The 1969 ‘Soccer War’ Between Honduras and El Salvador. Every four years, the world’s attention turns to the spectacle that is the World Cup. Rivalries can be fierce as countries vie for the most coveted prize in international sports. For the most part, the action stays on the pitch.
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The Football War ( Spanish: La guerra del fútbol; colloquial: Soccer War or the Hundred Hours' War, also known as 100 Hour War) was a brief war fought between El Salvador and Honduras in 1969. Existing tensions between the two countries coincided with rioting during a 1970 FIFA World Cup qualifier.
On July 14, 1969, the “Soccer War” officially began when three El Salvadoran fighter aircrafts made an incursion into Honduran airspace. Soon afterward, the Salvadoran army made immediate advances towards the Honduran capital, Tegucigalpa, and launched attacks on the main road connecting the two countries.
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July 14, 1969: Soccer War. The “Soccer War” was fought by Central American countries El Salvador and Honduras in 1969. Here is a description of the event and its root causes by Uruguayan journalist, writer and novelist Eduardo Galeano, best known for his book Open Veins of Latin America.
A short account of the "soccer war" between El Salvador and Honduras which was sparked by rioting during the second North American qualifying round for the 1970 World Cup. An extract from THE SOCCER WAR. by Ryszard Kapuscinski(1969)
Early on the morning of July 14, 1969, the Soccer War began. The Salvadoran air force attacked targets inside Honduras and the Salvadoran army launched major offensives along the main road connecting the two nations and against the Honduran islands in the Golfo de Fonseca.
The Soccer War Began: July 14, 1969. The Soccer War Ended: July 18, 1969. The Soccer War Was Fought Between: El Salvador vs. Honduras. Location of the the Soccer War : El Salvador invaded Honduras along their common border. The Soccer War Resulted In: Salvadoran military victory, though the fighting ended through a negotiated cease-fire by though the Organization of American States
The Soccer War of 1969 August 15, 2010. Beachcombing, po-faced, has to note that most modern historians do not like to refer to the Soccer War of 1969 ( La guerra del fútbol) as, well, ‘the Soccer War’. ‘The Hundred Hours War’ or better still ‘the Salvador–Honduras War’ is preferred with a lot of attendant Marxist bilge about poor Salvadoran peasants engaged in class conflict in Honduras.
The Soccer Wars: Honduras and El Salvador, 1969. On July 14, 1969, Honduras and El Salvador went to war. The 100 hour war took 6000 lives, 12,000 were wounded, and 50,000 people rendered homeless The cause was ostensibly the World Cup matches between Honduras and El Salvador qualifying for Mexico ’70. The bitterly contested first match played at Tegucigelpa, Honduras saw the Hondurans beat the El Salvadorans during the last minute of play, giving them a 1-0 win.