Soccer

Chapecoense to play 1st game since tragic plane crash

Chapecoense, which lost most of its team in an air crash in November, will make its return later this month for a friendly match against defending league champion Palmeiras.

Brazilian soccer club makes its return in 2 weeks

The Chapecoense soccer team is still signing new players after 19 members were killed in a November plane crash. (Silvia Izquierdo/The Associated Press)

Brazilian soccer club Chapecoense, which lost most of its team in an air crash in November, will make its return later this month for a friendly match against defending league champion Palmeiras.

The match will be held on Jan. 21 in Chapecoense's 20,000-seat Arena Conda in Chapeco, a city of 200,000 about 800 miles south of Rio de Janeiro.

Chapecoense coach Vagner Mancini is still signing players to replace the 19 that died on a Colombian hillside on Nov. 28.

Chape, as the team is known, will play its first official match on Jan. 26 against local rival Joinville.

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