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The Panama national football team (Spanish: Selección de fútbol de Panamá) is governed by the governing body for football in Panama, Panamanian Football Federation, which is a member of 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 coachJulio Dely Valdés (interim)
CaptainRomán Torres
Most capsGabriel Gómez (147)
Top scorerLuis Tejada, Blas Pérez (43)
Home stadiumEstadio Rommel Fernández
FIFA codePAN
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 74 Increase 2 (4 April 2019)[1]
Highest29 (March 2014)
Lowest150 (August 1995)
Elo ranking
Current 64 Decrease 15 (27 March 2019)[2]
Highest28 (July 2013)
Lowest151 (June 1984)
First international
 Panama 3–1 Venezuela 
(Panama City, Panama; 12 February 1938)[3]
Biggest win
 Panama 12–1 Puerto Rico 
(Barranquilla, Colombia; 13 December 1946)[3]
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
Appearances10 (first in 1963)
Best resultRunners-up (2005, 2013)

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.[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.

Contents

HistoryEdit

2014 World Cup qualifyingEdit

Panama came close to advancing out of the fourth round of the 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 they 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,[9] thus resulting in the United States, who lost to Trinidad and Tobago by a score of 2−1, failing to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1986.[10] Román Torres was the hero of the match against Costa Rica, as he scored a dramatic 88th-minute winner, which sent Panama into their first ever World Cup, with Torres considered a national hero.[11] Only one day after this, on 11 October, Juan Carlos Varela, the President of Panama himself, 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

Panama were drawn in a group with European giants Belgium and England, and African side Tunisia, in Group G.[14] Their maiden match played at the World Cup was against Belgium, on 18 June 2018. Los Canaleros initially held on, holding the game to a 0–0 first-half, before eventually suffering a 3–0 loss.[15][16] On 24 June 2018, they faced England in their second game of the group stage, but lost with a score of 6–1 to the opposition. Felipe Baloy scored their first ever World Cup goal in the match, but it was not enough to save them from elimination.[17] A third loss from Tunisia 1-2 meant that Panama's overall performance were among the worst, having been unable to secure a single win and instead receiving all three losses from their three matches in their first FIFA World Cup debut. Panama ended up finishing dead last in the tournament.

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

Year Round GP W D L GF GA
    1993 Group Stage 3 0 1 2 3 8
  2005 Runners-up 6 2 3 1 7 6
  2007 Quarter-finals 4 1 1 2 6 7
  2009 Quarter-finals 4 1 1 2 7 5
  2011 Semi-finals 5 2 2 1 7 6
  2013 Runners-up 6 4 1 1 11 4
    2015 Third Place 6 0 5 1 6 7
  2017 Quarter-finals 4 2 1 1 6 3
      2019 Qualified
Total Runners-up 38 12 15 11 53 46

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

HonoursEdit

Results and fixturesEdit

  Win   Draw   Loss

2018Edit

2019Edit

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following players were called up for the friendly match against Brazil on 23 March 2019.
Caps and goals as of 23 March 2019, after the match against Brazil.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Luis Mejía (1991-03-16) 16 March 1991 (age 28) 19 0   Nacional
1GK Orlando Mosquera (1994-12-25) 25 December 1994 (age 24) 0 0   Tauro

2DF Adolfo Machado (1985-02-14) 14 February 1985 (age 34) 79 2   The Strongest
2DF Harold Cummings (1992-03-01) 1 March 1992 (age 27) 57 1   San Jose Earthquakes
2DF Erick Davis (1991-03-31) 31 March 1991 (age 28) 45 0   Dunajská Streda
2DF Fidel Escobar (1995-01-09) 9 January 1995 (age 24) 32 1   UAT
2DF Michael Amir Murillo (1996-02-15) 15 February 1996 (age 23) 29 1   New York Red Bulls
2DF Jan Carlos Vargas (1994-09-27) 27 September 1994 (age 24) 8 0   Tauro
2DF César Blackman (1998-04-02) 2 April 1998 (age 21) 1 0   Dunajská Streda

3MF Armando Cooper (Captain) (1987-11-26) 26 November 1987 (age 31) 102 7   Maccabi Petah Tikva
3MF Aníbal Godoy (1990-02-10) 10 February 1990 (age 29) 97 1   San Jose Earthquakes
3MF Alberto Quintero (1987-12-18) 18 December 1987 (age 31) 93 4   Universitario
3MF José Luis Rodríguez (1998-06-19) 19 June 1998 (age 20) 11 0   Alavés B
3MF Omar Browne (1994-05-03) 3 May 1994 (age 24) 3 0   Montreal Impact
3MF Ernesto Walker (1999-02-09) 9 February 1999 (age 20) 2 0   LA Galaxy II

4FW Gabriel Torres (1988-10-31) 31 October 1988 (age 30) 76 14   Universidad de Chile
4FW Abdiel Arroyo (1993-12-13) 13 December 1993 (age 25) 41 6   Árabe Unido
4FW José Fajardo (1993-08-18) 18 August 1993 (age 25) 3 0   Al-Kawkab

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 Eddie Roberts (1994-05-10) 10 May 1994 (age 24) 1 0   CAI La Chorrera v.   United States, 27 January 2019
GK José Calderón (1985-08-14) 14 August 1985 (age 33) 33 0   Guastatoya v.   Ecuador, 20 November 2018
GK Jaime Penedo RET (1981-09-26) 26 September 1981 (age 37) 130 0 Retired 2018 FIFA World Cup
GK Álex Rodríguez (1990-08-05) 5 August 1990 (age 28) 6 0   San Carlos 2018 FIFA World Cup

DF Francisco Palacios (1990-12-10) 10 December 1990 (age 28) 4 0   San Francisco v.   United States, 27 January 2019
DF Iván Anderson (1997-11-24) 24 November 1997 (age 21) 1 0   Tauro v.   United States, 27 January 2019
DF Guillermo Benítez (1999-03-05) 5 March 1999 (age 20) 1 0   Atlanta United 2 v.   United States, 27 January 2019
DF Édgar Góndola (1993-03-13) 13 March 1993 (age 26) 1 0   Costa del Este v.   United States, 27 January 2019
DF José Garibaldi (1997-05-28) 28 May 1997 (age 21) 0 0   Árabe Unido v.   United States, 27 January 2019
DF Andrés Andrade (1998-10-16) 16 October 1998 (age 20) 1 0   LASK v.   Ecuador, 20 November 2018
DF Luis Ovalle (1988-09-07) 7 September 1988 (age 30) 26 0   Atlético Venezuela v.   South Korea, 16 October 2018
DF Román Torres (1986-03-20) 20 March 1986 (age 33) 110 10   Seattle Sounders v.   Venezuela, 11 September 2018
DF Chin Hormechea (1996-05-12) 12 May 1996 (age 22) 2 0   Árabe Unido v.   Venezuela, 11 September 2018
DF Kevin Galván (1996-03-10) 10 March 1996 (age 23) 1 0   Sporting San Miguelito v.   Venezuela, 11 September 2018
DF Felipe Baloy RET (1981-02-24) 24 February 1981 (age 38) 99 4 Retired 2018 FIFA World Cup
DF Richard Peralta (1993-09-20) 20 September 1993 (age 25) 7 0   Alianza 2018 FIFA World Cup PRE
DF Azmahar Ariano (1991-01-14) 14 January 1991 (age 28) 3 0   Tauro 2018 FIFA World Cup PRE
DF Sergio Ortega (1990-04-18) 18 April 1990 (age 29) 2 0   Plaza Amador v.   Trinidad and Tobago, 17 April 2018

MF Adalberto Carrasquilla (1998-11-28) 28 November 1998 (age 20) 4 0   Tauro v.   United States, 27 January 2019
MF Rolando Botello (1991-11-20) 20 November 1991 (age 27) 3 0   Tauro v.   United States, 27 January 2019
MF Ángel Orelién (2001-04-02) 2 April 2001 (age 18) 2 0   Sporting San Miguelito v.   United States, 27 January 2019
MF Luis Cañate (1996-08-09) 9 August 1996 (age 22) 1 0   Árabe Unido v.   United States, 27 January 2019
MF Carlos Harvey (2000-02-03) 3 February 2000 (age 19) 1 0   Tauro v.   United States, 27 January 2019
MF Edson Samms (1995-03-27) 27 March 1995 (age 24) 1 0   Costa del Este v.   United States, 27 January 2019
MF Miguel Camargo (1993-09-05) 5 September 1993 (age 25) 23 2   Mineros de Guayana v.   Ecuador, 20 November 2018
MF Cristian Martínez (1997-02-06) 6 February 1997 (age 22) 7 0   Chicago Fire v.   Ecuador, 20 November 2018
MF Édgar Bárcenas (1993-10-23) 23 October 1993 (age 25) 33 0   Oviedo v.   Honduras, 16 November 2018 INJ
MF Valentín Pimentel (1991-05-30) 30 May 1991 (age 27) 24 1   Plaza Amador v.   South Korea, 16 October 2018
MF Ricardo Ávila (1997-01-04) 4 January 1997 (age 22) 7 0   Real Monarchs v.   South Korea, 16 October 2018
MF Gabriel Gómez RET (1984-05-29) 29 May 1984 (age 34) 141 11   Atlético Bucaramanga v.   Japan, 12 October 2018 WD
MF José González Joly (1991-05-05) 5 May 1991 (age 27) 10 0   Árabe Unido 2018 FIFA World Cup PRE
MF Josiel Núñez (1993-01-29) 29 January 1993 (age 26) 14 2   Forward Madison v.   Trinidad and Tobago, 17 April 2018
MF Leslie Heráldez (1993-03-30) 30 March 1993 (age 26) 6 0   Árabe Unido v.   Trinidad and Tobago, 17 April 2018

FW Ricardo Buitrago (1985-03-10) 10 March 1985 (age 34) 27 3   Deportivo Municipal v.   United States, 27 January 2019
FW Ernesto Sinclair (1989-03-10) 10 March 1989 (age 30) 1 0   Costa del Este v.   United States, 27 January 2019
FW Rolando Blackburn (1990-01-09) 9 January 1990 (age 29) 31 5   The Strongest v.   Ecuador, 20 November 2018
FW Carlos Small (1995-03-13) 13 March 1995 (age 24) 5 2   Rio Grande Valley Toros v.   Ecuador, 20 November 2018
FW Ricardo Clarke (1992-09-27) 27 September 1992 (age 26) 5 0   Guaraní v.   Ecuador, 20 November 2018
FW Jorlian Sánchez (1996-03-17) 17 March 1996 (age 23) 1 0   UdeG v.   Ecuador, 20 November 2018
FW Alfredo Stephens (1995-03-13) 13 March 1995 (age 24) 10 1   Santa Clara v.   Honduras, 16 November 2018 INJ
FW Blas Pérez RET (1981-03-13) 13 March 1981 (age 38) 116 43 Retired 2018 FIFA World Cup
FW Luis Tejada RET (1982-03-28) 28 March 1982 (age 37) 104 43   Molinos El Pirata 2018 FIFA World Cup
FW Ismael Díaz (1997-05-12) 12 May 1997 (age 21) 12 2   El Tanque Sisley 2018 FIFA World Cup
FW Roberto Nurse (1983-12-16) 16 December 1983 (age 35) 21 3   Zacatecas 2018 FIFA World Cup PRE
FW Ronaldo Dinolis (1994-11-17) 17 November 1994 (age 24) 1 2   Universitario v.   Trinidad and Tobago, 17 April 2018

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

Player recordsEdit

Most capped playersEdit

As of 28 June 2018, the players with the most appearances for Panama are:[21]

# Name Career Caps Goals
1 Gabriel Gómez 2003–2018 147 12
2 Jaime Penedo 2003–2018 134 0
3 Blas Pérez 2001–2018 120 43
4 Román Torres 2005– 114 10
5 Luis Tejada 2001–2018 107 43
6 Felipe Baloy 2001–2018 103 4
7 Armando Cooper 2006–present 100 7
8 Aníbal Godoy 2010–present 92 2
9 Alberto Quintero 2007–present 91 5
10 Luis Henríquez 2003–2016 89 2

Bold denotes still active players.

Top goalscorersEdit

As of 28 June 2018, the players with the most goals for Panama are:[21]

# Name Career Goals Caps
1 Luis Tejada 2001–2018 43 107
Blas Pérez 2001–2018 43 120
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 16 54
7 Gabriel Torres 2006–present 14 74
8 Gabriel Gómez 2003–2018 12 147
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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