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Honduras, the eternal promise of football in Central America – the El Ágora magazine


He qualified for three World Cups, won a continental tournament and always showed striking values. But he never managed to make a big leap.

While Costa Rica, the last Red Hermit, Honduras, will be presented Tuesday at Temuco in the midst of a negative period, inappropriate for history built over decades in North and Central America.

Until the Panama victory 1-0 on the same night that Chile fell in Costa Rica, the Catracha team did not win this year. The defeats against South Korea (0-2) and El Salvador (0-1) and equality with the United Arab Emirates (1-1) were a worrying scenario.

Now, after the narrow triumph over the Panamians, the Honduras will surely try to consolidate a redress in front of the Red, which will restore confidence and prepare them to cope with the challenge of reaching the fourth World Cup.

It is not, however, this team that seems to match the qualifications for Spain 1982 or South Africa 2010 and Brazil 2014.

Although these three presentations always have a relegation to the last place in his group, Honduras showed – especially in the first two appearances – a football that drew attention to technical quality and speed.

Especially appreciated was his debut in Spain, the world that was supported by his only continental title, Concacaf Cup 1981.

In the courtyards of Valencia and Zaragoza, the team led by José de la Paz Herrera began with two very good draws against the local team and Northern Ireland. These were duels in which the Arzú goalkeeper's category, Eastwood's annuals, creator Maradiaga and striker Figueroa, thought he might qualify for qualifying in the second phase. But he could not. In the third match he bent 0-1 against Yugoslavia and should have left only a good memory.

He returned to the World Cup just 28 years. It was in 2010, when Reynaldo Rueda's leadership again showed meritorious, but still went empty-handed. His premiere, not to mention it, was against Red of Bielsa. A narrow duel that bent only in favor of Chile due to Beausejour's goal. His subsequent defeat against Spain and final equality with Switzerland left him with the bitter feeling that he could do something more, especially since there were a few experienced militants in major European leagues.

The best thing is that four years later he qualified for the second time in a row. Worst thing, that in Brazil 2014 played in the worst presentation. He brought 0-3 from France and Switzerland and leveled 1-2 in front of a more accessible Ecuador, Honduras this time showed no merit and no one regretted the early return home.

He was about to classify Russia in 2018, but was eliminated in the republics of Australia. However, two World Cups and a repeat show that in the last decade Honduras has returned to a consistent show with its rich technical base. For connoisseurs, it is always a striking and promising football that has failed to make a big leap. So far, his only record in the world is to include three brothers in the same globalist process (in South Africa 2010): Jerry, Johnny and Wilson Palacios.

The selected stream shows that the figure of Spanish striker Girona, Antony Lozano, author of the winning goal against Panama, last Friday. Other attackers include Bryan Rochez from Nacional de Portugal and Jerry Bengtson from local Olimpia. The latter, along with goalkeeper Luis López and defenders Maynor Figueroa, Brayan Beckeles and Emilio Izaguirre, are Brazilian 2014 survivors.

This Tuesday at Temuco will not be headed by his coach, Carlos Tábora, who is in the United States, leading the U20 national team playing the CONCACAF qualifiers for this world championship. Jorge Jiménez will be in his place.

What will be the red iris so far? Certainly, with a rival very similar to his last executioner, Costa Rica. Ticos and bumps share Africa's roots that give them power and speed different from other selections in the region, such as El Salvador, Guatemala and Nicaragua, the more distant game. Like in Costa Rica, the Chileans will be pressed. Initially, this pressure will be in the whole area, especially in the area of ​​national defense, which everyone has already identified as unpleasant when they leave. Then, depending on how the game is played, Honduras will decide whether to continue to attack or to withdraw to capture the counterattack.

Rueda knows them very well. We hope that it will influence a better game at national level. So we do not continue to be involved in Honduras.

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