Honduras national football team
The Honduras national football team (Spanish: Selección de fútbol de Honduras) nicknamed Los Catrachos, La Bicolor or La H, is governed by the Federación Nacional Autónoma de Fútbol de Honduras (FENAFUTH). To date, the team has qualified three times for the FIFA World Cup, in 1982, 2010 and 2014.
|Nickname(s)||Los Catrachos |
|Association||Federación Nacional Autónoma de Fútbol de Honduras|
|Sub-confederation||UNCAF (Central America)|
|Head coach||Fabián Coito|
|Most caps||Maynor Figueroa (163)|
|Top scorer||Carlos Pavón (57)|
|Home stadium||Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano|
|Current|| 62 |
|Highest||20 (September 2001)|
|Lowest||101 (December 2015)|
|Current|| 52 |
|Highest||20 (September 2001)|
|Lowest||104 (November 1971)|
(Guatemala City, Guatemala; 14 September 1921)
(San José, Costa Rica; 13 March 1946)
(Guatemala City, Guatemala; 14 September 1921)
|Appearances||3 (first in 1982)|
|Best result||Round 1, 1982, 2010 and 2014|
& Gold Cup
|Appearances||20 (first in 1963)|
|Best result||Champions, 1981|
|Appearances||1 (first in 2001)|
|Best result||Third place, 2001|
Outside the FIFA World Cup tournament, Honduras has competed in several other international continental championships, like the CONCACAF Championship which they won in 1981, and the Copa América championship in which their best result was third place in 2001. Apart from that Honduras has also won the Central American Cup championship four times and are the current champions, having won the 2017 Copa Centroamericana, in Panama.
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 national association, the National Autonomous Federation of Football of Honduras (FENAFUTH) was founded in 1935. It joined FIFA in 1946 and co-founded CONCACAF in 1961.
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 runners-up 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. Honduras has won the UNCAF Nations Cup four times: in 1993, 1995, 2011 and 2017.
Mexico 1970 and the Football War
Prior to the qualification stages leading up to the 1970 World Cup in Mexico, Honduras and El Salvador found themselves in what was called the Football (Soccer) War. This nickname was given to the situation after an elimination game was played between the two countries which ended in a draw. The end of this important soccer game coincided with a political crisis involving both countries. This crisis eventually turned into a war which lasted approximately 100 hours.
The Honduran Men's National team qualified for the second round after defeating the national teams of the countries of Costa Rica and Jamaica. Against the Jamaican squad the Honduran team easily won both games by a combined score of 5:1. Both games were played in Honduras. The Honduran team defeated Costa Rica in the first game 1:0 which was played in Tegucigalpa (the capital of Honduras). The second game resulted in a 1:1 tie meaning that Honduras would emerge victorious. El Salvador on the other hand eliminated the teams of Guyana and that of the Netherland Antilles. This set up a final match up between Honduras and El Salvador.
In the first game of the aggregate Honduras won by a score of 1:0 in a game which was played in the capital city of Tegucigalpa on the 8th of June. The Honduran squad was coached by Carlos Padilla Velásquez and the lone goal of the game was scored by Leonard Welch. The second game was played in San Salvador and ended in a 3:0 victory for the home nation of El Salvador. This result led the two teams into a winner-take-all final match. On the 27th of June the final match was played in Mexico City in Estadio Azteca. By the end of the match the team of El Salvador emerged victorious with a score of 3:2. This result left Honduras home and helped El Salvador punch their ticket into the 1970 World Cup.
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 out 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.
|1||3||2||0||1||4||2||+2||6||Advance to knockout stage|
2014 World Cup Qualification
Honduras's 2014 World Cup journey began with an automatic bye to the third round of the qualification because of their third-place position (among CONCACAF teams) in the March 2011 FIFA World Rankings. Honduras 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 drawing their second game in Canada. They went ahead to win both of their matches against Cuba and draw with Panama. In their last match, Honduras recorded an 8–1 win over Canada, allowing them to finish first in their group ahead of Panama.
Honduras proceeded to the fourth and final round of CONCACAF qualification, the Hexagonal, for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. In the "Hex", the six teams faced every opponent in a home-and-away format. In their first two games, Honduras faced regional giants USA and Mexico at home. Honduras defeated USA 2–1 in their opening match. Following the USA match, Honduras hosted Mexico, coming back from a 0–2 deficit to draw 2–2. Los Catrachos then traveled to Panama and lost 2–0. Honduras then lost to Costa Rica 1–0, defeated Jamaica 2–0, then lost to the United States 1–0. Then Honduras traveled to Mexico City to face Mexico. Honduras was down 1–0 and came back for a stunning 1–2 win in the Azteca. They returned to Tegucigalpa, where they drew 2–2 against Panama, who escaped defeat with a last-minute goal by Roberto Chen. In the final two games, Honduras beat Costa Rica 1–0 at home and qualified with a 2–2 tie at Kingston against Jamaica.
Results and fixtures
Win Draw Loss
|16 November International Friendly||Honduras ||1–0||Tegucigalpa, Honduras|
||Report||Stadium: Estadio Tiburcio Carías Andino|
Referee: Hugo Cruz (Costa Rica)
|March 26 International Friendly||Honduras ||0–0||Harrison, United States|
|20:00 (UTC−4)||Report||Stadium: Red Bull Arena|
Referee: Jaime Fernando Fernández (Mexico)
|June 5 International Friendly||Paraguay ||1–1||Ciudad del Este, Paraguay|
||Stadium: Estadio Antonio Aranda|
Referee: Eduardo Gamboa Martinez (Chile)
|June 9 Brasil Global Tour||Brazil ||7–0||Porto Alegre, Brazil|
|16:00 (UTC−3)||Gabriel Jesus
|Report||Stadium: Estádio Beira-Rio|
Referee: Andrés Cunha (Uruguay)
|June 17 2019 Gold Cup||Jamaica ||3–2||Kingston, Jamaica|
|Stadium: Independence Park|
Referee: Jair Marrufo (United States)
|June 21 2019 Gold Cup||Honduras ||0–1||Houston, United States|
||Stadium: BBVA Stadium|
Referee: Juan Gabriel Calderón (Costa Rica)
|June 25 2019 Gold Cup||Honduras ||4–0||Los Angeles, United States|
|Report||Stadium: Banc of California Stadium|
Referee: Fernando Guerrero (Mexico)
|September 5 International Friendly||Honduras ||4–0||Tegucigalpa, Honduras|
|Report||Stadium: Estadio Tiburcio Carías Andino|
|September 10 International Friendly||Honduras ||2–1||San Pedro Sula, Honduras|
||Stadium: Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano|
Referee: Juan Calderón (Costa Rica)
|October 10 Nations League A||Trinidad and Tobago ||0–2||Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago|
|19:00||Report||Stadium: Hasely Crawford Stadium|
Referee: Mario Escobar (Guatemala)
|October 13 Nations League A||Honduras ||1–0||San Pedro Sula, Honduras|
|22:00||Report||Stadium: Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano|
Referee: Adonai Escobedo (Mexico)
|November 14 Nations League A||Martinique ||1–1||Fort-de-France, Martinique|
||Stadium: Stade Pierre-Aliker|
Referee: Ted Unkel (United States)
FIFA World Cup
|FIFA World Cup record||FIFA World Cup Qualification record|
|Did not Enter||Declined Participation|
|Did not qualify||5||2||1||2||5||8|
|Did not qualify||10||5||3||2||15||9|
|Did not qualify||18||5||7||6||20||28|
|To be determined|
CONCACAF Championship / CONCACAF Gold Cup
|CONCACAF Championship / CONCACAF Gold Cup record|
|Did not qualify|
|Did not qualify|
|Did not qualify|
|1989||Did not qualify|
|Did not qualify|
Since 1993, the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) has invited two non-CONMEBOL nations to each Copa América tournament.
Youth team records
- Third place (1): 2001
The following 33 players were called up for CONCACAF Nations League matches against Martinique and Trinidad and Tobago on 14 and 17 November respectively.
Caps and goals updated as of 17 November 2019 after the match against Trinidad and Tobago.
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Harold Fonseca||8 October 1993||2||0|
|18||GK||Rafael Zúñiga||13 May 1990||0||0|
|22||GK||Luis López||13 September 1993||25||0|
|–||GK||Alex Güity||July 20, 1997||0||0|
|2||DF||Félix Crisanto||9 September 1990||21||0|
|3||DF||Maynor Figueroa (Captain)||2 May 1983||163||5|
|4||DF||Marcelo Pereira||27 May 1995||9||0|
|5||DF||Éver Alvarado||30 January 1992||28||1|
|7||DF||Emilio Izaguirre||10 May 1986||109||5|
|15||DF||Denil Maldonado||26 May 1998||4||0|
|19||DF||Danilo Tobías||20 January 1993||1||0|
|–||DF||Henry Figueroa||28 December 1992||47||0|
|–||DF||Bryan Barrios||2 August 1997||0||0|
|–||DF||Carlos Meléndez||8 December 1997||0||0|
|4||MF||Marcelo Santos||2 August 1992||0||0|
|6||MF||Bryan Acosta||24 November 1993||42||2|
|8||MF||Carlos Pineda||23 September 1997||5||0|
|10||MF||Alexander López||6 May 1992||32||2|
|13||MF||Brayan Moya||9 October 1992||5||2|
|14||MF||Kervin Arriaga||May 1, 1998||0||0|
|16||MF||Rigoberto Rivas||31 July 1998||6||0|
|20||MF||Edwin Rodríguez||25 September 1999||2||0|
|21||MF||Kevin López||3 February 1996||1||0|
|23||MF||Edwin Solano||5 October 1997||2||0|
|–||MF||Luis Garrido||5 November 1990||46||0|
|–||MF||Héctor Castellanos||28 December 1992||3||0|
|9||FW||Jorge Benguche||24 April 1996||3||2|
|11||FW||Rubilio Castillo||26 November 1991||25||6|
|12||FW||Jonathan Toro||21 October 1996||5||3|
|17||FW||Alberth Elis||16 February 1996||42||10|
|19||FW||Juan Ramón Mejía||1 August 1988||2||1|
|–||FW||Darixon Vuelto||15 March 1998||1||0|
|–||FW||Douglas Martínez||5 June 1997||2||1|
The following players have been called up to the Honduran squad in the last 12 months.
INJ = Withdrew due to injury
PRE = Preliminary squad
WD = Withdrew for personal reasons
Players in bold are still active, at least at club level.
Record versus other nations
- As of 17 November 2019
- Mamrud, Roberto; Stokkermans, Karel. "Players with 100+ Caps and 30+ International Goals". RSSSF. Archived from the original on 28 June 2011. Retrieved 29 January 2011.
- "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 19 December 2019. Retrieved 19 December 2019.
- Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 25 November 2019. Retrieved 25 November 2019.
- Courtney, Barrie (13 November 2006). "Honduras International Soccer Matches Since 1920". RSSSF. Retrieved 2 November 2010.
- "Honduras - Association Information". FIFA.
- "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.
- Includes Netherlands Antilles
- Includes Yugoslavia
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