Associação Chapecoense de Futebol

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Full nameAssociação Chapecoense de Futebol
Nickname(s)Verdão (Big Green)
Furacão do Oeste (Western Hurricane)
Chape (Chape)
Chape terror (Chape Terror)
Eternos Campeões (Eternal Champions)
Founded10 May 1973; 49 years ago (1973-05-10)
GroundArena Condá
PresidentNei Maidana
Head CoachBolívar
LeagueCampeonato Brasileiro Série B
Campeonato Catarinense
Série A, 20th of 20 (relegated)
Catarinense, 2nd of 12
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Associação Chapecoense de Futebol, commonly known as Chapecoense, 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 six state titles to date, most recently in 2017. 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 10 May 1973, after the merger of Atlético Chapecoense and Independente.[5]

In 1977, Chapecoense won its first title, which was the Campeonato Catarinense, beating Avaí 1–0 in the final.[6]

In 1978, the club competed for the first time in the Campeonato Brasileiro, 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 went back to its original name, Associação Chapecoense de Futebol,[9] and also won the Copa Santa Catarina.[10] In 2007, the club won the state championship for the third time,[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 LaMia Flight 2933, 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]

On 27 November 2019, almost three years to the day from the devastating plane crash, the club suffered relegation from the Série A following a 0–1 loss to Botafogo.[17]

On 12 January 2021, a year after being relegated, they were promoted back to the Série A following a 2-1 victory against state rivals Figueirense.[18]

2016 plane crash[edit]

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 6 survived, according to the BBC.[19] The surviving players were left-back Alan Ruschel, backup goalkeeper Jakson Follmann[20] (who had one of his legs amputated due to his injuries and was forced to retire from professional football),[21] and center-back Neto. Goalkeeper Danilo initially survived the crash, but later died before arriving to the hospital.[22] Chapecoense goalkeeper Nivaldo, who did not board the flight, soon after announced his immediate retirement from football.[23] 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 fuel leakage problems and had already requested priority landing.[24] The government of Bolivia has suspended LaMia Airlines's flying license after it surfaced that the pilot skipped a crucial refuelling stop.[25]

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.[26][27] 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] Chapecoense rejected this assistance, stating that they wanted to rebuild properly.[28]

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-20s side to fill out the roster. 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 13 May 2022[34]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK Brazil BRA Vagner
3 DF Brazil BRA Léo
4 DF Brazil BRA Xandão
6 DF Brazil BRA Fernando
7 MF Brazil BRA Chrystian Barletta (on loan from Joinville)
10 MF Brazil BRA Tiago Real
13 FW Ecuador ECU Carlos Orejuela
15 DF Brazil BRA Ronei
17 FW Brazil BRA Pablo
18 MF Brazil BRA Betinho
20 FW Brazil BRA Luizinho (on loan from Inter de Lages)
25 MF Brazil BRA Maranhão
27 DF Brazil BRA Frazan
30 FW Brazil BRA Rodrigo Varanda (on loan from Corinthians)
32 MF Brazil BRA Lima
38 MF Brazil BRA Matheus Bianqui (on loan from Maringá)
39 FW Brazil BRA Jonathan (on loan from Athletico Paranaense)
49 FW Brazil BRA Claudinho (on loan from Cruzeiro)
66 DF Brazil BRA Kevin (on loan from Audax)
71 MF Brazil BRA Pablo Oliveira
73 MF Brazil BRA Derek
85 GK Brazil BRA Saulo
No. Pos. Nation Player
GK Brazil BRA Igor Bohn
GK Brazil BRA João Paulo
GK Brazil BRA Tiepo
DF Brazil BRA João Cesco
DF Brazil BRA Reginaldo
DF Brazil BRA Vitor Becker
DF Brazil BRA Yago
DF Brazil BRA Guilherme Guedes (on loan from Grêmio)
DF Brazil BRA Ryan
MF Brazil BRA Bruno
MF Brazil BRA Guedes
MF Brazil BRA Marcelo Santos
MF Brazil BRA Paulinho
MF Brazil BRA Sousa
MF Brazil BRA Arthur Vanzela
MF Brazil BRA Foguinho
MF Brazil BRA Marcelo Freitas
MF Brazil BRA Marquinho
MF Brazil BRA Willian Popp
FW Brazil BRA Caio Rangel
FW Brazil BRA Éderson
FW Brazil BRA Pedro Perotti
FW Brazil BRA Rodriguinho

Out on loan[edit]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
GK Brazil BRA Pavan (on loan to Camboriú until 3 April 2022)
DF Brazil BRA Busanello (on loan to Dnipro-1 until 31 December 2022)
DF Brazil BRA Mancha (on loan to Portimonense until 30 June 2023)


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, 2017, 2020
  • Taça Santa Catarina: 2
1979, 2014
  • Taça Plinio Arlindo De Nes: 1
  • Campeonato Seletivo: 1
  • Copa da Paz: 1

Season records[edit]

As of 09 December 2021.[38]
Season Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA Pts. 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 DNP 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 8 38 15 9 14 47 49 54 Round of 16 CL Group stage
CS Round of 16
2018 Série A 14 38 11 11 16 34 50 44 Quarterfinals CL Second stage
2019 Série A 19 38 7 11 20 31 52 32 Fourth round CS First stage
2020 Série B 1 38 20 13 5 42 21 73 Second round DNP
2021 Série A 20 38 1 12 25 27 67 15 Third round DNP


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