Courage, Persistence and Tenacity
OUR CLUB HISTORY
La Storia del Torino F.C.
Myth, legend, tradition.
Torino FC reflects the history of Italian football. Football came to the city of Turin at the end of the 19th century.
In 1900, FC Torinese absorbed Internazionale Torino and on December 3, 1906, an alliance was approved with a group of Juventus led by dissidents by Alfredo Dick Swiss. From the merger between FC Torinese and the group of dissidents, the Torino Football Club was born, considered by many to be the oldest football club in Italy.
The first official match was played on December 16, 1906 against Pro Vercelli, and ended 3-1 against Torino.
In the first championships, Torino obtained an excellent second place in 1907, and in subsequent tournaments the club always finished between third and fourth place.
In 1912, Vittorio Pozzo joined the coaching staff and in 1914 he took Torino on a tour abroad to South America. It was a triumph, the Torino squad came to win the six games played, against teams of indisputable value, such as Corinthians and the Argentine National Team. Upon their return from this victorious tour, the club encountered a very different atmosphere: World War I was about to break out in Europe.
In 1914-15, Torino was, at the end of the championship, two points behind the leader of the Genoa league and by the outbreak of the First World War, it happened just before the end, Genoa was arbitrarily declared champion of Italy.
After the war, the league resumed in October 1919. Like many other teams, Torino had lost many of its players during the war. The Torino squad came third in the Piedmont group, behind Pro Vercelli and Juventus. Even in the 1920/21 season, there was not a single league, but a series of regional groups. Torino finished the northern Italian semi-final round on par with Legnano.
On April 7, 1922, Vittorio Pozzo resigned, for family and professional reasons, being replaced by former player Francesco Mosso.
In 1924, Count Marone Cinzano was elected to the presidency of Turin, who managed to bring moments of glory to the garnet shirts. Since the summer of 1925, Cinzano jumped into the transfer market, with the aim of forming a very competitive team.
Torino won the title on July 10, 1927, defeating Bologna 5-0. The title was later revoked on November 3, for an alleged bribery of a Juventus player. It was already the end of the season when the Milanese newspaper "Lo Sport" published the news of this case of fraud in favor of Torino. The championship was revoked and the Italian title in 1927 was not given.
In the 1928/29 Championship, the club could not repeat the feat of the previous season. Inter won and Torino was fourth.
Meanwhile, the big teams began to develop youth divisions, real resource tanks for the main squads. In honor of the departure of the great Adolfo Baloncieri from football in 1932, the club created a youth section dedicated to him, the "Balon boys".
It was a period of instability:
It wasn't until the 1935/36 season that the team began its rebirth.
In the 1936/37 season, Torino went from being a Football Club to a Football Association and there was some satisfaction in the Italian Cup, where Torino was only defeated in the final.
In the 1938/39 season, Torino finished second.
In the 1939/40 Championship, Torino finished in fifth place; the title was won by Ambrosiana Inter. But the most important thing was the arrival of Ferruccio Novo, chosen by the engineer Cuniberti. Ferruccio Novo was a true turning point for Torino, thanks to his financial support and his skills as a careful administrator.
In the 1940/41 Championship, Torino came seventh, with the help of Austrian coach Tony Cargnelli. For the 1942/43 season, the year started badly.
After 15 years, Torino won the championship again, but due to World War II, the 1944 championship was divided into two groups. The championship of the war was won, surprisingly, by the 42nd Fire Brigade of La Spezia, in the final against Torino, defeated 2-1.
The league tried to return to normalcy since the 1945/46 season: Torino triumphed in the group stage and then won the championship, beating Juventus in a match on the penultimate round.
Even more resounding is the success of the following season, 1946/47: Torino started well and finished better. Torino was a team that played well, enjoyed the game and made dreams come true. His attack shone that year: 104 goals scored, almost three goals per game on average, and Mazzola at the end of the year was the top scorer.
The 1947/48 team was not only the best Torino team of all time, but also one of the strongest teams in history.
For the 1948/49 season, Torino relied on new English coach Leslie Lievesley. On April 30, at San Siro, the team, with a four-point advantage in the championship, drew (0-0) against Inter, once again confirming their position as champions.
The triumphal race of Grande Torino was tragically interrupted on May 4, 1949 at 5:05 p.m. The Torino players were returning home from Lisbon after a friendly match against Benfica. The weather was terrible, with low clouds and rain. After the last contact with the radio station, perhaps due to bad weather or a faulty altimeter, the plane crashed into the Basilica of Superga, shrouded in thick fog.
The commotion was enormous, and Vittorio Pozzo had the saddest task of all: he had to identify the bodies of his players. In the Superga tragedy, thirty-one people were killed, including athletes, officials, journalists and crew members.
Half a million people attended the funeral on May 6, 1949 and paid tribute to the coffins lined up at Palazzo Madama with a long procession. The whole city of Turin came together around the team, a true symbol of an era.
Indro Montanelli wrote: "Heroes are always immortal in the eyes of those who believe in them. And so the children will believe that Torino is not dead: he is only far away."
The 1948/49 season was completed by the Torino youth team, which played the last four games against the youth teams of other teams. Torino won all the remaining matches, ending the 1948/49 season.
On May 26, 1949, a match was organized for the families of the victims at the Stadio Comunale. Torino Symbol, a group of eleven champions loaned by other clubs, wearing the maroon jersey.
The restart of the team after the great tragedy was very difficult. Ferruccio Novo, still president, used the youth team to prepare a worthy Torino for the 1949/50 season.
The following season, 1950/51, marked the beginning of a turbulent period: Torino only survived on the penultimate day. Likewise, in the following year, again with coach Mario Sperone, Torino only achieved the long-awaited salvation in the last game, with a 0-0 draw at home against Udinese.
Torino was the first team in Italy to have formally organized fans. In 1951 the support group called "Gruppo Sostenitori Granata" was born; it was the first truly organized group in Italy.
1952 saw the arrival of a player who turned out to be very important for the following years: the German Horst Buhtz.
In 1959, Luigi Morando became president, immediately bringing Torino back to Serie A (1959/60).
In the 1964/65 championship, Torino achieved the best ranking of the post-Superga era: third behind Inter and AC Milan with 44 points.
The 1967/68 championship opened with a change of coach: Edmondo Fabbri, criticized by the fans for his too defensive play.
Another tragic duel happened to Torino: the death of striker Gigi Meroni. On October 15, 1967, Meroni was run over and killed by a car on Corso Re Umberto in Turin after the team's victory over Sampdoria at the Comunale Stadium. It was a real tragedy for the team and for the fans. A week later, Meroni's teammates won the derby against Juventus 4-0, full of anger and despair. Torino closed the season in seventh place.
They were years of intermediate positions in the championships: a seventh place in 1969/70 and an eighth in 1970/71. In 1971, Torino achieved another victory in the Italian Cup, the fourth.
In 1971, the coach was Gustavo Giagnoni and Torino finished third in the championship, just one point behind the Scudetto.
Then there was a hiatus in the championship: Toro finished the 1972/73 season in sixth place, with Pulici as the top scorer for the first time with 17 goals.
In the 1973/74 season, Ciccio Graziani also started playing in Serie A (November 18, 1973, Sampdoria vs. Torino), and by the end of the year he had scored 6 goals. The team, led by Mondino Fabbri, finished the season in fifth place.
The following year, again with Fabbri as coach, Torino finished sixth with 34 points at the end of the season.
The 1975/76 season opened with a change of coach: Radice was hired to coach a very strong team, enriched by the arrival of Caporale, Pecci and Patrizio Sala. An exciting season followed. Torino won the championship with 45 points, two ahead of Juventus
It was the seventh title, celebrated by seventy thousand fans delighted with the title, won 27 years after the Superga tragedy.
After an immense joy came another great pain: on November 8, Giorgio Ferrini, the best Captain, died of two consecutive cerebral hemorrhages.
The duel with Juventus was repeated the following year. The 1976/77 season saw Torino in great shape once again, finishing the championship with 50 points, but it was not enough to become champion of Italy.
In 1977/78, Torino returned to second place, behind Juventus.
In 1978/79, the club finished in fifth place, while in the 1979/80 season, it was fourth, with a bitter taste in the mouth after the Italian Cup final against Roma where they lost on penalties.
In the 1980/81 tournament, borders were opened and foreign players returned to Italy. That same year, Torino again lost the Italian Cup final against Roma on penalties.
The 1981/82 Championship saw the painful farewell of Pecci and Graziani. The team was led by Giacomini, who relied generously on the Torino youth team, with 9-10 local players. At the end of the season, Torino finished eighth and reached another Italian Cup final, losing again, this time to Inter.
The 1982/83 Championship ended with the team finishing eighth in the standings.
The team only achieved fifth place in the 1983/84 season, which was marked by the purchase of Schachner by Sergio Rossi.
The following year, Radice returned to the club as a manager and made a big purchase: the Brazilian Junior, a true midfield leader. Torino had a great championship in 1984/85, coming second behind Verona.
In 1986/87, Radice removed Cravero from loan at Cesena and raised Lentini and Fuser, two bright young talents who also played for the National Team, the youth team. Torino finished eleventh in the standings. The championship was won by Napoli for the first time in its history.
The 1987/88 season opened with the departure of Rossi, a good team, who finished seventh in the league. The Italian Cup final against Sampdoria ended in defeat.
In the 1988/89 season, the purchases of Muller, Edu and Skoro had raised the expectation of a great Torino. Instead, the club was relegated to Serie B. Radice was criticized from the start, being replaced in December by Claudio Sala, but the team did not change. The foreign players did not play well and the team fell more and more in the rankings. Torino returned to Serie B 30 years after the first time.
In March 1989, Torino was bought by Borsano, who built a team that returned to Serie A. Fascetti was the coach, and the team included Marchegiani, Policano, Romano, Muller and Cravero. In May 1990, with a 3-0 victory over Messina, Torino returned to Serie A and said goodbye to the old Comunale: from next season, the matches would be played at the Delle Alpi Stadium.
In the 1990/91 Championship, the team finished the season in fifth position, a result that earned them a pass to the UEFA Cup.
In the 1991/92 tournament, enthusiastic fans signed more than 26,000 subscriptions. The five-star attack by Lentini, Scifo, Casagrande, Martín Vázquez and Bresciani led to third place in the league, as well as a place in the UEFA Cup final against Ajax in 1992. Torino played against Real Madrid in the semifinals. April 15 was an unforgettable day. At the Delle Alpi Stadium, Torino canceled the 1-2 at the Santiago Bernabéu and eliminated Real Madrid with a resounding 2-0, getting the right to participate in the final against Ajax. The match against the Dutch team ended 2-2 after the first leg in Turin, but thanks to the 0-0 draw in Amsterdam (Torino hit the wood 3 times, one of which was in the 90th minute), the Cup won it Ajax.
The start of the 1992/93 season was marked by enormous financial problems that brought the club to the brink of disaster.
Despite serious problems, the team had a good championship. In the semi-finals, Torino eliminated Juventus and defeated Roma at the Olympic stadium during the first leg of the final. The Cup went to Torino.
Borsano left the club at the end of the season and was replaced by Goveani. In 1993/94, Torino was eighth in Serie A. In the Cup Winners' Cup quarter-finals, Torino was eliminated by Arsenal.
In the spring of 1994, it was Gian Marco Calleri's turn to take over the club. Mondonico was no longer the coach, but was replaced by Rosario Rampanti, relieved after three rounds by Nedo Sonetti. The team had a great season. It started with the intention of simply avoiding relegation, but Torino ultimately fought for UEFA Cup qualification.
The following season, 1994/95, Sonetti's place was confirmed, along with Pelé, Angloma and Rizzitelli, who were also joined by Hakan and Milanese. It seemed like a good team but it was a real disappointment: the championship went wrong and ended in the worst way. Torino finished in 16th place, returning to Serie B. It was the beginning of one of the darkest periods in Torino's history.
In 1996/97, coach Sandreani didn't have big names on the team. For the first time after a relegation, Torino remained in Serie B. Calleri, at the beginning of March, gave the club to a group of businessmen led by Massimo Vidulich.
The following year, the team was led by Souness earlier in the season and then by Reja; the play off against Perugia prevented Torino from having the joy of returning to Serie A.
Promotion only came in the 1998/99 season, with a Torino team trained by Mondonico. Torino closed the season in second place behind Verona, and after three years returned to Serie A. Wonderful celebrations broke out on the streets of Turin.
Unfortunately, the joy was short-lived. Torino started the 1999/00 season with the aim of maintaining its place in Serie A; the team seemed to be sufficiently equipped, but things went differently. On May 7, 2000, Torino lost the decisive match 2-1 against Lecce and retired to Serie B. The club was bought by Cimminelli, who appointed Romero as president.
Simoni became the team's coach, but the start of the season was not the best and Torino seemed at risk of being relegated to Serie C. Giancarlo Camolese, coach of the youth team, was then appointed to head the team. Torino, with eight consecutive victories at home and ten on the road, managed to recover.
The 2001/02 championship closed with Torino in eleventh position.
The 2002/03 season was very disappointing with another relegation to Serie B.
In the 2003/04 Championship, Torino, led by Ezio Rossi, finished far from the promotion zone with an unimpressive average classification. The discontent of the Torino fans was evident.
The new Torino, officially acquired by Cairo on September 2, had to play its first game on September 10, the first match of Serie B.
In a very short time, a team worthy of the Turin tradition had to be assembled.
For the first test of the season, thirty thousand people flocked to Delle Alpi to propel the new Torino against Albinoleffe. In the sixteenth minute of the first half, Piedmontese Enrico Fantini scored the first and decisive goal of the season for Torino Football Club, called for the moment SpA.
Torino, despite the fact that many players did preseason training with different teams, immediately showed good playability. At the end of the first round, Torino was third.
On March 18, at the Delle Alpi against Mantova, the “Maratona” supported the team with the banner “Until the last drop of sweat”. The team's comeback began. Torino finished the season in third place.
After emerging victorious from their clash with Modena, Torino's opponent in the final was Mantua. After 95 minutes, it seemed like the dream was about to come true. It is not Torino playing if the fans are not made to suffer until the end!
At the final whistle, the "party in garnet" broke out in the stadium and then spread through the streets and squares of Turin. The heroes of that fantastic feat were carried away in triumph by the fans, and an exciting bus tour of the city in celebration ended the evening. On June 11, 2006, the nine-month-nine-day Turin of Cairo returned to Serie A.
Torino suffered many hardships that season: a tragedy (on October 9, returning from a resounding victory over Verona, the Torino bus was run over by a stolen truck, crushing a car caught in the middle and cutting the lives of two young people) and a taunt at Padua (a game interrupted by lighting, won by default and then lost in the second and third rounds of judgment).
There were also a series of delays, following the Piermario Morosini misfortune, the snow in Brescia and the flooding in Turin, which resulted in a compressed schedule and a hectic final weeks of the season (six and a half games in 20 days). But Ventura's team proved to be stronger than anything and everyone, and after a three-year limbo, Torino finally returned to Serie A.
Torino won promotion to Serie A after three seasons in Serie B and for the 2012-2013 season President Urbano Cairo confirms coach Giampiero Ventura and sports director Gianluca Petrachi. For Torino it is the 96th season in their history in the top division: the aim of the vigil is to keep the “Granata” club in the elite of football and at the same time lay a solid foundation for the consolidation of the team. Overall, the team proves to be an important group, a solid foundation to build the future of Turin.
The 2013-2014 season begins and the difficulties and responsibilities increase. Rolando Bianchi, a great fan favorite after five seasons, leaves Torino but Immobile arrived as a couple from Juventus with some criticism, he will become the most important player in Turin and in Serie A. Ciro Immobile becomes the maximum League scorer and receives the invitation to attend the World Cup in Brazil.
Granata's team achieves great results, while remaining on the left side of the table, the best season after 22 years. The victories were doubled from the previous year (15 against 8). At the end of the year, the team is in seventh place and qualified for the Europa League preliminaries. After 12 years, Torino returned to Europe.
The great work of the Corporation has regenerated the courage and pride of being a garnet. So the 2014-2015 season begins in the best possible way: Torino easily beats Sweden's Brommapojkarna but the news is that, after the 3-0 victory, more than twenty thousand fans flock to the stadium to witness the return to Europe by Bull. With this illusion, Torino also beat RNK Spalato and reached the knockout stage of the Europa League.
The great work of the Corporation has regenerated the courage and pride of being a granata. So the 2014-2015 season begins in the best possible way: Torino easily beats Swedish Brommapojkarna but the news is that, after the 3-0 victory, more than twenty thousand fans come to the stadium to watch the return to Europe of Bull. With this illusion, Torino also beat RNK Spalato and reached the round stage of the Europa League.
Integrating new players is difficult, so Torino is just above the relegation zone. November is a difficult month. The last one, in the derby, twice as painful. Good, because after a great performance, a comeback and with one more player in the last minutes of the game, and after many opportunities to get a historic victory, in the last second Toro loses. It is a terrible shock, which can crush even a ... bull. But this becomes the turning point. The granata, aware of the great derby, brings out the energy and self-esteem to turn it around. So in the Toro championship he has twelve consecutive positive results, once again reaching the European zone. And the Europa League is the stage that excites Toro. In the final phase of the round of 32, Toro has to face Athletic Bilbao, one of the favorite teams for the final victory. The critics don't sugarcoat it: only a miracle can get President Cairo's club through the rounds.
After many emotions - lead, tie, lead again, tie, lead, victory - Toro writes one of the most beautiful pages in his history. Grenade fans react with an enthusiastic welcome to the president, the coach and the entire team at Caselle airport in the middle of the night. The same Toro de Quagliarella and Maxi López who arrived in January with skepticism, has now won another bet that seemed impossible: there is no regret for the Cerci-Immobile duo.
In Liga Toro, he reached the derby one month after the end of the championship. It is the weekend of April 25, and after twenty years of suffering, also for the fans of the granata, the premiere arrives.
The victory in the derby, another beauty of a season to rethink, increases the ambitions of the granata: the fans dream of Europe, the players want her again. In the final sprint Toro is in the group of the ambitious, but in Palermo, in the middle of the week, comes a decisive slap. Maxi López's winning goal, in the last seconds of the match, is annulled by the referee. Arithmetically, those two points will represent the deficit in the classification between the ninth place and the qualification to the qualifying phase of the Europa League. Toro's fans can metabolize this discontent: for Torino-Cesena, the last game of an exhausting but exciting season, the start of the championship is a folkloric party. During the field trip at the end, between greetings and farewells, everyone can see in Darmian's emotion his farewell to Toro, after four great years. An impression at first glance, but not an oversight: the strong defender of Toro and the National Team, deservedly, would soon become a new player for Manchester United, one of the best teams in the world.
The 2015/2016 season sees an intermediate end for the Club, but with a fundamental date to remember: October 17. On this day, exactly 89 years after the initial opening, the first stone is laid in the construction site of the new Philadelphia. The home of Torino, the stadium where the Club's biggest trophies were won.
An honorable mention is also given to the fans, through a signed petition, and to the President of Cairo for having requested the Mayor of Turin that the Stadio Olimpico (site of the opening and closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics 2006 in Turin) is renamed “stadio Olimpico Grande Torino” in honor of the unforgettable Mazzola team. Torino will finish that season in twelfth place, parting ways with the head coach who will become the coach of the Italy team. Sinisa Mihajlovic will be his replacement.
The Serbian coach manages to create a prolific and offensive team. This offensive football is loved by fans, who are delighted with Mihajlovic's courage and willingness to score one more goal than opponents - a true granate spirit!
During that season there are also some noteworthy events. For example, an inauguration in Lisbon of a plaque in memory of Grande Torino and his last game against Benfica before his fatal plane crash. A friendly match is played against Benfica, which Torino will beat on penalties and will see the Club win the Eusebio Cup. In addition, in that year the Coni (the highest governing body of sport in Italy) awarded Torino with the Golden Collar and the Financial Fair Play award. Of important value is the request presented by President Cairo to grant the Scudetto revoked in 1927, for reasons that must be investigated. Finally, an unforgettable day is one in which the new Philadelphia is inaugurated.
In the 2017/2018 season, expectations begin to grow. Goalkeeper Sirigu and defender Nkoulou join an already strong roster. The first part of the season is tremendously positive, although the team is always struggling to find the right balance between attacking and defending. In the round of 16 of the Coppa Italia, Torino eliminated Roma and reached the quarter-finals against Juventus, which was fatal for Mihajlovic. He is replaced by another great coach: Walter Mazzarri. The impact of his arrival is immediate, and Torino is looking for a chance to reach the Europa League qualification until the last matches of the season: the granata, however, will finish ninth.
The 2018/2019 season is the one in which Torino returns to European competitions. And after many seasons as a protagonist, Emiliano Moretti announces his retirement from football: the defender will now have a managerial role at the Club.
The following year begins with the preliminary qualifying rounds of the Europa League: sadly, having passed Debrecen and Shakhtyor Soligorsk, Torino loses in the playoffs against Wolverhampton. Coach Moreno Longo, who replaced Mazzarri in February, managed to help the Club avoid relegation after a difficult restart to the season after the lockout.
The 2020/2021 season starts off with the arrival of Marco Giampaolo, a coach that is valued by many as being an expert in football. However, due to the pandemic, the preseason is exceptionally short, and therefore the coach doesn’t have the usual time to work with the players on his playing mentality. The team has difficulties fulfilling Giampaolo’s football and therefore has swinging results. The granata continue to struggle and the coach therefore decides to change his traditional playing style to help the team. Furthermore, Covid-19 takes a toll on the Club, infecting many players and Giampaolo. Unfortunately, it’s clear that the team has to fight to avoid relegation once again. Davide Nicola - whose goal in 2006 made Torino reach serie A in the final against Mantova- is the new manager. Through persistence and tenacity Torino avoided relegation with one match left of the season. This obviously cannot be considered an achievement, but for how things were going it was the objective to reach.