By Sebastian Gonzalez on June 11, 2014
Not many see the Honduran national team escaping from of the group rounds, and even fewer find the idea of Honduras going all the way feasible. However, if you've been keeping up with Honduras, you'll notice they boast a talented squad and have had impressive results (a 0-0 tie with England). They have more than enough weapons to upset the world and win the 2014 World Cup.
Coach Luis Fernando Suarez will be attending the second World Cup of his career. In 2006, he surprisingly took Ecuador all the way to the Round of 16. He has similar players this time around and will be looking to have an even better outing. He's been coaching Honduras for over three years now, leading them to third place in the CONCACAF Qualifiers.
10 players out of the 23-man Honduran national team have the experience of playing the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Amongst these men are some of their best players, like Maynor Figueroa, Wilson Palacios and Roger Espinoza. These players will be looking to inject some quality, wisdom, and maturity to an otherwise relatively young squad.
While there's no such thing as an easy group in the World Cup, Honduras have the luck of being drawn into a group with Ecuador, Switzerland and France. Their first match against France will be extremely difficult to overcome, but their matches against Ecuador and Switzerland are accessible. Don't be surprised if they manage to beat both teams. They played against Switzerland in 2010 to a 0-0 draw.
Every World Cup is host to a wonderful Cinderella story. The 2010 World Cup had Uruguay surprising the world and going all the way to the semifinals. In 2006, Ukraine managed to get to the Round of 8. Honduras will be hoping that 2014 is their year. They have good enough players to go deep into the competition and upset a number of teams.
By far, the most talented portion of the Honduran national team lies in the midfield. Their best players are Wilson Palacios and Roger Espinoza, who make a great central midfielder duo. And if they need more offensive production from them, Espinoza can drift out to the left wing. If Honduras plan on going all the way this year, both Palacios and Espinoza will have to be at the top of their games.
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