In 2009, Ricardo Silva Romero publishers Autogol a novel about Andrés Escobar, the Colombian soccer player who was brutally assassinated after having scored an own goal during the 1994 World Cup. Twenty years later, in an interview with the Colombian newspaper El Espectador, Ricardo reflects on the border between journalism and fiction, and reminisces on this tragic episode of soccer history.
Back then, what did Andrés Escobar's death represent?
A country that kill a soccer player who scores an own goal should shudder in disbelief, close its door and never go out again because it's a very shameful act. One only has to look at what happened after that. The Colombian Congress started losing its power, everything that had to do with politics was vilified (...). To write about 1994 is to write about the so-called "soccer family"—the mafia—at a very violent time and even though Pablo Escobar had just died, there was still a lot of aggressiveness in the air; Colombia was a violent and intolerant country.
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