Chapecoense receive Copa Sudamericana trophy

Chapecoense president Plinio David de Nes Filho raised the Copa Sudamericana trophy on Wednesday after the team were named winners.

South American governing body CONMEBOL named the Brazilian team champions after their plane to the first leg of the final against Atletico Nacional crashed on its way to Medellin, Colombia, two days before the match.

Seventy-one of the 77 people onboard perished, including all but three of the Brazil-based squad, plus support staff, journalists and crew.

De Nes Filho received the trophy at the draw for the Copa Sudamericana and Libertadores on Wednesday. He was joined by Nacional representative Daniel Jimenez, who wore a Chapecoense scarf.

De Nes Filho thanked Nacional, who had called on CONMEBOL to award the Copa Sudamericana to Chapecoense.

"I would like to thank everyone, all the nations, but let me, in a very special way, a very tender and grateful way, on behalf of our club, Chape, to share the trophy we just received with the one who gave us this possibility, with their gesture of humanity and respect. Of dignity and demonstration of kindness," De Nes Filho said.

The pair raised the trophy together.

Chapecoense were drawn in Group 7 of next year's Libertadores. They are scheduled to play next in the Campeonato Catarinense on January 29 against against Internacional de Lages.

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