- Title: Soccer stars pay tribute to Chapecoense with all-star match at Maracana Stadium.
- Date: 29th December 2016
- Summary: RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL (DECEMBER 28, 2016) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF PEOPLE ENTERING PITCH WITH BALLOONS WITH THE GREEN, WHITE COLOURS OF CHAPECOENSE CLUB BRAZIL SOCCER LEGEND ZICO AND FRIENDS SHAKING CHAPECOENSE FLAG CROWDS SCREEN SHOWING CHAPECOENSE FOOTBALL TEAM PAN INSIDE MARACANA STADIUM VARIOUS OF CHILDREN HOLDING BALLOONS, LETTING THEM GO VARIOUS OF CHAPECOENSE FAN ALAN FURTADO SHOWING THE SHIRT, READING CHAPECOENSE FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION (SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) CHAPECOENSE FAN, ALAN FURTADO, SAYING: "They are (Chapecoense football team) loved ones but whenever a tragedy happens, we are sad for the human loss."
- Embargoed: 13th January 2017 17:42
- Keywords: Chapecoense Neymar Zico
- Location: RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL
- City: RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL
- Country: Brazil
- Topics: Soccer,Sport
- Reuters ID: LVA0015EXQFYF
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: As the final survivors of the Colombian plane crash that killed 71 and wiped out a Brazilian soccer team returned home, memorials and celebrity soccer matches are being organised. And on Wednesday (December 28) the starts came out for a match at the famed Maracana stadium.
Only six people survived the November 28 crash in Medellin including three players from Brazil's Chapecoense team, one Brazilian journalist and two Bolivian crew members.
The Chapecoense team was heading to Colombia to take on local club Atletico Nacional in the first leg of the Copa Sudamericana final.
"They are (Chapecoense football team) loved ones but whenever a tragedy happens, we are sad for the human loss," said fan, Alan Furtado.
Stars including Neymar and Zico participated in the match. Their presence was appreciated.
"It (the match) will be special not only with Zico but also with Neymar. They are champions idols for so many generation like mine," said participating player, Renato Augusto.
Errors by the pilot, airline and Bolivian regulators are to blame for a plane crash in Colombia that killed 71 people last month, including most of Brazil's Chapecoense soccer team, Colombia aviation authorities have confirmed this month.
The plane, operated by Bolivia-based charter company LaMia, crashed on a wooded hillside near Medellin because the pilot failed to refuel en route and did not report engine failures caused by the lack of fuel until it was too late, officials said.
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