What is the Chapecoense? Brazil mourns football team members who died in plane crash


Brazil’s top division football team the Chapecoense were travelling to play the first leg of the Copa Sudamericana final.

But their plane crashed down on Monday in Medellin, killing 71 footballers, passengers and other passengers.

Defenders Alan Ruschel and Helio Zemper and reserve goalkeeper Jakson Follman were among the six survivors of the crash. 

As Brazil marks three days of mourning, here is a look at the Chapecoense football team. 

Who are the Chapecoense? 

The Brazilian football club lost most of its players in the plane crash tragedy in Colombia. 

Tearful fans have gathered to mourn at the stadium and churches in the team’s hometown of Chapeco in the State of Santa Catarina in the south of Brazil. 

Many hundreds of fans have also left floral tributes, candles and football at the club”s stadium, the Arena Condá.    

Ivan Tozzo, the team”s acting president, said: “Our idea is to hold a collective wake here in our beloved stadium because everyone wants to give their support, to give an embrace,

People are also mourning in the Colombian city of Medellin, where the Chapecoense had been due to play Atletico Nacional on Wednesday. 

Atletico Nacional have asked that Chapecoense be awarded the Copa Sudamericana title. 

Previously little known outside Brazil, the football team has made worldwide headlines in the most tragic circumstances. 

The Associação Chapecoense de Futebol was founded in 1973 and made a return to Brazil’s top football league, Serie A, in 2014.