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The Canaleros, which is a nickname that sounds dirtier than it is (it means The Canal People), arrive to Copa America Centenario with pretty much the same squad that they have used for the 2018 World Cup qualifiers. The full roster is here:
The head coach may seem familiar to some of you soccer aficionados as he is the man that was a big part of coaching the “golden generation” of Colombian soccer back in the 90s, Hernan Dario “El Bolillo” Gomez. The fact that his nickname is a piece of bread tells you all you need to know about him. Think Ole Wade during the Cowboys era.
He is a very likable guy when he is not hitting any women and has led the Colombian and Ecuadorian National Teams to World Cup berths. No, Ray, she did not apologize.
His squad is almost completely comprised of a group of guys that play in the first and second divisions of the various leagues in the Americas (North, Central, and South). They do have their own A-rod, but no one knows if he’s fucked Madonna yet.
What can we expect from Panama? Well, much like the Panama Papers, they’ll be in the spotlight for like a week or so and then everyone will forget about them and go about their business as usual
Here is their time in the spotlight: