Chapecoense Win First Title Since Plane Crash Disaster as Club's Recovery Continues

Joe Whitcombe

​Chapecoense have performed a remarkable feat, and have won their first title, just six months after a dreadful plane crash killed 19 players and club staff. 

The ​Mirror report that the Brazilian side beat Joinville 2-0 to win in the second stage of the  Capeonato Catarinense. The club had previously finished second to Avai in the first stage of the competition, moving forward to take the state title.

The victory now gives Chapecoense the opportunity to win the competition outright, as they face off once again against Avai, in a two-legged final in May.    Chape have previously won the tournament five times, so will be looking to add to their rich history in the competition, made even more staggering in the face of their recent tragedy. 

Chapecoense were travelling to Medellin in Colombia last November, to face Atletico Nacional, in the first leg of the Copa Sudamericana final, when the tragic crash occurred. Only 6 of the 77 passengers survived, with just three of Chape's players amongst them. 

Nacional insisted the Chapecoense be awarded the title after the accident, with teams all over Brazil offering to loan players to the club, to help them rebuild their side.

Famous names in the game also offered their services, with Ronaldinho heavily linked to Chape, with Icelandic striker Eidur Gudjohnsen also offering his services out of respect.

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