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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 81 Steady (17 September 2020)[1]
Highest29 (March 2014)
Lowest150 (August 1995)
Elo ranking
Current 79 Decrease 3 (16 September 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 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 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 conceded two goals in stoppage time and were eliminated, with Mexico taking the playoff slot instead.[8]

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,[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

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

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
Mordovia Arena, Saransk
Attendance: 37,168[20]
Referee: Nawaf Shukralla (Bahrain)

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
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

The CCCF tournament began in 1941, but was later abolished in 1961.

CONCACAF Championship

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

CONCACAF Gold Cup

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
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
Total 10/25 10/27 46 15 17 14 67 54

Copa Centroamericana

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

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

Results and fixtures

  Win ‹See Tfd›   Draw ‹See Tfd›   Loss ‹See Tfd›

The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.

2019

8 September 2019 Nations League APanama 0–2 BermudaPanama City, Panama
21:00 ET (UTC–5) Report
Stadium: Estadio Rommel Fernández
Referee: Nitzar Sandoval (Nicaragua)
15 October 2019 Nations League AMexico 3–1 PanamaMexico City, Mexico
21:30
Report
Stadium: Estadio Azteca
Referee: Iván Barton (El Salvador)

2020

Players

Current squad

The following players were called up for the friendly matches against Nicaragua on 25 February and Guatemala on 4 March 2020.
Caps and goals as of 4 March 2020, after the match against Guatemala.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK José Calderón (1985-08-14) 14 August 1985 (age 35) 41 0 Guatemala Comunicaciones
1GK José Guerra (1994-09-12) 12 September 1994 (age 26) 1 0 Panama Independiente La Chorrera
1GK Marcos Allen (1999-02-08) 8 February 1999 (age 21) 0 0 Spain Atlético Sanluqueño

2DF Jan Carlos Vargas (1994-09-27) 27 September 1994 (age 25) 11 0 Spain Barakaldo
2DF Francisco Palacios (1990-12-10) 10 December 1990 (age 29) 10 0 Panama San Francisco
2DF José Murillo (1995-02-24) 24 February 1995 (age 25) 2 1 Guatemala Comunicaciones
2DF Óscar Linton (1993-01-29) 29 January 1993 (age 27) 2 0 Panama Costa del Este
2DF Jiovany Ramos (1997-01-26) 26 January 1997 (age 23) 2 0 Panama San Francisco
2DF Gilberto Hernández (1997-06-26) 26 June 1997 (age 23) 0 0 Panama Árabe Unido

3MF Josiel Núñez (1993-01-29) 29 January 1993 (age 27) 15 2 Panama Universitario
3MF Alfredo Stephens (1994-12-25) 25 December 1994 (age 25) 13 1 Panama Universitario
3MF Rolando Botello (1991-11-20) 20 November 1991 (age 28) 8 0 Panama Tauro
3MF Omar Browne (1994-05-03) 3 May 1994 (age 26) 8 0 Israel Hapoel Tel Aviv
3MF Ricardo Clarke (1992-09-27) 27 September 1992 (age 27) 6 0 Panama Sporting San Miguelito
3MF Irving Gudiño (2000-11-15) 15 November 2000 (age 19) 2 0 Spain Marbella
3MF César Yanis (1996-01-28) 28 January 1996 (age 24) 2 0 Panama Costa del Este
3MF Alejandro Yearwood (1996-04-29) 29 April 1996 (age 24) 2 0 Panama Árabe Unido
3MF Iván Anderson (1997-11-24) 24 November 1997 (age 22) 1 0 Panama Tauro
3MF Alejandro Ferrera (1998-09-20) 20 September 1998 (age 21) 1 0 Spain Melilla
3MF Jhamal Rodríguez (1995-01-28) 28 January 1995 (age 25) 1 0 Panama San Francisco

4FW Edwin Aguilar (1985-08-07) 7 August 1985 (age 35) 31 7 Panama Tauro
4FW Carlos Small (1995-03-13) 13 March 1995 (age 25) 6 2 Panama Árabe Unido

Recent call-ups

The following players have been called up within the past year.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Jorginho Frías (2001-03-21) 21 March 2001 (age 19) 0 0 Panama Tauro v.  Mexico, 15 November 2019
GK Luis Mejía (1991-03-16) 16 March 1991 (age 29) 24 0 Uruguay Nacional v.  Mexico, 15 October 2019

DF Román Torres (Captain) (1986-03-20) 20 March 1986 (age 34) 119 10 United States Inter Miami v.  Mexico, 15 November 2019
DF Adolfo Machado (1985-02-14) 14 February 1985 (age 35) 87 2 Costa Rica Alajuelense v.  Mexico, 15 November 2019
DF Fidel Escobar (1995-01-09) 9 January 1995 (age 25) 43 1 Spain Alcorcón 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
DF César Blackman (1998-04-02) 2 April 1998 (age 22) 4 0 Slovakia Dunajská Streda v.  Mexico, 15 November 2019
DF Andrés Andrade (1998-10-16) 16 October 1998 (age 21) 1 0 Austria LASK v.  Mexico, 15 November 2019
DF Erick Davis (1991-03-31) 31 March 1991 (age 29) 52 1 Slovakia Dunajská Streda v.  Mexico, 15 October 2019
DF Harold Cummings (1992-03-01) 1 March 1992 (age 28) 65 1 Chile Unión Española v.  Bermuda, 8 September 2019
DF Michael Murillo (1996-02-15) 15 February 1996 (age 24) 37 2 Belgium Anderlecht v.  Bermuda, 8 September 2019
DF Luis Ovalle (1988-09-07) 7 September 1988 (age 32) 26 0 Panama Plaza Amador v.  Bermuda, 8 September 2019

MF Armando Cooper (1987-11-26) 26 November 1987 (age 32) 112 9 Israel Hapoel Tel Aviv v.  Mexico, 15 November 2019
MF Alberto Quintero (1987-12-18) 18 December 1987 (age 32) 102 4 Peru Universitario v.  Mexico, 15 November 2019
MF Édgar Bárcenas (1993-10-23) 23 October 1993 (age 26) 41 2 Mexico Tijuana v.  Mexico, 15 November 2019
MF José Luis Rodríguez (1998-06-19) 19 June 1998 (age 22) 19 0 Spain Lugo v.  Mexico, 15 November 2019
MF Abdiel Ayarza (1992-09-12) 12 September 1992 (age 28) 2 0 Peru Cienciano v.  Mexico, 15 November 2019
MF Carlos Harvey (2000-02-03) 3 February 2000 (age 20) 1 0 United States LA Galaxy v.  Mexico, 15 November 2019
MF Luis Choy (1996-03-05) 5 March 1996 (age 24) 0 0 Colombia Atlético Huila v.  Mexico, 15 November 2019
MF Aníbal Godoy (1990-02-10) 10 February 1990 (age 30) 100 1 United States Nashville v.  Mexico, 15 November 2019 INJ
MF Adalberto Carrasquilla (1998-11-28) 28 November 1998 (age 21) 9 1 Spain Cartagena v.  Mexico, 15 November 2019 INJ
MF Ángel Orelién (2001-04-02) 2 April 2001 (age 19) 2 0 Mexico Cruz Azul Hidalgo v.  Mexico, 15 October 2019

FW Gabriel Torres (1988-10-31) 31 October 1988 (age 31) 87 18 Ecuador Independiente del Valle v.  Mexico, 15 November 2019
FW Abdiel Arroyo (1993-12-13) 13 December 1993 (age 26) 49 7 Australia Newcastle Jets v.  Mexico, 15 November 2019
FW José Fajardo (1993-08-18) 18 August 1993 (age 27) 10 0 Panama Independiente La Chorrera v.  Mexico, 15 November 2019
FW Cecilio Waterman (1991-04-13) 13 April 1991 (age 29) 8 0 Chile Universidad de Concepción v.  Mexico, 15 November 2019
FW Jorlian Sánchez (1996-03-17) 17 March 1996 (age 24) 1 0 Mexico UdeG v.  Mexico, 15 October 2019
FW Rolando Blackburn (1990-01-09) 9 January 1990 (age 30) 38 6 Bolivia The Strongest v.  Bermuda, 8 September 2019

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

Player records

Most capped players

As of 8 September 2019, the players with the most appearances for Panama are:[21]

# 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

As of 8 September 2019, the players with the most goals for Panama are:[21]

# 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

Managers of the Panama national football team and their terms.

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