The soccer world rallies around Chapecoense after plane crash tragedy

Leander Schaerlaeckens
Chapecoense fans came together to grieve.
Chapecoense fans came together to grieve.

Sometimes, there just are no words. Even when you’re in the business of putting words together and getting people to read them. Chapecoense’s plane crashed and most of the Brazilian Serie A club’s senior team, and 71 people in all, are dead. That’s the long and the short of it. Those are the facts. Those are the only relevant words.

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So instead of trying to say something meaningful that will ring hollow anyway, we’ll just make note of the reaction from the rest of the soccer world and register the outpouring from all over the soccer universe on Tuesday.

Support also came in more tangible form. Three major Brazilian clubs — Flamengo, Palmeiras and Sao Paulo — offered to loan players to Chapecoense in order to finish out this season, per the BBC, and then the get through next. They were soon followed by several other clubs. One round of games remains in the 2016 season, in which Chape currently sits in a respectable ninth place in the Brazilian Serie A.

Meanwhile, Colombia’s Atletico Nacional — which was slated to play Chape in the first leg of the Copa Sudamericana, South America’s second-tier continental tournament, when the Brazilian club’s plane crashed on its way to Medellin — petitioned the regional governing body, CONMEBOL, to award Chapecoense the tournament title and the prize money. The money would go to the victims’ families. And the title would complete the Cinderella run Chape had been on, rising from Brazil’s fourth tier to the final of one of its major tournaments inside a decade.

Several clubs also called to protect Chape from relegation from Serie A for three seasons in order to allow for time so that the club can rebuild its squad.

Leander Schaerlaeckens is a soccer columnist for Yahoo Sports. Follow him on Twitter @LeanderAlphabet.