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The Tragic Fairy-Tale Ending

Enrique Mendoza

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On November 28, LaMia Flight 2933 crashed in Colombian mountains near the city of Medellin shortly after 10:00 pm, killing 71 of the 76 passengers on board.

2016 was a fairy-tale story for Chapecoense, a Brazilian club team, which was going to the Copa Sudamericana, the second biggest club competition for South America, to face Atlético Nacional of Colombia.

The young team was about to make their club’s first appearance in the finals. Ready to play their first of two games and make their small city in Brazil proud.

The morning after, Brazilian star forward posted a photo and wrote, “It’s impossible to believe this tragedy, impossible to believe what happened, impossible to believe that the plane crashed, impossible to believe that athletes, human beings were on this plane, impossible to believe that these people left their families. … Today the world cries, but heaven rejoices in receiving Champions.”
Medellin-based Atlético Nacional, the other team in the finals, said it was asking the South American soccer confederation to give the Copa Sudamericana title to Chape as a tribute to the players who died.

The Chapes will remain forever as champions of the 2016 Copa Sudamericana.

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The Tragic Fairy-Tale Ending