SAO PAULO (AP) — A journalist who was one of the six survivors of the Chapecoense soccer team air crash died Tuesday night after a heart attack.
Families of Chapecoense air crash victims demand indemnity
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — The families of victims of a plane crash that killed 71 people in 2016, including most members of the Brazilian soccer team Chapecoense, arrived to Bolivia on Thursday to demand indemnity.
The soccer team was on its way to play a South American cup final in the Colombian city of Medellin when the plane crashed on a mountain just a few miles away. Colombian authorities have concluded that fuel shortages and negligence caused the crash on Nov. 28, 2016.
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombian authorities have concluded that fuel shortages and negligence caused a plane crash that killed 71 people in 2016, including most members of the Brazilian soccer team Chapecoense that was on its way to Medellin to play a South American cup final.
Friday's report from Colombia's Civil Aviation Authority capped a 17-month inquiry into the Nov. 28, 2016, crash on a mountain just a few miles from Medellin.
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Brazilian club Chapecoense has challenged South American soccer body CONMEBOL in a dispute over a defaulted Copa Libertadores game last season.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport says Chapecoense made its case Thursday to overturn a 3-0 loss imposed for fielding an ineligible player in May. A verdict is expected within weeks.
CONMEBOL's ruling ensured Chapecoense, which won the group game 2-1 at Argentine club Lanus, could not reach the knockout stage.
Uruguay’s Nacional fined after fans mock Chapecoense crash
ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — South America's soccer governing body has fined Uruguay's Nacional and ordered the club to play its next three international games without its fans after some of its supporters mocked the plane crash that killed most of Brazilian squad Chapecoense two years ago.
Brazil’s Chapecoense knocked out of South American cup
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Brazil's Chapecoense has been knocked out of the prestigious Copa Libertadores after a surprising qualification for the South American cup last year.
The Brazilians lost at Uruguay's Nacional 1-0 on Wednesday, the same score of the first leg of the pre-group faceoff.
Chapecoense qualified for the tournament only one year after it lost 19 players in an air crash in Colombia in Nov. 2016.
Chapecoense wants Nacional banned after fans mock crash
ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — Brazilian soccer club Chapecoense has asked South America's soccer governing body to expel Uruguayan club Nacional from the Copa Libertadores after some of its fans mocked the plane crash that killed most of the Chapecoense squad two years ago.
Chapecoense gets Copa Libertadores spot 1 year after tragedy
SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's Chapecoense has secured a spot in the next edition of the Copa Libertadores tournament one year after a plane crash killed 19 of its players.
The southern Brazilian team beat Coritiba 2-1 Sunday with a last-minute winning goal. Chapecoense finished eighth in the local championship and qualified for South America's most prestigious soccer club tournament in 2018.
Midfielder Elicarlos equalized for Chapecoense and striker Tulio de Melo scored the winner.
Torino and Atalanta draw 1-1 in Serie A
TURIN, Italy (AP) — Torino and Atalanta missed the chance to close in on the qualifying positions for European competition as they drew 1-1 in Serie A on Saturday.
They moved level with three other teams and six points below sixth-placed Sampdoria.
Most of the sides above them have played a match less, while fifth-placed Lazio and Samp have two matches in hand.
Torino defender Nicolas N'Koulou scored his first goal in Italian football on the stroke of halftime, heading in Adem Ljajic's corner.
Brazil’s Chapecoense pays tribute to crash victims
SAO PAULO (AP) — Fans gathered at the stadium of Brazilian soccer club Chapecoense on Tuesday night, paying their respects and praying for the victims of a plane crash a year ago that killed 19 of the team's players.
A vigil will be held in the early hours of Wednesday at the Arena Conda stadium, where photos are being displayed of all 71 people killed in the crash. A Roman Catholic mass will follow later at the main church in the city of Chapeco.
Torino to commemorate anniversary of Chapecoense plane crash
TURIN, Italy (AP) — Torino players will wear special shirts in Saturday's Serie A match against Atalanta to mark the one-year anniversary of the plane crash that killed most of the Brazilian team, Chapecoense.
Torino, which endured its own air disaster in 1949, says it is "fulfilling a promise" made by club president Urbano Cairo to Chapecoense president De Nes Filho.
The Italian team, which normally plays in a maroon kit, says it will wear "a green jersey like that of Chapecoense."
Chapecoense avoids relegation one year after plane crash
SAO PAULO (AP) — Chapecoense striker Tulio de Melo says the team feared they would not honor the memory of the dead.
So it was to their great relief that it avoided relegation in the Brazilian championship almost one year after a plane crash killed 19 of its players in Colombia.
The team from southern Brazil beat Vitoria 2-1 at home late Thursday to stay up in the championship with three rounds to go.
Chapecoense crash survivors received by Pope Francis
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Brazilian soccer club that was devastated by an airplane crash in the mountains of Colombia last year met with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Wednesday.
Francis gave Chapecoense a special welcome in his remarks and posed for pictures with the team at the end of his weekly general audience.
When the team's flight went down in Colombia in November, all but six of the 77 players, officials and journalists on board were killed.
Chapecoense crash survivor returns to pitch at Barcelona
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Eight months after surviving the plane crash that killed most of his Chapecoense teammates, Alan Ruschel played his first minutes of football on Monday when his Brazilian club met Barcelona in a friendly.
Ruschel and two teammates were the only Chapecoense players to not perish when the team's flight went down in Colombia last year, killing all but six of the 77 players, officials and journalists on board.
LA UNION, Colombia (AP) — Chapecoense, the scrappy Brazilian soccer club that was devastated by an airplane crash in the mountains of Colombia last year, made an emotional return to the scene of the disaster Tuesday.
Among the three players who survived the tragedy and made the return journey was goalkeeper Jackson Follmann, who lost part of his leg in the accident and had to be helped by rescuers up a still-scarred hillside after being pulled from the wreckage of a chartered plane.
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — FC Porto's president has apologized for his club's fans chanting that they wished rivals Benfica had been on board the plane that crashed with Brazilian team Chapecoense.
Some Porto fans chanted "I wish Benfica had been on Chapecoense's plane" during a handball match between Porto and Benfica on Wednesday.
In a letter provided by the club to The Associated Press, Porto president Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa wrote to Chapecoense to apologize for "the insulting chants."
CHAPECO, Brazil (AP) — It will be anything but a typical soccer cup final when Chapecoense faces Atletico Nacional in the first leg of the Recopa Sudamericana on Tuesday.
Instead, the focus will be on remembering those who died four months ago when the plane carrying Brazilian team Chapecoense crashed in the Andes on the way to the Copa Sudamericana final against Colombia's Atletico Nacional.
Out of 77 passengers, 71 died, including 19 players, journalists, and club officials.
Colombian bar pays homage to soccer players killed in crash
MEDELLIN, Colombia (AP) — It's just like many little sports bars around the world: Photos of members of a favorite team line the walls, young men smiling proudly in their uniforms.
In this case, though, it's a team from the other side of the continent — and one with a tragic connection to the residents here in the Colombian city of Medellin.
Chapecoense survivors lift trophy 2 months after tragedy
CHAPECO, Brazil (AP) — The three surviving players of the air crash two months ago that killed 19 members of Brazil's Chapecoense soccer club lifted the Copa Sudamericana trophy on Saturday in honor of their dead teammates.
The moving moment came just before the rebuilt side played its first match since the Nov. 28 tragedy, drawing 2-2 with defending Brazilian champion Palmeiras in a charity game.
Silence, mourning since fatal crash turn to hope at Chapeco
CHAPECO, Brazil (AP) — Silence and mourning are slowly being replaced by boisterous fans and hope.
As the Chapecoense club rebuilds after the air crash that killed 19 players and nearly all members of the staff and board of directors, so is the town of 200,000. Like many in Brazil, football is the oxygen for everything: gossip, community pride and heated debate.
Robinho in Brazil squad for Chape fundraiser versus Colombia
CHAPECO, Brazil (AP) — Veteran forward Robinho has been called back into Brazil's national team for Wednesday's friendly against Colombia — a match that will raise funds for the families of the victims of the Chapecoense team air crash.
The former Real Madrid, Manchester City and AC Milan player has not played for Brazil since the 2015 Copa America. The 32-year-old Robinho is now at Atletico Mineiro.
Survivors gather as Chape plays first game since fatal crash
CHAPECO, Brazil (AP) — Slowly and steadily, Rafael Henzel will climb into the cramped space to broadcast Saturday's friendly match for Brazilian club Chapecoense, the first since nearly the entire team was killed in an air crash almost two months ago.
Only six of the 77 passengers survived — and Henzel was one of them.
Chapecoense to play 1st game since crash in 2 weeks
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian soccer club Chapecoense, which lost most of its team in an air crash in November, will make its return later this month for a friendly match against defending league champion Palmeiras.
The match will be held on Jan. 21 in Chapecoense's 20,000-seat Arena Conda in Chapeco, a city of 200,000 about 800 miles south of Rio de Janeiro.
Chapecoense coach Vagner Mancini is still signing players to replace the 19 that died on a Colombian hillside on Nov. 28.
Colombia vs. Brazil in charity match for Chapecoense victims
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Colombia and Brazil will play a friendly match on Jan. 25 to raise money for the victims of the air crash last month that killed 19 players from Brazilian club Chapecoense.
The match is set for Rio de Janeiro's Engenhao stadium, which was the venue for athletics during the Olympics. Brazil's team will be composed only of players with local clubs and will not include stars like Neymar who play in Europe.
Atletico’s Aguilar to honor Chapecoense at Club World Cup
SUITA, Japan (AP) — Representing South America at the Club World Cup has added significance following the plane crash that killed most of the Chapecoense team, Atletico Nacional defender Felipe Aguilar said Tuesday.
The Colombian club was to play Chapecoense in the Copa Sudamericana final but the Brazilian team's plane crashed on Nov. 28, killing almost all on board.
The directors of Atletico asked the governing body of South American soccer to award the Copa Sudamericana title to Chapecoense.
Atletico Nacional to honor Chapecoense at Club World Cup
OSAKA, Japan (AP) — Colombia's Atletico Nacional arrived in Japan for the Club World Cup on Saturday, still dealing with the trauma of the recent airplane crash that caused the cancellation of the Copa Sudamericana final.
Atletico was to play Chapecoense in the final but the plane carrying the Brazilian team to the game crashed on Nov. 28, killing almost all on board.
Most of us have heard the tragic news about the Brazilian soccer team Chapecoense that lost most of it players on November 28th in the horrific crash of LaMia Flight 2933 near Medellin, Columbia. 71 people died in the crash, 19 of whom were members of the Chapecoense soccer team. The team had been flying to Medellin to play a soccer match for the South American Cup of the South American Football Confederation.
Barcelona invites Chapecoense to play friendly
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona says it has extended an invitation to host a friendly match against the Brazilian soccer club involved in last week's plane crash.
Chapecoense was on its way to the final of the Copa Sudamericana, one of South America's most prestigious club tournaments, when its flight went down in Colombia, killing all but six of the 77 players, officials and journalists on board.
Crash-struck club Chapecoense given Copa Sudamericana title
ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — The Brazilian club Chapecoense, which lost most of its players in an air crash last week, has been awarded the Copa Sudamericana championship by the governing body of South American soccer.
In a statement Monday, CONMEBOL said it awarded the title "as a posthumous homage to the victims of the fatal crash that leaves our sport in mourning."