Panama national football team

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Panama
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Los Canaleros (The Canal Men)
La Marea Roja (The Red Tide)
Association Federación Panameña de Fútbol
Sub-confederation UNCAF (Central America)
Confederation CONCACAF
Head coach Hernán Darío Gómez
Captain Felipe Baloy
Most caps Gabriel Gómez (100)
Top scorer Luis Tejada (37)
Home stadium Estadio Rommel Fernández
FIFA code PAN
FIFA ranking 33 Decrease 2 (July 17, 2014)
Highest FIFA ranking 29 (March 2014)
Lowest FIFA ranking 150 (August 1995)
Elo ranking 37 [1]
Highest Elo ranking 28 (July 2013)
Lowest Elo ranking 151 (June 1984)
First colours
Second colours
Third colours
First international
 Panama 2–1 Venezuela 
(Panama City, Panama; February 12, 1938)[1]
Biggest win
 Panama 12–1 Puerto Rico 
(Barranquilla, Colombia; December 13, 1946)[1]
Biggest defeat
Panama Panama 0–11 Costa Rica 
(Panama City, Panama; February 16, 1938)[1]
CONCACAF Gold Cup
Appearances 6 (First in 1993)
Best result Runners-up, 2005 and 2013

The Panama national football team represents Panama in international football. The team is controlled by the governing body for football in Panama, Panamanian Football Federation, which is currently a member of CONCACAF and the regional UNCAF. Panama finished as runners-up in the 2005 Gold Cup and 2013 Gold Cup. Panama reached the fourth round for the 2006 World Cup CONCACAF qualifications and advanced to the fourth round for the 2014 World Cup CONCACAF qualifications. At their last fourth round qualification match against the USA at Estadio Rommel Fernández in Panama City, they were about 90 seconds away from beating the US and advancing to play-offs against New Zealand, but they were eventually out of the spot by allowing US players two goals in the stoppage time.[2]

History[edit]

The first Panama national football team was constituted in 1937. At their last fourth round qualification match against the USA at Estadio Rommel Fernández in Panama City, they were about 90 seconds away from beating the US and advancing to play-offs against New Zealand, but they were eventually out of the spot by allowing US players two goals in the stoppage time.[2]

Competition records[edit]

World Cup record[edit]

FIFA World Cup record
Year Round Position GP W D* L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 Did Not Enter
Italy 1934
France 1938
Brazil 1950
Switzerland 1954
Sweden 1958
Chile 1962
England 1966
Mexico 1970
West Germany 1974
Argentina 1978 Did Not Qualify
Spain 1982
Mexico 1986
Italy 1990
United States 1994
France 1998
South Korea Japan 2002
Germany 2006
South Africa 2010
Brazil 2014
Russia 2018 To be determined
Qatar 2022
Total 0/20

CCCF Championship[edit]

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

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

CONCACAF Championship[edit]

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

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

Gold Cup[edit]

Year Round GP W D L GS GA
United States 1993 First Round 3 0 1 2 3 8
United States 2005 Runners-up 6 3 1 2 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 3 1 1 7 6
United States 2013 Runners-up 6 4 1 1 11 4
Total Total 28 12 6 10 41 36

UNCAF Nations Cup[edit]

Honours[edit]

  • Winners (1): 1951
  • Third place (1): 1948

Results and fixtures[edit]

Date Stadium & Location Opponent Score Competition
May 31, 2014 Toyota Park, Chicago, USA  Serbia Tied 1 - 1 F
June 3, 2014 Estadio Serra Dourada, Goiania, Brasil  Brazil Lost 4 - 0 F
August 6, 2014 Estadio Nacional, Lima, Peru  Peru F
August 20, 2014 Estadio Rommel Fernandez, Panama City, Panama  Cuba F
September 7, 2014 Cotton Bowl, Dallas, USA  Nicaragua CC
September 10, 2014 BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, USA  Costa Rica CC
November 18, 2014 Estadio Rommel Fernandez, Panama City, Panama  Canada F

Note that:

Players[edit]

Current Squad[edit]

The following 28 players were called up for the friendly matches against  Peru and  Cuba.
Caps and goals as of July 16, 2014.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Kevin Melgar (1992-11-19) November 19, 1992 (age 21) 3 0 Panama Tauro
1GK Álex Rodríguez (1990-08-05) August 5, 1990 (age 23) 2 0 Panama Sporting San Miguelito
1GK Aimar Alvarado (1990-04-26) April 26, 1990 (age 24) 0 0 Panama Plaza Amador
1GK Adán Córdoba (1994-10-31) October 31, 1994 (age 19) 0 0 Panama Río Abajo
1GK Eddie Roberts 0 0 Panama Árabe Unido
2DF Nahil Carroll (1983-09-09) September 9, 1983 (age 30) 7 0 Panama Río Abajo
2DF Richard Dixon (1992-03-28) March 28, 1992 (age 22) 2 0 Panama Chorrillo
2DF Porfirio Ávila (1990-01-19) January 19, 1990 (age 24) 0 0 Panama Chepo
2DF Algish Dixon (1992-12-03) December 3, 1992 (age 21) 0 0 Panama Chorrillo
2DF Luis Fraiz (1993-06-13) June 13, 1993 (age 21) 0 0 Panama Árabe Unido
2DF Joshua Hawkins (1982-01-01) January 1, 1982 (age 32) 0 0 Panama Plaza Amador
2DF Tomás Milville (1996-02-29) February 29, 1996 (age 18) 0 0 Panama Río Abajo
2DF Richard Peralta (1993-09-20) September 20, 1993 (age 20) 0 0 Panama Alianza
3MF Juan de Gracia (1986-02-04) February 4, 1986 (age 28) 3 1 Panama Sporting San Miguelito
3MF Miguel Camargo (1993-09-05) September 5, 1993 (age 20) 0 0 Panama Chorrillo
3MF Gabriel Chiari 0 0 Panama Árabe Unido
3MF Romeesh Ivey (1984-07-14) July 14, 1984 (age 30) 0 0 Panama Alianza
3MF Pedro Jeanine (1993-09-04) September 4, 1993 (age 20) 0 0 Panama San Francisco
3MF Édgar Murillo 0 0 Panama Tauro
3MF Josiel Núñez (1993-01-29) January 29, 1993 (age 21) 0 0 Panama Plaza Amador
3MF Richard Rodríguez (1995-12-25) December 25, 1995 (age 18) 0 0 Panama San Francisco
3MF Justin Simmons (1997-09-19) September 19, 1997 (age 16) 0 0 Panama San Francisco
4FW Miguel Saavedra 0 0 Panama Atlético Chiriquí

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players were on the current roster within the past year:

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Óscar McFarlane (1980-11-29) November 29, 1980 (age 33) 35 0 Costa Rica Pérez Zeledón v.  Brazil, June 3, 2014
GK José Calderón (1985-08-14) August 14, 1985 (age 28) 4 0 Guatemala Heredia v.  Brazil, June 3, 2014
GK Jaime Penedo (1981-09-26) September 26, 1981 (age 32) 97 0 United States LA Galaxy v.  United States, October 15, 2013
GK Luis Mejía (1991-03-16) March 16, 1991 (age 23) 13 0 Uruguay Fénix v.  United States, October 15, 2013
DF Felipe Baloy (Captain) (1981-02-24) February 24, 1981 (age 33) 81 2 Mexico Morelia v.  Brazil, June 3, 2014
DF Román Torres (1986-03-20) March 20, 1986 (age 28) 80 3 Colombia Millonarios v.  Brazil, June 3, 2014
DF Carlos Rodríguez (1990-04-12) April 12, 1990 (age 24) 23 1 Panama Tauro v.  Brazil, June 3, 2014
DF Harold Cummings (1992-03-01) March 1, 1992 (age 22) 22 0 Peru Juan Aurich v.  Brazil, June 3, 2014
DF Leonel Parris (1982-06-13) June 13, 1982 (age 32) 20 0 Colombia Uniautónoma v.  Brazil, June 3, 2014
DF Adolfo Machado (1985-02-14) February 14, 1985 (age 29) 13 1 Costa Rica Saprissa v.  Brazil, June 3, 2014
DF Roberto Chen (1994-05-24) May 24, 1994 (age 20) 12 1 Spain Málaga v.  Brazil, June 3, 2014
DF Luis Henríquez (1981-11-23) November 23, 1981 (age 32) 70 3 Poland Lech Poznań v.  United States, October 15, 2013
DF Eduardo Dasent (1988-10-12) October 12, 1988 (age 25) 17 0 Panama Tauro v.  United States, October 15, 2013
MF Gabriel Gómez (1984-05-29) May 29, 1984 (age 30) 100 10 Costa Rica Herediano v.  Brazil, June 3, 2014
MF Amílcar Henríquez (1983-08-02) August 2, 1983 (age 30) 68 1 Colombia Independiente Medellín v.  Brazil, June 3, 2014
MF Nelson Barahona (1987-11-22) November 22, 1987 (age 26) 46 4 Colombia Alianza Petrolera v.  Brazil, June 3, 2014
MF Armando Cooper (1987-11-26) November 26, 1987 (age 26) 44 3 Argentina Godoy Cruz v.  Brazil, June 3, 2014
MF Alberto Quintero (1987-12-18) December 18, 1987 (age 26) 43 3 Mexico Zacatecas v.  Brazil, June 3, 2014
MF Rolando Escobar (1981-10-24) October 24, 1981 (age 32) 33 1 Venezuela Deportivo Anzoátegui v.  Brazil, June 3, 2014
MF Jairo Jiménez (1993-01-07) January 7, 1993 (age 21) 13 1 Spain Elche Ilicitano v.  Brazil, June 3, 2014
MF Aníbal Godoy (1990-02-10) February 10, 1990 (age 24) 41 0 Hungary Honvéd v.  United States, October 15, 2013
MF Juan de Dios Pérez (1980-01-01) January 1, 1980 (age 34) 37 0 Panama Tauro v.  United States, October 15, 2013
MF Marcos Sánchez (1989-12-23) December 23, 1989 (age 24) 32 2 Venezuela Deportivo Táchira v.  United States, October 15, 2013
MF Eybir Bonaga (1986-05-19) May 19, 1986 (age 28) 21 2 Panama San Francisco v.  United States, October 15, 2013
MF Yairo Yau (1989-09-07) September 7, 1989 (age 24) 9 1 Panama Sporting San Miguelito v.  United States, October 15, 2013
MF Jean Carlos Cedeño (1985-09-07) September 7, 1985 (age 28) 20 0 Panama Árabe Unido v.  Honduras, September 10, 2013
FW Luis Tejada (1982-03-28) March 28, 1982 (age 32) 78 37 Peru Universidad César Vallejo v.  Brazil, June 3, 2014
FW Gabriel Torres (1988-10-31) October 31, 1988 (age 25) 47 9 United States Colorado Rapids v.  Brazil, June 3, 2014
FW Nicolás Muñoz (1981-12-21) December 21, 1981 (age 32) 10 2 El Salvador Isidro Metapán v.  Brazil, June 3, 2014
FW Roberto Nurse (1983-12-16) December 16, 1983 (age 30) 2 0 Mexico UAT v.  Brazil, June 3, 2014
FW Blas Pérez (1981-03-13) March 13, 1981 (age 33) 83 34 United States Dallas v.  United States, October 15, 2013
FW Rolando Blackburn (1990-01-09) January 9, 1990 (age 24) 15 3 Guatemala Comunicaciones v.  United States, October 15, 2013
FW Alcibíades Rojas (1986-08-15) August 15, 1986 (age 27) 6 1 Panama Sporting San Miguelito v.  Jamaica, September 7, 2013
FW Cecilio Waterman (1991-04-13) April 13, 1991 (age 23) 2 0 Uruguay Fénix v.  Jamaica, September 7, 2013

Most capped players[edit]

As of 3 June 2014, the players with the most appearances for Panama are:

# Name Career Caps Goals
1 Gabriel Gómez 2003–present 100 10
2 Jaime Penedo 2003–present 97 0
3 Blas Pérez 2001–present 83 34
4 José Anthony Torres 2000–2010 85 0
5 Felipe Baloy 2001–present 81 2
6 Román Torres 2005–present 80 3
7 Luis Tejada 2001–present 78 37
8 Luis Ernesto Tapia 1963–1979 77 27
9 Ricardo Phillips 1997–2009 73 9
10 Luis Henríquez 2003–present 70 3

Bold denotes still active players.

Top goalscorers[edit]

As of 3 June 2014, the players with the most goals for Italy are:

# Name Career Goals Caps
1 Luis Tejada 2001–present 37 78
2 Blas Pérez 2001–present 34 83
3 Luis Ernesto Tapia 1963–1979 27 77
4 Julio Dely Valdés 1990–2005 22 32
5 Roberto Brown 2000–present 20 60
6 Víctor René Mendieta 1980–2000 16 ?
7 José Luis Garcés 2000–2009 15 ?
8 Jorge Dely Valdés 1992–2005 13 34

Bold denotes still active players.

Managers[edit]

Managers of the Panama national football team throughout the years and the speculation of appointed dates that they took over.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Barrie Courtney. "Panama - International Results". RSSSF. Retrieved 2013-07-23. 
  2. ^ a b "USA Saves Mexico From World Cup Elimination In The Most Unbelievable Night In North American Soccer History". Business Insider. 2013-10-16. Retrieved 2013-10-16. 

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