Barcelona Invites Chapecoense For Friendly Match In 2017

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Barcelona have invited Brazilian club Chapecoense to play them in a pre-season friendly next summer. The friendly would be for the Joan Gamper trophy, which is an annual match between Barcelona and an invited team.

In a statement, Barcelona said they wanted to “pay tribute” to the victims and help Chapecoense recover.

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Nineteen Chapecoense players and staff were among 71 people killed in a plane crash as the team travelled to Colombia for the Copa Sudamericana’s first leg.

Barcelona said they wanted to make the Joan Gamper trophy “a great tribute to the world of football through various activities around this match”.

“Along with the invitation to Chapecoense to the 2017 Joan Gamper Trophy, Barcelona would like to collaborate on the institutional and sporting reconstruction of the club, and help to recover the competitive level that it had.

“Barcelona has today sent a formal letter of invitation to the current board of directors of Chapecoense.”

Three Chapecoense players were among six people to survive the crash.

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One of the surviving players in the plane crash in Colombia is recovering and may be able to resume his career, his father has announced.

Helio Hermito Zampier Neto, a 31-year-old defender was in a stable condition, doctors said, after surgery on a lung, a knee, a wrist and his head.

Retired Football Greats, Ronaldinho and Riquelme, have also offered to play for the club for free. Legendary South American Football pair Ronaldinho and Juan Roman Riquelme, say they are ready to come out of retirement to play for Chapecoense.

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According to reports, the South American duo are offering to represent the club for at least a season. Teams from across South America have already offered to help the bereaved club get back on their feet.