Salute to sporting spirit: Brazilian football clubs offer to loan players to Chapecoense after tragic plane crash

Chape's opponents Atletico Nacional have asked the tournament's governing body to award Chapecoense with the historic 2016 Copa Sudamerica trophy following the plane crash disaster

Brazilian football clubs – Palmeiras, Sao Paulo, Santos, Corinthians, and Flamengo have officially stated that they will loan players to Chapecoense for free following the plane crash tragedy. Additionally, clubs have also formally requested the Brazilian Football Confederation to exempt Chapecoense from being relegation from the top flight at least for the next three seasons. Rival outfits have demanded that Associacao Chapecoense de Futebol be safeguarded at all costs.

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The Chapecoense plane crash tragedy is an absolute disaster, one that has shaken the entire football fraternity. (Photo: AP/PTI)

Elsewhere, Chape’s opponents Atletico Nacional also deserves to be respected as they have asked the tournament’s governing body to award Chapecoense with the 2016 Copa Sudamerica trophy. Chapecoense endured a fairytale run to the competition’s finale but there happened to be a tragic twist in the story. The club posted a video on Facebook and Twitter, with a caption stating, “Let this be the last image of our warriors. #StrengthChape.”

The Chapecoense disaster has shocked the entire football fraternity

Brazilian outfit Chapecoense was scheduled to play against Colombian club Atletico Nacional in the first leg of the 2016 Copa Sudamerica final today. The chartered Avro RJ85 flight that was travelling from Bolivia’s Santa Cruz to its destination Medellin in Colombia, tragically crashed midway through its journey in Cerro Gordo, La Union, on November 28, reportedly killing 71 people out of the 77 who were boarded on the plane.

Among the 6 survivors, there are 3 players – Jackson Ragnar Follmann, Alan Ruschel, and Helio Hermito Zampier Neto. The other 3 who lived to see another day were 2 crew members – Erwin Tumiri and Ximena Suarez and a journalist named Rafael Valmorbida.

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Rescue crew work at the wreckage from a plane that crashed into Colombian jungle with Brazilian soccer team Chapecoense. (Photo: Reuters)

Chapecoense football club released an official statement stating, “Today we wake up with a new challenge because life gave us a different lesson. Our warriors became heroes and immortalized their lives in a battle that made the world stop. Today’s match does not have a final whistle. Together, we are more than 11.”

 (Courtesy: YouTube/Associacao Chapecoense Futebol)

The Football fraternity paid tributes and expressed their condolences to the families, and friends of the victims. Football fans across the globe experienced a shocking accident, one that will take a considerable amount of time to really move on. The Chapecoense plane crash tragedy is an absolute disaster, those who lost their lives may be gone forever but they will never be forgotten. Football will always remember! #ForçaChape