Sirli Freitas took one, final phone call from her husband Cleberson Silva before he had to switch off his phone.
“There was so much background noise,” she said. “So much laughter and fun.
“I said, ‘are you really on a plane, or in a bar?'”
Journalist Silva was on a plane that went down in the Andes on 29 November. He was one of 71 people who died along with almost the entire Chapecoense football team.
The players were en route to the biggest match in the club’s 43-year history, the final of the Copa Sudamericana against Colombia’s Atletico Nacional.
On Saturday, Chapecoense will play their first match since the crash – a friendly against defending Brazilian league champions Palmeiras.
The people of Chapeco will, once-again, fill the small Arena Conda to see some of the 22 new players who make up the squad.
Three of the six survivors were players, including central defender Neto, who …