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Panama ready to live World Cup dream after series of heartbreaks

One of two World Cup debutants, Panama will be looking to show they belong on the grandest stage of them all. ESPN's Fernando Palomo and a special Panama sports legend recount how Los Canaleros wrote a new chapter of success en route to their first World Cup. Panama will make their World Cup debut against Belgium with the highest average age of any team in Russia. The Exploding Heads aren't about to pin any hopes on England, but it's all Anthony Richardson wants to talk about in Group G. Julio Dely Valdes had been waiting for this moment his entire life. The former Panamanian international player and manager was sitting in his living room in Malaga, Spain. Roman Torres had just scored to put Panama ahead in a crunch World Cup qualifier against Costa Rica. With the U.S. losing 2-1 to Trinidad and Tobago, a first qualification for the World Cup was in his country's grasp. Minutes later the dream became reality, yet Dely Valdes could not celebrate with as much gusto as the moment demanded. "When......

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Published By: ESPN FC - Sunday, 10 June







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