Saturday, 7 January 2017

Photos: Chapecoense Plane Crash Survivor Chats To Youth Players As Devastated Brazilian Side Presents New Team

Football club Chapecoense was all but wiped out in a devastating plane crash in Colombia last year.
But the Brazilian side has fresh hope for the future as they presented 27 new players signed to replace those tragically killed .

Almost all of the team's senior players were lost on doomed LaMia flight 2933, which came down on November 28.

The southern Brazilian club were en route to Medellin to face Atletico Nacional in the final of the Copa Sudamericana when the jet hit a mountain, killing 71 people.
Centre back Helio Neto and fullback Alan Ruschel survived, as did reserve goalkeeper Jackson Follmann, who had part of his leg amputated.

The club has signed 27 new players for the new season while reserving shirt numbers for two of the survivors in the hope they can play again.

Director of football Rui Costa said all three survivors still had a role to play at the club.

Neto attended the presentation on crutches, where he chatted to the youth players who have been called up to the first time in the wake of the tragedy.

The players will start their season on January 26 with a home game against Joinville.

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