• Panama coach blunt and honest before World Cup debut

    5 monthes ago - By Saint Louis Today

    SOCHI, Russia - Panama coach Hernan Dario Gomez isn't in the business of sugarcoating the truth before his team makes history by playing in its first World Cup.
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  • Panama to make World Cup debut against strong Belgium team

    Panama to make World Cup debut against strong Belgium team

    5 monthes ago - By National Post

    MOSCOW - Panama earned its first ever World Cup berth and couldn't wait to begin its adventure on soccer's biggest stage.
    Then the team drew Belgium for its opening match.
    The Group G game in Sochi on Monday could be rather lopsided because Belgium, at least on paper, should be a contender for the title. The Red Devils have fallen short of expectations the last four years: Belgium lost in the quarterfinals of the 2014 World Cup and the European Championship two years later.
    Panama, meanwhile, has never beaten a European team in nine previous meetings.
    The long odds have not tempered the...
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