Liga Panameña de Fútbol

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Liga Panameña de Fútbol
Liga Panamena de Futbol.jpg
Country Panama
Confederation CONCACAF
Founded 1988
Number of teams 10
Levels on pyramid 1
Relegation to Liga Nacional de Ascenso
International cup(s) CONCACAF Champions League
Current champions Chorrillo F.C. 2014 (C)
Most championships Tauro (12 titles)
TV partners RPC TV, TV-Max
Website lpf.com.pa

2013 Apertura

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The Liga Panameña de Fútbol (English: Panamanian Football League) is the top football league in Panama. Until 2009, the league was named Asociación Nacional Pro Fútbol (ANAPROF).

Format[edit]

The league's season is divided into two tournaments called Apertura and Clausura. Both tournaments have an identical format. Each tournament has two stages: the first stage is a double round-robin round where each teams plays every other team twice, once at home and once away. The top-four teams advance to a final stage, a single-elimination culminating with a final match.

Relegation and international qualification[edit]

The first stage of both tournaments are combined into an aggregate table to determine relegation. The team with the fewest points is relegated to the Primera A for the following season.

The champions of both tournaments qualify to the CONCACAF Champions League (see also ANAPROF participation in CONCACAF).

History[edit]

ANAPROF logo

In 1987, a group of men, composed of Giancarlo Gronchi, Jan Domburg, Edgar Plazas, Jorge Zelasny, Ángel Valero and Juan Carlos Delgado, founded the Asociación Nacional Pro-Fútbol (ANAPROF for short) on February 26, 1988.

Their objective was to establish the bases to organize a professional footballers in Panama, in order to help the Panamanian football team in the long term.

Founding teams[edit]

Timeline[edit]

  • The league was founded in as ANAPROF in 1988 after years of turmoil in Panamanian football. The season began on February 26, 1988 featuring with 6 teams participating. The league wasn't split into Apertura/Clausura seasons until 2001, previously the teams played a full season with all teams playing all other teams in a home and away set as is the standard in most European leagues today.
  • From 1994-96 there was a schism in Panamanian football as both the ANAPROF and LINFUNA existed as separate leagues. LINFUNA was recognized by FIFA, but the two leagues joined together to form a 12 team, single-table league in the 1996-97 season.
  • In 1997-98, the league was split into two groups for the regular season with an 8 team Play-off after the season was completed. The Quarter-Finals and Semi-Finals were two-leg Play-offs, but the Final was a single match.
  • In 1998-99, the league was moved down to 10 teams with the best 6 teams after a home-and-away season of 18 games moved on to the secondary tournament. Each team matched up against the other qualifying teams once and the top 4 of the 6 in terms of points moved on to the home-and-away Semi-Finals. The winners advanced to a single match Final.
  • In 1999-00, the league switched to a single table format for the opening round. The top 6 teams from the opening round moved on to the second round where they each played other qualifying teams once. The top 4 again moved to the home-and-away Semi-Finals. The winners of those series played in the single match Final.
  • The format from 1999-00 was again used in 2000-01.
  • In 2001, the previous format was again used, but in both Apertura and Clausura seasons for the first time with the first round seeing each team play just 9 games and not 18. The league began using the modern Grand Championship Play-off between the Apertura and Clausura winners in order to have an overall Champion.
  • In the 2002 Apertura, 8 teams in two separate groups of 4 teams. Each team played the teams in the other group one time and the teams from its own group twice, once at home and once away. The top two teams from each group qualified for the home-and-away Semi-Finals. The winners of those series played in the single match Final.
  • In the 2002 Clausura, 8 teams took part in single-table home-and-away season, that saw all 8 teams play 14 games. The top 4 teams qualified for a Semi-Final group where each team would again play home-and-away vs all other qualified teams. The top two teams then met in a two-leg home-and-away Championship, where the winner was determined by aggregate goals.
  • The 2003 Apertura used the same format as the 2002 Clausura.
  • In the 2003 Clausura, The 4 team Semi-Final group was dropped for a pair of home-and-away series featuring the top point getter from the 8 team, 14 game season face the fourth highest point earner and the second highest would face the third highest.
  • In 2004 ANAPROF increased from 8 to 10 teams.
  • In 2007 the Grand Championship format was abandoned, therefore there will be two champions from now on: Apertura and Clausura.
  • In the 2008 Apertura the league was split into two groups for the regular season (13 games only) with a 4 team Play-off after the season was completed. The Semi-Finals are two-leg Play-offs, and the Final is a single match.
  • In the 2008 Clausura the league played all 18 games and also the groups were joined. The last team in the aggregate table will play a relegation Play-off with the champion of Primera A.
  • In 2009 ANAPROF changes its name to Liga Panameña de Fútbol.

2013–14 teams[edit]

Club City Stadium 2013 Apertura Standing
Alianza Panama City Cancha de Entrenamiento Luis Tapia 8th
Árabe Unido Colón Estadio Armando Dely Valdés 3rd
Playoffs: Semifinals
C.A.I. La Chorrera Estadio Agustín Sánchez 5th
Chepo Chepo Cancha de Entrenamiento Luis Tapia 10th
Chorrillo Panama City Estadio Javier Cruz 7th
Plaza Amador Panama City Estadio Javier Cruz 6th
Río Abajo Panama City Cancha de Entrenamiento Luis Tapia 5th
San Francisco La Chorrera Estadio Agustín Sánchez 2nd
Playoffs: Runner-Up
Sporting San Miguelito San Miguelito Cancha de Entrenamiento Luis Tapia 4th
Playoffs: Champions
Tauro Panama City Cancha de Entrenamiento Luis Tapia 1st
Playoffs: Semifinals

Past results[edit]

Season/tournament Champion Manager Runner-up
1988 Plaza Amador Colombia Carlos Collazos Deportivo La Previsora
1989 Tauro Uruguay Miguel Mansilla Deportivo La Previsora
1990 Plaza Amador El Salvador Milton Palacios Tauro
1991 Tauro Uruguay Miguel Mansilla Euro Kickers
1992 Plaza Amador Colombia Carlos Collazos Sporting Colón
1993 Euro Kickers Panama Orlando Muñoz Club Projusa
1994–95 San Francisco Panama Leopoldo Lee Tauro
1995–96 San Francisco Panama Leopoldo Lee Plaza Amador
1996–97 Tauro Uruguay Miguel Mansilla Euro Kickers
1997–98 Tauro Uruguay Miguel Mansilla Árabe Unido
1998–99 Árabe Unido Peru Eliazar Herrera Tauro
1999–2000 Tauro Panama Alfredo Poyatos Plaza Amador
2000–01 Panamá Viejo England Gary Stempel Tauro
2001 (A) Árabe Unido Colombia Richard Parra San Francisco
2001 (C) Árabe Unido Colombia Richard Parra Plaza Amador
2002 (A) Árabe Unido Colombia Richard Parra San Francisco
2002 (C) Plaza Amador Argentina Sergio Giovagnoli Tauro
2003 (A) Tauro Colombia Gonzalo Soto Árabe Unido
2003 (C) Tauro Colombia Gonzalo Soto Alianza
2004 (A) Árabe Unido Paraguay Julio César Núñez Plaza Amador
2004 (C) Árabe Unido Paraguay Julio César Núñez San Francisco
2005 (A) Plaza Amador Panama Fernando Arnulfo Bolívar Árabe Unido
2005 (C) San Francisco England Gary Stempel Atlético Veragüense
2006 (A) San Francisco England Gary Stempel Plaza Amador
2006 (C) Tauro Panama Rubén Guevara Árabe Unido
2007 (A) Tauro Uruguay Miguel Mansilla San Francisco
2007 (C) San Francisco England Gary Stempel Árabe Unido
2008 (A) San Francisco England Gary Stempel Tauro
2008 (C) Árabe Unido Colombia Richard Parra Tauro
2009 (A) I San Francisco Panama Rubén Guevara Chorrillo
2009 (A) II Árabe Unido Colombia Richard Parra Tauro
2010 (C) Árabe Unido Colombia Richard Parra San Francisco
2010(A) Tauro Panama Juan Carlos Cubilla San Francisco
2011(C) San Francisco England Gary Stempel Chorrillo
2011(A) Chorrillo Uruguay Miguel Angel Mansilla Plaza Amador
2012(C) Tauro Colombia Sergio Angulo Chepo
2012(A) Árabe Unido Colombia Jair Palacios Chepo
2013(C) Sporting San Miguelito Panama Mario Anthony Torres San Francisco
2013(A) Tauro Panama Rolando Palma San Francisco
2014(C) Chorrillo F.C. Panama Julio Medina III Río Abajo

Championships by team[edit]

Team Championships Runner Up's
Tauro 12 8
Árabe Unido 10 5
San Francisco FC 8 8
CD Plaza Amador 5 6
Chorrillo FC 2 2
Sporting San Miguelito 1 0
Chepo FC 0 2
Alianza FC 0 1
Río Abajo F.C. 0 1

Top-scorers by season[edit]

Season Player Team Total
1988 Panama Miguel Tello Plaza Amador 13
1989 Colombia Alonso Pacheco Deportivo la Previsora 18
1990 Panama José Ardines Euro Kickers 26
1991 Panama José Ardines Euro Kickers 13
1992 Panama José Ardines Euro Kickers 20
1993 Panama José Ardines Euro Kickers 12
1994-95 Panama José Ardines Euro Kickers 20
1995-96 Panama José Ardines Euro Kickers 25
1996-97 Panama Patricio Guevara Tauro 22
1997-98 Panama Luis Calamaris San Francisco 21
1998-99 Panama Luis Calamaris San Francisco 18
1999-00 Panama René Mendieta Tauro 15
2000-01 Panama Luis Parra Tauro 17
2001 (A) Panama Ricardo Phillips Panamá Viejo 13
2001 (C) Panama Roberto Brown San Francisco 13
2002 (A) Panama Gabriel de los Rios Alianza 7
2002 (C) Panama Anel Canales Tauro 10
2003 (A) Panama Anel Canales Chorrillo 11
2003 (C) Colombia Hector Nazarith
Colombia Wilson Zuñiga
Tauro
Alianza
9
2004 (A) Panama Jorge Dely Valdés Árabe Unido 12
2005 (A) Panama José Luis Garcés San Francisco 11
2005 (C) Panama José Luis Garcés San Francisco 13
2006 (A) Panama Luis Tejada Plaza Amador 11
2006 (C) Panama César Medina Alianza 12
2007 (A) Panama Edwin Aguilar Tauro 14
2007 (C) Panama Gabriel Torres
Panama Orlando Rodríguez
Chepo
Árabe Unido
9
2008 (A) Panama César Medina Alianza 12
2008 (C) Panama Orlando Rodríguez Árabe Unido 18
2009 (A) Panama Edwin Aguilar Tauro 18
2009 (A) Panama Armando Polo Sporting San Miguelito 12
2010 (C) Colombia Johan De Ávila San Francisco 10
2010(A) Panama Gabriel Ríos Atlético Chiriquí 8
2011(C) Panama Boris Alfaro, Brunette Hay San Francisco, Sporting San Miguelito 9
2011(A) Panama Cesar Medina, Delano Welch Alianza FC, Chepo 8
2012(C) Panama Luis Rentería Tauro 11
2012(A) Panama Jorman Aguilar Río Abajo 10
2013(C) Panama Ricardo Mauricio Clarke Sporting San Miguelito 10
2013(A) Panama Ernesto Sinclair CA Independiente 8
2014(C) Panama Carlos Small Sporting San Miguelito 10

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