knapplc wrote:StlSluggers wrote:I'd rather read about football.
Thanks. I've been looking for something new to put in my sig.
Fantastic, I'll talk some football now.
Seriously, I found "The Two Escobars" on Youtube (in Spanish though) and just finished it. It was an excellent in-depth documentary that painted a comprehensive picture of Colombian society as a whole in the mid-90's and its effect on the national team. The documentary excels in giving a rich, detailed backstory of the drug cartels, their influence on Colombian football at the club and national levels, the political corruption, and it ties well in leading up to the events of the '94 World Cup and Andres Escobar's eventual tragic death. By the end of it, I was more fascinated about Pablo Escobar and he was given a fair shake of a depiction too. Perhaps the filmmakers were a bit extra generous in highlighting Pablo's acts of philanthropy, but I think it also does well in evoking some sympathy for the man too. Hardly anyone on both sides of the law seemed purely innocent, anyway.
The only gripe I have about The Two Escobars is that from time to time, game footage was interspersed with other game footage that wasn't relevant to the game in question. Minor, but nonetheless I found it nagging. Also, I think the documentary neglected the fact that Romania fielded quite a strong team and best in their nation's history. They weren't touted as heavy favorites by the press as Colombia but Romania were a brilliant counterattacking side led by arguably Romania's greatest footballer, Gheorghe Hagi. That was a tougher match than what the documentary seemed to convey.
Looking back on it, I've always thought it was a shame that Colombian football declined as it did, following the World Cup exit and of course, Andres Escobar's death. Carlos Valderrama enjoyed quite a long career and I'd immediately rank him as one of the greatest passing midfielders I've ever seen in my time. Off the top of my head, Zinedine Zidane and Paul Scholes rank higher. Faustino Asprilla had the skills and flair of a top-notch striker but he was a relatively undisciplined lad himself and fell short of realizing his potential. Of course, the irony is had Rene Higuita not been jailed for shady reasons, perhaps Andres Escobar's own goal might not have happened. Higuita was a beast of a keeper and the Colombian stand-in #1 at the World Cup was partially at fault too for Andres Escobar's blunder.