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I just watched the Football Heartbreaks compilation again, and again, like every time, the most touching moment for me is when Escobar tragically puts the ball past his own keeper...

I was surprised to find that he was killed in his car, I always thought he had been killed during the night in his h otelroom...guess I was too young to remember it properly :)
I wonder, has this case been solved? Was is just some drunk angry footballfan, or was there more?

Found this nice poem online btw... http://www.footballpoets.org

Still Just A Game-Andre Escobar 1967-94

"The World Cup in America, nineteen ninety four,
USA - Colombia, do you recall the score?
And over in the Rose Bowl, the fevers running high,
While on the streets, of Medellin, it's near to do or die.
Colombia were on a roll, the moment it was now,
Their road would be to glory, to sweet success somehow.
I speak of Andres Escobar, I shudder at his name,
The linchpin in a strong defence, and known throughout the game.

They called him 'Caballero', the football gentleman,
In soccer crazy bars and homes, and right across the land.
In front of ninety thousand fans, Colombia v The States,
The stadium heaved to anthem songs, behind the long closed gates.
The minutes gone were thirty three , Colombia's stubborn wall,
Is broken by a hopeful cross, it looked like Andres' ball.
But as he stretched to intercept, the ball spun fast away,
It clipped his boot and in the net, it landed on that day.
An own goal of exctreme bad luck , the sorry deed was done,
And one that proved, to be his last, Columbia lost two-one..

Their World Cup dream now over, disaster in one game,
While friends stood by, a finger dark, sought out the one to blame.
With Med'lin's current murder rate some twenty odd a day
His only ever World Cup goal would prove the price to pay.
Eliminated, they returned, to jeers instead of praise
And Andres' goal, cost him his life, within the next ten days

July the first, a night club, where high up on a hill
They shot him like a dog that night, and Escobar lay killed.
Own goal, own goal, they shouted, as he sat in his car
At point blank range, six times they fired, outside the Padua Bar

On Medellin's streets, they argue still, on such a way to go
A hit man or a drunken rage, but we will never know
A country rife with drugs and guns, so meaningless and sad
How can there be, his father cried, some people quite so bad
That they could kill, my gentle son, that they, his life could take
All for a moment in a game, all for one brief mistake
And now while politicians and drug lords wine and dine
The coke cartels and hit men come thick at any time
Think then upon the price of life - the money and the dream
Those sexy football lifestyles aren't always how they seem
And on those dusty pitches on Sundays you can see
By breeze block slums with washing hung - the dream of breaking free
And still they talk of that World Cup and of the fateful day
When Escobar stretched out too far against the USA.

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He was killed outside a club; he was about to enter his car.

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I thought he was poking a drug baron's bird

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Ray, I don't think that was ever proven, I thought the case was still "oficially" unsolved.

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Andres Escobar was a unique player, he was a gentleman out and inside of the fields...and no doubt, he was one of the best defenders (if not the best) that has ever played in the colombian NT. It's really sad how thing ends in my country and it is even more sad IMO when it gets involve in things which I feel it more, in this case football!

If someone ever ask me why I dislike my National football league, my first answer will be: the football fans. I know there are many fans around the world which are fascist or wahtever..but in here isn't just that, many fans still laugh at Escobar by going to the stadium with peculiar Andres' posters , or even singing songs about his mistake ...especially the Deportivo Independeitne Medellin ones which are the rivals of Esocbar's ex-team, Nacional. In fact, since Escobar's death, many people have lost their love or interest to watching football.

Ray your version isn't quiet sure.. here in Colombia there has been reveled many versions about Escobar's death and lots of people think it was something to do with the Narcos. I don't know...and anyway, I don't really care...nothing will bring him back...

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last thing i heard was it was to do with a criminal gambling firm.Apparently escobars own goal cost a criminal gang loads of money and as a result of his own goal he lost his life because of this.
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