Sometimes, there just are no words. Even when you’re in the business of putting words together and getting people to read them.
So instead of trying to say something meaningful that will ring hollow anyway, we’ll just make note of the reaction from the rest of the soccer world and register the outpouring from all over the soccer universe on Tuesday.
Support also came in more tangible form. Three major Brazilian clubs — Flamengo, Palmeiras and Sao Paulo — offered to loan players to Chapecoense in order to finish out this season,
Meanwhile, Colombia’s Atletico Nacional — which was slated to play Chape in the first leg of the Copa Sudamericana, South America’s second-tier continental tournament, when the Brazilian club’s plane crashed on its way to Medellin — petitioned the regional governing body, CONMEBOL, to award Chapecoense the tournament title and the prize money. The money would go to the victims’ families. And the title would complete the Cinderella run Chape had been on, rising from Brazil’s fourth tier to the final of one of its major tournaments inside a decade.
Several clubs also called to protect Chape from relegation from Serie A for three seasons in order to allow for time so that the club can rebuild its squad.
Leander Schaerlaeckens is a soccer columnist for Yahoo Sports. Follow him on Twitter