Honduras national team boss Jorge Luis Pinto says that his team have a huge test on their hands when they take on Brazil, who he has termed as being extraordinary.
After a year of recovering from the poor World Cup 2014 showing, Brazil appear to be on a great run of form. The team has arrived as the favourites to win the Copa America and one of their matches in preparation of this tournament is the friendly against Honduras. Honduras have been involved in a couple of friendly already and this will be the biggest test of them all.
Panama, Haiti and United States are the national sides that have already qualified and snatched their spot in Group A of the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Those teams will be competing in Group A but there still is one spot that is available and is going to be defined after Honduras competes against French Guiana in a match that will decide which team is going to qualify and secure the last spot of Group A.
Costa Rica, El Salvador, Jamaica and Canada were pitted together in Group B and lastly, Group C has Mexico, Guatemala, Cuba and Trinidad and Tobago.
Costa Rica were one of the surprise teams at the World Cup 2014 after almost reaching the semifinals.
They had beaten the likes of Italy and Uruguay in the group stages before going out on penalties to Holland. They had Colombian manager Jorge Luis Pintoto thank for the success.
Former Fulham midfielder Giorgos Karagounis says that he will always remember the love and support he received from the Fulham faithful.Karagounis is seen as one of the top players who had represented Fulham during the last two decades.
Even though the Greek midfielder was a fading force when he came to the club, Fulham had not witnessed a player of his stature in recent times. The 37-year-old may have appeared in only 39 matches for Fulham, but he is still held in high regard by the fans. Fulham are now playing their football in the Championship after the relegation last season.
Hernan Medford has not been in charge of the Honduras national football team for even 5 months as he was appointed at the head coach in July and ever since his appointment as the manager of the national squad, Honduras has claimed victories against: Belize and Nicaragua but lost after playing with: El Salvador, Guatemala and Mexico.
Uruguay eliminated Italy from the 2014 World Cup when they both battled each other in the group stages and when the Italian side was knocked out from the worldwide competition, the head coach of the team Cesare Prandelli chose to step down from his role in the team as he dropped out from coaching the squad.
This occurred in June 24 which has been already more than 1 month ago and so far it still remains unclear as to which manager will be coaching the Italian national team.
The manager of the Honduras national football team, Luis Fernando Suarez, has said that the spirits in his camp have not gone down in spite of two defeats in two matches.
According to Suarez, he and his players are still very optimistic about making it to the pre quarter final round.
Honduras has created an unthinkable during after managing to qualify for the FIFA World Cup for a second consecutive time. They were surprise entrants to the World Cup 2010 in South Africa. After managing to salvage pride in this competition, they have managed to do the unthinkable by qualifying for the World Cup 2014. They have been put in a group containing the likes of France and Ecuador. Switzerland are the other group opponents, which has given Honduras a real belief that they can reach the knockout stages if they played exceptionally well.
Honduras went through the World Cup qualifiers by claiming victories against Mexico and Costa Rica as well as edging draws when they faced off with Jamaica and Panama. All of those results allowed the team of Luis Fernando Suarez on getting a spot into the last 16 remaining teams which will be travelling to Brazil.
France, Ecuador and Switzerland are all of the opponents that Honduras was pitted with and will be what stands in the way of Fernando Suarez and his side if they want to enter the next stages of the upcoming World Cup.
The English FA have announced that they will play against three teams from South America as part of the preparations for the World Cup 2014.
England originally had just one match against Denmark prior to the World Cup, but the England FA have decided to add matches against Peru, Ecuador, and Honduras in order to give the team experience of playing against a South American team and also in the tough conditions expected in Brazil. South American teams are at an advantage when it comes to playing in the hot and humid conditions.