History against Canada
So, with a little help from our friends (RSSSF and CSA) I put together a chart of Canada's all time performances against their second WCQ opponent, Honduras. A breakdown against Mexico is in the works, but it is longer and uglier and deserves its own post.
|12/11/83||San Pedro Sula, Honduras||loss||1||3||Friendly|
|09/14/85||St. John's, NF||win||2||1||WCQ|
|06/28/91||Los Angeles, USA||loss||2||4||Gold Cup|
|01/10/96||Anaheim, USA||win||3||1||Gold Cup|
|10/09/04||San Pedro Sula, Honduras||draw||1||1||WCQ|
Overall, Canada has a slight losing record against Honduras, a 5-4-6 mark (wins - draws - losses). More encouragingly, Canada is 4-1-2 outside of Honduras, and 3-1-1 in matches played on home soil. The lone loss was in a friendly; Canada is 2-1-0 in competitive matches at home to Honduras, including the clincher in St. John's that sent les Rouges to the World Cup.
In scouring these old results, I determined that as recently as 1981 (qualifying for the '82 World Cup), an entire World Cup qualifying group was hosted in a single city or country over a period of 3 weeks. In that year, Canada played El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, and Cuba, all in Tegucigalpa. How shitty must that have been?
Canada has never met Honduras in Montreal, or even the eastern time zone. Home dates have been played at Swangard (2x), Edmonton, Winnipeg, and Newfoundland. In San Pedro Sula, where Canada will play Honduras on October 11th, Canada is 0-1-1 (they are 1-2-3 in their other Honduran escapades, all matches taking place in Tegucigalpa).
The only other part of yesterday's attempt at thoroughness that I enjoyed was my rundown of famous Jamaicans. It's easy to do: you can play along at home. All you need to do is head over to Google (or your favourite search engine), type in 'famous Hondurans' (or 'Jamaicans' or 'Mexicans' or 'Vulcans' -- you get the idea), choose the first search result, or whichever page looks most amateur, and then ridicule these so-called famous people for being little known or of little service to their country.
José Cecilio del Valle (1780–1834), a member of the French Academy of Sciences, was an intellectual, a political leader, and the author of the Central American declaration of independence. Francisco Morazán (1799–1842) was the last president of the United Provinces of Central America, which lasted from 1823 to 1839. Father José Trinidad Reyes (1797–1855) founded an institute in 1847 that became the National University. Outstanding literary figures were Marco Aurelio Soto (1846–1908), an essayist and liberal president; Ramón Rosa (1848–93), an essayist and biographer; Policarpo Bonilla (1858–1926), a politician and author of political works; Alberto Membreño (1859–1921), a philologist; Juan Ramón Molina (1875–1908), a modernist poet; Froilán Turcios (1875–1943), a novelist and writer of fantastic tales; and Rafael Heliodoro Valle (1891–1959), a historian and biographer.If you can tell me a single thing about any of these without googling them, you're a better man (or woman . . . and ladies, I'm single!) than I. Bonus points if you can give me the definition off 'philology' of the top of your head (hint: it's not stamp collecting -- that's philately).
Wikipedia's lengthier listing includes a few names I half-recognize: director Hype Williams, and Ugly Betty, although the country's claim to her is as tenuous as England's claim to a certain OH (Honduran parents, but born in California).