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 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.[2][3]

Panama finished as runners-up in the 2005 Gold Cup[4] and 2013 Gold Cup,[5] 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.

Panama
Nickname(s) Los Canaleros (The Canal Men)
La Marea Roja (The Red Tide)
Association Federación Panameña de Fútbol
Confederation CONCACAF
Sub-confederation UNCAF (Central America)
Head coach Gary Stempel
Captain Román Torres
Most caps Gabriel Gómez (147)
Top scorer Luis Tejada, Blas Pérez (43)
Home stadium Estadio Rommel Fernández
FIFA code PAN
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 70 Decrease 1 (20 September 2018)
Highest 29 (March 2014)
Lowest 150 (August 1995)
Elo ranking
Current 61 Steady (24 July 2018)
Highest 28 (July 2013)
Lowest 151 (June 1984)
First international
 Panama 3–1 Venezuela 
(Panama City, Panama; 12 February 1938)[1]
Biggest win
 Panama 12–1 Puerto Rico 
(Barranquilla, Colombia; 13 December 1946)[1]
Biggest defeat
 Panama 0–11 Costa Rica 
(Panama City, Panama; 16 February 1938)[1]
World Cup
Appearances 1 (first in 2018)
Best result Group Stage (2018)
CONCACAF Championship
& Gold Cup
Appearances 8 (first in 1963)
Best result Runners-up (2005, 2013)

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.[6]

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,[7] 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.[8] 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.[9] 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".[10][11]

2018 World Cup

Panama were drawn in a group with European giants Belgium and England, and African side Tunisia, in Group G.[12] 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.[13][14] 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.[15] 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 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
Belgium  3–0  Panama
Report
England  6–1  Panama
Report
Panama  1–2  Tunisia
Report

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 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

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

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

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

Honours

Results and fixtures

  Win   Draw   Loss

22 March 2018 Friendly Denmark  1–0  Panama Brøndby, Denmark
21:00 CET (UTC+1) Sisto Goal 69' Report Stadium: Brøndby Stadium
Attendance: 11,160
Referee: Neil Doyle (Ireland)
27 March 2018 Friendly Switzerland   6–0  Panama Lucerne, Switzerland
20:00 CEST (UTC+2) Džemaili Goal 22'
Xhaka Goal 31 (pen)'
Embolo Goal 33'
Zuber Goal 39'
Drmić Goal 49'
Frei Goal 68'
Report Stadium: Swissporarena
Attendance: 8,600
Referee: Oliver Drachta (Austria)
17 April 2018 Friendly Trinidad and Tobago  0–1  Panama Couva, Trinidad and Tobago
18:30 AST (UTC–4) Report Núñez Goal 90+3' Stadium: Ato Boldon Stadium
Referee: Reon Radix (Grenada)
29 May 2018 Friendly Panama  0–0  Northern Ireland Panama City, Panama
20:00 EST (UTC−5) Report Stadium: Estadio Rommel Fernandez
Attendance: 26,000
Referee: Henry Bejarano (Costa Rica)
6 June 2018 Friendly Norway  1–0  Panama Oslo, Norway
19:00 CEST (UTC+2) King Goal 4' Report Stadium: Ullevaal Stadion
Referee: Serdar Gözübüyük (Netherlands)
18 June 2018 2018 WC Group G Belgium  3–0  Panama Sochi, Russia
18:00 MSK (UTC+3) Mertens Goal 47'
Lukaku Goal 69'75'
Report Stadium: Fisht Olympic Stadium
Attendance: 43,257
Referee: Janny Sikazwe (Zambia)
24 June 2018 2018 WC Group G England  6–1  Panama Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
15:00 MSK (UTC+3) Stones Goal 8'40'
Kane Goal 22' (pen.)45+1' (pen.)62'
Lingard Goal 36'
Report Baloy Goal 78' Stadium: Nizhny Novgorod Stadium
Attendance: 43,319
Referee: Gehad Grisha (Egypt)
28 June 2018 2018 WC Group G Panama  1–2  Tunisia Saransk, Russia
21:00 MSK (UTC+3) Meriah Goal 33' (o.g.) Report F. Ben Youssef Goal 51'
Khazri Goal 66'
Stadium: Mordovia Arena
Attendance: 37,168
Referee: Nawaf Shukralla (Bahrain)
11 September 2018 Friendly Panama  0–2  Venezuela Panama City, Panama
21:00 EST (UTC−5) Report Rondón Goal 67'90+3' Stadium: Estadio Rommel Fernandez
Attendance: 20,000
Referee: Oshane Nation (Jamaica)
12 October 2018 Friendly Japan  v  Panama Niigata, Japan
Stadium: Denka Big Swan Stadium
16 October 2018 Friendly South Korea  v  Panama Cheonan, South Korea
20:00 KST (UTC+9) Stadium: Cheonan Stadium

Players

Current squad

The following 18 players were called up for the friendly home match against Venezuela on September 11, 2018.[19]
Caps and goals as of September 11, 2018, after the match against Venezuela.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
GK Luis Mejía 16 March 1991 (age 27) 16 0 Uruguay Nacional
GK Marcos Allen 8 February 1999 (age 19) 0 0 Panama Plaza Amador

DF Román Torres (Captain) 20 March 1986 (age 32) 110 10 United States Seattle Sounders
DF Fidel Escobar 9 January 1995 (age 23) 26 1 United States New York Red Bulls
DF Michael Murillo 15 February 1996 (age 22) 24 1 United States New York Red Bulls
DF Chin Hormechea 12 May 1996 (age 22) 2 0 Panama Árabe Unido
DF Francisco Palacios 10 December 1990 (age 27) 2 0 Panama San Francisco
DF Kevin Galván 10 March 1996 (age 22) 1 0 Panama Sporting San Miguelito
DF Guillermo Benítez 8 December 1993 (age 24) 0 0 Panama Plaza Amador

MF Aníbal Godoy 10 February 1990 (age 28) 90 1 United States San Jose Earthquakes
MF Miguel Camargo 5 September 1993 (age 25) 20 2 Venezuela Mineros de Guayana
MF José Luis Rodríguez 19 June 1998 (age 20) 6 0 Croatia Istra 1961
MF Cristian Martínez 6 February 1997 (age 21) 3 0 United States Columbus Crew
MF Jesús González 25 July 1996 (age 22) 2 1 Panama Tauro
MF Adalberto Carrasquilla 28 November 1998 (age 19) 1 0 Panama Tauro

FW Gabriel Torres 31 October 1988 (age 29) 73 13 Chile Huachipato
FW Rolando Blackburn 9 January 1990 (aged 28) 27 4 Bolivia The Strongest
FW Ángel Orelién 2 April 2001 (age 17) 1 0 Panama Sporting San Miguelito

Recent call-ups

The following players have been called up within the last twelve months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Jaime Penedo RET 26 September 1981 (age 36) 130 0 Romania Dinamo București 2018 FIFA World Cup
GK José Calderón 14 August 1985 (age 33) 31 0 Guatemala Guastatoya 2018 FIFA World Cup
GK Álex Rodríguez 5 August 1990 (age 28) 6 0 Panama San Francisco 2018 FIFA World Cup
GK Orlando Mosquera 25 December 1994 (age 23) 0 0 Panama Tauro v.  Grenada, 24 October 2017

DF Felipe Baloy RET 24 February 1981 (age 37) 99 4 Retired 2018 FIFA World Cup
DF Adolfo Machado 14 February 1985 (age 33) 76 1 United States Houston Dynamo 2018 FIFA World Cup
DF Harold Cummings 1 March 1992 (age 26) 52 0 United States San Jose Earthquakes 2018 FIFA World Cup
DF Erick Davis 31 March 1991 (age 27) 40 0 Slovakia Dunajská Streda 2018 FIFA World Cup
DF Luis Ovalle 7 September 1988 (age 30) 25 0 Panama Sporting San Miguelito 2018 FIFA World Cup
DF Richard Peralta 20 September 1993 (age 25) 7 0 Panama Alianza 2018 FIFA World Cup PRE
DF Azmahar Ariano 14 January 1991 (age 27) 3 0 Colombia Patriotas Boyacá 2018 FIFA World Cup PRE
DF Sergio Ortega 18 April 1990 (age 28) 2 0 Panama Plaza Amador v.  Trinidad and Tobago, 17 April 2018
DF Roberto Chen 24 May 1994 (age 24) 22 1 Panama Árabe Unido v.  Wales, 14 November 2017
DF Jan Carlos Vargas 13 March 1995 (age 23) 7 0 Panama Tauro v.  Wales, 14 November 2017

MF Édgar Bárcenas 23 October 1993 (age 24) 31 0 Spain Oviedo v.  Venezuela, 11 September 2018 WD
MF Gabriel Gómez RET 29 May 1984 (age 34) 141 11 Colombia Atlético Bucaramanga 2018 FIFA World Cup
MF Armando Cooper 26 November 1987 (age 30) 100 7 Romania Dinamo București 2018 FIFA World Cup
MF Valentín Pimentel 30 May 1991 (age 27) 23 1 Panama Plaza Amador 2018 FIFA World Cup
MF Ricardo Ávila 4 January 1997 (age 21) 7 0 Belgium Gent II 2018 FIFA World Cup
MF Alberto Quintero 18 December 1987 (age 30) 91 5 Peru Universitario 2018 FIFA World Cup INJ
MF Ricardo Buitrago 10 March 1985 (age 33) 27 3 Peru Deportivo Municipal 2018 FIFA World Cup PRE
MF José González Joly 5 May 1991 (age 27) 10 0 Peru Unión Comercio 2018 FIFA World Cup PRE
MF Josiel Núñez 29 January 1993 (age 25) 14 2 Panama Árabe Unido v.  Trinidad and Tobago, 17 April 2018
MF Leslie Heráldez 30 March 1993 (age 25) 6 0 Panama Árabe Unido v.  Trinidad and Tobago, 17 April 2018
MF Óscar Villarreal 3 February 1995 (age 23) 2 0 Panama Tauro v.  Trinidad and Tobago, 17 April 2018
MF Rolando Botello 20 November 1991 (age 26) 1 0 Panama Tauro v.  Trinidad and Tobago, 17 April 2018
MF Marcos Sánchez 23 December 1989 (age 28) 35 2 Panama Tauro v.  Wales, 14 November 2017
MF Alfredo Stephens 13 March 1995 (age 23) 10 1 Portugal Santa Clara v.  Wales, 14 November 2017
MF Manuel Vargas 19 January 1991 (age 27) 7 0 Panama San Francisco v.  Wales, 14 November 2017
MF Chamell Asprilla 11 August 1998 (age 20) 1 0 Panama Árabe Unido v.  Grenada, 24 October 2017
MF Eduardo Guerrero 21 February 2000 (age 18) 1 0 Panama Chorrillo v.  Grenada, 24 October 2017

FW Blas Pérez RET 13 March 1981 (age 37) 116 43 Panama Árabe Unido 2018 FIFA World Cup
FW Luis Tejada RET 28 March 1982 (age 36) 104 43 Peru Sport Boys 2018 FIFA World Cup
FW Abdiel Arroyo 13 December 1993 (age 24) 34 4 Portugal Santa Clara 2018 FIFA World Cup
FW Ismael Díaz 12 May 1997 (age 21) 12 2 Uruguay El Tanque Sisley 2018 FIFA World Cup
FW Roberto Nurse 16 December 1983 (age 34) 21 3 Mexico Zacatecas 2018 FIFA World Cup PRE
FW José Fajardo 18 August 1993 (age 25) 2 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Kawkab 2018 FIFA World Cup PRE
FW Carlos Small 13 March 1995 (age 23) 3 2 United States Rio Grande Valley Toros v.  Trinidad and Tobago, 17 April 2018
FW Ronaldo Dinolis 17 November 1994 (age 23) 1 2 Costa Rica Santos de Guápiles v.  Trinidad and Tobago, 17 April 2018
FW Omar Browne 3 May 1994 (age 24) 1 0 Panama Independiente Chorrera v.  Trinidad and Tobago, 17 April 2018
FW Alexis Palacios 10 June 1995 (age 23) 1 0 Panama Árabe Unido 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 records

Most capped players

As of 28 June 2018, the players with the most appearances for Panama are:[20]

# 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 goalscorers

As of 28 June 2018, the players with the most goals for Panama are:[20]

# 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.

Managers

Managers of the Panama national football team and their terms.

  • Uruguay Romeo Parravicini (1938)
  • Peru Manuel Sánchez Durán (1941)
  • Panama Emel Ospino (1946)
  • Chile Óscar Rendoll Gómez (1946)
  • Panama Óscar Suman Carrillo (1949)
  • Colombia Gilberto Casanova (1950)
  • Austria Moses Stern (1950)
  • Chile Óscar Rendoll Gómez (1951)
  • Panama Rogelio Díaz (1952)
  • Colombia Emel Ospino (1956)
  • Spain José Bech Casablanca (1961)
  • Argentina Raúl "Che" Álvarez (1963–64)
  • Spain José Bech Casablanca (1967)
  • Panama Luis Carlos Ponce (1967)
  • Chile Néstor Valdez Moraga (1969)
  • Chile Renato Panay (1976)
  • Argentina Omar Muraco (1978)
  • Uruguay Edgardo Bone Baldi (1979)
  • Uruguay Luis Borghini (1980)
  • Panama Rubén Cárdenas (1980)
  • Panama Orlando Muñoz (1984)
  • Argentina Carlos Cavagnaro (1984)

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