Panama national football team
The Panama national football team (Spanish: Selección de fútbol de Panamá) represents Panama in men's international association football and it is governed by Panamanian Football Federation, The team represents all three FIFA, CONCACAF and the regional UNCAF.
|Nickname(s)||Los Canaleros (The Canal Men)|
La Marea Roja (The Red Tide)
|Association||Federación Panameña de Fútbol|
|Sub-confederation||UNCAF (Central America)|
|Most caps||Gabriel Gómez (149)|
|Top scorer||Blas Pérez|
Luis Tejada (43)
|Home stadium||Estadio Rommel Fernández|
|Current||81 (11 June 2020)|
|Highest||29 (March 2014)|
|Lowest||150 (August 1995)|
| Panama 3–1 Venezuela |
(Panama City, Panama; 12 February 1938)
| Panama 12–1 Puerto Rico |
(Barranquilla, Colombia; 13 December 1946)
| Panama 0–11 Costa Rica |
(Panama City, Panama; 16 February 1938)
|Appearances||1 (first in 2018)|
|Best result||Group stage (2018)|
& Gold Cup
|Appearances||11 (first in 1963)|
|Best result||Runners-up (2005, 2013)|
|Appearances||1 (first in 2016)|
|Best result||Group stage (2016)|
Panama qualified for the FIFA World Cup for the first time for the 2018 tournament in Russia and scored their first goal of the World Cup against England, although they lost the match 6–1. Having finished dead last, it was Panama's worst performance in its debut appearance.
Panama finished as runners-up in the 2005 Gold Cup and 2013 Gold Cup, losing to the United States on both occasions. Panama has also competed in the sub-regional Central American Cup championship which they won in 2009, beating Costa Rica in the final (0–0 on full-time, 5–3 on penalties). They finished in third place on three occasions (1993, 2011, 2014), and finished as runners-up in the 2017 edition, which they hosted.
The national team is nicknamed "Los Canaleros" ("The Canal Men"), in reference to the Panama Canal.
2014 World Cup qualifyingEdit
Panama came close to advancing out of the fourth round of qualifiers for the 2014 World Cup. In their last match, which was against the United States, they led 2–1 after 90 minutes and were poised to advance to a play-off against New Zealand, but conceded two goals in stoppage time and were eliminated, with Mexico taking the playoff slot instead.
2018 World Cup qualifyingEdit
Four years after failing to qualify for the 2014 World Cup, Los Canaleros finally qualified for the World Cup after defeating Costa Rica 2−1 in their final qualifying match, which meant that the United States, who lost to Trinidad and Tobago 2–1, failed to qualify for the first time since 1986. Román Torres, who scored the winning goal in the 88th minute, was subsequently considered a national hero. The day after the match, the President of Panama Juan Carlos Varela declared a national holiday to commemorate the achievement, stating on his Twitter profile: "The voice of the people has been heard... Tomorrow will be a national holiday".
2018 World CupEdit
The national football team of Panama were drawn in Group G, together with European giants Belgium and England and the African side Tunisia. Their debut World Cup match was against Belgium, on 18 June 2018. Los Canaleros initially held on, with the score 0–0 at half-time, before eventually suffering a 3–0 loss. Six days later, Panama faced England, and this time succumbed to a 6–1 defeat; Felipe Baloy's late goal was the nation's first at a World Cup, but it was not enough to save them from elimination. A 2–1 loss to Tunisia in their final game meant that Panama finished bottom of their group - and 32nd and last in the tournament overall - having lost all three of their games and conceded eleven goals.
2018 FIFA World Cup Group GEdit
|1||Belgium||3||3||0||0||9||2||+7||9||Advance to knockout stage|
World Cup recordEdit
|FIFA World Cup record||FIFA World Cup Qualification record|
|1930||Did not enter||Declined participation|
|1978||Did not qualify||6||1||1||4||7||21|
|2022||To be determined||To be determined|
The CCCF tournament began in 1941, but was later abolished in 1961.
- 1941 – Fourth Place
- 1946 – Fifth Place
- 1948 – Third Place
- 1951 – Champions
- 1953 – Seventh Place
- 1957 – Fourth Place
- 1961 – First Round
The CONCACAF Championship tournament began in 1963, but was later abolished in 1989.
- 1963 – First Round
CONCACAF Gold CupEdit
|1965||Did not enter|
|1967||Did not qualify|
|1971||Did not enter|
|1977||Did not qualify|
|1991||Did not enter|
|1996||Did not qualify|
|Copa Centroamericana record|
|1999||Did not enter|
|CONMEBOL Copa América record|
Results and fixturesEdit
Win Draw Loss
The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.
|5 September 2019 Nations League A||Bermuda||1–4||Panama||Hamilton, Bermuda|
|18:00 AT (UTC–3)||Cummings 44' (o.g.)||Report||Torres 31', 66'
|Stadium: Bermuda National Stadium|
Referee: Raúl Castro Zúñiga (Honduras)
|8 September 2019 Nations League A||Panama||0–2||Bermuda||Panama City, Panama|
|21:00 ET (UTC–5)||Report||
||Stadium: Estadio Rommel Fernández|
Referee: Nitzar Sandoval (Nicaragua)
|15 October 2019 Nations League A||Mexico||3–1||Panama||Mexico City, Mexico|
|21:30||Report||Stadium: Estadio Azteca|
Referee: Iván Barton (El Salvador)
|15 November 2019 Nations League A||Panama||0–3||Mexico||Panama City, Panama|
|22:00||Report||Stadium: Estadio Rommel Fernández|
Referee: Ricardo Montero (Costa Rica)
|25 February 2020 Friendly||Nicaragua||0–0||Panama||Managua, Nicaragua|
|Report||Stadium: Nicaragua National Football Stadium|
The following players have been called up within the past year.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Jorginho Frías||21 March 2001||0||0||Tauro||v. Mexico, 15 November 2019|
|GK||Luis Mejía||16 March 1991||24||0||Nacional||v. Mexico, 15 October 2019|
|DF||Román Torres (Captain)||20 March 1986||119||10||Inter Miami||v. Mexico, 15 November 2019|
|DF||Adolfo Machado||14 February 1985||87||2||Alajuelense||v. Mexico, 15 November 2019|
|DF||Fidel Escobar||9 January 1995||43||1||Córdoba||v. Mexico, 15 November 2019|
|DF||Azmahar Ariano||14 January 1991||5||0||Plaza Amador||v. Mexico, 15 November 2019|
|DF||César Blackman||2 April 1998||4||0||Dunajská Streda||v. Mexico, 15 November 2019|
|DF||Andrés Andrade||16 October 1998||1||0||Juniors OÖ||v. Mexico, 15 November 2019|
|DF||Erick Davis||31 March 1991||52||1||Dunajská Streda||v. Mexico, 15 October 2019|
|DF||Harold Cummings||1 March 1992||65||1||Unión Española||v. Bermuda, 8 September 2019|
|DF||Michael Murillo||15 February 1996||37||2||Anderlecht||v. Bermuda, 8 September 2019|
|DF||Luis Ovalle||7 September 1988||26||0||Plaza Amador||v. Bermuda, 8 September 2019|
|MF||Armando Cooper||26 November 1987||112||9||Árabe Unido||v. Mexico, 15 November 2019|
|MF||Alberto Quintero||18 December 1987||102||4||Universitario||v. Mexico, 15 November 2019|
|MF||Édgar Bárcenas||23 October 1993||41||2||Oviedo||v. Mexico, 15 November 2019|
|MF||José Luis Rodríguez||19 June 1998||19||0||Alavés B||v. Mexico, 15 November 2019|
|MF||Abdiel Ayarza||12 September 1992||2||0||Cienciano||v. Mexico, 15 November 2019|
|MF||Carlos Harvey||3 February 2000||1||0||LA Galaxy||v. Mexico, 15 November 2019|
|MF||Luis Choy||5 March 1996||0||0||Atlético Huila||v. Mexico, 15 November 2019|
|MF||Aníbal Godoy||10 February 1990||100||1||Nashville||v. Mexico, 15 November 2019 INJ|
|MF||Adalberto Carrasquilla||28 November 1998||9||1||Cartagena||v. Mexico, 15 November 2019 INJ|
|MF||Ángel Orelién||2 April 2001||2||0||Cruz Azul||v. Mexico, 15 October 2019|
|FW||Gabriel Torres||31 October 1988||87||18||Independiente del Valle||v. Mexico, 15 November 2019|
|FW||Abdiel Arroyo||13 December 1993||49||7||Newcastle Jets||v. Mexico, 15 November 2019|
|FW||José Fajardo||18 August 1993||10||0||La Equidad||v. Mexico, 15 November 2019|
|FW||Cecilio Waterman||13 April 1991||8||0||Universidad de Concepción||v. Mexico, 15 November 2019|
|FW||Jorlian Sánchez||17 March 1996||1||0||UdeG||v. Mexico, 15 October 2019|
|FW||Rolando Blackburn||9 January 1990||38||6||The Strongest||v. Bermuda, 8 September 2019|
INJ Withdrew due to injury.
Most capped playersEdit
As of 8 September 2019, the players with the most appearances for Panama are:
Bold denotes still active players.
As of 8 September 2019, the players with the most goals for Panama are:
|3||Luis Ernesto Tapia||1960–1979||20||77|
|4||Jorge Dely Valdés||1991–2005||19||48|
|5||Julio Dely Valdés||1990–2005||18||44|
|9||Víctor René Mendieta||1980–2000||11||31|
Bold denotes still active players.
Managers of the Panama national football team and their terms.
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