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.
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.
Here are some other tributes from various teams today:
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
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.