Honduras 2016 Olympic Football / Soccer Team Make History by Defeating Korea Republic 1-0 to Progress to Semi-Finals of the 2016 Men’s Olympic Football Tournament in 2016 Olympics in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

 

Belo Horizonte, Brazil — The Honduras 2016 Olympic Football / Soccer Team Make History by Defeating Korea Republic 1-0 to progress to the Semi-Finals of the 2016 Men’s Olympic Football Tournament in 2016 Olympics in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.  This win against the Korea Republic 2016 Olympic Football / Soccer Team guarantees the  best-ever finish for Honduras in the history of the Olympics Football / Soccer Tournament.

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A goal in the second half by Forward Alberth Elis was enough for Honduras as the Goal Keeper for Honduras, Luis Lopez heroically denied the Koreans throughout the game.

With this win, Honduras will now go to Rio De Janeiro for a semi-final tournament game at Maracana Stadium, where they will meet the winner of the quarter-final game between Colombia and the home-country football / soccer team, Brazil.

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As far as I can tell, three of the players on the 2016 Honduras Olympic Football / Soccer Team are Garifuna.  Goal Keeper Luis Lopez and Defenders Kevin Alvarez and Johnny Palacios.  I haven’t been able to confirm this, though.  If anyone has any more information, please let me know.

As far as Garifuna athletes in the 2016 Olympics period, the only other athlete that I THINK is Garifuna is Rolando Palacios in the Track and Field category.  If you know of any other 2016 Olympic athletes who are of Garifuna descent, please indicate who they are by leaving a comment below or by emailing me.

2016 Honduras Football / Soccer Olympics Roster 

GOAL KEEPERS

Luis Lopez  (Garifuna)

Harold Fonseca

FORWARDS

Alberth Elis

Anthony Lozano

MIDFIELDERS

Bryan Acosta

Brayan Ramirez

Oscar Salas

Marcelo Espinal

Jhow Benavidez

Elder Torres

Allan Benegas

DEFENDERS

Jonathan Paz

Marcelo Pereira

Kevin Alvarez  (Garifuna)

Allans Vargas

Johnny Palacios  (Garifuna)

Brayan Garcia

HEAD COACH:  Jorge Luis Pinto

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ABOUT The Garifuna People

The Garifuna people are people of African descent (in other words, Black people) whose ancestry can be traced to Africans mixing with Carib Indians and Arawak Indians on the Eastern Caribbean island of St. Vincent.  From this cultural fusion of race and ethnicities in St. Vincent Island, a distinct culture and language arose.

The Garifuna (then known as The Black Caribs) are noted for not only being the main source of resistance against European expansion into the Lesser Antilles over the course of over 150 years, but also being one of the few (only?) peoples of African descent (again, in other words, Black people) in the Americas to have maintained aspects of their ancestral culture and full use of their ancestral language for everyday use over the course of hundreds of years.

After being defeated in war with the British on St. Vincent in 1796; 1004 men,  1779 women and 1,555 children for a total of 4,338 people (mostly Black Caribs, as the Garifuna people were then known) were captured and taken to Baliceaux, a small island, a rock, basically, off the coast of St. Vincent.  This took place from July 1796 through February/March 1797.  About 2,000 Garifunas died of a mysterious and very infectious fever while living on Baliceaux awaiting their fate.

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In early March 1797, the remaining Garifunas were loaded onto the HMS Experiment and other ships.  Once they were rounded up, the convoy were taken to a Bequia, which is another island off the coast of St. Vincent. They proceeded to go to Grenada to get water, then Jamaica for refueling, then finally Roatan, Honduras, arriving on April 12th 1797.

Finding much of Roatan unliveable, the Garifuna people petitioned officials representing Spain and it’s government (which controlled much of Central America at the time) to be allowed to move to the Honduran mainland.  Upon being allowed to move to the Honduran mainland, namely the port town of Trujillo, Honduras in May 1797. Subsequently, the Garifunas settled many towns and villages along the Caribbean coast of Honduras.  They also migrated to the neighboring countries of Guatemala, Belize (then known as British Honduras) and Nicaragua over the years.

Finally, Garifuna People have also migrated to the United States of America where generations have settled in cities like New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, Houston, Seattle, Boston, Miami and Boston.  Despite their mainly Spanish surnames, their culture and history are distinct from other Afro-American and Latino ethnic groups and it’s important to keep that in mind.

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