Editorial Dept. Voz de la Diaspora
The Panamanian Football Federation (FEPAFUT) confirmed that the Danish Thomas Christiansen was elected as the new technical director of the selection of the Central American country with the goal of achieving qualification for the World Cup in Qatar 2022.
Christiansen will assume the position left last April by Américo “Tolo 'Gallegos, whom the Federation terminated the contract due to a restructuring of the Panamanian soccer rector that also affected the technicians of all national representatives in the midst of the coronavirus crisis that is affecting the country.
“The Executive Committee of the Panamanian Football Federation defined that the Danish strategist, Thomas Christiansen de 47 years is chosen to lead the senior national team for men ", FEPAFUT said in a statement.
From that decision, “The process of contractual negotiations between FEPAFUT and coach Christiansen is underway to command Panama with a view to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022”, he added.
Christiansen will come to Panama with extensive experience as a club club manager in Cyprus, in addition to Leeds United of England's second division, and the Belgian Second Division Royale Union Saint-Gilloise.
His career as a footballer includes several clubs in Spain, among those the Osasuna, Villareal and Real Oviedo. It also had a large participation in the Spanish second division.
He was also a forward in some teams such as Panionios de Grecia, and the Vfl Bochum from Germany, with the latter he was crowned top scorer in the Bundesliga in 2003.