Luis Moreno (footballer)

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Luis Moreno
Personal information
Date of birth (1981-03-19) 19 March 1981 (age 37)
Place of birth Panama City, Panama
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Playing position Right back, centre back
Club information
Current team
Number 3
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2001 Deportivo Italia 0 (0)
2001–2004 Tauro
2005–2006 Envigado 43 (2)
2006–2007 Tauro
2007 Independiente SF 15 (0)
2007 Tiburones Rojos
2008–2010 Tauro 51 (5)
2011 Deportivo Pereira 8 (0)
2011– Tauro
National team
2001–2011 Panama[1] 76 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 29 March 2011
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 24 March 2011

Luis Moreno (born 19 March 1981) is a Panamanian football defender who plays for Tauro.

He gained notoriety after violently kicking an injured barn owl that had landed on the pitch during a league match between Junior de Barranquilla and Deportivo Pereira. The barn owl died due to the kick.

Club career[edit]

Born in Panama City, "Lucho" Moreno began playing football with Venezuelan side Deportivo Italia. He was signed by first division club Tauro in 2001. He had a brief spell with Colombian side Envigado during 2005 and 2006, before returning to Tauro.[2] Peruvian side Universitario de Deportes attempted to sign him in 2006,[3] but he stayed with Tauro.

In January 2007, Moreno returned to the Colombian league, joining Independiente Santa Fe.[4] The club terminated his contract in May 2007, after a disciplinary incident.[5] He returned to Tauro, but shortly after joined Mexican Primera División A side Tiburones Rojos.[6]

Moreno was loaned to Deportivo Pereira in January 2011,[7] but returned to Tauro later that year,[8] where he would help the club win its tenth league title in 2013.[9]

International career[edit]

Moreno made his debut for Panama in a June 2000 friendly match against Venezuela and has earned a total of 76 caps, scoring no goals.[10] He represented his country in 17 FIFA World Cup qualification matches[11] and has been a key member of the side, participating in the 2005, 2007 and 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup finals.[12][13][14]

His final international was a September 2011 friendly match against Paraguay.

Owl kicking incident[edit]

During a February 2011 league match between Junior de Barranquilla and Deportivo Pereira, Junior's unofficial mascot owl landed on the field during play and was struck by a pass. As the owl lay stunned on the field, Moreno, from the opposing team, kicked it approximately 3 meters (~10 feet) to the touchline.[15] Shortly after, he claimed he was prompting it to fly away[16][17] but in a later interview he admitted "The kick was a product of tension on the field at the time."[15] The owl was treated for its injuries at a local veterinary clinic, but later died of stress related to the incident. Moreno received a two-match ban, a $560 fine from Colombian football's governing body in addition to veterinary costs for the owl's treatment and was ordered to do community service at a zoo.[18]


  1. ^ Luis Moreno - International Appearances
  2. ^ Luis "Lucho" Moreno retorna al Tauro F.C. - Crítica (in Spanish)
  3. ^ "Un panameño a la "U"" (in Spanish). 19 August 2006. [permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Moreno es uno de los cinco refuerzos" (in Spanish). 15 December 2006. 
  5. ^ "Luis Moreno separado del equipo Santa Fe" (in Spanish). 9 May 2007. 
  6. ^ Figueroa, Carlos (18 August 2007). "Luis Moreno y Edwin fueron presentados" (in Spanish). Panamá America. [permanent dead link]
  7. ^ Llegan primeros refuerzos para el Pereira - Liga Postobon (in Spanish)
  8. ^ Luis “Lucho” Moreno regresa al Tauro FC - Panamá América (in Spanish)
  9. ^ "Luis 'Lucho' Moreno cree en Tauro" (in Spanish). 13 February 2014. 
  10. ^ Appearances for Panama National Team - RSSSF
  11. ^ Luis MorenoFIFA competition record
  12. ^ Courtney, Barrie & Saaid, Hamdan (30 July 2005). "CONCACAF Championship, Gold Cup 2005 - Full Details". RSSSF. Archived from the original on 24 October 2008. 
  13. ^ Saaid, Hamdan (19 July 2007). "CONCACAF Championship, Gold Cup 2007 - Full Details". RSSSF. Archived from the original on 24 October 2008. 
  14. ^ Lugo, Erik Francisco (12 August 2009). "CONCACAF Championship, Gold Cup 2009 - Full Details". RSSSF. Archived from the original on 26 July 2014. 
  15. ^ a b "Owl kicked by player dies from shock". 2011-03-02. Retrieved 2012-06-12. 
  16. ^ "Football player faces sanctions for kicking injured owl in Colombia", The Canadian Press, February 28, 2011.
  17. ^ "Luis Moreno Owl Abuse". 2011-02-27. Retrieved 2012-06-12. 
  18. ^ Reuters (28 April 2011). "Owl-killing footballer ordered to do community service at a zoo | Football |". London: Guardian. Retrieved 2012-06-12. 

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