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Honduras

Honduras

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Team Profile: Honduras

GettyImagesHonduras' first final appearance came in 1982, where they faced Northern Ireland

Appearances at finals:
1982 - First round

Overall record at finals: Played 3, Won 0, Drew 2, Lost 1.

Best performance: The first round of the 1982 World Cup in Spain.

Most appearances at finals: Gilberto Yearwood (1982) - 3.

Most goals at finals: Hector Zelaya, Antonio Laing (1982) - 1.

World Cup legend: Hector Ramon, nicknamed 'Eagle Chest', left his mark by scoring the country's first goal in a World Cup in 1982.

World Cup high: Drawing 1-1 with hosts Spain in the first round of the 1982 World Cup.

World Cup low: Defeat and subsequent elimination against Yugoslavia in the first round in 1982.

The story so far: After only one appearance in the World Cup, Honduras, wrapped in political turmoil during the past few months, are dreaming of a brighter future. Their sole appearance came in 1982 and they put up a creditable showing. They drew with hosts Spain and Northern Ireland, but a defeat to Yugoslavia in the final game cost Honduras a place in the second group stage.

However, the country's World Cup history will always be associated with a conflict that broke out with El Salvador in 1969. Relations had been tense due to immigration between the two neighbouring nations before rioting broke out during and after a qualifying game for Mexico 70 in San Salvador. The Salvadoran Army launched an offensive in Honduras and fighting raged on until a ceasefire was called six days later. Despite the problems running far deeper than sport, this has been labelled the 'Football War'.

Qualification: Honduras fought it out with Costa Rica to the last breath. Honduras had lost their second-to-last game against USA in the Honduran capital, and thus needed to defeat El Salvador in the final match and then hope that Costa Rica failed to earn three points on American soil.

Costa Rica had looked poised for victory after Brian Ruiz scored two goals in the first half, but the Ticos crumbled in the second half, and the game played in Washington ended in a draw, which, coupled with a 1-0 win against El Salvador, allowed Honduras to return to the World Cup by virtue of their better goal difference.

Qualifying record: GP10, W5, D1, L4, F17, A11, Pts16.

Most appearances: Noel Valladares (18).

Top goalscorer: Carlos Pavon (7).