Turin hosted the 2006 Winter Olympics fin February 2006. Turin is the largest city to have ever hosted a Winter Olympics, and was the largest metropolitan area to host them at the time.
Among the players of Torino to win titles with the Italian national team are Adolfo Baloncieri, Antonio Janni, Julio Libonatti and Gino Rossetti, all winners with Italy at the Central European International Cup 1927–30, which (with exception of Libonatti) won the bronze medal at the 1928 Summer Olympics. Subsequently, Lido Vieri and Giorgio Ferrini conquered the 1968 European Championship with the Azzurri, while Giuseppe Dossena won the FIFA World Cup in 1982.
Torino plays all of its home games at the Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino (also known as the Stadio Comunale "Vittorio Pozzo" until 2006). The club's colour is maroon, and its symbol is a rampant bull, the traditional symbol of the city of Turin, of which the club's nickname is derived, "Il Toro" (The Bull).
In 1915, Torino were denied their first real championship attempt by the outbreak of World War I. With one match left to play, Torino (in second), were two points behind leaders Genoa. In the final game of the championship, Torino would have had the opportunity to play the Genoese head-on after defeating them in the first leg 6–1. At that time, albeit in different years, four different siblings played for Torino, the Mossos, which at the time was a custom quite widespread.
The Torino club badge has always featured a rampant bull, the symbol of the city of Turin. The current badge was adopted in the 2005–06 season; the first after the bankruptcy of Torino Calcio. The "1906" on the left side of the shield was later added to recall the founding year of the historic Foot-Ball Club Torino.
The appointment with the victory was only postponed for a year. Torino would add a fifth Coppa Italia in the 1992–93 season against Roma. This will also be another close final: after a 3–0 victory at home, the Granata appeared to close the contest, though in the second leg in Rome, there was a pulsating game that would see Roma prevail 5–2 thanks to three penalty kicks awarded by the referee. Again by virtue of the away goals rule, this time Torino benefitted, claiming the title.
Torino played the entirety of the 1959–60 season and the next, again in Serie A, at the Filadelfia, but in 1961–62 and 1962–63 began to use the Comunale for "special" matches. The move to the "Comunale," a stadium capable of holding 65,000 people standing, was completed in 1963–64, and lasted until 27 May 1990 when the stadium was abandoned in favour of the Stadio delle Alpi.
PA: "They think it's an excellent move for Torino. Let's be honest, Torino are a middle club in Serie A at the moment and they've managed to attract England's No 1 to Italy.
Torino is in 8th place in the Serie A perpetual standings, which takes account of all the football teams that have played in the top flight at least once.
Notes: ^1 Torino won the title in the 1926–27 season, but it was later revoked.
In the Italian league, the team has finished in first place on eight occasions, although the club has only won seven championship titles, seven times in second place and nine times in third place. In 100 seasons, including 18 in various championships that preluded the single round format (Torino withdrew in 1908 and the 1915–16 Coppa Federale is not recognised), 70 in Serie A and 12 in Serie B, the club has finished on podium in 24% of cases.
Distinguishable by their garnet (granata) or ox blood coloured team strip, they enjoyed considerable success in the mid-thirties and late forties. However, tragedy struck in 1949 when the entire team was sadly killed in a plane crash right into the Turin hills at the back of a fog swathed Basilica di Superga. It is possible to visit the memorial to the team at the back of the basilica.
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"They are an improving side and they are building a new team with new players like Adem Ljajic and Iago Falque. Hart is another big player and is the symbol of this new project."
Torino did not participate in the 1908 Italian Football Championship as a rule was passed which limited the use of foreign players. The club instead played in two popular "minor" tournaments: the coveted "Palla Dapples" (a silver trophy in the shape of a regulation football), won against Pro Vercelli; and an international tournament organised by La Stampa, which took place in Turin that year. Torino lost in the final to Swiss side Servette.
"In 1949, the plane carrying the Torino team home from a friendly in Lisbon against Benfica crashed, claiming the lives of 31 people. They were a legendary team and the legend of the Grande Torino lives on.
How are the Italian media reacting to Hart's move?
"It's a really big move for Serie A so it's very important news in the Italian media."
In the 2006–07 season, Torino, for the first time in history played in a category higher than Juventus played: while the Granata competed in Serie A, Juventus took part in Serie B following the aftermath of the Calciopoli scandal.
PA: "Mihajlovic plays a 4-3-3 formation and sets up his team to play attacking football. However, Mihajlovic is not concerned about his goalkeeper playing football from the back. He doesn't want his defence taking unnecessary risks and playing in dangerous areas. It's a good fit for Hart."
"Hart obviously has experience of the Manchester derby and that will stand him in good stead for the Derby della Mole. It's a very passionate affair which Hart will be used to, but technically it could be a challenge with Juve much stronger than Torino at the moment.
PA: "In terms of history of course, however, the results have not been going in Torino's favour in recent years and the target for the club is not the Serie A title but to qualify for the Europa League.
PA: "The Torino supporters are enthusiastic about Hart's move to the club. They are all talking about the move and many are saying it's unbelievable that England's No 1 is coming to Torino.
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But why has Hart chosen to move to Serie A with Torino? Will he play every week? And what do the fans and the Italian media think of the move?
The city has a rich sporting heritage as the home to two historically significant football teams: Juventus F.C. (founded in 1897) and Torino F.C. (founded in 1906). Juventus has the larger fan base, especially in southern Italy and worldwide, while Torino enjoys a more localised support. The two clubs contest the oldest derby in Italy, the Derby della Mole or the Turin derby.
PA: "Juventus are winning everything at the moment so it's very difficult for Torino. It's very difficult for the Torino supporters with Juventus in town, just as it was for Manchester City fans when Manchester United were at their most dominant.
"There wasn't a clear No 1 so Hart is a solution to a big problem."
After it had been little more than a town for a long time, in 1559 the Duke Emmanuel Philibert of Savoy made Turin the capital of his domains. The Duke had ambition to transform the city into a major artistic and cultural capital, and in the following centuries numerous artists were to work at the Savoy court, especially architects and planners like Carlo di Castellamonte and his son Amedeo, Guarino Guarini and, in the 18th century, Filippo Juvarra and Benedetto Alfieri.
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Juventus FC, known locally as ‘Juve’ or more reverently as ‘La Vecchia Signora’ (the old lady) commands a passionate following. Since the team was founded in 1897, Juventus has spent most of its life at the top in Serie A – a trend that looks set to continue for the foreseeable future.
The fans of Torino are "twinned" with the fans of Fiorentina. The link between the two sides was born in the early 1970s to a common anti-Juventus sentiment and the closeness of the Viola after the Superga tragedy. Supporters of Turin are on good terms with the curva nord of Alessandria and curva sud of Nocerina.
The city currently has a large number of rail and road work sites. Although this activity has increased as a result of the 2006 Winter Olympics, parts of it had long been planned. Some of the work sites deal with general roadworks to improve traffic flow, such as underpasses and flyovers, but two projects are of major importance and will radically change the shape of the city.
In 1912, Vittorio Pozzo joined the technical staff: with him in 1914, Torino participated in a tour of South America, winning six in as many games against teams of the calibre of the Argentine national team and Brazil's Corinthians.
In 1939–40, Torino finished fifth place, though it would also see the important arrival of the president Ferruccio Novo. A turning point, Novo would provide financial support to the club and his skill as a careful administrator. With valuable contributions from Antonio Janni, Giacinto Ellena and Mario Sperone, Novo was able to build a team known as the "Grande Torino."
In the 1971–72 season, Torino reached a second-place finish, placed just one point behind their "cousins" Juventus. Across the following three seasons, Torino would place among the first teams as a prelude to the conquest of what would be their seventh national title.
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"They last won the Scudetto in 1976 so it's 40 years since they won the league title. Last year they finished 12th in Serie A but with Sinisa Mihajlovic in charge, the target is European qualification.
The new game quickly supplanted the popularity of pallapugno, which led to the foundation of the football sections of the sports club Ginnastica Torino and Juventus. On 8 May 1898 Internazionale Torino, Football Club Torinese and Ginnastica Torino, along with Genoa as part of the International Exhibition for the fiftieth anniversary of the Statuto Albertino gave birth to the first Italian Football Championship on the field of the Velodrome Umberto I of Turin, won by the Genoese.
"And it's a good choice because Torino are a good club and they are very well run. Mihajlovic has already said he wants the club back in Europe in two years so that challenge also attracted Hart to Torino."