Honduras will be making their third appearance at a FIFA World Cup™. Nicknamed Los Catrachos, the North Americans first appeared at the 1982 edition in Spain. In 2014, the Hondurans find themselves in Group E alongside Ecuador, France and Switzerland. Honduras form part of the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Football Association (CONCACAF) and have qualified for two prior FIFA World Cup™ events never having made it passed the Group Stages.
Los Catrachos made it past the semi-final round of their CONCACAF qualification for the football showpiece in South America topping their group ahead of Panama, Canada and Cuba. In the fourth and final round referred to as “The Hexagon” they had a bag of mixed results suffering defeats to the Panamanians, but beating the USA and then drawing against Mexico and later with Jamaica which would lead to their qualification for Brazil 2014.
Out of their World Cup group opponents, they have only met Switzerland at a previous World Cup and that was a draw in South Africa four years ago. Luis Fernando Suarez’s men will be hoping to get a win at this World Cup and teamwork and organisation will be key. The Hondurans have good options in attack, the middle of the park and at the back. Carlo Costly and Jerry Bengtson are both tall strikers who have a powerful presence in the box and both played roles in their qualification for the World Cup.
At the back Emilio Izaguirre, who plies his trade in Europe for Scottish champions Celtic, has the ability to bomb balls forward and make runs down the left wing but also stand firm as a rock when needed to help at the back. Maynor Figueroa plays at left back for his club Hull City but is a central defender at national level due to the prowess of Izaguirre in that position. Figueroa has a knack for scoring goals and is seen as one of the leaders in the Honduran team. Honduras have done well to qualify for their second consecutive World Cups and now will turn their attention to grabbing their first ever victory at a finals tournament.