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The Soccer World Comes Together to Pay Tribute to Chapecoense On The Day of Players' Burial

It's the kind of story that takes you out of the context of the sport, and, in the words of former Chapecoense player Gabriel, makes you want to not "leave for tomorrow what you can do today."​
December 3, 2016, 4:31pm

Prior to kick-off, there was a moment of silence to remember the victims of the plane crash #Chapecoense https://t.co/Tt3eOtMdUv
— NBC Sports Soccer (@NBCSportsSoccer) December 3, 2016

The plane crash that killed the majority of Brazilian side Chapecoense, along with other passengers, has rocked the soccer world this week. There is an eerie feeling that the togetherness inherent to playing on a team can cause it all to be swept away in an instant. The loss of one player is tragic. The loss of a whole side is confoundingly sad.

Various players expressed their sorrow throughout the week In response, and today not only marks the first weekend of fixtures since the crash, but the day all players and other crash victims will be laid to rest. Above, you can see Brazilian-born Chelsea players David Luis and Willian holding up the black arm bands worn by all teams in the Premier League today. After Chelsea's 3-1 win over Manchester City, Luis said he was dedicating the victory to Chapecoense.

Brazilians David Luiz, Willian pay tribute to @ChapecoenseReal #ForçaChape pic.twitter.com/WuMImdBFqG
— Planet Fútbol (@si_soccer) December 3, 2016

Also, during one of the most bitter rivalries known to soccer, El Clasico, both Real Madrid and Barcelona came together to pay tribute before kickoff.

#FuerzaChapecoense pic.twitter.com/j0XGBsjZ07
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) December 3, 2016

#Barcelona & #RealMadrid stands for #Chapecoense #LaLiga #ElClasico #FuerzaChapecoense (Vine by @iCris7M) https://t.co/PYXNqnkz1P
— Déborah Lugo (@LugoDeborah) December 3, 2016

Here are some other tributes from various teams today:

Manchester is with you #ForçaChapecoense @ChapecoenseReal pic.twitter.com/j4DhmsjkGs
— Manchester City (@ManCity) December 3, 2016

#PrayForChapecoense In grief and agony…
We always stand together…@ChapecoenseReal pic.twitter.com/cCLv7EOXxy
— Beşiktaş JK (@Besiktas) December 3, 2016

The Tottenham Hotspur and Swansea City players remembering #Chapecoense today at White Hart Lane. #ForcaChapecoense pic.twitter.com/I4lcTJWHVm
— Talking THFC (@TalkingTHFC) December 3, 2016

Impeccably observed minute's silence in memory of all those at @ChapecoenseReal who tragically lost their lives this week.#FuerzaChapecoense pic.twitter.com/hWEyKluvfs
— Preston North End FC (@pnefc) December 3, 2016

@neymarjr arrives at Camp Nou with a Chapecoense shirt #ForçaChapecoense #ForçaBarça pic.twitter.com/4mQjznRLRF
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) December 3, 2016

Minute of silence being observed for #Chapecoense players who died in the plane crash pic.twitter.com/rSQXjQigid
— AFF Suzuki Cup (@affsuzukicup) December 3, 2016

Botafogo's mascot for the first time wearing a different club's shirt. #forçaChape @ChapecoenseReal @BotafogoOficial @BotafogoNews pic.twitter.com/5sm08wydM8
— Black AD (@BLACKAYDEE) December 3, 2016

You'll Never Walk Alone @ChapecoenseReal #ForcaChape #BVBBMG pic.twitter.com/MVUUVbERhy
— Dortmund Latino (@DortmundLatino) December 3, 2016

It's the kind of story that takes you out of the context of the sport, and, in the words of former Chapecoense player Gabriel, makes you want to not "leave for tomorrow what you can do today." Rest in peace.