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El Salvador vs Honduras - Stats & facts

El Salvador vs Honduras - Facts about a rivalry that unleashed a war

March 25, 2016 By Oscar Rojas
Both Central American sides live and breathe football, and their rivalry reached a higher standard following their first meetings.

If you ever wonder why sometimes we ask fans to take it easy, this matchup is quite a good example of how a football rivalry can turn out to be a bad thing.

Maybe El Salvador and Honduras are far from becoming two top-caliber teams in the world of football, but they sure made their way into history as the only teams to go to war over the outcome of a World Cup Qualifying match.

Back in 1969, as the world prepared for the first World Cup to be played in North America, El Salvador and Honduras played the first match between them. The winner of the tie would join Mexico as CONCACAF's representatives in the 1970 World Cup, and each team did their homework by defeating the other at their home ground. A third game was held at Azteca Stadium to determine the winner, and with political tension rising between both nations, El Salvador's win was just another argument for both countries to go to war. 

Fire ceased four days later, but both teams were banned from the 1969 Central American Cup. Their next game took place eleven years later, which can give you a pretty good idea about how intense their fanbases can get.

Here are the stats & facts for the rivalry between El Salvador & Honduras.

  • Games played (all comps): 32

  • Wins for El Salvador: 8

  • Draws: 6

  • Wins for Honduras: 18

  • Biggest win for El Salvador: 3-0 (1969)

  • Biggest win for Honduras: 5-0 (2000)

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