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2010 World Cup Team Previews: Honduras

World Cup 2010 Team Spotlight – Honduras

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The WORLD CUP FINALS had their final draw on Dec 4th, 2009. 32 teams were picked out of their respective pots and we now know the matchups for World Cup 2010 in South Africa. Need predictions for Honduras?

From the Coach

Analysis from the coach: “We are in the World Cup for the first time since 1982, We play Chile, Spain and Switzerland in Group H. We have our work cut out for us if we want to qualify for the knockout phase.” Honduras coach Reinaldo Rueda

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Honduras has qualified for only its second ever World Cup tournament after making its debut in 1982, when after managing draws with Spain and Northern Ireland, they were eliminated with a loss to the former Yugoslavia.

Los Catrachos can thank the Americans as an equalizer in the final seconds of the USA’s clash with Costa Rica gave them their automatic berth into the World Cup

Group H: Switzerland, Spain, Honduras, and Chile

FIFA Ranking: 40
Honduras Odds to win World Cup: +75000

Matchups:
June 16 vs. Chile
June 21 vs. Spain
June 25 vs. Switzerland

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After taking the job in early 2007, boss Reinaldo Rueda’ has retooled Honduran football into a formidable force. The 42-year-old Colombian strategist has built a side that is run on an aggressive attack as well as a solid backline.

Rueda’s claim to fame came during his years as the Colombian Youth Coach, were he led the nations U-20 team to a third place finish in the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship, and a fourth place finish for the U-17 team that same year at the U-17 World Cup. He received his first national coaching stint after being promoted to senior coach after Columbia’s disastrous start to 2006 World Cup Qualifying.

Despite failing to qualify, Rueda guided the team to a salvaged sixth place finish.

Honduras is not to be underestimated and boast a number of exports from Central America playing for European teams. Los Catrachos is led by 36-year-old forward Carlos Pavon, who led the team in qualifying with seven goals. Bet on Soccer at Sportsbook.com

He will be aided by Genoa striker David Suazo, Tottenham midfielder Wilson Palacios, Amado Guevara, Maynor Figueroa and Julio Leon of Italy’s Torino.

Honduras overcame a devastating home defeat against the Americans in qualifying by winning the team’s final match against El Salvador, and then sweating as Costa Rica held a 2-1 lead in added time against the U.S. at RFK Stadium.

Jonathan Bornstein’s headed goal in the final seconds forced Cost Rica into a playoff with Uruguay, while Hondurans celebrated their automatic qualification thanks to the draw. Prior to the 3-2 defeat by the United States in San Pedro Sula, Honduras had racked up an eight-game unbeaten home run in South Africa 2010 qualifying, conceding just 11 goals in the final hexagonal, good enough for the best defensive record in the section.

The Hondurans will certainly not look out of place against any team in their group, but will face formidable obstacles in the form of Spain, Chile and Switzerland to reach the second round.

If they can secure a win over Chile and at least a draw with the Swiss, Los Catrachos will be one of the teams battling for the group’s coveted second spot.

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Matt Martz is a sportswriter for the Bakersfield Californian located in Central California. “ Football (soccer) is a game in which a handful of fit men run around for one and a half hours watched by millions of people who could really use the exercise.”

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