Soccer fans (or should I say "futbol") take the sport very seriously. Too seriously judging from the after events of a 1994 World Cup match between the United States and Colombia.
During the game, which Colombia was expected to win, one of their players, Andres Escobar, accidentally scored on his own goal.
This gave the Americans a 1 - 0 lead, and they went on to win the game 2 -1 knocking the Colombians out of the World Cup.
After Escobar returned home to Colombia, he was gunned down. Three men attacked him as he was leaving a night club and shot him 12 times.
According to eye witnesses, the shooter said "goal, goal" every time he fired. Escobar later died in the hospital.
Escobar was not the only one targeted. The day the team played the United States, the Colombian coach and assistant coach received faxed death threats against their family.
Colombians, Americans and members of the international soccer community were horrified by the violent and pointless death.