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Anel Canales


Football player


1.89 m

Panama Viejo

Playing position

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Full name
Anel Alejandro Canales Madrid

Date of birth
(1978-03-15) 15 March 1978 (age 37)

Place of birth
Panama City, Panama

Anel Alejandro Canales Madrid (born March 15, 1978 in Panama City) is a football forward who most recently played for Luis Ángel Firpo of the Second Division of El Salvador.


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Club career

A much travelled winger or striker, Canales had spells at several Panamanian sides, most notably with Chorrillo and Tauro.

Nicknamed Anelca, he played in El Salvador for Once Municipal, Alianza, Chalatenango, Isidro Metapán, whom he joined in January 2009, returning for a second spell in May 2010 and Luis Ángel Firpo. In December 2007, he was deemed not eligible to play for Chalatenango after the FEDEFUT disciplinary committee confirmed he played for three different teams in the 2007-2008 season, which is prohibited by FIFA. He played over 200 league games in El Salvador and scored over 100 goals.

He also spent time in Colombia with Envigado alongside compatriots Joel Solanilla and Luis Moreno and in Ecuador with Técnico Universitario for whom he made his debut in August 2007.

A tall striker, Canales was part of a tenth-title winning Salvadoran side Luis Ángel Firpo in 2013, but eventually was relegated with the club in May 2014, the club went down after 32 years of top flight football. He then announced he would return to Panama.

International career

He made his debut for Panama in June 2001 friendly match against Trinidad and Tobago and has earned a total of 15 caps, scoring 2 goals. He represented his country at the 2003 and 2007 UNCAF Nations Cups.

His final international was a June 2009 friendly match against Jamaica.

International goals

Scores and results list Panama's goal tally first.


  • Liga Panameña de Fútbol (1):
  • 2001-02
  • Salvadoran Primera División (2):
  • 2009 (C), 2010 (A)
  • Individual

  • Liga Panameña de Fútbol Top Scorer (2):
  • 2002 (C), 2003 (A)
  • References

    Anel Canales Wikipedia

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