Óscar McFarlane

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Óscar McFarlane
Personal information
Full name Óscar McFarlane Ortega
Date of birth (1980-11-29) 29 November 1980 (age 38)
Place of birth Panama City, Panama
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Number 54
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–1997 Ejecutivo Jr. (0)
1998–1999 Plaza Amador (0)
2000–2002 Panama Viejo 50 (7)
2003–2008 Tauro 177 (11)
2008 Sporting San Miguelito 16 (0)
2009 CNI 18 (0)
2010 Chorrillo 7 (0)
2011–2012 Sporting San Miguelito 19 (0)
2012–2014 Río Abajo 40 (0)
2014–2015 Pérez Zeledón 6 (0)
2015–2016 San Francisco 7 (0)
2016 – Tauro F.C. 29 (0)
National team
2001–14 Panama 37 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of May 20, 2015
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of March 31, 2015

Óscar Emilio McFarlane Ortega (born 29 November 1980 in Panama City, Panama) is a football goalkeeper for the San Francisco of the LPF.

Club career[edit]

Nicknamed La Bruja, McFarlane played for several local clubs before embarking on a lengthy spell at Tauro. He moved abroad to play for Peruvian side CNI in December 2008 from Sporting San Miguelito[1] and in June 2014 he joined Costa Rican side Pérez Zeledón.[2] He returned to Panama in March 2015 to play for San Francisco[3] but regulations of the LPF delayed his debut for the club since his license was not released in time by Pérez Zeledón.[4]

International career[edit]

He has been a member of all the youth processes of the Panama national team.

McFarlane made his senior debut for Panama in an April 2001 friendly match against Haiti and has, as of 10 June 2015, earned a total of 26 caps, scoring no goals. He represented his country at the 2007 UNCAF Nations Cup.[5]

On May 31, 2014, after a 5-year absence from the national football team, he started at goalkeeper in the 1-1 tie against Serbia.

Murder allegations and jail[edit]

In March 2011, McFarlane was jailed and accused for shooting a man during a fight in San Miguelito.[6] Three years earlier, he had been arrested once for illegal possession of weapons.[7] In November 2012, he was declared innocent by the Second Superior Court after spending 20 months in the El Renacer jail.[8]



National team


  • Chosen three times as best goalkeeper of ANAPROF (2001, 2003, 2006)
  • Chosen best player of ANAPROF in 2006


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