1 Luis López goalkeeper, Real Espana
2 Osman Chavez defender, Qingdao Janoon
3 Maynor Figueroa defender, Hull City
4 Juan Montes defender, Motagua
5 Victor Bernardez defender, San Jose Earthquakes
6 Juan Carlos Garcia defender, Wigan
7 Emilio Izaguirre midfielder, Celtic
8 Wilson Palacios midfielder, Stoke
9 Jerry Palacios midfielder, Alajuelense
10 Marvin Chavez midfielder, Chivas USA
11 Jerry Bengtson forward, New England Revolution
12 Edder Delgado midfielder, Real Espana
13 Carlo Costly forward, Real Espana
14 Boniek Garcia midfielder, Houston Dynamo
15 Roger Espinoza midfielder, Wigan
16 Rony Martinez forward, CD Real Sociedad
17 Andy Najar midfielder, Anderlecht
18 Noel Valladares goalkeeper, Olimpia
19 Luis Garrido midfielder, Olimpia
20 Jorge Claros midfielder, Motagua
21 Brayan Beckeles defender, Olimpia
22 Donis Escober goalkeeper, Olimpia
23 Mario Martinez midfielder, Real Espana
Wilson Palacios, the Claude Makelele of the Potteries, is the heartbeat of the team and one of many squad members from the Garifuna ethnic group but Honduran hopes will be riding on the youngest member of their squad, Andy Najar. The 21-year-old winger has blossomed at Anderlecht, where he was selected by 70% of the fans’ vote as Belgian player of the month in March.
Most likely to be sent home in disgrace …
Carlo Costly has failed to settle with nine teams in eight countries – refusing to return to a Polish side because it was “horribly cold” – and took a swipe at the national coach on Facebook after he was left out of one squad. He does, though, have his own signature style of dummy, the Costlynha – a fake dragback followed by sharp acceleration.
Luis Fernando Suarez. A more stable figure than his Uruguayan namesake, the Colombian – who led Ecuador to the second round in 2006 before losing to England – has taken Honduras to the finals. Anything else is a bonus.
Any match against Costa Rica is always a battle for Central American supremacy – el clásico centroamericano. In qualification, two tight encounters between the sides each finished 1-0 to the home team. Mind you, if both Central American teams make it out of their groups you could probably retire on the payout from bookmakers.
Los Catrachos – a name derived from a 19th-century general who fought against William Walker’s US empire-building “filibusters”– will flop at the Hotel Transamérica in Porto Feliz, São Paulo state, and have taken steps against homesickness by asking for six dedicated Spanish-language TV channels, including two from Honduras.
How they qualified
An away win in Mexico and strong home form secured the third automatic qualifying spot behind Costa Rica and the USA.
World Cup high
A 1-1 draw against hosts Spain in Valencia in their first ever World Cup finals match in 1982. They drew their second match against Northern Ireland before losing to Yugoslavia.
World Cup low
Vladimir Petrovic’s 88th-minute penalty for Yugoslavia in that final game in 1982 denied Honduras the glory of a place in the second round and allowed hosts Spain to progress.
Maynor Figueroa (Hull), Wilson Palacios (Stoke), Roger Espinoza (Wigan).
Title odds: 500/1
The stereotype is …
Win, lose or draw they just want to party, soak up the atmosphere and put themselves in the shop window for a move to Europe.
The reality is …
They desperately want to win a game at a World Cup. By any means possible, even nefarious ones. And maybe party a little. Honduras are expected to line up in a vogueish 4-2-3-1 but the basic facts are that they are physically strong, compact and dangerous from set pieces and on counterattacks where the height and power of Costly, whose father Allan played at the 1982 World Cup, can cause problems. Emilio Izaguirre of Celtic is a marauding threat from left-back while Hull’s Maynor Figueroa may be deployed in central defence. The captain Noel Valladares offers experience in goal (118 caps) if not stature (5ft 10in).
What they’re known for:
Being laid back 40 per cent
Coffee 12 per cent
Wilson Palacios 22 per cent
Macaws 26 per cent
How Google translates the national anthem
Pigeons waves with their shields, a volcano. Behind the bare summit there is a bright sun shines.
How long does it last?
Seemingly forever. The Bohemian Rhapsody of national anthems.
How to dress like their fans:
Commentator’s go-to stat
They have yet to win a game in six attempts at World Cup finals.