CONMEBOL will name Associação Chapecoense de Futebol as 2016 Copa Sudamericana champions, according to Chapecoense vice-president Ivan Tozzo.

This came after the tragic plane crash that killed 71 people, including 19 Chapecoense players. On November 28, an airplane operated by a charter airline named LaMia, crashed after running out of fuel eight miles from the destination of Medellin airport.

After the tragic event, Atletico Nacional, who would have been Chapecoense’s opponents in the two-legged final, urged CONMEBOL to award the title to Chapecoense.

Atletico Nacional’s officials threatened that if they will be forced to play the Copa Sudamericana final against Chapecoense at a later date, they will use players from U17 team or they will score many own goals.

Chapecoense vice-president Ivan Tozzo confirmed on Saturday night that he would posthumously award one of South America’s most prestigious titles to the Chapecoense club.

“CONMEBOL have testified that they will crown Chapecoense as champions of the Copa Sudamericana,” Tozzo told Globo. “Right now we are beginning to rebuild the team. People want football, people love football in Chapeco. Therefore, we must continue this. Let’s talk and do well, let the dust settle and rebuild the team for next year”, he also said.

Six people survived the tragic event:

Ximena Suarez, air stewardess
Ximena Suarez, air stewardess
Erwin Tumiri, flight technician
Erwin Tumiri, flight technician
Jackson Follman, Chapecoense's goalkeeper
Jackson Follman, Chapecoense's goalkeeper
Alan Ruschel, Chapecoense's defender
Alan Ruschel, Chapecoense's defender
Hélio Hermito Zampier Neto, Chapecoense's defender
Hélio Hermito Zampier Neto, Chapecoense's defender
Rafael Valmorbida Henzel, journalist
Rafael Valmorbida Henzel, journalist

These are the 19 players who lost their lives in the tragic plane crash from Medellin, Colombia:

Marcos Danilo Padilha (Goalkeeper) - 31 years
Marcos Danilo Padilha (Goalkeeper) - 31 years
Filipe Machado (Defender) - 32 years
Filipe Machado (Defender) - 32 years
Dener Assunção Braz (Defender) - 25 years
Dener Assunção Braz (Defender) - 25 years
Marcelo Augusto Mathias da Silva (Defender) - 25 years
Marcelo Augusto Mathias da Silva (Defender) - 25 years
Mateus Lucena dos Santos (Defender) - 22 years
Mateus Lucena dos Santos (Defender) - 22 years
Willian Thiego de Jesus (Defender) - 30 years
Willian Thiego de Jesus (Defender) - 30 years
Guilherme Gimenez de Souza (Defender) - 21 years
Guilherme Gimenez de Souza (Defender) - 21 years
Matheus Bitencourt da Silva (Midfielder) - 21 years
Matheus Bitencourt da Silva (Midfielder) - 21 years
Sergio Manoel Barbosa Santos (Midfielder) - 27 years
Sergio Manoel Barbosa Santos (Midfielder) - 27 years
Cleber Santana Loureiro (Midfielder) - 35 years
Cleber Santana Loureiro (Midfielder) - 35 years
José Gildeixon Clemente de Paiva (Midfielder) - 29 years
José Gildeixon Clemente de Paiva (Midfielder) - 29 years
Josimar Rosado da Silva Tavares (Midfielder) - 30 years
Josimar Rosado da Silva Tavares (Midfielder) - 30 years
Arthur Brasiliano Maia (Midfielder) - 24 years
Arthur Brasiliano Maia (Midfielder) - 24 years
Tiago Da Rocha Vieira (Forward) - 22 years
Tiago Da Rocha Vieira (Forward) - 22 years
Bruno Rangel Domingues (Forward) - 34 years
Bruno Rangel Domingues (Forward) - 34 years
Ananias Eloi Castro Monteiro (Forward) - 27 years
Ananias Eloi Castro Monteiro (Forward) - 27 years
Ailton Cesar Junior Alves da Silva (Forward) - 22 years
Ailton Cesar Junior Alves da Silva (Forward) - 22 years
Lucas Gomes da Silva (Forward) - 26 years
Lucas Gomes da Silva (Forward) - 26 years
Everton Kempes dos Santos Gonçalves (Forward) - 34 years
Everton Kempes dos Santos Gonçalves (Forward) - 34 years

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