Fifa Ranking: 56
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 playoff against New Zealand, but they conceded two goals in stoppage time and were eliminated, with Mexico taking the playoff slot instead. 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. Panama will make a debut appearance in the 2018 FIFA World Cup, facing European powerhouses Belgium and England, along with Africa’s Tunisia in Group G.
Panama In Fifa World Cup:
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.
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.
HERNAN DARIO GOMEZ:
PAN – CRC (2-1) 10 OCT 2017:
On a night of unprecedented drama in the CONCACAF region, Roman Torres ensured success shined on Panama, hammering home an 88th-minute winner against Costa Rica to secure their historic qualification.
With over a century of appearances for Panama, the well-traveled Perez offers valuable experience to the Central American side. The forward has appeared four World Cup qualifying campaigns, scoring 11 goals over that period.