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12 June 2014

Juan Carlos Garcia, Roger Espinoza and Jean Beausejour gear up for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

All eyes are on Brazil as the excitement ahead of the 2014 World Cup continues to build, and we take a look at the Wigan Athletic involvement in the tournament, wishing Juan Carlos Garcia, Roger Espinoza and Jean Beausejour the best of luck for the summer!


Who will they face?

Jean Beausejour and Chile begin their Group B campaign on Friday 13 June against Australia in Cuiaba, kicking off at 11.00pm and hoping to make a head start over group rivals Spain and Netherlands.

Their second Group B fixture offers up World Cup holders Spain in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday 18 June at 8.00pm, before the final group stage game against Netherlands on Monday June 23 in Sao Paulo at 5.00pm. (UK kick off times)

How did they prepare?

Chile faced just two World Cup warm-up matches, but they proved fruitful with a 100% record and five goals along the way.

At the end of May Beausejour played 57 minutes in their 3-2 victory over Egypt, but he was an unused substitute in the second game, a 2-0 victory over Northern Ireland on 5 June.

Chile qualified for the tournament finishing in the third of four automatic qualification places in CONEMBOL qualifying, just four points from leaders Argentina.

How are they rated?

Ranked 14th in the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking list, Chile are expected to put in some good performances in the group stages, with suggesting Beausejour and co. could make it to the quarter finals.


Who will they face?

Roger Espinoza and Juan Carlos Garcia begin their Group E campaign on Sunday 15 June against France in Porto Alegre at 8.00pm, before moving to Curitiba to face Ecuador five days later on Friday 20 June at 11.00pm.

Honduras' final group stage fixture sees them take on sixth ranked side in the world Switzerland on Wednesday 25 June in Manaus at 9.00pm.

How did they prepare?

It was a mixed bag for Honduras in the build-up to the tournament, as they suffered two defeats, but earned themselves a battling 0-0 draw with England in their final game.

On 30 May Espinoza featured for 46 minutes, with Garcia an 81st minute substitute as Honduras slipped to a 2-0 defeat against Turkey.

Three days later on 2 June Honduras suffered another defeat, this time at the hands of Israel, but Espinoza scored arguably one of the best goals of any World Cup warm-up match when he struck a fierce drive in off both posts. Both Espinoza and Garcia played the full 90 minutes.

Fast forward another five days and the boys in blue took on England in Miami. Stormy both on and off the pitch, Honduras held their own to draw 0-0, with Espinoza featuring for 87 minutes, before being replaced by Garcia for the final three.

How are they rated?

Honduras are ranked 33rd in the world, above fellow World Cup participants Iran, Nigeria, Japan, Cameroon, South Korea and Australia. suggest Honduras are tournament outsiders due to their relative inexperience.

Good luck to all three of our World Cup representatives! Join us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for all things Brazil with #LaticsinBrazil

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