Panama national football team

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 coachAmérico Gallego
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 1 (28 November 2019)[1]
Highest29 (March 2014)
Lowest150 (August 1995)
Elo ranking
Current 80 16 (25 November 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
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.[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

2014 World Cup qualifying

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

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

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

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

World Cup record

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 Championship

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

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

  • 1963 – First Round

CONCACAF Gold Cup

CONCACAF Championship
Year Result Position Pld W T L GF GA
1963Group stage6th412184
1965Did not enter
1967Did not qualify
1969
1971Did not enter
1973
1977Did not qualify
1981
1985
1989
1991Did not enter
1993Group stage7th301238
1996Did not qualify
1998
2000
2002
2003
2005Runners-up2nd623176
2007Quarter-finals6th411267
2009Quarter-finals7th411275
2011Semi-finals3rd522176
2013Runners-up2nd6411114
2015Third place3rd605167
2017Quarter-finals5th421163
2019Quarter-finals7th420264
Total10/2510/27461517146754

Copa Centroamericana

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 América

CONMEBOL Copa América record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
19931 Not Invited
1995
1997
1999
2001
2004
2007
2011
2015
20162Group stage12th3102410
2019 Not Invited
2020
TotalGroup stage1/123003112
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

Results and fixtures

  Win   Draw   Loss

2018

2019

2020

26 March 2020 FriendlyCuraçao v Panama

Players

Current squad

The following players were called up for the 2019-20 CONCACAF Nations League A match against Mexico on 15 November 2019.
Caps and goals as of 15 November 2019, after the match against Mexico.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK José Guerra (1994-09-12) 12 September 1994 0 0 Independiente La Chorrera
12 1GK José Calderón (1985-08-14) 14 August 1985 40 0 Comunicaciones
22 1GK Jorginho Frías (2001-03-21) 21 March 2001 0 0 Costa del Este

2 2DF Francisco Palacios (1990-12-10) 10 December 1990 8 0 San Francisco
3 2DF Azmahar Ariano (1991-01-14) 14 January 1991 5 0 Marathón
4 2DF Fidel Escobar (1995-01-09) 9 January 1995 43 1 Córdoba
5 2DF Román Torres (Captain) (1986-03-20) 20 March 1986 116 10 Seattle Sounders
13 2DF Adolfo Machado (1985-02-14) 14 February 1985 87 2 Jicaral
15 2DF Andrés Andrade (1998-10-16) 16 October 1998 1 0 LASK
21 2DF Jiovany Ramos (1997-01-26) 26 January 1997 0 0 San Francisco
23 2DF César Blackman (1998-04-02) 2 April 1998 4 0 Dunajská Streda

6 3MF Carlos Harvey (2000-02-03) 3 February 2000 1 0 LA Galaxy II
7 3MF José Luis Rodríguez (1998-06-19) 19 June 1998 19 0 Alavés B
10 3MF Édgar Bárcenas (1993-10-23) 23 October 1993 41 2 Oviedo
11 3MF Armando Cooper (1987-11-26) 26 November 1987 110 9 Maccabi Petah Tikva
14 3MF Abdiel Ayarza (1992-09-12) 12 September 1992 2 0 Independiente La Chorrera
19 3MF Alberto Quintero (1987-12-18) 18 December 1987 102 4 Universitario
20 3MF Luis Choy (1996-03-05) 5 March 1996 0 0 San Francisco

8 4FW Cecilio Waterman (1991-04-13) 13 April 1991 8 0 Plaza Colonia
9 4FW Gabriel Torres (1988-10-31) 31 October 1988 87 18 Independiente del Valle
16 4FW Alfredo Stephens (1995-03-13) 13 March 1995 11 1 Santa Clara
17 4FW José Fajardo (1993-08-18) 18 August 1993 10 0 Independiente La Chorrera
18 4FW Abdiel Arroyo (1993-12-13) 13 December 1993 49 7 Newcastle Jets

Recent call-ups

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 24 0 Nacional v.  Mexico, 15 October 2019
GK Orlando Mosquera (1994-12-25) 25 December 1994 0 0 Tauro 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup
GK Eddie Roberts (1994-05-10) 10 May 1994 1 0 Independiente La Chorrera v.  United States, 27 January 2019

DF Erick Davis (1991-03-31) 31 March 1991 52 1 Dunajská Streda v.  Mexico, 15 October 2019
DF Jan Carlos Vargas (1994-09-27) 27 September 1994 11 0 Tauro v.  Mexico, 15 October 2019
DF Harold Cummings (1992-03-01) 1 March 1992 65 1 San Jose Earthquakes v.  Bermuda, 8 September 2019
DF Michael Murillo (1996-02-15) 15 February 1996 37 2 Anderlecht v.  Bermuda, 8 September 2019
DF Luis Ovalle (1988-09-07) 7 September 1988 26 0 Deportivo Táchira v.  Bermuda, 8 September 2019
DF Kevin Galván (1996-03-10) 10 March 1996 5 0 Sporting San Miguelito 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup
DF Roberto Chen (1994-05-24) 24 May 1994 23 1 Árabe Unido 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
DF Édgar Góndola (1993-03-13) 13 March 1993 3 0 Costa del Este 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
DF Iván Anderson (1997-11-24) 24 November 1997 1 0 Tauro v.  United States, 27 January 2019
DF Guillermo Benítez (1999-03-05) 5 March 1999 1 0 Atlanta United 2 v.  United States, 27 January 2019
DF José Garibaldi (1997-05-28) 28 May 1997 0 0 Árabe Unido v.  United States, 27 January 2019

MF Aníbal Godoy (1990-02-10) 10 February 1990 100 1 San Jose Earthquakes v.  Mexico, 15 November 2019 INJ
MF Adalberto Carrasquilla (1998-11-28) 28 November 1998 9 1 Cartagena v.  Mexico, 15 November 2019 INJ
MF Rolando Botello (1991-11-20) 20 November 1991 6 0 Tauro v.  Mexico, 15 October 2019
MF Ángel Orelién (2001-04-02) 2 April 2001 2 0 Cruz Azul v.  Mexico, 15 October 2019
MF Omar Browne (1994-05-03) 3 May 1994 7 0 Independiente La Chorrera v.  Bermuda, 8 September 2019
MF Marcos Sánchez (1989-12-23) 23 December 1989 41 2 Tauro 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup
MF Valentín Pimentel (1991-05-30) 30 May 1991 29 1 Costa del Este 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup
MF Gabriel Gómez (1984-05-29) 29 May 1984 149 12 Atlético Bucaramanga 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
MF Nelson Barahona (1987-11-22) 22 November 1987 46 4 Real Cartagena 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
MF Leslie Heráldez (1993-03-30) 30 March 1993 6 0 Árabe Unido 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
MF Armando Polo (1990-04-02) 2 April 1990 4 0 Santa Tecla 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
MF Jesús González (1996-07-25) 25 July 1996 2 0 La Equidad 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
MF Ernesto Walker (1999-02-09) 9 February 1999 2 0 Plaza Amador 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
MF Luis Cañate (1996-08-09) 9 August 1996 1 0 Plaza Amador v.  United States, 27 January 2019
MF Edson Samms (1995-03-27) 27 March 1995 1 0 Costa del Este v.  United States, 27 January 2019

FW Jorlian Sánchez (1996-03-17) 17 March 1996 1 0 UdeG v.  Mexico, 15 October 2019
FW Rolando Blackburn (1990-01-09) 9 January 1990 38 6 Port v.  Bermuda, 8 September 2019
FW Ricardo Buitrago (1985-03-10) 10 March 1985 27 3 Deportivo Municipal 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
FW Ronaldo Dinolis (1994-11-17) 17 November 1994 2 2 Universitario 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
FW Romeesh Ivey (1994-04-14) 14 April 1994 0 0 Deportivo Pasto 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
FW Ernesto Sinclair (1989-03-10) 10 March 1989 1 0 Sporting San Miguelito v.  United States, 27 January 2019

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

Player records

Most capped players

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 7
6 Luis Tejada 2001–2018 108 43
7 Felipe Baloy 2001–2018 103 4
8 Alberto Quintero 2007–present 101 5
9 Aníbal Godoy 2010–present 100 1
10 Luis Henríquez 2003–2016 89 2

Bold denotes still active players.

Top goalscorers

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.

Managers

Managers of the Panama national football team and their terms.

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