Opponent dossier: World Cup history of Honduras

The Caltex Socceroos will face Honduras next month for a place at Russia 2018.

Australia will be aiming for a fifth World Cup appearance, while it would be a fourth World Cup for Honduras.

But how have Australia’s intercontinental playoff opponents fared at previous tournaments?

SPAIN 1982

In their first appearance on football’s biggest stage, Honduras acquitted themselves well after being drawn into a tough group.

Their opening match was against the hosts in Valencia and the CONCACAF debutants stunned the home crowd with Hector Zelaya scoring his nation’s historic first World Cup goal after just eight minutes.

But Spain equalised in the second half to deny Honduras a famous victory.

Next up were Northern Ireland who took the lead through Gerry Armstrong after just ten minutes before substitute Eduardo Laing headed home the equaliser just two minutes after being introduced on the hour.

That left Honduras needing to beat Yugoslavia in their final group game to progress, but a late penalty dashed their hopes – if not their pride – after an impressive World Cup debut.


After a 28-year absence, Honduras returned to the World Cup but suffered the ignominy of failing to score in their three group games.

A first-up 1-0 defeat by Chile in Nelspruit was followed by a 2-0 loss to eventual winners Spain in Johannesburg with David Villa nabbing a brace.

The Hondurans at least came away with a point in their last match, holding Switzerland to a goal-less draw in Bloemfontein, which also ended the Swiss campaign.



Having qualified for back-to-back World Cups, Honduras again failed to fire on the big stage, losing all three of their group games.

A first-half red card to influential midfielder Wilson Palacios saw them fall to a first-up 3-0 defeat to France with all three goals coming after they were reduced to ten men.

Things looked brighter when Honduras took the lead in their second game against Ecuador, Carlo Costly scoring his country’s first World Cup goal for 32 years.

It wasn’t enough though with West Ham United forward Enner Valencia scoring twice to consign the Hondurans to a 2-1 defeat.

In their final match, Honduras were on the receiving end of a Xherdan Shaqiri masterclass, the Swiss attacker scoring the World Cup’s 50th hat-trick in his side’s 3-0 win.

The loss meant Honduras have played nine World Cup matches without a win, more than any other country.



Source  :  Football Federation Australia

AFC President congratulates Australia for clinching FIFA World Cup 2018 Inter-Continental Play-off spot

Kuala Lumpur: Asian Football Confederation (AFC) President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa has congratulated Australia for inching closer towards Russia 2018 after narrowly defeating Syria 3-2 on aggregate over two legs in the FIFA World Cup 2018 Asian Qualifiers Continental Play-off to secure their place in the Asian-CONCACAF Zone play-off.

“I would like to offer my congratulations to Australia for showing immense quality over the two legs to overcome a spirited Syrian side. On behalf of the Asian football family, I wish Australia the very best of luck and I am confident they will do Asia proud in the Inter-Continental Play-off.”

Syria and Australia delivered a thrilling first leg last Thursday in their Continental Play-off on the Road to Russia with the Socceroos getting the better of the first hour and the Qasioun Eagles coming back strongly in the final 30 minutes as the game finished 1-1.

In the second-leg, however, the Australians showed their quality to secure a hard-fought victory.

Syria snatched the lead inside six minutes thanks to a composed finish by Omar Al Soma before the evergreen Tim Cahill pulled Australia level seven minutes later with a fine header from Matthew Leckie’s inch-perfect cross.

Despite creating numerous chances in the second-half, both sides were unable to find the decisive winner in the 90 minutes.

Cahill then produced another trademark header in the fourth minute of the second-half of extra-time to hand the Australians a famous victory at the Stadium Australia in Sydney.

Australia will now play the fourth-placed team in the CONCACAF final qualifying group, which sees Honduras, Panama and the United States of America in the running as possible opponents, over two legs in November.

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Photo:Lagardère Sports


Source  :  Asian Football Confederation Website

Road to Russia: Australia to face Honduras in Inter-Continental Play-off

Kuala Lumpur: Australia’s final step to qualifying for the FIFA World Cup 2018 Russia wll see them taking on Honduras in the Inter-Continental Play-off in November.

Honduras sensationally sealed fourth spot in the final round of the CONCACAF Qualifiers after beating group winners Mexico 3-2 on Tuesday.

Panama defeated Costa Rica 2-1 to clinch the third automatic spot behind Mexico and Costa Rica.

The United States missed out after falling to a shock 2-1 defeat to bottom-placed Trinidad and Tobago.

Honduras’ Alberth Elis (right) and Eddie Hernandez celebrate after scoring against Mexico during their 2018 World Cup qualifier match in Olimpico Metropolitano Stadium in San Pedro Sula on Tuesday. 

Australia, who advanced to the Inter-Continental Play-off after beating Syria in the Continental Play-off in Sydney on Tuesday, will face Honduras in November over two legs.

Tim Cahill’s double steered Australia to a 2-1 win over Syria in the second leg at Stadium Australia on Tuesday, for a 3-2 aggregate result.

Ange Postecoglou’s team will now prepare for Honduras as Australia seek a fourth consecutive appearance at the FIFA World Cup.

FIFA will announce the dates in due course but Australia will play the second leg against Honduras at home.

Football Federation Australia CEO David Gallop said he was expecting a big crowd for the second leg of the play-off at Stadium Australia.

“The whole country is going to be behind the team when we play in Honduras but our FIFA World Cup fate will be decided right here in Sydney,” said Gallop.

Postecoglou, whose future is the subject of speculation, said his sole focus is preparing the Socceroos for the Inter-Continental Play-off.

“I will not let anything compromise on the team’s journey on getting to a fourth consecutive FIFA World Cup,” said Postecoglou.

Photos: Lagardère Sports & AFP


Source  :  Asian Football Confederation Website

HONDURAS EXPLAINER: Meet the Caltex Socceroos’ CONCACAF playoff opposition

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Honduras have been confirmed as the Caltex Socceroos’ opponents in next month’s intercontinental playoff for a place at Russia 2018.

Here’s what we know about this Central American nation’s national team.


* Honduras are 74th in the latest FIFA rankings

* They are coached by a Colombian – 64-year-old Jorge Luis Pinto – who famously guided Costa Rica to first place in the so-called “Group of Death” at the 2014 World Cup, beating Uruguay and Italy and drawing with England.

They then beat Greece on penalties in the round of 16 before losing – again on penalties – to the Netherlands in the quarter-finals in Brazil.

* Honduras have been to three World Cups – including the last two – but have never made it past the group stages.

* Former stars include Jose Maradiaga, Gilberto Yearwood, Amado Guevara, Carlos Pavon

* Nickname: Los Catrachos


Source  :  Football Federation Australia

Caltex Socceroos to take on Honduras in final round of qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup

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The Caltex Socceroos will play Honduras in their final two qualification matches for the FIFA World Cup in Russia next year.

After last night’s victory over Syria, Australia’s opponent in the two-legged intercontinental play-off was decided in matches played today in Central and North America.

Football Federation Australia (FFA) awaits official confirmation of the fixture details from FIFA, however the matches will take place during the international window next month. The return leg will be played at Stadium Australia in Sydney. Ticketing details will be released in the coming days.

FFA Chief Executive David Gallop said he was expecting a big crowd in Sydney for the second leg of the must-win tie.

“The whole nation is going to be behind the team when they play in Honduras but our FIFA World Cup fate will be decided right here in Sydney. We have every confidence that Ange (Postecoglou) and the players can get the job done. It will be a massive night for football and the wonderful memories of the Uruguay game in 2005 will get the turnstiles spinning,” said Gallop.

Caltex Socceroos Head Coach Postecoglou said detailed preparations for the matches were already well advanced.

“I am aware of reports today suggesting that I will step down as Head Coach of the Socceroos next month. My sole focus is on preparing the team for our final two qualifying matches. I will not let anything compromise the team’s journey on getting to a fourth consecutive FIFA World Cup,” said Postecoglou.

Gallop said he had spoken to Postecoglou about the reports and agreed the focus should be on the November matches.

“Beyond that, should we qualify, there is a period of some months until the World Cup and we agreed that we will need to lock in our set up as soon as possible to maximise our preparation time,” concluded Gallop.


Source  :  Football Federation Australia

3 key Honduras stars set to face Caltex Socceroos in November playoff

The MLS is where you can find many of the top Hondurans who’ll face the Caltex Socceroos, but they are lead by a former EPL defender. 

Maynor Figueroa

Experienced leader at the back. Currently plays in the MLS for FC Dallas, the 34-year-old has enjoyed an 18 year career with stints in Honduras and in the English Premier League with Wigan, where he’s remembered fondly during the club’s time in the elite of English football. His experience will be key.

Maynor Figueroa of Honduras

Romell Quioto

Also at Houston with Elis, the attacker started his first season in the MLS on fire, scoring in each of his first three games before hitting a rough patch.

At 25 he’s clearly an important cog in the Honduran attack and went into the Mexico game with a goal to his name for Houston against Minnesota earlier in th

Romell Quioto of Honduras

Alberth Elis

Plays for Houston Dynamo in the MLS. Just 21, he’s in hot form right now in the US League, being named in the MLS Team of the Week in early October for his performances in home games against the Galaxy and Minnesota United.

Alberth Elis of Honduras


Source  :  Football Federation Australia