Panama national football team

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Panama
Nickname(s)Los Canaleros (The Canal Men)
La Marea Roja (The Red Tide)
AssociationFederación Panameña de Fútbol
ConfederationCONCACAF
Sub-confederationUNCAF (Central America)
Head coachAmérico Gallego
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 1 (25 July 2019)[1]
Highest29 (March 2014)
Lowest150 (August 1995)
Elo ranking
Current 77 Decrease 14 (13 September 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)
Copa América
Appearances1 (first in 2016)
Best resultGroup stage (2016)

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 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.

History[edit]

2014 World Cup qualifying[edit]

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 qualifying[edit]

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 Cup[edit]

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. Nonetheless, Panama's World Cup debut has been seen as a big improvement of fortune in the country and can bring new hope for the future.

2018 FIFA World Cup Group G[edit]

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 records[edit]

World Cup record[edit]

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 Did not enter Declined participation
Italy 1934
France 1938
Brazil 1950
Switzerland 1954
Sweden 1958
Chile 1962
England 1966
Mexico 1970
West Germany 1974
Argentina 1978 Did not qualify 6 1 1 4 7 21
Spain 1982 8 0 1 7 3 24
Mexico 1986 2 0 0 2 0 4
Italy 1990 2 0 1 1 1 3
United States 1994 2 1 0 1 2 5
France 1998 8 3 2 3 14 13
South Korea Japan 2002 10 3 1 6 9 19
Germany 2006 18 4 4 10 19 32
South Africa 2010 2 1 0 1 2 3
Brazil 2014 20 8 7 5 31 18
Russia 2018 Group Stage 32nd 3 0 0 3 2 11 16 6 5 5 16 15
Qatar 2022 To be determined To be determined
Canada Mexico United States 2026
Total Group Stage 1/23 3 0 0 3 2 11 94 27 22 45 104 157

CCCF Championship[edit]

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 Championship[edit]

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

  • 1963 – First Round

CONCACAF Gold Cup[edit]

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

Copa Centroamericana[edit]

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

Copa América[edit]

CONMEBOL Copa América record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
Ecuador 19931 Not Invited
Uruguay 1995
Bolivia 1997
Paraguay 1999
Colombia 2001
Peru 2004
Venezuela 2007
Argentina 2011
Chile 2015
United States 20162 Group stage 12th 3 1 0 2 4 10
Brazil 2019 Not Invited
Argentina Colombia 2020
Total Group stage 1/12 3 0 0 3 1 12
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.

Honours[edit]

Results and fixtures[edit]

  Win   Draw   Loss

2018[edit]

2019[edit]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following 22 players were called up for the 2019-20 CONCACAF Nations League A matches against Bermuda on 5 and 8 September 2019.
Caps and goals as of 8 September 2019, after the match against Bermuda.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK José Guerra (1994-09-12) 12 September 1994 (age 25) 0 0 Panama Independiente La Chorrera
12 1GK José Calderón (1985-08-14) 14 August 1985 (age 34) 39 0 Guatemala Comunicaciones

2 2DF Francisco Palacios (1990-12-10) 10 December 1990 (age 28) 6 0 Panama San Francisco
3 2DF Harold Cummings (1992-03-01) 1 March 1992 (age 27) 65 1 United States San Jose Earthquakes
4 2DF Fidel Escobar (1995-01-09) 9 January 1995 (age 24) 41 1 Spain Córdoba
5 2DF Jan Carlos Vargas (1994-09-27) 27 September 1994 (age 24) 11 0 Panama Tauro
13 2DF Adolfo Machado (1985-02-14) 14 February 1985 (age 34) 86 2 Bolivia The Strongest
15 2DF Erick Davis (1991-03-31) 31 March 1991 (age 28) 52 1 Slovakia Dunajská Streda
17 2DF Luis Ovalle (1988-09-07) 7 September 1988 (age 31) 26 0 Venezuela Deportivo Táchira
23 2DF Michael Murillo (1996-02-15) 15 February 1996 (age 23) 37 2 United States New York Red Bulls

6 3MF Rolando Botello (1991-11-20) 20 November 1991 (age 27) 5 0 Panama Tauro
7 3MF José Luis Rodríguez (1998-06-19) 19 June 1998 (age 21) 17 0 Spain Alavés B
8 3MF Adalberto Carrasquilla (1998-11-28) 28 November 1998 (age 20) 8 1 Spain Cartagena
10 3MF Édgar Bárcenas (1993-10-23) 23 October 1993 (age 25) 39 2 Spain Oviedo
11 3MF Armando Cooper (Captain) (1987-11-26) 26 November 1987 (age 31) 111 9 Israel Maccabi Petah Tikva
19 3MF Alberto Quintero (1987-12-18) 18 December 1987 (age 31) 101 4 Peru Universitario
20 3MF Abdiel Ayarza (1992-09-12) 12 September 1992 (age 27) 0 0 Panama Independiente La Chorrera
21 3MF Omar Browne (1994-05-03) 3 May 1994 (age 25) 7 0 Panama Independiente La Chorrera

9 4FW Gabriel Torres (1988-10-31) 31 October 1988 (age 30) 85 18 Ecuador Independiente del Valle
14 4FW José Fajardo (1993-08-18) 18 August 1993 (age 26) 10 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Kawkab
16 4FW Rolando Blackburn (1990-01-09) 9 January 1990 (age 29) 38 6 Thailand Port
18 4FW Alfredo Stephens (1995-03-13) 13 March 1995 (age 24) 10 1 Portugal Santa Clara

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have been called up within the past year.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Luis Mejía (1991-03-16) 16 March 1991 (age 28) 23 0 Uruguay Nacional 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup
GK Orlando Mosquera (1994-12-25) 25 December 1994 (age 24) 0 0 Panama Tauro 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup
GK Eddie Roberts (1994-05-10) 10 May 1994 (age 25) 1 0 Panama Independiente La Chorrera v.  United States, 27 January 2019

DF Román Torres (1986-03-20) 20 March 1986 (age 33) 114 10 United States Seattle Sounders 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup
DF Kevin Galván (1996-03-10) 10 March 1996 (age 23) 5 0 Panama Sporting San Miguelito 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup
DF Roberto Chen (1994-05-24) 24 May 1994 (age 25) 23 1 Panama Árabe Unido 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
DF César Blackman (1998-04-02) 2 April 1998 (age 21) 3 0 Slovakia Dunajská Streda 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
DF Édgar Góndola (1993-03-13) 13 March 1993 (age 26) 3 0 Panama Costa del Este 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
DF Iván Anderson (1997-11-24) 24 November 1997 (age 21) 1 0 Panama Tauro v.  United States, 27 January 2019
DF Guillermo Benítez (1999-03-05) 5 March 1999 (age 20) 1 0 United States Atlanta United 2 v.  United States, 27 January 2019
DF José Garibaldi (1997-05-28) 28 May 1997 (age 22) 0 0 Panama Árabe Unido v.  United States, 27 January 2019
DF Andrés Andrade (1998-10-16) 16 October 1998 (age 20) 1 0 Austria LASK v.  Ecuador, 20 November 2018
DF Chin Hormechea (1996-05-12) 12 May 1996 (age 23) 2 0 Panama Árabe Unido v.  Venezuela, 11 September 2018

MF Aníbal Godoy (1990-02-10) 10 February 1990 (age 29) 99 1 United States San Jose Earthquakes 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup
MF Marcos Sánchez (1989-12-23) 23 December 1989 (age 29) 41 2 Panama Tauro 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup
MF Valentín Pimentel (1991-05-30) 30 May 1991 (age 28) 29 1 Panama Plaza Amador 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup
MF Gabriel Gómez (1984-05-29) 29 May 1984 (age 35) 141 11 Colombia Atlético Bucaramanga 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
MF Nelson Barahona (1987-11-22) 22 November 1987 (age 31) 46 4 Colombia Real Cartagena 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
MF Leslie Heráldez (1993-03-30) 30 March 1993 (age 26) 6 0 Panama Árabe Unido 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
MF Armando Polo (1990-04-02) 2 April 1990 (age 29) 4 0 El Salvador Sonsonate 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
MF Jesús González (1996-07-25) 25 July 1996 (age 23) 2 0 Colombia La Equidad 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
MF Ernesto Walker (1999-02-09) 9 February 1999 (age 20) 2 0 United States LA Galaxy II 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
MF Ángel Orelién (2001-04-02) 2 April 2001 (age 18) 2 0 Mexico Cruz Azul v.  Brazil, 23 March 2019
MF Luis Cañate (1996-08-09) 9 August 1996 (age 23) 1 0 Panama Árabe Unido v.  United States, 27 January 2019
MF Carlos Harvey (2000-02-03) 3 February 2000 (age 19) 1 0 United States LA Galaxy II v.  United States, 27 January 2019
MF Edson Samms (1995-03-27) 27 March 1995 (age 24) 1 0 Panama Costa del Este v.  United States, 27 January 2019
MF Miguel Camargo (1993-09-05) 5 September 1993 (age 26) 23 2 Venezuela Mineros de Guayana v.  Ecuador, 20 November 2018
MF Cristian Martínez (1997-02-06) 6 February 1997 (age 22) 7 0 United States Las Vegas Lights v.  Ecuador, 20 November 2018
MF Ricardo Ávila (1997-01-04) 4 January 1997 (age 22) 7 0 United States Real Monarchs v.  South Korea, 16 October 2018

FW Abdiel Arroyo (1993-12-13) 13 December 1993 (age 25) 48 7 Australia Newcastle Jets 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup
FW Ricardo Buitrago (1985-03-10) 10 March 1985 (age 34) 27 3 Peru Deportivo Municipal 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
FW Ronaldo Dinolis (1994-11-17) 17 November 1994 (age 24) 2 2 Panama Universitario 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
FW Romeesh Ivey (1994-04-14) 14 April 1994 (age 25) 0 0 Panama Independiente La Chorrera 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
FW Ernesto Sinclair (1989-03-10) 10 March 1989 (age 30) 1 0 Panama Costa del Este v.  United States, 27 January 2019
FW Carlos Small (1995-03-13) 13 March 1995 (age 24) 5 2 United States Rio Grande Valley Toros v.  Ecuador, 20 November 2018
FW Ricardo Clarke (1992-09-27) 27 September 1992 (age 26) 5 0 Paraguay Guaraní v.  Ecuador, 20 November 2018
FW Jorlian Sánchez (1996-03-17) 17 March 1996 (age 23) 1 0 Mexico UdeG v.  Ecuador, 20 November 2018

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

Player records[edit]

Most capped players[edit]

As of 30 June 2019, 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–present 114 10
5 Armando Cooper 2006–present 109 7
6 Luis Tejada 2001–2018 107 43
7 Felipe Baloy 2001–2018 103 4
8 Aníbal Godoy 2010–present 99 1
9 Alberto Quintero 2007–present 99 5
10 Luis Henríquez 2003–2016 89 2

Bold denotes still active players.

Top goalscorers[edit]

As of 22 June 2019, 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
Gabriel Torres 2006–present 16 83
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.

Managers[edit]

Managers of the Panama national football team and their terms.

References[edit]

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