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 (103)
Top scorer Luis Tejada (37)
Home stadium Estadio Rommel Fernández
FIFA code PAN
FIFA ranking 55 Increase 2 (January 8 2015)
Highest FIFA ranking 29 (March 2014)
Lowest FIFA ranking 150 (August 1995)
Elo ranking 36 [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 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 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.

Panama also advanced to the fourth round for the 2014 World Cup qualifications. At their last qualification match against the USA, they were about 90 seconds away from beating the US and advancing to play-offs, but they conceded two goals in stoppage time and were eliminated from qualification.[2]

History[edit]

The first Panama national football team was constituted in 1937.

At their fourth round qualification match for the 2014 FIFA World Cup 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
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

Copa Centroamericana[edit]

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 2014 Third Place
Total 12/13

Honours[edit]

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

Results and fixtures[edit]

Date Stadium & Location Opponent Score Competition
February 8, 2015 Stubhub Center, Carson, California, USA  United States F
March 31, 2015 Estadio Rommel Fernandez, Panama City, Panama  Costa Rica F

Note that:

Players[edit]

Current Squad[edit]

The following 9 players were called up for the friendly match against  United States on February 8, 2015.
Caps and goals as of February 8, 2015

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK José Calderón (1985-08-14) August 14, 1985 (age 29) 6 0 Guatemala Coatepeque
1GK Jaime Penedo (1981-09-26) September 26, 1981 (age 33) 100 0 United States LA Galaxy
2DF Harold Cummings (1992-03-01) March 1, 1992 (age 22) 29 0 Colombia Santa Fe
2DF Luis Ovalle (1988-09-07) September 7, 1988 (age 26) 1 0 Venezuela Zamora FC
3MF Marcos Sánchez (1990-12-23) December 23, 1990 (age 24) 20 2 Venezuela Deportivo Táchira
3MF Aníbal Godoy (1990-02-10) February 10, 1990 (age 24) 44 1 Hungary Honvéd
4FW Rolando Blackburn (1990-01-09) January 9, 1990 (age 25) 15 3 Guatemala Comunicaciones
4FW Blas Pérez (1981-03-13) March 13, 1981 (age 33) 86 36 United States Dallas
4FW Gabriel Torres (1988-10-31) October 31, 1988 (age 26) 50 9 United States Colorado Rapids

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following 15 players were called up for the friendly match against  Canada on November 18, 2014.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Óscar McFarlane (1980-11-29) November 29, 1980 (age 34) 37 0 Costa Rica Pérez Zeledón v.  Canada, November 18, 2014
DF Carlos Rodríguez (1990-04-12) April 12, 1990 (age 24) 25 1 Colombia Fortaleza v.  Canada, November 18, 2014
DF Leonel Parris (1982-06-13) June 13, 1982 (age 32) 22 0 Colombia Uniautónoma v.  Canada, November 18, 2014
DF Adolfo Machado (1985-02-14) February 14, 1985 (age 29) 18 1 Costa Rica Saprissa v.  Canada, November 18, 2014
DF Roderick Miller (1992-04-03) April 3, 1992 (age 22) 7 0 Mexico Mérida v.  Canada, November 18, 2014
DF Román Torres (1986-03-20) March 20, 1986 (age 28) 86 5 Colombia Millonarios v.  Canada, November 18, 2014
DF Luis Henríquez (1981-11-23) November 23, 1981 (age 33) 73 3 Poland Lech Poznań v.  Canada, November 18, 2014
MF Rolando Escobar (1981-10-24) October 24, 1981 (age 33) 37 1 Venezuela Deportivo Anzoátegui v.  Canada, November 18, 2014
MF Ricardo Buitrago (1985-03-10) March 10, 1985 (age 29) 15 3 Panama Plaza Amador v.  Canada, November 18, 2014
MF Gabriel Gómez (1984-05-29) May 29, 1984 (age 30) 106 10 Costa Rica Herediano v.  Canada, November 18, 2014
MF Armando Cooper (1987-11-26) November 26, 1987 (age 27) 50 3 Argentina Godoy Cruz v.  Canada, November 18, 2014
MF Alberto Quintero (1987-12-18) December 18, 1987 (age 27) 49 3 Mexico Zacatecas v.  Canada, November 18, 2014
FW Luis Tejada (1982-03-28) March 28, 1982 (age 32) 79 37 Peru Universidad César Vallejo v.  Canada, November 18, 2014
FW Nicolás Muñoz (1981-12-21) December 21, 1981 (age 33) 12 3 El Salvador Isidro Metapán v.  Canada, November 18, 2014
FW Roberto Nurse (1983-12-16) December 16, 1983 (age 31) 8 2 Mexico UAT v.  Canada, November 18, 2014

Most capped players[edit]

As of 18 November 2014, the players with the most appearances for Panama are:

# Name Career Caps Goals
1 Gabriel Gómez 2003–present 106 10
2 Jaime Penedo 2003–present 100 0
3 Blas Pérez 2001–present 86 36
= Román Torres 2005–present 86 5
5 José Anthony Torres 2000–2010 85 0
6 Felipe Baloy 2001–present 81 2
7 Luis Tejada 2001–present 79 37
8 Luis Ernesto Tapia 1963–1979 77 27
9 Ricardo Phillips 1997–2009 73 9
= Luis Henríquez 2003–present 73 3

Bold denotes still active players.

Top goalscorers[edit]

As of 18 November 2014, the players with the most goals for Panama are:

# Name Career Goals Caps
1 Luis Tejada 2001–present 37 79
2 Blas Pérez 2001–present 36 86
3 Luis Ernesto Tapia 1963–1979 27 77
4 Julio Dely Valdés 1990–2005 22 32
5 Roberto Brown 2000–2011 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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