Torino Football Club was founded under the name Foot-Ball Club Torino in 1906, after several Juventus club members, including Alfredo Dick, broke away amidst plans to move Juventus outside the city of Turin. Torino recruited players from various clubs, including several from FBC Torinese, which caused Torinese to close down.
During the 1940s, the Torino side began to dominate the league championship, winning five consecutive league titles and becoming known as Il Grande Torino. This side is noteable for employing revolutionary football tactics, including a 4-2-4 formation, and served as an inspiration for the Brazil team of the 1950s and the Dutch side of the 1970s. During the late 1940s, most of the Italian national side was made up of Torino players and the club set many records, including going unbeaten at home for four straight seasons and 93 matches in total. Tragically, this side was involved in the Superga air disaster in 1949, which killed most of the team's players and several staff members.
Although the club has never again scaled the heights that it did during the Grande Torino days, Torino did win Serie A once again in the 1975-76 season. Furthermore, the club won the Coppa Italia in 1967–68, 1970–71 and 1992–93. In 1991-92, Torino reached the final of the UEFA Cup, but ultimately lost out to Ajax.
Valentino Mazzola is often considered the club's greatest ever player. Mazzola was part of the Grande Torino side and one of those who lost his life during the Superga air crash. Other noteable former players include Guglielmo Gabetto, Valerio Bacigalupo, Cesare Maldini and Denis Law, who famously struggled to settle during his time at the club.
Torino play their home matches at the Stadio Olimpico di Torino, formerly known as both the Stadio Comunale Vittorio Pozzo and the Stadio Benito Mussolini. It has a capacity of 28,140 and was shared with city rivals Juventus between 2006 and 2011.