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A Look At The History Of The Derby della Mole And Weekend Preview

A Look At The History Of The Derby della Mole And Weekend Preview

Article by: Mickey

Fri, Oct 14.22

A Look At The History Of The Derby della Mole And Weekend Preview
All eyes will be on Serie A this weekend with a massive Derby della Mole fixture set to have big ramifications. This one is different because of how poor Juventus have been of late. Torino are a real chance to get one over their big local rivals at last.
 
The first Turin derby was played all the way back in 1907. Over the course of history Juventus has had the upper hand over I Granata (The Maroons). Juventus has been a juggernaut in Serie A and on the continent for many years, but not this season. This seasons it's been hard to watch for fans who can't find too many positives in the way they are playing.
 
The derby gets its name from the Mole Antonelliana. A major landmark in the city. The iconic architecture is a symbol of the Piedmontese capital, designed by Alessandro Antonelli.

History Of The Derby della Mole
 
Like many big derbies around the world, this one was built on class divide. Juventus was founded in 1897 by students of a prestigious high school. Torino was born from a division within Juventus who merged with Football Club Torinese. A club who then identified with the industrial world.
 
In present day Juventus are a symbol of the elite class. Given the size and stature of the club around the world and the fact that Torino's fans are mostly local, this divide still exists. The two clubs are lightyears apart in size even though their stadiums are only 15 minutes away from each other.
 
Head to head Juventus have the upper hand in the derby. They've won it 99 times while Torino have won 73 times. You may have assumed Juve would have had even more wins because of their history and prestige, but there have been moments in Torino's history where they've had the upper hand. Their team was known as Grande Torino in the 1940's and this team dealt Juve a massive 8-0 drubbing.

History Of The Derby della Mole
 
Tragically things significantly changed for Torino on the 4th of May 1949 with the Superga air disaster. A plane carrying the entire Grande Torino team creashed into the retaining wall at the back of the Basilica of Superga. A building which stands high on a hill just outside of Turin. All of the passengers on the flight died, meaning the whole team was gone in an instant and Torino had to start again. Their successful team was no more. An unimaginable tragedy which is still gut wrenching to think about today.
 
The match this weekend will see two teams that are seperate by just two points and two places on the table. Juventus are 10 points behind leaders Napoli. It's a table that just doesn't look right when you think about the size and stature of Juventus - but a welcome table to many fans in Italy.
 
The 10 point gap to the top is a crisis for the Old Lady. There's no doubt about that. The interesting point however is their commitment to manager, Massimiliano Allegri. Juventus have lost five of their last eight outings in all competitions but they have stood by their manager. There is a lot of pressure from fans to move the man in his second stint at the club on, and a loss in the derby will only further agitate them. History is on Juventus's side, though.

History Of The Derby della Mole
 
Juventus have only lost one of their last 32 league encounters with Torino. They haven't lost a derby since 2015. If there was ever Torino's chance to break the run, this is it. Torino's players and fans must be desperate for kick off with a chance to bury their rivals in turmoil.
 
The game is traditionally very highly charged. In the past there's been some brawls, vandalism and offensive banners displayed at games. We're not sure what to expect this weekend at the Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino but we're sure the fans of Torino will be loud and proud - desperate for a win. We hope they get it.

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