1955–56 European Cup

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1955–56 European Cup
Tournament details
Dates 4 September 1955 – 13 June 1956
Teams 16
Final positions
Champions Spain Real Madrid (1st title)
Runners-up France Stade Reims
Tournament statistics
Matches played 29
Goals scored 127 (4.38 per match)
Top scorer(s) Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Miloš Milutinović (8 goals)

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 beat Stade Reims 4–3 in the final at Parc des Princes, Paris, on 13 June 1956.

The participating clubs in this first edition of the European Cup were selected by the French football magazine L'Equipe on the basis that these were the most representative and prestigious clubs in Europe. Of the originally selected teams, Chelsea (England) was barred from participation by the country's Football Association, who saw the tournament as a distraction to domestic football. Chelsea were replaced by Gwardia Warszawa of Poland. In addition, Holland Sport, Honved and BK Copenhagen rejected the opportunity to represent the Netherlands, Hungary and Denmark respectively, being replaced by PSV Eindhoven, Vörös Lobogó and 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.

Teams[edit]

Austria Rapid Wien Belgium Anderlecht Denmark AGF Aarhus France Stade Reims
Hungary Vörös Lobogó Italy Milan Netherlands PSV Eindhoven Poland Gwardia Warszawa
Portugal Sporting CP Saar (protectorate) Saarbrücken Scotland Hibernian Spain Real Madrid
Sweden Djurgården Switzerland Servette West Germany Rot-Weiss Essen Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Partizan

First round[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Sporting CP Portugal 5–8 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Partizan 3–3 2–5
Vörös Lobogó Hungary 10–4 Belgium Anderlecht 6–3 4–1
Servette Switzerland 0–7 Spain Real Madrid 0–2 0–5
Rot-Weiss Essen West Germany 1–5 Scotland Hibernian 0–4 1–1
Djurgården Sweden 4–1 Poland Gwardia Warszawa 0–0 4–1
AGF Aarhus Denmark 2–4 France Stade Reims 0–2 2–2
Rapid Wien Austria 6–2 Netherlands PSV Eindhoven 6–1 0–1
Milan Italy 7–5 Saar (protectorate) Saarbrücken 3–4 4–1

First leg[edit]

4 September 1955
Sporting CP Portugal 3–3 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Partizan
Martins Goal 14'78'
Quim Goal 65'
Report M. Milutinović Goal 45'50'
Bobek Goal 73'
Estádio Nacional, Lisbon
Attendance: 30,000
Referee: Dean Harzic (France)

7 September 1955
Vörös Lobogó Hungary 6–3 Belgium Anderlecht
Szimcsák I Goal 8'
Palotás Goal 25'59'80'
Hidegkuti Goal 28'
Sándor Goal 83'
Report Vanderwilt Goal 7'
Van Den Bosch Goal 39'79'
MTK Stadion, Budapest
Attendance: 35,000
Referee: Friedrich Mayer (Austria)

8 September 1955
Servette Switzerland 0–2 Spain Real Madrid
Report Muñoz Goal 74'
Rial Goal 89'
Charmilles Stadium, Geneva
Attendance: 7,000
Referee: Robert Sautelle (France)

14 September 1955
Rot-Weiss Essen West Germany 0–4 Scotland Hibernian
Report Turnbull Goal 35'53'
L. Reilly Goal 44'
Ormond Goal 81'

20 September 1955
Djurgården Sweden 0–0 Poland Gwardia Warszawa
Report

21 September 1955
AGF Aarhus Denmark 0–2 France Stade Reims
Report Glovacki Goal 7'72'
Idrætsparken, Copenhagen
Attendance: 18,000
Referee: Klaas Schipper (Netherlands)

21 September 1955
Rapid Wien Austria 6–1 Netherlands PSV Eindhoven
A. Körner Goal 12'62'82'
Mehsarosch Goal 55'
Hanappi Goal 56'
Probst Goal 60'
Report Fransen Goal 18'
Pfarrwiese, Vienna
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Emil Schmetzer (West Germany)

1 November 1955
Milan Italy 3–4 Saar (protectorate) Saarbrücken
Frignani Goal 15'
Schiaffino Goal 33'
Dal Monte Goal 37'
Report Krieger Goal 5'
Philippi Goal 43'
Schirra Goal 67'
Martin Goal 69'
San Siro, Milan
Attendance: 18,000
Referee: Gottfried Dienst (Switzerland)

Second leg[edit]

12 October 1955
Real Madrid Spain 5–0 Switzerland Servette
Di Stéfano Goal 29'61'
Iglesias Goal 44'
Rial Goal 46'
Molowny Goal 54'
Report
Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, Madrid
Attendance: 40,318
Referee: Riccardo Pieri (Italy)

Real Madrid won 7–0 on aggregate.


12 October 1955
Partizan Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 5–2 Portugal Sporting CP
M. Milutinović Goal 15'29'64'74'
Jocić Goal 88'
Report Brandão Goal 49'77'
Partizan Stadium, Belgrade
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: György Dankó (Hungary)

Partizan won 8–5 on aggregate.


12 October 1955
Hibernian Scotland 1–1 West Germany Rot-Weiss Essen
Buchanan Goal 5' Report Abromeit Goal 47'
Easter Road, Edinburgh
Attendance: 30,000
Referee: Arthur Edward Ellis (England)

Hibernian won 5–1 on aggregate.


12 October 1955
Gwardia Warszawa Poland 1–4 Sweden Djurgården
Baszkiewicz Goal 14' Report Eriksson Goal 5'17'22'
Sandberg Goal 29'
Wojska Polskiego, Warsaw
Attendance: 25,000
Referee: Dean Harzic (France)

Djurgården won 4–1 on aggregate.


19 October 1955
Anderlecht Belgium 1–4 Hungary Vörös Lobogó
Van Den Bosch Goal 38' Report Hidegkuti Goal 25'
Lantos Goal 78'
Palotás Goal 85'
Kovács I Goal 86'

Vörös Lobogó won 10–4 on aggregate.


26 October 1955
Stade Reims France 2–2 Denmark AGF Aarhus
Glovacki Goal 47'
Bliard Goal 60'
Report Erik Bechmann Jensen Goal 77'
Bjerregaard Goal 83'
Stade Auguste Delaune, Reims
Attendance: 5,845
Referee: Alfred Bond (England)

Stade Reims won 4–2 on aggregate.


1 November 1955
PSV Eindhoven Netherlands 1–0 Austria Rapid Wien
Fransen Goal 9' Report
Philips Stadion, Eindhoven
Attendance: 8,000
Referee: Aloïs Smidts (Belgium)

Rapid Wien won 6–2 on aggregate.


23 November 1955
Saarbrücken Saar (protectorate) 1–4 Italy Milan
Binkert Goal 32' Report Valli Goal 8'77'
Puff Goal 75' (o.g.)
Beraldo Goal 86'

Milan won 7–5 on aggregate.

Quarter-finals[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Djurgården Sweden 1–4 Scotland Hibernian 1–3 0–1
Stade Reims France 8–6 Hungary Vörös Lobogó 4–2 4–4
Real Madrid Spain 4–3 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Partizan 4–0 0–3
Rapid Wien Austria 3–8 Italy Milan 1–1 2–7

First leg[edit]

23 November 1955
Djurgården Sweden 1–3 Scotland Hibernian
Eklund Goal 1' Report Combe Goal 18'
Mulkerrin Goal 49'
Olsson Goal 86' (o.g.)
Firhill Park, Glasgow[1]
Attendance: 21,962
Referee: Arthur Edward Ellis (England)

14 December 1955
Stade Reims France 4–2 Hungary Vörös Lobogó
Glovacki Goal 14'
Leblond Goal 33'57'
Bliard Goal 42'
Report Szolnok Goal 34'
Lantos Goal 77' (pen.)
Parc des Princes, Paris
Attendance: 36,088
Referee: Gottfried Dienst (Switzerland)

25 December 1955
Real Madrid Spain 4–0 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Partizan
Castaño Goal 12'23'
Gento Goal 36'
Di Stéfano Goal 70'
Report
Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, Madrid
Attendance: 105,532
Referee: Dean Harzic (France)

18 January 1956
Rapid Wien Austria 1–1 Italy Milan
R. Körner Goal 26' (pen.) Report Nordahl Goal 20'
Pfarrwiese, Vienna
Attendance: 18,000
Referee: Jaroslav Vlček (Czechoslovakia)

Note - differences in information: website RSSSF writes that goal on 26 minute scored Robert Körner, website UEFA writes that goal on 26 minute scored Alfred Körner

Second leg[edit]

28 November 1955
Hibernian Scotland 1–0 Sweden Djurgården
Turnbull Goal 70' Report
Easter Road, Edinburgh
Attendance: 31,346
Referee: Arthur Edward Ellis (England)

Hibernian won 4–1 on aggregate.


28 December 1955
Vörös Lobogó Hungary 4–4 France Stade Reims
Lantos Goal 11' (pen.)74' (pen.)
Palotás Goal 53'82'
Report Glovacki Goal 6'
Bliard Goal 20'44'
Templin Goal 52'
MTK Stadion, Budapest
Attendance: 35,000
Referee: John Husband (England)

Stade Reims won 8–6 on aggregate.


29 January 1956
Partizan Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 3–0 Spain Real Madrid
Milutinović Goal 24'87'
Mihajlović Goal 46' (pen.)
Report
Partizan Stadium, Belgrade
Attendance: 40,000
Referee: Josef Gulde (Switzerland)

Real Madrid won 4–3 on aggregate.


12 February 1956
Milan Italy 7–2 Austria Rapid Wien
Mariani Goal 15'
Nordahl Goal 23'50'
Ricagni Goal 26'63'
Frignani Goal 56'
Schiaffino Goal 75'
Report Golobic Goal 35'
Dienst Goal 59'
San Siro, Milan
Attendance: 35,000
Referee: Leo Horn (Netherlands)

Milan won 8–3 on aggregate.

Semi-finals[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Stade Reims France 3–0 Scotland Hibernian 2–0 1–0
Real Madrid Spain 5–4 Italy Milan 4–2 1–2

First leg[edit]

4 April 1956
Stade Reims France 2–0 Scotland Hibernian
Leblond Goal 67'
Bliard Goal 89'
Report
Parc des Princes, Paris
Attendance: 35,486
Referee: Manuel Asensi Martín (Spain)

19 April 1956
Real Madrid Spain 4–2 Italy Milan
Rial Goal 6'
Iglesias Goal 25'
Olsen Goal 40'
Di Stéfano Goal 62'
Report Nordahl Goal 9'
Schiaffino Goal 30'
Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, Madrid
Attendance: 129,690
Referee: Dean Harzic (France)

Second leg[edit]

18 April 1956
Hibernian Scotland 0–1 France Stade Reims
Report Glovacki Goal 57'
Easter Road, Edinburgh
Attendance: 44,941
Referee: Arthur Edward Ellis (England)

Stade Reims won 3–0 on aggregate.


1 May 1956
Milan Italy 2–1 Spain Real Madrid
Dal Monte Goal 69' (pen.)86' (pen.) Report Iglesias Goal 65'
San Siro, Milan
Attendance: 30,000
Referee: Erich Steiner (Austria)

Real Madrid won 5–4 on aggregate.

Final[edit]

13 June 1956
18:00 CEST
Real Madrid Spain 4–3 France Stade Reims
Di Stéfano Goal 14'
Rial Goal 30'79'
Marquitos Goal 67'
Report Leblond Goal 6'
Templin Goal 10'
Hidalgo Goal 62'
Parc des Princes, Paris
Attendance: 38,239
Referee: Arthur Edward Ellis (England)

Top goalscorers[edit]

8 goals
6 goals
5 goals
4 goals
3 goals

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ 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. )

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