Rio de Janeiro: Brazilian soccer club Chapecoense has been inundated with thousands of membership requests after its team was decimated in a plane crash, according to the club’s acting president.
The Brazilian first division outfit lost 19 players and several staff members when a chartered flight carrying the team crashed into a hillside near Medellin, Colombia, on Monday, reports Xinhua.
People from around the world have been touched by the story of the club that rose from obscurity to within one match of its first continental title before the fairytale was cut tragically short.
“In the past day 13,000 people have wanted to sign up as members, all of them from outside the city [of Chapeco],” Ivan Tozzi told the Globo newspaper.
Tozzi said the club, which seven years ago was struggling in Brazil’s fourth division, currently has only 9,000 members.
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