Associação Chapecoense de Futebol

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Full name Associação Chapecoense de Futebol
Nickname(s) Verdão (Big Green)
Furacão do Oeste (West's Hurricane)
Chape (Chape)
Chape terror (Chape Terror)
Founded May 10, 1973; 43 years ago (1973-05-10)
Stadium Arena Condá, Chapecó, Santa Catarina
Ground Capacity 22,600
President Plínio David De Nes
Manager Vágner Mancini
League Campeonato Brasileiro Série A
Campeonato Catarinense
2016 Série A, 11th
Catarinense, 1st
Website Club home page

Associação Chapecoense de Futebol, commonly known as Chapecoense and whose acronym is ACF, is a Brazilian football club, based in the city of Chapecó in the state of Santa Catarina.

The club was founded in 1973 with the goal of restoring football in the city, and won the state championship, the Campeonato Catarinense, for the first time in 1977. The club has won five state titles to date, most recently in 2016. A relatively small club, it entered Brazil's top division, Série A, for the first time in 1978,[1] returning to the top flight only in 2014. The club also has activities in futsal, in which it has been state champion twice. The club's home matches are played at Arena Condá.

On 28 November 2016, a charter flight carrying the first team crashed as it approached José María Córdova International Airport near Medellín, Colombia, where the team was travelling to play the first leg of the 2016 Copa Sudamericana final against Atlético Nacional, a match that was seen as the biggest in the history of the club.[2] All but six of the 77 passengers died; only three Chapecoense players survived their injuries. Following the crash, Atlético Nacional made a request to the governing body of the competition, CONMEBOL, that Chapecoense be awarded the trophy.[3] CONMEBOL awarded Chapecoense the trophy on 5 December, and Atlético Nacional received the Centennial Fair Play Award for their gesture.[4]


The club was founded as Associação Chapecoense de Futebol on May 10, 1973, after the merger of Atlético Chapecoense and Independente.[5]

In 1977, Chapecoense won its first title, which was the Santa Catarina State Championship, beating Avaí 1–0 in the final.[6]

In 1978, the club competed for the first time in the Brazilian Championship First Level, finishing in the 51st position,[7] and in following year, finished in the 93rd position.[8]

In 2002, due to a partnership, Chapecoense was renamed to Associação Chapecoense Kindermann/Mastervet.[5] In 2006, the club was renamed back to its original name, Associação Chapecoense de Futebol,[9] and also won the Copa Santa Catarina.[10] In 2007, the club won for the third time the state championship,[11] and also competed in the Brazilian Championship Third Level, but was eliminated in the first stage of the competition.[12] They won the Campeonato Catarinense again in 2011 and 2016.

Chapecoense competed in the Série A for the first time since 1979 in 2014, as the club was promoted after they and Bragantino drew 1–1, in Chapecó, for the 2013 Série B.[13][14] Winning important points during its first season in the top flight, Chape cemented a place in the 2015 Série A, its second season in a row in the first division.[15]

In 2016, Chapecoense made history when they reached the finals of the Copa Sudamericana, South America's secondary club football tournament, after defeating San Lorenzo de Almagro using the away goals rule. They were awarded the title following a disastrous plane crash which killed the majority of their squad on the way to the final (see below)

As Copa Sudamericana champions, Chapecoense qualified for the 2017 Copa Libertadores, their first appearance in that tournament. With a squad built up from loan players, free signings and promoted youth players, as well as two survivors of the crash, they won their first match in an away game at Zulia of Venezuela.[16]

2016 plane crash[edit]

Main article: LaMia Flight 2933

On the evening of 28 November 2016, LaMia Flight 2933, carrying 77 people, including the staff and players from the club, crashed as it approached Medellín, Colombia; 71 people died (including 21 journalists and almost the entire first team and managerial staff) and six survived, according to BBC.[17] The surviving players were left-back Alan Ruschel,[18] backup goalkeeper Jakson Follmann[19] (who had one of his legs amputated due to his injuries),[20] and center-back Neto. Goalkeeper Danilo initially survived the crash, but later died before arriving to the hospital.[21] Chapecoense goalkeeper Nivaldo soon after announced his immediate retirement from football.[22] There was a lot of anger among the fans of Chapecoense after it was confirmed that LaMia Airlines Flight 2933 ran out of fuel after leaked footage confirmed that the pilot requested to land due to fuel problems but was instructed to wait 7 minutes as another aircraft was having mechanical problems.[23] The government of Bolivia has suspended LaMia Airlines's flying license after it surfaced that the pilot skipped a crucial refuelling stop.[24]

Due to the crash, the 2016 Copa Sudamericana Finals in which the team were due to play was suspended indefinitely. Their opponents, Atlético Nacional, offered to concede the tie to allow Chapecoense to be awarded the championship.[3] On 4 December 2016, Chapecoense's interim president announced that CONMEBOL would be granting the club the tournament title and prize money.[25][26] While initially other Brazilian clubs offered to loan out players to them for free and sent a request to the Brazilian FA stating that the club should be immune from relegation for three years,[2] Chapeconese rejected this assistance, stating that they wanted to rebuild properly.[27]

Chapecoense were asked to fulfill their next league fixture in tribute to the players and staff who died in a plane crash. Chapecoense President Ivan Tozzo revealed that the Brazilian FA had asked for the club to play their final league game of the 2016 campaign in part by drawing on their Under-20's side to fill out the roster.[28] However, both Chapecoense and their opponents Atlético Mineiro refused to play.[29] Both teams were awarded a 3–0 loss for the game.[30]

Deceased Chapecoense players[edit]

Deceased Chapecoense staff[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 6 March 2017[34]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Brazil GK Artur Moraes
2 Brazil DF João Pedro (on loan from Palmeiras)
3 Brazil DF Douglas Grolli (on loan from Cruzeiro)
4 Brazil DF Neto
5 Brazil MF Moisés Ribeiro
6 Brazil DF Reinaldo (on loan from São Paulo)
7 Brazil FW Rossi
8 Brazil MF Andrei Girotto (on loan from Tombense)
9 Brazil FW Wellington Paulista (on loan from Fluminense)
10 Brazil FW Túlio
11 Brazil FW Niltinho (on loan from São Caetano)
12 Brazil GK Elias (on loan from Juventude)
13 Uruguay DF Emilio Zeballos (on loan from Defensor Sporting)
14 Brazil DF Fabrício Bruno (on loan from Cruzeiro)
15 Brazil DF Nathan (on loan from Palmeiras)
16 Brazil DF Diego Renan
17 Brazil FW Arthur Caíke (on loan from Londrina)
No. Position Player
18 Brazil MF Luiz Antônio (on loan from Flamengo)
19 Brazil FW Perotti
20 Brazil MF Nádson
21 Brazil DF Luiz Otávio (on loan from Luverdense)
22 Brazil DF Apodi
23 Brazil MF Moisés (on loan from Grêmio)
24 Brazil GK Jandrei (on loan from Atlético Tubarão)
25 Brazil MF Lucas Mineiro
26 Brazil MF Dodô (on loan from Atlético Mineiro)
27 Brazil MF Osman (on loan from Luverdense)
28 Brazil DF Alan Ruschel (on loan from Internacional)
29 Brazil DF Hiago
30 Brazil MF Neném
33 Brazil MF Lucas Marques
34 Brazil FW Wesley Natã
Brazil MF Amaral (on loan from Palmeiras)

Reserve team[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Brazil GK Luiz Felipe
Brazil DF Busanello
Brazil DF Lucas Scalon
Brazil DF Vinícius
No. Position Player
Brazil MF Andrei Alba
Brazil FW Bryan
Brazil FW Lourency

Kit manufacturers and shirt sponsors[edit]

As of 2016, the sponsors are English company Umbro, the kit supplier; Caixa Econômica Federal, a state-owned Brazilian bank; Unimed, a Brazilian health insurance company; and Aurora Alimentos, a food processing company from Chapecó.[35]





1977, 1996, 2007, 2011, 2016
  • Taça Santa Catarina: 1
1979, 2014
  • Taça Plinio Arlindo De Nes: 1
  • Campeonato Seletivo: 1
  • Copa da Paz: 1

Season records[edit]

As of 20 December 2016[38]
Season Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Copa do Brasil CONMEBOL
1978 Série A 51 18 5 5 8 13 22 15 - DNP
1979 Série A 93 9 0 3 6 6 16 3 - DNP
1980 Série B 64 7 0 1 6 2 13 1 - DNP
1987 Série C 9 8 2 5 1 8 7 9 - DNP
1992 Série C 13 6 3 1 2 9 8 7 DNP DNP
1995 Série C 27 8 3 3 2 9 8 12 DNP DNP
1996 Série C 39 6 3 0 3 6 9 9 DNP DNP
1997 Série C 40 6 2 1 3 3 4 7 DNP DNP
1998 Série C 58 10 1 3 6 11 26 6 DNP DNP
2007 Série C 54 6 1 1 4 5 10 4 DNP DNP
2008 - - - - - - - - - Second round DNP
2009 Série D 3 14 8 3 3 24 13 27 DNP DNP
2010 Série C 7 10 3 4 3 10 10 16 Second round DNP
2011 Série C 6 14 6 3 5 25 19 21 DNP DNP
2012 Série C 3 22 9 6 7 27 14 33 Second round DNP
2013 Série B 2 38 20 12 6 60 31 72 DNP DNP
2014 Série A 15 38 11 10 17 39 44 43 Second round DNP
2015 Série A 14 38 12 11 15 34 44 47 Second round CS Quarterfinals
2016 Série A 11 38 13 13 12 49 53 52 Round of 32 CS Champions
2017 Série A - - - - - - - - TBS CL TBS


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