Andres Escobar Death Goal: Colombian Veteran Murdered for Own Goal in the 1994 World Cup

Who was Andres Escobar

Andres Escobar death ~ Andres Escobar, born in March 1967 as Andres Escobar Saldarriage he was killed on the 2nd of July in 1994 at the age of 27 years. Escobar was a talented Columbian footballer who played as a defender for Atletico Nacional, a Colombian professional team based in Madelin that was one time owned by the famous Pablo Escobar. Despite owning the club he never declared himself as the owner or director but all activities were led by him.

Andres began his career at the Pablo-owned club played his youth career at the club and later joined the senior team where he played for three seasons before moving to Young Boys for one season from 1989 to 1990. In 1990 he made his return to his youth team Atletico Nacional where his career was ended.

Following his smooth style of play and calmness on the field, his die-hard fans nicknamed him ‘The Gentleman’. Internationally, he played for the Columbian national team where he played a crucial role as a defender but he ended up being paid with bullets.

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Andres Escobar Last Matches

Andres Escobar Death
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For decades Colombia was known as a crime hub with different criminal gangs including Pablo Escobar’s gang. In 1994, the Columbia national team qualified for the 1994 World Cup and they had their hopes up after they thrashed Argentina 5-0.

Andres Escober was not part of the squad that participated in the World Cup qualification but was called after they qualified since at that time he was one of the top-notch defenders in the country and they needed him on the pitch. Escobar headed to the World Cup with the hope of turning around the reputation of his country which at that time was tarnished due to the high rate of criminal gangs.

Following their qualification, the whole country was ready to welcome their first World Cup and drug lords were not left behind as they not only invested their hopes in the team they also invested a lot of money betting for their national team.

When they arrived in the United States they faced Romania in their first match but things went south for the Columbians losing 3-4 to Romania. Following the defeat, the team started receiving threat calls from the Colombian drug cartels.

After losing their first game against Romania they went ahead and faced the USA in their second game. This is where Escobar scored the only goal in the entire game but he scored it in his own net. The goal fueled everything, drug lords back in Colombia lost lots of money following the defeat.

Colombia managed to win their last match against Switzerland but it was too late they couldn’t proceed past the group stages.

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Andres Escobar Death Goal

Andres Escobar Death

Following the back-to-back defeat, Andres and his teammate had enough on their plates, threats right, left, and center. After their last match, most players decided to remain in the US as they await things to cool before they make their return to Colombia.

While others struggled on a place to settle in the meantime, Andres Escobar, had relatives in Las Vegas, Nevada that he could have visited. Instead, he decided not to give in to threats and decided to head back to Colombia. When he arrived together with some players they were advised to stay low-key until things cool down.

However, Escobar decided to ignore the advice, and five days after their elimination from the competition, Escobar called his friends and they visited a bar in the El Poblado neighborhood in Medellin on 1st July 1994.

After they arrived at the bar he split with his friends and later went to the parking lot at around 3:00 the following morning. As he was sitting alone in his car preparing to leave three men showed up and they started arguing, in a span of minutes one of the guys removed a handgun and pointed it at him, and shot him six times.

According to reports for every bullet that penetrated through him the killers celebrated, Goal! Goal! Goal! Goal! Goal! Goal!. He was left to die and a few minutes later he was taken to hospital but was announced dead after 45 minutes.

The killing was believed to be a punishment for the own goal he scored against the USA. His death was condemned globally, following his death Humberto Castro Munoz, one of the drug lord’s bodyguards was arrested the same day and confessed to his murder the following day.

His funeral was attended by 120,000 people and every year Colombia honors him by bringing his photos to matches.

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