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The Daily Dirt, November 29: Chapecoense

Our thoughts are with Chapecoense and its supporters during this time

Tragedy in Colombia early this morning as the flight carrying Chapecoense, the Copa Sudamericana finalists, to Medellin crashed on its final approach to the airport. 76 people died in the disaster, with five surviving the crash. Three players are among the survivors. Reports are still coming in this morning.

Chapecoense reached the final last week with a surprising semifinal victory over San Lorenzo of Argentina. Reaching the Copa Sudamericana final was a first for the small club that has only sparingly played in Brazil’s top flight. They have won their state championship five times, most recently earlier this year.

They have been compared to Leicester City’s success. Both are teams from smaller cities that are achieving success against all odds.

Fans are now gathering at the team’s stadium in Chapecó, comforting one another during this time of tragedy. Brazil’s president Michel Tamer has declared three days of national mourning.

Our thoughts are with Chapecoense and all of their supporters in this time of loss.


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