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
Level on pyramid 1
Relegation to Liga Nacional de Ascenso
International cup(s) CONCACAF Champions League
Current champions Árabe Unido
Most championships Árabe Unido (13 titles)
TV partners RPC TV, TV-Max
Website lpf.com.pa
2016 Apertura

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

Competition format[edit]

The league's season is divided into two tournaments called the 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 team 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.

The first stage of both tournaments is 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.

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 professional footballers in Panama, in order to help the Panamanian national 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 Playoffs, 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 Playoff 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 the 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 Playoff after the season was completed. The Semi-finals are two-leg Playoffs, 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.

2016-17 teams[edit]

Club City Stadium Capacity
Alianza Panama City Cancha de Entrenamiento Luis Tapia 900
Árabe Unido Colón Estadio Armando Dely Valdés 4,000
Atlético Nacional Panama City Estadio Javier Cruz 2,500
Atlético Veragüense Santiago de Veraguas Estadio Áristocles Castillo 2,500
Chorrillo Panama City Estadio Maracaná 5,500
Plaza Amador Panama City Estadio Maracaná 5,500
San Francisco La Chorrera Estadio Agustín Sánchez 3,000
Santa Gema Arraiján Cancha del Mystic 3,000
Sporting San Miguelito San Miguelito Cancha de Entrenamiento Luis Tapia 900
Tauro Panama City Estadio Rommel Fernández 32,000

Championships by team[edit]

Team Winners Runners-up
Árabe Unido 15 1 5
Tauro 12 8
San Francisco 9 10 2
Plaza Amador 6 6
Chorrillo 2 4
Euro Kickersdagger 1 2
Sporting San Miguelito 1 1
Panamá Viejo 1 -
Chepodagger - 2
Club Projusadagger - 2
Alianza - 1
Río Abajo - 1
Independiente - 1
Atlético Veragüense - 1
Sporting Colóndagger - 1
Cosmosdagger - 1

1 Including 2 Winners in LINFUNA.
2 Including 2 Runners-up under the name Deportivo La Previsora.
dagger Teams dissolved.

Past results LINFUNA[edit]

From 1994 to 1996 Panamese football went through a schism, with the alternative federation, LINFUNA (officially recognised by FIFA then). LINFUNA and ANAPROF joined again in 1996.

Seasons Champions Runners-up
1994–95 Árabe Unido Cosmos
1995–96 Árabe Unido Club Projusa

Results by year[edit]

The following table shows past results for ANAPROF (1988-09) and the Liga Panameña de Fútbol (2009–present)

Seasons Champions Manager Runners-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
1999–00 Tauro Panama Alfredo Poyatos Plaza Amador
2000–01 Panamá Viejo England Panama 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 Panama Gary Stempel Atlético Veragüense
2006 (A) San Francisco England Panama 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 Panama Gary Stempel Árabe Unido
2008 (A) San Francisco England Panama 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 Panama 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 Panama Julio Medina III Río Abajo
2014 (A) San Francisco England Panama Gary Stempel Sporting San Miguelito
2015 (C) Árabe Unido Colombia Sergio Guzman Independiente
2015 (A) Árabe Unido Colombia Sergio Guzman Chorrillo
2016 (C) Plaza Amador Colombia Jair Palacios Chorrillo
2016 (A) Árabe Unido Colombia Sergio Guzman Plaza Amador

Top-scorers by season[edit]

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