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Panama National Football Team

Panama
Nickname(s)Los Canaleros (The Canal Men)
La Marea Roja (The Red Tide)
AssociationFederación Panameña de Fútbol
ConfederationCONCACAF
UNCAF (Central America)
Head coachThomas Christiansen
CaptainRomán Torres
Most capsGabriel Gómez (149)
Top scorerLuis Tejada (43)
Home stadiumEstadio Rommel Fernández
FIFA codePAN
FIFA ranking
Current
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)

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 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 Copa Centroamericana 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 behind Honduras in the 2017 edition, which they hosted.

The national team is nicknamed "Los Canaleros" ("The Canal Men"), in reference to the Panama Canal.

History

2011 Gold Cup

In the 2011 Gold Cup, Panama was placed into Group C with Canada, United States, and Guadeloupe. They debuted with a 3-2 win over Guadeloupe. In the next match, they beat the United States 2-1. Then they tied 1-1 against Canada, winning their group for the first time in the Gold Cup. They played against El Salvador in the quarter-finals, beating them 5-3 on penalties. They played against the United States again, this time in the semi-finals, although they lost 1-0.

2013 Gold Cup

In the 2013 Gold Cup, Panama began with a 2-1 win over Mexico, with Gabriel Torres scoring both goals. In the second match, Panama beat Martinique 1-0 with Gabriel Torres scoring the only goal. With two victories, they secured their qualification to the knockout stages. Already being qualified, they tied 0-0 against Canada securing the first place in their group. They easily beat Cuba 6-1 and qualified for the semi-finals with Blas Pérez and Gabriel Torres scoring two goals each. They faced Mexico again in the semifinals and beat them 2-1 to advance to the final for the second time in the competition against the United States, which was their opponent in the 2005 final and beat them on penalties. The Panamanians couldn't get their revenge on them and lost 0-1 with a goal from Brek Shea.

2014 World Cup qualifying

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 assured 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]

2015 Gold Cup

Panama was drawn into Group A of the 2015 Gold Cup along with the United States, Haiti, and Honduras. All of their games were a 1-1 tie. They advanced to the knockout stage as the best ranked third place. In the Quarter-Finals, they played against Trinidad & Tobago, drawing 1-1 after 90 minutes and beating them 6-5 on penalties. They advanced to the semi-finals against Mexico, in which they achieved a 1-1 draw with a goal from Roman Torres and a controversial goal from Mexico in the last minute. Panama was defeated 2-1 in extra time with another controversial penalty given by referee Mark Geiger. Because they qualified to the Semi-finals, they earned the right to play against the other loser, the United States, in the third place playoff. The score was 1-1 after extra time and Panama won 3-2 on penalties, giving them the third place.

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 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 Cup

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 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

England 6-1 Panama
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
Uruguay 1930 Not a FIFA member Not a FIFA member
Italy 1934
France 1938 Did not enter Declined participation
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 1/21 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.

CONCACAF Gold Cup

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
CONCACAF Gold Cup
Year Result Position Pld W T L GF GA
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
2021 Qualified
Total Runners-up 10/26 46 15 17 14 67 54

CONCACAF Nations League

CONCACAF Nations League record
Year Division Group Pld W D* L GF GA P/R Rank
United States 2019-20 A B 4 1 0 3 5 9 Same position 8th
2022-23 A To be determined
Total 4 1 0 3 5 9 8th

Copa Centroamericana

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

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 2021
Total Group stage 1/12 3 1 0 2 4 10
1Ecuador 1993 was the first time nations from outside the CONMEBOL were invited.
2United States 2016 was the first time nations from outside the CONMEBOL could qualify and host.

Honours

Major competitions

Minor competitions

Results and fixtures

The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.

2020

10 October Friendly Costa Rica  0-1  Panama San José, Costa Rica
Report
Stadium: Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica (2011)
Attendance: 0
Referee: Keylor Herrera (Costa Rica)
13 October Friendly Costa Rica  0-1  Panama San José, Costa Rica
Report
Stadium: Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica (2011)
Attendance: 0
Referee: J. Calderón (Costa Rica)
13 November Friendly Japan  1-0  Panama Graz, Austria
15:15 UTC+1
Report
Stadium: Liebenauer Stadium
Referee: Christian-Petru Ciochirca (Austria)
16 November Friendly United States  6-2  Panama Wiener Neustadt, Austria
14:45 ET Reyna Goal 18
Gioacchini Goal 2226
Soto Goal 8390+1
Lletget Goal 87
Report Fajardo Goal 879 Stadium: Stadion Wiener Neustadt

2021

28 January Friendly Panama  0-0  Serbia Panama City, Panama
19:00 (UTC-5) Stadium: Estadio Rommel Fernández
Referee: Ameth Ariel Sánchez Pinzón (Panama)
5 June 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying Anguilla  v  Panama TBD
Stadium: TBD
TBD July 2021 CONCACAF Gold
Cup
Panama  v TBD TBD
Stadium: TBD
TBD July 2021 CONCACAF Gold
Cup
Panama  v TBD TBD
Stadium: TBD
TBD July 2021 CONCACAF Gold
Cup
TBD v  Panama TBD
Stadium: TBD

Players

Current squad

The following 24 players were called up for the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification matches against Barbados and Dominica on 25 and 28 March 2021.
Caps and goals as of 13 October 2020, after the match against Costa Rica.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Luis Mejía (1991-03-16) 16 March 1991 (age 29) 27 0 Uruguay Fénix
1GK Orlando Mosquera (1994-12-25) 25 December 1994 (age 26) 2 0 Turkey Boluspor
1GK José Guerra (1994-09-12) 12 September 1994 (age 26) 1 0 Panama Universitario

2DF Adolfo Machado (1985-02-14) 14 February 1985 (age 36) 87 2 Costa Rica San Carlos
2DF Harold Cummings (1992-03-01) 1 March 1992 (age 29) 68 1 Bolivia Always Ready
2DF Eric Davis (1991-03-31) 31 March 1991 (age 29) 51 1 Slovakia Dunajská Streda
2DF Michael Murillo (1996-02-11) 11 February 1996 (age 25) 39 2 Belgium Anderlecht
2DF Roderick Miller (1992-04-03) 3 April 1992 (age 28) 28 1 Panama San Francisco
2DF Andrés Andrade (1998-10-16) 16 October 1998 (age 22) 3 0 Austria LASK
2DF César Blackman (1998-04-02) 2 April 1998 (age 22) 3 0 Slovakia Dunajská Streda

3MF Alberto Quintero (1987-12-18) 18 December 1987 (age 33) 102 4 Peru Universitario
3MF Aníbal Godoy (1990-02-10) 10 February 1990 (age 31) 100 1 United States Nashville
3MF Édgar Bárcenas (1993-10-23) 23 October 1993 (age 27) 43 1 Spain Girona
3MF Miguel Camargo (1993-09-05) 5 September 1993 (age 27) 26 1 Colombia Deportivo Pasto
3MF José Luis Rodríguez (1998-06-19) 19 June 1998 (age 22) 18 0 Spain Lugo
3MF Adalberto Carrasquilla (1998-11-28) 28 November 1998 (age 22) 10 1 Spain Cartagena
3MF César Yanis (1996-01-28) 28 January 1996 (age 25) 7 0 Panama Costa del Este
3MF Abdiel Ayarza (1992-09-12) 12 September 1992 (age 28) 6 2 Peru Cienciano
3MF José Murillo (1995-02-24) 24 February 1995 (age 26) 5 1 Panama Plaza Amador
3MF Víctor Griffith (2000-12-12) 12 December 2000 (age 20) 5 0 Panama Árabe Unido

4FW Gabriel Torres (1988-10-31) 31 October 1988 (age 32) 88 18 Mexico UNAM
4FW José Fajardo (1993-08-18) 18 August 1993 (age 27) 13 2 Ecuador 9 de Octubre
4FW Jair Catuy (1992-01-28) 28 January 1992 (age 29) 1 0 Panama Árabe Unido

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 Marcos Allen (1999-02-08) 8 February 1999 (age 22) 0 0 Spain Atlético Sanluqueño v.  United States, 16 November 2020

DF Francisco Palacios (1990-12-10) 10 December 1990 (age 30) 13 0 Panama San Francisco v.  Serbia, 28 January 2021
DF Jiovany Ramos (1997-01-26) 26 January 1997 (age 24) 5 0 Panama CAI La Chorrera v.  Serbia, 28 January 2021
DF Francisco Vence (1992-04-11) 11 April 1992 (age 28) 1 0 Panama CAI La Chorrera v.  Serbia, 28 January 2021
DF Fidel Escobar (1995-01-09) 9 January 1995 (age 26) 43 1 Spain Alcorcón v.  United States, 16 November 2020
DF Óscar Linton (1993-01-29) 29 January 1993 (age 28) 4 0 Malta Sliema Wanderers v.  United States, 16 November 2020

MF Armando Cooper (1987-11-26) 26 November 1987 (age 33) 114 8 Israel Maccabi Petah Tikva v.  United States, 16 November 2020
MF Omar Browne (1994-05-03) 3 May 1994 (age 26) 10 0 Panama CAI La Chorrera v.  United States, 16 November 2020
MF Irving Gudiño (2000-11-15) 15 November 2000 (age 20) 2 0 Spain Marbella v.  United States, 16 November 2020
MF Juan Tejada (1997-01-14) 14 January 1997 (age 24) 1 0 United States Tampa Bay Rowdies v.  United States, 16 November 2020

FW Abdiel Arroyo (1993-12-13) 13 December 1993 (age 27) 48 7 Israel Maccabi Petah Tikva v.  United States, 16 November 2020
FW Jorman Aguilar (1994-09-11) 11 September 1994 (age 26) 6 0 Costa Rica San Carlos v.  United States, 16 November 2020
FW Eduardo Guerrero (2000-02-21) 21 February 2000 (age 21) 2 0 Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv v.  United States, 16 November 2020

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

Player records

As of 15 November 2019[21]
Players in bold are still active, at least at club level.

Managers

Managers of the Panama national football team and their terms.

References

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 18 February 2021. Retrieved 2021.
  2. ^ a b Barrie Courtney. "Panama - International Results". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 2013.
  3. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 10 December 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  4. ^ "From agony to ecstasy: Panama's remarkable journey to the 2018 World Cup and a night they'll never forget". The Independent. 11 October 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  5. ^ "The wildest night in CONCACAF history? How the U.S. exit played out". ESPN. 11 October 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  6. ^ "CONCACAF Championship, Gold Cup 2005". www.rsssf.com. Retrieved 2018.
  7. ^ "U.S. MNT Wins CONCACAF Gold Cup with 1-0 Victory against Panama". www.ussoccer.com. Retrieved 2018.
  8. ^ "USA Saves Mexico From World Cup Elimination In The Most Unbelievable Night In North American Soccer History". Business Insider. 16 October 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  9. ^ FIFA.com. "2018 FIFA World Cup Russia(TM) - Matches - Panama-Costa Rica - FIFA.com". FIFA.com. Retrieved 2018.
  10. ^ "Trinidad and Tobago 2-1 USA". BBC Sport. 11 October 2017. Retrieved 2018.
  11. ^ "Roman Torres: Panama's 'film star' footballer dreams of beating England at World Cup". BBC Sport. 24 March 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  12. ^ "Panama gets holiday after World Cup win". BBC News. 11 October 2017. Retrieved 2018.
  13. ^ "National holiday in Panama as World Cup place sealed | Goal.com". Retrieved 2018.
  14. ^ "England get Belgium, Tunisia and Panama in World Cup draw". The Independent. Retrieved 2018.
  15. ^ FIFA.com. "2018 FIFA World Cup Russia(TM) - Matches - Belgium - Panama - FIFA.com". www.fifa.com. Retrieved 2018.
  16. ^ Ducker, James; Bagchi, Rob (18 June 2018). "Romelu Lukaku double helps Belgium to winning World Cup start against Panama". The Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 2018.
  17. ^ Rathborn, Jack (24 June 2018). "Panama fans wildly celebrate first ever World Cup goal vs England". The Mirror. Retrieved 2018.
  18. ^ "Match report - Group G - Belgium v Panama" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 18 June 2018. Archived (PDF) from the original on 18 June 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  19. ^ "Match report - Group G - England v Panama" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 24 June 2018. Archived (PDF) from the original on 24 June 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  20. ^ "Match report - Group G - Panama v Tunisia" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 28 June 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  21. ^ Roberto Mamrud. "Panama - Record International Players". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 2016.

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