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The 1955–56 European Cup was the first season of the European Cup, UEFA's premier club football tournament. The tournament was won by Real Madrid, who defeated Reims 4–3 in the final at Parc des Princes, Paris, on 13 June 1956.

1955–56 European Cup
Paris-Parc-des-Princes.jpg
The Parc des Princes in Paris hosted the final.
Tournament details
Dates4 September 1955 – 13 June 1956
Teams16
Final positions
ChampionsSpain Real Madrid (1st title)
Runners-upFrance Reims
Tournament statistics
Matches played29
Goals scored127 (4.38 per match)
Top scorer(s)Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Miloš Milutinović (8 goals)

The participating clubs in the first five seasons of the European Cup were selected by French football magazine L'Equipe on the basis that they were representative and prestigious clubs in Europe.[1] Of the originally selected teams, Chelsea of England were barred from participation by The Football Association, who saw the tournament as a distraction to domestic football. Chelsea were replaced by Gwardia Warszawa of Poland. In addition, Holland Sport, Honvéd and BK Copenhagen rejected the opportunity to represent the Netherlands, Hungary and Denmark respectively, being replaced by PSV Eindhoven, Vörös Lobogó and AGF Aarhus. This was also the only UEFA tournament to include a representative of Saarland, unified into West Germany in 1957.

The first round pairings were fixed by the organisers and not drawn as would be the case for all future European Cup matches.

TeamsEdit

BracketEdit

  First round Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                                         
   Servette 0 0 0  
   Real Madrid 2 5 7  
     Real Madrid 4 0 4  
     Partizan 0 3 3  
   Sporting CP 3 2 5
   Partizan 3 5 8  
     Real Madrid 4 1 5  
     Milan 2 2 4  
   Rapid Wien 6 0 6  
   PSV Eindhoven 1 1 2  
     Rapid Wien 1 2 3
     Milan 1 7 8  
   Milan 3 4 7
   Saarbrücken 4 1 5  
     Real Madrid 4
     Reims 3
   AGF Aarhus 0 2 2  
   Reims 2 2 4  
     Reims 4 4 8
     Vörös Lobogó 2 4 6  
   Vörös Lobogó 6 4 10
   Anderlecht 3 1 4  
     Reims 2 1 3
     Hibernian 0 0 0  
   Djurgården 0 4 4  
   Gwardia Warszawa 0 1 1  
     Djurgården 1 0 1
     Hibernian 3 1 4  
   Rot-Weiss Essen 0 1 1
   Hibernian 4 1 5  

First roundEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Sporting CP   5–8   Partizan 3–3 2–5
Vörös Lobogó   10–4   Anderlecht 6–3 4–1
Servette   0–7   Real Madrid 0–2 0–5
Rot-Weiss Essen   1–5   Hibernian 0–4 1–1
Djurgården   4–1   Gwardia Warszawa 0–0 4–1
AGF Aarhus   2–4   Reims 0–2 2–2
Rapid Wien   6–2   PSV Eindhoven 6–1 0–1
Milan   7–5   Saarbrücken 3–4 4–1

First legEdit

Sporting CP  3–3  Partizan
Martins   14'78'
Quim   65'
Report M. Milutinović   45'50'
Bobek   73'
Attendance: 30,000
Referee: Dean Harzic (France)

Vörös Lobogó  6–3  Anderlecht
Szimcsák I   8'
Palotás   25'59'80'
Hidegkuti   28'
Sándor   83'
Report Vanderwilt   7'
Van Den Bosch   39'79'
Attendance: 35,000

Servette  0–2  Real Madrid
Report Muñoz   74'
Rial   89'
Attendance: 7,000

Rot-Weiss Essen  0–4  Hibernian
Report Turnbull   35'53'
L. Reilly   44'
Ormond   81'

Djurgården  0–0  Gwardia Warszawa
Report

AGF Aarhus  0–2  Reims
Report Glovacki   7'72'
Attendance: 18,000

Rapid Wien  6–1  PSV Eindhoven
A. Körner   12'62'82'
Mehsarosch   55'
Hanappi   56'
Probst   60'
Report Fransen   18'
Attendance: 10,000

Milan  3–4  Saarbrücken
Frignani   15'
Schiaffino   33'
Dal Monte   37'
Report Krieger   5'
Philippi   43'
Schirra   67'
Martin   69'
Attendance: 18,000

Second legEdit

Real Madrid  5–0  Servette
Di Stéfano   29'61'
Iglesias   44'
Rial   46'
Molowny   54'
Report

Real Madrid won 7–0 on aggregate.


Partizan  5–2  Sporting CP
M. Milutinović   15'29'64'74'
Jocić   88'
Report Brandão   49'77'
Attendance: 15,000

Partizan won 8–5 on aggregate.


Hibernian  1–1  Rot-Weiss Essen
Buchanan   5' Report Abromeit   47'
Attendance: 30,000

Hibernian won 5–1 on aggregate.


Gwardia Warszawa  1–4  Djurgården
Baszkiewicz   14' Report Eriksson   5'17'22'
Sandberg   29'
Attendance: 25,000
Referee: Dean Harzic (France)

Djurgården won 4–1 on aggregate.


Anderlecht  1–4  Vörös Lobogó
Van Den Bosch   38' Report Hidegkuti   25'
Lantos   78'
Palotás   85'
Kovács I   86'

Vörös Lobogó won 10–4 on aggregate.


Reims  2–2  AGF Aarhus
Glovacki   47'
Bliard   60'
Report Erik Bechmann Jensen   77'
Bjerregaard   83'
Attendance: 5,845
Referee: Alfred Bond (England)

Reims won 4–2 on aggregate.


PSV Eindhoven  1–0  Rapid Wien
Fransen   9' Report
Attendance: 8,000

Rapid Wien won 6–2 on aggregate.


Saarbrücken  1–4  Milan
Binkert   32' Report Valli   8'77'
Puff   75' (o.g.)
Beraldo   86'

Milan won 7–5 on aggregate.

Quarter-finalsEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Djurgården   1–4   Hibernian 1–3 0–1
Reims   8–6   Vörös Lobogó 4–2 4–4
Real Madrid   4–3   Partizan 4–0 0–3
Rapid Wien   3–8   Milan 1–1 2–7

First legEdit

Djurgården  1–3  Hibernian
Eklund   1' Report Combe   18'
Mulkerrin   49'
Olsson   86' (o.g.)
Attendance: 21,962

Reims  4–2  Vörös Lobogó
Glovacki   14'
Leblond   33'57'
Bliard   42'
Report Szolnok   34'
Lantos   77' (pen.)
Attendance: 36,088

Real Madrid  4–0  Partizan
Castaño   12'23'
Gento   36'
Di Stéfano   70'
Report
Attendance: 105,532
Referee: Dean Harzic (France)

Rapid Wien  1–1  Milan
R. Körner   26' (pen.) Report Nordahl   20'
Attendance: 18,000

Note - differences in information: RSSSF website indicates that the goal scored on 26 minute was scored by Robert Körner, while UEFA website indicates that it was scored by Alfred Körner

Second legEdit

Hibernian  1–0  Djurgården
Turnbull   70' Report
Attendance: 31,346

Hibernian won 4–1 on aggregate.


Vörös Lobogó  4–4  Reims
Lantos   11' (pen.)74' (pen.)
Palotás   53'82'
Report Glovacki   6'
Bliard   20'44'
Templin   52'
Attendance: 35,000

Reims won 8–6 on aggregate.


Partizan  3–0  Real Madrid
Milutinović   24'87'
Mihajlović   46' (pen.)
Report
Attendance: 40,000

Real Madrid won 4–3 on aggregate.


Milan  7–2  Rapid Wien
Mariani   15'
Nordahl   23'50'
Ricagni   26'63'
Frignani   56'
Schiaffino   75'
Report Golobic   35'
Dienst   59'
Attendance: 35,000

Milan won 8–3 on aggregate.

Semi-finalsEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Reims   3–0   Hibernian 2–0 1–0
Real Madrid   5–4   Milan 4–2 1–2

First legEdit

Reims  2–0  Hibernian
Leblond   67'
Bliard   89'
Report
Attendance: 35,486

Real Madrid  4–2  Milan
Rial   6'
Iglesias   25'
Olsen   40'
Di Stéfano   62'
Report Nordahl   9'
Schiaffino   30'
Attendance: 129,690
Referee: Dean Harzic (France)

Second legEdit

Hibernian  0–1  Reims
Report Glovacki   57'
Attendance: 44,941

Reims won 3–0 on aggregate.


Milan  2–1  Real Madrid
Dal Monte   69' (pen.)86' (pen.) Report Iglesias   65'
Attendance: 30,000

Real Madrid won 5–4 on aggregate.

FinalEdit

Real Madrid  4–3  Reims
Di Stéfano   14'
Rial   30'79'
Marquitos   67'
Report Leblond   6'
Templin   10'
Hidalgo   62'
Attendance: 38,239

Top goalscorersEdit

8 goals

6 goals

5 goals

4 goals

3 goals

NotesEdit

  1. ^ https://blog.lequipe.fr/histoire/2-avril-1955-lequipe-cree-la-coupe-deurope-de-football/
  2. ^ Match switched to Glasgow due to a frozen pitch in Sweden ("Hibernian reach the first European Cup semi-finals 1956". A Sporting Nation: Rock 'n' Roll Era 1950–1959. BBC. November 2005. Retrieved 18 April 2010.)

External linksEdit