Tiago da Rocha Vieira Alves, one of the Chapecoense players who died in Tuesday’s plane crash, just found out barely a week before the tragic incident that he was going to be a father.
Image shows Tiago da Rocha Vieira Alves and his wife Graziele.
According a report from CNN.com, a trending online video which was recorded last Wednesday shows a group of excited Chapecoense teammates celebrating with the father-to-be after they surprised him with the news.
“Tiaguinho”, as he’s called by friends, can be seen in the video happily hugging his friends and rocking his arms as if cradling a baby. The move could have been a rehearsal for his celebrations if he were to score in the scheduled Wednesday match.
The Brazilian club was expected to play against their Colombian counterparts Atletico Nacional in the first leg of the Copa Sudamericana finals.
CNN caught up with Gilmara Marins, a cousin to the Chapecoense striker [Tiaguinho] who secured a final spot for his team after netting the winning goal against Sao Paulo last week.
In her words: ‘The family is in great shock.
‘His wife’s pregnancy is a small miracle. It is a small part of Tiaguinho that stays behind with us.
‘We are thankful for Graziele’s pregnancy which just over a month.’
The couple got married on 12 December, 2015 – less than two weeks before their one year anniversary, CNN reported.
Marins said her cousin [Tiaguinho] was unbelievably caring and down to earth.
She continues: ‘He always wanted to be a young father … so I am happy that he got to have that last joythough he’s gone.
‘He was wonderful — an excellent player, who never forgot about his family.
‘He was always calling the family, and making sure they were okay. Even though he was far away, he called his mother almost every day.
‘His mother still cannot believe what happened. She is still waiting for him to be alive.
‘But his death has been confirmed, so we are just awaiting the arrival of the body. That is all we can do now. Wait for him to come home.’
Tiago da Rocha Vieira Alves and his wife Graziele.