Panama national football team
|Nickname(s)||Los Canaleros |
(The Canal Men)
La Marea Roja
(The Red Tide)
|Association||Federación Panameña de Fútbol|
|Confederation||CONCACAF (North America)|
|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||58 3 (6 April 2023)|
|Highest||29 (March 2014)|
|Lowest||150 (August 1995)|
| Panama 3–1 Venezuela |
(Panama City, Panama; 12 February 1938)
| Anguilla 0–13 Panama |
(Panama City, Panama; 5 June 2021)
| Panama 0–11 Costa Rica |
(Panama City, Panama; 16 February 1938)
|Appearances||1 (first in 2018)|
|Best result||Group stage (2018)|
|CONCACAF Championship / Gold Cup|
|Appearances||12 (first in 1963)|
|Best result||Runners-up (2005, 2013)|
The Panama national football team (Spanish: Selección de fútbol de Panamá) represents Panama in men's international football and is governed by the 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. They finished bottom of their group.
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.
Before 21st century
This section is missing information about Panama football team prior to 21st century.(November 2020)
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
In the 2015 Gold Cup, Panama was drawn into Group A, along with the United States, Haiti, and Honduras. All of their games were a 1–1 draws. However this was enough to 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 defeating them 6–5 on penalties. They advanced to the semi-finals against Mexico. Roman Torres scored on behalf of Panama and Andres Guardado scored for Mexico. The first 90 minutes ended in a 1–1 draw. Panama was then defeated 2–1 in extra time after referee Mark Geiger gave Mexico a penalty, which Andres Guardado also scored. With this result, Panama earned the chance to play the third place playoff against the United States. The score was 1-1 after extra time and Panama won 3–2 on penalties, giving them the third place. Mexico ended up defeating Jamaica in the final to crown themselves champions.
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 87th 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.
Results and fixtures
The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.
Win Draw Loss Fixture
|1 May Friendly||El Salvador||3–2||Panama||Cary, United States|
|13:00 UTC−4||Report||Stadium: WakeMed Soccer Park|
Referee: Selvin Brown (Honduras)
|2 June 2022–23 Nations League||Panama||2–0||Costa Rica||Panama City, Panama|
|18:30 UTC−5||Report||Stadium: Estadio Rommel Fernández|
Referee: Fernando Hernández (Mexico)
|9 June 2022–23 Nations League||Panama||5–0||Martinique||Panama City, Panama|
|19:00 UTC−5||Report||Stadium: Estadio Rommel Fernández|
Referee: Ismael Cornejo (El Salvador)
|11 June Friendly||Uruguay||5–0||Panama||Montevideo, Uruguay|
||Report||Stadium: Estadio Centenario|
Referee: Cristián Garay (Chile)
|12 June 2022–23 Nations League||Martinique||0–0||Panama||Fort-de-France, Martinique|
|18:00 UTC−4||Report||Stadium: Stade Pierre-Aliker|
Referee: Fernando Guerrero (Mexico)
|27 September Friendly||Bahrain||0–2||Panama||Riffa, Bahrain|
|19:00 UTC+3||Stadium: Bahrain National Stadium|
Referee: Khalid Saleh (Saudi Arabia)
|5 November Friendly||Qatar||2–1||Panama||Marbella, Spain|
|18:30 UTC+2||Report||Stadium: Estadio Municipal de Marbella|
|10 November Friendly||Panama||1–1||Saudi Arabia||Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates|
|16:00 UTC+4||Díaz 8'||Report||Asiri 37'||Stadium: Al Nahyan Stadium|
Referee: Yahya Al Mulla (United Arab Emirates)
|15 November Friendly||Venezuela||2–2||Panama||Al Hamriyah, United Arab Emirates|
||Report||Stadium: Al Hamriya Sports Club Stadium|
Referee: Sultan Mohamed Saleh (United Arab Emirates)
|18 November Friendly||Cameroon||1–1||Panama||Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates|
||Stadium: Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium|
Referee: Sultan Mohamed (United Arab Emirates)
|12 March Friendly||Guatemala||1–1||Panama||San Jose, United States|
|15:30 UTC−7||Lom 85' (pen.)||Report||Harvey 18'||Stadium: PayPal Park|
Referee: Nima Saghafi (United States)
|23 March Friendly||Argentina||2–0||Panama||Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|20:30 ART (UTC−3)||Report||Stadium: Estadio Monumental (Buenos Aires)|
Referee: Cristian Ferreyra (Uruguay)
|28 March 2022–23 Nations League||Costa Rica||0–1||Panama||San José, Costa Rica|
||Stadium: Estadio Nacional|
Referee: César Ramos (Mexico)
|10 June Friendly||Panama||v||Nicaragua||Penonomé, Panama|
|19:00 UTC−5||Report||Stadium: Estadio Universidad Latina|
|15 June 2023 CONCACAF Nations League SF||Panama||v||Canada||Paradise, United States|
|16:00 UTC−7||Stadium: Allegiant Stadium|
|18 June 2023 CONCACAF Nations League 3rd/F||Mexico /United States||v||Panama||Paradise, United States|
|PDT (UTC-07:00)||Stadium: Allegiant Stadium|
|26 June 2023 CONCACAF Gold Cup GS||Costa Rica||v||Panama||Fort Lauderdale, United States|
|20:30 UTC−4||Stadium: DRV PNK Stadium|
|30 June 2023 CONCACAF Gold Cup GS||TBD||v||Panama||Harrison, United States|
|18:30 UTC−4||Stadium: Red Bull Arena|
|4 July 2023 CONCACAF Gold Cup GS||Panama||v||El Salvador||Houston, United States|
|19:30 UTC−5||Stadium: Shell Energy Stadium|
|Head coach||Thomas Christensen|
|Assistant coach||Ángel Sánchez|
|Goalkeeping coach||Donaldo González|
- Caretaker managers are listed in italics.
- Romeo Parravicini (1938)
- Manuel Sánchez Durán (1941)
- Emel Ospino (1946)
- Óscar Rendoll Gómez (1946, 1951)
- Óscar Suman Carrillo (1949)
- Gilberto Casanova (1950)
- Moses Stern (1950)
- Rogelio Díaz (1952)
- Emel Ospino (1956)
- José Bech Casablanca (1961, 1967)
- Raúl "Che" Álvarez (1963–64)
- Luis Carlos Ponce (1967)
- Néstor Valdez Moraga (1969)
- Renato Panay (1976)
- Omar Muraco (1978)
- Edgardo Bone Baldi (1979)
- Luis Borghini (1980)
- Rubén Cárdenas (1980)
- Orlando Muñoz (1984, 1995)
- Carlos Cavagnaro (1984)
- Juan Colecchio (1986–1987)
- Miguel Mansilla (1987–1988, 1990, 1999–2000)
- Gustavo de Simone (1992)
- César Maturana (1995–96)
- Óscar Aristizábal (1999)
- Ezequiel Fernandez (2000)
- Leopoldo Lee (2000)
- Mihai Stoichiță (2001)
- Billy Stenning (2001–02)
- Carlos Alberto da Luz (2002–03)
- José Eugenio Hernández (2004–05)
- Julio Dely Valdés (2006)
- Víctor René Mendieta (2006)
- Alexandre Guimarães (2006–08)
- Gary Stempel (2008–09)
- Julio Dely Valdés (2010–13, 2019)
- Hernán Darío Gómez (2014–2018)
- Gary Stempel (2018–2019)
- Américo Gallego (2019–2020)
- Thomas Christiansen (2020–present)
The following players were called up for the friendly match against Nicaraga on 10 June 2023.
Caps and goals correct as of 12 June 2022, after the match against Martinique.
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Luis Mejía||16 March 1991||47||0||Unión Española|
|22||GK||Orlando Mosquera||25 December 1994||5||0||Carabobo|
|12||GK||César Samudio||26 March 1994||0||0||Marathón|
|2||DF||Iván Anderson||24 November 1997||3||0||Monagas|
|3||DF||Kevin Galván||10 March 1996||1||0||Sporting San Miguelito|
|4||DF||Edgardo Fariña||21 September 2001||0||0||Universitario|
|5||DF||Richard Peralta||20 September 1993||12||0||Sporting San Miguelito|
|13||DF||Jiovany Ramos||26 January 1997||7||0||Deportivo Táchira|
|14||DF||Gilberto Hernández||26 June 1997||0||0||Independiente|
|16||DF||Michael Casazola||27 April 1993||0||0||Sporting San Miguelito|
|6||MF||Irving Gúdiño||15 November 2000||3||0||Tauro|
|7||MF||Jorge Serrano||19 January 1998||0||0||Independiente|
|8||MF||Martín Morán||30 August 2001||0||0||Etar|
|10||MF||Miguel Camargo||9 May 1993||31||3||Tauro|
|11||MF||José Murillo||24 February 1995||7||1||Plaza Amador|
|15||MF||Ricardo Ávila||4 January 1997||7||0||Universitario|
|17||MF||Cristian Quintero||23 May 2000||2||0||La Luz|
|18||MF||Víctor Medina||18 February 2001||3||0||Tauro|
|20||MF||Omar Browne||3 May 1994||12||0||Tauro|
|9||FW||Alfredo Stephens||25 December 1994||21||1||Academia Puerto Cabello|
|19||FW||Ronaldo Córdoba||21 December 2000||5||0||Herrera|
The following players have been called up within the past year.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Alex Rodríguez||5 August 1990||7||0||Atlético Chiriquí||v. Uruguay, 11 June 2022|
|GK||Éric Hughes||11 July 1986||1||0||Tauro||v. Uruguay, 11 June 2022|
|GK||Kevin Mosquera||7 October 1999||0||0||Sporting San Miguelito||v. El Salvador, 1 May 2022|
|GK||Emerson Dimas||10 August 2001||0||0||Plaza Amador||v Argentina, 23 March 2023|
|GK||José Guerra||12 September 1994||1||0||San Francisco||v Argentina, 23 March 2023|
|DF||José Córdoba||3 June 2001||2||0||Levski Sofia||v. Costa Rica, 29 March 2023|
|DF||Omar Valencia||8 June 2004||1||0||New York Red Bulls II||v. Guatemala, 12 March 2023|
|DF||José Matos||8 March 2002||0||0||San Francisco||v. Guatemala, 12 March 2023|
|DF||Reyniel Perdomo||28 April 2001||0||0||Alianza||v. Guatemala, 12 March 2023|
|DF||Omar Alba||26 March 2004||0||0||Real Monarchs||v. Guatemala, 12 March 2023|
|DF||Samir Ramírez||27 April 1997||1||0||Plaza Amador||v. Cameroon, 18 November 2022|
|DF||Roderick Miller||3 April 1992||34||1||Turan Tovuz||v. Martinique, 12 June 2022|
|DF||Francisco Palacios||10 December 1990||19||1||San Francisco||v. Uruguay, 11 June 2022|
|DF||Jorge Gutiérrez||1 September 1998||3||0||Deportivo La Guaira||v. Uruguay, 11 June 2022|
|DF||Emanuel Chanis||21 December 1998||1||0||Sporting San Miguelito||v. Uruguay, 11 June 2022|
|DF||Manuel Gamboa||5 February 1999||1||0||Plaza Amador||v. Uruguay, 11 June 2022|
|DF||Jean Sánchez||13 August 1999||1||0||San Francisco||v. Uruguay, 11 June 2022|
|MF||Rodrigo Tello||18 August 2003||1||0||Sporting San Miguelito||v. Guatemala, 12 March 2023|
|MF||Ricardo Hinds||6 May 2001||0||0||Potros del Este||v. Guatemala, 12 March 2023|
|MF||Carlos Harvey||3 February 2000||0||0||Phoenix Rising||v. Guatemala, 12 March 2023|
|MF||Luis Fields||8 March 2003||0||0||Independiente||v. Guatemala, 12 March 2023|
|MF||Uziel Maltez||20 March 2002||0||0||Independiente||v. Guatemala, 12 March 2023|
|MF||Keny Bonilla||2 April 2003||0||0||San Francisco||v. Guatemala, 12 March 2023|
|MF||Aníbal Godoy||10 February 1990||122||4||Nashville||v. Cameroon, 18 November 2022|
|MF||José Luis Rodríguez||19 June 1998||39||2||Famalicão||v. Cameroon, 18 November 2022|
|MF||Romeesh Ivey||14 July 1994||2||0||Spartak Varna||v. Bahrain, 27 September 2022|
|MF||Ángel Orelien||2 April 2001||2||0||Hermanos Colmenarez||v. Bahrain, 27 September 2022|
|MF||Jorge Méndez||6 April 2001||1||0||Once Caldas||v. Bahrain, 27 September 2022|
|MF||Ricardo Buitrago||10 March 1985||28||3||Plaza Amador||v. Uruguay, 11 June 2022|
|MF||Rolando Botello||20 November 1991||9||0||Tauro||v. Uruguay, 11 June 2022|
|MF||Rodolfo Vega||12 June 2003||2||0||Plaza Amador||v. Uruguay, 11 June 2022|
|FW||Leonel Tejada||11 February 2003||0||0||Árabe Unido||v. Guatemala, 12 March 2023|
|FW||Tomás Rodríguez||9 March 1999||0||0||Sporting San Miguelito||v. Guatemala, 12 March 2023|
|FW||Eduardo Guerrero||21 February 2000||4||0||Zorya Luhansk||v. Bahrain, 27 September 2022|
|FW||Gabriel Torres||31 October 1988||104||24||Deportes Antofagasta||v. Martinique, 12 June 2022|
|FW||Rolando Blackburn||9 January 1990||54||12||FAS||v. Martinique, 12 June 2022|
|FW||Ricardo Clarke||27 September 1992||6||0||Plaza Amador||v. Uruguay, 11 June 2022|
|FW||John Alvarado||7 November 2001||1||0||Alianza||v. Uruguay, 11 June 2022|
|FW||Jordan Girón||21 December 2000||1||0||Alianza||v. Uruguay, 11 June 2022|
|FW||Carlos Rivera||24 February 2003||1||0||Santos de Guápiles||v. Uruguay, 11 June 2022|
INJ Withdrew due to injury.
- As of 27 March 2023
- Players in bold are still active with Panama.
Most capped players
|4||Luis Ernesto Tapia||20||77||0.26||1960–1979|
|5||Jorge Dely Valdés||19||48||0.4||1991–2005|
|6||James Santiago Anderson||18||23||0.78||1938–1948|
|Julio Dely Valdés||18||44||0.41||1990–2005|
FIFA World Cup
|FIFA World Cup record||Qualification record|
|1930||Not a FIFA member||Not a FIFA member|
|1938||Did not enter||Declined participation|
|1978||Did not qualify||6||1||1||4||7||21|
|2022||Did not qualify||20||11||4||5||38||21|
|2026||To be determined||To be determined|
|FIFA World Cup history|
|First Match|| Belgium 3–0 Panama |
(18 June 2018; Sochi, Russia)
|Biggest Defeat|| England 6–1 Panama |
(24 June 2018; Nizhny Novgorod, Russia)
|Best Result||Group stage (2018)|
CONCACAF Gold Cup
|CONCACAF Championship & Gold Cup record|
|1965||Did not enter|
|1967||Did not qualify|
|1971||Did not enter|
|1977||Did not qualify|
|1991||Did not enter|
|1996||Did not qualify|
|CONCACAF Championship & Gold Cup history|
|First Match|| El Salvador 1–1 Panama |
(23 March 1963; San Salvador, El Salvador)
|Biggest Win|| Panama 6–1 Cuba|
(20 July 2013; Atlanta, United States)
|Biggest Defeat|| Honduras 5–1 Panama |
(10 July 1993; Dallas, United States)
|Best Result||Runners-up (2005, 2013)|
|Worst Result||Group stage (1963, 1993, 2021)|
CONCACAF Nations League
|CONCACAF Nations League record|
|CONCACAF Nations League history|
|First Match|| Bermuda 1–4 Panama |
(5 September 2019; Hamilton, Bermuda)
|Biggest Win|| Panama 5–0 Martinique |
(9 June 2022; Panama City, Panama)
|Biggest Defeat|| Panama 0–3 Mexico |
(15 November 2019; Panama City, Panama)
|Copa América record|
|2024||To be determined|
- 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.
|Copa Centroamericana record|
|1999||Did not enter|
|CCCF Championship record|
|1943||Did not enter|
|1955||Did not enter|
|1960||Did not enter|
Updated as for 12 March 2023.
|Trinidad and Tobago||25||7||7||11||23||33||–10||28|
- ^ Includes the results of Netherlands Antilles.
FIFA World Ranking
Last update was on 24 December 2022. Source:
Best Ranking Worst Ranking Best Mover Worst Mover
|Panama's FIFA World Ranking History|
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- ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 30 March 2023. Retrieved 30 March 2023.
- ^ "From agony to ecstasy: Panama's remarkable journey to the 2018 World Cup and a night they'll never forget". The Independent. 11 October 2017. Archived from the original on 24 May 2022. Retrieved 12 October 2017.
- ^ "The wildest night in CONCACAF history? How the U.S. exit played out". ESPN. 11 October 2017. Archived from the original on 12 January 2022. Retrieved 12 October 2017.
- ^ "CONCACAF Championship, Gold Cup 2005". RSSSF. Archived from the original on 3 October 2022. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
- ^ "U.S. MNT Wins CONCACAF Gold Cup with 1-0 Victory against Panama". www.ussoccer.com. Archived from the original on 19 June 2018. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
- ^ "USA Saves Mexico From World Cup Elimination In The Most Unbelievable Night In North American Soccer History". Business Insider. 16 October 2013. Archived from the original on 16 October 2013. Retrieved 16 October 2013.
- ^ FIFA.com. "2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ - Matches - Panama-Costa Rica - FIFA.com". FIFA.com. Archived from the original on 26 August 2016. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
- ^ "Trinidad and Tobago 2-1 USA". BBC Sport. 11 October 2017. Archived from the original on 20 June 2018. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
- ^ "Roman Torres: Panama's 'film star' footballer dreams of beating England at World Cup". BBC Sport. 24 March 2018. Archived from the original on 21 June 2018. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
- ^ "Panama gets holiday after World Cup win". BBC News. 11 October 2017. Archived from the original on 16 June 2018. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
- ^ "National holiday in Panama as World Cup place sealed | Goal.com". Archived from the original on 19 June 2018. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
- ^ "England get Belgium, Tunisia and Panama in World Cup draw". The Independent. Archived from the original on 24 May 2022. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
- ^ FIFA.com. "2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ - Matches - Belgium - Panama - FIFA.com". www.fifa.com. Archived from the original on 12 June 2018. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
- ^ Ducker, James; Bagchi, Rob (18 June 2018). "Romelu Lukaku double helps Belgium to winning World Cup start against Panama". The Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Archived from the original on 12 January 2022. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
- ^ Rathborn, Jack (24 June 2018). "Panama fans wildly celebrate first ever World Cup goal vs England". The Mirror. Archived from the original on 25 June 2018. Retrieved 24 June 2018.
- ^ "LOS CONVOCADOS PARA EL AMISTOSO ANTE ARGENTINA" (in Spanish). Panamanian Football Federation. 16 March 2023. Archived from the original on 15 March 2023. Retrieved 16 March 2023.
- ^ Roberto Mamrud. "Panama – Record International Players". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Archived from the original on 10 July 2022. Retrieved 23 March 2016.
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- Official website (in Spanish)
- Panama FIFA profile