At 27 years old, Andres Escobar has this physical status:
Andrés Escobar (Spanish pronunciation: [and'es sala] [anonym]; 13 March 1967 – 2 July 1994) was a Colombian footballer who played as a defender. He competed for Atlético Nacional, BSC Young Boys, and the Colombia national team. He was nicknamed The Gentleman for his crisp style of play and calmness on the field.
Escobar was shot in the aftermath of the 1994 FIFA World Cup, reportedly as retaliation for scoring an own goal which resulted in the team's disqualification from the tournament. His assassination of the country's reputation globally. Escobar himself had worked to promote a more positive image of Colombia, winning international recognition.
Colombian fans still hold Escobar in high regard, and Atlético Nacional's supporters are particularly mourned and remembered.
Escobar was born in Medelln on March 13, 1967. He grew up in a middle-class family. He attended Colegio Calasanz and graduated from Instituto Conrado González. Before becoming a professional footballer, he played for school football teams.
Daro Escobar's father is a banker who founded an organization that gives young people the opportunity to play football rather than being on the streets. Santiago, his brother, was a footballer who competed with Andrés at Atlético Nacional before he moved to team leadership in 1998.
Escobar was engaged to his mother for five years, including Pamela Cascardo, a dentist. They would have been married later in 1994. Escobar, a devout Catholic, attended Mass every day with his mother until her death at the age of 52.
Escobar was a defender throughout his career. He had his jersey number 2, and he was known as "El Caballero del Ftbol" ("The Gentleman of Football") and "The Immortal Number 2." He played for Atlético Nacional and Young Boys in Colombia and Switzerland during his youth. He aided Nacional in winning the 1989 Copa Libertadores.
Escobar was rumored to have been offered a job by A.C. Milan prior to the 1994 World Cup.
In a 3–0 win over Canada on March 30, 1988, he made his international debut for the Colombian national team. In a 1–1 draw against England, his first appearance in an international competition was in 1988 Rous Cup, where he also scored the first goal of his career.
He appeared in four games at the 1989 Copa América when he was 22 years old. In the first round of the tournament, the team was disqualified. He appeared in 1990 FIFA World Cup qualifiers the same year as last. The team was the winner of Group 2, but the Internal Play-off was needed to play since it had the lowest record among the group winners. Colombia defeated 1–0 on aggregate, and qualified for the 1990 FIFA World Cup. Escobar appeared in all of the World Cup games. The team advanced to the Round of 16 where it was eliminated with a 2–1 loss to Cameroon.
Escobar was called up to the 1991 Copa América squad, where he made seven appearances. He did not participate in any games of the 1994 FIFA World Cup qualifier, but he was picked up for the World Cup.
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