FIFA – Honduras’s Gold Cup Game

After decades in the doldrums, Honduras is well and truly back among the CONCACAF footballing elite. Seven months after becoming the sole Central American side to grace the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ last year, Los Catrachos proved it was no fluke by winning the 2011 Copa Centroamericana last Sunday in Panama.

Despite a shaky start in the competition, Juan de Dios Castillo’s side claimed the title with a hugely satisfying defeat of arch-rivals Costa Rica, who they would appear to have usurped as the region’s top side. The tournament also decided the five Central American participants at the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Heading to the championship in the USA this June alongside the aforementioned finalists will be Panama, El Salvador and Guatemala.

It would be fair to say Honduras did not go into the tournament at the top of their game. After a series of disappointing friendlies that had raised doubts about Castillo’s position, even their own supporters were divided. Nor were the doubts banished when they struggled to an opening 1-1 draw in Group B against Costa Rica.

From that moment on, though, Los Catrachos never looked back…continue FIFA’s soccer article here.

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