Luis Suarez and Wilson Palacios lead Los Catrachos in their bid to come out of Group E.
Yes, you read that right. Luis Suarez is on Honduras.
Only this Luis Suarez doesn’t bite people or use racial epithets. In fact, this one doesn’t even play. The Colombian manager – who also led Group E compatriot Ecuador in the 2006 World Cup – plays a rigid 4-3-2-1 that is low on creativity but high on strength. Stoke’s Wilson Palacios is the key man in this set up, and the Claude Makalélé of the Potteries is joined by 21 year old Anderlecht winger Andy Najar as well as boasting a few players from Major League Soccer.
Goalkeepers: Noel Valladares, Donis Escober (both Olimpia), Luis Lopez (Real Espana)
Defenders: Brayan Beckeles (Olimpia), Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic), Juan Carlos Garcia (Wigan), Maynor Figueroa (Hull), Victor Bernardez (San Jose Earthquakes), Osman Chavez (Qingdao Janoon), Juan Pablo Montes (Motagua)
Midfielders: Edder Delgado (Real Espana), Luis Garrido (Olimpia), Roger Espinoza (Wigan), Jorge Claros (Motagua), Wilson Palacios (Stoke), Oscar Garcia (Houston Dynamo), Andy Najar (Anderlecht), Mario Martinez (Real Espana), Marvin Chavez (Chivas USA)
Strikers: Jerry Bengtson (New England Revolution), Jerry Palacios (Alajuelense), Carlo Costly (Real Espana), Rony Martinez (Real Sociedad)
Honduras play a physical game so expect a lot of cards being shown if their game against England this weekend was anything to go by. Their style of play has gotten the ire of England’s captain Steven Gerrard, who has labelled Honduras’ brutal tackling as “horrific” and “stupid”.
If you like attacking football, you might want to steer clear of this bunch. But if you like your football rough and dirty then you might want to catch these guys. But I have a feeling the results won’t be pretty.