Felipe Baloy

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Felipe Baloy
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Personal information
Full name Felipe Abdiel Baloy Ramírez
Date of birth (1981-02-24) 24 February 1981 (age 35)
Place of birth Panama City, Panama
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Central Defender, Right Back
Club information
Current team
Rionegro Águilas
Number 23
Youth career
Euro Kickers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999 Euro Kickers 25 (3)
2000 Sporting '89 30 (4)
2001–2002 Envigado 37 (3)
2003 Independiente Medellín 9 (0)
2003–2004 Grêmio 50 (3)
2005 Atlético Paranaense 5 (0)
2005–2009 Monterrey 145 (10)
2010–2013 Santos Laguna 125 (4)
2014–2016 Morelia 13 (0)
2015–2016 Atlas (loan) 19 (2)
2016– Rionegro Águilas 1 (0)
National team
2001– Panama 93 (3)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 July 2016.

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 November 2012
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Baloy and the second or maternal family name is Ramírez.

Felipe Abdiel Baloy Ramírez (born 24 February 1981, in Panama City) is a football defender who currently plays for Colombian club Rionegro Águilas and is the current captain of the Panama national football team. He also holds Mexican citizenship.[1]

Early life[edit]

He was the second youngest of his seven brothers and grew in the populous barrio of Cerro Batea in the San Miguelito district after moving from the San Martin barrio. Pipe grew interested in football after playing in the streets with his friends.

Baloy graduated from elementary and high school, never continued on to university, and instead pursued his career in football where "things have been going well".[2]

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

At aged 18, he started his football career in ANAPROF team Eurokickers, although it lasted only a year as the team was relegated that year. He then moved to Sporting '89 and managed to be part of the Panama U-20 squad where he was spotted by Colombian international representative Luis Felipe Posso, was signed to his agency and the doors opened for Baloy in Colombia.


At aged 19, Baloy moved to Colombia to play for Copa Mustang team Envigado in 2001. He played a year with the Antioquia before moving to Independiente Medellín. With the Medellín he had more success; he played in Copa Libertadores in 2003 where DIM finished 3rd. After 2003, he was signed by Brazil's Grêmio.


Baloy started his career in Brazil with Grêmio where he played the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A 2003-2004 season. He Finished 20th (2003) and 24th (2004). Baloy was signed by Clube Atlético Paranaense but he was in 2004 with Porto Alegre; they were eliminated in the first round. Baloy was also made captain in Grêmio despite his youth.

In Clube Atlético Paranaense, Baloy had some success after finishing 6th in the 2005 season and playing on the side that finished runner-up in the 2005 season. However Baloy did not play the final because he was signed by Monterrey and had to depart to Mexico. He was also captain of the Curitiba side.


Baloy arrived in 2005 to Mexico to play to Monterrey in the Primera División ((First Division), he debuted on 30 July 2005 in the 1–2 C.F. Pachuca match. However Baloy had to settle in with the Mexican fans since he was replacing a fan favourite, the Argentine Defender Pablo Rotchen. After a couple of good performances, Baloy gained fan favour.
In 2005, Pipe had a good start with Rayados where in the 2005 Apertura they finished runner-up. After that season, Monterrey were not at the same competitive level as they were before; but Baloy managed to figure in the team and has been called at numerous times one of the best defenders in Mexico.

In 2007, Baloy played in the 2007 Copa Libertadores after he was loaned out to Club América for that competition.

In recent years Baloy has been linked many times with clubs in Europe. In the 2007 winter transfer window he was pretended by Premier League side Derby County, however the move never happened. In 2008 he was linked to Premier League side Arsenal.[3]

On the 2009 Apertura, Baloy and Monterrey were crowned champions after defeating Cruz Azul in a 6–4 aggregate score.[4] Baloy became the first Panamanian-born player to ever win the Mexican First Division championship.[5] Pipe was nominated that year for the Mexican Golden Ball as best defender of the year,[6] but came in second behind his team mate Duilio Davino.[7]

Shortly after winning the championship, Baloy made a surprise move to Santos Laguna.[8][9] That ended a four-year spell in Monterrey where he played 145 times and scored 10 goals.[10]

On 14 December 2013 it was announced Baloy was sold to Monarcas Morelia.[11]

International career[edit]

Baloy played in the Panama U-20 squad which attempted to qualify to the 2001 FIFA World Youth Championship in Argentina. However, Baloy never managed to qualify to the World Cup even though the team was considered as one of Panama's best. He played alongside José Luis Garcés, Luis Tejada, Jaime Penedo among others.

He made his senior debut for Panama in a May 2001 UNCAF Nations Cup match against Honduras and has, as of 15 March 2015, earned a total of 93 caps, scoring 3 goals.[12] Pipe has represented Panama participating in the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification. He is currently the captain of the national team. He was also part of the 2005 and 2007[13] CONCACAF Gold Cup Best XI. He also was part of the side that finished runner-up on both 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup[14] and UNCAF Nations Cup 2007.

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Panama's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 17 November 2004 Estadio Rommel Fernández, Panama City, Panama  El Salvador 2–0 3–0 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
2. 16 February 2007 Estadio Cuscatlán, San Salvador, El Salvador  Guatemala 2–0 2–0 2007 UNCAF Nations Cup
3. 29 March 2016 Estadio Rommel Fernández, Panama City, Panama  Haiti 1–0 1–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification (CONCACAF)

Personal life[edit]

Felipe Baloy is married and has two children. He currently lives in Mexico with this family. Baloy is a naturalized citizen of Mexico.[15] He also holds a close friendship with fellow Panama national team mates Blas Pérez and Gabriel Enrique Gómez.


  • "I still can remember my first years. I was mischievous. I did things that would anger my mother and other people, but what I remember the most is that in those days at 6 a.m. where the Torneos de Barrios (District Tournaments), and at that time I was in the field. I was the first to arrive and the last to leave"[16]



Santos Laguna



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