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Flamengo fire: Training centre blaze victims named with 10 dead, three injured

A deadly fire broke out at the Brazilian club's training base, with the 10 people who have been confirmed as dead identified

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Forca Flamengo

2019-02-08T22:30:43Z

It has been a devastatingly tragic day for Flamengo and the families of those who died in the fire at the club's Ninho do Urubu training base in Rio de Janeiro.

The football world has been united in their support for the Rio giants and, naturally, it is a fragile time for those associated with the club.

Brazilian football has declared three days of mourning, such is the magnitude of the tragedy, and now the authorities will attempt to establish what exactly happened.

This is the end of the Goal liveblog, and all of our thoughts remain with the families and friends affected by the tragedy.

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Flamengo latest: 10 dead have been named while three others injured

2019-02-08T22:25:33Z

The state of Rio de Janeiro has already decreed three days of mourning following the tragedy as supporters have already begun to leave tributes at the Ninho do Urubu.

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'Dreams were interrupted' - Marquinhos pays tribute

2019-02-08T22:16:42Z

The Brazil forward honoured the victims of the Flamengo fire during today's PSG press conference:

“It is a tragedy that makes us reflect, it makes us think and give more value to everything we have and everything that we are. We have to enjoy the best moment that we are living, and that moment is today, because tomorrow we do not know.

“It's a very difficult day, a very sad morning because they had a routine exactly like ours. We think about their families and their sorrows.

“Dreams were interrupted. It is a great sadness. We send strength to the family and to all who have lost important people that day. The world of football is sad and we PSG are also."

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Full list of deceased players released – RIP

2019-02-08T21:45:59Z

Christian Esmerio (15)

Jorge Eduardo (15)

Arthur Vinicius (14)

Vitor Isaias 'Vitinho' (15)

Bernardo Pisetta (14)

Athila Paixao (14)

Pablo Henrique (14)

Sebastiao Rodrigues (15)

Gedson Santos 'Gedinho' (14)

Rykelmo de Souza Viana (16)

Victims named in Flamengo fire

2019-02-08T21:36:58Z

The identities of the 10 deceased Flamengo players have now been named, and it has been confirmed that the three survivors have been taken to hospital in Rio.

The first two survivors, Cauan Emanuel and Francisco Diogo are in stable condition, though are still being monitored for their respiratory tracts.

The third player, Jhonata Ventura, is in severe condition and was reported having suffered severe burns on 30% of his body – including that of the face, upper limbs and hands.

Flamengo has refrained for making public statements aside from the survivors, and the top directors and president Rodolfo Landim are now on a meeting on how to deal with the crisis.

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Flamengo thankful for support

2019-02-08T17:13:00Z

Flamengo have thanked those who have expressed their sorrow at the tragedy which occurred on Friday.

"We thank clubs around the world for their messages and prayers on this difficult day," the club said in a statement.

"It was never just football."

 

Arsenal: Flamengo, we are thinking of you

2019-02-08T16:56:39Z

Ninho do Urubu fire: What we know

2019-02-08T16:30:16Z

Confirmed details from the tragic event

Here's what we know:

▪️ Fire broke out at approximately 5am local time (7am GMT / 2am ET) in the players' accommodation.
▪️ The fire was brought under control at approximately 6:30am (8:30am GMT / 3:30am ET).
▪️ Ten youth players confirmed dead.
▪️ Christian Esmerio, 15, and Arthur Vinicius, 14, confirmed among the dead.
▪️ Three others - Jonathas Cruz, Cauan Emanuel Nunes and Franciso Diogo Bento Alves - were injured in the blaze.
▪️ Cause of the fire is currently unknown, but authorities are working to establish what happened.

Barcelona extends condolences to Flamengo

2019-02-08T15:46:36Z

The statement said: "Barca deeply regrets the tragedy that occurred at Flamengo's training centre and sends condolences to the relatives and friends of the victims."

Semi-final games rescheduled

2019-02-08T15:33:43Z

The game between Flamengo and Fluminense which was originally scheduled for Saturday, February 9 will now take place on Thursday, February 14.

Ozil left shocked by Flamengo fire deaths

2019-02-08T15:20:00Z

Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has expressed his shock at the news of the fire at Flamengo's training base, which claimed the lives of 10 people.

"Another shocking incident in the world of football," Ozil said on Twitter.

"I'd live to express my sincere condolences to the families of the victims of the fire at Flamengo's training centre!

"Sending out my best wishes to those injured."

Biggest tragedy in club's history, says Flamengo president

2019-02-08T15:12:11Z

Flamengo president Rodolfo Landim says that the fire which claimed the lives of 10 people at its Rio de Janeiro training base is "certainly the biggest tragedy this club has ever witnessed in its 123 years."

The most important thing now is to try to minimize the suffering and pain of these families," he added. "Flamengo is taking care of this and will spare no effort to minimize this to the maximum.

"Flamengo is also collaborating completely with the authorities so that the causes of this fire can be cleared. More than anyone, we want to know what happened and we are interested in this.

"The club is in mourning, we are all in mourning. It's a huge sadness. It's not easy talking to you, sorry."

Podolski: Now more than ever, Forca Flamengo!

2019-02-08T15:05:28Z

"Very sad news for a club I have a very special affection for," said the World Cup winner.

"I send my support and condolences to the club, to the players and to the family and friends. And now more than ever, Forca Flamengo!"

FIFA sends condolences to Flamengo

2019-02-08T15:00:00Z

FIFA has expressed its sympathies with Flamengo following the tragedy.

"It is with immense sadness that we received the news of the fire at the Flamengo training centre in Rio de Janeiro," a statement said.

"The thoughts and prayers of the entire football community go to the victims, their families and the red-black crowd in this moment of pain."

Injured given positive medical assessment

2019-02-08T14:51:51Z

The three individuals who were injured in the fire have been given a positive assessment by medical staff.

Jonathas Cruz will need further care, but Cauan Emanuel Nunes and Franciso Diogo Bento Alves may be discharged from hospital later today (February 8).

Pele: A very sad day for Brazilian football

2019-02-08T14:47:06Z

Brazil icon Pele has extended his condolences and described the tragedy as "a very sad day for Brazilian football".

"My day began with news about the fire at Flamengo's training centre - a place where young people pursue their dreams," he wrote on Twitter.

"It's a very sad day for Brazilian football."

Felipe Vizeu: I wish strength for the families

2019-02-08T14:45:08Z

Former Flamengo player Felipe Vizeu has sent a message of condolence to those who have been affected by the tragedy.

"I lived a long time in the same place," the Gremio star said.

"What I wish for families is lot of strength, because we know how difficult it is to lose a loved one and, even more, a son who is in search of his dream."

Ronaldinho adds voice to outpouring of tributes

2019-02-08T14:39:26Z

Confirmed: No football in Rio over the weekend

2019-02-08T14:28:34Z

The Football Federation of Rio de Janeiro has confirmed that a decision has been reached not to play any football this weekend as a mark of respect for those who died in Friday's tragic fire at Ninho do Urubu.

Chelsea express sympathies

2019-02-08T14:22:51Z

'I'm so, so sorry' - Guardiola

2019-02-08T14:02:56Z

Pep Guardiola, speaking at his pre-match press conference for Manchester City's weekend match with Chelsea, has passed on his condolences.

"I am so, so sorry. My condolences to all the families of the victims of the Flamengo fire," he said.

"I am so sorry. We send our support for a tough situation and hopefully it will never happen again."

Milan the latest club to pass on their thoughts

2019-02-08T13:51:18Z

Flamengo youngster recounts his terror

2019-02-08T13:30:51Z

In quotes given to Globo Esporte, young attacker Samuel has given his account of the incident.

"I was sleeping at the time and I smelled a very strong burning, I thought my cell phone had caught fire. When I went to see, I saw the fire, smoke went into my eyes. I cried for help, help ... I ran."

Bodies of victims to be removed

2019-02-08T13:00:00Z

The bodies of the victims will soon be removed from the scene of the fire.

Survivor: 'God comfort my brothers'

2019-02-08T12:49:05Z

One of the survivors of the fire, Felipe, says that the fire occurred in his room.

"I just have to thank God for being able to wake up and escape death," he wrote. "God comfort my brothers."

PSG send message of strength to Flamengo

2019-02-08T12:40:19Z

Fluminense cancel activities & decree three days of mourning

2019-02-08T12:25:07Z

"There is no mood for training today. The day's activities were cancelled," Fluminense said in a statement shared on Twitter.

"Players and members of the Technical Committee sympathise with the victims and relatives of the tragedy that happened at Ninho do Urubu"

Real Madrid shows solidarity with Flamengo

2019-02-08T12:20:23Z

"Real Madrid CF deeply regrets the death of the players and employees of Flamengo because of the fire suffered in their sports city," a statement from the Liga club said.
 
"The club wants to convey its condolences to the relatives and friends of the victims, and wishes a speedy recovery of the injured. 
 
"Real Madrid shows its solidarity with Flamengo, its fans and Brazilian football."

Cruzeiro defender Leo sends strength

2019-02-08T12:15:00Z

"We need love, peace and hope," Leo said.

'No climate' for Flamengo vs Fluminense to go ahead

2019-02-08T11:58:54Z

The Football Federation of Rio de Janeiro (FERJ) has indicated that it would not be wise to proceed with the upcoming game between Flamengo and Fluminense.

The teams were due to face off in the semi-final of the Guanabara Cup, but the game is not likely to go ahead in light of the tragedy.

Worker claims to have heard an explosion

2019-02-08T11:56:01Z

A resident of the area has told Sportv that he heard an explosion at around 5:10am, which was subsequently followed by a power outtage.

Zico: May God comfort the families

2019-02-08T11:53:16Z

“What a tragedy at Flamengo,” Zico said. “What a shock to receive this news. May god comfort the families who lost their children, grandchildren, brothers, nephews and relatives."

Rio de Janeiro declares three days of mourning

2019-02-08T11:43:29Z

The state of Rio de Janeiro has decreed that there will be three days of mourning following the fire tragedy at Ninho do Urubu.

Vinicius Jr: 'God bless everyone's family! 😢'

2019-02-08T11:36:31Z

Real Madrid forward Vinicius Junior came through the ranks at Flamengo before making the move to La Liga and he has extended condolences to the families of those affected.

"Just remembering the nights and days I spent on the CT, it's creepy," he wrote on his Twitter page. "Still in disbelief, but praying for all! God bless everyone's family!"

'Woke up, saw the smoke and got out'

2019-02-08T11:30:50Z

Goal Brazil reporter Raisi Simplicio is at the scene in Rio de Janeiro, where a father of one of the survivors is relating his son's experience.

Chapecoense send strength to Flamengo

2019-02-08T11:23:14Z

Messages of support are flooding in for those affected by the fire, among them Brazilian club Chapecoense, who know tragedy too well themselves.

"Forza, FLAMENGO! We are very sad and shaken by the news of the fire that struck the nest of the Urubu, leaving countless victims," the club tweeted.

"We extend our desire for strength to the brothers @Flamengo and to all the relatives of those affected. Our thoughts and prayers are with you."

Firefighters arrived on scene in the early hours

2019-02-08T11:18:37Z

Firefighters arrived at the scene of the Urubu's Nest training centre at around 5am local time (7am GMT / 3am ET).

It is believed that the 10 fatalities include six youth team players and four Flamengo staff members.

 

Fire kills ten at Flamengo's training centre

2019-02-08T11:09:06Z

Tragedy has struck at the heart of the Brazilian club

A major fire has taken the lives of ten people at Flamengo's training centre in Vargem Grande in the West Zone of Rio de Janeiro, the local fire department has confirmed.

Three others were injured, with one thought to be in a serious condition, and were taken to the Lourenco Jorge Municipal Hospital in Barra da Tijuca, also in the West Zone.

The fire is now under control.

The full story can be read here.