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Shadow Of Shame
S.L. Price
May 23, 1994
THE SPECTER OF VIOLENT DRUG CARTELS HANGS OVER THE SPLENDID COLOMBIAN NATIONAL SOCCER TEAM
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May 23, 1994

Shadow Of Shame

THE SPECTER OF VIOLENT DRUG CARTELS HANGS OVER THE SPLENDID COLOMBIAN NATIONAL SOCCER TEAM

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Córdoba doesn't feel sorry for Higuita. "René contributed a lot to the growth of the Colombian team," Córdoba says. "He came at the right moment. We always feel that he's with us. It's not that I'm here because he's not. It's my turn."

Pablo Escobar is dead, not forgotten. Neither is Colombia's old goalie. While Higuita celebrated his 27th birthday last August in Patio Number 5 of Modelo Prison, Córdoba and his teammates held a small celebration in his honor. They set up a video camera and placed Higuita's uniform on a chair. Everybody sang Happy Birthday to You.

Two days after that, Colombia crushed Peru 4-0. Higuita watched the game on TV in jail. Later the tape of his birthday party came in the mail.

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