• Thursday Nov 30, 2017

    Panama welcomes World Cup challenge

    Panama players (pictured) prepare in the tunnel ahead of a CONCACAF Gold Cup game against Costa Rica on July 19, 2017. (Photo: AFP Services)

    MOSCOW – Panama head coach Hernan Dario Gomez believes his squad will have a lot to offer at next summer’s FIFA World Cup, but he’s taking a big picture approach.

    The 61-year-old Colombian is in Russia for Friday’s World Cup draw, where the Canaleros’ opposition will be determined for their first-ever appearance in the competition.

    “Panama has a style of play and it is important for us to grow,” he said. “We come to have a dignified performance and to go as far as we can.”

    Gomez is well-versed in managing teams debuting in a World Cup, guiding Ecuador to the Round of 16 at Korea/Japan 2002.

    “The most difficult thing is to make a family and give it order,” remarked the former Guatemala manager. “It is an important generation that earned qualification to the World Cup, but there is still a lot to improve.”

    Gomez also declared that he would like to see Panama take on the football world’s heaviest hitters, finishing: “I feel like all the teams want to have Panama in their group. Each time I think about a group, I like the idea that it’s the best one.”

  • Champions League

    Related News


Costa Rica int’l Ureña moves to Los Angeles Football Club

Marco Ureña found himself on a new club Tuesday as he was selected by the Los Angeles Football Club in the Major League Soccer expansion draft.

Panama int’l Chen joins Alajuelense

Costa Rican side Alajuelense announced Tuesday the signing of Panama international Roberto Chen on a one-year contract.

For Costa Rica’s Ramirez, World Cup draw has familiar look

On Friday, from Moscow’s Kremlin State Palace, Costa Rica was drawn into Group E for the 2018 FIFA World Cup with five-time champion Brazil, Switzerland and Serbia.

Mexico’s Osorio: Germany in World Cup “an extraordinary challenge”

Thanks to Friday’s Final Draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, not only will Mexico will face Germany for a second straight year in Russia.

Panama now looks ahead to many World Cup firsts

Everything is new for Panama in the FIFA World Cup.