Panama national football team
|Nickname(s)||Los Canaleros (The Canal Men)|
La Marea Roja (The Red Tide)
|Association||Federación Panameña de Fútbol|
|Sub-confederation||UNCAF (Central America)|
|Head coach||Thomas Christiansen|
|Most caps||Gabriel Gómez (149)|
|Top scorer||Luis Tejada (43)|
|Home stadium||Estadio Rommel Fernández|
|Current||77 4 (22 October 2020)|
|Highest||29 (March 2014)|
|Lowest||150 (August 1995)|
|Current||72 3 (26 October 2020)|
|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||11 (first in 1963)|
|Best result||Runners-up (2005, 2013)|
|Appearances||1 (first in 2016)|
|Best result||Group stage (2016)|
The Panama national football team (Spanish: Selección de fútbol de Panamá) represents Panama in men's international association football and it is governed by Panamanian Football Federation, The team represents all three FIFA, CONCACAF and the regional UNCAF.
Panama qualified for the FIFA World Cup for the first time for the 2018 tournament in Russia and scored their first goal of the World Cup against England, although they lost the match 6–1. Having finished dead last, it was Panama's worst performance in its debut appearance.
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 Copa Centroamericana 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 behind Honduras in the 2017 edition, which they hosted.
The national team is nicknamed "Los Canaleros" ("The Canal Men"), in reference to the Panama Canal.
2011 Gold Cup
In the 2011 Gold Cup, Panama was placed into Group C with Canada, United States, and Guadeloupe. They debuted with a 3–2 win over Guadeloupe. In the next match, they beat the United States 2–1. Then they tied 1–1 against Canada, winning their group for the first time in the Gold Cup. They played against El Salvador in the quarter-finals, beating them 5–3 on penalties. They played against the United States again, this time in the semi-finals, although they lost 1–0.
2013 Gold Cup
In the 2013 Gold Cup, Panama began with a 2–1 win over Mexico, with Gabriel Torres scoring both goals. In the second match, Panama beat Martinique 1–0 with Gabriel Torres scoring the only goal. With two victories, they secured their qualification to the knockout stages. Already being qualified, they tied 0–0 against Canada securing the first place in their group. They easily beat Cuba 6-1 and qualified for the semi-finals with Blas Pérez and Gabriel Torres scoring two goals each. They faced Mexico again in the semifinals and beat them 2–1 to advance to the final for the second time in the competition against the United States, which was their opponent in the 2005 final and beat them on penalties. The Panamanians couldn't get their revenge on them and lost 0–1 with a goal from Brek Shea.
2014 World Cup qualifying
Panama came close to advancing out of the fourth round of 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 assured to advance to a play-off against New Zealand, but conceded two goals in stoppage time and were eliminated, with Mexico taking the playoff slot instead.
2015 Gold Cup
Panama was drawn into Group A of the 2015 Gold Cup along with the United States, Haiti, and Honduras. All of their games were a 1–1 tie. They advanced to the knockout stage as the best ranked third place. In the Quarter-Finals, they played against Trinidad & Tobago, drawing 1-1 after 90 minutes and beating them 6–5 on penalties. They advanced to the semi-finals against Mexico, in which they achieved a 1–1 draw with a goal from Roman Torres and a controversial goal from Mexico in the last minute. Panama was defeated 2–1 in extra time with another controversial penalty given by referee Mark Geiger. Because they qualified to the Semi-finals, they earned the right to play against the other loser, the United States, in the third place playoff. The score was 1-1 after extra time and Panama won 3–2 on penalties, giving them the third place.
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 in their final qualifying match, which meant that the United States, who lost to Trinidad and Tobago 2–1, failed to qualify for the first time since 1986. Román Torres, who scored the winning goal in the 88th minute, was subsequently considered a national hero. The day after the match, the President of Panama Juan Carlos Varela 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
The national football team of Panama were drawn in Group G, together with European giants Belgium and England and the African side Tunisia. Their debut World Cup match was against Belgium, on 18 June 2018. Los Canaleros initially held on, with the score 0–0 at half-time, before eventually suffering a 3–0 loss. Six days later, Panama faced England, and this time succumbed to a 6–1 defeat; Felipe Baloy's late goal was the nation's first at a World Cup, but it was not enough to save them from elimination. A 2–1 loss to Tunisia in their final game meant that Panama finished bottom of their group - and 32nd and last in the tournament overall - having lost all three of their games and conceded eleven goals.
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
|1965||Did not enter|
|1967||Did not qualify|
|1971||Did not enter|
|1977||Did not qualify|
|CONCACAF Gold Cup|
|1991||Did not enter|
|1996||Did not qualify|
CONCACAF Nations League
|CONCACAF Nations League record|
|Copa Centroamericana record|
|1999||Did not enter|
|CONMEBOL Copa América record|
- 1 Ecuador 1993 was the first time nations from outside the CONMEBOL were invited.
- 2 United States 2016 was the first time nations from outside the CONMEBOL could qualify and host.
Results and fixtures
Win Draw Loss
The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.
|15 November 2019 Nations League A||Panama||0–3||Mexico||Panama City, Panama|
|22:00||Report||Stadium: Estadio Rommel Fernández|
Referee: Ricardo Montero (Costa Rica)
|25 February 2020 Friendly||Nicaragua||0–0||Panama||Managua, Nicaragua|
|Report||Stadium: Nicaragua National Football Stadium|
|4 March 2020 Friendly||Guatemala||0–2||Panama||Guatemala City, Guatemala|
|Report||Stadium: Estadio Doroteo Guamuch Flores|
|10 October 2020 Friendly||Costa Rica||0–1||Panama||San José, Costa Rica|
||Stadium: Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica (2011)|
Referee: Keylor Herrera (Costa Rica)
|13 October 2020 Friendly||Costa Rica||0–1||Panama||San José, Costa Rica|
||Stadium: Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica (2011)|
Referee: J. Calderón (Costa Rica)
The following players have been called up within the past year.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||José Guerra||12 September 1994||1||0||CAI La Chorrera||Costa Rica, 10 October 2020|
|GK||Jorginho Frías||21 March 2001||0||0||Tauro||v. Mexico, 15 November 2019|
|DF||Francisco Vence||11 April 1992||0||0||CAI La Chorrera||Costa Rica, 10 October 2020|
|DF||Jan Carlos Vargas||27 September 1994||9||0||Barakaldo||v. Guatemala, 4 March 2020|
|DF||Gilberto Hernández||26 June 1997||0||0||Árabe Unido||v. Guatemala, 4 March 2020|
|DF||Román Torres (Captain)||20 March 1986||104||10||Inter Miami||v. Mexico, 15 November 2019|
|DF||Azmahar Ariano||14 January 1991||5||0||Plaza Amador||v. Mexico, 15 November 2019|
|MF||Josiel Núñez||29 January 1993||15||2||Universitario||v. Guatemala, 4 March 2020|
|MF||Alfredo Stephens||25 December 1994||12||1||CAI La Chorrera||v. Guatemala, 4 March 2020|
|MF||Rolando Botello||20 November 1991||7||0||Tauro||v. Guatemala, 4 March 2020|
|MF||Ricardo Clarke||27 September 1992||6||0||San Miguelito||v. Guatemala, 4 March 2020|
|MF||Iván Anderson||24 November 1997||2||0||Tauro||v. Guatemala, 4 March 2020|
|MF||Alejandro Ferrera||20 September 1998||1||0||Melilla||v. Guatemala, 4 March 2020|
|MF||Jhamal Rodríguez||28 January 1995||1||0||San Francisco||v. Guatemala, 4 March 2020|
|FW||Edwin Aguilar||7 August 1985||21||6||Tauro||v. Guatemala, 4 March 2020|
|FW||Carlos Small||13 March 1995||6||2||Árabe Unido||v. Guatemala, 4 March 2020|
|FW||Abdiel Arroyo||13 December 1993||48||7||Maccabi Petah Tikva||v. Mexico, 15 November 2019|
INJ Withdrew due to injury.
Most capped players
As of 8 September 2019, the players with the most appearances for Panama are:
Bold denotes still active players.
As of 8 September 2019, 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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- "Match report – Group G – Panama v Tunisia" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 28 June 2018. Retrieved 28 June 2018.
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