Factoid

It is well known that El Salvador and Honduras went to war in 1969 over a soccer world cup qualifying match. The real story however goes beyond that. The first match of the three match series was won by Honduras. The second was won by El Salvador. The third match was pre-empted when Salvadoran armed forces attacked and the two countries fought a short war known as ‘football war’. But the real reason was economic. There was a steady rise of immigration from El Salvador to Honduras in search of land. When Honduras began deporting the Salvadorans back, El Salvador hit back with the war timed around the football match.

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