THE TWO ESCOBARS

(2010) Di­rected by Jeff and Michael Zim­bal­ist

Esquire (UK) - - Esquire Sport 2017 -

Ar­guably the out­stand­ing episode in ESPN’s out­stand­ing 30 for 30 series, it tells the tale of two unrelated men who shared a sur­name and an in­abil­ity to es­cape Colom­bia’s drug cul­ture. Pablo Es­co­bar cre­ated a huge co­caine em­pire. An­drés Es­co­bar was an el­e­gant cen­tre-half for Atlético Na­cional and the Colom­bian na­tional team, who was shot dead on the or­ders of a drug baron — not Pablo — af­ter Colom­bia went out of the 1994 World Cup. Us­ing amaz­ing footage from Pablo’s ar­chive and strong in­ves­tiga­tive work, the di­rec­tors make the case that An­drés and Colom­bia were only at that World Cup be­cause of Pablo’s in­vest­ment in Atlético and Colom­bian foot­ball at large. In the late Eight­ies, Pablo and two ri­val barons ef­fec­tively owned the coun­try’s three largest club sides. Fan grum­bles about clubs owned by In­dian chicken pro­ces­sors and Chi­nese hold­ing com­pa­nies can only pale in com­par­i­son.

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