Chapecoense’s last team photo just SIX DAYS ago reveals the devastating toll of the plane crash that wiped out their squad

Chapecoense’s last team photo just SIX DAYS ago reveals the devastating toll of the plane crash that wiped out their squad

This team photo from Chapecoense's last match - just six days ago - reveals the devastating toll of the plane crash that has wiped out their squad.


Lined up and ready for battle, the players were pictured before their clash with Argentinian side San Lorenzo in the semi-final of the Copa Sudamericana - South America's equivalent to the Europa League.


It was because of the away-goals win that they were travelling to Colombia for the two-legged final.
From the starting line-up picture on that glorious day last week, only one player - Neto - is still alive.


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Pictured from back left - Danilo, Mateus Caramelo, Cleber Santana, Willian Thiego, Neto and Josimar. From front left - Kempes, Ananias, Tiaguinho, Gil, Dener
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Brazil's Chapecoense footballers celebrate after defeating Argentina's San Lorenzo during their 2016 Copa Sudamericana
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Brazil's Chapecoense footballers celebrate after defeating Argentina's San Lorenzo during their 2016 Copa Sudamericana

Among the victims of the tragedy, was Cleber Santana - the captain. He previously played for Atletico Madrid for three years, from 2007 until 2010 and was a team-mate to the likes of Sergio Aguero and David de Gea.
Ananias, who is on loan at the club from Cruzeiro, netted the decisive away goal against San Lorenzo that got them to the final.
Another loanee at the club is 21-year-old defensive midfielder Matheus Biteco, from German Bundesliga side Hoffenheim.
Goalkeeper Marcelo Boeck spent five years at Sporting Lisbon from 2011-2016, where he was a team-mate of current Leicester striker Islam Slimani.
Boeck reportedly got in trouble with Slimani after they won the Potruguese Super Cup in August 2015 and spraying him with champagne. As a Muslim, Slimani is not allowed to touch alcohol.

 

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United for the last time, this is the Brazilian football team posing together in front of a passenger jet before their doomed flight crashed in Colombia, killing 76 on board
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The Chapecoense football team are pictured here on a plane. The footballers had to change their flight and board the plane that crashed after Brazilian aviation authorities prevented them from taking a charter flight, it has been claimed

6.jpgImages emerged online showing players in the cockpit posing for pictures with pilot Miquel Quiroga, who was believed to have been flying the doomed plane

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Images show two footballers, Defender Alan Ruschel (right in the two pictures) and goalkeeper Danilo Padilha (next to Ruschel), posing for selfies during the journey from Brazil with Ruschel, 27, telling fans: 'We're coming Colombia'. Both Ruschel and Danilo were pulled alive from the wreckage but Danilo later died in hospital
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Chapecoense left back Dener Assunção posted this image of players on a flight on his Instagram account

Team members had posed together for a picture in Bolivia ahead of take-off as they were travelling to Colombia for the biggest game in the club's history, the Copa Sudamerica final. But their journey came to a devastating end when the jet smashed into a hill and broke in two in remote Colombian mountains at about 10.15pm.
The Avro RJ85 plane, which was carrying nine crew, suffered power failures while flying through the Antioquia Department on its way from Bolivia.
The pilot is believed to have circled around before crash landing in a desperate bid to lose fuel and avoid an explosion on impact.
Just 20 days ago, the same plane had transported the Argentinian football team, including megastars Lionel Messi and Angel Di Maria, to Belo Horizonte in Brazil, where they played Brazil in a World Cup qualifier match.

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Chapecoense was traveling on a chartered flight to play Colombian club Atletico Nacional in the Copa Sudamericana final when the plane crashed near Medellin
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Shocked fans comforted each other outside the home of Chapecoense at the Arena Conda stadium in Chapeco
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Heartbreaking images have also emerged online showing devastated players who were not travelling with the team sitting in the empty club changing room

Heartbreaking images have since emerged online showing devastated players who were not travelling with the Chapecoense squad sitting in the club's empty changing room. Brazil has since declared three days of mourning.
There are reports that the team had to change their flight at short notice and board the doomed aircraft after Brazilian aviation authorities prevented them from taking a charter plane direct from Sao Paulo to Medellin.
A video published on the Chapecoense Facebook page showed team members readying for their journey earlier on Monday in Sao Paulo's Guarulhos international airport. A team photograph then showed them preparing to board in Bolivia on the second leg of their journey.

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Rescue teams work in the recovery the bodies of victims of the LAMIA airlines charter that crashed in the mountains of Cerro Gordo, municipality of La Union, Colombia
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There are reports that the team had to change their flight and board the doomed aircraft after Brazilian aviation authorities prevented them from taking a charter plane
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The wreckage of the LAMIA airlines charter plane carrying members of the Chapecoense Real football team is seen after it crashed in the mountains of Cerro Gordo
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A police searcher looks through the wreckage of the plane as rescuers started to remove bodies from the site this morning
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Crash site: Pictures show how the plane smashed into the side of a mountain after coming down close to the town of La Union
 
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Pictures taken at the scene show rescue teams trying to find survivors and the crumpled remains of the team's plane

The team, from the small city of Chapeco, was in the middle of a fairy tale season. It joined Brazil's first division in 2014 for the first time since the 1970s and made it last week to the Copa Sudamericana finals - the equivalent of the UEFA Europa League tournament - after defeating Argentina's San Lorenzo.

'May God accompany our athletes, officials, journalists and other guests travelling with our delegation' the club said in a brief statement on its Facebook page. The players looked happy and relaxed as they waited for permission to board.

Rescuers have started the grim task of removing bodies from the crash.

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