The Biggest Day In The History Of Panamanian Football
Today marked a momentous occasion in the history of a passionate, soccer-obsessed country as Panama played its first ever match in the World Cup. It didn’t matter that they lost 3-0 to Belgium, a result that had been widely expected. To the Panamanian fans, all that mattered was seeing their national team finally compete on the highest stage in international football. And boy, did they enjoy it and soak it all in.
Honestly, talking about the match itself right now is pointless, because as I already pointed out, everyone who thinks realistically about these kinds of things knew that Belgium would certainly beat Panama. While they heroically held out for the first 46 minutes of the match, everyone knew it was only a matter of time until Belgium jumped out in front. What really mattered was the passion that the Panamanian supporters brought to Russia.
The pride of the Panamanian faithful was most palpable before the match even started. As soon as the Panamanian national anthem began playing at Volgograd Stadium, a roar arose from the Central American fans, followed a few seconds later by a rousing rendition of the Himno Istmeño. It was a moment that could only be described as both bone-chilling and heart-warming. Even the captain, Román Torres, shed tears of joy at the sound of his native country’s national anthem being played at the World Cup. Plus, it wasn’t like the fans got any quieter throughout the entire match.
Throughout the 90 minutes, every Panamanian fan was on their feet cheering their team on, even in the dying moments when the match was done and dusted. So even though Panama likely won’t qualify past the group stage beyond some inconceivable miracle, that’s not what’s important here. What matters is that another footballing nation’s dreams have finally been realized.