Chapecoense Crash Survivor Emotional At Nou Camp Ovation


Barcelona’s traditional curtain-raiser, the Joan Gamper Trophy, took on emotional significance with the visit of Chapecoense, the Brazilian team who lost most of their playing and coaching staff in an air crash on November 28, 2016.

The plane carrying Chapecoense to the Copa Sudamericana final, first leg against Atletico Nacional crashed into mountains outside Medellin, Colombia on Nov. 28 after running out of fuel, killing 71 of the 77 people on board.

Barca invited Chapecoense to contest the traditional friendly, named after the club’s Swiss founder, 10 days after the crash, offering half the proceeds from the game to the Brazilian club in addition to making a donation of 250,000 euros ($294,875.00) to help the club’s reconstruction.

Ruschel jersey signed by Messi

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The Liga side won 5-0 with goals from Gerard Deulofeu, Sergio Busquets, Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Denis Suarez.

The players who survived the crash – Helio Neto, Jakson Follmann and Alan Ruschel – were given a separate tribute as they walked out of the tunnel at the Nou Camp after the teams emerged, while volunteers held up a heart-shaped banner in Chapecoense’s green and white colours.

Defender Ruschel was playing his second game since suffering spinal injuries in the crash and wore the captain’s armband, kissing the Nou Camp turf before the game began and raising his hands to the air in tribute to his fallen team mates.

The historic rivals will meet again twice on August 13 and 16 in the Spanish Super Cup and the International Champions Cup match set the entertainment bar high, with Barcelona maintaining their 100 per cent record in pre-season.

Chapecoense Plane Crash: “I Want Messi’s Shirt”, Says Survivor

Alan Ruschel, one of three Chapecoense players to survive the air crash that killed 71 people in Colombia on November 28, 2016, will return to football on Monday in a friendly match against Barcelona.

The plane carrying the Chapecoense squad to the Copa Sudamericana final against Atletico Nacional crashed into the mountains outside Medellin last November, killing all bar six of the 77 people on board.

Left back Ruschel survived, along with defender Neto, while goalkeeper Jakson Follmann had part of his leg amputated.

Speaking to reporters on Sunday Ruschel said it was a dream to be playing against Barcelona and said the perfect gift would be to exchange shirts with star player Messi.

“Exchanging shirts with Messi would be a gift for me, the best player in the world and one of the best in football history, for me would be great.

Ferrao (left) and Chapecoense crash survivor and defender, Alan Ruschel (right)

“I want to talk about my joy of being able to do what I like and I love. I want to thank all those who are part of my recovery, to thank the physiotherapists of the club, the clinical, medical and physical part, to thank God for being able to do what I love and thank my family.

“The most difficult part of that period of recovery was the psychological part, rather than going back to Chapeco, rather than going back to training, it was a subject that people who were with you were not part of and that was the hardest part for me.

“Today, I’m here alive. God is good, I am very grateful to God for everything he has given me in life, for everything he is doing for me, for me to be here today, to play at the Camp Nou and against Barcelona is a childhood dream,” Ruschel said.

Ruschel spent more than two weeks in hospital following the crash and had surgery on a back injury.

Chapecoense Plane Investigation Extends To CONMEBOL

Chapecoense Plane Investigation Extends To CONMEBOL Prosecutors from Brazil, Colombia and Bolivia say their joint investigation into the tragic plane crash that killed most of the Chapecoense soccer team could expand as far as to the CONMEBOL regional soccer governing body.

The plane crash sent shock waves through the global soccer community with messages of support and solidarity coming in from around the globe.

Chapecoense players, backroom staff and officials were among the victims when the flight carrying the team to the Copa Sudamericana final against Atletico Nacional crashed in Colombia last week.

Brazilian prosecutor, Wellington Cabra, said that they could look into how the small Lamia Charter Company got authorization to charter soccer teams like Chapecoense and others.

These announcements come after authorities detained the chief executive of Lamia on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Chapecoense defender, Alan Ruschel, who was one of six people who survived the deadly plane crash that killed 71 people, is recovering well.

He has also confirmed he would soon be back in brazil.

In a video released by the hospital where he is being treated, the Chapecoense defender could be seen walking around his hospital room and thanking supporters.

Ruschel was reported to have undergone spinal surgery after the crash and doctors told media he was progressing well.

The football world has united in its support for the Brazilian Serie A side, with numerous clubs and players having offered to help in the wake of the tragedy.

Barcelona have invited Chapecoense to play in the Joan Gamper trophy next season to pay tribute to the 71 people who died in the tragic air disaster.

Chelsea Trash Man City For 8th Straight Win

Chelsea Trash Man City For 8th Straight WinChelsea rallied from a goal down to overcome Manchester City and stretch their winning sequence to eight Premier League matches.

Gary Cahill’s own goal gave City the lead but strikes from Diego Costa, Willian and Eden Hazard earned Antonio Conte’s side victory.

Chelsea fell behind when Cahill’s attempted interception looped over Thibaut Courtois but, moments after Kevin De Bruyne hit the bar, the Blues levelled.

Costa took his goal tally to 11 for the season with a turn and shot on the hour and 10 minutes later Willian produced a second, celebrating by holding aloft his armband honouring the victims of the Chapecoense air disaster.

Hazard’s late breakaway goal decided matters before Sergio Aguero and Fernandinho were sent off.

Leaked Tape Shows Chapecoense Crashed Plane Ran Out OF Fuel

chapecoense-plane-crashThe plane which crashed in Colombia killing most team members of a Brazilian football club, Chapecoense, had run out of fuel, a leaked audio recording showed.

A pilot can be heard repeatedly requesting permission to land due to an electric failure and lack of fuel.

Just six of the 77 people on board the plane survived.

Chapecoense had been due to play a cup final on Wednesday evening. Fans instead have been gathering at their stadium for a memorial event.

The BBC reports that the leaked conversations between the flight crew and a Colombian air traffic controller give a glimpse of the frantic, final moments of the doomed plane.

The pilot can be heard warning of a “total electric failure” and “lack of fuel”.

Just before the tape ends, he says he is flying at an altitude of 9,000ft (2,743m). The plane slammed into a mountainside near the Colombian city of Medellin late on Monday.

That there was no explosion when the plane came down also points to lack of fuel, with one Colombian military source telling the AFP agency its absence was “suspicious”.

It is not known why the plane was out of fuel: whether it was due to a leak or because there was not enough on board.

Investigators have yet to announce any single cause for the crash and a full analysis is expected to take months.

Plane Carrying Top Brazilian Chapecoense Football Team Crashes In Colombia

chapecoense-plane-crashA chartered plane carrying top-tier Brazilian soccer team Chapecoense to the biggest game in its history crashed in the Colombian mountains, killing 75 people on board, authorities said on Tuesday.

Dozens of bodies were laid out and covered with sheets around the wreckage of the BAe 146 aircraft, which was lying in mud near La Union, a small town outside Medellin.

The plane went down about 10:15 p.m. on Monday with 72 passengers and a crew of nine. It was unclear what caused the crash, although local media said the plane had reported an electrical fault shortly before it disappeared off radar screens.

A Reuters reports that the plane split in two, destroying the tail end. Rain hampered the dozens of rescuers as they combed the muddy and forested area.

Chapecoense, from Brazil’s top league, had been flying to face Atletico Nacional of Medellin on Wednesday in the first leg of the Copa Sudamericana final, South America’s equivalent of the Europa League. On Tuesday, Atletico Nacional offered the championship to Chapecoense.

It was the first time the small club from the southern city of Chapeco had reached the final of a major South American club competition.

Colombia’s civil aviation head, Alfredo Bocanegra, said by Tuesday morning, there were 75 confirmed fatalities, with six injured survivors. He said the death toll could rise.

Tributes poured in from the global soccer family and Brazil declared three days of mourning.

“I express my solidarity in this sad hour during which tragedy has beset dozens of Brazilian families,” President Michel Temer said.

“The government will do all it can to alleviate the pain of the friends and family of sport and national journalism.”

Brazilian news organisations said 21 journalists had been on board to cover the match.

Colombia’s disaster management agency listed players Alan Ruschel, Danilo Padilha and Jakson Follmann as survivors.
Flight tracking service Flightradar24 said on Twitter the last tracking signal from flight 2933 had been received when it was at 15,500 feet (4,724 m), about 30 km (18.64 miles) from its destination, which sits at an altitude of 7,000 feet (2133 m).

The BAe 146 was produced by a company that is now part of the UK’s BAE Systems