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Copa Sudamericana trophy given to Chapecoense at Libertadores draw

Chapecoense president Plinio David de Nes Filho, left, holds the Copa Sudamericana trophy with Atletico Nacional representative Daniel Jimenez at the 2017 Copa Libertadores draw.

Chapecoense were officially handed the Copa Sudamericana champions trophy on Wednesday evening at the draw for the 2017 Copa Libertadores tournament.

The small Brazilian club were awarded the trophy by CONMEBOL -- South America's football governing body -- after a plane carrying the team crashed en route to the final of the Copa Sudamericana in Medellin, Colombia, on Nov. 28 taking the lives of 71 people on board, including 19 players.

The movement to give the trophy to Chapecoense was driven...

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Bolivian government faults airline and pilot in Chapecoense crash

The LaMia plane carrying Chapecoense crashed into the mountains in Bolivia last month.

A Bolivian government report says the plane crash that killed 19 players of Brazilian club Chapecoense was the fault of the pilot and the LaMia airline.

The pilot, Miguel Quiroga, was one of 71 people to die in the incident.

"What has happened in this tragic event is the direct responsibility of the LaMia company and the pilot," Milton Claros, Bolivia's minister of public works and services, said at a news conference while presenting the government's findings on Tuesday.

Claros also said his ministry...

Atletico Nacional's Felipe Aguilar hopes to honour Chapecoense in CWC

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SUITA, Japan -- Atletico Nacional defender Felipe Aguilar says representing South America at the Club World Cup has added significance following the plane crash that killed most of the Chapecoense team.

The Colombian club were 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 football, CONMEBOL, to award the Copa Sudamericana title to Chapecoense.


Chapecoense crash airline CEO held as part of Bolivian investigation

Thousands of supporters paid their final respects to the Chapecoense players, coaches and staff.
Chapecoense's Alejandro Martinuccio aims to carry the legacy of his teammates following the club's tragedy.

A Bolivian judge on Thursday ordered that the head of the ill-fated chartered airline whose plane carrying Brazilian football team Chapecoense crashed in the Andes last week be detained while authorities investigate him for possible charges of manslaughter and other crimes.

Gustavo Vargas, a retired air force general who is CEO of the LaMia airline, complained at the court hearing that he is being unfairly blamed for the Nov. 28 crash near Medellin, Colombia.

Authorities have said it was a preventable...

 By Tim Vickery

Chapecoense, Atletico Nacional forge friendship from depths of tragedy

Thousands of supporters paid their final respects to the Chapecoense players, coaches and staff.

It is of very little consolation, but the death of a team has led to the birth of a moving friendship between the two clubs, which disaster did not allow to meet. Atletico Nacional of Colombia were to have hosted Chapecoense of Brazil last Wednesday in the first leg of the final of the Copa Sudamericana, the continent's Europa League equivalent.

The Brazilians never made it, their plane having run out of fuel on its approach to the airport in Medellin. The crash claimed the lives of 71 of the...