The next chapter of in the story of Chapecoense begins when the Brazilian side start their new season on January 26th.

Nineteen of the club's senior players and the entire coaching staff were killed in a tragic plane crash in November, as the team were on their way to the final of Copa Sudamericana.

Now with pre-season training beginning on Friday and the new season starting with a home game against Joinville at the end of the month, Chapecoense are facing the mammoth task of signing 20 players before the kick off.

The team's Director of Football Rui Costa has opened up on the mechanics of rebuilding the playing staff of the club:

"We are resorting to a lot of loans. That is a tool for bringing together quality, speed and budget. Many clubs are being partners in this.

We looked at 90 players, we whittled that down to 50 and finally had a list of 38 players that got down to the number of players we have today."

It's expected that some youth players will join the new signings and the handful of players who didn't board the tragic flight.

The club, who were awarded the Copa Sudamericana and a place in this year's Copa Libertadores, have incredibly turned down proposals that would have given them immunity from relegation from Brazil's Serie A for three years.

[via BBC Sport]