Brazilian Soccer Team Parishes in Fatal Plane Crash

Brazilian Soccer Team Parishes in Fatal Plane Crash

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The BBC reported that the Brazilian soccer team Chapecoense Brazilian Soccer team was caught in a fatal plane crash in Colombia. Seventy-seven people were aboard the charter plane. Only six survived the crash.

The professional soccer club was founded in 1973. They were based in the city of Chapeco. The team’s home city has a population of 210,000. The club was not very well known outside of Brazil until the tragedy on Monday, Nov. 29, 2016. The plane was headed from Santa Cruz in Bolivia to the international airport in Medellin, Columbia.

The Brazilian team was expected to participate in the Copa Sudamericana final. The tournament was reported to be the largest match of their career by the press. The Atletico Nacional was the Colombian soccer team was their scheduled opponent. The opposing team has offered to concede from the match, which makes the Chapecoense club the winner of the match.

The team asked their fans to come to the stadium when the match was initially booked. They asked their fans to dress in white, as well.

The Brazilian first division soccer team has offered to send players to Chapeco. The team stated that the trip for the lent players will be free of charge.  The Brazilian soccer team asked the league to defend the team from relegation for the coming three years.

Some prominent football players such as Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney, two Barcelona stars Lionel Messi and Neymar have paid tribute to the players. The Brazilian soccer players in the plane crash have also oddly developed into a success story in the last few years.

The Rio Times reported that the plane crashed into the Colombian mountains shortly before it was to land in the city of Medellin, Colombia. The Chapecoense had chartered the plane to travel to the first of the two games in the Copa Sudamericana final.

The day after the accident the club’s vice president, Ivan Tozzo, stated that the disaster was extremely depressing news. He was trying to keep from tearing up. Tozzo said that they could have never predicted such a thing and it feels incredulous. He then concluded that, so far, it is difficult to fully grasp the sad news of the Brazilian soccer team perished in a fatal plane crash.

There were nine flight crew members, 51 Brazilian soccer players, and 21 journalists on the flight. The members of the soccer club included staff, executives, and players.

The three surviving players are Jackson Follmann, Alan Ruschel, and Neto. Other survivors consist of a stewardess for Bolivia’s LaMia Airlines, and one journalist. Goalie Danilo Padilha was alive when he was rescued and then died on route to the hospital.

The Colombian Authorities declared that the rescue was delayed due to the location of the crash. The are is a thickly forested area with no roads providing an entrance. lLkewise, a helicopter was not able to make it to the scene of the accident because of a rainstorm.

Barcelona players and Spain’s Real Madrid team held a moment of silence for the Brazilian soccer players. The solemn moment was held during Tuesday’s training sessions. Authorities have stated that this could have been one of the planes crashes with the largest numbers of deceased athletes in recent memory.

NBC News stated that the fatality was a tragedy ending the Chapecoense fairy tale season. Brazilian President Michel Temer stated the country would observe three days mourning. His countrymen braced for three days of emotionally draining funerals after a Brazilian soccer team died in the fatal plane crash.

By John A. Federico
Edited by Cathy Milne

Sources:

The BBC: Chapecoense plane crash: Football rallies around Brazilian team
The Rio Times: Plane Carrying Brazilian Football Team Crashes in Colombia
NBC News: Plane Carrying Brazil’s Chapecoense Soccer Team Crashes in Colombia

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