The Socceroos could be hounded by violent local fans from the second they touch down in Honduras after local papers published sensitive details about their trip.
Honduran publications revealed the main airport arrival times for the Australian team, along with the name of their hotel and time of their training sessions.
Supporters travelling to Honduras, the former murder capital of the world, are also on high alert after the details of their accommodation were published.
The Socceroos could be hounded by violent local fans from the second they touch down in Honduras after local papers published sensitive details about their trip
Supporters travelling to Honduras, the former murder capital of the world, are also on high alert after the details of their accommodation were published (stock image)
Australia’s Socceroos will take on Honduras in two-legged World Cup playoff tie
Socceroos officials are said to be concerned that the leak of information could encourage rowdy fans to interfere with their limited preparation.
Australia will need to travel outside of Honduras’ capital city for their first away game, competing in a stadium feared by players for its hostile environment.
Estádio Olímpico Metropolitano, located in Pedro San Sula, is a raucous stadium that will be packed with close to 40,000 fans cheering on their home side.
The old school stadium, which has a running track just one metre outside of the pitch, uses a barbed wire fence and small moat to separate fans from players.
Crowd hostility will be nothing like Australia has experienced in Asia over its 20 qualifiers in this World Cup cycle.
In 2016, Honduras were fined $50,000 by FIFA and given a one match-ban from their notorious national stadium for ‘homophobic chants’ by rowdy fans.
Some 60,000 Honduran teachers are on strike against the bid to privatize the education in the country (stock image)
The clash will take place at Estádio Olímpico Metropolitano, a notorious stadium
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has warned Australians to exercise a ‘high level of caution’ if travelling to Honduras
Australia’s logistically complex and final World Cup qualifying mission is officially underway, as a squad of close to 50 make their way across the South Pacific Ocean.
Ange Postecoglou’s squad have completed club duties in 15 countries across the weekend, and are heading for Central America for Friday’s (Saturday AEDT) away leg in the intercontinental playoff.
Collectively, the Socceroos will travel around 200,000 kilometres from their club homes to Honduras.
The longest route is from Melbourne to San Pedro Sula, already undertaken by Postecoglou and James Troisi on Sunday and Tim Cahill on Monday.
Cahill’s travel was delayed by a day to aid his recovery from a rolled ankle while on club duty with Melbourne City.
The shortest – by Mitch Langerak, based with Levante in the Spanish city of Valencia – still took the best part of a day’s travel.
Australia now faces a similar task, making the tiring journey to Honduras (fans pictured) to play in front of a raucous Central American crowd
The Socceroos will travel to Pedro San Sula, the former murder capital of the world, for the first match of a two-legged playoff World Cup qualifier (pictured are rioters in Honduras in 2011)
Honduras (national soccer team pictured) sealed fourth spot in their group and a Socceroos playoff via their 3-2 upset of group winners Mexico
But the Socceroos are used to it.
Their journey to the World Cup has already taken in 20 games, with away days in Saudi Arabia, Iran, the UAE, Jordan, Tajikistan, Bangladesh, Kyrgyzstan, Thailand, Malaysia and Japan.
No country will have had to face a longer or more arduous route to Russia.
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has warned Australians to exercise a ‘high level of caution’ if travelling to Honduras.
‘Exercise a high degree of caution in Honduras because of the high levels of violent crime. Be alert and pay close attention to your personal security at all times,’ the department warns.
‘Violent crime, including murder, robbery, burglary, kidnapping, carjacking and sexual assault, is widespread in Honduras, often involving firearms.’
‘The Socceroos match will likely draw a large crowd which may become unruly. Exercise caution around large gatherings, including those associated with the Socceroos match.’
Australia will likely play in Estádio Olímpico Metropolitano (pictured), a notorious stadium that needs a barbed wire fence and small moat to separate roughly 40,000 fans from players
On average, 20 people are killed every day in Honduras, partly in thanks to escalating gang tensions in the South American country’s north (riot police fend off supporters of former Honduran President Manuel Zelaya when he was ousted in 2009)
In 2016, Honduras were fined $50,000 by FIFA and given a one match-ban from their national stadium (pictured) for ‘homophobic chants’ by rowdy fans
Honduras, which has one of the highest homicide rates in the world, famously went to war against El Salvador in 1969 after losing a soccer match.
Dubbed ‘The Football War’, the conflict last just four days but resulted in the deaths of over 3,000 people and the displacement of hundreds of thousands more.
It took Honduras and El Salvador 11 years to reconcile and sign a peace treaty, and decades to rebuild their damaged economies.
Pedro San Sula was known as ‘murder capital of the world’ until early 2016, when Venezuela’s capital Caracas eclipsed its sky-high homicide rate.
Every day in Honduras roughly 20 people are killed, according to the latest figures, partly in thanks to escalating gang tensions in the country’s north.
The Socceroos will make the perilous journey without key players Mark Milligan and Mathew Leckie, both suspended for the first leg after picking up their second yellow cards of the Syria matches.
Postecoglou, set to walk from the job after the cut-throat tie, hoped to receive as much financial support as possible for the series, to be played between November 6 and 14 and culminating in a home leg at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium.
The Socceroos will make the perilous journey to Honduras without key players Mark Milligan and Mathew Leckie (star striker Tim Cahill pictured celebrating his second goal against Syria)
Crowd hostility will be nothing like Australia has experienced in Asia over its 20 qualifiers in this World Cup cycle (Honduran teachers riot in 2011 after bids to privatise education)