FIFA U-17 World Cup record
Having played no part in the opening two decades of the FIFA U-17 World Cup, Honduras have been something of a mainstay over the past ten years. Los Catrachos graced the event for the first time at Korea Republic 2007 and, while they failed to win a game there or next time out at Nigeria 2009, they reached the quarter-finals at UAE 2013 having missed out on Mexico 2011. Last time out, the Hondurans once more failed to register a win, bowing out at the group stages of Chile 2015.

Road to India
Honduras finished second behind a dominant Costa Rica in the central American zone qualifiers to reach the CONCACAF U-17 Championship. Once at the finals, they were defeated by hosts Panama, but recovered by beating Curacao and Haiti to reach the classification round. A hugely impressive 7-1 victory over Cuba, with Carlos Mejia and Patrick Palacios both grabbing hat tricks, teed up their progression to India, despite a 3-0 defeat to USA.

The coach
Jose Valladares is vastly experienced at this age level, having taken charge of Los Catrachos at both UAE 2013 and Chile 2015. Also on his CV is a brief stint in charge of Nicaraguan side CD Walter Ferretti, who he steered to a second place finish in the country’s top flight last year.

The stat
7 – The number of matches it took for Honduras to win their first U-17 World Cup game. Their seventh match at the global finals was against the hosts at UAE 2013, with Brayan Velasquez’s 86th minute winner securing the historic victory.