The Honduras national football team, (Spanish: Selección de fútbol de Honduras) nicknamed Los Catrachos, La Bicolor or La H, represents Honduras in international football and is controlled 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.

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.

History

The national team made its debut in the Independence Centenary Games held in Guatemala City in September 1921, losing 10–1 to Guatemala.[5]

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.[17]

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, where they defeated Mexico at Azteca on their way on qualifying. Honduras has won the UNCAF Nations Cup three times in 1993, 1995 and 2011.

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.

TeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts
 Northern Ireland312021+14
 Spain31113303
 Yugoslavia31112203
 302123−12

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

On October 14, 2009, Honduras qualified to the 2010 FIFA World Cup, after a 1–0 win against El Salvador gave them the third automatic qualifying spot from the Fourth Round of CONCACAF Qualifying.[4]

Honduras faced Chile, Spain, and Switzerland, respectively.[20] 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.

Group H

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification
1 Spain320142+26Advance to knockout stage
2 Chile320132+16
3  Switzerland31111104
4 301203−31
Source:
Rules for classification: Tie-breaking criteria

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.

Team
PldWDLGFGAGDPts
 United States10712158+722
 Costa Rica10532137+618
 104331312+115
 Mexico1025379−211
 Panama101541014−48
 Jamaica10055513−85
 
Costa Rica 1–02–02–12–03–1
 1–02–02–22–22–1
Jamaica 1–12–20–11–11–2
Mexico 0–01–20–02–10–0
Panama 2–22–00–00–02–3
United States 1–01–02–02–02–0

2014 World Cup

TeamPld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
 France321082+67
  Switzerland320176+16
 Ecuador31113304
 300318−70

Stadium

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

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.

Estadio Nilmo Edwards in La Ceiba has also hosted friendly exhibition matches since 2007.

Results and fixtures

  Win   Draw   Loss

2016

2017

Competitive record

FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup record
YearRoundPositionGPWonDrawn*LostGFGA
1930Did Not Enter
1934
1938
1950
1954
1958
1962Did Not Qualify
1966
1970
1974
1978Withdrew
1982Group Stage18th302123
1986Did Not Qualify
1990
1994
1998
2002
2006
2010Group Stage30th301203
2014Group Stage31st300318
2018Did Not Qualify
2022To Be Determined
TotalGroup Stage3/229036314

FIFA World Cup matches

World Cup matches (By team)
Total: 9 games played – 0 Wins – 3 Draws – 6 Losses – 3 Goals for – 14 Goals against
TeamGPWDLGFGATeamGPWDLGFGATeamGPWDLGFGA
 Spain201113 Ecuador100112 Northern Ireland101011
  Switzerland201103 France100103 Yugoslavia100101
 Chile100101--------------

All Time World Cup Results

YearLocationOpponentResultScore
1930UruguayDid not qualifyN/AN/A
1934Italy
1950Brazil
1954Switzerland
1958Sweden
1962Chile
1966England
1970Mexico
1974Germany
1978ArgentinaWithdrewN/AN/A
1982Spain SpainT1–1
 Northern IrelandT1–1
 YugoslaviaL1–0
1986MexicoDid not qualifyN/AN/A
1990Italy
1994United States
1998France
2002Korea/Japan
2006Germany
2010South Africa ChileL1–0
 SpainL2–0
  SwitzerlandT0–0
2014Brazil FranceL3–0
 EcuadorL2–1
  SwitzerlandL3–0
2018RussiaDid not qualifyN/AN/A

CONCACAF Championship / CONCACAF Gold Cup

CONCACAF Championship / CONCACAF Gold Cup record
YearResultPositionPldWDLGFGA
1963Fourth Place4th7313812
1965Did Not Qualify
1967Third Place3rd522142
1969Did Not Qualify
1971Sixth Place6th5014511
1973Fourth Place4th513166
1977Did Not Qualify
1981Champions1st532081
1985Runners-up2nd8332119
1989Did Not Qualify
1991Runners-up2nd5320123
1993Group Stage5th310265
1996Group Stage8th200218
1998Group Stage9th200215
2000Quarter-Finals6th320175
2002Did Not Qualify
2003Group Stage10th201112
2005Semi-Final3rd531186
2007Quarter-Final5th4202106
2009Semi-Final3rd530264
2011Semi-Final4th512285
2013Semi-Final4th530255
2015Group Stage11th301224
2017Quarter-Final7th411232
Total1 Title18/2383312032112101

Copa Centroamericana

YearGWDLFAPts+/–Finish
1991521255502nd
19933300706+7Champions
199543108110+7Champions
19975212857+34th
1999540111512+63rd
200131111254+7Group phase
20035113454 –14th
2005532012311+92nd
200731111154+65th
200954019312+63rd
201143108310+5Champions
2013412133502nd
2014420233605th
201754107313+4Champions
TOTALS6034121410849109+594 Titles

Copa América

Since 1993, the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) has invited two non-CONMEBOL nations to each Copa América tournament.

YearGWDLFAPts+/–Finish
1993

1999
non-invitee
20016312757+23rd
2004

2015
non-invitee
2016
did not qualify
TOTALS6312757+2Third Place

Pan American Games

YearGWDLFAPts+/–Finish
1951

1987
Did not qualify
199151136113 –54th
199561238105 –24th
1999650113615+72nd
2003
Did not qualify
20073102473 –3Group phase
2011

2015
Did not qualify
TOTALS20839313426 –3Runners-up

Central American and Caribbean Games

YearGWDLFAPts+/–Finish
193052039224 –133rd
193551136203 –145th
1938

1946
Did not participate
19506303766+13rd
1954

1982
Did not participate
19865410719+62nd
1990

1998
Did not participate
20023102453 –1Quarterfinals
2006750216815+84th
20102011011 –1Preliminary Round
201452038116 –34th
TOTALS3818317577447 –17Runners-up

Central American Games

YearGWDLFAPts+/–Finish
1973

1977
Did not qualify
19863201614+52nd
19904301826+6Champions
199433001649+12Champions
19974211637+33rd
200164119513+42nd
2006

2010
Not Held
201343106110+5Champions
TOTALS241734511649+353 Titles

Youth team records

Honours

  • Third place (1): 2001
  • Central American Games
  • Winners (3): 1990, 1994, 2013
  • Independence Cup
  • Winners (1): 2010
  • Tournament San Pedro Sula
  • Winners (1): 2007
  • CONCACAF U 15 Championship
  • Winners (1): 2013
  • Carlsberg Cup: 2002
  • Winners (1): 2002
  • CONCACAF Pre-Olympic Tournament
  • Winners (2): 2000,2008

Players

Current squad

The following players were called up for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification matches against Australia on 10 and 15 November 2017.[19]
Caps and goals current as of 15 November 2017 after the second leg against Australia.

0#0Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClub
11GKKevin Hernández(1985-12-21) December 21, 1985 70 Real España
181GKRicardo Canales(1982-04-30) April 30, 1982 60 Vida
221GKDonis Escober(1981-02-03) February 3, 1981 630 Olimpia

22DFFélix Crisanto(1990-09-09) September 9, 1990 100 Motagua
32DFMaynor Figueroa (Captain)(1983-05-02) May 2, 1983 1464 FC Dallas
42DFHenry Figueroa(1992-12-28) December 28, 1992 360 Motagua
52DFÉver Alvarado(1992-01-30) January 30, 1992 201 Olimpia
72DFEmilio Izaguirre(1986-05-10) May 10, 1986 973 Al-Fayha
212DFBrayan Beckeles(1985-11-28) November 28, 1985 561 Necaxa
232DFJohnny Palacios(1986-12-20) December 20, 1986 420 Olimpia

63MFBryan Acosta(1993-11-24) November 24, 1993 393 Tenerife
83MFAlfredo Mejía(1990-04-03) April 3, 1990 411 Xanthi
103MFMario Martínez(1989-07-30) July 30, 1989 705 Real España
143MFBoniek García(1984-09-04) September 4, 1984 1253 Houston Dynamo
153MFAlexander López(1992-05-06) May 6, 1992 161 Olimpia
193MFSergio Peña(1987-05-09) May 9, 1987 30 Real Sociedad
203MFJorge Claros(1986-01-08) January 8, 1986 843 Real España

94FWAnthony Lozano(1993-04-25) April 25, 1993 267 Barcelona B
114FWEddie Hernández(1991-02-27) February 27, 1991 227 Motagua
124FWRomell Quioto(1991-08-09) August 9, 1991 388 Houston Dynamo
134FWCarlo Costly(1982-07-18) July 18, 1982 7732 Olimpia
164FWCarlos Lanza(1989-05-15) May 15, 1989 40 Juticalpa
174FWAlberth Elis(1996-02-16) February 16, 1996 277 Houston Dynamo

Recent call-ups

The following players have been called up to the Honduran squad in the last 12 months.

Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClubLatest call-up
GKLuis López(1993-09-13) September 13, 1993 110 Real Españav.  Costa Rica, October 7, 2017 PRE
GKHarold Fonseca(1993-10-08) October 8, 1993 00 Motagua2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE

DFCarlos Sánchez(1990-08-22) August 22, 1990 40 Honduras Progresov.  Australia, November 10, 2017
DFAllans Vargas(1993-09-25) September 25, 1993 70 Real Españav.  Australia, November 10, 2017 PRE
DFJohnny Leverón(1990-02-07) February 7, 1990 343 Marathónv.  United States, September 5, 2017
DFMarcelo Pereira(1995-05-27) May 27, 1995 60 Motagua2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup
DFRobbie Malute(1987-11-20) November 20, 1987 10 Real Sociedad2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
DFDabirson Castillo(1996-09-25) September 25, 1996 00 Platensev.  El Salvador, May 27, 2017
DFCésar Oseguera(1990-07-20) July 20, 1990 150 Real Españav.  Costa Rica, March 28, 2017
DFBrayan García(1994-10-19) October 19, 1994 70 Vidav.  Ecuador, February 22, 2017
DFJonathan Paz(1995-06-18) June 18, 1995 00 Olimpia2017 Copa Centroamericana PRE

MFMichaell Chirinos(1995-06-17) June 17, 1995 100 Olimpiav.  Australia, November 10, 2017
MFOliver Morazán(1988-01-05) January 5, 1988 140 Juticalpav.  Australia, November 10, 2017 PRE
MFCarlos Discua(1984-09-20) September 20, 1984 311 Motaguav.  Mexico, October 10, 2017
MFChristian Altamirano(1989-11-26) November 26, 1989 60 Real Españav.  Mexico, October 10, 2017
MFEsdras Padilla(1989-09-04) September 4, 1989 10 Juticalpav.  Trinidad and Tobago, September 1, 2017 PRE
MFJuan Ángel Delgado(1992-07-21) July 21, 1992 00 Honduras Progresov.  Trinidad and Tobago, September 1, 2017 PRE
MFMarcelo Canales(1991-01-06) January 6, 1991 81 Olimpia2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
MFÓscar Salas(1993-11-30) November 30, 1993 71 Olimpia2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
MFWalter Martínez(1991-03-26) March 26, 1991 10 Marathón2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
MFAllan Banegas(1993-10-03) October 3, 1993 00 Marathón2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
MFRoger Espinoza(1986-10-25) October 25, 1986 535 Sporting Kansas Cityv.  Costa Rica, March 28, 2017
MFAndy Najar(1993-03-16) March 16, 1993 354 Anderlechtv.  Costa Rica, March 28, 2017
MFLuis Garrido(1990-11-05) November 5, 1990 380 Olimpia2017 Copa Centroamericana

FWJerry Palacios(1981-11-01) November 1, 1981 265 Real Sociedadv.  Australia, November 10, 2017 PRE
FWRomán Castillo(1991-11-26) November 26, 1991 184 Motaguav.  Mexico, October 10, 2017
FWRony Martínez(1988-08-07) August 7, 1988 152 Baoding Rongdav.  Costa Rica, October 7, 2017 PRE
FWÁngel Tejeda(1991-06-01) June 1, 1991 110 Real España2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup
FWErick Andino(1989-07-21) July 21, 1989 235 Motagua2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
FWJairo Puerto(1988-12-28) December 28, 1988 61 Puerto Rico2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
FWRigoberto Rivas(1998-07-31) July 31, 1998 00 Brescia2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
FWDiego Reyes(1990-01-11) January 11, 1990 132 Real Sociedad2017 Copa Centroamericana
FWRoby Norales(1991-01-25) January 25, 1991 10 Platense2017 Copa Centroamericana PRE

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

Records

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

Previous Squads

Coaches

ManagerYears
Carlos Padilla1960–1962
Elsy Núñez Gonzales1962–1966
Marinho Rodríguez1966–1967
Sergio Lecea Fernández1967–1968
Carlos Padilla1968–1973
José de la Paz Herrera1980–1986
Ger Blok1987–1988
José de la Paz Herrera1988
Flavio Ortega1991–1992
Estanislao Malinowski1992–1993
Julio Gonzalez Montemurro1993
Carlos Cruz Carranza1995
Ernesto Rosa Guedes1996
Ramón Maradiaga1996
Miguel Company1997–1998
Ramón Maradiaga1998–2002
Edwin Pavon2003
José de la Paz Herrera2003
René Simões2003
Bora Milutinović2003–2004
José de la Paz Herrera2005
Raúl Martínez Sambulá2006
Flavio Ortega2006
Reinaldo Rueda2007–2010
Juan de Dios Castillo2010–2011
Luis Fernando Suárez2011–2014
Hernán Medford2014
Jorge Luis Pinto2014–2017

Record versus other nations

As of 15 November 2017
OpponentRecordGoals
 Antigua and Barbuda1–0–01:0
 Argentina0–0–21:4
 Aruba0–1–01:1
 Australia0–1–11:3
 Azerbaijan0–1–00:0
 Barbados1–0–01:0
 Belarus0–1–02:2
 Belize9–0–024:3
 Bolivia1–2–23:4
 Brazil1–1–56:22
 Canada11–6–740:28
 Chile2–0–38:9
 China PR1–3–11:3
 Colombia6–2–413:11
 Costa Rica19–22–2480:107
 Cuba8–2–527:23
 Curaçao5–3–320:24
 Denmark0–1–11:2
 Dominican Republic1–0–02:0
 Ecuador2–7–614:20
 El Salvador36–19–17118:75
 England0–1–00:0
 Finland0–0–11:2
 France0–0–10:3
 French Guiana2–0–17:3
 Grenada2–0–011:1
 Guadeloupe0–0–11:2
 Guatemala18–19–1459:59
 Haiti12–0–534:13
 Hong Kong2–0–02:0
 Israel0–0–22:6
 Jamaica12–5–744:25
 Japan0–1–17:14
 Latvia1–0–02:1
 Martinique1–0–04:2
 Mexico8–8–2334:71
 New Zealand0–1–11:2
 Nicaragua21–2–179:15
 Northern Ireland0–1–01:1
 Norway0–0–11:3
 Panama25–11–1171:33
 Paraguay1–3–35:10
 Peru2–4–210:10
 Puerto Rico1–1–06:2
 Romania0–2–11:4
 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines6–0–036:4
 Slovenia1–0–05:1
 South Africa0–1–01:1
 South Korea0–0–20:7
 Spain0–1–11:3
  Switzerland0–1–10:3
 Serbia1–0–12:1
 Suriname1–2–04:3
 Trinidad and Tobago9–6–329:19
 Turkey0–0–30:5
 Uruguay1–1–03:2
 United Arab Emirates1–1–02:1
 United States5–8–1627:49
 Venezuela4–2–615:14
 Zambia1–0–07:1
Totals241–154–192879:732

See also

Notes

  1. CONCACAF awarded Honduras a 3–0 win as a result of French Guiana fielding the ineligible player Florent Malouda, after the match had finished 0–0. Malouda had previously represented France and did not meet eligibility rules.[2]