Ex-Spain forward Christiansen takes charge of Panama

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PANAMA CITY, July 23 (Xinhua) — Former Spain international forward Thomas Christiansen has been named head coach of Panama’s national team.

The 47-year-old replaces Argentinian manager Americo Gallego, whose contract was rescinded in April amid a restructuring of the Panamanian Football Federation (FEPAFUT).

“The executive committee of the Panamanian Football Federation has decided that Thomas Christiansen will lead the national team,” FEPAFUT said in a statement on Thursday, without providing details of the contract.

As a player, Christiansen represented Sporting Gijon, Osasuna, Racing Santander, Villarreal and Hannover 96, among other clubs. He was capped twice for Spain’s national team in 1993.

The Denmark-born former attacker turned to coaching in 2013 and has since had spells in charge of AEK Larnaca, APOEL, Leeds United and Union Saint-Gilloise.

His primary task for Panama will be to lead the Central American team to the FIFA World Cup finals in Qatar in 2022. Los Canaleros made their first appearance in football’s showpiece event in Russia two years ago. Enditem

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