Brazilian football club, ‘Chapecoense’ whose players lost their lives in a tragic plane crash that occurred in November 2016 are set to sign twenty new players for the new season.
According to the club's Director of Football, Rui Costa, the club will be resorting to a lot of loans and no player will use the shirts worn by the players who survived.
"We are resorting to a lot of loans, no player this season will use the shirts that were worn by Jackson Follmann, Neto or Alan Ruschel".
"More than a tribute, we expect Alan and Neto to come back and wear them. Follmann sadly won't be able to but he will certainly be back here with us in some capacity".
Chapecoense are set to begin their pre-season training on Friday, 6th January 2017 and will begin their Brazilian Serie A campaign against ‘Joinville’ on Thursday, 26th January 2017.
The club was awarded the 2016 Copa Sudamericana by the South American Football Federation (CONMEBOL) following the request made by the opponents in the final of the cup, Atletico Nacional.
Atletico Nacional requested that the trophy be given to Chapecoense who were on their way to play the Colombian club when the tragic event occurred. [Read here if you missed it]
On Monday, 28th November 2016, a tragic incident occurred outside the city of Medellin in Colombia when a plane carrying 82 passengers including the players of Brazilian Serie A club, Chapecoense crashed killing no less than 76 passengers. Nineteen Chapecoense players and staff lost their lives in the crash with three players surviving the crash. [Read here if you missed it]