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My First World Cup: Amado Guevara

Amado Guevara
Guevara is likely to equal the record for most caps before appearing at a Finals

By Ben Sutherland

Honduras captain Amado Guevara has told the BBC of his struggle to finally achieve his "dream" of reaching the World Cup finals - after nearly two decades of international football.

Guevara, who made his debut for Los Catrachos in 1994 and became a first team regular two years later, will lead his team out against South American rivals Chile on 16 June in what is likely to be his 137th international game.

Only Saudi Arabia's Majed Abdullah, who eventually made his bow at USA '94 after first being picked in 1978, has waited longer for a World Cup debut.

"From around 1996 I have been involved in the first team - for 14 years we've been working, struggling to achieve this dream," he told BBC Mundo.

"Now the dream has become a reality, now Honduras are once again at the World Cup. God wants us especially to be there, representing our country."

Better than '82?

Guevara, whose career has been spent mostly in America's Major League Soccer in between four spells at his domestic club Motagua, said there was a collective will in the team to do better than their only other appearance in the World Cup finals, in Spain in 1982.

BBC My First World Cup XI
11 players making their debut on the World Cup stage at South Africa 2010

Back then, they drew 1-1 against both the hosts and Northern Ireland, but lost 1-0 to Yugoslavia and finished bottom of the group.

This time around they face an interesting challenge in Group H. Again paired with European Champions Spain, they also have Chile and Switzerland to contend with in what is widely believed to be a fight for second place.

"I have imagined it... Honduras making history by doing better than the team that played in the 1982 World Cup and going through to the next round," Guevara said.

"I imagine the opening game against Chile. I imagine it will be difficult or complicated, but it's a dream for which we fought, so we'll want to give our maximum."

And the forward, who has scored 29 times for his country, said he was feeling "progressively better" as the World Cup approaches.

"Individually, I am preparing myself well," he said.

"I want to go and write my own history. And at the end, something beautiful could happen that my family and people in Honduras will remember forever."

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see also
Welcome change for Honduras squad
11 May 10 |  World Cup 2010
Guide to the teams at South Africa 2010
05 Dec 09 |  World Cup 2010
World Cup venues
05 Dec 09 |  World Cup 2010

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