Members of the Mara 18 gang show their tattoos in the National Penitentiary in Tamara, near the Honduran capital, Tegucigalpa. Photograph: Elmer  Martinez/AFP/Getty Images

It’s hard to overestimate the level of violence and instability in Honduras. Years of gang violence and drug wars have earned this Central American(...)

 Switzerland’s Xherdan Shaqiri celebrates his second goal against  Honduras  at the Arena Amazonia in Manaus. Photograph: EPA

Honduras 0 Switzerland 3Four years ago to the day, Honduras held Switzerland to a scoreless draw in South Africa, denying Ottmar Hitzfeld’s side a pla(...)

Ecuador’s Enner Valencia scores past Honduras goalkeeper Noel Valladares  during the World Cup Group E  match at Arena Baixada  in Curitiba. Photograph:  Darren Staples/Reuters

Ecuador 2 Honduras 1 Many may have feared the worst about this battle of the Group E outsiders but in the end there was a lot to enjoy. Especia(...)

 Karim Benzema  scores France’s   fourth goal past Switzerland goalkeeper Diego Benaglio  during the   World Cup Group E match at Arena Fonte Nova  in Salvador. Photograph: Christopher Lee/Getty Images

France 5 Switzerland 2Any notion that the World Cup is turning into a tournament for the smaller nations was banished when Switzerland received their (...)

France’s Karim Benzema (left) fights for the ball with Osman Chavez (centre) and Maynor Figueroa of Honduras during their fractious Group E encounter at the Beira Rio stadium in Porto Alegre. Photograph: Damir Sagolj/Reuters

After both countries lost their opening matches Honduras and Ecuador face each other in Curitiba today with their World Cup futures on the line. In Gr(...)

Even when out of the spotlight, poor Moyesie is in it.

More Moyes misery When will the torture end for David Moyes? Even while on a sabbatical after his ill-fated tenure at Old Trafford he still ca(...)

‘Messi’s strike raised me from the couch and I cracked a window attempting the ‘Maradona Seven’ with an empty beer can.’

Saturday, June 14th16.50 How the Netherlands sizzled last night! Early days, but Van Gaal is as canny as a sack of Dutch Gold and his team, in yesterd(...)

France’s Karim Benzema scored twice against Group E rivals Honduras  at the Estadio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre.  Photograph: Armando Babani / EPA

France 3 Honduras 0The painful memories of South Africa will soon begin to fade if this is a sign of things to come from Didier Deschamps and his play(...)

Young spectators show their support to french players Karim Benzema and Paul Pogba during a training session at the Botafogo soccer club’s Santa Cruz stadium in Ribeirao Preto,  northwest of Sao Paulo, in recent days. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

Former champions France should put underdogs Honduras to the sword in their World Cup Group E opener in Porto Alegre tomorrow – although their penchan(...)

Manager: Luis Fernando Suarez Best finish: Group stages (1982, 2010) World Cup record: P 9, W 0, D 3, L 6 History Quite a debut in (...)