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The 1956–57 European Cup was the second season of the European Cup, Europe's premier club football tournament. The competition was won for the second time by Real Madrid, who beat Fiorentina 2–0 in the final at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, Madrid, on 30 May 1957.

1956–57 European Cup
Santiago Bernabeu Stadium - panoramio.jpg
Santiago Bernabéu Stadium in Madrid hosted the final.
Tournament details
Dates1 August 1956 – 30 May 1957
Teams22
Final positions
ChampionsSpain Real Madrid (2nd title)
Runners-upItaly Fiorentina
Tournament statistics
Matches played44
Goals scored170 (3.86 per match)
Top scorer(s)England Dennis Viollet (9 goals)

After the great success of the first tournament, six new nations entered representatives: Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, England, Luxembourg, Romania and Turkey. The English Football Association ("FA") had not allowed Chelsea to enter in 1955, and continued its stance on the European Cup as it being a "distraction". However, against the wishes of the FA, Manchester United entered the competition as English champions, becoming the first English team to play in Europe. An additional place was awarded to Real Madrid as the competition's reigning champions, occupying the free berth left by Saar after its reunification with West Germany.

Contents

Preliminary roundEdit

The draw for the preliminary round took place in UEFA headquarters in Paris on 29 June 1956.[1] The 21 challengers of Real Madrid were grouped geographically into three pots. The first four teams drawn in each pot would play the preliminary round in September, while the remaining three clubs received byes.

Pot 1
Eastern Europe
Pot 2
North-Western Europe
Pot 3
South-Central Europe
Drawn Match 1

  Slovan UNV Bratislava

  Nice

  Porto

  CWKS Warsaw

  AGF Aarhus

  Athletic Bilbao

Match 2

  Galatasaray

  Anderlecht

  Borussia Dortmund

  Dinamo București

  Manchester United

  Spora Luxembourg

Byes

  Budapest Honvéd

  Rangers

  Fiorentina

  Rapid Wien

  Norrköping

  Grasshopper

  CDNA Sofia

  Rapid JC

  Red Star Belgrade

The calendar was decided by the involved teams, with all matches to be played by 1 October.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg Play-off
Borussia Dortmund   5–5   Spora Luxembourg 4–3 1–2 7–0
Dinamo București   4–3   Galatasaray 3–1 1–2
Slovan UNV Bratislava   4–2   CWKS Warsaw 4–0 0–2
Anderlecht   0–12   Manchester United 0–2 0–10
AGF Aarhus   2–6   Nice 1–1 1–5
Porto   3–5   Athletic Bilbao 1–2 2–3

First legEdit

Borussia Dortmund  4–3  Spora Luxembourg
Bracht   31'
Niepieklo   54'
Preißler   61'73'
Report Boreux   25'34'88'

Dinamo București  3–1  Galatasaray
Voica   10'67'
Ene   84'
Report Oktay   77'


Slovan UNV Bratislava  4–0  CWKS Warsaw
Pažický   23'68'
Kováč   30' (pen.)
Moravčík   40'
Report
Attendance: 25,000

AGF Aarhus  1–1  Nice
Erik Bechmann Jensen   16' Report Foix   61'

Porto  1–2  Athletic Bilbao
Matos   54' Report Gaínza   8'
Canito   75'
Attendance: 35,000

Second legEdit

Spora Luxembourg  2–1  Borussia Dortmund
Fiedler   22'
Letsch   39'
Report Preißler   28'

Borussia Dortmund 5–5 Spora Luxembourg on aggregate; play-off needed.


CWKS Warsaw  2–0  Slovan UNV Bratislava
Kowal   52'
Brychczy   63'
Report
Attendance: 40,000

Slovan UNV Bratislava won 4–2 on aggregate.


Manchester United  10–0  Anderlecht
Taylor   8'20'52'
Viollet   25'38'44'65'
Whelan   61'82'
Berry   75'
Report
Attendance: 43,635

Manchester United won 12–0 on aggregate.


Athletic Bilbao  3–2  Porto
Artetxe   14'73' (pen.)82' Report Hernâni   4'
Matos   20'
Attendance: 34,705

Athletic Bilbao won 5–3 on aggregate.


Nice  5–1  AGF Aarhus
Foix   2'
Milazzo   27'74'
Faivre   45'60'
Report Jensen   77'
Attendance: 8,144

Nice won 6–2 on aggregate.


Galatasaray  2–1  Dinamo București
Aytaç   42'
Oktay   89'
Report Suru   31'

Dinamo București won 4–3 on aggregate.

Play-offEdit

Borussia Dortmund  7–0  Spora Luxembourg
Preißler   24'36'
Simmer   29'
Kelbassa   40'49'63'
Peters   57'
Report

First roundEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg Play-off
Manchester United   3–2   Borussia Dortmund 3–2 0–0
CDNA Sofia   10–4   Dinamo București 8–1 2–3
Rangers   3–3   Nice 2–1 1–2 1–3
Slovan UNV Bratislava   1–2   Grasshopper 1–0 0–2
Real Madrid   5–5   Rapid Wien 4–2 1–3 2–0
Rapid JC   3–6   Red Star Belgrade 3–4 0–2
Fiorentina   2–1   Norrköping 1–1 1–0
Athletic Bilbao   6–5   Budapest Honvéd 3–2 3–31

1 Second leg played at Heysel Stadium, Brussels

First legEdit

Manchester United  3–2  Borussia Dortmund
Viollet   10'25'
Pegg   35'
Report Kapitulski   68'
Preißler   75'

CDNA Sofia  8–1  Dinamo București
Kolev   12'56'63'
Milanov   20'65'
Panayotov   36'66'
Dimitrov   80'
Report Băcut   71' (pen.)

Rangers  2–1  Nice
Murray   40'
Simpson   81'
Report Faivre   23'
Attendance: 65,000

Slovan UNV Bratislava  1–0  Grasshopper
Moravčík   20' Report
Attendance: 30,000

Real Madrid  4–2  Rapid Wien
Di Stéfano   9'21'
Marsal   60'63'
Report Dienst   58'
Gießer   90'

Rapid JC  3–4  Red Star Belgrade
Janssen   8'
Bischops   78'
Tasić   81' (og.)
Report Kostić   4'75'
Toplak   42'
Rudinski   82'
Attendance: 11,500

Fiorentina  1–1  Norrköping
Bizzarri   15' Report Bild   8'
Attendance: 6,000
Referee: Dean Harzic (France)

Athletic Bilbao  3–2  Budapest Honvéd
Artetxe   16'
Marcaida   27'
Arieta   82'
Report Budai II   75'
Kocsis   85'
Attendance: 39,184

Second legEdit

Red Star Belgrade  2–0  Rapid JC
Toplak   32'
Kostić   84'
Report
Attendance: 15,000

Red Star Belgrade won 6–3 on aggregate


Nice  2–1  Rangers
Bravo   61'
Foix   64'
Report Hubbard   40' (pen.)
Attendance: 8,439

Nice 3–3 Rangers on aggregate; play-off needed.


Rapid Wien  3–1  Real Madrid
Happel   18'38' (pen.)40' Report Di Stéfano   60'
Attendance: 60,000

Real Madrid 5–5 Rapid Wien on aggregate; play-off needed.


Manchester United won 3–2 on aggregate


Norrköping  0–1  Fiorentina
Report Virgili   16'
Attendance: 10,200

Fiorentina won 2–1 on aggregate


Grasshopper  2–0  Slovan UNV Bratislava
Vukosavljević   75'
Duret   89'
Report
Attendance: 12,000

Grasshopper won 2–1 on aggregate


Budapest Honvéd  3–3  Athletic Bilbao
Budai II   6'82'
Puskás   86'
Report Merodio   1'72'
Arieta   67'
Attendance: 30,000

Athletic Bilbao won 6–5 on aggregate


Dinamo București  3–2  CDNA Sofia
Nicușor   58' (pen.)
Lăzar   67'
Neagu   84'
Report Stoyanov   23'
Yanev   62'

CDNA Sofia won 10–4 on aggregate

Play-offEdit

Nice  3–1  Rangers
Foix   45'
Muro   50'
Faivre   75'
Report Bonvin   51' (o.g.)
Attendance: 11,908

Real Madrid  2–0  Rapid Wien
Joseíto   1'
Kopa   23'
Report

Quarter-finalsEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Athletic Bilbao   5–6   Manchester United 5–3 0–3
Fiorentina   5–3   Grasshopper 3–1 2–2
Real Madrid   6–2   Nice 3–0 3–2
Red Star Belgrade   4–3   CDNA Sofia 3–1 1–2

First legEdit

Athletic Bilbao  5–3  Manchester United
Uribe   2'28'
Marcaida   43'
Merodio   73'
Artetxe   78'
Report Taylor   48'
Viollet   54'
Whelan   85'
Attendance: 36,737

Fiorentina  3–1  Grasshopper
Segato   3'
Taccola   10'12'
Report Ballaman   31'
Attendance: 10,000

Real Madrid  3–0  Nice
Joseíto   18'
Mateos   49'72'
Report

Red Star Belgrade  3–1  CDNA Sofia
Kostić   6'25'
Popović   53'
Report Yanev   88'
Attendance: 33,000

Second legEdit

Manchester United  3–0  Athletic Bilbao
Viollet   42'
Taylor   70'
Berry   85'
Report
Attendance: 70,000

Manchester United won 6–5 on aggregate


CDNA Sofia  2–1  Red Star Belgrade
Bozhkov   22' (pen.)
Panayotov   39'
Report Tasić   29' (pen.)

Red Star Belgrade won 4–3 on aggregate


Grasshopper  2–2  Fiorentina
Ballaman   25'
Vukosavljević   85'
Report Julinho   7'
Montuori   52'
Attendance: 18,000

Fiorentina won 5–3 on aggregate


Nice  2–3  Real Madrid
Foix   15'
Ferry   82' (pen.)
Report Joseíto   45'
Di Stéfano   50'79'
Attendance: 21,724

Real Madrid won 6–2 on aggregate

Semi-finalsEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Red Star Belgrade   0–1   Fiorentina 0–1 0–0
Real Madrid   5–3   Manchester United 3–1 2–2

First legEdit

Red Star Belgrade  0–1  Fiorentina
Report Prini   88'
Attendance: 40,000

Real Madrid  3–1  Manchester United
Rial   61'
Di Stéfano   63'
Mateos   83'
Report Taylor   82'

Second legEdit

Fiorentina  0–0  Red Star Belgrade
Report
Attendance: 70,000

Fiorentina won 1–0 on aggregate


Manchester United  2–2  Real Madrid
Taylor   62'
Charlton   85'
Report Kopa   25'
Rial   33'
Attendance: 65,000

Real Madrid won 5–3 on aggregate

FinalEdit

Real Madrid  2–0  Fiorentina
Di Stéfano   69' (pen.)
Gento   75'
Report

Top scorersEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ It is assumed this match was played in Munich as a result of Swiss protests regarding the outcome of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 which also led to them boycotting the 1956 Olympic Games.[2]

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