Superga disaster. Gravina: “That Grande Torino side is a symbol of national unity that will never be forgotten”On 4 May 1949, the plane carrying the Granata squad back to Turun after a friendly against Benfica crashed on the Superga hill: 27 passengers and four crew members lost their lives
Tuesday, May 4, 2021
72 years have passed but the memory of the Superga Disaster lives on. On 4 May 1949 the plane, which was carrying the Torino squad home after a friendly against Benfica in Lisbon, crashed on the Superga hill, cutting short the lives of the 31 people on board (27 passengers and four crew members).
Italian football came together to mourn one of the strongest sides of all time: the Grande Torino, who won five consecutive Scudetti in the ’40s. The Granata players were the pillar of the Italy team at the time and delighted millions of Italian fans as they tried to alleviate the suffering caused by the Second World War.
“That Grande Torino side is a symbol of national unity that will never be forgotten,” said FIGC President Gabriele Gravina. “The pain and emotion, which, even today, live on in our memories of the Superga disaster, represent a coming-together of values for all of Italian football”