10 things to know about the Derby della Mole

The Derby della Mole, is the local derby played out between Turin’s most prominent football clubs Juventus and Torino. It is named after the Mole Antonelliana, a major landmark in the city and the architectural symbol of the Piedmontese capital. 

It is the first derby of Italian football and the oldest meeting between two teams based in the same city still disputed.

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 1960s and 1970s 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 has since transcended its status as the symbol of the bourgeois and elite class to become a global phenomenon while Torino still largely retains an exclusively local fanbase.


12 things to know about the Derby della Mole

1- 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. Torino won 2-1 and the game was played in the Crocetta district, at the Umberto I Velodrome. 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.

2- November 17, 1912. This date is marked in red on the calendar of every Torino fan. The granata showed up at the Corso Sebastopoli stadium and scored 8 goals to Juventus! That is the victory with the biggest gap in favor of Torino. On April 20, 1952, Juventus took revenge for the 1912 “scoppola” and knocked down the granada with a 6-0 without fuss. This is the victory with the biggest gap in favor of Juventus. Goals by Boniperti (2), Hansen J. (2), Hansen K. and Vivolo.

3- In 1988 six Derby della Mole were played in just 12 months: 3 in the championship, 2 in the Italian Cup and one playoff for admission to the 1988-89 UEFA Cup. On this last occasion, Juventus imposed themselves on penalties after the 0-0 extra time.

While Milan won their 11th league title in 1988, Turin and Juventus both came sixth and the playoff was needed to decide who was to participate in the UEFA Cup the following season. After 120 ‘without any emotion and full of tension and too many fouls, the teams came on penalties: maximum torture for the defeated fans, maximum satisfaction for the winning ones. Vignola, Cravero, De Agostini and Bresciani scored from the spot: 2-2. Lorieri intercepted Brio’s penalty, but Comi hit the crossbar and remained tied. Cabrini scored, Benedetti sent out and, finally, Rush displaced Lorieri giving the qualification to Juventus. It is one of the derby that Juventus fans remember with more pleasure.

4- New Year’s derby. The New Year’s Eve of 1988, for Juventus fans, will always have the name and face of Alessandro Altobelli. In fact Spillo made the goal of victory in the derby which was played on December 31, 1988 due to the delayed start of the Seoul Olympics Games. It was Altobelli’s only season with the Juventus shirt before going to Brescia to end his career.

5- The Maspero derby. Who doesn’t remember the Maspero hole? It was October 14, 2001 and Juve-Torino was played at Delle Alpi. A very felt race, as always, which however takes a turn to black and white hues from the start: Del Piero’s brace and Tudor’s goal in the first half. Camolese, at the time Toro’s coach, in the locker room “scolded” the team that returned transformed and within 12 ‘managed to reopen the match with goals from Lucarelli and Ferrante. The decisive move was the inclusion of Riccardo Maspero, who at the 83 ‘minute finds the sensational 3-3. Ended here? No way! A few minutes from the end the referee Borriello conceded a penalty to Juventus amid the granata protests. While everyone was arguing, Maspero could be seen tapping with the toe and heel of the foot right on the penalty spot: Marcelo Salas showed up from the 11 meters. The Chilean kicked sky high and the game ends in a draw. Years later Maspero declared that it was simply a superstitious gesture but that will remain his derby, without a doubt.

In the return leg, the Derby 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.

6- Mister Derby. Claudio Marchisio scored 3 goals to Toro in just one season (2012/2013): 2 in the first leg when Juve won 3-0 and one in return (0-2 for the bianconeri).

TURIN, ITALY – DECEMBER 01: Claudio Marchisio (C) of Juventus celebrates the opening goal during the Serie A match between Juventus and Torino FC at Juventus Arena on December 1, 2012 in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)

7- Toro only won 1 derby from the season 1995-96: it happened on April 26th 2015, a 2-1 in comeback thanks to the goals from Darmian and Quagliarella (Juve had taken the lead with Pirlo).

8- The game with the most goals between Juventus and Turin is the one played on February 9th, 1913, won by the granata with an 8-6 fireworks display. Toro, trained by the future Italian coach Vittorio Pozzo, always remained ahead during the 90 minutes of the match (6-2 the partial result of the first half), played at the old field in Piazza d’Armi. The MVPs of the match were the brothers Enrico and Guido Debernardi, Torino strikers, and the mysterious Juventus player Poggi, all authors of a hat-trick.

9- The propitiatory rite of Caffè Torino. The Caffè Torino in Piazza San Carlo 204, opened in 1903, is considered the “good living room” of the Piedmontese capital. In front of the restaurant, on the ground, a bronze bull is represented, a symbol of the city: legend has it that trampling on the animal’s attributes, even gracefully, brings good luck to anyone who does it. Over the decades, the players of Turin and Juventus have not escaped the tradition and seems that Sivori, Charles and Boniperti were particularly linked to this rite.

10- In the full swing of the Second World War and while trying, among many difficulties, possible solutions for the new championship, Torino’s team changes his name in Torino FIAT, company historically linked to the rivals of Juventus. In their kits it was visible the FIAT logo instead of the scudetto won a few months earlier.