Did you know- Surprisingly, the team of Honduras came in sixth place, ahead of France and Italy, in the FIFA Under-20 World Championship in Tunisia (North Africa) in 1977. On that occasion, this team was considered by some experts to be the greatest squad ever assembled in Central America. In the course of the tournament, in the preliminary round, Honduras beat Hungary 2-0.
Did you know- Against all odds, the squad from Honduras, a team with passion, discipline and ambition, won the right to compete in the global competition in the early 1980s, at the expense of Mexico, Haiti, and Cuba. For the first time, they had captured the CONCACAF Tournament. Later on, Honduras boasted one of its greatest sporting moments when the country tied with Spain, the host nation, 1-1 in the Men’s Football World Championship. In the course of the tournament, in the preliminary round, Honduras also tied with Northern Ireland (1-1). Subsequently, however, the Central American squad lost 1-0 to Yugoslavia (present-day Serbia). As a result, the Spanish-speaking nation came in 18th place in the global event, among 24 teams. Historically, Honduras (a football-loving nation) became the second Central American country to qualify for the FIFA World Cup, after El Salvador, which had competed in the international event in the United Mexican States in the early 70s.
Mar del Plata 1995
Did you know- Despite its spectacular performances, Brazil lost 1-0 to Honduras in the 1995 Pan American Games in Mar del Plata (Argentina). By 1994, the Brazilian team had captured the gold medal at the FIFA World Cup in America.
Did you know- By the mid-1990s, the under-20 national football team qualified for the FIFA World Cup in Doha, Qatar.
Did you know- Between April 3 and April 24, 1999, the national squad competed for the Under-20 World Cup in Nigeria (Africa).
South Africa 2010
Did you know- The national team, which competed in the FIFA World Championship in Spain in 1982, made history when they gained a place for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, sparking off celebrations in Tegucigalpa, the nation’s capital. Its qualification for the global event was a logical consequence of its hard work and discipline. Considering the situation of the nation, one of Latin America’s three poorest republics (after Haiti and Bolivia), the team from Honduras is a notable example in soccer history. Previously, they had competed in the Olympiad in Beijing. In China, Honduras was one of the 15 best teams of the world.