Panama missed out on a place in the intercontinental play-off for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil by the narrowest of margins after finishing fifth in the North, Central America and Caribbean qualifying group.
However, the Panamanians are pioneers within their region when it comes to training goalkeepers. At the “Solo Para Porteros” (“Goalkeepers Only”) school, young shot-stoppers are specifically trained for what is perhaps the most challenging position in football. After all, goalkeepers are integral to every match and often have to put in extra shifts in training every day.
Keepers such as Gianluigi Buffon, Iker Casillas or Manuel Neuer only made the transition to world-class players when they became completely dedicated to their task, making all sorts of sacrifices to reach the top. It is exactly these principles that Panama’s talented youngsters are being taught during their training.
And the education offered by the school goes beyond the training pitch. The coaches are also teachers, improving the girls’ and boys’ social interaction to help them make the right decisions later in life.
See for yourself how “Solo Para Porteros” ensures these young people become not only better goalkeepers, but better people too.