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2010 World Cup Preview: Honduras

THE SKINNY

 

Their country may have been in the midst of chaos due to political instability, however that did not keep the members of the Honduras national team from qualifying for only their second ever World Cup finals. In 1982, Honduras performed admirably in the World Cup drawing against Spain and Northern Ireland and losing to Yugoslavia. This time around there are realistic expectations of going one step further and advancing to the knockout rounds of South Africa 2010. Reinaldo Rueda’s side have nothing to lose come June and could prove to be a dangerous proposition in Group H.

 

TALE OF THE TAPE

FIFA Ranking: 40th

World Cup Appearances: 1 (1982)

World Cup Record (W-D-L):  0-2-1

Best World Cup Finish: Group Stage, 1982

Road To South Africa: Finished 3rd in CONCACAF Final Round Hexagonal

 

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Monday Morning Kick-Off

Hello all, welcome to the Monday Morning Kick-Off. A couple bits of business to tend to first before we dive into some hopefully interesting football tidbits.

For starters, One Game, One World will go all World Cup starting in mid-May. We are planning previews of the teams, along with news, interviews, and stories ahead of the 2010 World Cup which begins on June 11th. This is a historic tournament, the first in Africa, and it means that here at OGOW we are excited to bring you coverage of the competition before, during, and after the competition.

Of course, there will be a million media outlets to receive coverage from, but we hope you will check out our mix of traditional and non-traditional coverage for perhaps something a bit different ahead of the world’s greatest sporting event.

Ok, well off we go for today’s Kick-Off.

Business End

Yes, we have reached what is commonly known as the business end of the season in many leagues, mostly Europe. In most leagues it is a two-horse race as Barcelona and Real Madrid contest La Liga, while Chelsea is attempting to hold of Manchester United in the English Premier League. Continue reading

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Monday Morning Kick-Off

Lots of football being played at this time of year as we are in the midst of the “business end” of the season. Everything is a little condensed this year as it is a World Cup year, so it really means that the matches are coming at us left and right. Not that we mind here at One Game, One World.

In today’s Morning Kick-Off we take a trip around the globe to see some of the more interesting happenings in world football. First, a little video though from Denmark, specifically Aalborg’s 1-1 draw with SønderjyskE . Spare a thought for Aalborg goalkeeper Karim Zaza who tried to dribble past the opposition forward only to get stripped and give up the most embarassing of goals. Luckily for him, Aalborg found an equalizer late on to rescue a point.

Ouch! Though in Zaza’s defense, perhaps the pass he received was not exactly the best and it put him into some trouble. Anyway, on to he Kick-Off! Continue reading

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Saturday Morning Kick-Off

Exciting weekend of football on tap and surely Roma-Inter and Real Madrid-Atletico Madrid top the list of big European fixtures. The World Cup however has been on my mind, making it tough to concentrate on the leagues across the world. In light of this enjoy this YouTube video of the BBC’s Best Goals of the 2006 World Cup. It’s fantastic stuff!

Anyone enough about that now, time to cover other happenings as well so let’s take you for a quick trip around the globe in today’s Morning Kick-Off. Continue reading

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Thursday Morning Kick-Off

Good morning everyone! We’ve received some great feedback on our article of Macchindra FC which you can find below. It really is a great story of an up-and-coming club from a part of the world that usually receives nothing but scant coverage. Anyway that’s our job here at One Game, One World, to provide coverage of football in areas that don’t receive it from the mainstream media.

We still aim to cover the big stuff too though and I don’t know if it’s just spring and things always seem to be happening fast, but I have a serious case of World Cup fever this morning. Anyway read on for today’s Morning Kick-Off.

Who’s got World Cup Fever? I’ve Got World Cup Fever

Yes, like I said, serious World Cup fever has hit us here at OGOW. So, just in case I’m not the only counting down (77 days, 9 hours and a bit if you’re wondering), a couple of cool clips for you today. My wife and daughter insisted that I spice up the site a little with these, so without further adieu, here are two World Cup related songs by K’Naan and Akon. Enjoy and let us know which one you think is the best.

K’Naan (featuring David Bisbal), Waving Flag, Official Coca-Cola Anthem For the 2010 FIFA World Cup

Akon (featuring Keri Hilson), Oh Africa, Official Pepsi World Cup Theme Song

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Wednesday Morning Kick-Off

Two unexpected results yesterday in the Champions’ League as Inter Milan and CSKA Moscow both won and went through to the last eight. Heartbreak for Chelsea and Sevilla, but joy in Italy and Russia. The Premier League is widely considered as the top league in Europe, yet two of the big four will now not be in the quarterfinals. Anyway, read on about the Champions’ League and my fascination with the Mexico-North Korea friendly in what is a shortened Morning Kick-Off today (hey, we gotta work too!). Continue reading

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Saturday Morning Kick-Off

Lots of football coming up this weekend. Barcelona-Valencia for me is the pick of the lot in Europe, though Serie A looks more exciting now with Inter losing to Catania on Friday 3-1. Victory for AC Milan against Chievo on Sunday will bring them within a point of their city rivals and ensure a great finish with 10 matches left (let’s not forget a Roma win would bring them to within four points).

Anyway, on to today’s Morning Kick-Off.

Good Day for Godoy

Godoy Cruz de Mendoza find themselves at the top of the Torneo Clausura standings in Argentina thanks to a 2-1 win over Atletico Tucuman on Friday. Outside of Argentina this is not necessarily a known club and there is a reason for that. Godoy Cruz was founded in 1921 and the club has spent most of its existence in the Argentine provincial leagues. In 1994 the team reached the 2nd division and finally the Primera Division twelve years later.

Since then they have been sort of a yo-yo club between the top two divisions. The team seems to have solidified their place in the top flight now and it remains to be seen whether they can maintain a title charge as the season progresses. Continue reading

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