The team: After their disappointing exit at the group stage of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, which led to the departure of coach Reinaldo Rueda, Honduras turned to Luis Fernando Suarez. Since his appointment, the new coach has focused on the youth set-up, personally guiding the under-23s to the quarter-finals of the men’s football tournament at the London 2012 Olympics. He then promoted the most promising youngsters to the national team, which paid off as Honduras took the third and final direct qualification spot behind the USA and Costa Rica.
The coach: Luis Fernando Suarez
Colombian coach Luis Fernando Suarez boasts impressive World Cup experience, having led Ecuador to their best ever showing at the tournament in 2006, where they reached the second round only to be knocked out by England. Guiding Honduras to the second round would be an equally impressive achievement for Suarez.
Key player: Emilio Izaguirre
The Celtic left-back was named Scottish Premier League Player of the Year in the 2010/11 season and he is still a force for both club and country. His ability to overlap down the flanks makes him an attacking threat, while he’s also composed when it comes to his defensive duties.
World ranking: 30
World Cup appearances: 2
Previous best: Group stage in 1982 and 2010
Qualification: Third in group
Form (qualifiers): WDLLWLWDWD
Fixtures: June 15 vs. France; June 21 vs. Ecuador; June 26 vs. Switzerland