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Rueda tries to 'be prepared' in World Cup

Rueda tries to 'be prepared' in World Cup

Honduras coach Reinaldo Rueda's motto is "be prepared," and the Colombian will need to be when his team faces European champion Spain, Chile and Switzerland at the World Cup in South Africa.
Rueda took over as coach of the national team in 2007, and his feat of getting the team to the World Cup earned the former Colombia coach a Honduran passport.
Rueda has an advanced degree in physical education from a German university, and he has taught football coaching techniques in Colombia as well as coaching three Colombian clubs _ Cortulua, Deportivo Cali and Independiente de Medellin.
"Having qualified Honduras for the World Cup is the most important accomplishment of my life," Rueda said. "This country deserves it."
Rueda's top players are mostly Europe-based _ Tottenham midfielder Wilson Palacios, Wigan defender Maynor Figueroa and Genoa forward David Suazo.
At this year's World Cup, the Hondurans will be looking to do better than they did in 1982, when the team lost two matches, drew a third and failed to advance.
"Spain, Chile and Switzerland present very different football cultures," Rueda said. "They come from different schools and styles and we'll have to be prepared to deal with it.
"The group will not be easy, but in football anything is possible."


Updated : 2020-12-06 07:23 GMT+08:00