Panama - World Cup Preview

Updated: Jun 9, 2018


History in the World Cup:


This is the first time Panama have qualified for a FIFA World Cup. Their recent experiences at major tournaments are the Copa America Centenario in 2016 and Gold Cup in 2017 where they reached the quarterfinals.


Current Form:


They've won 3,drawn 2 and lost 5 of their last 10 games,scoring 10 and conceding 16. They won 3, drew 4 and lost 3 during a fairytale qualification which saw them edge out Honduras to qualify on the final match day of the qualification campaign. However , they scored only 9 goals and conceded 10 during that period which shows that games involving them tend to be low-scoring affairs.


Squad:


Goalkeepers: Jaime Penedo (Dinamo Bucharest), Jose Calderon (Chorrillo FC), Alex Rodriguez (San Francisco FC).

Defenders: 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).


Midfielders: 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).


Forwards: Blas Perez (CSD Municipal), Gabriel Torres (CD Huachipato), Ismael Diaz (Deportivo La Coruña), Abdiel Arroyo (LD Alajuelense), Luis Tejada (Sport Boys).


Key Player:


Blas Perez

Blas Perez: He is the joint top-scorer in the national team's history with 43 goals. The former Liga MX and MLS striker is 37 years old, but he is one of the best players the country has ever produced. And he's coming off a solid season with Municipal of Guatemala, scoring 13 goals. His experience and quality will be key to Panama's hopes of causing an upset in Russia.


Current Rankings


FIFA :

Current - 55

Highest - 29


ELO :

Current - 48

Highest - 28

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