After suffering a relegation to Serie B in 2019, Chape secured an immediate return to No. 1 in Brazil
Chapecoense is back “among the giants” of Campeonato Brasileiro after securing promotion to Serie B on Tuesday.
After just one win in their previous five matches, Chape faced Santa Catarina rival Figueirense at the Arena Conda, knowing that a victory would put them back in the top flight.
They were relegated to second place in 2019, having been incredibly successful in maintaining their top-flight status for two consecutive seasons after a plane carrying the team, club officials and journalists to the 2016 Copa Sudamericana final. in Medellin crashed, killing 71 people on board. .
Chape was also struck last December by the death of President Paulo Magro due to a coronavirus. He began to attempt to get the club out of dire financial straits following the resignation of Plinio David de Nes Filho, who had taken control following the tragedy of Colombia.
Their funds will be increased after Paulinho Moccelin and Derlan score on either side of the half-time against Figueirense, with Chape holding a 2-1 win after Diego Goncalves scored from the penalty spot, sending them back to series A with four games to spare.
A statement from the club said: “It was not easy to get here. It was much more difficult than imagined, in fact. But with hard work, humility, dedication, Unity and, above all, with the FORCE FROM ON TOP, Chapecoense kept his promise Chapecoense – made for the people, by the people – returned to where he should never have left.
“It’s Chape, of the impossible, the surprising, resilience and surpassing, always among the giants.
“You can celebrate, fan. You can celebrate, president! With 66 points and four games to go, we’ve stamped our passport. Our return ticket. The start of another great story.”
Chape’s poor run before the Figueirense clash saw them cede the top spot to America Mineiro, who held a one point advantage.
Head coach Umberto Louzer has urged players not to over-celebrate the promotion as he hopes to see them return to Brasileirao as champions.
“We can look back and see it was worth it. Thank you to everyone who helped us get back to the Premier League,” he said. SporTV.
“We have a few more games, we are going to fight America for the title. We have to celebrate, but let’s rest because we have to think about the next opponent already.”
Goalkeeper Joao Ricardo added: “Only those who were in the squad last season know the tough times.
“Even in difficult situations we have always believed and shown affection for the club. We have to congratulate everyone. The club deserved to come back to Serie A.”
Chape captain Alan Ruschel, the only survivor of the plane crash who continues to play professionally, had his contract extended last month until the end of the season interrupted by the coronavirus, but did not play against Figueirense due to injury.