Brazilian football club Chapecoense has been promoted back to Serie A. On Tuesday, Chapecoense beat Figueirense 2-1. They have made their place concrete in the top four in Serie B. The club had lost almost all its first team squad after their plane crashed in 2016. This is their immediate return to the top division after last year’s relegation.
The club took to Twitter to announce their promotion. “WELCOME BACK. WE ARE IN SERIE A!” the club tweeted. They also added it was not easy to achieve the promotion as it was way harder than they had imagined it to be. Chapecoense, they wrote, worked with humility, dedication, unity and with all the strength from above.
The plane that carried the club’s players and staff plus some journalists had crashed on 28th November in 2016 near Medellín, Colombia. The team was due to play the Copa Sudamericana final first-leg against Atletico Nacional. The crash killed 71 out of the 77 people that were on board. The plane crashed into a hillside when the team was flying from Santa Cruz de la Sierra, in Bolivia, to Colombia killing 19 players and 19 staff members. Out of the team only 3 players survived.
It was a disaster that bought the world of football together in grief. Fans and clubs around the world came in the time of need to help Chapecoense. Rival clubs in Brazil offered the club their players on loan. Barcelona has organized charity matches so that funds could be raised for the club as well the families of the deceased.
Following the crash, Chapecoense chose to avoid relegation for two consecutive seasons. Eventually they went down to Serie B in 2019.