To think about football is to think about joy, excitement, passion, fun and many more adjectives. However, on November 28th, 2016, football suffered an injury. The plane of the Chapecoense Football Asociation from Brazil crashed on its way to Medellin, where they were going to play the final of the South American Cup against Atlético Nacional.
On November 29th, Conmebol released a statement which said that the Colombian authorities notified that the plane in which the Brazilian team was travelling suffered an accident. The Colombian police confirmed that 75 out 81 people who were on the plane died and six survivors had been taken to the hospital with injuries.
The plane was carrying 68 passengers, 9 crew members, and 21 of the passengers were journalists, of whom just one survived. Among the survivors were:
- Alan Ruschel, who suffered spinal injuries, according to the doctors.
- Two goalkeepers, Jackson Follman and Marcos Danilo. Danilo died shortly.
- One team’s delegation, a Bolivian flight attendant and a journalist.
It is normal and understandable that after a tragedy like this one, grief and sadness comes along. However, following this event, some small news of happiness arrived unexpectedly. The Brazilian team was awarded the South American Cup by the Conmebol. The Atlético Nacional requested this action; also the Colombian team received a Fair play award due to their “spirit of peace, understanding and fair play.” Different players from around the world offer their services to play with the Chapecoense which lost almost all its players in the crash. Footballers like Ronaldinho Gaucho from Brazil and Eidur Gudjohnsenn from Iceland among them.
As a metaphor to life, football also has its ups and downs. However, we have to remember the moments of joy, passion and excitement that this team gave its fans and supporters. Teams around the globe forgot the differences and joined in silence to honor eleven of their brothers who left the field of the game earlier than expected.
By [Juan Carlos Ferro].