1956–57 European Cup

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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
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)

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.

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.

Preliminary round[edit]

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

Czechoslovakia Slovan UNV Bratislava

France Nice

Portugal Porto

Poland CWKS Warsaw

Denmark AGF Aarhus

Spain Athletic Bilbao

Match 2

Turkey Galatasaray

Belgium Anderlecht

West Germany Borussia Dortmund

Romania Dinamo București

England Manchester United

Luxembourg Spora Luxembourg


Hungary Budapest Honvéd

Scotland Rangers

Italy Fiorentina

Austria Rapid Wien

Sweden Norrköping

Switzerland Grasshopper

Bulgaria CDNA Sofia

Netherlands Rapid JC

Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 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 West Germany 5–5 Luxembourg Spora Luxembourg 4–3 1–2 7–0
Dinamo București Romania 4–3 Turkey Galatasaray 3–1 1–2
Slovan UNV Bratislava Czechoslovakia 4–2 Poland CWKS Warsaw 4–0 0–2
Anderlecht Belgium 0–12 England Manchester United 0–2 0–10
AGF Aarhus Denmark 2–6 France Nice 1–1 1–5
Porto Portugal 3–5 Spain Athletic Bilbao 1–2 2–3

First leg[edit]

Borussia Dortmund West Germany4–3Luxembourg Spora Luxembourg
Bracht Goal 31'
Niepieklo Goal 54'
Preißler Goal 61'73'
Report Boreux Goal 25'34'88'

Dinamo București Romania3–1Turkey Galatasaray
Voica Goal 10'67'
Ene Goal 84'
Report Oktay Goal 77'

Slovan UNV Bratislava Czechoslovakia4–0Poland CWKS Warsaw
Pažický Goal 23'68'
Kováč Goal 30' (pen.)
Moravčík Goal 40'
Attendance: 25,000

AGF Aarhus Denmark1–1France Nice
Erik Bechmann Jensen Goal 16' Report Foix Goal 61'

Porto Portugal1–2Spain Athletic Bilbao
Matos Goal 54' Report Gaínza Goal 8'
Canito Goal 75'
Attendance: 35,000

Second leg[edit]

Spora Luxembourg Luxembourg2–1West Germany Borussia Dortmund
Fiedler Goal 22'
Letsch Goal 39'
Report Preißler Goal 28'

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

CWKS Warsaw Poland2–0Czechoslovakia Slovan UNV Bratislava
Kowal Goal 52'
Brychczy Goal 63'
Attendance: 40,000

Slovan UNV Bratislava won 4–2 on aggregate.

Manchester United England10–0Belgium Anderlecht
Taylor Goal 8'20'52'
Viollet Goal 25'38'44'65'
Whelan Goal 61'82'
Berry Goal 75'
Attendance: 43,635

Manchester United won 12–0 on aggregate.

Athletic Bilbao Spain3–2Portugal Porto
Artetxe Goal 14'73' (pen.)82' Report Hernâni Goal 4'
Matos Goal 20'
Attendance: 34,705

Athletic Bilbao won 5–3 on aggregate.

Nice France5–1Denmark AGF Aarhus
Foix Goal 2'
Milazzo Goal 27'74'
Faivre Goal 45'60'
Report Jensen Goal 77'
Attendance: 8,144

Nice won 6–2 on aggregate.

Galatasaray Turkey2–1Romania Dinamo București
Aytaç Goal 42'
Oktay Goal 89'
Report Suru Goal 31'

Dinamo București won 4–3 on aggregate.


Borussia Dortmund West Germany7–0Luxembourg Spora Luxembourg
Preißler Goal 24'36'
Simmer Goal 29'
Kelbassa Goal 40'49'63'
Peters Goal 57'

First round[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg Play-off
Manchester United England 3–2 West Germany Borussia Dortmund 3–2 0–0
CDNA Sofia Bulgaria 10–4 Romania Dinamo București 8–1 2–3
Rangers Scotland 3–3 France Nice 2–1 1–2 1–3
Slovan UNV Bratislava Czechoslovakia 1–2 Switzerland Grasshopper 1–0 0–2
Real Madrid Spain 5–5 Austria Rapid Wien 4–2 1–3 2–0
Rapid JC Netherlands 3–6 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Red Star Belgrade 3–4 0–2
Fiorentina Italy 2–1 Sweden Norrköping 1–1 1–0
Athletic Bilbao Spain 6–5 Hungary Budapest Honvéd 3–2 3–31

1 Second leg played at Heysel Stadium, Brussels

First leg[edit]

Manchester United England3–2West Germany Borussia Dortmund
Viollet Goal 10'25'
Pegg Goal 35'
Report Kapitulski Goal 68'
Preißler Goal 75'

CDNA Sofia Bulgaria8–1Romania Dinamo București
Kolev Goal 12'56'63'
Milanov Goal 20'65'
Panayotov Goal 36'66'
Dimitrov Goal 80'
Report Băcuț Goal 71' (pen.)

Rangers Scotland2–1France Nice
Murray Goal 40'
Simpson Goal 81'
Report Faivre Goal 23'
Attendance: 65,000

Slovan UNV Bratislava Czechoslovakia1–0Switzerland Grasshopper
Moravčík Goal 20' Report
Attendance: 30,000

Real Madrid Spain4–2Austria Rapid Wien
Di Stéfano Goal 9'21'
Marsal Goal 60'63'
Report Dienst Goal 58'
Gießer Goal 90'

Rapid JC Netherlands3–4Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Red Star Belgrade
Janssen Goal 8'
Bischops Goal 78'
Tasić Goal 81' (og.)
Report Kostić Goal 4'75'
Toplak Goal 42'
Rudinski Goal 82'
Attendance: 11,500

Fiorentina Italy1–1Sweden Norrköping
Bizzarri Goal 15' Report Bild Goal 8'
Attendance: 6,000
Referee: Dean Harzic (France)

Athletic Bilbao Spain3–2Hungary Budapest Honvéd
Artetxe Goal 16'
Marcaida Goal 27'
Arieta Goal 82'
Report Budai II Goal 75'
Kocsis Goal 85'
Attendance: 39,184

Second leg[edit]

Red Star Belgrade Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia2–0Netherlands Rapid JC
Toplak Goal 32'
Kostić Goal 84'
Attendance: 15,000

Red Star Belgrade won 6–3 on aggregate

Nice France2–1Scotland Rangers
Bravo Goal 61'
Foix Goal 64'
Report Hubbard Goal 40' (pen.)
Attendance: 8,439

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

Rapid Wien Austria3–1Spain Real Madrid
Happel Goal 18'38' (pen.)40' Report Di Stéfano Goal 60'
Attendance: 60,000

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

Manchester United won 3–2 on aggregate

Norrköping Sweden0–1Italy Fiorentina
Report Virgili Goal 16'
Attendance: 10,200

Fiorentina won 2–1 on aggregate

Grasshopper Switzerland2–0Czechoslovakia Slovan UNV Bratislava
Vukosavljević Goal 75'
Duret Goal 89'
Attendance: 12,000

Grasshopper won 2–1 on aggregate

Budapest Honvéd Hungary3–3Spain Athletic Bilbao
Budai II Goal 6'82'
Puskás Goal 86'
Report Merodio Goal 1'72'
Arieta Goal 67'
Attendance: 30,000

Athletic Bilbao won 6–5 on aggregate

Dinamo București Romania3–2Bulgaria CDNA Sofia
Nicușor Goal 58' (pen.)
Lăzar Goal 67'
Neagu Goal 84'
Report Stoyanov Goal 23'
Yanev Goal 62'

CDNA Sofia won 10–4 on aggregate


Nice France3–1Scotland Rangers
Foix Goal 45'
Muro Goal 50'
Faivre Goal 75'
Report Bonvin Goal 51' (o.g.)
Attendance: 11,908

Real Madrid Spain2–0Austria Rapid Wien
Joseíto Goal 1'
Kopa Goal 23'


Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Athletic Bilbao Spain 5–6 England Manchester United 5–3 0–3
Fiorentina Italy 5–3 Switzerland Grasshopper 3–1 2–2
Real Madrid Spain 6–2 France Nice 3–0 3–2
Red Star Belgrade Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 4–3 Bulgaria CDNA Sofia 3–1 1–2

First leg[edit]

Athletic Bilbao Spain5–3England Manchester United
Uribe Goal 2'28'
Marcaida Goal 43'
Merodio Goal 73'
Artetxe Goal 78'
Report Taylor Goal 48'
Viollet Goal 54'
Whelan Goal 85'
Attendance: 36,737

Fiorentina Italy3–1Switzerland Grasshopper
Segato Goal 3'
Taccola Goal 10'12'
Report Ballaman Goal 31'
Attendance: 10,000

Real Madrid Spain3–0France Nice
Joseíto Goal 18'
Mateos Goal 49'72'

Red Star Belgrade Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia3–1Bulgaria CDNA Sofia
Kostić Goal 6'25'
Popović Goal 53'
Report Yanev Goal 88'
Attendance: 33,000

Second leg[edit]

Manchester United England3–0Spain Athletic Bilbao
Viollet Goal 42'
Taylor Goal 70'
Berry Goal 85'
Attendance: 70,000

Manchester United won 6–5 on aggregate

CDNA Sofia Bulgaria2–1Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Red Star Belgrade
Bozhkov Goal 22' (pen.)
Panayotov Goal 39'
Report Tasić Goal 29' (pen.)

Red Star Belgrade won 4–3 on aggregate

Grasshopper Switzerland2–2Italy Fiorentina
Ballaman Goal 25'
Vukosavljević Goal 85'
Report Julinho Goal 7'
Montuori Goal 52'
Attendance: 18,000

Fiorentina won 5–3 on aggregate

Nice France2–3Spain Real Madrid
Foix Goal 15'
Ferry Goal 82' (pen.)
Report Joseíto Goal 45'
Di Stéfano Goal 50'79'
Attendance: 21,724

Real Madrid won 6–2 on aggregate


Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Red Star Belgrade Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 0–1 Italy Fiorentina 0–1 0–0
Real Madrid Spain 5–3 England Manchester United 3–1 2–2

First leg[edit]

Red Star Belgrade Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia0–1Italy Fiorentina
Report Prini Goal 88'
Attendance: 40,000

Real Madrid Spain3–1England Manchester United
Rial Goal 61'
Di Stéfano Goal 63'
Mateos Goal 83'
Report Taylor Goal 82'

Second leg[edit]

Fiorentina Italy0–0Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Red Star Belgrade
Attendance: 70,000

Fiorentina won 1–0 on aggregate

Manchester United England2–2Spain Real Madrid
Taylor Goal 62'
Charlton Goal 85'
Report Kopa Goal 25'
Rial Goal 33'
Attendance: 65,000

Real Madrid won 5–3 on aggregate


Real Madrid Spain2–0Italy Fiorentina
Di Stéfano Goal 69' (pen.)
Gento Goal 75'

Top scorers[edit]

The top scorers from the 1956–57 European Cup (including preliminary round) were as follows:[3][4]

Rank Name Team Goals
1 England Dennis Viollet England Manchester United 9
2 England Tommy Taylor England Manchester United 8
3 Spain Alfredo Di Stéfano Spain Real Madrid 7
4 West Germany Alfred Preißler West Germany Borussia Dortmund 6
5 Spain José Artetxe Spain Athletic Bilbao 5
France Jacques Foix France Nice 5
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Bora Kostić Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Red Star Belgrade 5
8 France Jacky Faivre France Nice 4
Bulgaria Ivan Petkov Kolev Bulgaria CDNA Sofia 4
10 Luxembourg Marc Boreux Luxembourg Spora Luxembourg 3
Austria Ernst Happel Austria Rapid Wien 3
Spain Joseíto Spain Real Madrid 3
West Germany Alfred Kelbassa West Germany Borussia Dortmund 3
Spain Enrique Mateos Spain Real Madrid 3
Spain Armando Merodio Spain Athletic Bilbao 3
Republic of Ireland Billy Whelan England Manchester United 3


  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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