Chapecoense named 2016 Copa Sudamericana champions

Chapecoense named 2016 Copa Sudamericana champions

Chapecoense named 2016 Copa Sudamericana champions

Written by Staff Writer

07 Dec, 2016 | 3:59 pm

Brazilian club Chapecoense have been named 2016 Copa Sudamericana champions by CONMEBOL after losing 19 of their players in a plane crash as they travelled to the tournament’s final on November 28.

In a statement, the South American governing body said it awarded the title — the continent’s secondary international club tournament — “as a posthumous homage to the victims of the fatal crash that leaves our sport in mourning.”

Club officials had said on Saturday that the title and $2 million prize money would be bestowed upon the Brazilian side after a plane carrying the team crashed en route to the Copa final last Monday, taking the lives of 71 people on board — including 19 players.

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