
The Honduras team qualified for the Hexagonal round by finishing first in their second-round group, which included Panama, Canada, and Cuba. In their last match, Honduras recorded an impressive 8-1 win over Canada, allowing them to finish first in their group ahead of Panama.
How Honduras qualified for the 2014 World Cup
The Seleccion de Honduras (Honduras National Team Finished third in Concacaf, behind the US and Costa Rica.
THE ROAD TO BRAZIL 2014
CONCACAF Final round: 3rd place
June 8 Panama H L 0-2
June 12 Canada A D 0-0
Sept 7 Cuba A W 3-0 (Bengtson, Bernardez, Chavez)
Sept 11 Cuba H 1-0 (Bengtson)
Oct 12 Panama A D 0-0
Oct 16 Canada H W 8-1 (Bengtson (3), Costly (3), Martinez (2))
Feb 6 United States H W 2-1 (Garcia, Bengtson)
Mar 22 Mexico H D 2-2 (Costly, Bengtson)
Mar 26 Panama A L 0-2
June 7 Costa Rica A L 0-1
June 11 Jamaica H W 2-0 (Garcia, Rojas)
June 18 United States A L 0-1
Sept 6 Mexico A W 2-1 (Bengtson, Costly)
Sept 10 Honduras H D 2-2 (Costly, Palacios)
Oct 11 Costa Rica H W 1-0 (Bengtson)
Oct 15 Honduras A D 2-2 (Costly, Figueroa)
- See more at: http://www.honduras.com/honduras-world-cup-2014/
The Seleccion de Honduras (Honduras National Team) qualified for the 2014 World World cup by plays its next match against France as part of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil on June 15 at Porto Alegre, Brazil Honduras vs France .
Following the World Cup Draw in Brazil Honduras was placed in Group E which consist of Switzerland, France, and Ecuador.
The World Cup soccer matches for Group E will be as follows:
June 15 Brasilia, Switzerland v Ecuador
June 15 Porto Alegre, France v Honduras
June 20 Salvador, Switzerland v France
June 20 Curitiba, Honduras v Ecuador
June 25 Manaus, Honduras v Switzerland
June 25 Rio de Janeiro, Ecuador v France
Honduras plays the majority of its home games at Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano in San Pedro Sula. El Olímpico was built in 1997, and has the capacity for 53,000 fans. Aside from being the home stadium for the national team, it was the home of the 1997 Central American Olympics, and is currently the home of the local San Pedro Sula team, C.D. Marathón.
When not playing at the Estadio Olímpico, the national team also plays at Estadio Tiburcio Carías Andino in Tegucigalpa. The Tiburcio Carías Andino stadium 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.
Current squad 2013
Caps and goals current as of November 14, 2012 after match against Peru.
The following players have been called up to the Honduran squad in the last 12 months.
As of November 14, 2012, the players with the most caps for Honduras are:
|8||Julio César de León||1999—||83||14|
|10||Oscar Boniek García||2005—||74||1|
|Rank||Player||Years with team||No. of goals|
|Carlos Padilla||1960, 1973|
|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|
|Juan de Dios Castillo||2010-2011|
|Luis Fernando Suárez||2011–present|
|FIFA World Cup|
|1930↓ 1978||Did not qualify|
|1986↓ 2006||Did not qualify|
|CONCACAF Gold Cup|
|2002||Did not qualify|
|CONMEBOL Copa América|
|Pan American Games|
|1951 1987||Did not qualify|
|2003||Did not qualify|
|2011||Did not qualify|
|Central American and Caribbean Games|
|1938↓ 1946||Did not participate|
|Did not participate|
|1990↓ 1998||Did not participate|
|Central American Games|
|1973↓ 1977||Did not qualify|
1982 FIFA World Cup
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.
The Football War started after losing a qualifying game for the 1970 World Cup against El Salvador and being eliminated. After massive rioting between fans, on 14 July 1969, the Salvadoran army launched an attack against Honduras. A cease fire was put in effect six days later.
Honduras won the 1981 CONCACAF Championship. Honduras qualified for the World Cup for the first time in 1982. They finished second in both the 1985 CONCACAF Championship and the 1991 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Honduras won the UNCAF Nations Cup twice in 1993 and 1995. In 2009, the team secured qualification to the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
1981 CONCACAF Championship
In 1981, Honduras hosted the CONCACAF championship. All the games were played at Estadio Tiburcio Carías Andino. With a 4–0 win over Haiti, 2–0 win over Cuba, 2–1 victory over Canada, and 0–0 draws against El Salvador and Mexico, Honduras became CONCACAF champions.
In 2001, Honduras won the FIFA team of the year. Results
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
On October 14, 2009, Honduras qualified to the 2010 FIFA World Cup, after a 1–0 win against El Salvador, which gave them the third automatic qualifying spot from the Fourth Round of CONCACAF Qualifying.
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.
- As of 16 October 2012
- 2 points per win
|Antigua and Barbuda||1||1||0||0||1||0||+1||2|
|Saint Vincent and the Grenadines||6||6||0||0||36||4||+32||12|
|Trinidad and Tobago||15||7||6||2||24||15||+9||20|
- 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.
- Holds the best performance by a Central American team in Copa América (3rd place, 2001 Copa América)
- Has hosted Copa Centroamericana 3 times
- 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