By taking the Sudamericana title, Chapecoense will be allowed to compete next season in the Copa Libertadores.
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South American football confederation CONMEBOL agreed Monday to award the Copa Sudamericana to Brazilian club Chapecoense, whose team was wiped out in a plane crash while heading to the final.The small Brazilian city of Chapeco held a massive funeral Saturday for its team after the victims' coffins arrived home, each draped in the club's green-and-white flag.A minute's silence for the team was scheduled to be held before every Champions League and Europa League game this week.By taking the Sudamericana title, Chapecoense will be allowed to compete next season in the region's top club tournament, the Copa Libertadores.Chapecoense said 13,000 people had applied in just two days for membership of the club, which previously had just 9,000 members.The club also has an U-20 squad with potential new first-team players.
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