Chapecoense named Copa Sudamericana champions by CONMEBOL

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CONMEBOL has officially named Chapecoense the 2016 Copa Sudamericana champions on Monday, officials announced.

The title was awarded to the Brazilian team after last week's tragic plane crash in Colombia killed 71 people including 19 players as the team traveled for the Copa final.

Atletico Nacional has been awarded a fair play title. The Colombian team pushed for Chapecoense to posthumously be awarded to the team after the fatal crash.

Chapecoense will receive the winner's prize money with the title.

“Right now we are beginning to rebuild the team. People want football, people love football in Chapeco.” Chapeoense interim president Ivan Tozzo told Globo. “Therefore, we must continue this. Let's talk and do well, let the dust settle and rebuild the team for next year.”

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