Luis Guevara Mora

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Luis Guevara Mora
Personal information
Full name Luis Ricardo Guevara Mora
Date of birth (1961-09-02) 2 September 1961 (age 55)
Place of birth San Salvador, El Salvador
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
1978–1979 Platense
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1979–1982 Atlético Marte
1982–1983 Real Murcia
1983 Buffalo Stallions
1984 Once Lobos
1985 Águila
1986–1988 Atlético Marte
1988–1991 Club Xelajú MC
1992–1993 Aurora
1994–1996 Atlético Marte
1996–2000 Alianza
2002 Atlético Marte
2003 San Salvador F.C.
National team
1979–1996 El Salvador 50 (0)
Teams managed
2010– Atlético Marte (interim)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22 May 2011.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22 May 2011
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Guevara and the second or maternal family name is Mora.

Luis Ricardo Guevara Mora (born 2 September 1961) is a Salvadoran former football goalkeeper.

Nicknamed el Negro, he became a member of the El Salvador national team and represented his country at the 1982 FIFA World Cup. Guevara remains one of El Salvador's best goalkeepers. He was known for his outstanding reflexes, leaping ability and acrobatic style of play, as well as his controversial antics off the field, which also earned him another nickname, 'el Loco'. He is the all-time cap leader for El Salvador national team.

Club career[edit]

In his early years, Guevara was a baseball and basketball enthousiastic despite future national team goalkeeper Raúl Antonio García being one of his friends in school. He was tempted to train with Coca Cola by former national team goalkeeper Raúl Magaña and then joined Platense to make his senior league debut at 16 years. He then played for Atlético Marte and after the 1982 World Cup in Spain he moved to Spanish side Real Murcia and had a spell in United States indoor soccer. On his return to El Salvador he played for Once Lobos and again for Marte but since the fans still blamed him for the 10–1 drubbing by Hungary he left for Guatemala in the end, to play for Club Xelajú MC and Aurora FC. He only returned to his country after five years and spent time again at Atlético Marte before retiring at Alianza in 2000. He then became goalkeeper coach at the national team but returned to Atlético Marte as a player/coach when they were relegated to the Salvadoran Second Division. Finally, he retired again at San Salvador F.C. to become a manager.[1][2]

International career[edit]

At the age of 17, he was called up to play a friendly game against Panama in April 1979. He became the youngest goalkeeper in the national team's history.

Prior to the 1982 World Cup finals, during the qualification rounds, he only conceded one goal and played in a memorable victory against Mexico. At the finals tournament in Spain, he became one of the youngest goalkeepers to participate in the World Cup. In the first round, El Salvador lost to Hungary 10–1, and Guevara became the goalkeeper with the most goals scored against in a single match, a record that stands as of 2014.

He played 91 times for his national team in which he earned 50 senior caps.[3] He represented his country in 13 World Cup qualification matches.[4] His final international game was a November 1996 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Panama.

Personal life[edit]

Guevara is married to Flor de María and the couple have three children: Luis Ricardo, Ana Luisa and Gabriel Sebastián.


1981, 1992, 1997, 1999, 2003[5]


  1. ^ El retiro del negro – El Diario de Hoy (Spanish)
  2. ^ “El Negro” se quitó los guantes para siempre – El Diario de Hoy (Spanish)
  3. ^ Ricardo Guevara Mora y los 91 juegos en la seleccion nacional – El Balon Cuscatleco (Spanish)
  4. ^ Luis Guevara MoraFIFA competition record
  5. ^ Los campeones – - El Diario de Hoy (Spanish)

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