Honduras national football team
The Honduras national football team (Spanish: Selección de fútbol de Honduras) represents Honduras in men's international football. The team is governed by the Federación Nacional Autónoma de Fútbol de Honduras (FENAFUTH). They are nicknamed Los Catrachos, La Bicolor or La H.
|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 (16 July 2020)|
|Highest||20 (September 2001)|
|Lowest||101 (December 2015)|
| Guatemala 10–1 Honduras |
(Guatemala City, Guatemala; 14 September 1921)
| Honduras 10–0 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||Group stage (1982, 2010, 2014)|
|CONCACAF Championship & Gold Cup|
|Appearances||20 (first in 1963)|
|Best result||Champions (1981)|
|Appearances||1 (first in 2001)|
|Best result||Third place (2001)|
Honduras has qualified for the World Cup three times, in 1982, 2010 and 2014. Outside of the FIFA World Cup tournament, Honduras has competed in several other international competitions, like the CONCACAF Championship which they won in 1981, and the Copa América which their best result was third place in 2001. Apart from that Honduras has also won the Central American Cup championship four times, having won the final edition in 2017.
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.
1970 World Cup and the Football WarEdit
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 War. This nickname was given to the situation after an play-off game was played between the two countries to decide which would qualify for the Finals. This political crisis eventually turned into a war that lasted approximately 100 hours.
Honduras had begun qualifying by defeating Costa Rica and Jamaica. Against Jamaica, they easily won both games, 5–1 on aggregate. They beat Costa Rica 1–0 in Tegucigalpa and drew 1–1 away. This set up a final match between Honduras and El Salvador, who had eliminated Guyana and the Netherlands Antilles.
In the first game against El Salvador, Honduras won 1–0 in Tegucigalpa on 8 June 1969. Honduras were coached by Carlos Padilla Velásquez and the only goal of the game was scored by Leonard Welch. Honduras lost the second game 3–0 in San Salvador, and a play-off was required in the Azteca Stadium in Mexico City on 27 June. El Salvador won 3–2 to qualify and eliminate Honduras.
1982 World CupEdit
Honduras won the 1981 CONCACAF Championship and qualified for the World Cup for the first time in 1982. Despite drawing against the hosts Spain and Northern Ireland, both 1–1, they were eliminated in the first round after losing their last match to Yugoslavia 1–0.
|1||Northern Ireland||3||1||2||0||2||1||+1||4||Advance to second round|
Honduras finished second in the 1985 CONCACAF Championship, losing their final match 2–1 against Canada, who went on to qualify for the 1986 World Cup. Their next major accomplishment was being runners-up at the 1991 CONCACAF Gold Cup, losing against the host nation, the United States.
For the 1998 World Cup, Jamaica and Mexico eliminated Honduras at the third round stage. Despite Honduras's overwhelming 11–3 victory against Saint Vincent & the Grenadines, Jamaica defeated Mexico at Independence Park, Kingston, allowing the Reggae Boys to advance to the next round.
2001 Copa AméricaEdit
Since 1993, CONMEBOL has invited teams from other confederations to participate in their confederation championship, the Copa América. Honduras took part as one of the last-minute teams added for the 2001 tournament, as Argentina dropped out one day before the start. The team arrived only a few hours before the tournament's first game and with barely enough players. Despite the odds, Honduras progressed into the quarter-finals, where they defeated Brazil 2–0. In the semi-finals, Colombia knocked out Honduras 2–0.
Honduras advanced to the final round in the qualifying competition for the 2002 FIFA World Cup, but again failed to qualify after losing at home to Trinidad & Tobago, and away against Mexico in their final two matches. The match against Trinidad and Tobago saw Honduras hit the goal post seven times.
2010 World CupEdit
Honduras faced Chile, Spain, and Switzerland in their first round group. In their first match they lost to Chile 1–0, to a goal from Jean Beausejour. They then lost 2–0 to Spain, with both goals scored by David Villa. In their last match they drew 0–0 against Switzerland and were eliminated in last place in the group.
|1||Spain||3||2||0||1||4||2||+2||6||Advance to knockout stage|
2014 World CupEdit
In the qualifying competition for the 2014 World Cup, Honduras were given a bye to the third round because of their third-place position among CONCACAF teams in the March 2011 FIFA World Rankings. They qualified for the final round by finishing first in their group, which included Panama, Canada and Cuba. After beginning with a home defeat against Panama, Honduras recovered and beat Canada 8–1 in their final match, allowing them to win the group ahead of Panama.
In the final round of qualifying, the Hexagonal, six teams faced each other in a home-and-away format. In their first two games, Honduras defeated the United States 2–1 and came back from a two-goal deficit to draw 2–2 with Mexico. They lost three of their next four matches before travelling to Mexico City to face Mexico in the Azteca. Honduras again trailed but scored twice in the second half for a stunning 2–1 win. 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 draw against Jamaica in Kingston.
|United States (Q)||10||7||1||2||15||8||+7||22||—||1–0||1–0||2–0||2–0||2–0|
|Costa Rica (Q)||10||5||3||2||13||7||+6||18||3–1||—||1–0||2–1||2–0||2–0|
(Q) Top three teams qualified directly for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.; (A) Fourth-placed team advanced to the CONCACAF v OFC play-off.
In the Finals in Brazil, Honduras again finished bottom of their first round group, after 3–0 defeats against France and Switzerland, and a 2–1 defeat to Ecuador. The match against France featured the first use of goal-line technology to award a goal at the World Cup: an own-goal by Honduras's goalkeeper, Noel Valladares. Against Ecuador, Carlo Costly scored Honduras's first goal in the Finals for 32 years.
|1||France||3||2||1||0||8||2||+6||7||Advance to knockout stage|
Honduras failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. In the Hexagonal stage they dropped into fourth place after Panama scored an 88th-minute winning goal in their last match against Costa Rica. Honduras had themselves dropped points by conceding late goals in their two previous games, against Costa Rica and the United States. They entered a play-off against Australia, and after a 0–0 draw at home, Honduras were eliminated when they lost the second leg in Sydney 3–1.
The national team also plays at Estadio Tiburcio Carías Andino in Tegucigalpa. In the past, Honduras played their games in San Pedro Sula at Estadio Francisco Morazán.
FIFA World CupEdit
|FIFA World Cup record||FIFA World Cup qualification record|
|1930||Did not enter||Declined participation|
|1962||Did not qualify||5||2||1||2||5||8|
|1986||Did not qualify||10||5||3||2||15||9|
|2018||Did not qualify||18||5||7||6||20||28|
|2022||To be determined||To be determined|
CONCACAF Gold CupEdit
|CONCACAF Championship / CONCACAF Gold Cup record|
|1965||Did not qualify|
|1969||Did not qualify|
|1977||Did not qualify|
|1989||Did not qualify|
|2002||Did not qualify|
|Copa América record|
- Since 1993, the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) has invited non-CONMEBOL nations to Copa América tournaments.
|Copa Centroamericana record|
Pan American GamesEdit
|Pan American Games record|
|1951||Did not qualify|
|2003||Did not qualify|
|2011||Did not qualify|
|Total||2 Silver medals||5/18||25||9||8||11||38||45|
Central American and Caribbean GamesEdit
|Central American and Caribbean Games record|
|1938||Did not participate|
|1954||Did not participate|
|1990||Did not participate|
Central American GamesEdit
|Central American Games record|
|1973||Did not qualify|
All-time head-to-head recordEdit
As of 17 November 2019 after the match against Trinidad and Tobago.
Positive Record Neutral Record Negative Record
|Antigua and Barbuda||1||1||0||0||1||0||+1|
|Saint Vincent and the Grenadines||6||6||0||0||36||4||+32|
|Trinidad and Tobago||20||11||6||3||35||19||+16|
|United Arab Emirates||3||1||2||0||2||1||+1|
Results and fixturesEdit
The tables below include matches from the past 12 months as well as any future scheduled matches.
Win Draw Loss
|5 September International Friendly||Honduras||4–0||Puerto Rico||Tegucigalpa, Honduras|
Benguche 40', 62'
|Report||Stadium: Estadio Tiburcio Carías Andino|
|10 September International Friendly||Honduras||2–1||Chile||San Pedro Sula, Honduras|
|20:30 UTC−6||Elis 73'
|Report||Parot 19'||Stadium: Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano|
Referee: Juan Calderón (Costa Rica)
|10 October Nations League A||Trinidad and Tobago||0–2||Honduras||Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago|
|19:00||Report||Stadium: Hasely Crawford Stadium|
Referee: Mario Escobar (Guatemala)
|13 October Nations League A||Honduras||1–0||Martinique||San Pedro Sula, Honduras|
|22:00||Report||Stadium: Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano|
Referee: Adonai Escobedo (Mexico)
|14 November Nations League A||Martinique||1–1||Honduras||Fort-de-France, Martinique|
||Stadium: Stade Pierre-Aliker|
Referee: Ted Unkel (United States)
|17 November Nations League A||Honduras||4–0||Trinidad and Tobago||San Pedro Sula, Honduras|
|20:00||Report||Stadium: Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano|
Referee: Joel Aguilar (El Salvador)
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||Olimpia|
|18||GK||Rafael Zúñiga||13 May 1990||0||0||Platense|
|22||GK||Luis López||13 September 1993||25||0||Real España|
|–||GK||Alex Güity||20 September 1997||0||0||Olimpia|
|2||DF||Félix Crisanto||9 September 1990||21||0||Unattached|
|3||DF||Maynor Figueroa (Captain)||2 May 1983||162||6||Houston Dynamo|
|4||DF||Marcelo Pereira||27 May 1995||9||0||Motagua|
|5||DF||Éver Alvarado||30 January 1992||28||1||Olimpia|
|7||DF||Emilio Izaguirre||10 May 1986||109||5||Unattached|
|15||DF||Denil Maldonado||26 May 1998||4||0||Pachuca|
|19||DF||Danilo Tobías||20 January 1992||1||0||Real España|
|–||DF||Henry Figueroa||28 December 1992||47||0||Marathón|
|–||DF||Bryan Barrios||24 May 1994||0||0||Linense|
|–||DF||Carlos Meléndez||8 December 1997||0||0||Vida|
|4||MF||Marcelo Santos||2 August 1992||0||0||Motagua|
|6||MF||Bryan Acosta||24 November 1993||42||2||FC Dallas|
|8||MF||Carlos Pineda||23 September 1997||5||0||Olimpia|
|10||MF||Alexander López||5 June 1992||32||2||Alajuelense|
|13||MF||Brayan Moya||19 October 1993||5||2||1° de Agosto|
|14||MF||Kervin Arriaga||5 January 1998||0||0||Marathón|
|16||MF||Rigoberto Rivas||31 July 1998||6||0||Reggina|
|20||MF||Edwin Rodríguez||25 September 1999||2||0||Olimpia|
|21||MF||Kevin López||3 February 1996||1||0||Motagua|
|23||MF||Edwin Solano||25 January 1996||2||0||Marathón|
|–||MF||Luis Garrido||5 November 1990||46||0||Unattached|
|–||MF||Héctor Castellanos||28 December 1992||3||0||Motagua|
|9||FW||Jorge Benguché||21 May 1996||3||2||Olimpia|
|11||FW||Rubilio Castillo||26 November 1991||25||6||Motagua|
|12||FW||Jonathan Toro||21 October 1996||5||3||Tondela|
|17||FW||Alberth Elis||12 February 1996||42||10||Houston Dynamo|
|19||FW||Juan Ramón Mejía||1 August 1988||2||1||Unattached|
|–||FW||Douglas Martínez||5 June 1997||2||1||Real Salt Lake|
|–||FW||Darixon Vuelto||15 January 1998||1||0||Victoria|
The following players have been called up to the Honduran squad in the last 12 months.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|MF||Jorge Álvarez||28 January 1998||8||1||Olimpia||v. Martinique, 13 October 2019|
|MF||Michaell Chirinos||17 June 1995||19||0||Olimpia||v. Chile, 10 September 2019|
|FW||Bryan Róchez||1 January 1995||11||0||Nacional||v. Martinique, 13 October 2019|
INJ = Withdrew due to injury
PRE = Preliminary squad
WD = Withdrew for personal reasons
Players in bold are still active, at least at club level.
- Third place (1): 2001
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