Panama national football team
Los Canaleros (The Canal Men)|
La Marea Roja (The Red Tide)
|Association||Federación Panameña de Fútbol|
|Sub-confederation||UNCAF (Central America)|
|Head coach||Gary Stempel|
|Most caps||Gabriel Gómez (147)|
|Top scorer||Luis Tejada, Blas Pérez (43)|
|Home stadium||Estadio Rommel Fernández|
|Current||70 1 (20 September 2018)|
|Highest||29 (March 2014)|
|Lowest||150 (August 1995)|
|Current||63 17 (8 October 2018)|
|Highest||28 (July 2013)|
|Lowest||151 (June 1984)|
Panama 3–1 Venezuela |
(Panama City, Panama; 12 February 1938)
Panama 12–1 Puerto Rico |
(Barranquilla, Colombia; 13 December 1946)
Panama 0–11 Costa Rica |
(Panama City, Panama; 16 February 1938)
|Appearances||1 (first in 2018)|
|Best result||Group Stage (2018)|
& Gold Cup
|Appearances||8 (first in 1963)|
|Best result||Runners-up (2005, 2013)|
The Panama national football team (Spanish: Selección de fútbol de Panamá) is governed 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, losing to the United States on both occasions. Panama has also competed in the sub-regional Central American Cup championship which they won in 2009, beating Costa Rica in the final (0–0 on full-time, 5–3 on penalties). They finished in third place on three occasions (1993, 2011, 2014), and finished as runners-up in the 2017 edition, which they hosted.
The national team is nicknamed "Los Canaleros" ("The Canal Men"), in reference to the Panama Canal.
- 1 History
- 2 Competition records
- 3 Honours
- 4 Results and fixtures
- 5 Players
- 6 Player records
- 7 Managers
- 8 References
- 9 External links
2014 World Cup qualifying
Panama came close to advancing out of the fourth round of the qualifiers for the 2014 World Cup. In their last match, which was against the United States, they led 2–1 after 90 minutes and were poised to advance to a play-off against New Zealand, but they conceded two goals in stoppage time and were eliminated, with Mexico taking the playoff slot instead.
2018 World Cup qualifying
Four years after failing to qualify for the 2014 World Cup, Los Canaleros finally qualified for the World Cup after defeating Costa Rica 2−1, thus resulting in the United States, who lost to Trinidad and Tobago by a score of 2−1, failing to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1986. Román Torres was the hero of the match against Costa Rica, as he scored a dramatic 88th-minute winner, which sent Panama into their first ever World Cup, with Torres considered a national hero. Only one day after this, on 11 October, Juan Carlos Varela, the President of Panama himself, declared a national holiday to commemorate the achievement, stating on his Twitter profile:,,The voice of the people has been heard... Tomorrow will be a national holiday".
2018 World Cup
Panama were drawn in a group with European giants Belgium and England, and African side Tunisia, in Group G. Their maiden match played at the World Cup was against Belgium, on 18 June 2018. Los Canaleros initially held on, holding the game to a 0–0 first-half, before eventually suffering a 3–0 loss. On 24 June 2018, they faced England in their second game of the group stage, but lost with a score of 6–1 to the opposition. Felipe Baloy scored their first ever World Cup goal in the match, but it was not enough to save them from elimination. A third loss from Tunisia 1-2 meant that Panama's overall performance were among the worst, having been unable to secure a single win and instead receiving all three losses from their three matches in their first FIFA World Cup debut. Panama ended up finishing dead last in the tournament.
2018 FIFA World Cup Group G
|1||Belgium||3||3||0||0||9||2||+7||9||Advance to knockout stage|
World Cup record
|FIFA World Cup record||FIFA World Cup Qualification record|
|1930||Did not enter||Declined participation|
|1978||Did not qualify||6||1||1||4||7||21|
|2022||To be determined||To be determined|
The CCCF tournament began in 1941, but was later abolished in 1961.
- 1941 – Fourth Place
- 1946 – Fifth Place
- 1948 – Third Place
- 1951 – Champions
- 1953 – Seventh Place
- 1957 – Fourth Place
- 1961 – First Round
The CONCACAF Championship tournament began in 1963, but was later abolished in 1989.
- 1963 – First Round
CONCACAF Gold Cup
|Copa Centroamericana record|
|1999||Did not enter|
Results and fixtures
Win Draw Loss
|22 March 2018 Friendly||Denmark||1–0||Panama||Brøndby, Denmark|
|21:00 CET (UTC+1)||Sisto 69'||Report||Stadium: Brøndby Stadium|
Referee: Neil Doyle (Ireland)
|27 March 2018 Friendly||Switzerland||6–0||Panama||Lucerne, Switzerland|
|20:00 CEST (UTC+2)||Džemaili 22'
Xhaka 31 (pen)'
Referee: Oliver Drachta (Austria)
|17 April 2018 Friendly||Trinidad and Tobago||0–1||Panama||Couva, Trinidad and Tobago|
|18:30 AST (UTC–4)||Report||Núñez 90+3'||Stadium: Ato Boldon Stadium|
Referee: Reon Radix (Grenada)
|29 May 2018 Friendly||Panama||0–0||Northern Ireland||Panama City, Panama|
|20:00 EST (UTC−5)||Report||Stadium: Estadio Rommel Fernandez|
Referee: Henry Bejarano (Costa Rica)
|6 June 2018 Friendly||Norway||1–0||Panama||Oslo, Norway|
|19:00 CEST (UTC+2)||King 4'||Report||Stadium: Ullevaal Stadion|
Referee: Serdar Gözübüyük (Netherlands)
|18 June 2018 2018 WC Group G||Belgium||3–0||Panama||Sochi, Russia|
|18:00 MSK (UTC+3)||Mertens 47'
Lukaku 69', 75'
|Report||Stadium: Fisht Olympic Stadium|
Referee: Janny Sikazwe (Zambia)
|24 June 2018 2018 WC Group G||England||6–1||Panama||Nizhny Novgorod, Russia|
|15:00 MSK (UTC+3)||Stones 8', 40'
Kane 22' (pen.), 45+1' (pen.), 62'
|Report||Baloy 78'||Stadium: Nizhny Novgorod Stadium|
Referee: Gehad Grisha (Egypt)
|28 June 2018 2018 WC Group G||Panama||1–2||Tunisia||Saransk, Russia|
|21:00 MSK (UTC+3)||Meriah 33' (o.g.)||Report||F. Ben Youssef 51'
|Stadium: Mordovia Arena|
Referee: Nawaf Shukralla (Bahrain)
|11 September 2018 Friendly||Panama||0–2||Venezuela||Panama City, Panama|
|21:00 EST (UTC−5)||Report||Rondón 67', 90+3'||Stadium: Estadio Rommel Fernandez|
Referee: Oshane Nation (Jamaica)
|12 October 2018 Friendly||Japan||3–0||Panama||Niigata, Japan|
|19:35 (UTC+9)||Minamino 42'
J. Ito 66'
Cummings 85' (o.g.)
|Report||Stadium: Denka Big Swan Stadium|
Referee: Kim Dong-jin (South Korea)
|16 October 2018 Friendly||South Korea||2–2||Panama||Cheonan, South Korea|
|20:00 KST (UTC+9)||Park Joo-ho 6'
Hwang In-beom 33'
|Stadium: Cheonan Stadium|
The following 20 players were called up for the friendly away matchs against Japan and South Korea on 12 and 16 October 2018.
Caps and goals as of 16 October 2018, after the match against South Korea.
The following players have been called up within the last twelve months.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Marcos Allen||8 February 1999||0||0||Plaza Amador||v. Venezuela, 11 September 2018|
|GK||Jaime Penedo RET||26 September 1981||130||0||Dinamo București||2018 FIFA World Cup|
|GK||Álex Rodríguez||5 August 1990||6||0||San Francisco||2018 FIFA World Cup|
|GK||Orlando Mosquera||25 December 1994||0||0||Tauro||v. Grenada, 24 October 2017|
|DF||Román Torres (Captain)||20 March 1986||110||10||Seattle Sounders||v. Venezuela, 11 September 2018|
|DF||Chin Hormechea||12 May 1996||2||0||Árabe Unido||v. Venezuela, 11 September 2018|
|DF||Kevin Galván||10 March 1996||1||0||Sporting San Miguelito||v. Venezuela, 11 September 2018|
|DF||Guillermo Benítez||8 December 1993||0||0||Plaza Amador||v. Venezuela, 11 September 2018|
|DF||Felipe Baloy RET||24 February 1981||99||4||Retired||2018 FIFA World Cup|
|DF||Richard Peralta||20 September 1993||7||0||Alianza||2018 FIFA World Cup PRE|
|DF||Azmahar Ariano||14 January 1991||3||0||Patriotas Boyacá||2018 FIFA World Cup PRE|
|DF||Sergio Ortega||18 April 1990||2||0||Plaza Amador||v. Trinidad and Tobago, 17 April 2018|
|DF||Roberto Chen||24 May 1994||22||1||Árabe Unido||v. Wales, 14 November 2017|
|DF||Jan Carlos Vargas||13 March 1995||7||0||Tauro||v. Wales, 14 November 2017|
|MF||Gabriel Gómez||29 May 1984||141||11||Atlético Bucaramanga||v. Japan, 12 October 2018 WD|
|MF||Jesús González||25 July 1996||2||1||Tauro||v. Venezuela, 11 September 2018|
|MF||Adalberto Carrasquilla||28 November 1998||1||0||Tauro||v. Venezuela, 11 September 2018|
|MF||Alberto Quintero||18 December 1987||91||5||Universitario||2018 FIFA World Cup INJ|
|MF||Ricardo Buitrago||10 March 1985||27||3||Deportivo Municipal||2018 FIFA World Cup PRE|
|MF||José González Joly||5 May 1991||10||0||Árabe Unido||2018 FIFA World Cup PRE|
|MF||Josiel Núñez||29 January 1993||14||2||Universitario||v. Trinidad and Tobago, 17 April 2018|
|MF||Leslie Heráldez||30 March 1993||6||0||Árabe Unido||v. Trinidad and Tobago, 17 April 2018|
|MF||Óscar Villarreal||3 February 1995||2||0||Universitario||v. Trinidad and Tobago, 17 April 2018|
|MF||Rolando Botello||20 November 1991||1||0||Tauro||v. Trinidad and Tobago, 17 April 2018|
|MF||Marcos Sánchez||23 December 1989||35||2||Tauro||v. Wales, 14 November 2017|
|MF||Alfredo Stephens||13 March 1995||10||1||Santa Clara||v. Wales, 14 November 2017|
|MF||Manuel Vargas||19 January 1991||7||0||San Francisco||v. Wales, 14 November 2017|
|MF||Chamell Asprilla||11 August 1998||1||0||Árabe Unido||v. Grenada, 24 October 2017|
|MF||Eduardo Guerrero||21 February 2000||1||0||Maccabi Tel Aviv U19||v. Grenada, 24 October 2017|
|FW||Ángel Orelién||2 April 2001||1||0||Sporting San Miguelito||v. Venezuela, 11 September 2018|
|FW||Blas Pérez RET||13 March 1981||116||43||Árabe Unido||2018 FIFA World Cup|
|FW||Luis Tejada RET||28 March 1982||104||43||Sport Boys||2018 FIFA World Cup|
|FW||Ismael Díaz||12 May 1997||12||2||El Tanque Sisley||2018 FIFA World Cup|
|FW||Roberto Nurse||16 December 1983||21||3||Zacatecas||2018 FIFA World Cup PRE|
|FW||José Fajardo||18 August 1993||2||0||Al-Kawkab||2018 FIFA World Cup PRE|
|FW||Carlos Small||13 March 1995||3||2||Rio Grande Valley Toros||v. Trinidad and Tobago, 17 April 2018|
|FW||Ronaldo Dinolis||17 November 1994||1||2||Santos de Guápiles||v. Trinidad and Tobago, 17 April 2018|
|FW||Omar Browne||3 May 1994||1||0||Independiente Chorrera||v. Trinidad and Tobago, 17 April 2018|
|FW||Alexis Palacios||10 June 1995||1||0||Árabe Unido||v. Trinidad and Tobago, 17 April 2018|
INJ Withdraw due to injury.
Most capped players
As of 28 June 2018, the players with the most appearances for Panama are:
Bold denotes still active players.
As of 28 June 2018, the players with the most goals for Panama are:
|3||Luis Ernesto Tapia||1960–1979||20||77|
|4||Jorge Dely Valdés||1991–2005||19||48|
|5||Julio Dely Valdés||1990–2005||18||44|
|9||Víctor René Mendieta||1980–2000||11||31|
Bold denotes still active players.
Managers of the Panama national football team and their terms.
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