HONDURAS EXPLAINER: Meet the Caltex Socceroos’ CONCACAF playoff opposition

Honduras have been confirmed as the Caltex Socceroos' opponents in next month's intercontinental playoff for a place at Russia 2018.

Here’s what we know about this Central American nation’s national team.


* Honduras are 74th in the latest FIFA rankings

* They are coached by a Colombian - 64-year-old Jorge Luis Pinto - who famously guided Costa Rica to first place in the so-called "Group of Death" at the 2014 World Cup, beating Uruguay and Italy and drawing with England.

* They then beat Greece on penalties in the round of 16 before losing - again on penalties - to the Netherlands in the quarter-finals in Brazil.

* Honduras have been to three World Cups - including the last two - but have never made it past the group stages.

* Former stars include Jose Maradiaga, Gilberto Yearwood, Amado Guevara, Carlos Pavon

* Nickname: Los Catrachos