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Jun
19

The hooray and the jeer – Torino FC

Torino fansSometimes it’s a bit slow on this blog. I also write for two other sites and have to have some kind of special inspiration to write here. Now I’ve decided to embark on a large project consisting of many small parts. The plan is to go through every Serie A club and line up things I like and things I dislike about them. More or less per default I like any Italian club, though obviously some more than others. It’ll be short posts to keep both my and my readers’ spirits alive. The first installment is about Torino.

The hoooray
Torino is a club of tradition. In their back catalogue they have what is arguable the most dominant Italian squad ever – Il Grande Torino. Because of this Torino will never be ”just another club”. I, along with most fans of calcio, dig the history of our sport and never laugh of trophies even if they were won 70 years ago. The history of Il Grande Torino combined with the Scudetto in 1976 keeps the dream alive for the Granata part of Turin.

I also think that Torino gives an important, if currently a little light, counterweight to Juventus. Juventus is hugely popular around Italy and the world, and I like that they have this irritating little neighbour making sure that their popularity at home is not uncontested. Torino is a club I hope the best for, even if I’m not breaking down crying when they are relegated – again. I also like their classy and simple colours.

The jeer
Torino makes me sad. That glorious and tragic history is haunting them and whatever they do they cannot escape the shadow. It’s a club living in an atmosphere of perpetual gloom. Escaping relegation should not be a success for them, but has proven to be so time and again. Only really good results, and probably only another Scudetto, can lift the atmosphere of loss, and then probably only for a while. And we all know that barring some insane investment this will never happen. Torino is a lingering tragedy, and I hate that kind of stuff.

Making matters worse is that Torino is not alone in town. Had the whole city suffered in solidarity with the club it would’ve been bearable but no no. Those pesky black and white fans of Juventus are still as happy as ever, making life for the Granata even harder than it had to be. I wish Torino had power to become just a slightly better rival to the currently best team in Italy. I want to Torino not to be the 1860 München but the Atletico Madrid. Not as good as their neighbours, but not ridiculously worse either. I know it’s hard, but I want Torino to show just a bit more ambition.

All in all
I like Torino but they have an act they need to get together.

Photo by destino2003

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  1. Nicola says:

    The history of Torino is really tragic. They where one of the dominating teams in Italy until the dreadful air crash in 1949, where the whole team died. And this happened after they won five time in a row the Scudetto. As you write, Torino never managed to go back at the top apart from some random years.

    A bit like with Arsenal and Chelsea in London, in Turin Torino was more the Club for the working class and Juventus the favourite team of the “elite” (for exemple a lots of members of the royal family). Even today more people in the city are fans of the Granata and Juventus has his huge fanbase distributed in the rest of Italy (a lot in Lombardia(!), Lazio(!) and southern Italy).

    Compliments for the good article. I look forward expectantly to read your further articles and I wonder, what you will write about Juve. :-)

    Good work and all the best!

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