Juventus was the first of the major football clubs in Torino (Turin), but the threat of moving the Old Lady away from the city, led to an acrimonious split in 1906, led by Alfredo Dick, which resulted in the foundation of rivals, Torino. It would lead to contentious debates about the greatest team the city had spawned, but there really should not be an argument. Only one Turin club earned the moniker il Grande (the great) and it wasn’t Juventus.
Five years ago we published the following story on one of the greatest teams ever to play the beautiful game. They were a truly incredible team that was cut down while still in their prime, having achieved greatness and quite possibly on their way to establishing themselves as the greatest ever. Even now 65 years after they were tragically killed in the Superga Disaster, some of their records still stand.
AS Roma could not have chosen a worse day to capitulate to Catania. Their dismal 4-1 defeat handed the Serie A title to Juventus – today of all days! Sixty-five years ago on this very day perhaps the greatest club side that ever played the beautiful game lost their lives in a plane crash at the picturesque Basilica of Superga on the outskirts of Turin. Superga hosts the mausoleums of Italy’s last monarchs the House of Savoia.
Tomorrow afternoon Henan Construction FC’s Zambian striker, Christopher Katongo, will lead his team out in Bata as underdogs against the Black Stars of Ghana. It is the first time that Zambia has a realistic chance of success in the African Cup of Nations since their unlikely campaign in 1994 – one that was robbed by a preventable disaster of possibly the greatest ever Zambian team.