The Chapecoense soccer club is from the city of Chapeco, a southern Brazlian city of about 200,000 people and located about 800 miles southwest of Rio de Janeiro. The club was founded in 1973 and is ninth in the Brazilian top division, Serie A. The team was the underdog in the Copa Sudamericana final against Colombia’s Atletico Nacional. The competition has been compared to the Europa League in Europe.