Less than six months after their air crash tragedy, Brazilian league side, Chapecoense, have lifted the Santa Catarina state championship – their first trophy since the crash.
In the November’s crash, when 71 of 77 people on board died, only three of the club’s players survived.
Top clubs from Brazil and Argentina did offer to loan players to the club, who signed 25 new players this season and promoted nine from the youth team.
They lifted the trophy on Sunday for the second straight year, despite losing to Avai.
They lost 1-0 to Avai, but their 1-0 victory in the first leg meant their better record over the course of the season was decisive.
The crash happened on 29 November as the squad travelled to face Colombian side Atletico Nacional in the final of the Copa Sudamericana – the title which was later given to the Brazilian side.
“We knew that Chape would have a lot of difficulties because of the rebuilding of the team, but because of the work we reached the title, beating opponents who are rivals and difficult to beat,” new coach Vagner Mancini said after the victory, as the club dedicated the win to those who were killed.
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