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Chapecoense: A fairytale season turned into everyone's worst nightmare

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By Euronews
Chapecoense: A fairytale season turned into everyone's worst nightmare

<p>Chapecoense were founded in 1973 in the town of Chapeco in southern of Brazil – the result of a merger between two amateur teams.</p> <p>After languishing in Brazil’s lower leagues for almost four decades they made a remarkable return to the topflight in 2014 and have stayed their ever since, mixing it up with more renowned clubs such as Corinthians and Santos.</p> <p>Having seen off more illustrious opponents in the earlier rounds of the competition this little-known team outside of Brazil were about to play the biggest game in the club’s history; the first leg of the Copa Sudamericana final against Colombian side Atletico Nacional.</p> <p>It was a modest squad of players who showed impressive ambition and punched far above their weight.</p> <p>They were the first Brazilian team in three years to make it to the final but their football fairytale has now ended in the most tragic of circumstances.</p> <p>A tragedy that has left a town, a nation and an entire sport in shock.</p> <p>Flags at the Brazilian FA have been flying at half mast while three days of national mourning have been announced in Brazil.</p> <p>Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona paid tribute on Tuesday morning.</p> <p>Before their training sessions both La Liga sides observed a minutes’ silence in memory of the Chape players who lost their lives.</p> <p>Manchester United, who lost eight players and three staff members in a 1958 plane crash in Munich were among many other teams to unite in grief and send a message of support to a club that was supposed to be celebrating a stunning achievement in it’s history.</p>