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Honduras players sing the National Anthem
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*FIFA World Cup™ finals history*
Honduras have three World Cup appearances to their name, having made their debut at Spain 1982, where they recorded two draws in their best performance to date. After making their return to the competition at South Africa 2010, L*os Catrachos *reappeared at Brazil 2014, where they failed to pick up a single point in falling at the first hurdle.

*The team
With the team that reached the last world finals still largely intact, Honduras will be hopeful of pushing for a berth at Russia 2018. Noted for their physical strength and skill on the ball, Los Catrachos have old heads in Noel Valladares, Maynor Figueroa and Boniek Garcia, proven goalscoring talent in Jerry Bengtson and exciting youngsters in the shape of Andy Najar and Luis Garrido.

*The coach
Honduran hopes of making a third World Cup in a row have been further boosted by the arrival in the dugout of Jorge Luis Pinto, the man who guided Costa Rica to the quarter-finals at Brazil 2014, an achievement led to him being named CONCACAF Coach of the Year. In a coaching career stretching back over 20 years, Pinto has taken charge of several clubs in his native Colombia and in Peru, Costa Rica and Venezuela. A meticulous tactician and strategist, he won the Copa Centroamericana title twice in his successful tenure with Los Ticos.

The stat
3 -
The number of world finals Honduras have graced over the years, the fourth-best record in the CONCACAF Zone behind Mexico with 15, USA with ten and Costa Rica with four.

*The former stars
Jose Maradiaga, Gilberto Yearwood, Amado Guevara, Carlos Pavon