Barcelona will honour victims of Chapecoense plane crash in a friendly at the Nou Camp

The clubs will play in the annual Joan Gamper Trophy in August.

Chapecoenses goalkeeper Jackson Follmann holding the Copa Sudamericana before a friendly with Palmeiras.
Chapecoenses goalkeeper Jackson Follmann holding the Copa Sudamericana before a friendly with Palmeiras.
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BARCELONA WILL WELCOME Brazilian club Chapecoense to the Nou Camp on 7 August as a mark of respect to the victims of November’s plane crash in which all but three of the club’s squad tragically passed away.

The Spanish club have welcomed Chapecoense as the invitees to the annual Joan Gamper Trophy which is held each summer in Barcelona.

Announcing the fixture, the club said it wanted to pay tribute to the victims and families of the plane crash in which 71 of 77 passengers died.

Homenagem Chapecoense Fans pay tribute to of the victims of the tragedy in December.

“Barça hopes to help Chapecoense rebuild institutionally and recover the competitive level it had before the tragedy”, the club said.

Chapecoense were due to play the first leg of their Copa Sudamericana final against Atletico Nacional when a plane carrying the club’s squad, backroom staff, officials and a number of journalists crashed.

The jet was en route to Medellin, Columbia, two days before the game was due to take place when LaMia Flight 2933 came down in the mountainous area.

Barcelona invited the club to a friendly back in December and today announced that the clubs would play in the Joan Gamper Trophy, which is an annual friendly competition held each August before the start of the new season.

“Barça previously announced its invitation to Chapecoense for this year’s Gamper to help pay tribute to the 71 people who died in the accident on November 28th, 2016, as well as their families”, the club said.

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Only three members of Chapecoense’s squad survived the crash — Neto, Alan Ruschel and Jackson Follmann, with 19 players and 24 club officials dying in the tragedy.

Weeks after the crash the club were crowned Copa Sudamericana champions for 2016 as a mark of respect by South American football’s governing body CONMEBOL back in December.

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