Chapecoense Return To Training Ahead Of Season Opener
Chapecoense, the Brazilian club hit by tragedy following an air disaster en route to the Copa Sudamericana final in November, have returned to training ahead of the 2017 Brazilian season.
The Verdao – relative minnows in the grand scheme of Brazilian football – have enjoyed a metoric rise in recent seasons, fighting in the top half of the Brazilian table and also making their mark in the Copa Sud – reaching the 2016 final.
However, all but four of the team’s senior players, plus the coaching staff, were lost on LaMia flight 2933 on November 28, en route to Medellin for the first leg of the final against Atletico Nacional.
Now, some six weeks on from that fateful evening, the club’s training base in Chapeco has once again been a hive of activity, as a new-look team has begun to be put through its paces by new manager Vagner Mancini.
The group that have taken to training so far includes 15 new signings, four players from last year’s squad, and 10 youngsters promoted from the youth ranks.