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2020/2021 Season

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Chapecoense plane crash survivor Neto retires from football

One of the six survivors of the air crash that killed almost all of the Brazilian football team Chapecoense in 2016 announced his playing retirement on Friday.

Neto, a 34-year-old defender, spent two years rehabilitating after the crash that killed 71 people in Colombia. He returned to training in March. But in an interview he said his pain was too intense to play again.

"I am in agreement with doctors and the club. I wanted a farewell match, but I chose not to," Neto told TV Globo.

"My body...

Chapecoense relegated three years on from plane crash tragedy

Chapecoense's relegation to the Brazil second division has been confirmed.

Brazilian side Chapecoense have been relegated to the second division for the first time in their history, three years after a tragic plane crash that killed most of their players.  

Chapecoense lost 1-0 at home to Botafogo on Wednesday to end their hopes of remaining in the top division for a seventh straight campaign.

- Sam Borden: The Unthinkable Fate of Chapecoense  

The result left Chapecoense second bottom out of 20 teams, with 28 points and three games...

Chapecoense's dignified fight against relegation, in the shadow of disaster, is as admirable as their rise

Marcio Araujo looks on during Chapecoense's Serie A match against Botafogo.
Three years after their air disaster, Chapecoense are on the brink of relegation.

Chapecoense are sipping at the last-chance saloon on Wednesday.

With 10 rounds to go in the Brazilian championship, they are deep in relegation danger. Last week, goalkeeper Joao Ricardo left the field declaring that the "Chapecoense supporters will have to get used to the idea of playing in the second division." At the weekend, Marquinhos Santos, their third coach of the campaign, admitted that "we can't try to deceive our fans. We have to be realistic. The situation is very difficult, but at...

Chapecoense mourn death of reporter who survived plane crash

Rafael Henzel, a radio reporter who survived the crash that killed most of the Chapecoense soccer team in 2016, died of a heart attack on Tuesday, the Brazilian club said. He was 45.

Globo reported that Henzel collapsed while playing football in the southern city of Chapeco and despite being rushed to hospital he died soon after.

A highly respected figure in the area, Henzel returned to his radio job after recovering from the plane crash.

"Throughout his brilliant career, Rafael told the story of...

Chapecoense, Brazilian giants Fluminense, Vasco da Gama all mired in tight relegation fight

After the horrific tragedy of two years ago, Chapecoense's first-divison fate will come down to the final game of the season.
After the horrific tragedy of two years ago, Chapecoense's first-divison fate will come down to the final game of the season.

It is precisely two years since the Chapecoense plane crash, when almost the entire team and coaching staff of the little Brazilian club lost their lives.

In such circumstances, it seems crass in the extreme to state that Chapecoense are fighting for their first-division survival this weekend. Such metaphors lose all their meaning when measured against true tragedy.

Nevertheless, there is a connection. Because all of the emotion engendered by the disaster needs to be channelled somehow. And the...