Chapecoense fans, rivals throng stadium, mourn dead ‘eternal champions’

UPDATED ON DEC 02, 2016 08:20 AM IST 9 Photos
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Flowers lay on the field after a tribute to members of Brazil's Chapecoense soccer team who died in a plane crash, at Atanasio Girardot stadium where they were to play a game in Colombia. (Fernando Vergara/AP)

Flowers lay on the field after a tribute to members of Brazil's Chapecoense soccer team who died in a plane crash, at Atanasio Girardot stadium where they were to play a game in Colombia. (Fernando Vergara/AP)

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People participate in tribute to the players of Brazilian team Chapecoense Real killed in a plane crash in the Colombian mountains. (LUIS ACOSTA/AFP)

People participate in tribute to the players of Brazilian team Chapecoense Real killed in a plane crash in the Colombian mountains. (LUIS ACOSTA/AFP)

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The names of each of the 71 victims of Monday night’s crash was read aloud while a military band played military taps while the Black Hawk helicopters that helped in the rescue operations that pulled six people alive from the wreckage flew overhead. (Nelson Almeida/AFP)

The names of each of the 71 victims of Monday night’s crash was read aloud while a military band played military taps while the Black Hawk helicopters that helped in the rescue operations that pulled six people alive from the wreckage flew overhead. (Nelson Almeida/AFP)

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In the stands, mourners observed a minute of silence holding candles and signs which read ‘We’re all Chapeconese’ and ‘Soccer has no borders.’ (LUIS ACOSTA/AFP)

In the stands, mourners observed a minute of silence holding candles and signs which read ‘We’re all Chapeconese’ and ‘Soccer has no borders.’ (LUIS ACOSTA/AFP)

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The emotional high point of the tribute in Medellin was an address by the Brazilian foreign minister Jose Serra, who travelled to the city along with a military cargo plane to help repatriate the bodies of his nations’ victims. (RAUL ARBOLEDA/AFP)

The emotional high point of the tribute in Medellin was an address by the Brazilian foreign minister Jose Serra, who travelled to the city along with a military cargo plane to help repatriate the bodies of his nations’ victims. (RAUL ARBOLEDA/AFP)

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Across the continent, in Brazil, the mood was even more sombre as residents of the small agricultural city of Chapeco gathered in the team’s stadium for a Roman Catholic Mass with relatives of the victims and the players. (Nelson Almeida/AFP)

Across the continent, in Brazil, the mood was even more sombre as residents of the small agricultural city of Chapeco gathered in the team’s stadium for a Roman Catholic Mass with relatives of the victims and the players. (Nelson Almeida/AFP)

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Thousands of supporters of Medellin’s Atletico Nacional club thronged the stands of the 40,000-seat stadium where the team was to play the Copa Sudamericana finals against Brazil’s ill-fated Chapecoense. (DOUGLAS MAGNO/AFP)

Thousands of supporters of Medellin’s Atletico Nacional club thronged the stands of the 40,000-seat stadium where the team was to play the Copa Sudamericana finals against Brazil’s ill-fated Chapecoense. (DOUGLAS MAGNO/AFP)

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Fans of Atletico Nacional soccer club light candles as they pay tribute to the players of Brazilian club Chapecoense, killed in the recent airplane crash in Colombia. (Fredy Builes/REUTERS)

Fans of Atletico Nacional soccer club light candles as they pay tribute to the players of Brazilian club Chapecoense, killed in the recent airplane crash in Colombia. (Fredy Builes/REUTERS)

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With the words ‘Eternal Champions’ splashed on a big screen, the usually combative Atletico fans put humanity first and paid tribute to their rivals, which they’ve urged be named the champion. (DOUGLAS MAGNO/AFP)

With the words ‘Eternal Champions’ splashed on a big screen, the usually combative Atletico fans put humanity first and paid tribute to their rivals, which they’ve urged be named the champion. (DOUGLAS MAGNO/AFP)

UPDATED ON DEC 02, 2016 08:20 AM IST
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