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End of the Road: Honduras on their World Cup Exit

End of the Road: Honduras on their World Cup Exit

Finish: Fourth place, Group stage

(Featured Image: Honduras players | Source: FIFA)

 

With zero wins and a disappointing goal difference of -7, Honduras exited the 2014 FIFA World Cup with very little pride to bring to their country. The side have underperformed and seemed intimidated by the overwhelming façades of their French, Swiss, and Ecuadorian rivals. They are one of the three teams to bag zero points in the Group stage and among those who displayed the least impressive goal scoring skills.

 

Inevitably, the loss has resulted in dismays from both fans and the local media. Supporters were crying while heartbreakingly watching their heroes fall on the pitch. Some critics felt their squad did not give their 100 percent and commented less enthusiastically of how they have been managed. Coach Luis Fernando Suarez had to vacate his position following the early elimination in the Brazil finals. He felt and feels sad that he was not able to fulfill the vision his Honduran compatriots have set for their national squad but expressed willingness to remain in touch with the team if his service would still be needed.

 

“I am not satisfied by what we achieved at the World Cup,” said the manager. “I think the team will have good results in the future. But I think someone can replace me and produce different results.”

 

In the three years that he was Los Catrachos’ top brass, Suarez led Honduras to the semi-finals of two Gold Cups and coached the Olympic team that reached the quarter-finals at London 2012.

 

Honduras were the first Latin American side to bid farewell to the World Cup and one of the only two teams from the said region who failed to advance to the knockout stage. They were beaten on a clean sheet twice (versus France and Switzerland, both 3-0) and conceded two goals while scoring one against Ecuador.

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