A plane headed for Medellin, Colombia crashed last night. It was carrying players and staff of the Brazilian first division soccer club Chapecoense, as well as members of the media. There were 81 people on board, only six survived. It has been reported that three of the survivors may be players.
Chapecoense were on the way to play Colombian club Atletico Nacional in the Copa Sudamericana (South American Cup) final, which is essentially a South American Champions League. They were an amazing story: only reaching the Brazilian top division in 2014, Chapecoense were in the fourth division as recently as 2009.
The club was on a Cinderella run through the Copa Sudamericana. They were beloved by citizens of Santa Catarina, a small Brazilian city with a population under 200,000 in which they played. It is a truly heartbreaking tragedy, and the worldwide soccer community – and really every community – is deeply saddened and reaching out with support. Atletico Nacional is apparently petitioning to award the Copa Sudamericana championship to Chapecoense. Another petition has evidently been started to allow the club to receive free loanees and be exempt from relegation.
As you would expect, many images and videos of the team are being shared.
Here are some of the players who were not making the trip to the final, sitting in their home locker room after news of the crash:
Heartbreaking: The Chapecoense players who didn’t make the trip to Colombia. pic.twitter.com/W95W2fA8gj
— Casual Ultra (@thecasualultra) November 29, 2016
This is a video of Chapecoense, in the same locker room, celebrating their win last week that saw them through to the final:
This is heartbreaking 😥🇧🇷🙏
Footage of @ChapecoenseReal celebrating reaching the Copa Sudamericana final, just 5 days ago…
— Empire of the Kop (@empireofthekop) November 29, 2016
Here’s a video of Chapecoense players telling a teammate he is going to be a father. It’s from 20 days ago:
Heartbreaking. A Chapecoense player just 20 days ago being told he'll be a dad.
So tragic. pic.twitter.com/I83uT3ERDr
— The Arsene View (@TheArseneView) November 29, 2016
Finally, this is a video of Chapecoense fans who came together at their stadium:
Chapecoense fans gather at their stadium to pay their respects. pic.twitter.com/9ui9eNcGCd
— Footy Jokes (@Footy_Jokes) November 29, 2016
I don’t know what else to say besides hug your peoples.FOLLOW THE OPEN FIELD