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ESPN Films 30 for 30: The Two Escobars

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While rival drug cartels warred in the streets and the country’s murder rate climbed to highest in the world, the Colombian national soccer team set out to blaze a new image for their country. What followed was a mysteriously rapid rise to glory, as the team catapulted out of decades of obscurity to become one of the best teams in the world. Central to this success were two men named Escobar: Andrés, the inspirational captain of the National Team, and Pablo, the in… More >>

ESPN Films 30 for 30: The Two Escobars

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Well this was simply a fine film that captivated me from beginning to end. Broken down into essentially two parts (Pablo & Andres) it weaves a tale that is simultaneously grotesque and inspiring. That Colombia could be so united by it’s soccer/football team is a testament to hope and a proud culture. This film incorporates numerous poignant interviews (both historic and contemporary) of former players, government officials, former drug traffickers, former Colombian soccer federation officials, and close friends and family of the two Escobars. You feel as though you are receiving the true story from the horses mouth, so to speak. And maybe, just maybe, we actually are.

‘The Two Escobars’ is essential viewing if only for it’s presentation of the facts associated with the Andres Escobar murder that have been muddled by misinformation (which I too have been guilty of believing). The film even goes so far as to elude to Andres death not being related to drug cartel retaliation at all. But the truth may, in fact, be uglier and more of an indictment on the horrific and terrifying society of the time.

This film is worth your attention whether you are a fan of football, a fan of documentaries, a fan of history, or simply a fan of learning about people and cultures. It’s not a feel-good movie on the surface, but if you know the Colombia of today it would be impossible not to feel good about how far this country has come since the turbulent times portrayed in this film.

On a personal note, I recently spent 5 months of my life in Colombia teaching English and I will say that Colombians are some of the friendliest and happiest people I have met anywhere on this Earth during my travels. Not only that but Bogota, where I spent the majority of my time, did not feel unsafe except in the deepest hours of the night and only really in the dodgier areas. But while there I never spoke with anyone to any great extent about the past, two decades ago when the country was a world away from the security it enjoys today. This film provides a glimpse into that tumultuous time when fear and paranoia clearly gripped every man, woman, and child in the country. It’s the best history lesson I’ve ever watched!

See it!!! It’s not really just a good ESPN program, it is actually a fine feature film (clocking in at 103 captivating minutes). I would honestly not be surprised if this is nominated for an Oscar. This is as good of a sports documentary as you are ever likely to see and is up there in the pantheon of the greats with documentary films like ‘Hoop Dreams’.
Rating: 5 / 5

The quote is from Pablo Escobar, the “Robin Hood” to the poor in Columbia and the ruthless leader of the Medellin Cartel, whose centerpiece to incredible power was cocaine and the funding of a professional soccer program that briefly turned the national team into a world power. He is one-half of a disturbing story of drugs, soccer and the merging of two moments in time that defined an era, with ramifications that are felt today.

The other Escobar is soccer star Andres – no relation to Pablo – a gifted defender who was the first Columbian invited to play with Italian club powerhouse A.C. Milan. But a mistake in the 1994 FIFA World Cup would ultimately find him paying the ultimate price.

Utilizing interviews with former associates of Pablo, family members of both men, politicians and members of the national team, along with archival footage, directors Jeff and Michael Zimbalist weave the dual biography with the brutality on the street when the unbridled power of the cartel was challenged and the political game of nationalism on the pitch, though the grand success came through massive amounts of cash from the drug trade.

Some scratchy videotape shows Pablo playing a “match” with the national team during his stay in La Catedral prison, a luxury complex he built after protracted negotiations with the government permitted him to surrender, while pledging to cease all criminal activity. He escaped from the facility before he was moved to another prison – it was found that he had not ceased his leadership in the cartel – and, at the age of 44, was killed during a gunfight in December 1993.

After Pablo’s death, anarchy reigned in the underworld as battles raged to fill the void as the top crime boss. And during this war came the time for the national team to shine on the biggest stage of them all. Picked by some pundits to win the tournament, the team failed to make it out of the group stage, with Andres becoming the central figure in the collapse through an “own goal” – kicking the ball into the team’s goal – which sparked the underdog United States to a 2-1 victory. Two weeks later, he was murdered while sitting in the front seat of his car that was parked outside a club in a Medellin suburb. Andres was 27 years old. The killer was found guilty in June 1995 and sentenced to 43 years in prison. He was released due to good behavior in 2005.

The domestic league and national team have never recovered, with the former teetering on financial collapse. And though the country has made tremendous strides since those bloody years, the vivid memories of those recently interviewed prove that the nightmare will never dissipate into the shadows.
Rating: 5 / 5

I was 14 when I was watching the US play Columbia in the 1994 World Cup. I had already been playing soccer for almost 10 years and was watching the game with my dad, who was also my coach. We were watching the game in our living room and I totally remember when Columbia scored an own-goal. What I didn’t know was the story behind that goal, the story behind the player, Andres Escobar, and the story behind the entire Columbia soccer team.

This documentary really delivers the story of what the Columbia National team had to go through to get to the World Cup. It also goes into a stunning detailed history of the relationship between the Columbia drug trade and a football-crazed nation. The historical footage the directors were able to obtain is absolutely incredible. Lots of real footage of Pablo Escobar and his involvement in the sport and the community. There is footage of the team and players at the prime of their careers. Footage of pick-up football games between rival drug dealers at their million-dollar ranches.

What really makes this film special is that the story is told by the people who were there: Family members of Pablo and Andres Escobar, team members and the coach of the 1994 Columbia National team, and people closely involved in the drama such as Pablo Escobar’s cousin and Pablo’s right hand man. When you hear the story coming out of their mouths and then watch the footage, the emotions you feel for these individuals is real. I was really touched by this film, not just because I’m a huge soccer fan, but because of the human lessons that can be learned from this film. There will always be a constant battle of good vs. evil in this world, and this was a story of just that.

Rating: 5 / 5

Just an excellent film. It really touched my heart. I hope all Colombias have the opportunity to watch the film….. Thank you ESPN, not for showing the cruelty and violence that Colombia been thru, but for let me feel that, no matter what people comment about my country, I’m a very proud to be Colombian. Because Colombia is just a beautiful country… with beautiful people.
Rating: 5 / 5

This documentary brought back a ton of memories. I remember watching and enjoying all the games Colombia played and won prior to the World Cup of 94. Who can forget the 5 goals against Argentina? That was the most amazing game I had ever seen, and then came the disappointment of the games in the world cup. I didn’t realize and understand how much pressure the players and the coaches were under. As it was simply put in the documentary by one of the players, they had to choose between soccer or their life.

The directors did a great job of telling the story of Pablo Escobar as well, many people just thought of him as drug dealer and not as some who gave back to the community. Although all the good that he did for his community does not erase all the awful things he committed, he gave many an opportunity that they may have never had or even dreamed of having. Thats why people loved him and protected him so much.

Great documentary!!!
Rating: 5 / 5

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