This Is How Panama Celebrated Its First World Cup Goal

Over the weekend, Panama played its second Group G match in the World Cup, ultimately losing against England in a 6-1 final score. Despite the loss and elimination of the national team from the World Cup, Panamanian fans still celebrated with the pride and joy that comes with seeing your country play on the world stage for the first time. These are some of the most heartwarming reactions across social media supporting La Marea Roja (The Red Tide.)

1. Of course, there was some national anthem love.

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During the country’s first game, defender Roman Torres could be seen crying during the national anthem. Instagram account Capitanes captioned its photo, “The tears of Roman Torres, ones for history, to tell the new Panamanian generations that if they go after a dream, don’t stop fighting until they accomplish it. Today Panama is debuting in a World Cup.”

2. Felipe Baloy scored the country’s only World Cup goal and it’s all the country wanted.

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Goalscorer Felipe Baloy took to Instagram and Twitter to say thanks to all his fans after his historic goal.

“Thank you God, thank you to my family and thank you Panama, a historic goal for my country, dreams come true with work and effort.”  

3. Baloy’s number one fan went crazy in the stands.

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We know Harry Kane was the official Budweiser Man of the Match, but for Panama, da real MVP was team captain Felipe Baloy. The team captain scored the country’s first goal ever in a World Cup and his number one fan was there to watch it all happen.

His wife told radio show Plena y Goles, “God knows to reward the one who waits patiently.” 

4. Fans cried tears of joy after Panama’s first World Cup goal.

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Julio Alvarado’s tweet gives you ALL THE FEELS. *grabs tissue*

“This is how I cried of pride. ‘The First Goaaaal of my Panama’ in a FIFA World Cup.” 

5. Sooo..does that mean he should have 11 boys?

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“Us Panamanians are so proud of you Baloy! Have many kids so they can be genetically perfect like you.” 

6. People couldn’t stop thanking Baloy.

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“Thank youuuuu, a thousand times thank youuuuu! Panama will never forget that yell, thanks to you we were one voice: GOOALLLLL!” 

7. Mission accomplished, indeed.

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“Mission accomplished Captain!” 

8. Red Tide, Red Tide, Red Tide

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“To my Red Tide there…what emotion…what dignity…what pride…England, listen to Panama. It made a goal against you, you didn’t leave us with zero, and we sang GOAL.” 

9. Fans are so happy that Panama left the World Cup with at least one goal scored.

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“I still haven’t stopped crying from the emotion to see my kids cry and cry full of emotion. Priceless. One is worth more than six.”

10. It’s all for the Motherland.

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“That’s it. My kids screamed and cried with emotion. That is love for the Motherland.”

11. It was happiness that the world admired.

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Rita Morena wrote a delightful ode to the team on Twitter, saying “Long live Panama, long live the national team and long live our happiness that the whole world admired. We went to the World Cup, we got a goal, we suffered, we vibrated with emotion and national pride—what more can we ask for?” Not much more is needed, Rita. 

12. #WeAreAllPanama was everywhere on social media.

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“To be Panama is to lift our flag with pride regardless of the results. Today and always #WeAreAllPanama.”

13. Panamanians were so proud of their team.

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“Let it hurt for who it needs to hurt. If we didn’t win, we were there with pride. Good for Panama. Several teams wanted to go and participate in the 2018 World Cup in Russia.” 

14. Fans explained the importance of what many see as just one goal.

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“Why do Panamanians celebrate one goal so much losing 6 to 0? Simple, because the Panamanians know from history and from experience that always after suffering and hurt we manage to get to great victories! That is Panama.”

15. It felt like getting into the next round.

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“For us that goal is as if we would have qualified for the next round.”

16. There is also so much pride in hearing your national anthem played on a world stage.

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“Thanks to you and your teammates for allowing me to hear my national anthem during a World Cup and to see that first goal I didn’t think I would ever see.”

17. Oh yeah. There is no time for haters because this is a true celebration.

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“You deserve it Capi. Thanks for this happiness. Your haters can suck it.”

18. A lot of the praise went to the captain.

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“Amazing Captain! With class you demonstrated the quality of excellent player that you have strived for, who has fought and sacrificed a lot for his brilliant career. Today the soccer gods gave you the magic wand to make a country happy with that necessary example!”

19. Congratulations, Panama.

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“Thank you, you are a champion, God bless you @Pinbaloy your goal made a whole country tremble and made us cry from emotion. THANK YOU!!!!”

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“Congratulations Baloy that goal is for a whole united country. Blessings.”

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Tens Years After Its World Cup Debut, Shakira’s ‘Waka Waka’ Video Crosses 2.5 Billion Views On YouTube


Tens Years After Its World Cup Debut, Shakira’s ‘Waka Waka’ Video Crosses 2.5 Billion Views On YouTube

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It’s been ten years since Shakira released “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)” but the gifts for the song keep on giving.

At the time of its release, the song by the Colombian singer-songwriter peaked at number one on record charts of fifteen different countries. Ten years later, Shakira and her fans are celebrating the news on how the “Waka Waka” video just crossed 2.5 billion views on YouTube.

The singer shared the news with her fans on Instagram and Twitter.

The “Magia” singer wrote in a tweet “You guys really are amazing. Thank you!”

Shakira released the beloved song during the inauguration of FIFA World Cup which was held in South Africa in 2010.

At the time, the song was announced as the official 2010 FIFA World Cup Song. Shakira wrote and produced the song with the help of her previous collaborator, American record producer John Hill and the South African Afro-fusion band, Freshlyground. The singer had been inspired by the words “waka waka” used in the song from “Zangaléwa,” a 1986 ballad by a Cameroonian band called Golden Sounds. The song, “Zangaléwa” had been a hit across Africa as well as Colombia.

Watch the Waka video below.

Check out the Waka Waka video below.

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He’s Been Called The Greatest Latino Boxer Of All Time And Panamanian Boxer Roberto Duran Might Just Prove His Case In This Documentary


He’s Been Called The Greatest Latino Boxer Of All Time And Panamanian Boxer Roberto Duran Might Just Prove His Case In This Documentary

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No one can deny the impact Latinos have had in the sport of boxing. The rough upbringing of many young men from the region has led trainers and managers to generate a vast quantity of world champions. Names like Julio Cesar Chávez, Ricardo López Nava, Felix Tito Trinidad, Alexis Arguello, and Carlos Monzón bring tears of joy to fans from countries as diverse as Mexico, Puerto Rico, Argentina, and Nicaragua. Boxing champions encapsulate the dreams and aspirations of young Latinos. Because it is often the case that in our continent governments fail the population and each person has to fend for themselves, boxing has become a metaphor for individual progress amidst the most adverse circumstances. 

Roberto Durán is one of the most iconic boxers from Latin America to embody the fighting spirit of Panama.

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Panamanian legend Roberto “Manos de Piedra” Durán broke into the Latin American and U.S. mainstream pop culture due to his volatile personality and the brutal precision of his fighting style. Now retired, Durán is again in the spotlight due to the release of the documentary “I Am Durán,” directed by Mat Hodgson and which features other personalities such as Oscar De La Hoya and Robert De Niro, a big fan of his.

So before you watch the documentary, here are some facts about the proud son of Panama. Keep your guard up!

He was born on June 16, 1951.

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He was born in Guararé, where his mother Clara Samaniego was from. His father was from Arizona in the United States and was of Mexican descent. 

He was abandoned by his dad when he was only 5-years-old.

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As a way of survival, his family could not keep him in school but rather had to send him to work in the streets as a shoeshine boy. Just like the Filipino great Manny Pacquiao, Durán learned the ropes of life in the streets. That made him hungry for success, a hunger he translated into surgically performed combinations in the boxing ring. 

He laced up the gloves when he was 8-years-old. 

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His fighting spirit was there from the beginning. He grew up in the slums of El Chorrillo, so he had to learn how to defend himself in the rough streets. He visited the gym Neco de La Guardia as a kid and the rest is history: before they knew it, he was up there in the ring sparring experienced boxers. What a chico maravilla

He began his pro career with 31 straight wins.

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Durán got a reputation of being a killer in the ring due to his hard punches, solid body frame and general toughness. He won the lightweight championship against Ken Buchanan in 1972 but lost for the first time that same year against Esteban de Jesus. The fight in Madison Square Garden was his Waterloo. Two years later he rematched De Jesus and knocked him out. It is important to note that the De Jesus fight was his sixth in 1972, so he was worn out. 

He was the first Latin American boxer to rule in four weight classes.

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Others would follow (the Mexican greats JC Chávez, Juan Manuel Márquez, and Travieso Arce), but Roberto was the first bad hombre from Latin America to rule in four weight classes. And he did so in a day and age when a world championship was hard to get (in today’s corrupt boxing world there are up to four champions per each one of the 17 weight classes, so being a champ is relatively easier). He also fought many fights scheduled for 15 rounds instead of the current 12. Even though his best years were at lightweight, he rules the following classes:  lightweight, welterweight, light middleweight, and middleweight. 

He made 12 defenses of the lightweight title.

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Roberto was practically indestructible for a period of time. He won eleven title defenses by KO and reached a record of 62-1. He gave up the lightweight title in 1979. He basically dominated world boxing in the 1970s with those hands of stone that sent opponents to sleep, one after an another. 

His biggest night: beating Sugar Ray Leonard in 1980 for the welterweight title.

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After vacating the lightweight title “Manos de Piedra” moved to welterweight. He defeated Carlos Palomino and Zeferino Gonzales, two tough opponents. Once comfortable in the new weight, he faced the golden boy of US boxing, Sugar Ray Leonard, in a fateful June 20 night in Montreal, Canada. Roberto’s relentless pressure broke down Sugar Ray. Thunder defeated lighting and Durán won by a unanimous decision. 

But then came the infamous “No Más.”

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After defeating Leonard “Manos de Piedra” became even more legendary. He went back to Panama and partied like there was no tomorrow. The rematch was fought in November. Leonard trained like a champ, while Roberto had to cut weight extremely fast and just wasn’t in the right frame of mind. Leonard was magnificent: he played with Roberto, mocked him, slipped the Panamanian’s punches and basically humiliated him. In the eighth round, Roberto turned his back to Leonard and said: “No sigo” (this were his actual words, although the infamous “No Mas” is how the event was remembered. 

He rebuilt his career.

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It would be hard for any sports figure to come back after such a meaningful defeat. It is not the same being knocked out after a valiant effort as quitting. It was such a disappointment not only for the fighter but also for his millions of fans. So what did the great fighter do? What all elite pugilists do: he came back with a vengeance. He defeated Wilfred Benitez and Davey Moore, two of the best fighters in the world.

He is one of the 1980s Magnificent Four.

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Boxing in the 1980s was defined by four greats: Roberto, Sugar Ray Leonard, Tommy Hearns, and Marvin Hagler. These four all fought each other and gave fans thrills. Roberto lost to Hearns by KO and to Hagler by a tough decision, but his name will always be attached to one of boxing’s golden eras. 

He fought until 2000.

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It is unusual for a fighter in this day an age to compete across four decades, but Durán did it. His professional debut was on February 23, 1968, and his last fight was a loss to Puerto Rican extraordinaire Hector Macho Camacho on July 14, 2000. At the end of his career, his record read 103 wins, 16 losses, and a whopping 70 KOs. Wow, just wow.

The debate continues: is he the greatest Latino fighter ever?

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That is hard to tell. The main contenders for this mythic title are here in this photograph with him: Mexicans Julio Cesar Chávez and Juan Manuel Márquez, who also faced myriad of champions and former champions over their storied careers. One thing is for certain, Roberto wrote his name on the annals of boxing history in golden letters. And he will never be forgotten.

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