The Panama national football team (Spanish: Selección de fútbol de Panamá) represents Panama in international football. The team is controlled 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.[6][7]

Panama finished as runners-up in the 2005 Gold Cup and 2013 Gold Cup. Panama has also competed in the sub-regional Central American Cup championship which they won in 2009.

History

The first Panama national football team was constituted in 1937.

Panama came close to advancing out of the fourth round of the qualifications 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.[3] However, nearly 4 years later, Los Canaleros would finally qualify to the World Cup after defeating Costa Rica 2-1, thus leaving the United States (who lost to Trinidad and Tobago 2-1) out of the World Cup, an exact revenge from the elimination of 4 years earlier.

Competition records

World Cup record

FIFA World Cup record
YearRoundPositionGPWD*LGFGA
1930Did Not Enter
1934
1938
1950
1954
1958
1962
1966
1970
1974
1978Did Not Qualify
1982
1986
1990
1994
1998
2002
2006
2010
2014
2018Qualified
Total1/21

CCCF Championship

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

  • 1941 – Fourth Place
  • 1943 – Did not enter
  • 1946 – Fifth Place
  • 1948 – Third Place
  • 1951 – Champions
  • 1953 – Seventh Place
  • 1955 – Did not enter
  • 1957 – Fourth Place
  • 1960 – Did not enter
  • 1961 – First Round

CONCACAF Championship

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

  • 1963 – First Round
  • Did not enter from 1965–1989.

CONCACAF Gold Cup

YearRoundGPWDLGFGA
1993Group Stage301238
2005Runners-up623176
2007Quarter-Finals411267
2009Quarter-Finals411275
2011Semi-Finals522176
2013Runners-up6411114
2015Third Place605167
2017Quarter-Finals421163
TotalTotal381215115346

Copa Centroamericana

Copa Centroamericana record
YearRoundPositionPldWDLGFGA
1991First Round
1993Third Place
1995Fifth Place
1997Fifth Place
1999Did not enter
2001Fourth Place
2003Fifth Place
2005Fourth Place
2007Runners-up
2009Champions
2011Third Place
2013Fifth Place
2015Third Place
2017Runners-up
Total13/14

Honors

Results and fixtures

  Win   Draw   Loss

2016

2017

Current Stage (Fifth Round)

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification
1 Mexico10631167+921Qualification to 2018 FIFA World Cup2–01–03–01–13–1
2 Costa Rica10442148+6161–10–01–14–02–1
3 10343910−1130–02–12–21–13–0
4 Honduras103431319−613Advance to inter-confederation play-offs3–21–10–11–13–1
5 United States103341713+4121–20–24–06–02–0
6 Trinidad and Tobago10208719−1260–10–21–01–22–1
Source:
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers

Players

Current squad

The following 21 players were called up for the friendly matches against  Iran on 9 November and  Wales on 14 November 2017.[8]
Caps and goals as of 14 November 2017 after the match against Wales.

0#0Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClub
11GKJaime Penedo(1981-09-26) 26 September 1981 1280 Dinamo București
121GKJosé Calderón(1985-08-14) 14 August 1985 290 Marathón

232DFFelipe Baloy (Captain)(1981-02-24) 24 February 1981 993 Municipal
152DFErick Davis(1991-03-31) 31 March 1991 360 Dunajská Streda
172DFLuis Ovalle(1988-09-07) 7 September 1988 230 Deportes Tolima
132DFRoberto Chen(1994-05-24) 24 May 1994 221 Árabe Unido
42DFFidel Escobar(1995-01-09) 9 January 1995 201 New York Red Bulls
22DFMichael Murillo(1996-02-15) 15 February 1996 192 New York Red Bulls
32DFJan Carlos Vargas(1995-03-13) 13 March 1995 70 Tauro

113MFArmando Cooper(1987-11-26) 26 November 1987 967 Toronto
83MFMarcos Sánchez(1989-12-23) 23 December 1989 352 Tauro
3MFRicardo Buitrago(1985-03-10) 10 March 1985 273 Juan Aurich
193MFJosiel Núñez(1993-01-29) 29 January 1993 131 Árabe Unido
3MFJosé González(1991-05-05) 5 May 1991 90 Árabe Unido
63MFManuel Vargas(1991-01-19) 19 January 1991 70 Chorrillo
163MFLeslie Heráldez(1993-03-30) 30 March 1993 50 Árabe Unido
203MFRicardo Ávila(1997-01-04) 4 January 1997 30 Gent II

74FWBlas Pérez(1981-03-13) 13 March 1981 11543 Municipal
94FWGabriel Torres(1988-10-31) 31 October 1988 7014 Lausanne-Sport
4FWIsmael Díaz(1997-05-12) 12 May 1997 102 Deportivo Fabril
4FWAlfredo Stephens(1995-03-13) 13 March 1995 101 Chorrillo

Recent call-ups

The following players have been called up within the last twelve months.

Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClubLatest call-up
GKÁlex Rodríguez(1990-08-05) 5 August 1990 60 San Franciscov.  Grenada, 24 October 2017
GKOrlando Mosquera(1994-12-25) 25 December 1994 00 Taurov.  Grenada, 24 October 2017
GKEric Hughes(1986-07-11) 11 July 1986 00 Plaza Amador2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE

DFRomán Torres(1986-03-20) 20 March 1986 10610 Seattle Soundersv.  Iran, 10 November 2017 INJ
DFAdolfo Machado(1985-02-14) 14 February 1985 721 Houston Dynamov.  Iran, 10 November 2017 INJ
DFRichard Peralta(1993-09-20) 20 September 1993 60 Taurov.  Grenada, 24 October 2017
DFAzmahar Ariano(1991-01-14) 14 January 1991 30 Árabe Unidov.  Grenada, 24 October 2017
DFSergio Ortega(1990-04-18) 18 April 1990 10 Plaza Amadorv.  Grenada, 24 October 2017
DFRoderick Miller(1992-04-03) 3 April 1992 281 Atlético Nacional2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup
DFÁngel Patrick(1992-02-27) 27 February 1992 50 Árabe Unido2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup
DFRichard Dixon(1992-03-28) 28 March 1992 80 Águila2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
DFHarold Cummings(1992-03-01) 1 March 1992 500 San Jose Earthquakes2017 Copa Centroamericana

MFGabriel Gómez(1984-05-29) 29 May 1984 14012 Atlético Bucaramangav.  Iran, 10 November 2017 INJ
MFAníbal Godoy(1990-02-10) 10 February 1990 852 San Jose Earthquakesv.  Iran, 10 November 2017 INJ
MFÉdgar Bárcenas(1993-10-23) 23 October 1993 250 Tapachulav.  Iran, 10 November 2017 INJ
MFChamell Asprilla(1998-08-11) 11 August 1998 10 Árabe Unidov.  Grenada, 24 October 2017
MFEduardo Guerrero(2000-02-21) 21 February 2000 10 Chorrillov.  Grenada, 24 October 2017
MFAlberto Quintero(1987-12-18) 18 December 1987 895 Universitariov.  Costa Rica, 10 October 2017
MFValentín Pimentel(1991-05-30) 30 May 1991 191 Plaza Amadorv.  Mexico, 1 September 2017 INJ
MFMiguel Camargo(1993-09-05) 5 September 1993 172 New York City2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup
MFArmando Polo(1990-04-02) 2 April 1990 40 Tauro2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
MFÓscar Villarreal(1995-02-03) 3 February 1995 20 Chorrillo2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
MFJosimar Gómez(1992-06-28) 28 June 1992 10 Árabe Unido2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
MFFrancisco Castañeda(1988-11-23) 23 November 1988 00 Atlético Veragüense2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE

FWLuis Tejada(1982-03-28) 28 March 1982 10443 Universitariov.  Iran, 10 November 2017 INJ
FWAbdiel Arroyo(1993-12-13) 13 December 1993 325 Danubiov.  Iran, 10 November 2017 INJ
FWRoberto Nurse(1983-12-16) 16 December 1983 193 Zacatecasv.  Iran, 10 November 2017 INJ
FWCarlos Small(1995-03-13) 13 March 1995 22 Árabe Unidov.  Grenada, 24 October 2017
FWRonaldo Dinolis(1994-11-17) 17 November 1994 12 Sporting San Miguelitov.  Grenada, 24 October 2017
FWJosé Fajardo(1993-08-18) 18 August 1993 10 Independiente Chorrerav.  Grenada, 24 October 2017
FWRicardo Clarke(1992-09-27) 27 September 1992 30 Boavista2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup
FWTony Taylor(1989-07-13) 13 July 1989 30 Jacksonville Armada2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
FWJorman Aguilar(1994-09-11) 11 September 1994 20 Estoril Praia2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
FWRolando Blackburn(1990-01-09) 9 January 1990 264 Chorrillo2017 Copa Centroamericana
FWEnrico Small(1989-05-01) 1 May 1989 20 Árabe Unido2017 Copa Centroamericana

Player records

Most capped players

As of November 14, 2017, the players with the most appearances for Panama are:[8]

#NameCareerCapsGoals
1Gabriel Gómez2003–present14012
2Jaime Penedo2003–present1280
3Blas Pérez2001–present11540
4Román Torres2005–present10610
5Luis Tejada2001–present10443
6Felipe Baloy2001–present993
7Armando Cooper2006–present967
8Luis Henríquez2003–2016892
9Alberto Quintero2007–present885
10Aníbal Godoy2010–present850

Bold denotes still active players.

Top goalscorers

As of November 14, 2017, the players with the most goals for Panama are:[8]

#NameCareerGoalsCaps
1Luis Tejada2001–present43104
2Blas Pérez2001–present43115
3Luis Ernesto Tapia1960–19792077
4Roberto Brown2000–20111649
5Gabriel Torres2006–present1470
6Jorge Dely Valdés1991–20051334
7Julio Dely Valdés1990–20051334
8Gabriel Gómez2003–present12140
9Víctor René Mendieta1980–20001131
10Ricardo Phillips1996–20101084
10Román Torres2005–present10106

Bold denotes still active players.

Managers

Managers of the Panama national football team and their terms.