The sports and soccer world were stunned Tuesday by the news that an airplane carrying 22 members of Brazil’s Chapecoense Real soccer team to the finals of the Copa Sudamericana in Colombia had crashed Monday night in Medellín, killing all but three members of the team, according to early reports.
Six passengers were reported to have survived the crash with Colombia’s aviation authority, Aerocivil, reporting that 72 passengers and nine crew were aboard the flight.
Among the terribly poignant social media posts are a photo of the team on the plane and video of players celebrating the victory that put them in the finals against Atletico Nacional of Medellín.
Alan Luciano Ruschel and goalkeepers Jackson Ragnar Follmann and Marcos Danilo Padilha presently are listed as the only survivors from the team. As news spread about the globe, the international soccer community’s congratulations for the team’s success gave way to messages of shock, condolence and solidarity. Wayne Rooney, the Manchester United star and captain of England’s national team, tweeted:
Brazil’s Alexandre Pato tweeted early Tuesday morning: “God please help the people who were on that flight! Too hard!”
Iker Casillas, a goalkeeper who plays for the Portuguese club Porto and the Spanish national team, echoed that: “My condolences for the plane crash in which traveled the @ChapecoenseReal. Now hard for the soccer! Lots of encouragement and strength!”
Spain’s Sevilla tweeted: “The #SevillaFC shows its condolences for the plane crash in which traveled the @ChapecoenseReal. Hard times for football.”
Turkey’s Galatasaray club wrote: “Our prayers are with you.. #prayforchapecoense @ChapecoenseReal”.
Bayer Leverkusen of Germany’s Bundesliga tweeted in Portuguese: “In football, there are no borders. We are with you, @Chapecoensereal.”
Corinthians, Brazil’s top team, wrote: “All clubs united and pray for the people’s lives. It all works out! Strngth, @ChapecoeneseReal.”
Colombia’s Millonarios expressed solidarity with the team.
NBA star Pau Gasol also expressed condolences.