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Having suffered relegation to Serie B in 2019, Chape ensured an immediate return to the top flight in Brazil
Chapecoense is back “among giants” in the Brazilian Championship after securing promotion from Serie B on Tuesday.
After just one win in their previous five matches, Chape faced Santa Catarina’s rivals Figueirense at Arena Conda, knowing that a win would send them back to the top flight.
They were relegated to second tier in 2019, having incredibly managed to maintain their top flight status for two consecutive seasons after a plane carrying the team, club officials and journalists to the 2016 Copa Sudamericana final in Medellín was crashed, killing 71 people on board. .
Chape was also hit last December by the death of President Paulo Magro from coronavirus. He began trying to get the club out of a serious financial situation after the resignation of Plinio David de Nes Filho, who had taken over after the tragedy in Colombia.
Their funds will be boosted after Paulinho Moccelin and Derlan scored on both sides of halftime against Figueirense, with Chape enduring a 2-1 win after Diego Goncalves scored from the penalty spot, sending them back to Serie A. with four games to play. .
A statement from the club said: “It was not easy to get here. It was much more difficult than we imagined, in fact. But with work, humility, dedication, unity and, above all, with FORCE FROM ABOVE, Chapecoense fulfilled his promise. Chapecoense, made for the people, by the people, returned to the place that he should never have left.
“It is Chape, of the impossible, of the surprising, of resilience and overcoming, again among giants.
“You can celebrate, fan. You can celebrate, President! With 66 points and four games to go, we have sealed our passport. Our return ticket. The beginning of another great story.”
Chape’s losing streak before the clash with Figueirense saw them hand over the top spot to América Mineiro, who has a one-point lead.
Head coach Umberto Louzer urged the players not to celebrate their promotion too much because he hopes to see them return to Brasileirao as champions.
“We can look back and see that it was worth it. Thanks to everyone who helped us get back to the first division,” he said. SporTV.
“We still have some games left, we will fight America for the title. We have to celebrate, but rest because we already have to think about the next opponent.”
Goalkeeper Joao Ricardo added: “Only those who were in the group last season know the difficult moments.
“Even in adverse situations, we always believed and showed affection for the club. We have to congratulate everyone. The club deserved to return to Serie A.”
Chape captain Alan Ruschel, the only survivor of the plane crash who continues to play professionally, had his contract extended until the end of the season interrupted by coronavirus last month, but did not show up against Figueirense due to injury.