Barcelona propose friendly match with crashed Brazilian team 

Barcelona have invited Chapecoense to play in their traditional curtain raiser next year.

The Brazilian club were struck by tragedy last month when 19 of their players died in a plane crash in Colombia.

Barcelona want them to be their opponents for the annual Juan Gamper Trophy which takes place every August.

The Catalan club said it “wants to collaborate with the institutional and sporting reconstruction of the club, and help it to recover the competitive level that had.”

Chapecoense’s squad has been left decimated by the crash, with several football stars, including Ronaldinho and Eidur Gudjohnsen, expressing an interest in playing for them.

Meanwhile, the club’s surviving defender, Alan Ruschel, who was communicating only with gestures last week, has started walking.

After suffering multiple fractures in the disaster, Ruschel is recovering in the Somer Clinic in Rionegra, Colombia.

A video has been released showing him walking with support and giving a positive thumbs up, before delivering a message to those who have given their support.

“Thank you everyone, everyone worried about my recovery. This is Alan Ruschel,” he said.

“I wanted to tell you that I am recovering very well. I will soon be back in Brazil to finish recovering.

“I want to thank you for all of your support, for all of the caring messages that I received. Thank you everyone. Thank you very much.”