Panama is all set to make this debut best of all the time, and for that, they will move heaven and earth. After taking eleven attempts now finally the 12th one becomes the best one, and they got to qualify in the FIFA. So let us know tidbits of Panama as a team.
WORLD CUP HISTORY:
As I shared with you about the debut of the team, it is their first time in the competition when Panama qualified in the FIFA World Cup after taking eleven unsuccessful attempts. This time they are going to flaunt their skills in Russia which also got the hosting for the first time.
Goalkeepers: Jose Calderon (Chorrillo), Jaime Penedo (Dinamo Bucharest, Romania), Alex Rodríguez (San Francisco FC).
Defenders: Felipe Baloy (CSD Municipal), Harold Cummings (San Jose Earthquakes), Eric Davis (Dunajska Streda), Fidel Escobar (New York Red Bulls), Adolfo Machado (Houston Dynamo), Michael Murillo (New York Red Bulls), Luis Ovalle (CD Olimpia), Roman Torres (Seattle Sounders).
Midfielders: (Universidad San Martín de Porres), Armando Cooper (Club Universidad de Chile), Anibal Godoy (San Jose Earthquakes), Gabriel Gomez (Bucaramanga), Valentin Pimentel (Plaza Amador), Alberto Quintero (Universitario de Lima), Jose Luis Rodríguez (KAA Gent).
Forwards: Abdiel Arroyo (LD Alajuelense), Ismael Diaz (Deportivo La Coruna), Blas Perez (Municipal), Luis Tejada (Sports Boys), Gabriel Torres (CD Huachipato).
COACH: Hernan Dario Gomez
PROBABLE PLAYING XI:
Goalkeeper: J. Calderon
Defenders: L. Ovalle, F. Escobar, F.Baloy, A. Machado
Centre back: G.Gomez
Midfielders: E. Barcenas, A. Godoy, A. Cooper, J. Rodriguez
Striker: L. Tejada
Blas Perez and Ramos Torres, are the key player of the team. Blas Perez- With more than 100 appearances for Panama, the 37-year-old forward scored twice in qualifying, having first found the net for his country in 2001 and Ramos Torres- with un-countable match-winning performances.
This edition will be the third World Cup for Panama coach Hernan Dario Gomez, who took charge of his native Colombia in 1998 before guiding Ecuador to the finals in 2002.
PROBABILITY OF WINNING THE WORLD CUP: