BARCA TO PLAY CHAPECOENSE

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Barcelona will play Brazil­ian side Chapecoense, whose team was all but wiped out in an air crash last Novem­ber, in a friendly match at the Camp Nou on Au­gust 7. The match will “help pay trib­ute to the 71 peo­ple who died in the ac­ci­dent on Novem­ber 28th, 2016, as well as their fam­i­lies”, the Span­ish giants said on their web­site. “Barca hopes to help Chapecoense rebuild in­sti­tu­tion­ally and re­cover the com­pet­i­tive level it had be­fore the tragedy.” The winner of the match will re­ceive the Joan Gam­per Tro­phy, named af­ter the Swiss founder of Barcelona. Nine­teen Chapecoense play­ers and 24 club of­fi­cials died on Novem­ber 28 when the team’s plane crashed into a moun­tain­side in Colom­bia. Chapecoense had been on their way to face Atletico Nacional in Medellin for the big­gest match in their his­tory, the fi­nal of the Copa Su­damer­i­cana, South Amer­ica’s sec­ond-big­gest club tour­na­ment.

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