Chapecoense Air Crash Survivor Ruschel To Return Against Barcelona
The teams will play for the Joan Gamper trophy on August 7 at the Camp Nou, just over eight months after 19 Chapecoense players and all of the team’s coaching staff died in a plane crash in Colombia.
“Alan’s return marks an important step in his recuperation as well as for the club’s reconstruction,” Chapecoense said in a statement on Friday.
“Considering the importance and magnitude of this game … it was understood to be the ideal occasion for a return.”
Seventy-one people died when the LaMia chartered plane in which Chapecoense were travelling ran out of fuel and plunged into a hillside near Medellin.
Most of the club’s directors and 20 journalists were also killed. There were just six survivors: three Chapecoense players, two flight staff and a journalist.