Panama national football team
|Nickname(s)||Los Canaleros |
(The Canal Men)
La Marea Roja
(The Red Tide)
|Association||Federación Panameña de Fútbol|
|Confederation||CONCACAF (North America)|
|Sub-confederation||UNCAF (Central America)|
|Head coach||Thomas Christiansen|
|Most caps||Gabriel Gómez (149)|
|Top scorer||Luis Tejada (43)|
|Home stadium||Estadio Rommel Fernández|
|Current||78 (27 May 2021)|
|Highest||29 (March 2014)|
|Lowest||150 (August 1995)|
| Panama 3–1 Venezuela |
(Panama City, Panama; 12 February 1938)
| Anguilla 0–13 Panama |
(Panama City, Panama; 5 June 2021)
| Panama 0–11 Costa Rica |
(Panama City, Panama; 16 February 1938)
|Appearances||1 (first in 2018)|
|Best result||Group stage (2018)|
|Appearances||11 (first in 1963)|
|Best result||Runners-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.
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 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.
This section is missing information about Panama football team prior to 21st century. (November 2020)
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.
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, which meant that the United States, who lost to Trinidad and Tobago 2–1, failed to qualify for the first time since 1986. Román Torres, who scored the winning goal in the 88th minute, was subsequently considered a national hero. 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".
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. 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. 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. 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
|25 February Friendly||Nicaragua||0–0||Panama||Managua, Nicaragua|
|Report||Stadium: Nicaragua National Football Stadium|
|4 March Friendly||Guatemala||0–2||Panama||Guatemala City, Guatemala|
|Report||Stadium: Estadio Doroteo Guamuch Flores|
|10 October Friendly||Costa Rica||0–1||Panama||San José, Costa Rica|
||Stadium: Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica (2011)|
Referee: Keylor Herrera (Costa Rica)
|13 October Friendly||Costa Rica||0–1||Panama||San José, Costa Rica|
||Stadium: Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica (2011)|
Referee: J. Calderón (Costa Rica)
|13 November Friendly||Japan||1–0||Panama||Graz, Austria|
||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'
|Report||Fajardo 8', 79'||Stadium: Stadion Wiener Neustadt|
|28 January Friendly||Panama||0–0||Serbia||Panama City, Panama|
|19:00 (UTC−5)||Stadium: Estadio Rommel Fernández|
Referee: Ameth Ariel Sánchez Pinzón (Panama)
|25 March 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying||Panama||1–0||Barbados||Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic|
||Report||Stadium: Estadio Olímpico Félix Sánchez|
Referee: Nima Saghafi (United States)
|28 March 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying||Dominica||1–2||Panama||Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic|
||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)
|8 June 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying||Panama||3–0||Dominican Republic||Panama City, Panama|
|20:00 UTC-5||Report||Stadium: Estadio Nacional de Panamá|
Referee: Walter López Castellanos (Guatemala)
|12 June 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying||Panama||2–1||Curaçao||Panama City, Panama|
||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|
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|
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|
||Stadium: Exploria Stadium|
Referee: César Ramos (Mexico)
The following players have been called up within the past year.
Most capped players
Managers of the Panama national football team and their terms.
FIFA World Cup
|FIFA World Cup record||Qualification record|
|1930||Not a FIFA member||Not a FIFA member|
|1938||Did not enter||Declined participation|
|1978||Did not qualify||6||1||1||4||7||21|
|2022||To be determined||To be determined|
|FIFA World Cup history|
|First Match|| Belgium 3–0 Panama |
(18 June 2018; Sochi, Russia)
|Biggest Defeat|| England 6–1 Panama |
(24 June 2018; Nizhny Novgorod, Russia)
|Best Result||Group stage (2018)|
CONCACAF Gold Cup
|CONCACAF Championship & Gold Cup record|
|1965||Did not enter|
|1967||Did not qualify|
|1971||Did not enter|
|1977||Did not qualify|
|1991||Did not enter|
|1996||Did not qualify|
|CONCACAF Championship & Gold Cup history|
|First Match|| El Salvador 1–1 Panama |
(23 March 1963; San Salvador, El Salvador)
|Biggest Win|| Panama 6–1 Cuba|
(20 July 2013; Atlanta, United States)
|Biggest Defeat|| Honduras 5–1 Panama |
(10 July 1993; Dallas, United States)
|Best Result||Runners-up (2005, 2013)|
|Worst Result||Group stage (1963, 1993, 2021)|
CONCACAF Nations League
|CONCACAF Nations League record|
|2022–23||A||To be determined|
|CONCACAF Nations League history|
|First Match|| Bermuda 1–4 Panama |
(5 September 2019; Hamilton, Bermuda)
|Biggest Win|| Bermuda 1–4 Panama |
(5 September 2019; Hamilton, Bermuda)
|Biggest Defeat|| Panama 0–3 Mexico |
(15 November 2019; Panama City, Panama)
|Copa América record|
- 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 record|
|1999||Did not enter|
|CCCF Championship record|
|1943||Did not enter|
|1955||Did not enter|
|1960||Did not enter|
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- "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.
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- "Trinidad and Tobago 2-1 USA". BBC Sport. 11 October 2017. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
- "Roman Torres: Panama's 'film star' footballer dreams of beating England at World Cup". BBC Sport. 24 March 2018. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
- "Panama gets holiday after World Cup win". BBC News. 11 October 2017. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
- "National holiday in Panama as World Cup place sealed | Goal.com". Retrieved 18 June 2018.
- "England get Belgium, Tunisia and Panama in World Cup draw". The Independent. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
- FIFA.com. "2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ - Matches - Belgium - Panama - FIFA.com". www.fifa.com. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
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- Rathborn, Jack (24 June 2018). "Panama fans wildly celebrate first ever World Cup goal vs England". The Mirror. Retrieved 24 June 2018.
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