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After Tragedy, Brazil’s Chapecoense Named Copa Sudamericana Champs

By Nelson Belen, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - On Saturday, December 3rd, Ivan Tozzo, interim-president of the Chapecoense football (soccer) team announced that CONMEBOL, the governing body for South American football, has posthumously awarded the club the 2016 Copa Sudamericana championship. A plane carrying the Chapecoense team had tragically crashed en route to Medellin on Monday, November 28th, killing 71 people and leaving six survivors.

"CONMEBOL have declared Chapecoense as champions of the Copa Sudamericana,” exclaimed Tozzo to O Globo, following a memorial event at Arena Condá, Chapecoense’s home stadium. “In addition, the club will . . .

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