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 By PA Sport

Neto's premonition of Chape tragedy: 'I dreamed that it would happen'

The city of Chapeco has always had a passionate bond with its soccer team, but it was never stronger than during a magical run to the 2016 Copa Sudamericana finals.
The tragic crash of Chapecoense's chartered flight took 71 lives and left only six survivors. Soon after, the club began the difficult process of rebuilding for the 2017 season.

Neto has revealed he had a premonition about the plane crash that killed all but three members of his Chapecoense team last November.

Alan Ruschel, Jakson Follmann and Neto were the lone survivors from the Chapecoense squad as the team made its way to the Copa Sudamericana finals in Colombia.

And as they opened up about the accident, which killed 71 of the 77 people on board, in an article for The Players' Tribune, Neto recounted: "I dreamed that it would happen.

"A few days before we were supposed to leave for the Copa Sudamericana finals in Colombia, I had a terrible nightmare. When I woke up, I told my wife that I had been in a plane crash.

"I was in the airplane at night, and there was a lot of rain. Then the plane shut off. It fell from the sky. But somehow I could stand up from the wreckage.

"I walked out and was on a mountain at night. Everything was dark. That's all I remembered."

He recalled sending a text to his wife from the aircraft, asking for her to pray for him.

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Neto was one of only three survivors pulled from the plane wreckage.

And then, he remembers, his nightmare started to come true.

He said: "Then I saw all the things from the dream really happening ... the plane shut off. The power went down completely. I was wide awake.

"Then the plane fell from the sky. It was beyond our comprehension as humans."

Follmann wants to keep the memory of his teammates alive, adding: "One thing we do not want -- and we will keep repeating this -- we don't want people to forget our friends who have left us.

"The people who passed away, they are heroes. Losing so many friends ... people that were sons, that were fathers, that were brothers ... it's really hard to understand."

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