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Greater than eight months after a aircraft crash killed most of Chapecoense’s squad, Alan Ruschel, one in every of three footballers to outlive the air catastrophe, pulled on the captain’s armband for the Verdao.

Forward of the 52nd version of the Joan Gamper Trophy, through which Chapecoense will tackle Barcelona on the Camp Nou, Ruschel was named to the Verdao’s beginning lineup and introduced because the Brazilian membership’s captain for the sport.

Rushcel, who underwent backbone surgical procedure, returned to the pitch in July, enjoying forty minutes as Chapecoense and Ypiranga FC produced a 1-1 attract a pleasant. It was the primary look by any of the three gamers who survived the tragedy, and the Brazilian left-again stated afterwards: “I had butterflies in my abdomen, however I’m able to return.”

Barcelona invited Chapecoense to the Joan Gamper Trophy to assist pay tribute to the seventy one victims within the accident, in addition to their households. Amongst these killed have been 19 members of the Verdao’s squad and 20 journalists becoming a member of the membership for the primary leg of the Copa Sudamericana’s remaining.

Jackson Follmann had a part of his proper leg amputated, whereas Helio Neto, who additionally travelled to Spain for the Joan Gamper Trophy, suffered extreme trauma to his cranium, thorax, and lungs.

Earlier than the sport, Ruschel, Follmann, and Neto took an image with Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi.