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Wednesday, 4 May 1949 was the darkest day in the history of Italian football. It is the anniversary of the death of almost the entire squad of the legendary Il Grande Torino (The Great Torino).  The infamous Superga Air disaster was a plane crash that followed a friendly match against Benfica in Lisbon. The plane crashed into Basilica of Superga hill above Turin killing all 31 people on board, 18 players, the coaching staff and journalist was amongst those who perished in the crash.

Il Grande Torino won five scudettos in a row between 1942 and 1949 (Serie A was suspended between 1943 and 1945 because of World War II) and set many incredible records that still stand today. Torino also won the Coppa Italia in 1943 defeating Venezia 4-0 in the final. The player that is considered to be the best player of that squad was Valentino Mazzola (pictured). Valentino Mazzola scored an amazing 118 goals in just 195 matches for Torino. Valentino was also the father of the Inter Milan legend Sandro Mazzola; both players wore the number 10 shirt throughout their careers. In the 1946-47 season Valentino Mazzola was the top scorer with 29 goals

After the air disaster only one player remained from the original squad, Sauro Tomà was injured so he did not take part in the match. Since the Superga disaster success has been few and far between with only one scudetto won in 1975–76 beating rivals Juventus by 2 points. Torino won the Coppa Italia 3 times since the disaster and reached the UEFA Cup final in 1992, finishing runners-up to Ajax. However Torino have been relegated to Serie B several times and was re-formed in 2005 and renamed Torino FC (they were called AC Torino previously). Torino as a club has never truly recovered from the disaster of their greatest team and who knows what else they could have achieved?

# Article Title Author
1 Torino Seasons 1943-1949 Scott Bailey
2 Il Grande Torino records Scott Bailey
3 Victims of the Superga air disaster Scott Bailey

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Last Updated on Thursday, 01 April 2010 17:22