|Nickname(s)||Los Canaleros (The Canal Men)|
La Marea Roja (The Red Tide)
|Association||Federación Panameña de Fútbol|
|UNCAF (Central America)|
|Head coach||Thomas Christiansen|
|Most caps||Gabriel Gómez (149)|
|Top scorer||Luis Tejada (43)|
|Home stadium||Estadio Rommel Fernández|
|Highest||29 (March 2014)|
|Lowest||150 (August 1995)|
| Panama 3-1 Venezuela |
(Panama City, Panama; 12 February 1938)
| Panama 12-1 Puerto Rico |
(Barranquilla, Colombia; 13 December 1946)
| Panama 0-11 Costa Rica |
(Panama City, Panama; 16 February 1938)
|Appearances||1 (first in 2018)|
|Best result||Group stage (2018)|
& Gold Cup
|Appearances||11 (first in 1963)|
|Best result||Runners-up (2005, 2013)|
|Appearances||1 (first in 2016)|
|Best result||Group 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.
Panama finished as runners-up in the 2005 Gold Cup and 2013 Gold Cup, 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.
This section is missing information about Panama football team prior to 21st century.November 2020)(
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, which meant that the United States, who lost to Trinidad and Tobago 2-1, failed to qualify for the first time since 1986.Román Torres, who scored the winning goal in the 88th minute, was subsequently considered a national hero. 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".
The national football team of Panama were drawn in Group G, together with European giants Belgium and England and the African side Tunisia. 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. 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. 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.
|1||Belgium||3||3||0||0||9||2||+7||9||Advance to knockout stage|
|FIFA World Cup record||FIFA World Cup Qualification record|
|1930||Not a FIFA member||Not a FIFA member|
|1938||Did not enter||Declined participation|
|1978||Did not qualify||6||1||1||4||7||21|
|2022||To be determined||To be determined|
|FIFA World Cup history|
|First Match|| Belgium 3-0 Panama |
(18 June 2018; Sochi, Russia)
|Biggest Defeat|| England 6-1 Panama |
(24 June 2018; Nizhny Novgorod, Russia)
|Best Result||Group stage in 2018|
The CCCF tournament began in 1941, but was later abolished in 1961.
The CONCACAF Championship tournament began in 1963, but was later abolished in 1989.
|1965||Did not enter|
|1967||Did not qualify|
|1971||Did not enter|
|1977||Did not qualify|
|CONCACAF Gold Cup|
|1991||Did not enter|
|1996||Did not qualify|
|CONCACAF Championship & Gold Cup history|
|First Match|| El Salvador 1-1 Panama |
(23 March 1963; San Salvador, El Salvador)
|Biggest Win|| Panama 6-1 Cuba|
(20 July 2013; Atlanta, United States)
|Biggest Defeat|| Honduras 5-1 Panama |
(10 July 1993; Dallas, United States)
|Best Result||Runners-up in 2005, 2013|
|Worst Result||7th in 1993, Quarter-finals in 2007, 2009, 2017, 2019|
|CONCACAF Nations League record|
|2022-23||A||To be determined|
|CONCACAF Nations League history|
|First Match|| Bermuda 1-4 Panama |
(5 September 2019; Hamilton, Bermuda)
|Biggest Win|| Bermuda 1-4 Panama |
(5 September 2019; Hamilton, Bermuda)
|Biggest Defeat|| Panama 0-3 Mexico |
(15 November 2019; Panama City, Panama)
|Copa Centroamericana record|
|1999||Did not enter|
|CONMEBOL Copa América record|
The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.
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|
|GK||Luis Mejía||16 March 1991||27||0||Fénix|
|GK||Orlando Mosquera||25 December 1994||2||0||Boluspor|
|GK||José Guerra||12 September 1994||1||0||Universitario|
|DF||Adolfo Machado||14 February 1985||87||2||San Carlos|
|DF||Harold Cummings||1 March 1992||68||1||Always Ready|
|DF||Eric Davis||31 March 1991||51||1||Dunajská Streda|
|DF||Michael Murillo||11 February 1996||39||2||Anderlecht|
|DF||Roderick Miller||3 April 1992||28||1||San Francisco|
|DF||Andrés Andrade||16 October 1998||3||0||LASK|
|DF||César Blackman||2 April 1998||3||0||Dunajská Streda|
|MF||Alberto Quintero||18 December 1987||102||4||Universitario|
|MF||Aníbal Godoy||10 February 1990||100||1||Nashville|
|MF||Édgar Bárcenas||23 October 1993||43||1||Girona|
|MF||Miguel Camargo||5 September 1993||26||1||Deportivo Pasto|
|MF||José Luis Rodríguez||19 June 1998||18||0||Lugo|
|MF||Adalberto Carrasquilla||28 November 1998||10||1||Cartagena|
|MF||César Yanis||28 January 1996||7||0||Costa del Este|
|MF||Abdiel Ayarza||12 September 1992||6||2||Cienciano|
|MF||José Murillo||24 February 1995||5||1||Plaza Amador|
|MF||Víctor Griffith||12 December 2000||5||0||Árabe Unido|
|FW||Gabriel Torres||31 October 1988||88||18||UNAM|
|FW||José Fajardo||18 August 1993||13||2||9 de Octubre|
|FW||Jair Catuy||28 January 1992||1||0||Árabe Unido|
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||8 February 1999||0||0||Atlético Sanluqueño||v. United States, 16 November 2020|
|DF||Francisco Palacios||10 December 1990||13||0||San Francisco||v. Serbia, 28 January 2021|
|DF||Jiovany Ramos||26 January 1997||5||0||CAI La Chorrera||v. Serbia, 28 January 2021|
|DF||Francisco Vence||11 April 1992||1||0||CAI La Chorrera||v. Serbia, 28 January 2021|
|DF||Fidel Escobar||9 January 1995||43||1||Alcorcón||v. United States, 16 November 2020|
|DF||Óscar Linton||29 January 1993||4||0||Sliema Wanderers||v. United States, 16 November 2020|
|MF||Armando Cooper||26 November 1987||114||8||Maccabi Petah Tikva||v. United States, 16 November 2020|
|MF||Omar Browne||3 May 1994||10||0||CAI La Chorrera||v. United States, 16 November 2020|
|MF||Irving Gudiño||15 November 2000||2||0||Marbella||v. United States, 16 November 2020|
|MF||Juan Tejada||14 January 1997||1||0||Tampa Bay Rowdies||v. United States, 16 November 2020|
|FW||Abdiel Arroyo||13 December 1993||48||7||Maccabi Petah Tikva||v. United States, 16 November 2020|
|FW||Jorman Aguilar||11 September 1994||6||0||San Carlos||v. United States, 16 November 2020|
|FW||Eduardo Guerrero||21 February 2000||2||0||Maccabi Tel Aviv||v. United States, 16 November 2020|
INJ Withdrew due to injury.
Most capped players
Managers of the Panama national football team and their terms.