that mythical “Grande Torino”

that mythical “Grande Torino”
Torino is one of the historic European football. PHOTO: Picture of jorono in Pixabay

There are teams that go down in history for their football, winners and legendary players. And certainly the 'Grande Torino‘ occurred in the organizing country. For what he did on the field and for that tragic end with the 'Superga tragedy’ a fateful 4 May 1949.

The Torino F.C, located in Turin where it shares space with a giant like Juve, It has the not inconsiderable figure of 7 Series A and Serie A titles 5 Coppa Italia, besides being runner-up of the former UEFA Cup this season 91-92. He was born as such 3 from December to 1906 in Turin, although 1894 He had already existed Football Club Torinese, which he disappeared shortly after. He went to the denomination of Torino Calcio. Due to economic problems, which claimed its descent and formal disappearance as such, the 9 August 2005, It was refounded and re-registered with the Italian Football Federation and Torino Football Club.

Grande Torino that he stayed in the Superga 4 May 1949

But if we speak of Torino and its history, We can not ignore what happened 4 May 1949, when the team known as “Grande Torino” for their 5 championships in the decade of the 40 and for their good work in the field, He suffered the hardest blow to his already more than centennial history, in known as “Superga air disaster“.

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More of 70 years later, keeps reminding the Grande Torino on the hill of Superga. PHOTO: /

Torino, He returned to play a friendly match against Benfica in Lisbon, when in mount Superga, a 10 km outside Turin, the plane carrying the team crashed mythical. They killed all passengers, 31 in total. The “Gran Torino” He had disappeared all of a sudden.

The commotion that was created not only in Turin, but throughout Italy it was tremendous, as 10 of the 18 deceased players, were also part of the Azzurri squad and the Italian coach had to travel to the accident site to recognize one to one. Such was the impact, that the Italian team had to redo to go to World Brazil 1950 plus They traveled on an ocean liner to Brazil, to fear that the tragedy, even recent, You could repeat.

As the chronicles of the time say only fate could with them. At that moment, They marched leaders of Serie A and despite being four days were granted the title of champions. Even so, the Toro I wanted to play the 4 days remaining. He did the youth.

Gigi Meroni, a different genius who also had a tragic end as foreign

But fatalities do not end there. In the decade of the 60, the team returns to fight for ambitious levels with figures of her time as Gigi Meroni. Known as the “Best Italiano“, It was a peculiar kind. long hair was left, He was a painter, poet and able to walk with a pet hen which. He was definitely a genius on and off the field. Being the Torino of concentration, Gigi asked permission to coach the club to go out to eat ice cream, with the bad luck that was run over by a young man named Attilio Romero, it was his staunch follower.

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Gigi Meroni has her own altar in Torino. PHOTO: /

Attilio fell into a depression and thirty years later, He became the president of Toro and try to fix the damage he had done three decades earlier, cutting progression Torino best player at that time. To complete the fatal coincidences, the pilot who crashed plane “Grande Torino” years earlier, It was also called Gigi Meroni.

In the decade of the 70 the Toro crowned champions again, specifically in the season 75-76, fair 27 years after the Superga tragedy. Fans bull, they celebrated at the crash site with torches on the fateful accident Hill, and paying tribute to the fallen heroes.

The glorious years and the decline

In the season 84-85 proclaimed runner and at the end of the decade of the 80, specifically in 1989 fell into ostracism from series B. Already in the 90 They returned to the series A, fichando big players like the then Real Madrid and the Spanish national team Rafael Martin Vazquez.

This move gave much to write at the time, since by the 90, It was not very often that a player in our league pierce the borders to play in other leagues. In the season 91-92 UEFA runners-proclaimed eliminating Real Madrid.

He was given the fatal accident, once again in the history of Torino, you see that tie back, He died in a traffic accident mythical “Juanito”. Even indirectly Toro It was mixed in a fatality. One season later, in the 92-93, Torino won the Italian Cup, Cup fifth and final official title, till the date. Since then he was staggered because of their poor administration between the series A and B.

Alberto Llopis

Alberto Llopis

Hanged for football fully. Attempt to gather letters and tell stories in Specialist retro football Current. Football Coach Level II. You can follow me on @AlbertiniLlopis @colgadosfutbol


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