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02-12-16, 03:41 PM
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Tribute Challenge to Chapecoense

As all of us know, on the evening of the 28th of November, 2016 LaMia Airlines Flight 2933 crashed in Colombia. On the plane was an entire football club.

Associação Chapecoense de Futebol, who were to play Atletico National of Colombia, had achieved a major success by reaching the finals of the Copa Sudamericana and winning the state championship. They were a club at the pinnacle of their power. A fairy tale, almost.

Coaching staff, backroom staff, board members and an almost complete first selection were taken from the club, when they were so close to crowning themselves. A disaster to their fans, the nation of Brazil and a stunning blow to football and all its fans.

Worldwide football pays its respects to the fallen, trying to comfort the souls of those lost and those left behind. We, as a community that holds unity, respect and the love for all things football so near to our heart, feel like we need to reach out to Chapecoense, to its fans, family and all those who feel the same loss as we all do.

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Champman01/02.co.uk wants to honour those who have been taken so brutally, in a way that is fitting and respectful. In a way we feel is right. We will honor and cherish Chapecoense by celebrating them, by celebrating football. As most of you know, we regularly put up official challenges for our members and all those who love CM01/02. We will do so now, as a tribute to Chapo. A challenge for everyone who wants to contribute and pay their respects.

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But we do not just offer a challenge this time, we want to go the extra mile and try to actually reach out the club Chapecoense. What we are going to do is do a fundraiser. We may not be rich and we're not aiming for millions here, but we want our community to pitch in, in whatever amount.

On the frontpage of our website is a "Donate Now" button. Use this to get your donation in. Make sure you send a Personal Message to Mark with your details and put "Chape tribute" in there as well, so we know your donation goes to our Chape Fund. We will keep an open score as to our tally, we are working on an open and transparent system to keep everyone updated. Tell your friends about this as well!!

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Now, the challenge itself. We figured we would keep it open and simple so everyone can enjoy it.

Aim: Score as many goals as you can in ONE season. Win the state championship, the national championship and the Brazilian Cup.

-Start a new game, October Update, select only Brazil and manage Chapocoense for ONE season.
-No transfers in or out. Try as hard as you can to get the most out of this selection, see if you can do better than the late, great Caio Junior.

You are free to employ whatever tactic you want. Wib-Wob or no, it's all up to you. We just want you to enjoy this bunch of talented champions.

-50 points for winning the Campeonato Caterinense
-50 points for winning the Brazilian Cup
-100 points for winning the National First Division
-200 points for winning the Copa dos Campeões
-1 point per goal scored in all competitions

We'll need screenshots of course. Transfer activity, an overview of fixtures played and final standings, of course.

Expect some changes in the text, as we are working on getting the donation monitoring right.

Anyway, we hope you'll all greatly enjoy this challenge. Please feel absolutely free to donate massively and score loads!!

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02-12-16, 04:09 PM
Thanks AJ for putting this up.

The no transfers out might be a problem as most Brazilians insist on min-fee clauses, but I think we can make an exception if a transfer is forced.

The only thing I would add is PLEASE NO CHEATING ! This is a tribute to Chapocoense, so please pay respects.

02-12-16, 04:13 PM
Excellent point on the transfers out, Kingsley. Let's just say in the spirit of honouring this team, keep them together as much as you can.

I am sure there will be no cheating. This is way too important to cheat on, it's a tribute.

04-12-16, 09:42 PM
I'm on this

Assuming no Staff In/Out either as that seems against what we should be doing here

Just realised all but 2 loans finish in a week - leaves a squad of 20 to work with - :hail:

05-12-16, 10:46 AM
Excellent work, AJ :ok:

On top of this - I've pledged that any donations made to the site throughout December will also contribute to this fund raiser for Chapecoense.

05-12-16, 02:00 PM
Excellent work, AJ :ok:

On top of this - I've pledged that any donations made to the site throughout December will also contribute to this fund raiser for Chapecoense.

wow, that is just fantastic!! Thanks, chief!!

05-12-16, 02:14 PM
This is a very noble gesture and I´d like to thank everyone involved.

As a Brazilian I can say that this was a shocking tragedy that drove the entire country to tears and mourning.

Chape has been doing an outstanding job regarding club administration and, of course, results and every football fan in Brazil was deeply touched by this loss.

I´d like to add that the club has opened a special association category for people who would like to contribute directly to them. The starting contribution is 20 reais (6 USD). Here is the website if anyone feels like getting involved: www.chapecoense.com/2016/associese

It is very comforting to see all the demonstrations of solidarity that come from all over the world. I´m sure every little gesture warms the heart of everyone related to the victims.

Once again, thanks to this community for this initiative, especially AJ.

Cheers, mates.


05-12-16, 03:03 PM
Thanks lpedrosol, I've been searching for a link like that to no avail so thanks for posting it up :ok: I'll bookmark it and use it when December has passed :ok:

05-12-16, 04:44 PM
I'm nearly halfway through this - still in cup and bunched towards top of the league but positions 1-5 all very close. Should get it finished tomorrow with a short write up :ok:

06-12-16, 02:01 AM
This team...................this team................. :love: :hail:

06-12-16, 12:00 PM
Have started this challenge. Will obviously do a full write up of the season, just trying to think of the style. I've gone for the same formation I use in the dream team, 4-1-2-1-2, as it seems to fit the team. It starts off quite hard...with nearly all the loanees, apart from Silvinho, buggering off back to their respective clubs. The cads.

07-12-16, 01:28 AM
Hi. There is any file to download (data or saved game) to use for this challenge?

07-12-16, 01:44 AM
Read the First Post, October Update

07-12-16, 04:49 AM
Completed the challenge - one of the craziest and emotional I have undertaken in CM0102...................

Tactic - Non Wib Wob. I went 41221 (some sort of 433 variant), I then changed very late on to a narrow 442 diamond
Transfers - None (in small screens at bottom)
Loans - None (in small screens at bottom)
Staff In - None (in small screens at bottom)
Contract Extensions - None (most of the squad contracts are up at end of year and I just left everything as it was)

So - we start off with a small squad and best part of 6 players loans end straight away - not ideal........... :mad: :frusty: :smash: :( :cry:

The next thing - a whole host of top flight clubs all come in for my staff. I was humbled and honoured that they turned down such big money moves and decided to stay with us - they knew the journey we were on and wanted to be part of it

A prime example below

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However, as pre-season went on and throughout the start of the campaign, my staff cannot just think about themselves but their families as well and as sad I was to see them leave the club, with a heavy heart I understood their reasons for wanting look after thier families

This left me with a physio as my only member of staff for the remainder of this challenge............. :eek: :shocked:

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Brazilian State Championship
This started off well for us, then tailed off for a few weeks where we lost consistency then we got our act together again and a number of teams all bunched up in the top spots

I was truly staggered to see us top the table but as you can se from the goals score (approx 3 per game) we were rightly known as "The Entertainers"

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So - we make our way to the knockout stages and progress through. I must give a special mention to a few players

GK - Marcelo Boeck - performed superbly in the nets for me
DC - Neto - Beast of a defender :hail:
DM - Josimar - My "General" on the pitch
AM RLC - Cleber Santana - This guy was IMMENSE for me. Goals/Assist/MOM performances - he had it all!
STR - Bruno Rangel - 35 years old and fully utilised his experience. Absolutely smashed in the goals for us

Through to the State Championship Final it is then.

Joinville would be our opponents

The 1st leg in Final couldn't have gone better - they were down to 9 men after 25 minutes! We saw the game home 3-0 but in some respects I expected us to completely finish them off

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And how it nearly cam back to bite me! - We lose 2-0 in the 2nd leg in Final and back to the wall stuff for the last 30 minutes. Somehow we saw it through, but I never doubted my men. This is what became abundant from the course of the campaign. We didn't have the biggest squad but everyone pitched in and gave it 100% with a superb attitude.

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Little Associação Chapecoense de Futebol are the Brazilian State Champions! :first: :dance: :party:

Our magnificent fans were delighted and were singing from the rooftops

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Such was the performance of our TEAM that there were even a few standout mentions at the annual awards ceremony............

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Brazilian Champions Cup
Given that we were on a high, I expected us to qualify as one of the 2 teams from the group of 3

The first game vs Luverdense was one of frustration where we were by far the better team but got superkeepered and couldn't hit the "Onion Bag"

But then the game v Bahia was one to forget. Our 'keeper had a bad day at the office and as much as we tried we couldn't get back into the game

We limp out of the Brazilian Champions Cup at such an early stage :( :cry: :tsk:

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Brazilian Cup
We navigated our way through very easily and then the tougher teams came a calling. But again our team perform miracles and get us to the Semi Final stage.

Who did the draw pit us against - Gremio - a club known for its production of "wonderkids"

Sadly, this was a bridge too far and the gulf in class showed. We had done fantastic to even get to the Semi Final but we were treated a harsh lesson by Gremio, especially on their home ground in the first leg - losing a rip-roaring end to end game 5-2 :fencing:

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So - it as a very short break (It's crazy season with a game every 3 days or so in a lot of parts!) and I allow the team to take some well deserved time off to spend with their families.

They had deserved it - They have been heroes for me

The press and pundits did not agree with my decision to give the players free time but everyone skipped in with fine spirits and ready to "go again" for the Brazil National First Division Campaign...................

But maybe the press and pundits like Tim Vickery(below) - South American Football Correspondant - AKA "Legendinho" knew a lot better than a novice Welsh manager Redknapp69

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And so it proved.........................

We could not get into our stride at all

* Was the step up in class against these huge teams all too much for us?
* Did we really have the quality in players to compete? (given the tiny squad, no signings and major injury crisis)
* Did the lack of coaches and staff finally have an impact?
* Should the formation have changed sooner than it did?
* Would lady luck and the rub of the green ever go our way (It never seemed to in the league campiagn)
* Did the players have the determination to go on after tasting success earlier in the year
* Did I make a bad decision in giving them some time off to spend with families?

All of these racked my brain and things were getting worse and worse.............The board were also getting twitchy...........

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We tried to change formation

I went to a 442 narrow diamond. Maybe I should have gone light at the back given we had hardly any defenders

The injury pile up wasn't helping as was a game every 3 days with a squad that was running on empty

We even had a couple of players not turning up or performing poorly in training which unsettled the squad and got the fans riled

Things were not improving...............in fact they were getting worse...........

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Then suddenly, it all came to an abrupt halt. The board called me into the dressing room and passed down the news that I knew was coming..........

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I didn't fight it - I loved this club, the staff (actually - didn't have any staff apart from 1 physio!), the incredible players and the fans (although a number of them had clearly seen enough!)

I had played my part in giving them success and agreed that a change of manager may help revive fortunes

In the following hours, as I packed my belongings and left the training ground, I had one final job to do which was the "exit" interview/press conference

There was 1 question which came up again from the press.............

"You were on such a roll. Do you regret giving the players time off to go away with their families after the State Championship win? Surely this had a part to play in your downfall?"

My response was short and sweet "We all love football, but there are some things that are more important in life. Spending time with loved ones and I would never take that opportunity away from my players for what they did for this magnificent club"

We all then know what happened on evening of the 28th of November 2016 with LaMia Airlines Flight 2933



Goals Scored
State Championship - 54+8 in knockout stages = 62
Brazilian Cup - 22
Brazilian Champions Cup - 1
National First Division - 19

Competitions Won
50 points for winning the Campeonato Caterinense

Total Points = 154

P.S - An excellent challenge and I will run the game through until end of season to see how it went

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07-12-16, 06:51 AM
Great story, Redders. A real tribute. I salute you!

07-12-16, 09:30 AM
Redders, that is a tremendous tribute. A marker set for all who follow.

07-12-16, 10:34 AM
Crazy change in form we had - baffling!

07-12-16, 03:18 PM
Things got no better after my sacking - 1 point picked up from 6 games since I left

At least there was a random new formation! :eek: :shocked: :jaw:

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07-12-16, 03:41 PM
That formation is mental ! I'm amazed that they got one point

What is it called ? Headless chicken ?

08-12-16, 08:43 AM
Definitely an emotional Challenge. To begin with I thought these legends couldn't be beaten as we didn't lose any of our first 14 games, even after all the loanees left.

Then though we were knocked out of the cup in the third round, losing the league games straight after each leg. As a result of those two defeats in the state championship finished the initial stage in second, either by 1 goal difference or head to head record - not sure which. But the guys came back strongly, dominating the play off stage, scoring 10 goals in those 4 games and conceding just 3. That was the least these legends deserved for their awesome performance. In total scored 58 goals (48 in the league stage).

I also was reduced to just a physio, but by now I had decided to make use of the experience in my squad and offered Bruno Rangel, Nivaldo and Rafael Lima the opportunity to begin a coaching career - I hope this was okay.

The step up in level was clear and I took a more defensive approach, and for a while it was working, was 4th after 7 games, despite most of them being away from home, but from there fluctuated around the top 15, some teams we just couldn't compete with but the guys gave it their all, ending up in 12th, with the board very pleased with the performance and honestly I couldn't have asked more from the lads.

I tip my hat to anyone who manages to finish top 4 here.

Total goals scored: 58 + 6 (Cup) + 37 (National League) = 101
Points for competition = 50
Total Points 151

I think that deserves a donation - which I'll do to the site.

Thank you guys for the challenge and the tribute. I think like most football fans my thoughts have been with the player's families and the fans since this terrible tragedy.

(Screen Shots http://smg.photobucket.com/user/RTMFW/library/Tribute%20Challenge )

08-12-16, 08:53 AM
Great effort mate!

What sort of tactic/formation did you go for?

I'm sure some people will do well with a wib wob tactic but as you say with the restrictions it's certainly a tough ask!

08-12-16, 09:50 AM
I also was reduced to just a physio, but by now I had decided to make use of the experience in my squad and offered Bruno Rangel, Nivaldo and Rafael Lima the opportunity to begin a coaching career - I hope this was okay.

very creative. I'm fine with this.

08-12-16, 09:58 AM
I also liked the idea of giving the experienced players some coaching responsibilities. Very much in the ethos of the challenge.

Very good effort and a fine tribute

08-12-16, 11:03 AM
Mirroring my game at the moment redders. Great in the first league, good at the start of the other one and then injuires, fitness kicks in and a plummet is on the cards. Not sacked yet but I would imagine it's getting close.

08-12-16, 12:45 PM
It takes a while to get to know your players but I did not have this luxury, thrown in at the deep end like this. With restrictions on buying and loaning players as in don't do it, ever, and starting a game where you know nothing about anyone or anything, why am I in 2 leagues? this challenge was going to be hard. I decided to use the same formation I have used to some success in the DTL, a modified 4-1-2-1-2, mainly as this suited the team that I had been given.

A few days after I took over all of the loanees legged it, apart from Silvinho. Maybe because his loan had another 3 months to go. A couple of youngsters were promoted for me to have a look at, De Sousa, a DLC, Schneider, a MC, which helped the cause no end.



The Santa Catarina State Championship proved to be a learning curve for all of us as it took a few games for me to find my best team and their best positions. Although we scored quite a few goals we ended up in 3rd position.


As you can see from this table, Chape had won the state play off final!


The board and players were ecstatic. The only down side was the cup loss in the third round to a very good Gremio side.


Still, onwards and upwards, and Chapecoense were now going to fight against the big boys. With no money, only enough players to fill a team sheet and a very dodgy manager.

We started well, with great wins against Atletico, Santa Cruz and the once mighty Santos. Things unfortunately went downhill after these 3 wins, we had topped the table briefly, and registered 3 draws and 7 defeats in the next 10 games which, not surprisingly, led to us plummeting down the table. What happened in the next 4 games, saved the season. Great wins against Corbitiba, Ceara and Figueirense pushed us back up the table to the heady heights of 11th before an end of season slump, 6 loses and 3 draws, saw us finish in 22nd place. Safe by 5 points!


The players kept on throughout the season, never moaning, never complaining, just getting on with the job in hand. Playing for Chapecoense. I played them when they were fit, I played them when they were knackered, and they still performed. I was very proud of them. To a man.

Kempes and Martinuccio led the line superbly, as you can see from their ratings, but Neto was solid at the back, as was Boeck in goal.


Although Kempes will get all the plaudits, and quite rightly, Cleber Santana chipped in with quite a few from Midfield.


As he also did on the assist count.


Having now spent a season with these players, getting to know them, virtually, what happened on November the 28th 2016, has hit me harder than it did when this horrible event happened. My thoughts go out to anyone affected by this tragedy.


On a side note...

Goals scored in State League - 51
Goals scored in play offs - 13
Goals scored in Cup - 12
Goals scored in National League - 35

Championships won - 50

Total points - 161

08-12-16, 02:15 PM
Leading the way Trunks :ok:

Did you not play Bruno Rangel much or just did not perform well for you - I had him as 1 man up top which he thrived in

Kempes was indeed awesome for me as well in a FR position

Cracking effort :ok:

08-12-16, 03:17 PM
Leading the way Trunks :ok:

Did you not play Bruno Rangel much or just did not perform well for you - I had him as 1 man up top which he thrived in

Kempes was indeed awesome for me as well in a FR position

Cracking effort :ok:

Rangel played up front alongside Kempes for a lot of the season but I did swap him in and out a bit due to poor form and injuries on occasion.


Along with this dude.


09-12-16, 08:31 AM
I do wibwob when allowed but use tactics I would actually employ as a manager, in the games I expected to win a 4-2-3-1 attacking formation, against better opposition a more defensive 4-1-4-1 formation.

Great effort mate!

What sort of tactic/formation did you go for?

I'm sure some people will do well with a wib wob tactic but as you say with the restrictions it's certainly a tough ask!

09-12-16, 02:26 PM
Bruno Rangel is all time top scorer of Chape. Just for you guys to know.
Also, can the challenge be played with South American patch? It puts first division with 20 clubs as in real life and a few other things.
I put it here: https://www.sendspace.com/file/fmwq5q
Credits to Gio!

09-12-16, 02:51 PM
Bruno Rangel is all time top scorer of Chape. Just for you guys to know.
Also, can the challenge be played with South American patch? It puts first division with 20 clubs as in real life and a few other things.
I put it here: https://www.sendspace.com/file/fmwq5q
Credits to Gio!

I think it's a bit more fair when everyone plays the same version. I'm not gonna stop you, but consider what I said,ok?

09-12-16, 03:40 PM











Brazilian Santa Catarina Championship 50 pts

Brazilian National First Division 100 pts

Gol scored 199 pts

Total 349 pts

Lost Brazilian Cup Semifinals and Brazilian Champions Cup Final

Força Chape

09-12-16, 06:27 PM
Nicely done, what formation did you use? Do you have screenshots for player stats? Interesting to see who did what.

09-12-16, 06:54 PM
Nicely done, what formation did you use? Do you have screenshots for player stats? Interesting to see who did what.

I used my best tactic ever created and never released "4231 movement"...

Soon I will post screenshots...

09-12-16, 08:50 PM
assuming you wib wobbed to the max but great effort :clap:

Looks like a crazy 8-3 game in there as well! :lol:

09-12-16, 09:00 PM
I'm going to have a break from the Alphabet Game to start this. In addition I will pledge £1 to the Chapecoense fund for each goal that we score. ( I hope there are not too many 8-3 games !)

09-12-16, 09:12 PM
Hope you do not play 442 defensive then :)

Great gesture :hail:

09-12-16, 09:22 PM
I'm going to have a break from the Alphabet Game to start this. In addition I will pledge £1 to the Chapecoense fund for each goal that we score. ( I hope there are not too many 8-3 games !)

use "4231 movement"??:roll:

09-12-16, 09:35 PM
I'm going to have a break from the Alphabet Game to start this. In addition I will pledge £1 to the Chapecoense fund for each goal that we score. ( I hope there are not too many 8-3 games !)

Hell of an offer mate :ok:

10-12-16, 12:33 PM






11-12-16, 05:28 AM
Solid start.


12-12-16, 11:20 AM
Donations looking good for the Chapo funds - We're up to 108GP :ok:

12-12-16, 01:17 PM
great stuff :clap:

12-12-16, 03:11 PM
Donations looking good for the Chapo funds - We're up to 108GP :ok:

plus £75 (and counting) from me .... I hate these 6-2 wins !

12-12-16, 04:02 PM
Donations looking good for the Chapo funds - We're up to 108GP :ok:

Did you put mine in Mark? Forgot to let you know it was for that!

12-12-16, 04:21 PM
All donations for this month have gone towards the pot mate, regardless.

15-12-16, 09:49 AM
Do not shed tears when I have gone but smile instead because I have lived.
Do not shut your eyes and pray to God that I'll come back but open your eyes and see all that I have left behind.
I know your heart will be empty because you cannot see me but still I want you to be full of the love we shared.
You can turn your back on tomorrow and live only for yesterday or you can be happy for tomorrow because of what happened between us yesterday.
You can remember me and grieve that I have gone or you can cherish my memory and let it live on.
You can cry and lose yourself, become distraught and turn your back on the world or you can do what I want - smile, wipe away the tears, learn to love again and go on.


It was a bruising season with games coming thick and fast. 66 matches in 42 weeks and a squad of just 21, 4 of them goalkeepers, to juggle with. Everyone of these heroes would play their part.

My very first game in charge was a preview of how this season would go. After 10 minutes we found ourselves 2-0 down to Criciúma. Within 5 minutes Filipe Machado and Hyoran had brought the scores level. Before half time, we were behind again, but did heads go down ? No. Kempes made it 3-3 on the stroke of half time. The second half was an onslaught on the Criciúma goal, but sadly there was no fairy tale ending and we settled for a 3-3 draw.

32 games later …. yes …. 32 games later and we were still unbeaten. The Campeonato Catarinense was locked up in the Chapecoense trophy room. The league stage was won at a canter, although I didn't know at the time how significant this would be.


Both semi final games against Avaí ended in 3-1 wins to set up a two leg final against Joinville. We were away in the first leg and fell behind when Rafael Donato got on the end of a corner right on the stroke of half-time. After the interval and Silvinho volleyed in an equaliser so that it was all to play for back in Chapecó. This was a typical end to end cup-tie with no quarter given and no surrender offered. Kempes opened the scoring, but with just minutes remaining, Italo Melo made it 1-1 on the night and 2-2 on aggregate.

Would there be extra time ? No
Is it straight to penalties ? No
A replay at a neutral ground ? No

Chapecoensa are awarded the Campeonato Catarinense on the basis of finishing higher in the league phase. Is that fair ? Do I care ? O Furacão do Oeste could wear their winners medals with pride.


But that doesn't account for all of the 32 games unbeaten. We have the Copa do Brasil which saw us in the draw for the semi final. Mixto were our first opponents and the 6-1 aggregate final score doesn't give the part timers credit for the fight that they put up. Aparecidense also battled hard only to go down 4-2 and set us up with a tough looking 3rd round with Bahia. They met us at our peak and it was another high scoring tie. 6-3 the aggregate in our favour. Atlético Mineiro had made it to the final of the Copa Libertadores, and as a result of their progress, our tie was postponed several times. As a result, Ceará were in the semi final, before we had played our round of 16 first leg. All we had to do was beat Atlético Mineiro and Goiás to join them.

We were given the perfect platform to do so. 3 minutes into the first leg of our round of 16 tie in Belo Horizonte, Junior Urso threw a punch at Martinuccio and had to walk the walk of shame. 4 minutes later and Kempes made the 10 men pay for Junior Urso's error and although we couldn't capitalise further, mainly due to a stellar performance by Victor in the Atlético goal, we had a lead to take back to Chapecó. Very few of the Chape die hards would have thought that possible.

I did say that the first game with Criciúma that it was a preview of the season and that there was no fairy tale ending. The return game was our 33rd of the season. After 32 unbeaten, Atlético Mineiro gave us a footballing master class. They are a very good side and the 3-0 final score is no disgrace. Better teams than Chapecoense have been beaten by them by larger margins, so we can hold our heads high and say we were in the draw for the semi final.


Did I hear the cogs churning inside your brain. 18 league games, 4 playoff games, 7 cup games …. That doesn't add upto 32 unbeaten.

You are of course correct. By winning the Campeonato Catarinense, we qualify for the Copa dos Campeões Preliminary Round. A 3 team mini league where the top 2 progress and we faced Vitória and Paysandu in 1 leg ties. First up was on paper the toughest. Vitória (a Série A outfit) at home. After going behind early, Bruno Rangel decided it was time to nail his first hat-trick and the 3-1 win was a significant step to further progress. We had qualified before the kick off against Paysandu. Their 1-1 draw with Vitória guaranteed us to be in the top 2. Just to be sure, we beat them 3-1 and progress with Paysandu to the first round proper.


please don't ask me why Paysandu rather than Vitória, maybe alphabetical order, but quite frankly, I'm the manager of Chapecoense and don't honestly give a damn. More pressing was another mini league of 3 games against Cruzeiro, Ponte Preta and Flamengo. The top 2 make the semi final of the Copa dos Campeões … Cup of Champions.

The cogs are churning again …. that accounts for 31 games and again, of course you are correct. It maybe a plot spoiler, but the match against Ponte Preta in Campinas was our 32nd. Bruno Rangel bagged another brace in a 2-0 win that brings our story right up to date.

Just a few days after the defeat to Atlético Mineiro, we played hosts to another giant, Cruzeiro. Again we gave it everything and there is no shame in the 1-0 loss. Indeed many would have said we were unlucky and deserved more and the stats show that we had 7 shots on goal, the same as Cruziero, and 6 of them on target, 2 more than Cruzeiro. It wasn't the end of our campaign as we still had a showdown with Flamengo where we had home advantage. It was winner takes all and what a game it was.

7 min Wesley hammers in our opener 1-0
16 min Silviho beats his man to make it 2-0. His 10th of the season
27 min Cléber Santana pounces on a loose ball for 3-0
45 min Josimar finds himself one on one with the keeper. 4-0 at half time
47 min Marcelo Boeck pulls down Everton. Red card and penalty. Donatti converts 4-1
54 min Emerson Sheik beats Demircan and fires in for 4-2
77 min Diego latches onto a low cross 4-3
90 min Emerson Sheik looses his marker and beats Nivaldo with a low shot …. that comes off the post and is put behind by Demircan

We are in the semi final of the Copa dos Campeões


Santa Cruz had won the other group, so as runners up to Cruziero, we would play them in the semi final. As a tie it was pretty much over by half time in the first leg. Bruno Rangel, Josimar and Cléber Santana had put us 3-0 up. Santa Cruz did pull 1 back in the second half, but we still had a healthy lead to take to their ground in Recife. There was no mistake. We soaked up early pressure. Scored a goal on the break from Silvinho, then defended like tigers to see out the game.

I fully expected the final to be a rematch with Cruziero. They had a lead over Série B side Paraná to take for the home leg. Inexplicably they lost 4-2 and the
Copa dos Campeões final would be the highly unexpected encounter between Paraná and Chapecoensa.

The first leg in Paraná was a tense affair with few few chances for either side. Josimar for us and Paulo Rene for them scored within 5 minutes of each other. This would go down to a single match to decide who would take the title. A proper cup final. A very disappointing 3993 fans turned out for Chapocoense's biggest day. Those who stayed away missed a cracker. Most of the first half was tense, like the first leg, but 3 minutes before the interval Kempes ran onto a through ball from Cléber Santana to score the opener. From the restart Josimar headed in Silvinho's cross for a 2-0 half-time lead. Into the second half and the Paraná fightback started with Mateus Aguiar knocking in a rebound. Back down the other end and Josimar got his second and our 3rd. Almost immediately Hyoran made it 4-1, surely no way back for Paraná now ! Mateus Agiar hadn't given in as he got his second for 4-2, but that was the end. The defense was tightened up and we saw out the remaining minutes. The Copa dos Campeões was coming to Chapecoense



But what is this ?

Some devious, unscrupulous bastard is robbing poor Chapecoense of points that are rightfully theirs. What nefarious devil could concoct such a plot ?

50 points for winning the Campeonato Caterinense
50 points for winning the Brazilian Cup
100 points for winning the National First Division
There is even 1 point just for scoring a goal !

But for winning the Copa dos Campeões, the cup of Champions, we get zip … diddly-squat …. the square root of **** all.

I urge all readers to contact this monster of a human being, a “gentleman” by the name of AJ, and advocate that he resolves the travesty that he has created. If not, The Court for Arbitration in Sport, will be contacted, or possibly the UN war crimes investigators. Chape deserve to be fully recognised for their achievements.

Força Chape

It had been a phenomenal effort by the squad. 36 matches played and only then does the Série A league season start (the 2 legs of the final were after the start of the league season). We were never the youngest or fittest of squads and this was now taking it's toll as the level of competition goes up a notch. We started strongly, reaching a peak of 3rd in the league, then suffered a slump as the onslaught of games resulted in a spate of injuries and suspensions. We caught a second wind and surged up the league again, then faltered to finish in mid table.


There were some highlights, the 5-1 thumping of Santos and a 2-1 victory over São Paulo come to mind. Despite all the odds, Chapecoense can hold their heads high and can take pride from their Série A campaign. Beaten occasionally. Outclassed never. 10 points behind champions Flamengo, miraculous !


I don't know if the gods of CM had anything to do with this, however you may remember that the very first match was a pulsating 3-3 draw with Criciúma. It is therefore fitting that the final match should take us a full circle and we would face the same opponents for our very final league game. A fitting end to my seson in charge. Going into the game, we needed to score twice to notch up 140 goals for the season. The players knew this and went out with all guns blazing. Bruno Rangel got 2 (numbers 27 and 28 of his personal tally) while Silvinho also scored twice to end the year in style.

It has been an honour to manage this team of heros. I am not going to single out any individuals, every member of the squad played their part in teaching me a lesson

I used to believe that player over 33 were pretty much useless. How wrong I was.
I used to believe that players with low stamina were useless. How wrong I was.
I used to believe that playing out of position is useless. How wrong I was.

I have learned that a 36 year old AM RLC with stamina of 6 can have a great game at left back ! They may not have high levels of skill. They may not be the most physical and they may not have youth on their side, but this team just doesn't know when they are beaten.

Força Chape. Força Futebol.

Marcos Danilo Padilha
Loureiro Cleber Santana (Cleber Santana)
Bruno Rangel
Eloi Castro Monteiro Ananias (Ananias)
Everton Kempes Goncalves dos Santos (Kempes)
Lucas Gomes da Silva (Lucas Gomes)
Ailton Cesar Junior Alves da Silva (Ailton Canela)
Tiago da Rocha Vieira (Tiaguinho)
Filipe Machado
Marcelo Augusto Mathias da Silva (Marcelo)
Willian Thiego Jesus (Willian Thiego)
Guillermo Gimenez de Souza (Gimenez)
Arthur Maia
Matt Lucena dos Santos (Matthew Caramel)
Dener Assunção Braz (Dener)
Josimar Rosado da Silva Tavares (Josimar)
Matheus Bittencourt da Silva (Matheus Biteco)
osé Gildeixon Clemente de Paiva (Gil)
Sérgio Manoel Barbosa Santos (Sérgio Manoel)

Rest In Peace

"They were the hope of our city. They played for love of the shirt and not for money. They played with the commitment that only those who have lived here know." (Jean Panegalli, student in Chapecó)

15-12-16, 09:50 AM
Screenshots of the achievements will be submitted later. The above update is my tribute to Chape, and yes I did shed a tear in writing that up.

15-12-16, 10:19 AM
Damn. What a story. Fucking Legend!!

Apparently I'll be awaiting appeals😁

15-12-16, 12:05 PM
Wow - great write up and a cracking effort mate

How close was that league - from 1st to 12th just 10 points!

I can see you got immersed in it from the emotion of the write up - sterling stuff :hail:

15-12-16, 01:36 PM
Nice work, Eej :ok:

Some donation as well :eek:

I think you have a point in wanting points for winning that competition. Come on AJ, sort it out :D

15-12-16, 01:50 PM
Damn. What a story. Fucking Legend!!

Apparently I'll be awaiting appeals��

Boooooo !

Hisssss !

What do we want ? POINTS
When do we want them ? NOW

(you can get a thanks when you sort out the points !)

15-12-16, 02:32 PM
Fine. Bitches. I'll sort it out.

15-12-16, 05:23 PM
Thanks to lpedrosol I now know that the correct portugues is Força Chape, not Forza. My post has been updated.

Thanks lpedrosol !

15-12-16, 11:56 PM
Boooooo !

Hisssss !

What do we want ? POINTS
When do we want them ? NOW

(you can get a thanks when you sort out the points !)

there, I fixed it.

Eej, you rule dude. You did fantastic in each and every aspect. You alone made it worth making this challenge. Hope many others follow in your footsteps.

16-12-16, 10:48 AM
there, I fixed it.

Eej, you rule dude. You did fantastic in each and every aspect. You alone made it worth making this challenge. Hope many others follow in your footsteps.

200 points :hail::hail::hail:

and a big THANKS for setting this up. (Although I do miss the chance of getting #AJrobbedChape to go viral on twitter)

16-12-16, 11:15 AM
Pah - would have tried harder if I knew those points were available ;) :lol:

18-12-16, 05:31 PM
Incredible stories guys, I definitely need to try having a go at this myself sometime.

21-12-16, 05:17 PM
Leaderboard so far (not including Kingsley' score)

Tribute Challenge to Chapecoense

1- giopos - 349 pts
2- trunky - 161 pts
3- Redknapp69 - 154 pts
4- RTMFW - 151 pts

- - - Updated - - -

Screenshots of the achievements will be submitted later. The above update is my tribute to Chape, and yes I did shed a tear in writing that up.

Don't forget this mate :ok:

25-12-16, 03:47 AM
-Tactic: 352

http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn40/zionmaster84/Tactic_zpskllqcfyb.png (http://s300.photobucket.com/user/zionmaster84/media/Tactic_zpskllqcfyb.png.html)

-Manager Stats:

http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn40/zionmaster84/Man%20Stats_zps2vv3puzl.png (http://s300.photobucket.com/user/zionmaster84/media/Man%20Stats_zps2vv3puzl.png.html)


http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn40/zionmaster84/Fix%201_zpsdbkgrufm.png (http://s300.photobucket.com/user/zionmaster84/media/Fix%201_zpsdbkgrufm.png.html)

http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn40/zionmaster84/Fix%202_zpsgufkc6pi.png (http://s300.photobucket.com/user/zionmaster84/media/Fix%202_zpsgufkc6pi.png.html)

http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn40/zionmaster84/Fix%203_zpsdes53jpq.png (http://s300.photobucket.com/user/zionmaster84/media/Fix%203_zpsdes53jpq.png.html)

http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn40/zionmaster84/Fix%204_zpsauecdof7.png (http://s300.photobucket.com/user/zionmaster84/media/Fix%204_zpsauecdof7.png.html)

http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn40/zionmaster84/Fix%205_zpsdvqostah.png (http://s300.photobucket.com/user/zionmaster84/media/Fix%205_zpsdvqostah.png.html)

-Campeonato Catarinense:

http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn40/zionmaster84/Catarinense_zpshdf6fhzx.png (http://s300.photobucket.com/user/zionmaster84/media/Catarinense_zpshdf6fhzx.png.html)

http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn40/zionmaster84/Catarinense%20Final_zpsf3qlz389.png (http://s300.photobucket.com/user/zionmaster84/media/Catarinense%20Final_zpsf3qlz389.png.html)

-Copa do Brasil:

http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn40/zionmaster84/Copa_zpsqm4ftt6i.png (http://s300.photobucket.com/user/zionmaster84/media/Copa_zpsqm4ftt6i.png.html)

-Serie A:

http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn40/zionmaster84/Seria_zpsearuynan.png (http://s300.photobucket.com/user/zionmaster84/media/Seria_zpsearuynan.png.html)

All for Chapecoence!!! God Bless You!!!

http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn40/zionmaster84/Suda_zpsk560bekh.png (http://s300.photobucket.com/user/zionmaster84/media/Suda_zpsk560bekh.png.html)

28-12-16, 05:11 PM
Fantastic effort and so close to winning the title. You must have got everything out of that team.

28-12-16, 06:40 PM
Great work Zion - any wib-wobbing?

Moral victory in the League I say - it's surely more about all season performance rather just those in knockout stages?! :)

Like the font as well - what is that?

30-12-16, 02:36 AM
As purpose of tributing to Chapecoence, my result of this challenge won't be counted for points :D

@ Redknapp69: Of course, tactic is wib-wob :P

I used Latina-normal font, mate :D

02-01-17, 02:32 PM
To AJ et al, I've just worked out that we raised £247.43 in donations throughout December. That's a pretty good haul from the community with one big donation in particular :ok:

I've transferred the money from PayPal into my account today so as soon as it comes in, I'll send it over to Brazil using the link that bruebous(?) provided earlier on in this thread.

Well done everyone :ok:

05-01-17, 03:11 PM
I think we've done wonderfully well and especially the big one :). Good to see us pulling together as a community.

05-01-17, 03:28 PM
Don't forget this mate :ok:

I don't think I'll be submitting my results. It just doesn't feel right.