Brazilian side Chapecoense have completed a footballing miracle – winning a state championship title less than a year after a plane crash claimed the lives of 19 players and numerous officials.
At the weekend, Chapecoense beat Joinville 2-0 to win the second stage of the Capeonato Catarinense. Chapecoense now have the chance to win the overall championship when they face Avai, who won the first stage, in a 2-legged play-off in May.
This represents a remarkable comeback for the side, which was decimated in November 2016 when the airplane the side was travelling to Columbia for the first leg of the final of the Copa Sudamerican crashed, killing 71 people. Only 6 survived, including 3 Chapecoense players.
Clubs from across Brazil offered to loan players to Chapecoense to help rebuild the club. Now, they have the chance to win their 6th Cathrinense.
Should they win, it would surely become one of sport’s greatest stories of triumph over adversity.
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