chapter  11
The Superga Disaster and the Death of the ‘great Torino’
Pages 13

In the late afternoon of 4 May 1949, Sauro Tomà, the Torino full-back, discovered a crowd of neighbours, some known and others unknown, in front of the building where he was living. Tomà was at home because he had been injured and was unable to fly with his teammates to play a friendly match against Benfica in Lisbon. The crowd had come to his house not to congratulate him on Torino’s victory in Lisbon but rather to convey the tragic news that his teammates had been killed in a plane crash on their way back from Portugal.