Panama National Football Team, World Cup 2018
The Panama National Football Team is controlled by Panamanian Football Federation, the governing body for football in Panama. The team represents Panama in international football.
Panama finished the 2005 Gold Cup and 2013 Gold Cup as runners-up and has also competed in the sub-regional Central American Cup Championship 2009 making victory.
The most capped player on the team is Gabriel Gómez with 142 caps. Luis Tejada is the top goal scorer at present with 43 goals. FIFA has ranked the country in 56th position.
Hernán Darío Gómez, The Coach
Hernán Darío Gómez Jaramillo is the former Colombian player and currently manages the Panama national team. He became the manager of the Panama national team in February 2014.
Hernán Darío Gómez started his coaching career as an assistant to Francisco Maturana at Atletico Nacional. They also won 1989 Copa Libertadores at the time.
Gómez is one of only two people to have led three different national teams to a World Cup. He qualified Colombia to the 1998 World Cup, Ecuador to the 2002 World Cup and Panama to the 2018 World Cup. He led the Panama national team to their first World Cup.
Panamanian player, Román Torres plays as a Seattle Sounders FC and Panama national team. He is also regarded as the star player for the national side. Started his career from the Chepo F.C. in 2003, he has joined other clubs like La Equidad, Blackpool F.C., and Swancity F.C.
Torres scored a winning goal in the 88th minute of the game against Costa Rica securing their historic qualification at FIFA 18.
Municipal forward, Blas Antonio Miguel Pérez Ortega started his career with Panamá Viejo. He plays for the Panama national team.
Blas Perez debuted for Panama in a friendly match against El Salvador. As of June 2016, he earned 106 caps scoring 41 goals. He is Panama’s third all-time record cap behind Gabriel Gomez and Jaime Penedo and second all-time top scorer after Luis Tejada.
Perez has appeared in four World Cup qualifying campaigns scoring 11 goals at that period. He has represented Panama in 22 World Cup qualification matches.
Here's the list of Panama's 23-man list for World Cup 2018.
|Jaime Penedo (Dinamo Bucharest), Jose Calderon (Chorrillo FC), Alex Rodriguez (San Francisco FC)||Michael Murillo (New York Red Bulls), Harold Cummings (San Jose Earthquakes), Fidel Escobar (New York Red Bulls), Roman Torres (Seattle Sounders FC), Adolfo Machado (Houston Dynamo), Eric Davis (DAC Dunajska Streda), Luis Ovalle (CD Olimpia), Felipe Baloy (CSD Municipal)||Gabriel Gomez (Atletico Bucaramanga), Edgar Barcenas (Cafetaleros de Tapachula), Armando Cooper (Club Universidad de Chile), Valentin Pimentel (Plaza Amador), Alberto Quintero (Universitario Lima), Anibal Godoy (San Jose Earthquakes), Jose Luis Rodriguez (KAA Gent)||Blas Perez (CSD Municipal), Gabriel Torres (CD Huachipato), Ismael Diaz (Deportivo La Coruña), Abdiel Arroyo (LD Alajuelense), Luis Tejada (Sport Boys)|
World Cup 2018
Panama will be appearing in their first World Cup in the history. The team has secured their place in the 2018 World Cup qualifying the match against Costa Rica in a 2-1 victory.
Also look at this Schedule of World Cup for more details about the matches.