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Torino mourns Superga tragedy on 60th anniversary

Torino mourns Superga tragedy on 60th anniversary

Torino's players, coaches and club officials marked the 60th anniversary of the Superga tragedy on Monday with a Mass in honor of what was touted as one of Italy's greatest teams.
At 5:05 p.m. on May 4, 1949, the aircraft carrying the Torino team back home from a friendly in Lisbon crashed in foggy conditions into Superga Basilica on a hill overlooking Turin. All 31 people on board were killed, including the 18 players and two coaches.
More than 500,000 people lined the streets on the day of the funerals.
On Monday, Torino's current players and coaches, along with relatives of the victims, attended a special Mass at the basilica honoring the dead. Giant screens were erected outside so that those not able to get in could follow the service.
The club has never again reached the heights of "Il Grande Torino" and is now struggling at the bottom of Serie A.
At the time of the disaster, Torino was on the brink of its fifth consecutive league title. Two years earlier, Torino had provided all 10 outfield players for the Italian national side in a match against Hungary, with only goalkeeper Valerio Bacigalupo not playing for the Turin club.


Updated : 2021-06-14 22:40 GMT+08:00