- Apr 7, 2012
The plane carrying Brazilian soccer club Chapocoense crashed in Medellin. They were on their way to play for the championship.
I could barely work today. Honestly had to fight back tears at times, just a horrific tragedy all around. I just keep remembering that game against San Lorenzo, Danilo's miracle save at the last second to qualify Chape for the finals, and the sheer ecstasy that overcame the whole team at the final whistle. Fuck, this has hit me so hard, I can't even imagine what the victims' families are going through. Everyone in the country was rooting for them, they were probably the most likeable team that has come up in Brazil in decades, it's impossible to simply accept that this has really happened.This is horrific.
I live in Santa Catarina, where they're from, and not only was Chape already the top team in the state, they were well on the way to becoming a contender nationally, having ascended from the 3rd division four years ago, and exceeding expectations every year since, culminating in the Sulamericana final they were on their way to. They were the biggest Cinderella sports story in Brazil in this decade - a team that rose through the ranks so quickly, that there was no time for any rivalries to form. Even here in the capital, where the other major SC teams are, there was a real sense of joy seeing Chape defy logic and, year after year, reach increasing levels of success.
And now they're gone. We're all just stunned.
Ran out of fuel.
How does that happen in this day and age?
I can't speak for their fans, but Atlético Nacional are the reigning South American champions, having won Libertadores in July. In 2015, they played 48 domestic league games and qualified (somehow) for both Libertadores and Sudamericana (so I guess UEFA teams can STFU about fixture congestion!). They won Libertadores back in 1989, too, and have 15 domestic titles, though some of them are split-season titles common to Latin American countries.I don't know anything about the Medellin club. What was the mood going into the final - mutual respect? animosity? contempt for the minnow? lack of privity? something else? Who are their supporters - long-suffering underdogs, pink hats, ultras, ???
Agreed.Fox Brazil aired 90 minutes of a black screen with a countdown timer during the period when the match was supposed to be played.
Very, very class.
The authorities in Bolivia have arrested the head of the airline involved in a crash last week that killed 71 people, including most of the Brazilian football team, Chapecoense.
Gustavo Vargas, a retired air force general, has been detained as part of an investigation into the crash.
The plane, operated by the tiny LaMia airline, was taking the team to Colombia when it ran out of fuel.
A Bolivian official says she warned the pilot of the problem before departure.
The official, Celia Castedo, has now sought asylum in Brazil, saying she suffered threats and abuse.
I saw it on Fox Sports after the World Cup matches that Saturday. It was phenomenal -- heartbreaking and poignant. There's such a raw honesty, as well as a number of haunting moments and revelations. I watched it again with my family and found myself tearing up many times. I can't recommend it highly enough.