Panama national football team


Panama
Nickname(s)Los Canaleros
(The Canal Men)
La Marea Roja
(The Red Tide)
AssociationFederación Panameña de Fútbol
ConfederationCONCACAF (North America)
Sub-confederationUNCAF (Central America)
Head coachThomas Christiansen
CaptainHarold Cummings
Most capsGabriel Gómez (149)
Top scorerLuis Tejada (43)
Home stadiumEstadio Rommel Fernández
FIFA codePAN
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 78 (27 May 2021)[1]
Highest29 (March 2014)
Lowest150 (August 1995)
First international
 Panama 3–1 Venezuela 
(Panama City, Panama; 12 February 1938)[2]
Biggest win
 Anguilla 0–13 Panama 
(Panama City, Panama; 5 June 2021)
Biggest defeat
 Panama 0–11 Costa Rica 
(Panama City, Panama; 16 February 1938)
World Cup
Appearances1 (first in 2018)
Best resultGroup stage (2018)
Gold Cup
Appearances11 (first in 1963)
Best resultRunners-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.[3][4]

Panama finished as runners-up in the 2005 Gold Cup[5] and 2013 Gold Cup,[6] 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


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.[7]

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

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.[13] 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.[14][15] 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.[16] 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

2020

10 October Friendly Costa Rica  0–1  Panama San José, Costa Rica
Report
Stadium: Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica (2011)
Attendance: 0
Referee: Keylor Herrera (Costa Rica)
13 October Friendly Costa Rica  0–1  Panama San José, Costa Rica
Report
Stadium: Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica (2011)
Attendance: 0
Referee: J. Calderón (Costa Rica)
13 November Friendly Japan  1–0  Panama Graz, Austria
15:15 UTC+1
Report
Stadium: Liebenauer Stadium
Referee: Christian-Petru Ciochirca (Austria)
16 November Friendly United States  6–2  Panama Wiener Neustadt, Austria
14:45 ET Reyna  18'
Gioacchini  22', 26'
Soto  83', 90+1'
Lletget  87'
Report Fajardo  8', 79' Stadium: Stadion Wiener Neustadt

2021

28 January Friendly Panama  0–0  Serbia Panama City, Panama
19:00 (UTC−5) Stadium: Estadio Rommel Fernández
Referee: Ameth Ariel Sánchez Pinzón (Panama)
28 March 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying Dominica  1–2  Panama Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
16:00 UTC−4
Report
Stadium: Félix Sánchez Olympic Stadium
Referee: Marco Antonio Ortíz Nava (Mexico)
5 June 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying Anguilla  0–13  Panama Panama City, Panama
19:00 UTC-5 Report
Stadium: Estadio Nacional de Panamá
Referee: Sergio Reyna (Guatemala)
12 June 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying Panama  2–1  Curaçao Panama City, Panama
18:15 UTC−5
Report
Stadium: Estadio Nacional Rod Carew
Referee: Jaime Herrera Bonilla (El Salvador)
15 June 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying Curaçao  0–0  Panama Willemstad, Curaçao
19:00 UTC−4 Report Stadium: Ergilio Hato Stadium
Referee: Marco Ortíz (Mexico)
30 June Friendly Mexico  3–0  Panama Nashville, United States
19:00 UTC−7
Report Stadium: Nissan Stadium
Attendance: 30,386
Referee: Kevin Morrison (Jamaica)
13 July 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup Qatar  3–3  Panama Houston, United States
19:57 UTC−5
Report
Stadium: BBVA Stadium
Attendance: 10,625
Referee: César Ramos (Mexico)
17 July 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup Panama  2–3  Honduras Houston, United States
20:30 UTC−5
Report
Stadium: BBVA Stadium
Referee: Bakary Gassama (Gambia)
20 July 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup Panama  3–1  Grenada Orlando, United States
23:30 UTC−5
Report
Stadium: Exploria Stadium
Referee: César Ramos (Mexico)

Players


Current squad

The following 23 players were called up for the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Caps and goals as of 22 July 2021, after the match against Grenada.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
12 1GK José Calderón (1985-08-14) 14 August 1985 (age 35) 42 0 Cobán Imperial
1 1GK Luis Mejía (1991-03-16) 16 March 1991 (age 30) 32 0 Fénix
22 1GK Orlando Mosquera (1994-12-25) 25 December 1994 (age 26) 4 0 Boluspor

13 2DF Adolfo Machado (1985-02-14) 14 February 1985 (age 36) 93 2 San Carlos
3 2DF Harold Cummings (Captain) (1992-03-01) 1 March 1992 (age 29) 75 1 Always Ready
15 2DF Eric Davis (1991-03-31) 31 March 1991 (age 30) 59 3 Dunajská Streda
16 2DF Roderick Miller (1992-04-03) 3 April 1992 (age 29) 30 1 San Francisco
2 2DF Francisco Palacios (1990-12-10) 10 December 1990 (age 30) 18 1 San Francisco
5 2DF Richard Peralta (1993-09-20) 20 September 1993 (age 27) 12 0 Tauro
4 2DF Omar Córdoba (1994-06-13) 13 June 1994 (age 27) 3 0 Independiente

11 3MF Armando Cooper (1987-11-26) 26 November 1987 (age 33) 118 9 Árabe Unido
19 3MF Alberto Quintero (1987-12-18) 18 December 1987 (age 33) 109 7 Universitario
10 3MF Édgar Bárcenas (1993-10-23) 23 October 1993 (age 27) 51 2 Girona
23 3MF Miguel Camargo (1993-09-05) 5 September 1993 (age 27) 32 2 Independiente Medellín
7 3MF José Luis Rodríguez (1998-06-19) 19 June 1998 (age 23) 26 2 Lugo
8 3MF Adalberto Carrasquilla (1998-11-28) 28 November 1998 (age 22) 19 1 Cartagena
21 3MF César Yanis (1996-01-28) 28 January 1996 (age 25) 17 1 Deportivo del Este
20 3MF Abdiel Ayarza (1992-09-12) 12 September 1992 (age 28) 13 2 Cienciano
6 3MF Víctor Griffith (2000-12-12) 12 December 2000 (age 20) 10 0 Árabe Unido

9 4FW Gabriel Torres (1988-10-31) 31 October 1988 (age 32) 96 22 UNAM
14 4FW Rolando Blackburn (1990-01-09) 9 January 1990 (age 31) 40 8 Sporting Cristal
17 4FW José Fajardo (1993-08-18) 18 August 1993 (age 27) 20 3 9 de Octubre
18 4FW Jorman Aguilar (1994-09-11) 11 September 1994 (age 26) 9 1 San Carlos

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 José Guerra (1994-09-12) 12 September 1994 (age 26) 1 0 Universitario 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
GK Marcos Allen (1999-02-08) 8 February 1999 (age 22) 0 0 Atlético Sanluqueño v.  United States, 16 November 2020

DF Andrés Andrade (1998-10-16) 16 October 1998 (age 22) 9 0 LASK 2021 CONCACAF Gold CupINJ
DF Fidel Escobar (1995-01-09) 9 January 1995 (age 26) 43 1 Córdoba 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
DF Michael Amir Murillo (1996-02-11) 11 February 1996 (age 25) 42 2 Anderlecht 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
DF Óscar Linton (1993-01-29) 29 January 1993 (age 28) 4 0 Imabari 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
DF Alejandro Yearwood (1996-04-29) 29 April 1996 (age 25) 3 0 Árabe Unido 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
DF Carlos Harvey (2000-02-03) 3 February 2000 (age 21) 2 0 LA Galaxy II 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
DF Pablo Correa (1998-07-14) 14 July 1998 (age 23) 0 0 Anorthosis Famagusta 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
DF Jorge Méndez (2001-04-06) 6 April 2001 (age 20) 0 0 Universitario 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
DF Kevin Calderón (2000-09-07) 7 September 2000 (age 20) 0 0 Universitario 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
DF Manuel Gamboa (1999-02-05) 5 February 1999 (age 22) 0 0 Plaza Amador 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
DF Richard Peralta (1993-09-20) 20 September 1993 (age 27) 8 0 Tauro v.  Anguilla, 5 June 2021
DF Jiovany Ramos (1997-01-26) 26 January 1997 (age 24) 5 0 Atlético Venezuela Training camp, 26 May 2021
DF César Blackman (1998-04-02) 2 April 1998 (age 23) 4 0 Dunajská Streda Training camp, 26 May 2021
DF Francisco Vence (1992-04-11) 11 April 1992 (age 29) 1 0 CAI La Chorrera v.  Serbia, 28 January 2021

MF Aníbal Godoy (1990-02-10) 10 February 1990 (age 31) 106 2 Nashville SC 2021 CONCACAF Gold CupINJ
MF Cristian Martínez (1997-02-06) 6 February 1997 (age 24) 7 0 Plaza Amador 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
MF Jiovany Ramos (1997-01-26) 26 January 1997 (age 24) 3 0 Atlético Venezuela 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
MF Ángel Orelien (2001-04-02) 2 April 2001 (age 20) 2 0 Cruz Azul 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
MF Juan González (1991-10-17) 17 October 1991 (age 29) 1 0 CAI La Chorrera 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
MF Yoameth Murillo (2001-11-07) 7 November 2001 (age 19) 0 0 Costa del Este 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
MF Omar Browne (1994-05-03) 3 May 1994 (age 27) 10 0 Forge Training camp, 26 May 2021
MF Óscar Villarreal (1995-02-03) 3 February 1995 (age 26) 2 0 Costa del Este Training camp, 26 May 2021
MF Irving Gudiño (2000-11-15) 15 November 2000 (age 20) 2 0 Marbella v.  United States, 16 November 2020
MF Juan Tejada (1997-01-14) 14 January 1997 (age 24) 1 0 Tampa Bay Rowdies v.  United States, 16 November 2020

FW Cecilio Waterman (1991-04-13) 13 April 1991 (age 30) 13 4 Everton 2021 CONCACAF Gold CupINJ
FW Ismael Díaz (1997-05-12) 12 May 1997 (age 24) 12 2 Tauro 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
FW Alfredo Stephens (1994-12-25) 25 December 1994 (age 26) 12 1 Aragua 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
FW José Murillo (1995-02-24) 24 February 1995 (age 26) 3 1 Comunicaciones 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
FW Eduardo Guerrero (2000-02-21) 21 February 2000 (age 21) 3 0 Maccabi Tel Aviv 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
FW Ricardo Clarke (1992-09-27) 27 September 1992 (age 28) 0 0 San Miguelito 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
FW Newton Williams (2001-01-02) 2 January 2001 (age 20) 0 0 Palmeiras 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
FW Jair Catuy (1992-01-28) 28 January 1992 (age 29) 5 3 Árabe Unido v.  Anguilla, 5 June 2021
FW Abdiel Arroyo (1993-12-13) 13 December 1993 (age 27) 48 7 Maccabi Petah Tikva v.  United States, 16 November 2020

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

Player records


As of 30 June 2021[17]
Players in bold are still active, at least at club level.

Managers


Managers of the Panama national football team and their terms.

Competitive record


FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup record Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Squad Pld W D L GF GA
1930 Not a FIFA member Not a FIFA member
1934
1938 Did not enter Declined participation
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 Squad 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

CONCACAF Gold Cup

CONCACAF Championship & Gold Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Squad
1963Group stage6th412184Squad
1965Did not enter
1967Did not qualify
1969
1971Did not enter
1973
1977Did not qualify
1981
1985
1989
1991Did not enter
1993Group stage7th301238Squad
1996Did not qualify
1998
2000
2002
2003
2005Runners-up2nd623176Squad
2007Quarter-finals6th411267Squad
2009Quarter-finals7th411275Squad
2011Semi-finals3rd522176Squad
2013Runners-up2nd 6411114Squad
2015Third place3rd605167Squad
2017Quarter-finals5th421163Squad
2019Quarter-finals7th420264Squad
2021Group stage9th311187Squad
TotalRunners-up11/26491618157561

CONCACAF Nations League

CONCACAF Nations League record
Season Division Group Pld W D L GF GA P/R RK
2019−20 A B 4 1 0 3 5 9 8th
2022–23 A To be determined
Total 4 1 0 3 5 9 8th

Copa América

Copa América record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Squad
19931 Not Invited
1995
1997
1999
2001
2004
2007
2011
2015
20162Group stage12th3102410Squad
2019 Not Invited
2021
TotalGroup stage1/123102410
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

Copa Centroamericana record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
1991Preliminary round7th210123
1993Third place3rd301215
1995Fifth place5th200203
1997Fifth place5th200207
1999Did not enter
2001Fourth place4th301236
2003Fifth place5th511345
2005Fourth place4th410315
2007Runners-up2nd641152
2009Champions1st421123
2011Third place3rd540171
2013Fifth place5th202011
2014Third place3rd321052
2017Runners-up2nd531142
Total1 Title13/1446189193545

CCCF Championship

CCCF Championship record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
1941Fourth place4th41121116
1943Did not enter
1946Fifth place5th5113516
1948Third place3rd84041924
1951Champions1st4310133
1953Seventh place7th6015616
1955Did not enter
1957Fourth place4th410338
1960Did not enter
1961First round7th4103311
Total1 Title7/1035114206094

Honours


Major competitions

Minor competitions

See also


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