Watch "The Two Escobars," June 22 on ESPN

Next week on ESPN, the sports TV network, will debut its brand new documentary entitled “The Two Escobars,” the story of Andres Escobar, the talented Colombian soccer player who was tragically murdered after he scored an own goal in the 1994 World Cup. The film investigates the surprising relationship between the murders of Escobar and his namesake, Pablo Escobar, the drug cartel warlord.

The haunting documentary debuts at 9pm ET June 22 on ESPN and for soccer fans is a must-see. The documentary is brilliantly produced and pulls you into the heartwarming story of how Andres Escobar grew up and fulfilled his lifetime dream of becoming a soccer player, as well as the incredible pressure the Colombian national team was experiencing during the ’94 World Cup, and the tragic circumstances that happened after Escobar scored the own goal that helped the United States advance to the second round of the tournament.

ESPN was kind enough to send me an advance copy of the film, and I must say that it’s one of the most haunting and memorable documentaries I have seen in years. I don’t want to give too much away about it so I don’t ruin your experience watching it, but rest assured, this is a film that you have to watch.

If you miss it on June 22, it’ll re-air again on Saturday at 10pm on ESPN Classic and on Sunday, July 4th at 1pm on ESPN2. But if you’re as mad of a soccer fan as I am, you’ll be sure to watch it tonight.

It’s not often that soccer documentaries are made. And it’s not often that stories as tragic as this one happens. Be sure to set aside two hours of your time June 22 to watch one of the documentaries of the year.

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14 Responses to Watch "The Two Escobars," June 22 on ESPN

  1. Brad says:

    http://30for30.espn.com/film/the-two-escobars.html

    It isn’t on until next week. Monday on ESPN Deportes and Tuesday on ESPN.

    • The Gaffer says:

      Brad, my apologies. You’re correct. In my excitement regarding the release of this game, I got the dates mixed up. The correct dates have been updated in the story.

      Cheers,
      The Gaffer

  2. Brad says:

    Definitely looking forward to this.

  3. Brazil are going out, talk about being over-rated. silva (dumped by arsenal, too old) elano, (dumped by man city, too crap) robinho, (dumped by man city for being crap) Kaka, over-rated. But more than this, no fear of this team by any other nation. Even North Korea are giving them a game.

    No way this team is going to win this world cup

  4. brn442 says:

    I was thinking about Escobar yesterday as the Danish defender was smiling after his “own” goal. We all talk about football being larger than life and death but no player should loose his life over a mistake (including Mark Green.) Escobar’s death marked a sorry and pre-mature end of a golden era of Colombian football. A damn shame.

  5. Munish Gupta says:

    We always see own goals in the games and I still remember that goal but nothing in a game should be responsible for person’s death. It was a very sad event.

  6. bradjmoore48 says:

    Very much looking forward to this. The 30 for 30 series has overall been very good with what has been released thus far. “No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson” and “Winning Time: Reggie Miller and the NY Knicks” in particular are must-sees.

  7. Gary says:

    Hey Gaffer,

    Can you update the title of this post and the first sentence? It is a bit confusing.

    Gary

  8. Angry Trey says:

    The ESPN 30 for 30 Documentaries are some of the best sports documentaries ever made. All of them have been very well done and I expect this one to be also. I am looking forward to watching.

  9. Would anybody be kind enough to mail me any info on the 30-30 series ?
    It appears to be a great program, and a i am lookinging forward to it tonight.

    In Anticipation. Thank you very much!!!!! Phil.

  10. maria lopez says:

    i saw it, loved it, want to see again but missed the reshows. will you be airing at least one more time??

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