Americo Gallego named Panama coach ahead of Qatar 2022 qualifiers
Argentine has enjoyed significant success at club level
Panama made their World Cu debut at Russia 2018
Americo Gallego, who helped Argentina win the 1978 FIFA World Cup™, has been confirmed as the new Panama coach.
The 64-year-old led River Plate, Independiente and Newell’s Old Boys to league titles in Argentina, and Toluca to championship glory in Mexico. It will be Gallego's maiden international head-coaching experience, though he was Daniel Passarella’s assistant as Argentina eliminated England before losing to the Netherlands in the France 1998 quarter-finals.
Panama appeared at their first World Cup at Russia 2018, giving Belgium a tougher challenge than many expected, scoring their maiden goal in the competition against England, and losing narrowly to Tunisia. They lost 1-0 to Jamaica in the recent Concacaf Gold Cup quarter-finals.
Gallego’s first test will come in the form of back-to-back Concacaf Nations League matches against Bermuda in early September.
‘El Tolo’ represented only two clubs during his playing career – Newell’s and River – and won 73 caps for Argentina, also representing them at Spain 1982.