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Coffins of players and staff carried into stadium in Chapeco

Reporter: Lucrecia Franco 丨 CCTV.com

12-04-2016 15:49 BJT

To Brazil where thousands of people filled a stadium to bid farewell to members and fans of a local football team. 19 players from the Chapecoense club were among the 71 victims in a plane crash in Colombia on Monday that brought an end to an inspiring run from a small town team.

Photo provided by Brazil

Photo provided by Brazil's Presidency shows soldiers carrying caskets of the members of the Brazilian soccer team Chapecoense who were killed in an air crash in Colombia, at the Chapeco Airport in Chapeco, Brazil, on Dec. 3, 2016. (Xinhua/Brazil's Presidency/Beto Barata)

Wearing plastic ponchos, Chapecoense fans once again crowded the stands of their beloved club. This time, crying under a heavy rain that added more sorrow to Saturday's funeral. The small venue was decorated with flowers to receive the bodies of the victims of this week's plane crash in Colombia. A funeral procession before the burial.

"This team was our passion. I think in addition to being a good-bye, it's just really sad."

"I was here, in the rain, watching Chapecoense play, fight and win. And today I'm here to honour the jersey."

Monday's night crash killed 19 players, most of the club's staff and 20 sport journalists. Six survived - two crew members, a journalist and three players. Chapecoense was flying a chartered plane for the finals of the Copa Sudamericana, a fairy tale for the club that just recently jumped to the first division. It was a shock for the football world.

In the response to support from thousands of fans and players from Brazil and around the world, Chapecoense has hung big banners like this one that says thank you in at least twenty languages.

Brazil's President Michel Temer greeted the arrival of the coffins in Chapeco's airport but the funeral at the stadium was for people of this small town to get back on it's feet but it will not be easy.

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