Football News 2016: Heartbreaking Story of Chapcoense Player After Crash Revealed
Brazilian football player Tiago da Rocha Vieira had reasons to celebrate last week, right before his life ended in tragedy on Monday.
"Tiaguinho", as he is more known by his family and peers, was among the 77 fatalities, which mainly composed of his Chapecoense football club teammates and journalists. Per a report by The Telegraph, the team was scheduled to play at the Copa Sudamericana final against Medellin's Atletico Nacional in Colombia on Wednesday.
The report adds that four other people did not board the British Aerospace 146 short-haul chartered flight, while six others survived. Among them is the team's defender, Alan Ruschel, as well as goalkeeper Jackson Follman.
Initial investigations revealed that the crash was caused by electrical failure. The plane's black boxes have also been found, which could aid investigators as they further dig through what had transpired in the fateful flight.
"What was supposed to be a celebration has turned into a tragedy," said Medellin mayor Federico Gutierrez.
The bigger tragedy, apparently, is that the 22-year-old Vieira found out that he was going to be a first time father just one week before the crash. In a report by the Independent, a video of Vieira in celebration and jumping for joy has surfaced, which also featured his teammates delivering the good news to him.
As a team, Chapecoense was also experiencing a fairy tale season. Since joining Brazil's first division in 2014, they have managed to secure their spot at the Copa Sudamericana final, which is deemed as the continent's "second most-important championship." They qualified after defeating Argentina's Independiente and San Lorenzo, as well as Colombia's Junior F.C.
"This morning I said goodbye to them and they told me they were going after the dream, turning that dream into reality. The dream was over early this morning," said a board member.
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