Interim Chapecoense president Ivan Tozzo confirmed on Saturday that CONMEBOL will name the club as 2016 Copa Sudamericana champions.
The title will be posthumously 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.
CHAPECO, Brazil -- On a rainy Saturday that only accentuated the grief, 20,000 people filled a tiny stadium under umbrellas and plastic ponchos to say goodbye to members of the Chapecoense football club who died in a plane crash.
The accident on Monday in the Colombian Andes claimed most of the team's players and staff as it headed to Colombia for the first leg of the Copa Sudamericana final. Seventy-one of the 77 people on board died, including 19 players on the team.
Brazilian club Chapecoense lost 19 of their players in the crash and Luiz paid tribute to them after the Blues made it eight consecutive wins in the Premier League as they came from behind against City to go four points clear at the top of the table on Saturday.
"I want to dedicate this win to the people who died in Brazil," he told Sky Sports. "It was difficult...
White sheets printed with the logo of Chapocoense lay over row upon row of caskets at a Medellin funeral home on Thursday and the club confirmed that all 71 bodies had been identified and would be flown to Brazil on Friday via three flights.
The club detailed the process of the procession of the bodies to the stadium and said that on Saturday, they will...