They are Turin’s other team, and while Juventus have dominated the football landscape their neighbours have chugged along.
England goalkeeper Joe Hart is about to find out his new club is one steeped in history, whose story is both triumphant and tragic.
The tragedy came on 4 May, 1949 when a plane carrying the great Torino team crashed into the side of the hill at Superga, which overlooks Turin, killing all 31 passengers on board.
Just like the Munich air crash devastated England, Italy was left in shock after this disaster.
But before that there was triumph and until Superga, Torino had not lost at home for 93 games over a six-year period. When they began their impressive trophy collection with the league and cup double in 1943 - the first Italian team to complete the feat - they had just one title and one Coppa Italia to their name. After that, though, they never looked back and even the suspension of league football as a result of World War II did not hinder them because they were back to winning ways in the 1945/46 campaign with title number two.
In the following season Torino scored 104 goals in 38 games to triumph again, while the team conceded just 35 times and they conquered all onec more in the 1947/48 season, scoring 125 goals and conceding 33 in 40 games.
According to John Foot’s book, Calcio: a history of Italian football, Torino were so forceful that in one game away at Roma in 1946 they were 6-0 up within 20 minutes and were told at half-time not to humiliate their opponents by their own coach. The match ended in a 7-0 win and the Roma support clapped Torino’s players off the pitch.
They were unstoppable.
And before disaster struck in 1949, Torino were on course for a FIFTH consecutive title. The side were four points clear at the top of Serie A when they flew to Lisbon in early May for a friendly against Benfica in what was to be Francisco Ferreira’s retirement game.
Ferreira, captain of the Portuguese club, had wanted to bow out against the most celebrated side in football and asked Torino skipper Valentino Mazzola if the two clubs could play each other when the players met during an Italy v Portugal game. Once they were granted permission by the Italian football federation to bring the match against Inter forward to 30 April, the team hopped on a plane.
But bad weather on the way home caused the fatal crash, which also claimed the lives of club staff and journalists including English coach Leslie Lievseley, who worked for Torino and Renato Casalbore, founder of Italian newspaper Tuttosport. It also severely weakened the Italian national team and victims are remembered each year at Superga where fans are joined by players with the club captain reading out the names of those who died.
It is claimed at least half a million people turned up for the funerals in the aftermath of the tragedy and while the club were awarded the Serie A title that season they fielded youth team players in the remaining fixtures of the 1948/49 season against opponents who did the same.
Although they flirted briefly with success in the early nineties with another Coppa Italia win and a place in the UEFA Cup final, no Torino team has come close to matching the heights of Il Grande Torino, with their last title being won in 1976.