Panama national football team

The Panama national football team (Spanish: Selección de fútbol de Panamá) represents Panama in international football. The team is controlled 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.[2][3]

Panama finished as runners-up in the 2005 Gold Cup and 2013 Gold Cup. Panama has also competed in the sub-regional Central American Cup championship which they won in 2009.

Panama
Nickname(s) Los Canaleros (The Canal Men)
Association Federación Panameña de Fútbol
Confederation CONCACAF
Sub-confederation UNCAF (Central America)
Head coach Hernán Darío Gómez
Captain Román Torres
Most caps Gabriel Gómez (143)
Top scorer Luis Tejada, Blas Pérez (43)
Home stadium Estadio Rommel Fernández
FIFA code PAN
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 55 Steady (7 June 2018)
Highest 29 (March 2014)
Lowest 150 (August 1995)
Elo ranking
Current 48 Steady (7 June 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)
CONCACAF Championship
& Gold Cup
Appearances 8 (first in 1963)
Best result Runners-up, 2005 and 2013

History

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.[4] However, nearly four years later, Los Canaleros would finally qualify to the World Cup after defeating Costa Rica 2−1, thus resulting the United States (who lost to Trinidad and Tobago 2−1) failing to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1986, an exact revenge from the elimination of four years earlier. Panama will make a debut appearance in the 2018 FIFA World Cup, facing European powerhouses Belgium and England, along with Africa's Tunisia in Group G.

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 Qualified 16 6 5 5 16 15
Qatar 2022 To be determined To be determined
CanadaMexicoUnited States 2026 To be determined To be determined
Total 1/21 94 27 22 45 104 157

CCCF Championship

The CCCF tournament began in 1941, but was later abolished in 1961.

  • 1941 – Fourth Place
  • 1943 – Did not enter
  • 1946 – Fifth Place
  • 1948 – Third Place
  • 1951 – Champions
  • 1953 – Seventh Place
  • 1955 – Did not enter
  • 1957 – Fourth Place
  • 1960 – Did not enter
  • 1961 – First Round

CONCACAF Championship

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

  • 1963 – First Round
  • Did not enter from 1965–1989.

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 Total 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  v  Panama Sochi, Russia
18:00 MSK (UTC+3) Report Stadium: Fisht Olympic Stadium
24 June 2018 2018 WC Group G England  v  Panama Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
15:00 MSK (UTC+3) Report Stadium: Nizhny Novgorod Stadium
28 June 2018 2018 WC Group G Panama  v  Tunisia Saransk, Russia
21:00 MSK (UTC+3) Report Stadium: Mordovia Arena

World Cup 2018

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Belgium 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage
1  Panama 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1  Tunisia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1  England 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Belgium  Match 13  Panama
Report
England  Match 30  Panama
Report
Panama  Match 46  Tunisia
Report

Players

Current squad

The following 23 players were called up for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Caps and goals as of 6 June 2018, after the match against Norway.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 GK Jaime Penedo 26 September 1981 (age 36) 131 0 Romania Dinamo București
12 GK José Calderón 14 August 1985 (age 32) 31 0 Panama Chorrillo
22 GK Álex Rodríguez 5 August 1990 (age 27) 6 0 Panama San Francisco

2 DF Michael Amir Murillo 15 February 1996 (age 22) 22 2 United States New York Red Bulls
3 DF Harold Cummings 1 March 1992 (age 26) 52 0 United States San Jose Earthquakes
4 DF Fidel Escobar 9 January 1995 (age 23) 23 1 United States New York Red Bulls
5 DF Román Torres 20 March 1986 (age 32) 111 10 United States Seattle Sounders
13 DF Adolfo Machado 14 February 1985 (age 33) 76 1 United States Houston Dynamo
15 DF Erick Davis 31 March 1991 (age 27) 38 0 Slovakia Dunajská Streda
17 DF Luis Ovalle 7 September 1988 (age 29) 25 0 Honduras Olimpia
23 DF Felipe Baloy (Captain) 24 February 1981 (age 37) 102 3 Guatemala Municipal

6 MF Gabriel Gómez 29 May 1984 (age 34) 144 12 Colombia Atlético Bucaramanga
8 MF Édgar Bárcenas 23 October 1993 (age 24) 29 0 Mexico Tapachula
11 MF Armando Cooper 26 November 1987 (age 30) 98 7 Chile Universidad de Chile
14 MF Valentín Pimentel 30 May 1991 (age 27) 23 1 Panama Plaza Amador
19 MF Ricardo Ávila 4 January 1997 (age 21) 5 0 Belgium Gent II
20 MF Aníbal Godoy 10 February 1990 (age 28) 89 2 United States San Jose Earthquakes
21 MF José Luis Rodríguez 19 June 1998 (aged 19) 2 0 Belgium Gent II

7 FW Blas Pérez 13 March 1981 (age 37) 118 43 Guatemala Municipal
9 FW Gabriel Torres 31 October 1988 (age 29) 72 14 Chile Huachipato
10 FW Ismael Díaz 12 May 1997 (age 21) 11 2 Spain Deportivo Fabril
18 FW Luis Tejada 28 March 1982 (age 36) 105 43 Peru Sport Boys
16 FW Abdiel Arroyo 13 December 1993 (age 24) 33 5 Costa Rica Alajuelense

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 Orlando Mosquera 25 December 1994 (age 23) 0 0 Panama Tauro v.  Grenada, 24 October 2017
GK Éric Hughes 11 July 1986 (age 31) 0 0 Panama Plaza Amador 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE

DF Richard Peralta 20 September 1993 (age 24) 7 0 Panama Alianza 2018 FIFA World Cup PRE
DF Azmahar Ariano 14 January 1991 (age 27) 3 0 Colombia Patriotas 2018 FIFA World Cup PRE
DF Francisco Palacios 10 December 1990 (age 27) 1 0 Panama San Francisco 2018 FIFA World Cup PRE
DF Chin Hormechea 12 May 1996 (age 22) 2 0 Panama Árabe Unido v.  Trinidad and Tobago, 17 April 2018
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 Costa Rica Alajuelense v.  Wales, 14 November 2017
DF Jan Carlos Vargas 13 March 1995 (age 23) 7 0 Venezuela Deportivo Táchira v.  Wales, 14 November 2017
DF Roderick Miller 3 April 1992 (age 26) 28 1 Colombia Atlético Nacional 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup
DF Ángel Patrick 27 February 1992 (age 26) 5 0 Panama Árabe Unido 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup
DF Richard Dixon 28 March 1992 (age 26) 8 0 Panama Tauro 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE

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 Miguel Camargo 5 September 1993 (age 24) 19 2 Peru Universidad San Martín 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 Cristian Martínez 6 February 1997 (age 21) 2 0 United States Columbus Crew 2018 FIFA World Cup PRE
MF Adalberto Carrasquilla 28 November 1998 (age 19) 0 0 Panama Tauro 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 19) 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
MF Josimar Gómez 28 June 1992 (age 25) 1 0 Panama Árabe Unido 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
MF Francisco Castañeda 23 November 1988 (age 29) 0 0 Panama San Francisco 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE

FW Rolando Blackburn 9 January 1990 (aged 28) 26 4 Panama Chorrillo 2018 FIFA World Cup PRE
FW Roberto Nurse 16 December 1983 (age 34) 21 3 Mexico Zacatecas 2018 FIFA World Cup PRE
FW José Fajardo 18 August 1993 (age 24) 2 0 Panama Independiente Chorrera 2018 FIFA World Cup PRE
FW Carlos Small 13 March 1995 (age 23) 3 2 Panama Árabe Unido v.  Trinidad and Tobago, 17 April 2018
FW Ronaldo Dinolis 17 November 1994 (age 23) 1 2 Panama Sporting San Miguelito 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 Jesús González 25 July 1996 (age 21) 1 0 Panama Tauro v.  Trinidad and Tobago, 17 April 2018
FW Alexis Palacios 10 June 1995 (age 23) 1 0 Panama Alianza v.  Trinidad and Tobago, 17 April 2018
FW Ricardo Clarke 27 September 1992 (age 25) 3 0 Portugal Boavista 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup
FW Armando Polo 2 April 1990 (age 28) 4 0 Peru Unión Comercio 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
FW Tony Taylor 13 July 1989 (age 28) 3 0 Canada Ottawa Fury 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
FW Jorman Aguilar 11 September 1994 (age 23) 2 0 Portugal Estoril Praia 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE

Player records

Most capped players

As of 29 May 2018, the players with the most appearances for Panama are:[5]

# Name Career Caps Goals
1 Gabriel Gómez 2003–present 143 12
2 Jaime Penedo 2003–present 130 0
3 Blas Pérez 2001–present 117 43
4 Román Torres 2005–present 110 10
5 Luis Tejada 2001–present 105 43
6 Felipe Baloy 2001–present 102 3
7 Armando Cooper 2006–present 97 7
8 Luis Henríquez 2003–2016 89 2
9 Alberto Quintero 2007–present 89 5
10 Aníbal Godoy 2010–present 88 0

Bold denotes still active players.

Top goalscorers

As of 29 May 2018, the players with the most goals for Panama are:[5]

# Name Career Goals Caps
1 Luis Tejada 2001–present 43 105
2 Blas Pérez 2001–present 43 117
3 Luis Ernesto Tapia 1960–1979 20 77
4 Roberto Brown 2000–2011 16 49
5 Gabriel Torres 2006–present 14 71
6 Jorge Dely Valdés 1991–2005 13 34
7 Julio Dely Valdés 1990–2005 13 34
8 Gabriel Gómez 2003–present 12 143
9 Víctor René Mendieta 1980–2000 11 31
10 Ricardo Phillips 1996–2010 10 84
10 Román Torres 2005–present 10 110

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)

References

  1. ^ a b c Barrie Courtney. "Panama – International Results". RSSSF. Retrieved 23 July 2013.
  2. ^ "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 12 October 2017.
  3. ^ "The wildest night in CONCACAF history? How the U.S. exit played out". ESPN. 11 October 2017. Retrieved 12 October 2017.
  4. ^ "USA Saves Mexico From World Cup Elimination In The Most Unbelievable Night In North American Soccer History". Business Insider. 16 October 2013. Retrieved 16 October 2013.
  5. ^ a b Roberto Mamrud. "Panama – Record International Players". RSSSF. Retrieved 23 March 2016.

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