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Ex-Juve ace Amauri moving forward with Torino

Published: Tuesday 2 September 2014, 16.10CET
After Torino FC signed former Juventus forward Amauri, UEFA.com looks at other players who shone for the Turin club having played previously for their rivals.
by Paolo Menicucci

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Published: Tuesday 2 September 2014, 16.10CET

Ex-Juve ace Amauri moving forward with Torino

After Torino FC signed former Juventus forward Amauri, UEFA.com looks at other players who shone for the Turin club having played previously for their rivals.

UEFA Europa League contenders Torino FC moved quickly to replace Italian international Alessio Cerci, who became Club Atlético de Madrid's final summer signing, by completing a deadline-day deal for veteran striker Amauri from Parma FC.

Capped once by Italy, the 34-year-old has accepted a two-year contract with Torino after scoring 18 Serie A goals in two seasons at the Stadio Ennio Tardini. He immediately consigned to history his Juventus career from 2008 to 2011, saying: "Juve is the past and I live in the present. I am now at Toro and only thinking of this club. It would be fantastic to score against Juve, great for the fans and for me."

While Amauri registered 17 goals in 71 top-flight games for the Bianconeri, the Granata will be his tenth Italian club since arriving in 2001 from his native Brazil. The forward also becomes the fifth ex-Juve player in the current Torino squad alongside Emiliano Moretti, Cristian Molinaro, Antonio Nocerino and Fabio Quagliarella – recruited from the Italian champions in July.

UEFA.com selects five players who shone with Torino having already represented their Turin rivals.

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Felice Borel
Part of the Azzurri's 1934 FIFA World Cup-winning team, Borel was one of the best strikers in Juventus history, helping them lift the Scudetto in 1933, 1934 and 1935 – notching 30, 36 and 20 goals respectively. Nicknamed 'Farfallino' (little butterfly) for his elegant running style and delicate touch, Borel's career was hindered by injuries. He joined Torino in 1941/42 after nine Juve campaigns and went on to score seven times in 25 Serie A appearances. Later a manager, Borel is credited with convincing Toro to adopt the playing system ('sistema') behind the celebrated 'Grande Torino' side, captained by the great Valentino Mazzola.

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Guglielmo Gabetto
A striker in the dominant Torino team of the 1940s that collected five championships until the Superga air disaster of 4 May 1949 – when a plane carrying the squad crashed into the Basilica di Superga on a hill close to Turin, killing all 31 people on board including Gabetto. Born and bred in Turin, he was a classy forward famed for acrobatic finishes. The irreverent showman of an already spectacular side always looked to score 'impossible' goals. Renowned for loving the good life, his good clothes and the 'brillantina' (hair oil) he applied in great quantity, he earned the nicknamed 'Il Barone' (the baron). Gabetto had come from Juventus in 1941 after plundering 85 goals in 164 games, the Bianconeri believing the then 25-years-old's star was already fading. Gabetto proved them wrong by netting 92 goals in 166 matches for Toro.

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Néstor Combin
Born in Argentina but raised in France, Combin signed for Juventus from Olympique Lyonnais ahead of the 1964/65 campaign and scored ten goals in his only season with the Bianconeri as the Turin giants landed the Coppa Italia. After a brief spell with AS Varese 1910, the powerful forward nicknamed 'La Foudre' (lightning) headed to Torino in 1966 and struck 31 goals in 106 Serie A outings – helping the Granata claim the Coppa Italia in 1968. Combin notably scored a hat-trick in a 4-0 derby victory against Juve the week after the tragic death of Toro icon Luigi Meroni, who was killed after being hit by a car in the centre of Turin.

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Pasquale Bruno
An aggressive but solid defender, Bruno lifted the Coppa Italia and UEFA Cup with Juventus under Dino Zoff in 1990 before switching to their rivals the following summer. An uncompromising man-marker nicknamed 'The Animal', Bruno quickly overcame the scepticism of the Granata supporters to become a cult hero. "I was a Juve fan as a kid like most people from the south of Italy," he recalled. "But with Torino and their passionate fans it was love at first sight. The fans understood how much I cared about the Torino shirt and forgot my past." With Toro, Bruno reached the 1992 UEFA Cup final where his side lost to AFC Ajax on away goals, striking the woodwork three times in the second leg in Amsterdam; the next season he helped them win the Coppa Italia.

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Ciro Immobile
Born in Naples, Immobile emerged from the Juventus academy to make his first-team debut on 14 March 2009, replacing Alessandro Del Piero in a 4-1 victory over Bologna FC. He found the net only five times during his first full Serie A season, with Genoa CFC in 2012/13, but a transfer to Torino last summer proved crucial for his career. During a stellar campaign with the Granata, Immobile registered 22 goals in 33 games to become the top flight's top scorer – the first Torino player to achieve the feat since Francesco Graziani in 1977. In the process he not only helped Toro secure a UEFA Europa League place, he also earned himself a move to Borussia Dortmund.

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