Panama national football team

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Panama
Nickname(s)Los Canaleros (The Canal Men)
La Marea Roja (The Red Tide)
AssociationFederación Panameña de Fútbol
ConfederationCONCACAF
Sub-confederationUNCAF (Central America)
Head coachDenmark Thomas Christiansen
CaptainRomán Torres
Most capsGabriel Gómez (149)
Top scorerLuis Tejada (43)
Home stadiumEstadio Rommel Fernández
FIFA codePAN
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 77 Increase 4 (22 October 2020)[1]
Highest29 (March 2014)
Lowest150 (August 1995)
Elo ranking
Current 72 Increase 3 (26 October 2020)[2]
Highest28 (July 2013)
Lowest151 (June 1984)
First international
 Panama 3–1 Venezuela 
(Panama City, Panama; 12 February 1938)[3]
Biggest win
 Panama 12–1 Puerto Rico 
(Barranquilla, Colombia; 13 December 1946)[3]
Biggest defeat
 Panama 0–11 Costa Rica 
(Panama City, Panama; 16 February 1938)
World Cup
Appearances1 (first in 2018)
Best resultGroup stage (2018)
CONCACAF Championship
& Gold Cup
Appearances11 (first in 1963)
Best resultRunners-up (2005, 2013)
Copa América
Appearances1 (first in 2016)
Best resultGroup 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.[4][5]

Panama finished as runners-up in the 2005 Gold Cup[6] and 2013 Gold Cup,[7] 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.

History[edit]

2011 Gold Cup[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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.[8]

2015 Gold Cup[edit]

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[edit]

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,[9] which meant that the United States, who lost to Trinidad and Tobago 2–1, failed to qualify for the first time since 1986.[10] Román Torres, who scored the winning goal in the 88th minute, was subsequently considered a national hero.[11] 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".[12][13]

2018 World Cup[edit]

The national football team of Panama were drawn in Group G, together with European giants Belgium and England and the African side Tunisia.[14] 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.[15][16] 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.[17] 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[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Belgium 3 3 0 0 9 2 +7 9 Advance to knockout stage
2  England 3 2 0 1 8 3 +5 6
3  Tunisia 3 1 0 2 5 8 −3 3
4  Panama 3 0 0 3 2 11 −9 0
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Belgium 3–0 Panama
Report

England 6–1 Panama
Report

Panama 1–2 Tunisia
Report
Attendance: 37,168[20]

Competition records[edit]

World Cup record[edit]

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 Did not enter Declined participation
Italy 1934
France 1938
Brazil 1950
Switzerland 1954
Sweden 1958
Chile 1962
England 1966
Mexico 1970
West Germany 1974
Argentina 1978 Did not qualify 6 1 1 4 7 21
Spain 1982 8 0 1 7 3 24
Mexico 1986 2 0 0 2 0 4
Italy 1990 2 0 1 1 1 3
United States 1994 2 1 0 1 2 5
France 1998 8 3 2 3 14 13
South Korea Japan 2002 10 3 1 6 9 19
Germany 2006 18 4 4 10 19 32
South Africa 2010 2 1 0 1 2 3
Brazil 2014 20 8 7 5 31 18
Russia 2018 Group Stage 32nd 3 0 0 3 2 11 16 6 5 5 16 15
Qatar 2022 To be determined To be determined
Canada Mexico United States 2026
Total Group Stage 1/23 3 0 0 3 2 11 94 27 22 45 104 157

CCCF Championship[edit]

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

CONCACAF Championship[edit]

The CONCACAF Championship tournament began in 1963, but was later abolished in 1989.

  • 1963 – First Round

CONCACAF Gold Cup[edit]

CONCACAF Championship
Year Result Position Pld W T L GF GA
El Salvador 1963 Group stage 6th 4 1 2 1 8 4
Guatemala 1965 Did not enter
Honduras 1967 Did not qualify
Costa Rica 1969
Trinidad and Tobago 1971 Did not enter
Haiti 1973
Mexico 1977 Did not qualify
Honduras 1981
1985
1989
CONCACAF Gold Cup
Year Result Position Pld W T L GF GA
United States 1991 Did not enter
Mexico United States 1993 Group stage 7th 3 0 1 2 3 8
United States 1996 Did not qualify
United States 1998
United States 2000
United States 2002
Mexico United States 2003
United States 2005 Runners-up 2nd 6 2 3 1 7 6
United States 2007 Quarter-finals 6th 4 1 1 2 6 7
United States 2009 Quarter-finals 7th 4 1 1 2 7 5
United States 2011 Semi-finals 3rd 5 2 2 1 7 6
United States 2013 Runners-up 2nd 6 4 1 1 11 4
Canada United States 2015 Third place 3rd 6 0 5 1 6 7
United States 2017 Quarter-finals 5th 4 2 1 1 6 3
Costa Rica Jamaica United States 2019 Quarter-finals 7th 4 2 0 2 6 4
2021 Qualified
Total 10/25 10/27 46 15 17 14 67 54

CONCACAF Nations League[edit]

CONCACAF Nations League record
Year Division Group Pld W D L GF GA P/R Rank
United States 2019−20 A B 4 1 0 3 5 9 Same position 8th
2022–23 A B 0 0 0 0 0 0 TBD
Total 4 1 0 3 5 9

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

Copa América[edit]

CONMEBOL Copa América record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
Ecuador 19931 Not Invited
Uruguay 1995
Bolivia 1997
Paraguay 1999
Colombia 2001
Peru 2004
Venezuela 2007
Argentina 2011
Chile 2015
United States 20162 Group stage 12th 3 1 0 2 4 10
Brazil 2019 Not Invited
Argentina Colombia 2021
Total Group stage 1/12 3 1 0 2 4 10
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.

Honours[edit]

Results and fixtures[edit]

  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.

2019[edit]

2020[edit]

13 November 2020 FriendlyJapan v PanamaGraz, Austria
Stadium: Liebenauer Stadium

2021[edit]

March 2021 (2021-03) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifyingPanama v BarbadosTBD
Stadium: TBD
March 2021 (2021-03) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifyingDominica v PanamaTBD
Stadium: TBD
2021 (2021) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifyingAnguilla v PanamaTBD
Stadium: TBD

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following 24 players were called up for the friendly matches against Costa Rica on 10 and 13 October 2020.[21]
Caps and goals as of 13 October 2020, after the match against Costa Rica.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Luis Mejía (1991-03-16) 16 March 1991 (age 29) 25 0 Uruguay Nacional
1GK Orlando Mosquera (1994-12-25) 25 December 1994 (age 25) 0 0 Turkey Boluspor
1GK Marcos Allen (1999-02-08) 8 February 1999 (age 21) 1 0 Spain Atlético Sanluqueño

2DF Fidel Escobar (1995-01-09) 9 January 1995 (age 25) 41 1 Spain Alcorcón
2DF Harold Cummings (1992-03-01) 1 March 1992 (age 28) 67 1 Chile Unión Española
2DF Óscar Linton (1993-01-29) 29 January 1993 (age 27) 2 0 Malta Sliema Wanderers
2DF Michael Murillo (1996-02-11) 11 February 1996 (age 24) 37 2 Belgium Anderlecht
2DF César Blackman (1998-04-02) 2 April 1998 (age 22) 3 0 Slovakia DAC Dunajská Streda
2DF Andrés Andrade (1998-10-16) 16 October 1998 (age 22) 1 0 Austria LASK
2DF Eric Davis (1991-03-31) 31 March 1991 (age 29) 51 1 Slovakia DAC Dunajská Streda

3MF Édgar Bárcenas (1993-10-23) 23 October 1993 (age 27) 42 1 Spain Girona
3MF Irving Gudiño (2000-11-15) 15 November 2000 (age 19) 2 0 Spain Marbella
3MF Alberto Quintero (1987-12-18) 18 December 1987 (age 32) 100 4 Peru Universitario
3MF José Luis Rodríguez (1998-06-19) 19 June 1998 (age 22) 18 0 Spain Lugo
3MF Adalberto Carrasquilla (1998-11-28) 28 November 1998 (age 21) 7 1 Spain Cartagena
3MF Juan David Tejada (1997-01-14) 14 January 1997 (age 23) 0 0 United States Tampa Bay Rowdies
3MF Abdiel Ayarza (1992-09-12) 12 September 1992 (age 28) 4 2 Peru Cienciano
3MF Víctor Griffith (2000-12-12) 12 December 2000 (age 19) 2 0 Costa Rica Santos de Guápiles
3MF Aníbal Godoy (1990-02-10) 10 February 1990 (age 30) 97 1 United States Nashville
3MF Omar Browne (1994-05-03) 3 May 1994 (age 26) 8 0 Panama CAI La Chorrera
3MF Armando Cooper (1987-11-26) 26 November 1987 (age 32) 109 8 Israel Hapoel Tel Aviv

4FW Gabriel Torres (1988-10-31) 31 October 1988 (age 31) 75 17 Ecuador Independiente del Valle
4FW José Fajardo (1993-08-18) 18 August 1993 (age 27) 11 0 Panama CAI La Chorrera
4FW Jorman Aguilar (1994-09-11) 11 September 1994 (age 26) 4 0 Costa Rica San Carlos

Recent call-ups[edit]

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 (1994-09-12) 12 September 1994 (age 26) 1 0 Panama CAI La Chorrera  Costa Rica, 10 October 2020
GK Jorginho Frías (2001-03-21) 21 March 2001 (age 19) 0 0 Panama Tauro v.  Mexico, 15 November 2019

DF Francisco Vence (1992-04-11) 11 April 1992 (age 28) 0 0 Panama CAI La Chorrera  Costa Rica, 10 October 2020
DF Jan Carlos Vargas (1994-09-27) 27 September 1994 (age 26) 9 0 Spain Barakaldo v.  Guatemala, 4 March 2020
DF Gilberto Hernández (1997-06-26) 26 June 1997 (age 23) 0 0 Panama Árabe Unido v.  Guatemala, 4 March 2020
DF Román Torres (Captain) (1986-03-20) 20 March 1986 (age 34) 104 10 United States Inter Miami v.  Mexico, 15 November 2019
DF Azmahar Ariano (1991-01-14) 14 January 1991 (age 29) 5 0 Panama Plaza Amador v.  Mexico, 15 November 2019

MF Josiel Núñez (1993-01-29) 29 January 1993 (age 27) 15 2 Panama Universitario v.  Guatemala, 4 March 2020
MF Alfredo Stephens (1994-12-25) 25 December 1994 (age 25) 12 1 Panama CAI La Chorrera v.  Guatemala, 4 March 2020
MF Rolando Botello (1991-11-20) 20 November 1991 (age 28) 7 0 Panama Tauro v.  Guatemala, 4 March 2020
MF Ricardo Clarke (1992-09-27) 27 September 1992 (age 28) 6 0 Panama San Miguelito v.  Guatemala, 4 March 2020
MF Iván Anderson (1997-11-24) 24 November 1997 (age 22) 2 0 Panama Tauro v.  Guatemala, 4 March 2020
MF Alejandro Ferrera (1998-09-20) 20 September 1998 (age 22) 1 0 Spain Melilla v.  Guatemala, 4 March 2020
MF Jhamal Rodríguez (1995-01-28) 28 January 1995 (age 25) 1 0 Panama San Francisco v.  Guatemala, 4 March 2020

FW Edwin Aguilar (1985-08-07) 7 August 1985 (age 35) 21 6 Panama Tauro v.  Guatemala, 4 March 2020
FW Carlos Small (1995-03-13) 13 March 1995 (age 25) 6 2 Panama Árabe Unido v.  Guatemala, 4 March 2020
FW Abdiel Arroyo (1993-12-13) 13 December 1993 (age 26) 48 7 Israel Maccabi Petah Tikva v.  Mexico, 15 November 2019

INJ Withdrew due to injury.
PRE Preliminary squad.
RET Retired from the national team.
WD Withdrew for personal reasons.

Player records[edit]

Most capped players[edit]

As of 8 September 2019, the players with the most appearances for Panama are:[22]

# Name Career Caps Goals
1 Gabriel Gómez 2003–2018 149 12
2 Jaime Penedo 2003–2018 137 0
3 Blas Pérez 2001–2018 122 42
4 Román Torres 2005–present 118 10
5 Armando Cooper 2006–present 109 8
6 Luis Tejada 2001–2018 108 43
7 Felipe Baloy 2001–2018 103 4
8 Alberto Quintero 2007–present 102 4
9 Aníbal Godoy 2010–present 100 1
10 Luis Henríquez 2003–2016 89 2

Bold denotes still active players.

Top goalscorers[edit]

As of 8 September 2019, the players with the most goals for Panama are:[22]

# Name Career Goals Caps
1 Luis Tejada 2001–2018 43 108
2 Blas Pérez 2001–2018 42 122
3 Luis Ernesto Tapia 1960–1979 20 77
4 Jorge Dely Valdés 1991–2005 19 48
5 Julio Dely Valdés 1990–2005 18 44
6 Roberto Brown 2000–2011 15 54
Gabriel Torres 2005–present 18 85
8 Gabriel Gómez 2003–2018 12 149
9 Víctor René Mendieta 1980–2000 11 31
Ricardo Phillips 1996–2010 11 84

Bold denotes still active players.

Managers[edit]

Managers of the Panama national football team and their terms.

References[edit]

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