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Felipe Baloy
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Baloy with Santos Laguna in 2012
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Full name Felipe Abdiel Baloy Ramírez
Date of birth (1981-02-24) 24 February 1981 (age 42)
Place of birth Panama City, Panama
Height 1.85 m
Playing position Defender
Youth career
Euro Kickers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999 Euro Kickers 25 (3)
2000 Sporting '89 30 (4)
2001–2002 Envigado 37 (3)
2003 Independiente Medellín 9 (0)
2003–2004 Grêmio 50 (3)
2005 Atlético Paranaense 5 (0)
2005–2009 Monterrey 145 (10)
2010–2013 Santos Laguna 125 (4)
2014–2016 Morelia 13 (0)
2015–2016 Atlas (loan) 19 (2)
2016–2017 Rionegro Águilas 13 (0)
2017 Tauro 5 (2)
2017–2018 Municipal 19 (1)
Total 495 (32)
National team
2001–2018 Panama 102 (4)
  • Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Felipe Abdiel Baloy Ramírez (born 24 February 1981) is a Panamanian former professional footballer who played as a defender. He scored Panama’s first ever goal in a FIFA World Cup, against England at the 2018 edition.

Early life

He was the second youngest of his seven brothers and grew in the populous barrio of Cerro Batea in the San Miguelito district after moving from the San Martin barrio. Pipe grew interested in football after playing in the streets with his friends.

Baloy graduated from elementary and high school, never continued on to university, and instead pursued his career in football where "things have been going well".

Club career

Early career

At age 18, he started his football career in ANAPROF team Eurokickers, although it lasted only a year as the team was relegated that year. He then moved to Sporting '89 and managed to be part of the Panama U-20 squad where he was spotted by Colombian international representative Luis Felipe Posso, was signed to his agency and the doors opened for Baloy in Colombia.


At age 19, Baloy moved to Colombia to play for Copa Mustang team Envigado in 2001. He played a year with Antioquia before moving to Independiente Medellín. With Medellín he had more success; he played in Copa Libertadores in 2003 where DIM finished 3rd. After 2003, he was signed by Brazil's Grêmio.


Baloy started his career in Brazil with Grêmio where he played the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A 2003-2004 season. He Finished 20th (2003) and 24th (2004). Baloy was signed by Clube Atlético Paranaense but he was in 2004 with Porto Alegre; they were eliminated in the first round. Baloy was also made captain in Grêmio despite his youth.

In Clube Atlético Paranaense, Baloy had some success after finishing 6th in the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A 2005 and playing on the side that finished runner-up in the Copa Libertadores 2005. However Baloy did not play the final because he was signed by Monterrey and had to depart to Mexico. He was also captain of the Curitiba side.


Baloy arrived in 2005 to Mexico to play for Monterrey in the Primera División (First Division), he debuted on 30 July 2005 in the 1–2 C.F. Pachuca match. However Baloy had to settle in with the Mexican fans since he was replacing a fan favourite, the Argentine Defender Pablo Rotchen. After a couple of good performances, Baloy gained fan favour.
In 2005, Pipe had a good start with Rayados where in the 2005 Apertura the team was runner-up. After that season, Monterrey were not at the same competitive level as they were before; but Baloy managed to stand out in the team and was called one of the best defenders in Mexico numerous times.

In 2007, Baloy played in the 2007 Copa Libertadores after he was loaned out to Club América for that competition.

In later years, Baloy was linked to several clubs in Europe. In the 2007 winter transfer window he attracted the interest of Premier League side Derby County, however the move never happened. In 2008, he was linked to Premier League side Arsenal.

On the 2009 Apertura, Baloy and Monterrey were crowned champions after defeating Cruz Azul in a 6–4 aggregate score. Baloy became the first Panamanian-born player to ever win the Mexican First Division championship. Pipe was nominated that year for the Mexican Golden Ball as best defender of the year, but came in second behind his team mate Duilio Davino.

Shortly after winning the championship, Baloy made a surprise move to Santos Laguna. That ended a four-year spell in Monterrey where he played 145 times and scored 10 goals.

On 14 December 2013 it was announced Baloy was sold to Monarcas Morelia.

International career

Baloy scored Panama's first and only goal, so far, for the team in the World Cup. He captained the Panama national team for many years including in Russia 2018. He played alongside José Luis Garcés, Luis Tejada, Jaime Penedo among others.

As youngster, Baloy played in the Panama U-20 squad which attempted to qualify to the 2001 FIFA World Youth Championship in Argentina. He made his senior debut for Panama in a May 2001 UNCAF Nations Cup match against Honduras and has, as of 17 November 2017, earned a total of 100 caps, scoring 3 goals. Pipe has represented Panama participating in the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification. He was also part of the 2005 and 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup Best XI. He also was part of the side that finished runner-up on both 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup and UNCAF Nations Cup 2007.

In May 2018 he was named in Panama’s preliminary 35 man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. He figured in the final squad later on. On 24 June 2018, Baloy scored the first Panama goal in a World Cup match in the 1–6 loss against England. He retired from international football after Russia 2018. In Russia he became the oldest debutante to score in a World Cup match.

International goals

Scores and results list Panama's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 17 November 2004 Estadio Rommel Fernández, Panama City, Panama  El Salvador
2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
2. 16 February 2007 Estadio Cuscatlán, San Salvador, El Salvador  Guatemala
2007 UNCAF Nations Cup
3. 29 March 2016 Estadio Rommel Fernández, Panama City, Panama  Haiti
2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
4. 24 June 2018 Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia  England
2018 FIFA World Cup

Personal life

Felipe Baloy is married with three children, and lives in Panama with his family. He is a naturalized citizen of Mexico. He has a close friendship with his Panama national team mates Blas Pérez and Gabriel Enrique Gómez.



Santos Laguna


  • 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup Tournament Best XI
  • CONCACAF Gold Cup All-Tournament team: 2007

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