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      28.09.2013 18:23 - in: Serie A S

      Derby della Mole: one city, two passions

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      We trace the origins of the oldest clash between two city rivals in Italy

      As the oldest inter-city derby in Italy, it is always a big occasion when Juventus take on Torino. Known as the Derby della Mole, the tie gets its name from the Mole Antonelliana - landmark and symbol of Turin - and charts the history of two of the most influential sides in the history of Italian football.

      The rivalry is as passionate as ever today, due in part to the different identities of the two clubs’ fanbases: Torino’s support is almost exclusively based within the city, while Juventus have a much wider national and international following.

      The first encounter between the rivals was in 1907, and was also the first ever game contested by Torino after the split from Juventus that began their history. That day someone managed to lock Alfredo Dick (chief instigator in the formation of the new club) inside the changing rooms, where he was forced to try and guess how the match was going from the roars of the crowd.

      The highest scoring game ever in the history of the match-up came soon afterwards in February 1913, when the crowd was treated to an 8-6 win for the Granata.

      In 1938, the derby took on a special significance, as the Coppa Italia title was at stake. Juventus laid down a good foundation in the first leg of the final with a 3-1 away win, and finished the job at home thanks to a Guglielmo Gabetto double that awarded them the trophy for the very first time.

      Torino got their own back in a famous 1983 edition when, 2-0 down, they pulled off an extraordinary comeback with three goals in little over three minutes.

      But with the Granata struggling to consistently compete at the top level in recent decades, the encounters between the two have become less frequent than when both sides found themselves at the highest level of Italian football.

      And when they have arisen, the clashes have generally gone in Juventus’ favour in these more recent times. The 8-0 drubbing that Juve received in 1912 is now the stuff of distant memory, with the Bianconeri going 730 minutes without conceding from 24 February 2002 to 28 April 2013.

      In the most recent chapter, Juventus won 2-0 away in April 2013 thanks to goals from Arturo Vidal and Claudio Marchisio, who both went some way to reaching the tally of 14 held by Giampiero Boniperti, the fixture’s all-time top scorer.

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