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    Alexandra Manna(Author) Mike Gibbs(Author)

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"AT just after 5pm on 4 May 1949, a Fiat aircraft carrying 31 people, among them the Torino football squad, crashed into a 2,200ft-high peak called Superga on the outskirts of Turin. In an instant the dominant force in Italian football was destroyed. It was a tragedy unparalleled in sporting history and still affecting the club today. Unlike Manchester United after Munich, the Torino club has never been able to recover from that awful moment. Fifty years after the tragedy of Superga, Alexandra Manna and Mike Gibbs revisited Turin to see an entire city pay homage to the memory of those who died. The experience made a profound impression upon them and they resolved to find out more. The result is this book."

SynopsisAT just after 5pm on 4 May 1949, a Fiat aircraft carrying 31 people, among them the Torino football squad, crashed into a 2,200ft-high peak called Superga on the outskirts of Turin. The Grande Torino, as they were known,had won the previous three Serie A titles and had almost clinched a fourthwhen their aircraft disappeared from the sullen skies over their home city.They had also dominated the Italian national team, providing as many asnine players for one international alone. In an instant the dominant forcein Italian football was destroyed. It was a tragedy unparalleled insporting history and still affecting the club today. Unlike ManchesterUnited after Munich, the Torino club has never been able to recover fromthat awful moment. Fifty years after the tragedy of Superga, AlexandraManna and Mike Gibbs revisited Turin to see an entire city pay homage tothe memory of those who died. The experience made a profound impressionupon them and they resolved to find out more. The result is this book. TheDay Italian Football Died tells not only of the Superga tragedy itself andthe events leading up to it, but also of how Torino emerged in the daysbefore World War One, how they became such a powerful organisation, howthey attempted to deal with the aftermath of an air crash in which theirfirst-team squad, as well as reserves, coaching and training staff anddirectors perished, and how the disaster has affected the Torino club tothe present-day. The story begins and ends in Turin, 50 years after thetragedy of Superga, and the result is a compelling work, telling of adisaster which is little-known outside Italy but which had a huge impact onfootball in that country.

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  • By Roger Smith on 1 May 2017

    A really interesting book . It covers the tragedy of the Torino air crash , but also provides great background details of this famous club who struggled to re-assert themselves as the best team in Italy

  • By George D on 1 March 2017

    Great book for any football fan

  • By Paul S. on 24 August 2017

    Great read very informative

  • By Frankie B on 22 October 2000

    This first English language publication of the history of Torino Football Club is a well-researched and fascinating book with many photographs. It centres on the wonderful team that dominated Italian football during the 1940s and became known as 'Il Grande Torino', setting the extraordinary standard by which all Torino teams who later wore the granata would be judged.A complete team and officials perished on the hill at Superga, ironically overlooking Turin. It is a tragedy that continues to cast a shadow over the city and the club to this day, little known outside of Italy yet it occurred 9 years before the disaster that befell Manchester United at Munich and whereas the Busby Babes were on the threshold of greatness, Il Grande Torino had already achieved it and were legends in their own lifetime.Authors Alexandra Mann and Mike Gibbs include details of many of the matches played by a club who won 4 successive Scudettos and go a long way in capturing the emotion still felt at the loss of a team, considered by many, to be the greatest in the history of Italian football. The individual pen pictures and statistics bear out the greatness of a team who are forever young, forever Il Grande Torino.

  • By enrbp@warwick.ac.uk on 17 November 2000

    A well researched book on the story of the Torino Football Club. 1949, an all conquering team full of star players such as Valentino Mazzola, Ezio Loik and Franco Ossola are denied future glories after their plane crashed on the Basilica of Superga outside Turin. A unique story that was only well known in Italy, but thanks to Alexandra Manna and Mike Gibbs who have brought the story to a wider audience by publishing the book in the English language and have now spread the voice of the Grande Torino glories to an International level!The book is very well documented, with plenty of photographs of the Grande Torino era and the Torino of today making it a must for every football fan!

  • By Peter Loftus on 25 February 2013

    A lovely book in first class condition. Although it is a very sad subject it should never be forgotten as a mark of respect to those unfortunate players and officials of the Grande Torino .

  • By Mr G L Handley on 17 June 2013

    A truly magnificent book to read about such a tragedy but a magnificent footballing team and a wonderful city. From start to finish I could'nt put the book down and have recommended it to many friends.Many footballing fans don't know about this tregedy or the superb team that died in the crash but after reading about them you almost feel like you know them all and learning the history of Torino was in my opinion fantastic.


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