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 . 
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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.
Ask Americans what the “Soccer War” was, and their response may have to do with the 1969 war between El Salvador and Honduras. It’s not likely that they’ll mention the 1928-29 struggle between the U.S. Football Association and the American Soccer League over control of the sport in this country, but that one is the original holder of the name.
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. By Eduardo Galeano . Soccer, metaphor for war, at times turns into real war.
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.
…the summer of 1969 the Soccer War with El Salvador broke out, triggered indeed by a soccer (football) game but caused by severe economic and demographic problems. Though brief, the war dampened hopes for economic and political integration in Central America. Read More; Organization of American States
Part diary and part reportage, The Soccer War is a remarkable chronicle of war in the late twentieth century. Between 1958 and 1980, working primarily for the Polish Press Agency, Kapuscinski covered twenty-seven revolutions and coups in Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East.
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