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
Confederation CONCACAF
Sub-confederation UNCAF (Central America)
Head coach Hernán Darío Gómez
Captain Felipe Baloy
Most caps Gabriel Gómez (129)
Top scorer Luis Tejada (43)
Home stadium Estadio Rommel Fernández
FIFA code PAN
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 59 Decrease 2 (June 1, 2017)
Highest 29 (March 2014)
Lowest 150 (August 1995)
Elo ranking
Current 50 Decrease 4 (June 16, 2017)
Highest 28 (July 2013)
Lowest 151 (June 1984)
First international
 Panama 3–1 Venezuela 
(Panama City, Panama; 12 February 1938)[1]
Biggest win
 Panama 12–1 Puerto Rico 
(Barranquilla, Colombia; 13 December 1946)[1]
Biggest defeat
 Panama 0–11 Costa Rica 
(Panama City, Panama; 16 February 1938)[1]
CONCACAF Championship
& Gold Cup
Appearances 8 (first in 1963)
Best result Runners-up, 2005 and 2013

The Panama national football team (Spanish: Selección de fútbol de Panama) 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 has never qualified for the World Cup, but it has reached the final ("Hexagonal") round of the CONCACAF qualifications for the 2006, 2014, and 2018 tournaments. Panama is currently competing in this stage.

Panama came very close to advancing out of the fourth round of the qualifications for the 2014 World Cup. In their last match, which was against the USA, they led 2–1 after 90 minutes and were posed 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.[2]

History[edit]

The first Panama national football team was constituted in 1937.

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
  • 1943 – Did not enter
  • 1946 – Fifth Place
  • 1948 – Third Place
  • 1951 – Champions
  • 1953 – Seventh Place
  • 1955 – Did not enter
  • 1957 – Fourth Place
  • 1960 – Did 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.

CONCACAF Gold Cup[edit]

Year Round GP W D L GF GA
United States Mexico 1993 Group Stage 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
United States Canada 2015 Third Place 6 0 5 1 6 7
United States 2017 Qualified
Total Total 28 12 11 11 47 43

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 2015 Third Place
Panama 2017 Runners-up
Total 13/14

Honors[edit]

Results and fixtures[edit]

  Win   Draw   Loss

2016[edit]

2017[edit]

Current Stage (Fifth Round)[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Mexico 6 4 2 0 9 2 +7 14 Qualification to 2018 FIFA World Cup 2–0 1–1 1 Sep 3–0 6 Oct
2  Costa Rica 6 3 2 1 9 4 +5 11 5 Sep 4–0 0–0 6 Oct 2–1
3  United States 6 2 2 2 11 8 +3 8 1–2 1 Sep 6 Oct 6–0 2–0
4  Panama 6 1 4 1 4 4 0 7 Advance to inter-confederation play-offs 0–0 10 Oct 1–1 2–2 5 Sep
5  Honduras 6 1 2 3 6 14 −8 5 10 Oct 1–1 5 Sep 0–1 3–1
6  Trinidad and Tobago 6 1 0 5 3 10 −7 3 0–1 0–2 10 Oct 1–0 1 Sep
Updated to match(es) played on 13 June 2017. Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification matches against Costa Rica on June 8, and against Honduras on June 13, 2017.
Caps and goals as of June 13, 2017, after the match against Honduras.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Jaime Penedo (1981-09-26) 26 September 1981 (age 35) 125 0 Romania Dinamo București
12 1GK José Calderón (1985-08-14) 14 August 1985 (age 31) 22 0 Colombia Real Cartagena

2 2DF Amir Murillo (1996-02-15) 15 February 1996 (age 21) 11 1 United States New York Red Bulls
4 2DF Fidel Escobar (1994-04-02) 2 April 1994 (age 23) 11 1 Portugal Sporting CP B
5 2DF Román Torres (Captain) (1986-03-20) 20 March 1986 (age 31) 103 9 United States Seattle Sounders
13 2DF Adolfo Machado (1985-02-14) 14 February 1985 (age 32) 70 1 United States Houston Dynamo
15 2DF Erick Davis (1991-03-31) 31 March 1991 (age 26) 33 0 Slovakia Dunajská Streda
17 2DF Luis Ovalle (1988-09-07) 7 September 1988 (age 28) 15 0 Venezuela Zamora
21 2DF Richard Dixon (1992-03-28) March 28, 1992 (age 25) 8 0 Honduras Platense
23 2DF Roberto Chen (1994-05-24) 24 May 1994 (age 23) 16 1 Panama Árabe Unido

6 3MF Gabriel Gómez (1984-05-29) 29 May 1984 (age 33) 132 12 Colombia Atlético Bucaramanga
8 3MF Édgar Bárcenas (1993-10-23) October 23, 1993 (age 23) 18 0 Mexico Tapachula
11 3MF Armando Cooper (1987-11-26) 26 November 1987 (age 29) 86 6 Canada Toronto
14 3MF Valentín Pimentel (1991-05-30) 30 May 1991 (age 26) 18 1 Panama Plaza Amador
16 3MF Miguel Camargo (1993-09-05) 5 September 1993 (age 23) 13 1 United States New York City
19 3MF Alberto Quintero (1987-12-18) 18 December 1987 (age 29) 85 5 Peru Universitario
20 3MF Aníbal Godoy (1990-02-10) 10 February 1990 (age 27) 77 1 United States San Jose Earthquakes

7 4FW Blas Pérez (1981-03-13) 13 March 1981 (age 36) 111 40 Bolivia Blooming
9 4FW Gabriel Torres (1988-10-31) 31 October 1988 (age 28) 60 10 Switzerland Lausanne-Sport
10 4FW Ismael Díaz (1997-05-12) 12 May 1997 (age 20) 5 1 Portugal Porto B
18 4FW Luis Tejada (1982-03-28) 28 March 1982 (age 35) 102 42 Peru Universitario
22 4FW Abdiel Arroyo (1993-12-13) 13 December 1993 (age 23) 26 3 Uruguay Danubio

Recent call-ups[edit]

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 Álex Rodríguez (1990-08-05) 5 August 1990 (age 26) 5 0 Panama San Francisco 2017 Copa Centroamericana
GK Eliéser Powell (1994-04-21) 21 April 1994 (age 23) 0 0 Panama Sporting San Miguelito Copa América Centenario PRE

DF Jean Carlos Vargas (1995-03-13) 13 March 1995 (age 22) 4 0 Panama Tauro v.  Costa Rica, June 8, 2017 PRE
DF Felipe Baloy (Captain) (1981-02-24) 24 February 1981 (age 36) 95 3 Panama Tauro v.  Costa Rica, June 8, 2017 INJ
DF Harold Cummings (1992-03-01) 1 March 1992 (age 25) 50 0 United States San Jose Earthquakes 2017 Copa Centroamericana
DF Roderick Miller (1992-04-03) 3 April 1992 (age 25) 27 1 Colombia Atlético Nacional 2017 Copa Centroamericana
DF Ángel Patrick (1992-02-27) 27 February 1992 (age 25) 5 0 Mexico Tapachula 2017 Copa Centroamericana
DF Azmahar Ariano (1991-01-14) 14 January 1991 (age 26) 2 0 Panama Arabe Unido 2017 Copa Centroamericana
DF Richard Peralta (1993-09-20) 20 September 1993 (age 23) 5 0 Panama Tauro v.  Mexico, October 11, 2016
DF Luis Henríquez (1981-11-23) 23 November 1981 (age 35) 89 2 Panama Tauro v.  Chile, June 14, 2016

MF Josiel Núñez (1993-01-29) 29 January 1993 (age 24) 9 1 Panama Plaza Amador v.  United States, March 28, 2017
MF Óscar Villarreal (1995-02-03) February 3, 1995 (age 22) 2 0 Panama Chorrillo v.  United States, March 28, 2017
MF Ricardo Buitrago (1985-03-10) 10 March 1985 (age 32) 25 3 Peru Juan Aurich 2017 Copa Centroamericana
MF José González (1991-05-05) 5 May 1991 (age 26) 7 0 Panama Árabe Unido 2017 Copa Centroamericana
MF Manuel Vargas (1991-01-19) 19 January 1991 (age 26) 6 0 Panama Tauro v.  Mexico, October 11, 2016

FW Tony Taylor (1989-07-13) 13 July 1989 (age 27) 3 0 Portugal Paços de Ferreira v.  United States, March 28, 2017
FW Rolando Blackburn (1990-01-09) 9 January 1990 (age 27) 26 4 Peru Sporting Cristal 2017 Copa Centroamericana
FW Enrico Small (1989-05-01) 1 May 1989 (age 28) 2 0 Panama Árabe Unido 2017 Copa Centroamericana
FW Roberto Nurse (1983-12-16) 16 December 1983 (age 33) 19 3 Mexico Zacatecas v.  Mexico, November 15, 2016
FW Ronaldo Córdoba (1998-02-11) 11 February 1998 (age 19) 4 0 Mexico Monterrey v.  Mexico, October 11, 2016
FW Ricardo Clarke (1992-09-27) 27 September 1992 (age 24) 2 0 Venezuela Zamora v.  Mexico, October 11, 2016

Player records[edit]

Most capped players[edit]

As of April 18, 2017, the players with the most appearances for Panama are:[3]

# Name Career Caps Goals
1 Gabriel Gómez 2003–present 130 12
2 Jaime Penedo 2003–present 123 0
3 Blas Pérez 2001–present 109 39
4 Román Torres 2005–present 101 8
5 Luis Tejada 2001–present 100 43
6 Felipe Baloy 2001–present 96 3
7 Luis Henríquez 2003–present 89 2
8 Amílcar Henríquez 2005–2017 85 0
9 Armando Cooper 2006–present 84 6
10 Alberto Quintero 2007–present 83 5

Bold denotes still active players.

Top goalscorers[edit]

As of March 28, 2017, the players with the most goals for Panama are:[3]

# Name Career Goals Caps
1 Luis Tejada 2001–present 42 100
2 Blas Pérez 2001–present 41 109
3 Luis Ernesto Tapia 1960–1979 20 77
4 Roberto Brown 2000–2011 16 49
5 Jorge Dely Valdés 1991–2005 13 34
6 Julio Dely Valdés 1990–2005 13 34
7 Gabriel Gómez 2003–present 12 130
8 Víctor René Mendieta 1980–2000 11 31
9 Gabriel Torres 2006–present 10 59
10 Ricardo Phillips 1996–2010 10 84

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 23 July 2013. 
  2. ^ "USA Saves Mexico From World Cup Elimination In The Most Unbelievable Night In North American Soccer History". Business Insider. 16 October 2013. Retrieved 16 October 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Roberto Mamrud. "Panama – Record International Players". RSSSF. Retrieved 23 March 2016. 

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