There are several versions on the birth of one of the most famous nicknames of Italian football: the most credible one is related to a jersey used in the ‘50s.
A famous nickname but practically never used by journalists and commentators but only in conversations as fans. One of the reasons for its spread is probably the fact that Juventus is the most “hated” Italian football team, despite being at the same time the one with the most fans in Italy: the term “humpbacks” has a negative connotation for many, although it is often used with self-irony and pride from the Juventus fans themselves.
There are several versions on the origins of the nickname: some trace it back to the early twentieth century – the Juventus Football Club was founded in 1897 – while according to other versions it was introduced only in the late fifties. The most accredited and shared version is that the term “gobbi” was born because of a uniform adopted by Juventus starting from the 1956/1957 season. Claudio Moretti tells – in the book 1001 stories and curiosities about the great Juventus that you should know – that this shirt for the fabric and the shape was more similar to a large shirt than to a shirt, with a wide V-neckline on the front. When the Juventus players ran, air from this neckline formed a bulge – a hump, in fact – on the back of the players, at the height of the neck. It seems that Torino fans were the first to notice this” hump “, creating ad hoc choirs in which they underlined this peculiarity and thus giving rise to this very lucky neologism.
Other versions associate the word “hump” with the idea of luck – referring to the superstition that touching a hump would bring luck – or to the other main nickname of Juventus, “old lady” (therefore with the hump). Then there are two other versions, most likely born later within the Juventus and Turin supporters: that the hump is that of the Juventus fans, forced to constantly watch the other teams from top to bottom, or that it has come to them continuously bow before the superiority of the “Grande Torino”, the very strong team that won five championships between 1942 and 1949, before the plane carrying the players crashed on the Superga hill, just outside Turin.
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