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Derby della Mole

Graziani opposed by Scirea and Benetti during a derby for the Scudetto in 1976–77

The Derby della Mole, is the local derby, played out between Turin's most prominent football clubs Juventus and Torino. It is also known as the Derby di Torino or Turin Derby in the English-speaking world. It is named after the Mole Antonelliana, a major landmark in the city and the architectural symbol of the Piedmontese capital.[1] It is the first derby of Italian football and the oldest meeting between two teams based in the same city still disputed.[2]

The match between the two clubs represented until the First World War the juxtaposition of two opposing social classes. Juventus, founded in 1897 by students of a prestigious high school in Turin, soon became akin to the bourgeois in the town especially after enduring bond with the Agnelli family, which began in 1923, during which time they were also supported by the aristocracy of the region. Torino instead was born in 1906 from a division within Juventus, at the hands of dissidents who joined forces with another team from the city, Football Club Torinese, who identified with the then early industrial world. In the sixties and seventies of the twentieth century, these differences had eased considerably, partly as a result of the great migration to Turin about forty years earlier, but did not disappear: Juventus lost much of its parochial connotations to become a global sports phenomenon, with a support detached from social classes and worldwide support, conversely, Torino become a symbol of the citizen's spirit.[3]

The colours of the two teams also contribute, in small part, to this distinction: the Bianconeri, originally pink and black, adopted their jerseys from Notts County all the way from England,[4][5] while the Granata dusted off the colours of the "Brigade Savoia", that two centuries earlier had liberated the then capital of the Duchy of Savoy.[6][7] Both clubs, however, feature within their emblems a raging bull, taken from the city's coat of arms: Juventus as a bond with their origins, while Torino adopted it as their identity.[3]


  • History 1
  • Results 2
  • Incidents 3
  • Statistics 4
  • Top scorers 5
  • Records 6
  • Bibliography 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9


A phase of Torino - Juventus on 13 January 1907, the first derby between the Granata and Bianconeri

The Turin derby was first played on 13 January 1907. It was also the first competitive match of Torino after its founding on 3 December 1906. The rivalry stems from the fact that Torino was founded through a merger of Football Club Torinese and a group of Juventus dissidents, led by major financier Alfredo Dick. It is said that prior to the first derby, Dick was locked inside the changing room, causing him to miss the game and having to listen to updates via players and staff.

The Juve of the Agnelli, but also the immigrants from Sicily and Calabria, the Toro of Pianelli and the working-class of Piedmont, who spoke the dialect hard and pure. The Juve of the many scudetti and the Toro that carries in its veins, and will forever carry, the legend of Captain Valentino and the other heroes that disappeared in the fire of Superga, and the regret for la farfalla granata, Gigi Meroni. Two ways of being.

Darwin Pastorin, 2008.[9]

During the post-World War II years, the rivalry and vast difference in clubs' fortunes came to represent a class divide in the Piedmont region, as noted by Soldati. The fans of Torino usually represent the proletariat, while Juventus the bourgeoisie. With the mass migration to Turin, a major industrial center of northern Italy, in the 1960s and 1970s, many fans of Juventus arrived from southern Italy and took up employment with the Agnelli family - the owners of FIAT. Thus, they also saw Juventus as "the team of the boss" or the "team of Fiat". Torino would stand to represent the "original" spirit of Piedmont, or the purest Torinesità and to this day, it draws its supporters from a predominantly local fanbase, compared to Juventus, which enjoys widespread support even outside of Italy.[10][11]

Today, the differences remain, even if they are less prominent. Since the late 1990s, the derby has been sporadically contested due to Torino regularly teetering between Serie A and Serie B. It has not been played in Serie A thirteen times: twelve due to Torino being in Serie B and once after Juventus were relegated following the Calciopoli scandal. After Torino were relegated in 2002–03, the two clubs would not meet until 2007–08, as Torino were promoted for the 2006–07 season while Juventus were relegated. Torino were relegated again after the 2008–09 season. In 2012–13, the two clubs met again in Serie A for the first time in three years.[12]

A vintage derby 1965–66

Overall, Juventus have won the derby 96 times and Torino have won it 72 times. There have been 62 draws, with 350 goals in favour of Juventus and 310 goals scored for Torino. Historically, there have been periods where Torino have prevailed; especially before the tragedy of Superga (which was followed by a period more favourable for Juventus in the fifties). Another period in favour of the Torino was the seventies, when Juventus remained without a win in the derby for nearly six years (from December 1973 to the March of 1979) and Torino established a record of 4 wins in a row in a single championship (1975–76). Coinciding with Torino's economic difficulties (especially at the end of the nineties), Juventus inflicted heavy defeats (5–0 of 3 December 1995). On 17 November 1912, Torino recorded the heaviest defeat in the derby, defeating Juventus 8–0.

Recent history has seen a marked dominance of Juventus, so much so that Torino's 2-1 victory on 26 April 2015 was their first derby success in twenty years.

Despite the fierce rivalry between the two sides, there have been a number of notable players who have played for both Juventus and Torino during their careers, including 1938 World Cup winner and two-time Serie A Capocannoniere Silvio Piola and more recently, Italian internationals Fabio Quagliarella and Angelo Ogbonna.

In the second match up of the 2014-15 season, Torino achieved their first win in 20 years since the 1994-95 season.


1 1979-80 Coppa Italia Semi Final won 4-2 on penalties by Torino after both legs finished 0-0.
2 1992-93 Coppa Italia Semi Final won by Torino on away goals after aggregate score on 3-3.


In 1967 after a derby Torino won 4–0, incensed Juventus fans vandalized the grave of former Torino player Gigi Meroni.[15][16]

On 27 March 1983, Torino, down 0–2, overturned the deficit in the 75th minute by scoring three goals in just over three minutes to win 3–2. Another remarkable encounter took place on 14 October 2001, when Torino, trailing 0–3 at halftime, came back to tie the game 3–3 (taking advantage of a penalty miss by Juventus player Marcelo Salas, who would have scored 4–3 to Juventus). This was made famous by Torino midfielder Riccardo Maspero, who grooved a hole on the penalty spot before Salas kicked it. In the return leg, that ended 2–2, Juventus midfielder Enzo Maresca notably celebrated a late equaliser by parodying the 'horns of the bull' (the bull being the Torino's club symbol), a gesture usually done by former Torino captain Marco Ferrante.

Prior to a derby match during the 2007–08 season, riots took place and chaos broke out as police tried to control the hooligans involved. There were 40 arrests made and 2 injured policemen. Rubbish bins were set on fire and many cars and shops vandalized as a result.

On 1 December 2012 the two clubs met in Serie A for the first time in three seasons and it was the first derby hosted at the Juventus Stadium. Prior to kick-off, several fans from both sides were arrested for starting a brawl and vandalism.[17] Juve won 3-0[18] but the match was marred by a red card, a €10,000 fine for Juventus for an offensive banner some of its supporters had displayed about the infamous Superga air disaster[19] and €250,000 fine for Torino after their fans vandalised stadium toilets and seats.[20] The match ended 3–0, with all three goals scored by Turin-born Juventus youth products Claudio Marchisio (2) and Sebastian Giovinco (1).


As of 31 October 2015.
Total matches
Draws Torino
Prima Categoria 18 2 5 11 26 49
Divisione Nazionale 8 4 0 4 8 10
Serie A 141 65 41 34 212 147
Total (league) 167 71 46 50 246 206
1944 Campionato Alta Italia 6 3 2 1 12 12
Play-off 2 0 1 1 0 1
Coppa Italia 16 7 5 4 20 17
Total (official) 191 81 54 56 278 236
Other meetings 41 16 8 17 75 77
Total 232 97 62 73 353 313

Top scorers

The Bianconero Giampiero Boniperti, the top scorer of the Turin derby (14), and Paolo Pulici, the highest scorer of the Granata (9)

Below is the list of top scorers in all official competitions of the Turin derby:

Position Name Team Goals
1 Giampiero Boniperti Juventus 14
2 Guglielmo Gabetto 7 Juventus - Torino 5 12
3 Paolino Pulici Torino 9
4 Felice Borel Juventus 8
5 Francesco Graziani Torino 7
Eugenio Mosso Torino
Michel Platini Juventus
Gianluca Vialli Juventus
9 Pietro Anastasi Juventus 6
Julio Libonatti Torino
Omar Sívori Juventus
12 Carlo Capra Torino 5
John Charles Juventus
Hans Kämpfer Torino
Valentino Mazzola Torino
Silvio Piola Juventus 2 - Torino 3
Ruggiero Rizzitelli Torino


  • Match with most goals: 14, Torino-Juventus 8-6 of 9 February 1913.
  • Victory with the largest margin in favor of Torino: 0-8 of 17 November 1912.
  • Victory with the largest margin in favor of Juventus: 6-0 of 20 April 1952.
  • Most wins in a row: Juventus - 6 - from 25 October 2008 until February 23, 2014.
  • Consecutive Draws: 4, from 3 April 1977 to 19 November 1978.
  • Greater number of games without a win: Torino, 16, from 3 December 1995 to 23 February 2014.
  • Most minutes without conceding a goal: Juventus, 910 minutes, from 24 February 2002 until February 23, 2014.
  • Fastest goal: Valentino Mazzola, Torino, after 1' 18 June 1944.
  • Best comeback win: Juventus, from 0-2 to 4-2 March 7, 1982.
  • Best comeback: Torino, from 0-3 to 3-3 October 14, 2001.
  • Top scorer in a single derby: Hans Kämpfer, Torino, 4 goals February 3, 1907.
  • Scorer in multiple consecutive derby: Felice Borel, Juventus, 6 goals from 4 December 1932, to 10 March 1935.
  • Most derbies disputed in a calendar year: 6 (1988), including 3 in the championship, 2 in Coppa Italia and 1 play-off for admission to the UEFA Cup.
  • Record attendance: 70,200, Juventus 0-1 in Turin on 28 October 1962.[21]
  • Juventus won at least once in each of the twelve decades in which the derby was played, while Torino failed to win in the decade 2000-2009.
  • Unbeaten goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, Juventus, 820 minutes.


  • Mario Soldati (2006). Mondadori, ed. Le due città. Milano.  
  • Giorgio Welter (2011). Codice Atlantico, ed. Le maglie dei campioni. Milano.  
  • Giorgio Welter (2013). Codice Atlantico, ed. Le maglie della Serie A. Milano.  


  1. ^ "Juventus - Torino". 
  2. ^
  3. ^ a b Osella. Torino. 
  4. ^ Welter (2011). Le maglie dei campioni. p. 104. 
  5. ^ Welter (2013). Le maglie della Serie A. p. 84. 
  6. ^ Welter (2011). Le maglie dei campioni. p. 190. 
  7. ^ Welter (2013). Le maglie della Serie A. p. 188. 
  8. ^  
  9. ^ Darwin Pastorin (25 October 2008). "Juve-Toro, il derby smarrito". l'Unità. p. 54. 
  10. ^ "Injuries clouding Turin derby".  
  11. ^ "Proud of Turin: Juventus and Torino top the bill (again)".  
  12. ^ "Juve-Toro, il primo derby si scatena sugli abbonamenti" (in Italian).  
  13. ^ "Pari senza emozioni nel derby della Mole" (in Italian).  
  14. ^ "Tre gol scovati nelle miniere del nostro calcio" (in Italian).  
  15. ^ "Da Pastore a Maspero - La storia di Juve-Toro" (in Italian).  
  16. ^ "La Juve arriva carica al derby della Mole" (in Italian).  
  17. ^ "Arresti e feriti per il derby della Mole" (in Italian).  
  18. ^ "Boyhood Bianconeri see off rivals Torino". 1 December 2012. 
  19. ^ """Juventus, Agnelli condanna striscione: "Le tragedie non hanno fede (in Italian).  
  20. ^ "Juventus fined $13,000 after fans unveil banner offending 1949 Torino plane crash victims".  
  21. ^ All departures and public Derby dell Mole

External links

  • "History & Statistics".  
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