PANAMA ( Associated Press) — Despite not getting the ticket to this year’s World Cup, Thomas Christiansen will have a new opportunity with Panama for the 2026 edition.
The Spanish-Danish coach will remain in charge of the national team for four more years, the Panamanian Soccer Federation (FEPAFUT) reported on Tuesday.
“Christiansen, 49, signed his extension for four more years, after approval by the Executive Committee of FEPAFUT,” the organization announced in a statement.
The 2026 FIFA World Cup will be played in Canada, Mexico and the United States, three CONCACAF countries that have assured their participation as hosts.
Panama will seek to appear as another representative of the region under the guidance of Christiansen, who came to the helm in August 2020. FEPAFUT trusted that the strategist will seek to continue giving continuity to Panama in its game philosophy both in the senior team and in each one of the other categories
The current leader of the national bench accounts for 33 matches directed with Panama. He accumulates a balance of 16 wins, 8 draws and 9 losses.
Panama suffered a painful elimination from the World Cup in Qatar, after remaining at least in the playoff spot until the penultimate three-game window of CONCACAF’s octagonal final. He left in the last games his chances of repeating the trip to a soccer world cup.
The disappointment contrasted with the unprecedented success obtained four years earlier. In Russia 2018, under the direction of Colombian Hernán Darío “Bolillo” Gómez, the canal team had its absolute debut in World Cups.
Coach Christiansen’s future as head of the Central American team had become uncertain after the tie, although the coach had expressed interest in continuing to lead Panama.