Bengaluru, Nov 29: The Football world experienced a devastating tragedy today as Brazilian football club Chapecoense footballers were killed in an air crash in Colombia.
They were traveling to Colombia to take on local side Atletico Nacional in the final of Copa Sudamerica, a second tier international club tournament in South America.
Out of 72 people in that flight, only 5 survived, which included 4 footballers of the club and one crew member.
The plane, a British Aerospace 146 short-haul aircraft, is believed to have started the journey from Sao Paulo, Brazil, at 3.35pm local time. They took a halt in Santa Cruz de la Sierra in eastern Bolivia before setting off for Colombia.
In the light of this tragic incident which shook world football, let us take a look at 5 tragedies that happened in football.
Here are the 5 devastating tragedies:
Munich disaster (1958)
An Aeroplane carrying a visiting Manchester United side crashed at the Munich airport. 23 people died then and there which included 8 talented United players, few journalists and supporters. 21 people were severely injured which included club manager Sir Matt Busby and legendary footballer Sir Bobby Charlton.
The Hillsborough Tragedy (1996)
The Hillsborough tragedy is one of the biggest disasters in English football and black mark in their legacy in world football. It was an FA Cup match between Nottingham Forest and Liverpool. As the match kicked-off, the security personnel in the stadium opened two gates which allowed a huge number of fans to enter the stadium. The influx of so many fans created a chaos and eventually 776 fans were injured and 96 were killed.
The Bradford City stadium disaster (1985)
The Bradford City stadium disaster is also one of the most dreadful chapters in English football. The tragedy occurred after a fan threw a cigarette down the gap of a terrace seat which ignited a pile of garbage. Slowly the fire spread and soon the wooden planks of the galleries caught fire. 56 people died and more than 450 people were injured.
Porto Said stadium disaster (2012)
The Porto Said stadium located in Egypt witnessed the biggest tragedy in the country's football history in 2012. It was a match between arch rivals Al-Masry and Al-Ahly which Al-Masry won 3-1. Not able to digest the humiliating defeat, Al-Ahly fans, after the match attacked the opposition in numbers and assaulted with knives, bottles, woods, etc. It killed 79 people and left more than 1000 injured.
The Chapecoense plane crash (2016)
Finally we throw light at the newest tragedy in football world whose news broke today morning, November 29. Brazil's Chapecoense Football club were traveling to Colombia to face local side Atletico Nacional in the final of Copa Sudamerica. At Medellin, Colombia the plane crashed which killed almost the entire passenger bunch of 72. Only 4 footballers and 1 crew member survived.