Luis Rentería

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Luis Rentería
Personal information
Full name Luis Gabriel Rentería
Date of birth (1988-09-13)13 September 1988
Place of birth Panama City, Panama
Date of death March 6, 2014(2014-03-06) (aged 25)
Place of death Panama City, Panama
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1 12 in)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
A.D. Orión
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2011 Tauro 36 (23)
2011 Cartagena (loan) 19 (2)
2012–2014 Tauro 21 (16)
2012 Bolívar 11 (4)
2013 Tauro 22 (10)
Total 108 (70)
National team
2010–2013 Panama 26 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 November 2012.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 6 March 2014

Luis Gabriel Rentería (September 13, 1988 – March 6, 2014) was a Panamanian football forward, who played at the end of his professional career for Tauro in the Liga Panameña de Fútbol.

Club career

Nicknamed Matagatos (Catkiller), Rentería started his career at Orión[1] and played the majotity of his career for Tauro but joined Bolivar[2] after one year on loan at Colombian side Real Cartagena where he scored 2 goals in 19 appearances.[3] Renteria was the leading goalscorer in Panama's Primera Division[4] and played his final game in September 2013 against Plaza Amador.[5]

International career

Rentería made his debut for Panamanian national team in a September 2010 friendly match against Costa Rica and had earned a total of 26 caps, scoring 6 goals. He has represented his country in 4 FIFA World Cup qualification matches[6] and played at the 2011 Copa Centroamericana[7] as well as at the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup.[8]

His final international was a February 2013 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Costa Rica.

Personal life

In October 2013, Rentería was diagnosed with lupus.[9] He died from this disease on March 6, 2014[10] after being hospitalized for eight months in the Hospital Santo Tomas.[11][12]


  • Primera Division Champions (2010)
  • Primera Division Top goalscorer (2010, 2012)
  • CONCACAF Champions League 2010/2011 (participant)
  • Copa Centroamericana 2011 (3rd place)
  • Gold Cup 2011 (semi-finalist)


  1. ^ Fallece Luis "Matagatos" Rentería - RPC (in Spanish)
  2. ^ Luis "Matagatos" Rentería, nuevo jugador del Bolivar - Telemetro (in Spanish)
  3. ^ Real Cartagena de Colombia lamenta fallecimiento de Rentería - Somos Lasele (in Spanish)
  4. ^ "Profile". ESPN Soccernet. Retrieved 25 June 2011. 
  5. ^ Fallece Luis Rentería, exjugador de la Selección Nacional de Fútbol - La Prensa (in Spanish)
  6. ^ Luis RenteríaFIFA competition record
  7. ^ Copa Centroamericana 2011 (UNCAF Nations Cup) Archived 2013-11-05 at the Wayback Machine. - RSSSF
  8. ^ CONCACAF Championship, Gold Cup 2011 - Full Details Archived 2013-03-15 at the Wayback Machine. - RSSSF
  9. ^ ‘Matagatos’ sufre de lupus - Critica (in Spanish)
  10. ^ ‘Me siento abandonado’ - El Siglo (in Spanish)
  11. ^ Panameño Luis 'Matagato' Rentería pierde batalla contra el lupus - El Siglo de Torreón (in Spanish)
  12. ^ Panama’s Luis Renteria footballer dies of respiratory failure product

External links

  • Luis Rentería at
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