Gud­johnsen of­fers to play for Chapecoense

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For­mer Chelsea and Barcelona striker Eidur Gud­johnsen has of­fered to play for Brazil­ian team Chapecoense fol­low­ing the air crash in Colom­bia last week in which most of their play­ers died. The 38-year-old Ice­land in­ter­na­tional is a free agent af­ter be­ing re­leased by Nor­we­gian club Molde in Au­gust. “Out of re­spect i would play for @ChapecoenseReal if they have a place for me! If not just to play with @10Ronald­inho again,” Gud­johnsen said on Twit­ter. Ronald­inho, Gud­johnsen’s for­mer team mate at Barcelona, also wants to help the stricken club, Brazil’s Globo Es­porte news re­ported last week. Only three of the Chapecoense play­ers who flew north from Brazil for the Copa Su­damer­i­cana fi­nal against Atletico Na­cional sur­vived the crash out­side Medellin, Colom­bia, which killed 71 pas­sen­gers and crew mem­bers. Brazil’s top-flight soc­cer teams have of­fered to loan play­ers to the small south­ern club for next sea­son and have asked the Brazil­ian Foot­ball Con­fed­er­a­tion (CBF) to give Chapecoense a three­year ex­emp­tion from rel­e­ga­tion. Chapecoense have been told they will be named Copa Su­damer­i­cana cham­pi­ons by South Amer­i­can foot­ball’s gov­ern­ing body CON­MEBOL, the TV Globo web­site (http://globoe­s­ re­ported on Satur­day. —Reuters

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