Tribute to Chape has Couto Pereira packed and party in the stands
Wednesday night (7) will be marked in history as a night when football was able to unite fans from different clubs, causing a mobilization without size. More than 30 thousand people were present at Couto Pereira to pay homage to Chapecoense in an exciting party, as if the teams from the Atl. Nacional and Chapecoense were there to kick-start the very final of the South American Cup.
Since the beginning of the afternoon, the movement around the stadium was a harbinger that the night would be unforgettable. If the tribute was special on the pitch, in the stands the party of the fans composed in large numbers by the colors of Coritiba e Athletic-PR, singing in one chorus cries of “Come on, come on Chape" is "Is Champion”Were unique moments, never seen before.
In the speeches of journalists and conductors of the celebration, Mauro Muller and Janaina Castilho emphasized a message of humanity, respect and concern for others. Names of Caio Junior, Gil, Sergio Manoel, Pipe, Denner and Duca were remembered as people who also defended the thigh-white green. The ecumenical service was conducted by Fathers Emerson and João Maria and the Rev. Antônio Jairo Porto Alegre while children from the Coxa School entered the field holding balloons that were released in the wind.
At the exact moment when the ball would roll for the decision of the international competition, at 9:45 pm it was respected one minute of silence in Alto da Glória, and the same children wore the shirts of Chapecoense and Atlético Nacional entered the field, again, holding a light. After that, Couto's lights went out and football witnessed once again that it is able to unite people and mobilize hearts in an indescribable party.
“I am thrilled with this moment of integration and harmony. The lesson that Chapecoense left to Brazil and to the world shows that the rivalry must stay on the field and the friendship between fans and management must exist. May this not be just today, but for the rest of our lives, ”said Coritiba president Rogério Bacellar.
As a way to eternalize the 71 victims of the tragic accident in Colombia, Coritiba placed in Couto Pereira a license plate that highlights everyone's name. The sign has the following words. "All are marked in history and will always be remembered as a symbol of friendship, respect and dedication, which are eternal values of the sport”.
The ecumenical cult was attended by the president of Coritiba, Rogério Bacellar, vice-presidents José Fernando Macedo, Gilberto Serpa Griebeler, Alceni Ângelo Guerra and Celso Luiz Andretta, the president of Atlético Paranaense, Luiz Sallin Emed, and vice president of Paraná Club, Christian Marcelo Fontes Knaut. Representing Chapecoense, was the Social Director of the Club, Claudia Piazza.
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