The nickname comes from Florencio Xatruch, a Honduran General who led the country – along with El Salvdaor – to defeating American bandits aiming to take over and impose slavery onto Central America.

When the Hondurans triumphantly returned after defeating the Americans, neighbouring Nicaraguans had trouble pronouncing Xatruch’s surname and the word eventually morphed into catrachos, which then become a term to refer to Hondurans by.

Which player will the Socceroos have to keep an eye on as they aim to take a win on San Pedro Sula soil, and who will Honduras coach Jorge Luis Pinto consider in team selection?

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Maynor Figueroa:
The captain of his country, Figueroa was a Premier League player of 220 appearances over eight years with both Wigan Athletic and Hull City and holds a record 142 national team caps for Honduras. The central defender is an imposing presence at the back and is normally partnered by a similarly framed centre-half (likely to be Johnny Palacios or the unrelated Henry Figueroa).

Figueroa, 34, also possesses a thunderous left boot and forced Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa to stretch every fibre to repel a fireball free kick early in the clash between the two nations in October.

Romell Quioto:
Quioto is one of Honduras’ most damaging players. The 26-year-old plays on the wing and will attack wide where possible, but also possesses an accurate long strike and can test a goalkeeper.

Quioto forms one third of a trio of players from the MLS’s Houston Dynamo and was Honduras’ top scorer during qualifying with six goals which placed him fourth overall in CONCACAF.

Alberth Elis:
The Houston Dynamo winger will miss the first leg with a yellow card suspension but could be vital for Honduras’ chances to score in the return game. Elis (pictured) was the fifth youngest Honduran debutant of all-time when he first represented his country at 18 back in 2014. He’s a physical winger with great pace and will easily outmuscle a weaker full-back down the flank.

Eddie Hernandez:
The striker missed the initial squad selection due to a cheekbone injury he suffered only weeks ago in a league match, but has been given the late call-up. He’ll have to prove his fitness but will be in line to get the starting striker’s role. Hernandez has only played three games out of a possible 16 since February and is the latest of eight players to be given a go up front in the last year. He scored a cracking header in their second last game against Costa Rica.

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Emilio Izaguirre:
Eight years spent with Celtic, Izaguirre is former teammate of Tom Rogic of nearly five years. The left-back was a Liverpool transfer target a few years ago but now at 31, Izaguirre plays in Saudi Arabia and recently spoke of his upcoming encounter with Rogic.

“There so many good attributes about Tom Rogic, he does almost everything well; a great person and one of the best players I’ve had as a teammate,” he told the-afc.com. “But my wish is that Honduras go to the World Cup. I respect Tom as he was my teammate in Celtic for more than three years and always I wish him the best.”

Carlo Costly:
Honduras hadn’t scored at a World Cup since Eduardo Laing’s equaliser against Northern Ireland in 1982. They went goalless in 2010 and looked to do the same in 2014 until Costly drilled a low strike past Ecuador in their second game to give Honduras the lead.

Costly retired after 2014 but has made his return, though hasn’t been given much game time. At 35-years-old, he could still be used as a wily weapon off the bench late in a game.

Brayan Beckeles:
A hardened, no-frills right-back. Beckeles’ only European experience came in 2014-15 when he was the first-choice right back for Portugal top flight side Boavista and now plays in Mexico. He can be physical at times but is also part of an ageing defence which can be exposed for pace.

Donis Escober:
Honduras love an older goalkeeper. Escober’s predecessor Noel Valladares was 38-years-old in his final game to be the oldest Honduran representative of all time and Escober isn’t too far away at 36, putting him in the top five. Escober is a solid goalkeeper but is under an injury cloud for the first leg with a leg injury. If he doesn’t pull up it’ll be 35-year-old Ricardo Canales between the posts.

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Anthony Lozano:
Lozano (pictured above) has long been one of Honduras’ starlets. He made his league debut at age 15 and scored a hat-trick barely a year later. He trialed with Tottenham and eventually signed in Spain with Valencia in 2011 to play for the B team. He opted to come back to Honduras soon after to further his senior football experience and in July of this year was rewarded with a move to the Barcelona B. “Choco” will be in the running for a starting spot against Australia as a striker or winger.

Jorge Claros:
Claros has been to a World Cup, an Olympics and four Gold Cups but he’s simply happy to be alive. In 2011, Claros was shot in the head during a car robbery but the wounds he suffered were non-fatal. He managed to drive himself to hospital after the incident and returned to football within three weeks.

Nowadays, Claros is the most senior of Honduras’ group of central midfielders and boasts great vision and long passing from a deep-lying midfield role.

Boniek Garcia:
Going by the name of the famous Polish footballer of the 1970s and ’80s, Boniek Garcia is the third Houston Dynamo player in the squad and has over 100 caps for his country. The 33-year-old winger is normally reserved for a substitute appearance later in games but may have to start the first leg in place of suspended Dynamo teammate Elis.

The others:
Midfielders Brayan Acosta and Alfredo Mejia play for Spanish second division team Tenerife and Greek mid-tablers Xanthi respectively. Centre-back Johnny Palacios is the younger brother of former Premier League star Wilson and is the hot tip to play at centre-back for the suspended Maynor Figueroa. Alex Lopez will sit behind the striker and try to stretch the Australian defence while Ever Alvarado was the last used left-back and will have big shoes to fill if he’s selected again over Izaguirre.

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