Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela received the FIFA World Cup today from the hands of former French soccer player David Trezeguet, at the Panama Pacifico airport, west of the Panamanian capital.
A beating sun, red carpet, a folk ensemble and a corridor of Panamanian flags carried by athletes of the Special Olympics framed the arrival of the most coveted trophy among the countries that are part of FIFA.
The 90th world champion of France, David Trezeguet, thanked the president of the Central American country for receiving them in his country and urged the Panamanians to enjoy watching their players in the World Cup. "They are close to enjoy that World Cup moment (...) enjoy and force Panama!" he said.
The Panamanian president said he felt "honored to receive the Cup on behalf of all Panamanians."
"We thank the national team, because we are giving the country this joy of seeing us in a world cup," said the president of the Central American country.
"Panama loves and supports sports in general, but football is the sport with most Panamanian fans," he said.
President Varela also received a ball autographed by Trezeguet and by FIFA a miniature replica of the World Cup, but the president handed it to Pedro Chaluja, president of the Panamanian Football Federation (Fepafut), to be kept in the future training center of this organization.
Panama is the 56th country, out of 51, which will visit the FIFA Cup and its course started on September 9 last year at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.
Before reaching the Central American country, the Cup stopped in Argentina and Colombia. After the visit to Panama, the trophy will continue its tour of Costa Rica, Mexico and the United States, to close its tour of the American continent.