Chapecoense to play first match since plane crash

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Brazilian side Chapecoense, who lost most of their team in an air crash in November, will make their return later this month for a friendly match against defending league champions Palmeiras.

The match will be held on Jan. 21 in Chapecoense's 20,000-seat Arena Conda in Chapeco, a city of 200,000 about 800 miles south of Rio de Janeiro.

Chapecoense coach Vagner Mancini is still signing players to replace the 19 that died on a Colombian hillside on Nov. 28.

Chape, as the team are known, will play their first official match on Jan. 26 against local rival Joinville.