City of Turin - Torinoplus – Sport

Sport

On 7th November 2012, in front of the European Parliament, Turin was officially nominated European Capital of Sport 2015, a title that was desired by the whole world of sport in Turin and which rewards its tradition.

Torino is the city of the Juventus and Torino football teams as well as that of the Olympics. A city of many great international athletic appointments ranging from fencing and golf to basketball and track and field.

The history of sports in Torino is one of firsts: Italy’s first gymnastics club, the Reale Ginnastica was founded in 1844. In 1863, the Club Alpino Italiano was founded and the Club Scherma Torino (fencing club) was established in 1879. The time-honoured Cerea was founded in 1889 and many other clubs will bring life to the Federazione di Canottaggio (First Canoeing Federation). In 1901, the first Ski Club was founded. The Unione Podistica Torinese (Torino Footrace Union) was founded the following year, to then become the Italian union. 

But the true star of the late 19th century is the game that will win the hearts throughout the nation: football. The Sport Club Juventus was born in 1897 on a bench along the corso Vittorio Emanuele II thanks to an initiative of a group of students from the Liceo Classico Massimo d’Azeglio (secondary school). The Football Club Torino, the result of a split in the Juventus team, was founded in 1906 on via Pietro Micca at the Birreria Voigt (beer-garden), now known as Bar Norman. “Juve” (the black and white team) and “Toro” (the garnet team) are two souls and two different ways of experiencing football and the excitement it creates. Two teams that were capable of warming the hearts under la Mole and offering unforgettable successes: from the triumph of the Grande Torino of the captain Valentino Mazzola and Bacigalupo, to the victories of Juve entrusted to the talents of champions from the past and present: from Charles to Sivori, from Boniperti to Platini, from Vialli to Del Piero. 

The city’s firsts do not end here: in 1959 the summer Universiadi were founded, followed by the winter Universiadi in 1966, an event that returned to Torino in 2007. There’s more: in 1985 the Italian adventure of athletic climbing began, and in the 1990’s two great events resume their position of maximum international levels: the Turin Marathon and the International Athletics Meeting, later christened as Memorial Primo Nebiolo.
Today – after the XX Winter Olympic Games 2006 and the Winter Universiade of 2007 – this tradition continues with the European Short Track Championship, the European Indoor Athletics Championship, Basketball’s ULEB CUP finals and the World Air Games in 2009 as well as the World Figure Skating Championship in 2010.

In November 2012, the Torino Olympic Stadium Museum & Tour, which contains more than 3.000 artefacts belonging to international Champions from every different sport, was opened at the Stadio Olimpico.