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The 1958–59 European Cup was the fourth season of the European Cup, Europe's premier club football tournament. The competition was won by Real Madrid for the fourth time in a row, who beat Reims 2–0 in the final at Neckarstadion, Stuttgart, on 3 June 1959. The two finalists also competed in the final of the first European Cup in 1956.

1958–59 European Cup
Neckarstadion 2011 - 2.jpg
The Neckarstadion in Stuttgart hosted the final.
Tournament details
Dates26 August 1958 – 3 June 1959
Teams28 (26 competed)
Final positions
ChampionsSpain Real Madrid (4th title)
Runners-upFrance Reims
Tournament statistics
Matches played55
Goals scored199 (3.62 per match)
Top scorer(s)France Just Fontaine (10 goals)

This season was the first one in which Turkey sent its official national champion, and the first time of a Finnish participation. Olympiakos, Greece's first-ever entrants, withdrew for political reasons before playing their first tie. Spain continued to be represented by its runners-up, as its champions Real Madrid had already qualified as holders.

Preliminary roundEdit

The draw for the preliminary round took place in Cannes, France, on Wednesday, 2 July 1958.[1] As title holders, Real Madrid received a bye, and the remaining 27 teams were grouped geographically into three pots. The first drawn team in each pot also received byes, while the remaining clubs would play the preliminary round in September.

Pot 1
Western Europe
Pot 2
Central Europe
Pot 3
Eastern Europe
Drawn France
Republic of Ireland
Northern Ireland
Netherlands
Belgium
Scotland
Portugal
Spain
Switzerland
West Germany
Italy
Sweden
Denmark
Luxembourg
Austria
Invitees Manchester United[2]
Poland
Romania
Turkey
Yugoslavia
Czechoslovakia
Hungary
East Germany
Greece
Byes   Wolverhampton Wanderers   Helsingin Palloseura   CDNA Sofia

The calendar was decided by the involved teams, with all matches to be played by 30 September.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Standard Liège   6–3   Hearts 5–1 1–2
Beşiktaş   (w/o)1   Olympiacos
Young Boys   (w/o)2   Manchester United
NK Dinamo Zagreb   3–4   Dukla Prague 2–2 1–2
Jeunesse Esch   2–23   IFK Göteborg 1–2 1–0
Ards   3–10   Stade Reims 1–4 2–6
Wismut Karl Marx Stadt   4–44   Petrolul Ploiești 4–2 0–2
Atlético Madrid   13–1   Drumcondra 8–0 5–1
Polonia Bytom   0–6   MTK Budapest 0–3 0–3
KB   5–55   Schalke 04 3–0 2–5
Juventus   3–8   Wiener Sport-Club 3–1 0–7
DOS   4–6   Sporting CP 3–4 1–2

Note: Real Madrid, Wolverhampton Wanderers, CDNA Sofia and HPS received byes.

1 Olympiacos withdrew due to international political issues, refusing to play in Istanbul following the long-standing tension between Turkey and Greece.[3]

2 UEFA invited Manchester United to enter the competition after eight of the club's players were killed in the Munich air disaster while returning from a European Cup match in Belgrade the previous season; however, the Football League refused to allow the club to compete. As the draw had already been made for the preliminary round, Manchester United's drawn opponents, Young Boys, were given a bye to the first round of the competition. Instead, the two clubs played a pair of friendlies against each other, home and away; Young Boys won the first match 2–0 in Bern, but Manchester United won at Old Trafford a week later. The two clubs were again drawn together in the group stage of the 2018–19 UEFA Champions League, almost exactly 60 years after they were originally due to play.[4]

3 IFK Göteborg beat Jeunesse Esch 5–1 in a play-off to qualify for the first round.

4 Wismut Karl Marx Stadt beat Petrolul Ploieşti 4–0 in a play-off to qualify for the first round.

5 Schalke 04 beat KB 3–1 in a play-off to qualify for the first round.

First legEdit

KB  3–0  Schalke 04
Birkeland   31'46'
Krog   35'
Report

Standard Liège  5–1  Hearts
Jadot   17'85'
Piters   34'
Bonga   73'
Houf   78'
Report Crawford   14'
Attendance: 30,000

Dinamo Zagreb  2–2  Dukla Prague
Lipošinović   70'73' Report Borovička   31'
Brumovský   51'
Attendance: 25,000

Jeunesse Esch  1–2  IFK Göteborg
May   20' Report Jonsson   19'
B. Johansson   72'

Ards  1–4  Stade Reims
Lawry   87' Report Fontaine   26'38'45'85'

Atlético Madrid  8–0  Drumcondra
Peiró   2'51'
Vavá   6'61'
Collar   56'76'
Mendonça   63'67'
Report

Wismut Karl Marx Stadt  4–2  Petrolul Ploiești
Tröger   25'
Viertel   39'68'
Kaiser   79'
Report Dridea   7'82'

Polonia Bytom  0–3  MTK Budapest
Report Sándor   46'
Palotás   73'80'
Attendance: 30,000

Juventus  3–1  Wiener Sport-Club
Sívori   2'56'62' Report Horak   8'

DOS  3–4  Sporting CP
Temming   48' (pen.)
van der Linden   52'
Luiten   88'
Report Ivson   31'83'
Hugo   41'
Vasques   55'
Attendance: 20,000
Referee: John Clough (England)

Second legEdit

Hearts  2–1  Standard Liège
Bauld   55'65' Report Givard   58'

Standard Liège won 6–3 on aggregate


Schalke 04  5–2  KB
Klodt   25'34'
Sadlowski   46'
Nowak   70'
Brocker   72'
Report Andersen   53'66'

KB 5–5 Schalke 04 on aggregate

Play-off
Schalke 04  3–1  KB
Klodt   57'86'
Nowak   66'
Report Krahmer   90'
Attendance: 27,000

Schalke 04 won play-off 3–1.


Wismut Karl Marx Stadt 4–4 Petrolul Ploiești on aggregate

Play-off
Wismut Karl Marx Stadt  4–0  Petrolul Ploiești
Zink   4'
Tröger   7'75' (pen.)
Wolf   48'
Report

Wismut Karl Marx Stadt won play-off 4–0.


IFK Göteborg  0–1  Jeunesse Esch
Report May   21'
Attendance: 21,435

Jeunesse Esch 2–2 IFK Göteborg on aggregate

Play-off
IFK Göteborg  5–1  Jeunesse Esch
Andersson   37'
Berndtsson   59'85'
B. Johansson   68'
N. Johansson   80'
Report Meurisse   5'
Attendance: 11,780
Referee: Jarl Hansen (Denmark)

IFK Göteborg won play-off 5–1.


Stade Reims  6–2  Ards
Piantoni   10'40'
Fontaine   14'16'
Bliard   20'74'
Report Lawther   10'
Quee   28'

Stade Reims won 10–3 on aggregate


Wiener Sport-Club  7–0  Juventus
Skerlan   24'
Hamerl   34'38'64'80'
Hof   82'85'
Report
Attendance: 20,000

Wiener Sport-Club won 8–3 on aggregate


Dukla Prague  2–1  Dinamo Zagreb
Dvořák   30'
Vacenovský   71'
Report Gašpert   45'
Attendance: 10,000

Dukla Prague won 4–3 on aggregate


Drumcondra  1–5  Atlético Madrid
Fullam   51' (pen) Report Peiró   16'67'
Csóka   19'
Collar   45'
Vavá   86'
Attendance: 20,000

Atlético Madrid won 13–1 on aggregate


MTK Budapest  3–0  Polonia Bytom
Molnár   41'
Palotás   58'75'
Report

MTK Budapest won 6–0 on aggregate


Sporting CP  2–1  DOS
Ivson   48'76' Report Krommert   82'
Attendance: 40,000
Referee: John Kelly (England)

Sporting CP won 6–4 on aggregate

First roundEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Sporting CP   2–6   Standard Liège 2–3 0–3
Wiener Sport-Club   3–2   Dukla Prague 3–1 0–1
MTK Budapest   2–6   Young Boys 1–2 1–4
Atlético Madrid   2–21   CDNA Sofia 2–1 0–1
IFK Göteborg   2–6   Wismut Karl Marx Stadt 2–2 0–4
Wolverhampton Wanderers   3–4   Schalke 04 2–2 1–2
Real Madrid   3–1   Beşiktaş 2–0 1–1
Reims   7–0   HPS 4–0 3–0

1 Atlético Madrid beat CSKA Sofia 3–1 in a playoff to qualify for the quarter-finals.

First legEdit

Sporting CP  2–3  Standard Liège
Bolzée   23' (o.g.)
Mendes   80'
Report Paeschen   10'
Jadot   69'
Mallants   70'

Wiener Sport-Club  3–1  Dukla Prague
Hof   22'
Hamerl   47'
Knoll   57'
Report Pluskal   83'
Attendance: 50,000

MTK Budapest  1–2  Young Boys
Molnár   66' Report Wechselberger   64'
Zahnd   80'
Attendance: 20,000

Atlético Madrid  2–1  CDNA Sofia
Vavá   60'
Peiró   79'
Report Dimitrov   77'

IFK Göteborg  2–2  Wismut Karl Marx Stadt
Ohlsson   5'
Andersson   31'
Report Seifert   61'
Zink   67'
Attendance: 13,978
Referee: Jósef Kowal (Poland)

Wolverhampton Wanderers  2–2  Schalke 04
Broadbent   52'65' Report Siebert   25'
Koslowski   88'
Attendance: 45,676

Real Madrid  2–0  Beşiktaş
Santisteban   57'
Kopa   90'
Report

Reims  4–0  HPS Helsinki
Vincent   22'35'85'
Siatka   89'
Report

Second legEdit

Standard Liège  3–0  Sporting CP
Paeschen   47'
Houf   67'
Mallants   74'
Report

Standard Liège won 6–2 on aggregate


Wismut Karl Marx Stadt  4–0  IFK Göteborg
Zink   23'82'
Kaiser   50'62'
Report
Attendance: 25,000

Wismut Karl Marx Stadt won 6–2 on aggregate


Schalke 04  2–1  Wolverhampton Wanderers
Kördell   12'
Siebert   35'
Report Jackson   48'

Schalke 04 won 4–3 on aggregate


Dukla Prague  1–0  Wiener Sport-Club
Masopust   60' Report
Attendance: 30,000

Wiener Sport-Club won 3–2 on aggregate


Young Boys  4–1  MTK Budapest
Wechselberger   13'60'
Meier   40'
Allemann   81'
Report Molnár   85'
Attendance: 28,000

Young Boys won 6–2 on aggregate


Atlético Madrid 2–2 CDNA Sofia on aggregate

Play-off
Atlético Madrid  3–1 (a.e.t.)  CDNA Sofia
Vavá   42'108' (pen.)
Callejo   99'
Report Yanev   17'
Attendance: 30,000

Atlético Madrid won play-off 3–1.


Beşiktaş  1–1  Real Madrid
Kaya   64' Report Santisteban   13'
Attendance: 30,000
Referee: Cesare Jonni (Italy)

Real Madrid won 3–1 on aggregate


HPS Helsinki  0–3  Reims
Report Fontaine   2'10'
Lintamo   8' (o.g.)

Reims won 7–0 on aggregate

Quarter-finalsEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Standard Liège   2–3   Reims 2–0 0–3
Atlético Madrid   4–1   Schalke 04 3–0 1–1
Wiener Sport-Club   1–7   Real Madrid 0–0 1–7
Young Boys   2–21   Wismut Karl Marx Stadt 2–2 0–0

1 Young Boys beat Wismut Karl Marx Stadt 2–1 in a playoff to qualify for the semi-finals.

First legEdit

Standard Liège  2–0  Reims
Jadot   65'
Givard   71' (pen.)
Report
Attendance: 36,000
Referee: John Kelly (England)

Atlético Madrid  3–0  Schalke 04
Vavá   47'
Miguel   73'
Peiró   90'
Report

Wiener Sport-Club  0–0  Real Madrid
Report
Attendance: 80,000

Young Boys  2–2  Wismut Karl Marx Stadt
Meier   22'
Rey   87'
Report Wagner   45'
Zink   59'
Attendance: 32,000

Second legEdit

Reims  3–0  Standard Liège
Piantoni   70'
Fontaine   73'88'
Report

Reims won 3–2 on aggregate


Schalke 04  1–1  Atlético Madrid
Nowak   1' Report Vavá   90'

Atlético Madrid won 4–1 on aggregate


Real Madrid  7–1  Wiener Sport-Club
Mateos   8'
Di Stéfano   14'64'69'75'
Rial   67'
Gento   89'
Report Horak   9'

Real Madrid won 7–1 on aggregate


Young Boys 2–2 Wismut Karl Marx Stadt on aggregate

Play-off
Young Boys  2–1  Wismut Karl Marx Stadt
Meier   21'
Wechselberger   33'
Report Tröger   75' (pen.)
Attendance: 20,000

Young Boys won play-off 2–1.

Semi-finalsEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Young Boys   1–3   Reims 1–0 0–3
Real Madrid   2–21   Atlético Madrid 2–1 0–1

1 Real Madrid beat Atlético Madrid 2–1 in a playoff to qualify for the final

First legEdit

Young Boys  1–0  Reims
Meier   15' Report
Attendance: 60,000

Real Madrid  2–1  Atlético Madrid
Rial   15'
Puskás   33' (pen.)
Report Chuzo   13'

Second legEdit

Real Madrid 2–2 Atlético Madrid on aggregate

Play-off
Real Madrid  2–1  Atlético Madrid
Di Stéfano   16'
Puskás   42'
Report Collar   18'
Attendance: 20,000

Real Madrid won play-off 2–1.


Reims  3–0  Young Boys
Piantoni   41'72'
Penverne   47'
Report

Reims won 3–1 on aggregate

FinalEdit

The 1959 European Cup Final was played on 3 June 1959 at the Neckarstadion in Stuttgart, West Germany. Real Madrid's victory was their fourth consecutive title, maintaining their status as the only team to have won the competition. Reims were runners-up for a second time, having already lost to Real in the inaugural final in 1956.

Real Madrid  2–0  Reims
Mateos   1'
Di Stéfano   47'
Report
Attendance: 72,000

Top scorersEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Corriere dello Sport, 3 July 1958.
  2. ^ Manchester United was in pot 2 because they could not play against an English club before the round of 16.
  3. ^ Corriere dello Sport.
  4. ^ Gardner, Stewart (18 September 2018). "United's lost 'European Cup' tie with Young Boys". ManUtd.com. Manchester United. Retrieved 18 September 2018.

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