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.

Honduras
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Los Catrachos
La Bicolor
La H
AssociationFederación Nacional Autónoma de Fútbol de Honduras
Sub-confederationUNCAF (Central America)
Head coachFabián Coito
CaptainMaynor Figueroa
Most capsMaynor Figueroa (163)[1]
Top scorerCarlos Pavón (57)[1]
Home stadiumEstadio Olímpico Metropolitano
FIFA codeHON
First colours
Second colours
Third colours
FIFA ranking
Current 62 Steady (16 July 2020)[2]
Highest20 (September 2001)
Lowest101 (December 2015)
First international
 Guatemala 10–1 Honduras 
(Guatemala City, Guatemala; 14 September 1921)
Biggest win
 Honduras 10–0 Nicaragua 
(San José, Costa Rica; 13 March 1946)
Biggest defeat
 Guatemala 10–1 Honduras 
(Guatemala City, Guatemala; 14 September 1921)
World Cup
Appearances3 (first in 1982)
Best resultGroup stage (1982, 2010, 2014)
CONCACAF Championship & Gold Cup
Appearances20 (first in 1963)
Best resultChampions (1981)
Copa América
Appearances1 (first in 2001)
Best resultThird 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.

HistoryEdit

The national team made its debut in the Independence Centenary Games held in Guatemala City in September 1921, losing 10–1 to Guatemala.[4]

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.[5]

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.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Northern Ireland 3 1 2 0 2 1 +1 4 Advance to second round
2   Spain 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 3
3   Yugoslavia 3 1 1 1 2 2 0 3
4   Honduras 3 0 2 1 2 3 −1 2
Source: FIFA

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.[citation needed]

2010 World CupEdit

On 14 October 2009, Honduras qualified for the 2010 World Cup after a 1–0 win against El Salvador gave them the third automatic qualifying spot from the Fourth Round of CONCACAF Qualifying.[6]

Honduras faced Chile, Spain, and Switzerland in their first round group.[7] 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.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Spain 3 2 0 1 4 2 +2 6 Advance to knockout stage
2   Chile 3 2 0 1 3 2 +1 6
3    Switzerland 3 1 1 1 1 1 0 4
4   Honduras 3 0 1 2 0 3 −3 1
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Tie-breaking criteria

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.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts            
  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
  Honduras (Q) 10 4 3 3 13 12 +1 15 2–1 1–0 2–2 2–2 2–0
  Mexico (A) 10 2 5 3 7 9 −2 11 0–0 0–0 1–2 2–1 0–0
  Panama 10 1 5 4 10 14 −4 8 2–3 2–2 2–0 0–0 0–0
  Jamaica 10 0 5 5 5 13 −8 5 1–2 1–1 2–2 0–1 1–1
Source:[citation needed]
(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.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   France 3 2 1 0 8 2 +6 7 Advance to knockout stage
2    Switzerland 3 2 0 1 7 6 +1 6
3   Ecuador 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4
4   Honduras 3 0 0 3 1 8 −7 0
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Tie-breaking criteria

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.

Honduras have won the UNCAF Nations Cup four times: in 1993, 1995, 2011 and 2017.

Home stadiumEdit

Honduras plays the majority of its home games at Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano in San Pedro Sula.[citation needed]

The national team also plays at Estadio Tiburcio Carías Andino in Tegucigalpa.[citation needed] In the past, Honduras played their games in San Pedro Sula at Estadio Francisco Morazán.[citation needed]

Estadio Nilmo Edwards in La Ceiba has also hosted friendly exhibition matches since 2007.[citation needed]

Competitive recordEdit

FIFA World CupEdit

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  1930 Did not enter Declined participation
  1934
  1938
  1950
  1954
  1958
  1962 Did not qualify 5 2 1 2 5 8
  1966 4 0 1 3 1 6
  1970 7 4 1 2 10 8
  1974 7 2 4 1 11 10
  1978 Withdrew Withdrew
  1982 Group stage 18th 3 0 2 1 2 3 13 8 4 1 23 6
  1986 Did not qualify 10 5 3 2 15 9
  1990 2 0 2 0 1 1
  1994 14 6 3 5 23 20
  1998 6 3 1 2 18 11
    2002 22 14 2 6 56 25
  2006 8 3 4 1 15 8
  2010 Group stage 30th 3 0 1 2 0 3 18 10 2 6 32 18
  2014 31st 3 0 0 3 1 8 16 7 5 4 25 15
  2018 Did not qualify 18 5 7 6 20 28
  2022 To be determined To be determined
      2026
Total Group stage 3/21 9 0 3 6 3 14 150 69 40 41 255 176

CONCACAF Gold CupEdit

CONCACAF Championship / CONCACAF Gold Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
  1963 Fourth place 4th 7 3 1 3 8 12
  1965 Did not qualify
  1967 Third place 3rd 5 2 2 1 4 2
  1969 Did not qualify
  1971 Sixth place 6th 5 0 1 4 5 11
  1973 Fourth place 4th 5 1 3 1 6 6
  1977 Did not qualify
  1981 Champions 1st 5 3 2 0 8 1
1985 Runners-up 2nd 8 3 3 2 11 9
1989 Did not qualify
  1991 Runners-up 2nd 5 3 2 0 12 3
   1993 Group stage 5th 3 1 0 2 6 5
  1996 Group stage 8th 2 0 0 2 1 8
  1998 Group stage 9th 2 0 0 2 1 5
  2000 Quarter-finals 6th 3 2 0 1 7 5
  2002 Did not qualify
    2003 Group stage 10th 2 0 1 1 1 2
  2005 Third place 3rd 5 3 1 1 8 6
  2007 Quarter-finals 5th 4 2 0 2 10 6
  2009 Third place 3rd 5 3 0 2 6 4
  2011 Fourth place 4th 5 1 2 2 8 5
  2013 Fourth place 4th 5 3 0 2 5 5
    2015 Group stage 11th 3 0 1 2 2 4
  2017 Quarter-finals 7th 4 1 1 2 3 2
      2019 Group stage 10th 3 1 0 2 6 4
Total 1 Title 20/25 83 32 20 34 118 105

Copa AméricaEdit

Copa América record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
  2001 Third place 3rd 6 3 1 2 7 5
Total Third place 6 3 1 2 7 5

Copa CentroamericanaEdit

Copa Centroamericana record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
  1991 Runners-up 2nd 5 2 1 2 5 5
  1993 Champions 1st 3 3 0 0 7 0
  1995 Champions 1st 4 3 1 0 8 1
  1997 Fourth place 4th 5 2 1 2 8 5
  1999 Third place 3rd 5 4 0 1 11 5
  2001 Group stage 5th 3 1 1 1 12 5
  2003 Fourth place 4th 5 1 1 3 4 5
  2005 Runners-up 2nd 5 3 2 0 12 3
  2007 Fifth place 5th 3 1 1 1 11 5
  2009 Third place 3rd 5 4 0 1 9 3
  2011 Champions 1st 4 3 1 0 8 3
  2013 Runners-up 2nd 4 1 2 1 3 3
  2014 Fifth place 5th 4 2 0 2 3 3
  2017 Champions 1st 5 4 1 0 7 3
Total 4 Titles 14/14 60 34 12 14 108 49

Pan American GamesEdit

Pan American Games record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
  1951 Did not qualify
  1955
  1959
  1963
  1967
  1971
  1975
  1979
  1983
  1987
  1991 Fourth place 4th 5 1 1 3 6 11
  1995 Fourth place 4th 6 1 2 3 8 10
  1999 Silver medal 2nd 6 5 0 1 13 6
  2003 Did not qualify
  2007 Group stage 7th 3 1 0 2 4 7
  2011 Did not qualify
  2015
  2019 Silver medal 2nd 5 1 2 2 7 11
Total 2 Silver medals 5/18 25 9 8 11 38 45

Central American and Caribbean GamesEdit

Central American and Caribbean Games record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
  1930 Third place 3rd 5 2 0 3 9 22
  1993 Fifth place 5th 5 1 1 3 6 20
  1938 Did not participate
  1946
  1950 Third place 3rd 6 3 0 3 7 6
  1954 Did not participate
  1959
  1962
  1966
  1970
  1974
  1978
  1982
  1986 Runners-up 2nd 5 4 1 0 7 1
  1990 Did not participate
  1993
  1998
  2002 Quarter-finals 7th 3 1 0 2 4 5
  2006 Fourth place 4th 7 5 0 2 16 8
  2010 Preliminary round 7th 2 0 1 1 0 1
  2014 Fourth place 4th 5 2 0 3 8 11
  2018 Third place 3rd 5 3 1 1 8 3
Total Runners-up 9/22 43 21 4 18 65 77

Central American GamesEdit

Central American Games record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
  1973 Did not qualify
  1977
  1986 Runners-up 2nd 3 2 0 1 6 1
  1990 Champions 1st 4 3 0 1 8 2
  1994 Champions 1st 3 3 0 0 16 4
  1997 Third place 3rd 4 2 1 1 6 3
  2001 Runners-up 2nd 6 4 1 1 9 5
  2006 Not held
  2010
  2013 Champions 1st 4 3 1 0 6 1
  2017 Champions 1st 4 2 2 0 7 1
Total 4 Titles 7/11 28 19 5 4 58 17

All-time head-to-head recordEdit

As of 17 November 2019 after the match against   Trinidad and Tobago.

  Positive Record   Neutral Record   Negative Record

  1. ^ Includes matches against   Netherlands Antilles.
  2. ^ Includes matches against   West Germany.
  3. ^ Includes matches against   Yugoslavia.

Results and fixturesEdit

The tables below include matches from the past 12 months as well as any future scheduled matches.

  Win   Draw   Loss

2019Edit

5 September International FriendlyHonduras  4–0  Puerto RicoTegucigalpa, Honduras
20:00 Izaguirre   5'
Benguche   40'62'
Toro   59'
Report Stadium: Estadio Tiburcio Carías Andino
10 September International FriendlyHonduras  2–1  ChileSan Pedro Sula, Honduras
20:30 UTC−6 Elis   73'
Toro   80'
Report Parot   19' Stadium: Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano
Referee: Juan Calderón (Costa Rica)
10 October Nations League ATrinidad and Tobago  0–2  HondurasPort of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
19:00 Report
Stadium: Hasely Crawford Stadium
Referee: Mario Escobar (Guatemala)
13 October Nations League AHonduras  1–0  MartiniqueSan Pedro Sula, Honduras
22:00
Report Stadium: Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano
Referee: Adonai Escobedo (Mexico)
14 November Nations League AMartinique  1–1  HondurasFort-de-France, Martinique
20:00
Report
Stadium: Stade Pierre-Aliker
Referee: Ted Unkel (United States)
17 November Nations League AHonduras  4–0  Trinidad and TobagoSan Pedro Sula, Honduras
20:00
Report Stadium: Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano
Referee: Joel Aguilar (El Salvador)

2020Edit

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following 33 players were called up for CONCACAF Nations League matches against Martinique and Trinidad and Tobago on 14 and 17 November respectively.[8]
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 1GK Harold Fonseca (1993-10-08) 8 October 1993 (age 26) 2 0   Olimpia
18 1GK Rafael Zúñiga (1990-05-13) 13 May 1990 (age 30) 0 0   Platense
22 1GK Luis López (1993-09-13) 13 September 1993 (age 26) 25 0   Real España
1GK Alex Güity (1997-09-20) 20 September 1997 (age 22) 0 0   Olimpia

2 2DF Félix Crisanto (1990-09-09) 9 September 1990 (age 29) 21 0 Unattached
3 2DF Maynor Figueroa (Captain) (1983-05-02) 2 May 1983 (age 37) 162 6   Houston Dynamo
4 2DF Marcelo Pereira (1995-05-27) 27 May 1995 (age 25) 9 0   Motagua
5 2DF Éver Alvarado (1992-01-30) 30 January 1992 (age 28) 28 1   Olimpia
7 2DF Emilio Izaguirre (1986-05-10) 10 May 1986 (age 34) 109 5 Unattached
15 2DF Denil Maldonado (1998-05-26) 26 May 1998 (age 22) 4 0   Pachuca
19 2DF Danilo Tobías (1992-01-20) 20 January 1992 (age 28) 1 0   Real España
2DF Henry Figueroa (1992-12-28) 28 December 1992 (age 27) 47 0   Marathón
2DF Bryan Barrios (1994-05-24) 24 May 1994 (age 26) 0 0   Linense
2DF Carlos Meléndez (1997-12-08) 8 December 1997 (age 22) 0 0   Vida

4 3MF Marcelo Santos (1992-08-02) 2 August 1992 (age 28) 0 0   Motagua
6 3MF Bryan Acosta (1993-11-24) 24 November 1993 (age 26) 42 2   FC Dallas
8 3MF Carlos Pineda (1997-09-23) 23 September 1997 (age 22) 5 0   Olimpia
10 3MF Alexander López (1992-06-05) 5 June 1992 (age 28) 32 2   Alajuelense
13 3MF Brayan Moya (1993-10-19) 19 October 1993 (age 26) 5 2   1° de Agosto
14 3MF Kervin Arriaga (1998-01-05) 5 January 1998 (age 22) 0 0   Marathón
16 3MF Rigoberto Rivas (1998-07-31) 31 July 1998 (age 22) 6 0   Reggina
20 3MF Edwin Rodríguez (1999-09-25) 25 September 1999 (age 20) 2 0   Olimpia
21 3MF Kevin López (1996-02-03) 3 February 1996 (age 24) 1 0   Motagua
23 3MF Edwin Solano (1996-01-25) 25 January 1996 (age 24) 2 0   Marathón
3MF Luis Garrido (1990-11-05) 5 November 1990 (age 29) 46 0 Unattached
3MF Héctor Castellanos (1992-12-28) 28 December 1992 (age 27) 3 0   Motagua

9 4FW Jorge Benguché (1996-05-21) 21 May 1996 (age 24) 3 2   Olimpia
11 4FW Rubilio Castillo (1991-11-26) 26 November 1991 (age 28) 25 6   Motagua
12 4FW Jonathan Toro (1996-10-21) 21 October 1996 (age 23) 5 3   Tondela
17 4FW Alberth Elis (1996-02-12) 12 February 1996 (age 24) 42 10   Houston Dynamo
19 4FW Juan Ramón Mejía (1988-08-01) 1 August 1988 (age 32) 2 1 Unattached
4FW Douglas Martínez (1997-06-05) 5 June 1997 (age 23) 2 1   Real Salt Lake
4FW Darixon Vuelto (1998-01-15) 15 January 1998 (age 22) 1 0   Victoria

Recent call-upsEdit

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 (1998-01-28) 28 January 1998 (age 22) 8 1   Olimpia v.   Martinique, 13 October 2019
MF Michaell Chirinos (1995-06-17) 17 June 1995 (age 25) 19 0   Olimpia v.   Chile, 10 September 2019

FW Bryan Róchez (1995-01-01) 1 January 1995 (age 25) 11 0   Nacional v.   Martinique, 13 October 2019

INJ = Withdrew due to injury
PRE = Preliminary squad
WD = Withdrew for personal reasons

RecordsEdit

Players in bold are still active, at least at club level.

Previous squadsEdit

CoachesEdit

Manager Years
  Carlos Padilla 1960–1962
  Elsy Núñez 1962–1966
  Marinho Rodríguez 1966–1967
  Sergio Fernández 1967–1968
  Carlos Padilla 1968–1973
  Peter Lange 1974–1976
  José Herrera 1980–1986
  Ger Blok 1987–1988
  José Herrera 1988
  Flavio Ortega 1991–1992
  Estanislao Malinowski 1992–1993
  Julio González 1993
  Carlos Cruz 1995
  Ernesto Rosa 1996
  Ramón Maradiaga 1996
  Miguel Company 1997–1998
  Ramón Maradiaga 1998–2002
  Edwin Pavón 2003
  José Herrera 2003
  René Simões 2003
  Bora Milutinović 2003–2004
  José Herrera 2005
  Raúl Martínez 2006
  Flavio Ortega 2006–2007
  Reinaldo Rueda 2007–2010
  Juan Castillo 2010–2011
  Luis Suárez 2011–2014
  Hernán Medford 2014
  Jorge Pinto 2014–2017
  Carlos Tábora 2018
  Jorge Jimenez 2018–2019
  Fabian Coito 2019–

HonoursEdit

  • Third place (1): 2001

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b 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.
  2. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 16 July 2020. Retrieved 16 July 2020.
  3. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 1 August 2020. Retrieved 1 August 2020.
  4. ^ Courtney, Barrie (13 November 2006). "Honduras International Soccer Matches Since 1920". RSSSF. Retrieved 2 November 2010.
  5. ^ "Honduras - Association Information". FIFA.
  6. ^ "Pavon puts visitors through". ESPN. 14 October 2009. Retrieved 15 October 2009.
  7. ^ "England enjoy kind World Cup draw". BBC News. 4 December 2009. Retrieved 4 May 2010.
  8. ^ "¿Qué te parece la convocatoria de la Selección de Honduras?". Diez. 8 November 2019. Retrieved 16 May 2020.

10. https://www.fifa.com/news/honduras-team-the-year-for-2001-80402. Published 17 December 2001. Retrieved 13 June 2020

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