Panama national football team
Los Canaleros (The Canal Men)|
La Marea Roja (The Red Tide)
|Association||Federación Panameña de Fútbol|
|Sub-confederation||UNCAF (Central America)|
|Head coach||Gary Stempel|
|Most caps||Gabriel Gómez (147)|
|Top scorer||Luis Tejada, Blas Pérez (43)|
|Home stadium||Estadio Rommel Fernández|
|Highest||29 (March 2014)|
|Lowest||150 (August 1995)|
|Highest||28 (July 2013)|
|Lowest||151 (June 1984)|
(Panama City, Panama; 12 February 1938)
(Barranquilla, Colombia; 13 December 1946)
(Panama City, Panama; 16 February 1938)
|Appearances||1 (first in 2018)|
|Best result||Group Stage (2018)|
& 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 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 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.
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.
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, 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. 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. 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".
2018 World Cup
Panama were drawn in a group with European giants Belgium and England, and African side Tunisia, in Group G. 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. 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. 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
|1||3||3||0||0||9||2||+7||9||Advance to knockout stage|
World Cup record
|FIFA World Cup record||FIFA World Cup Qualification record|
|Did not enter||Declined participation|
|Did not qualify||6||1||1||4||7||21|
|To be determined||To be determined|
The CCCF tournament began in 1941, but was later abolished in 1961.
The CONCACAF Championship tournament began in 1963, but was later abolished in 1989.
- 1963 – First Round
CONCACAF Gold Cup
|Copa Centroamericana record|
|Did not enter|
Results and fixtures
Win Draw Loss
|22 March 2018 Friendly||Denmark
|21:00 CET (UTC+1)||Sisto
||Report||Stadium: Brøndby Stadium
Referee: Neil Doyle (Ireland)
|27 March 2018 Friendly||Switzerland
|20:00 CEST (UTC+2)||Džemaili
Referee: Oliver Drachta (Austria)
|17 April 2018 Friendly||Trinidad and Tobago
||0–1||Couva, Trinidad and Tobago|
|18:30 AST (UTC–4)||Report||Núñez
||Stadium: Ato Boldon Stadium
Referee: Reon Radix (Grenada)
|29 May 2018 Friendly||Panama
||0–0||Panama City, Panama|
|20:00 EST (UTC−5)||Report||Stadium: Estadio Rommel Fernandez
Referee: Henry Bejarano (Costa Rica)
|6 June 2018 Friendly||Norway
|19:00 CEST (UTC+2)||King
||Report||Stadium: Ullevaal Stadion
Referee: Serdar Gözübüyük (Netherlands)
|18 June 2018 2018 WC Group G||Belgium
|18:00 MSK (UTC+3)||Mertens
|Report||Stadium: Fisht Olympic Stadium
Referee: Janny Sikazwe (Zambia)
|24 June 2018 2018 WC Group G||England
||6–1||Nizhny Novgorod, Russia|
|15:00 MSK (UTC+3)||Stones
||Stadium: Nizhny Novgorod Stadium
Referee: Gehad Grisha (Egypt)
|28 June 2018 2018 WC Group G||Panama
|21:00 MSK (UTC+3)||Meriah
||Report||F. Ben Youssef
|Stadium: Mordovia Arena
Referee: Nawaf Shukralla (Bahrain)
|11 September 2018 Friendly||Panama
||v||Panama City, Panama|
|Stadium: Estadio Rommel Fernandez
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|GK||Luis Mejia||16 March 1991||15||0|
|GK||Marcos Allen||8 February 1999||1||0|
|DF||Michael Murillo||15 February 1996||23||1|
|DF||Fidel Escobar||9 January 1995||25||1|
|DF||Francisco Palacios||10 December 1990||1||0|
|DF||Román Torres (Captain)||20 March 1986||109||10|
|DF||Chin Hormechea||12 May 1996||2||0|
|DF||Guillermo Benítez||8 December 1993||1||0|
|DF||Kevin Galván||10 March 1996||1||0|
|MF||Aníbal Godoy||10 February 1990||89||1|
|MF||Miguel Camargo||5 September 1993||19||2|
|MF||Cristian Martínez||6 February 1997||2||0|
|MF||Adalberto Carrasquilla||28 November 1998||0||0|
|MF||José Luis Rodríguez||19 June 1998||5||0|
|MF||Édgar Bárcenas||23 October 1993||31||0|
|FW||Ángel Orelién||2 April 2001||1||0|
|FW||Gabriel Torres||31 October 1988||72||13|
|FW||Rolando Blackburn||9 January 1990 (aged 28)||26||4|
Most capped players
Bold denotes still active players.
|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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