30 for 30: Season 1, Episode 16

The Two Escobars (22 Jun. 2010)

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The rise of Colombian soccer is attributed to the influx of drug money into the sport by Pablo Escobar and the other drug cartels. However, the team's swift decline after Escobar's death results in the murder of star player Andres Escobar.

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María Ester Escobar ...
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Francisco Maturana ...
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Alexis García V. ...
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Jaime Gaviria Gómez ...
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Jhon Jairo Velásquez V. ...
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Rubén Darío Pinilla C. ...
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Juan José Bellini ...
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Fernando Rodríguez Mondragón ...
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Eduardo Rojo ...
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Leonel Alvarez ...
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Luz María Escobar ...
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Luis Fernando Herrera ...
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Fernando Brito ...
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Tom Cash ...
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Alirio López ...
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Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, many believe, Pablo Escobar's Medellín Cartel and the Cali Cartels were largely responsible for financing and building the Colombian National soccer team into one of the world's best. But in an early match against the United States in the 1994 FIFA World Cup, a Colombian defense man named Andres Escobar-no relation to Pablo-committed an own goal that led to the team's elimination. Less than ten days later, Escobar was gunned down outside a bar in a suburb of Medellin. He was shot 12 times, and the murderer shouted "goal" each time the trigger was pulled. Was Escobar's murder an isolated incident, or were gambling organizations controlled by the cartels responsible? Award-winning director Jeff Zimbalist will examine the mysterious events leading up to and surrounding Andres Escobar's death. Written by Anonymous

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"It is only a game"
23 February 2011 | by (Williamsburg, VA) – See all my reviews

This fascinating documentary was made as part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series and highlights the rise of soccer in Colombia in the 1980s. Naturally, the infusion of drug money helped build the teams and drug kingpin Pablo Escobar got behind the National team. The other Escobar in the story is Andrés Escobar, a middle class kid who grew up to be the captain of this team. Soccer fans take their sport VERY seriously and this film showcases that. There are quite a few shocking things that happen to the team as they made their way to the World Cup in the United States in 1994 that will make cringe. Directors Jeff & Michael Zimbalist use tons of old footage and seamlessly bounce from the war on drugs to the wars on the soccer fields. Now when you get me to care about soccer, you know you've done something right.


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