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"The Two Escobars" is now streaming on Netflix

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Trailer is behind the link, go to Netflix is you have a subscription. Watch a very complex history about the crossroads of drugs and the rise of Colombian soccer which reached its apex in 1994 at the World Cup. The documentary brilliantly weaves together the social, political and soccer aspects in Colombia from the 1980s until Andres Escobar, who had received offers from AC Milan prior to the World Cup and was Colombia's captain, was gunned down after scoring the own goal in USA's win over Colombia. Valencia's father is interviewed, along with the well known Pibe Valderamma [Ryan and I had a light switch cover of him growing up!]. Made me wonder about the effect this period of turmoil had on the current crop of Colombian players in MLS who would have been young children when this all took place. I certainly remember reading about the event in the newspaper in a diner in Astoria for breakfast as a young 12 year old. The murder made a big impression on me about how intertwined soccer passion is in other parts of the world. Well worth watching. It's not all soccer, but very illuminating.

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