Brazilian Soccer Team’s Horrific Plane Crash

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Brazilian Soccer Team’s Horrific Plane Crash

James Kim, Staff Writer

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Last Tuesday, Chapecoense, a first division Brazilian soccer team, was on their way to Medellin to play against Atletico Nacional in the final game of the Copa Sudamericana. However, their plane suddenly crashed, killing 75 out of the 81 passengers. The cause had been from an empty fuel tank.

On Saturday, Chapeco received the bodies of the players who passed away in the crash. Around 100,000 people, including Gianni Infantino, the president of FIFA, attended the wake.

The team had an incredible story. They were originally a small team and were promoted to Brazil’s top division just two years ago. This year, they had gone through a great run in the Sudamericana, the second-biggest international club competition in South America. The small, yet spirited team played the biggest teams in Brazil. It seemed as if the “fairy tale” would receive the perfect ending it deserved until the crash seemed to have abruptly ended it.

However, the perfect ending was eventually written. Nacional, the team that was supposed to play Chapecoense, made a proposal to give the Sudamericana Title to them. The gesture showed honor and respect for the members of the team who passed away. Chapecoense may not have won the game, but they will forever be remembered as winners.

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