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.

Panama
Nickname(s)Los Canaleros (The Canal Men)
La Marea Roja (The Red Tide)
AssociationFederación Panameña de Fútbol
ConfederationCONCACAF
Sub-confederationUNCAF (Central America)
Head coachTBA
CaptainRomán Torres
Most capsGabriel Gómez (149)
Top scorerBlas Pérez
Luis Tejada (43)
Home stadiumEstadio Rommel Fernández
FIFA codePAN
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 81 Steady (11 June 2020)[1]
Highest29 (March 2014)
Lowest150 (August 1995)
First international
 Panama 3–1 Venezuela 
(Panama City, Panama; 12 February 1938)[2]
Biggest win
 Panama 12–1 Puerto Rico 
(Barranquilla, Colombia; 13 December 1946)[2]
Biggest defeat
 Panama 0–11 Costa Rica 
(Panama City, Panama; 16 February 1938)
World Cup
Appearances1 (first in 2018)
Best resultGroup stage (2018)
CONCACAF Championship
& Gold Cup
Appearances11 (first in 1963)
Best resultRunners-up (2005, 2013)
Copa América
Appearances1 (first in 2016)
Best resultGroup 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.[4][5]

Panama finished as runners-up in the 2005 Gold Cup[6] and 2013 Gold Cup,[7] 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.

HistoryEdit

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.[8]

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,[9] which meant that the United States, who lost to Trinidad and Tobago 2–1, failed to qualify for the first time since 1986.[10] Román Torres, who scored the winning goal in the 88th minute, was subsequently considered a national hero.[11] 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".[12][13]

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.[14] 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.[15][16] 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.[17] 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

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Belgium 3 3 0 0 9 2 +7 9 Advance to knockout stage
2   England 3 2 0 1 8 3 +5 6
3   Tunisia 3 1 0 2 5 8 −3 3
4   Panama 3 0 0 3 2 11 −9 0
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Belgium  3–0  Panama
Report

England  6–1  Panama
Report

Panama  1–2  Tunisia
Report
Attendance: 37,168[20]

Competition recordsEdit

World Cup recordEdit

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  1930 Did not enter Declined participation
  1934
  1938
  1950
  1954
  1958
  1962
  1966
  1970
  1974
  1978 Did not qualify 6 1 1 4 7 21
  1982 8 0 1 7 3 24
  1986 2 0 0 2 0 4
  1990 2 0 1 1 1 3
  1994 2 1 0 1 2 5
  1998 8 3 2 3 14 13
    2002 10 3 1 6 9 19
  2006 18 4 4 10 19 32
  2010 2 1 0 1 2 3
  2014 20 8 7 5 31 18
  2018 Group Stage 32nd 3 0 0 3 2 11 16 6 5 5 16 15
  2022 To be determined To be determined
      2026
Total Group Stage 1/23 3 0 0 3 2 11 94 27 22 45 104 157

CCCF ChampionshipEdit

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

CONCACAF ChampionshipEdit

The CONCACAF Championship tournament began in 1963, but was later abolished in 1989.

  • 1963 – First Round

CONCACAF Gold CupEdit

CONCACAF Championship
Year Result Position Pld W T L GF GA
  1963 Group stage 6th 4 1 2 1 8 4
  1965 Did not enter
  1967 Did not qualify
  1969
  1971 Did not enter
  1973
  1977 Did not qualify
  1981
1985
1989
  1991 Did not enter
    1993 Group stage 7th 3 0 1 2 3 8
  1996 Did not qualify
  1998
  2000
  2002
    2003
  2005 Runners-up 2nd 6 2 3 1 7 6
  2007 Quarter-finals 6th 4 1 1 2 6 7
  2009 Quarter-finals 7th 4 1 1 2 7 5
  2011 Semi-finals 3rd 5 2 2 1 7 6
  2013 Runners-up 2nd 6 4 1 1 11 4
    2015 Third place 3rd 6 0 5 1 6 7
  2017 Quarter-finals 5th 4 2 1 1 6 3
      2019 Quarter-finals 7th 4 2 0 2 6 4
Total 10/25 10/27 46 15 17 14 67 54

Copa CentroamericanaEdit

Copa Centroamericana record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
  1991 First Round
  1993 Third Place
  1995 Fifth Place
  1997 Fifth Place
  1999 Did not enter
  2001 Fourth Place
  2003 Fifth Place
  2005 Fourth Place
  2007 Runners-up
  2009 Champions
  2011 Third Place
  2013 Fifth Place
  2015 Third Place
  2017 Runners-up
Total 13/14

Copa AméricaEdit

CONMEBOL Copa América record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
  19931 Not Invited
  1995
  1997
  1999
  2001
  2004
  2007
  2011
  2015
  20162 Group stage 12th 3 1 0 2 4 10
  2019 Not Invited
    2021
Total Group stage 1/12 3 1 0 2 4 10
1 Ecuador 1993 was the first time nations from outside the CONMEBOL were invited.
2 United States 2016 was the first time nations from outside the CONMEBOL could qualify and host.

HonoursEdit

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.

2019Edit

5 September 2019 Nations League ABermuda  1–4  PanamaHamilton, Bermuda
18:00 AT (UTC–3) Cummings   44' (o.g.) Report Torres   31'66'
Blackburn   45'
Carrasquilla   90+3'
Stadium: Bermuda National Stadium
Referee: Raúl Castro Zúñiga (Honduras)
8 September 2019 Nations League APanama  0–2  BermudaPanama City, Panama
21:00 ET (UTC–5) Report
Stadium: Estadio Rommel Fernández
Referee: Nitzar Sandoval (Nicaragua)
15 October 2019 Nations League AMexico  3–1  PanamaMexico City, Mexico
21:30
Report
Stadium: Estadio Azteca
Referee: Iván Barton (El Salvador)
15 November 2019 Nations League APanama  0–3  MexicoPanama City, Panama
22:00 Report
Stadium: Estadio Rommel Fernández
Referee: Ricardo Montero (Costa Rica)

2020Edit

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following players were called up for the friendly matches against Nicaragua on 25 February and Guatemala on 4 March 2020.
Caps and goals as of 4 March 2020, after the match against Guatemala.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK José Calderón (1985-08-14) 14 August 1985 (age 34) 41 0   Comunicaciones
1GK José Guerra (1994-09-12) 12 September 1994 (age 25) 1 0   Independiente La Chorrera
1GK Marcos Allen (1999-02-08) 8 February 1999 (age 21) 0 0   Plaza Amador

2DF Jan Carlos Vargas (1994-09-27) 27 September 1994 (age 25) 11 0   Tauro
2DF Francisco Palacios (1990-12-10) 10 December 1990 (age 29) 10 0   San Francisco
2DF José Murillo (1995-02-24) 24 February 1995 (age 25) 2 1   Plaza Amador
2DF Óscar Linton (1993-01-29) 29 January 1993 (age 27) 2 0   Costa del Este
2DF Jiovany Ramos (1997-01-26) 26 January 1997 (age 23) 2 0   San Francisco
2DF Gilberto Hernández (1997-06-26) 26 June 1997 (age 23) 0 0   Árabe Unido

3MF Josiel Núñez (1993-01-29) 29 January 1993 (age 27) 15 2   Universitario
3MF Alfredo Stephens (1994-12-25) 25 December 1994 (age 25) 13 1   Universitario
3MF Rolando Botello (1991-11-20) 20 November 1991 (age 28) 8 0   Tauro
3MF Omar Browne (1994-05-03) 3 May 1994 (age 26) 8 0   San Carlos
3MF Ricardo Clarke (1992-09-27) 27 September 1992 (age 27) 6 0   Sporting San Miguelito
3MF Irving Gudiño (2000-11-15) 15 November 2000 (age 19) 2 0   Tauro
3MF César Yanis (1996-01-28) 28 January 1996 (age 24) 2 0   Costa del Este
3MF Alejandro Yearwood (1996-04-29) 29 April 1996 (age 24) 2 0   Árabe Unido
3MF Iván Anderson (1997-11-24) 24 November 1997 (age 22) 1 0   Tauro
3MF Alejandro Ferrera (1998-09-20) 20 September 1998 (age 21) 1 0   Árabe Unido
3MF Jhamal Rodríguez (1995-01-28) 28 January 1995 (age 25) 1 0   San Francisco

4FW Edwin Aguilar (1985-08-07) 7 August 1985 (age 34) 31 7   Tauro
4FW Carlos Small (1995-03-13) 13 March 1995 (age 25) 6 2   Árabe Unido

Recent call-upsEdit

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 (2001-03-21) 21 March 2001 (age 19) 0 0   Tauro v.   Mexico, 15 November 2019
GK Luis Mejía (1991-03-16) 16 March 1991 (age 29) 24 0   Nacional v.   Mexico, 15 October 2019

DF Román Torres (Captain) (1986-03-20) 20 March 1986 (age 34) 119 10   Inter Miami v.   Mexico, 15 November 2019
DF Adolfo Machado (1985-02-14) 14 February 1985 (age 35) 87 2   Alajuelense v.   Mexico, 15 November 2019
DF Fidel Escobar (1995-01-09) 9 January 1995 (age 25) 43 1   Córdoba v.   Mexico, 15 November 2019
DF Azmahar Ariano (1991-01-14) 14 January 1991 (age 29) 5 0   Plaza Amador v.   Mexico, 15 November 2019
DF César Blackman (1998-04-02) 2 April 1998 (age 22) 4 0   Dunajská Streda v.   Mexico, 15 November 2019
DF Andrés Andrade (1998-10-16) 16 October 1998 (age 21) 1 0   Juniors OÖ v.   Mexico, 15 November 2019
DF Erick Davis (1991-03-31) 31 March 1991 (age 29) 52 1   Dunajská Streda v.   Mexico, 15 October 2019
DF Harold Cummings (1992-03-01) 1 March 1992 (age 28) 65 1   Unión Española v.   Bermuda, 8 September 2019
DF Michael Murillo (1996-02-15) 15 February 1996 (age 24) 37 2   Anderlecht v.   Bermuda, 8 September 2019
DF Luis Ovalle (1988-09-07) 7 September 1988 (age 31) 26 0   Plaza Amador v.   Bermuda, 8 September 2019

MF Armando Cooper (1987-11-26) 26 November 1987 (age 32) 112 9   Árabe Unido v.   Mexico, 15 November 2019
MF Alberto Quintero (1987-12-18) 18 December 1987 (age 32) 102 4   Universitario v.   Mexico, 15 November 2019
MF Édgar Bárcenas (1993-10-23) 23 October 1993 (age 26) 41 2   Oviedo v.   Mexico, 15 November 2019
MF José Luis Rodríguez (1998-06-19) 19 June 1998 (age 22) 19 0   Alavés B v.   Mexico, 15 November 2019
MF Abdiel Ayarza (1992-09-12) 12 September 1992 (age 27) 2 0   Cienciano v.   Mexico, 15 November 2019
MF Carlos Harvey (2000-02-03) 3 February 2000 (age 20) 1 0   LA Galaxy v.   Mexico, 15 November 2019
MF Luis Choy (1996-03-05) 5 March 1996 (age 24) 0 0   Atlético Huila v.   Mexico, 15 November 2019
MF Aníbal Godoy (1990-02-10) 10 February 1990 (age 30) 100 1   Nashville v.   Mexico, 15 November 2019 INJ
MF Adalberto Carrasquilla (1998-11-28) 28 November 1998 (age 21) 9 1   Cartagena v.   Mexico, 15 November 2019 INJ
MF Ángel Orelién (2001-04-02) 2 April 2001 (age 19) 2 0   Cruz Azul v.   Mexico, 15 October 2019

FW Gabriel Torres (1988-10-31) 31 October 1988 (age 31) 87 18   Independiente del Valle v.   Mexico, 15 November 2019
FW Abdiel Arroyo (1993-12-13) 13 December 1993 (age 26) 49 7   Newcastle Jets v.   Mexico, 15 November 2019
FW José Fajardo (1993-08-18) 18 August 1993 (age 26) 10 0   La Equidad v.   Mexico, 15 November 2019
FW Cecilio Waterman (1991-04-13) 13 April 1991 (age 29) 8 0   Universidad de Concepción v.   Mexico, 15 November 2019
FW Jorlian Sánchez (1996-03-17) 17 March 1996 (age 24) 1 0   UdeG v.   Mexico, 15 October 2019
FW Rolando Blackburn (1990-01-09) 9 January 1990 (age 30) 38 6   The Strongest v.   Bermuda, 8 September 2019

INJ Withdrew due to injury.
PRE Preliminary squad.
RET Retired from the national team.
WD Withdrew for personal reasons.

Player recordsEdit

Most capped playersEdit

As of 8 September 2019, the players with the most appearances for Panama are:[21]

# Name Career Caps Goals
1 Gabriel Gómez 2003–2018 149 12
2 Jaime Penedo 2003–2018 137 0
3 Blas Pérez 2001–2018 122 43
4 Román Torres 2005–present 118 10
5 Armando Cooper 2006–present 109 8
6 Luis Tejada 2001–2018 108 43
7 Felipe Baloy 2001–2018 103 4
8 Alberto Quintero 2007–present 102 4
9 Aníbal Godoy 2010–present 100 1
10 Luis Henríquez 2003–2016 89 2

Bold denotes still active players.

Top goalscorersEdit

As of 8 September 2019, the players with the most goals for Panama are:[21]

# Name Career Goals Caps
1 Luis Tejada 2001–2018 43 108
Blas Pérez 2001–2018 43 122
3 Luis Ernesto Tapia 1960–1979 20 77
4 Jorge Dely Valdés 1991–2005 19 48
5 Julio Dely Valdés 1990–2005 18 44
6 Roberto Brown 2000–2011 15 54
Gabriel Torres 2005–present 18 85
8 Gabriel Gómez 2003–2018 12 149
9 Víctor René Mendieta 1980–2000 11 31
Ricardo Phillips 1996–2010 11 84

Bold denotes still active players.

ManagersEdit

Managers of the Panama national football team and their terms.

ReferencesEdit

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