Chapecoense suffer the cruellest end to heroic Copa Sudamericana adventure
The club’s plane went down just minutes away from Medellin, transforming what had been an incredible journey to the final of the Copa Sudamericana into tragedy
It was a scene that plays out hundreds of times every week across the world of football. Chapecoense’s heroic players and staff milled around Sao Paulo’s Guarulho airport ahead of their overnight flight to Santa Cruz in Bolivia and then on to Medellin, where on Wednesday they would take on Atletico Nacional in the first leg of the Copa Sudamericana final.The video shows plenty of tired faces, as one would expect, but also smiles and excitement at the prospect of making history. The Brazilian club had come from nowhere to earn the right to fight for silverware, and simply making the final marked a fantastic achievement for all those involved.