Panama national football team

Panama
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 Gary Stempel
Captain Román Torres
Most caps Gabriel Gómez (147)
Top scorer Luis Tejada, Blas Pérez (43)
Home stadium Estadio Rommel Fernández
FIFA code PAN
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 69 14 (16 August 2018)
Highest 29 (March 2014)
Lowest 150 (August 1995)
Elo ranking
Current 61 (24 July 2018)
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]
World Cup
Appearances 1 (first in 2018)
Best result Group Stage (2018)
CONCACAF Championship
& 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 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.[2][3]

Panama finished as runners-up in the 2005 Gold Cup[4] and 2013 Gold Cup,[5] 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.

History

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.[6]

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,[7] 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.[8] 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.[9] 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".[10][11]

2018 World Cup

Panama were drawn in a group with European giants Belgium and England, and African side Tunisia, in Group G.[12] 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.[13][14] 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.[15] 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

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
Attendance: 43,257[16]

England  6–1  Panama
Report

Panama  1–2  Tunisia
Report
Attendance: 37,168[18]

Competition records

World Cup record

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
1930 Did not enter Declined participation
1934
1938
1950
1954
1958
1962
1966
1970
1974
1978 Did not qualify 6 1 1 4 7 21
1982 8 0 1 7 3 24
1986 2 0 0 2 0 4
1990 2 0 1 1 1 3
1994 2 1 0 1 2 5
1998 8 3 2 3 14 13
2002 10 3 1 6 9 19
2006 18 4 4 10 19 32
2010 2 1 0 1 2 3
2014 20 8 7 5 31 18
2018 Group Stage 32nd 3 0 0 3 2 11 16 6 5 5 16 15
2022 To be determined To be determined
2026
Total Group Stage 1/21 3 0 0 3 2 11 94 27 22 45 104 157

CCCF Championship

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

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

  • 1963 – First Round

CONCACAF Gold Cup

Year Round GP W D L GF GA
1993Group Stage301238
2005Runners-up623176
2007Quarter-finals411267
2009Quarter-finals411275
2011Semi-finals522176
2013Runners-up6411114
2015Third Place605167
2017Quarter-finals421163
TotalRunners-up381215115346

Copa Centroamericana

Copa Centroamericana record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
1991 First Round
1993 Third Place
1995 Fifth Place
1997 Fifth Place
1999 Did not enter
2001 Fourth Place
2003 Fifth Place
2005 Fourth Place
2007 Runners-up
2009 Champions
2011 Third Place
2013 Fifth Place
2015 Third Place
2017 Runners-up
Total 13/14

Honours

Results and fixtures

  Win   Draw   Loss

Players

Current squad

The following 18 players were called up for the Friendly home match against Venezuela on September 11, 2018.[19]
Caps and goals as of June 28, 2018, after the 2018 World Cup match against Tunisia.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Luis Mejia (1991-03-16) 16 March 1991 15 0 Nacional
1GK Marcos Allen (1999-02-08) 8 February 1999 1 0 Plaza Amador

2DF Michael Murillo (1996-02-15) 15 February 1996 23 1 New York Red Bulls
2DF Fidel Escobar (1995-01-09) 9 January 1995 25 1 New York Red Bulls
2DF Francisco Palacios (1990-12-10) 10 December 1990 1 0 San Francisco
2DF Román Torres (Captain) (1986-03-20) 20 March 1986 109 10 Seattle Sounders
2DF Chin Hormechea (1996-05-12) 12 May 1996 2 0 Árabe Unido
2DF Guillermo Benítez (1993-12-08) 8 December 1993 1 0 Plaza Amador
2DF Kevin Galván (1996-03-10) 10 March 1996 1 0 Sporting San Miguelito

3MF Aníbal Godoy (1990-02-10) 10 February 1990 89 1 San Jose Earthquakes
3MF Miguel Camargo (1993-09-05) 5 September 1993 19 2 Mineros de Guayana
3MF Cristian Martínez (1997-02-06) 6 February 1997 2 0 Columbus Crew
3MF Adalberto Carrasquilla (1998-11-28) 28 November 1998 0 0 Tauro
3MF José Luis Rodríguez (1998-06-19) 19 June 1998 5 0 Gent II
3MF Édgar Bárcenas (1993-10-23) 23 October 1993 31 0 Oviedo

4FW Ángel Orelién (2001-04-02) 2 April 2001 1 0 Sporting San Miguelito
4FW Gabriel Torres (1988-10-31) 31 October 1988 72 13 Huachipato
4FW Rolando Blackburn (1990-01-09)9 January 1990 (aged 28) 26 4 The Strongest

Player records

Most capped players

As of 28 June 2018, the players with the most appearances for Panama are:[20]

# Name Career Caps Goals
1 Gabriel Gómez 2003–2018 147 12
2 Jaime Penedo 2003–2018 134 0
3 Blas Pérez 2001–2018 120 43
4 Román Torres 2005–2018 114 10
5 Luis Tejada 2001–2018 107 43
6 Felipe Baloy 2001–2018 103 4
7 Armando Cooper 2006–present 100 7
8 Aníbal Godoy 2010–present 92 2
9 Alberto Quintero 2007–present 91 5
10 Luis Henríquez 2003–2016 89 2

Bold denotes still active players.

Top goalscorers

As of 28 June 2018, the players with the most goals for Panama are:[20]

# Name Career Goals Caps
1 Luis Tejada 2001–2018 43 107
Blas Pérez 2001–2018 43 120
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 16 54
7 Gabriel Torres 2006–present 14 74
8 Gabriel Gómez 2003–2018 12 147
9 Víctor René Mendieta 1980–2000 11 31
Ricardo Phillips 1996–2010 11 84

Bold denotes still active players.

Managers

Managers of the Panama national football team and their terms.

References

  1. 1 2 3 Barrie Courtney. "Panama – International Results". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 23 July 2013.
  2. "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. Retrieved 12 October 2017.
  3. "The wildest night in CONCACAF history? How the U.S. exit played out". ESPN. 11 October 2017. Retrieved 12 October 2017.
  4. "CONCACAF Championship, Gold Cup 2005". www.rsssf.com. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  5. "U.S. MNT Wins CONCACAF Gold Cup with 1-0 Victory against Panama". www.ussoccer.com. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  6. "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.
  7. FIFA.com. "2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ - Matches - Panama-Costa Rica - FIFA.com". FIFA.com. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  8. "Trinidad and Tobago 2-1 USA". BBC Sport. 11 October 2017. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  9. "Roman Torres: Panama's 'film star' footballer dreams of beating England at World Cup". BBC Sport. 24 March 2018. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  10. "Panama gets holiday after World Cup win". BBC News. 11 October 2017. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  11. "National holiday in Panama as World Cup place sealed | Goal.com". Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  12. "England get Belgium, Tunisia and Panama in World Cup draw". The Independent. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  13. FIFA.com. "2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ - Matches - Belgium - Panama - FIFA.com". www.fifa.com. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  14. Ducker, James; Bagchi, Rob (18 June 2018). "Romelu Lukaku double helps Belgium to winning World Cup start against Panama". The Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  15. Rathborn, Jack (24 June 2018). "Panama fans wildly celebrate first ever World Cup goal vs England". The Mirror. Retrieved 24 June 2018.
  16. "Match report – Group G – Belgium v Panama" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 18 June 2018. Archived (PDF) from the original on 18 June 2018. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  17. "Match report – Group G – England v Panama" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 24 June 2018. Archived (PDF) from the original on 24 June 2018. Retrieved 24 June 2018.
  18. "Match report – Group G – Panama v Tunisia" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 28 June 2018. Retrieved 28 June 2018.
  19. "Gary Stempel entrega convocatoria para partido ante Venezuela". Adán De Gracia-Esmenjaud. Retrieved August 24, 2018.
  20. 1 2 Roberto Mamrud. "Panama – Record International Players". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 23 March 2016.
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