1956–57 European Cup

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1956–57 European Cup
The Santiago Bernabeu Stadium - U-g-g-B-o-y.jpg
The Santiago Bernabéu in Madrid hosted the final.
Tournament details
Dates 1 August 1956 – 30 May 1957
Teams 22
Final positions
Champions Spain Real Madrid (2nd title)
Runners-up Italy Fiorentina
Tournament statistics
Matches played 44
Goals scored 170 (3.86 per match)
Top scorer(s) 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 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 anyway 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 Friday, 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 Bucureşti

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
Borussia Dortmund West Germany 5–51 Luxembourg Spora Luxembourg 4–3 1–2
Dinamo Bucureşti 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

1 Borussia Dortmund beat Spora Luxembourg 7–0 in a play-off to qualify for the first round.

First leg[edit]

1 August 1956
Borussia Dortmund West Germany 4–3 Luxembourg Spora Luxembourg
Bracht Goal 31'
Niepieklo Goal 54'
Preißler Goal 61'73'
Report Boreux Goal 25'34'88'

26 August 1956
Dinamo Bucureşti Romania 3–1 Turkey Galatasaray
Voica Goal 10'67'
Ene Goal 84'
Report Oktay Goal 77'
23 August Stadium, Bucharest
Attendance: 85,000
Referee: Francesco Liverani (Italy)

12 September 1956
Slovan UNV Bratislava Czechoslovakia 4–0 Poland CWKS Warsaw
Pažický Goal 23'68'
Kováč Goal 30' (pen.)
Moravčík Goal 40'
Tehelné pole, Bratislava
Attendance: 25,000
Referee: Friedrich Mayer (Austria)

19 September 1956
AGF Aarhus Denmark 1–1 France Nice
Erik Bechmann Jensen Goal 16' Report Foix Goal 61'
Idrætsparken, Copenhagen
Attendance: 12,900
Referee: Arthur Edward Ellis (England)

20 September 1956
Porto Portugal 1–2 Spain Athletic Bilbao
Matos Goal 54' Report Gaínza Goal 8'
Canito Goal 75'
Estádio das Antas, Porto
Attendance: 35,000
Referee: Mario Maurelli (Italy)

Second leg[edit]

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

Slovan UNV Bratislava won 4–2 on aggregate.

26 September 1956
Manchester United England 10–0 Belgium Anderlecht
Taylor Goal 8'20'52'
Viollet Goal 25'38'44'65'
Whelan Goal 61'82'
Berry Goal 75'
Maine Road, Manchester
Attendance: 43,635
Referee: Sandy Griffiths (Wales)

Manchester United won 12–0 on aggregate.

26 September 1956
Athletic Bilbao Spain 3–2 Portugal Porto
Arteche Goal 14'73' (pen.)82' Report Hernâni Goal 4'
Matos Goal 20'
San Mamés Stadium, Bilbao
Attendance: 34,705
Referee: Mario Maurelli (Italy)

Athletic Bilbao won 5–3 on aggregate.

27 September 1956
Nice France 5–1 Denmark AGF Aarhus
Foix Goal 2'
Milazzo Goal 27'74'
Faivre Goal 45'60'
Report Jensen Goal 77'
Stade du Ray, Nice
Attendance: 8,144
Referee: John Husband (England)

Nice won 6–2 on aggregate.

30 September 1956
Galatasaray Turkey 2–1 Romania Dinamo Bucureşti
Aytaç Goal 42'
Oktay Goal 89'
Report Suru Goal 31'
Ali Sami Yen Stadium, Istanbul
Attendance: 23,764
Referee: Gustav Jiranek (Austria)

Dinamo Bucureşti won 4–3 on aggregate.


16 September 1956
Borussia Dortmund West Germany 7–0 Luxembourg 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
Manchester United England 3–2 West Germany Borussia Dortmund 3–2 0–0
CDNA Sofia Bulgaria 10–4 Romania Dinamo Bucureşti 8–1 2–3
Rangers Scotland 3–31 France Nice 2–1 1–2
Slovan UNV Bratislava Czechoslovakia 1–2 Switzerland Grasshopper 1–0 0–2
Real Madrid Spain 5–52 Austria Rapid Wien 4–2 1–3
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 3–33

1 Nice beat Rangers 3–1 in a play-off to qualify for the quarter-finals.

2 Real Madrid beat Rapid Wien 2–0 in a play-off to qualify for the quarter-finals.

3 Second leg played at Heysel Stadium, Brussels

First leg[edit]

17 October 1956
CDNA Sofia Bulgaria 8–1 Romania Dinamo Bucureşti
Kolev Goal 12'56'63'
Milanov Goal 20'65'
Panayotov Goal 36'66'
Dimitrov Goal 80'
Report Băcut Goal 71' (pen.)

24 October 1956
Rangers Scotland 2–1 France Nice
Murray Goal 40'
Simpson Goal 81'
Report Faivre Goal 23'
Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow
Attendance: 65,000
Referee: Arthur Edward Ellis (England)

1 November 1956
Real Madrid Spain 4–2 Austria Rapid Wien
Di Stéfano Goal 9'21'
Marsal Goal 60'63'
Report Dienst Goal 58'
Gießer Goal 90'

3 November 1956
Rapid JC Netherlands 3–4 Socialist 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'
Gemeentelijk, Kerkrade
Attendance: 11,500
Referee: Albert Alsteen (Belgium)

21 November 1956
Fiorentina Italy 1–1 Sweden Norrköping
Bizzarri Goal 15' Report Bild Goal 8'
Comunale, Florence
Attendance: 6,000
Referee: Dean Harzic (France)

22 November 1956
Athletic Bilbao Spain 3–2 Hungary Budapest Honvéd
Arteche Goal 16'
Marcaida Goal 27'
Arieta Goal 82'
Report Budai II Goal 75'
Kocsis Goal 85'
San Mamés, Bilbao
Attendance: 39,184
Referee: John Husband (England)

Second leg[edit]

8 November 1956
Red Star Belgrade Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 2–0 Netherlands Rapid JC
Toplak Goal 32'
Kostić Goal 84'
JNA Stadion, Belgrade
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Rudolf Roman (Austria)

Red Star Belgrade won 6–3 on aggregate

14 November 1956
Nice France 2–1 Scotland Rangers
Bravo Goal 61'
Foix Goal 64'
Report Hubbard Goal 40' (pen.)
Stade du Ray, Nice
Attendance: 8,439
Referee: Riccardo Pieri (Italy)

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

14 November 1956
Rapid Wien Austria 3–1 Spain Real Madrid
Happel Goal 18'38' (pen.)40' Report Di Stéfano Goal 60'
Praterstadion, Vienna
Attendance: 60,000
Referee: Maurice Guigue (France)

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

Manchester United won 3–2 on aggregate

28 November 1956
Norrköping Sweden 0–1 Italy Fiorentina
Report Virgili Goal 16'
Stadio Olimpico, Rome
Attendance: 10,200
Referee: Michel Devillers (France)

Fiorentina won 2–1 on aggregate

Grasshopper won 2–1 on aggregate

20 December 1956
Budapest Honvéd Hungary 3–3 Spain Athletic Bilbao
Budai II Goal 6'82'
Puskás Goal 86'
Report Merodio Goal 1'72'
Arieta Goal 67'
Heysel Stadium, Brussels
Attendance: 30,000
Referee: Albert Alsteen (Belgium)

Athletic Bilbao won 6–5 on aggregate

30 December 1956
Dinamo Bucureşti Romania 3–2 Bulgaria CDNA Sofia
Nicuşor Goal 58' (pen.)
Lăzar Goal 67'
Neagu Goal 84'
Report Stoyanov Goal 23'
Yanev Goal 62'
Stadionul Republicii, Bucharest
Attendance: 20,000
Referee: Gustav Jiranek (Austria)

CDNA Sofia won 10–4 on aggregate


28 November 1956
Nice France 3–1 Scotland Rangers
Foix Goal 45'
Muro Goal 50'
Faivre Goal 75'
Report Bonvin Goal 51' (o.g.)
Parc des Princes, Paris
Attendance: 11,908
Referee: Lucien Van Nuffel (Belgium)

13 December 1956
Real Madrid Spain 2–0 Austria Rapid Wien
Joseíto Goal 1'
Kopa Goal 23'
Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, Madrid
Attendance: 100,000
Referee: Alfred Bond (England)


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]

16 January 1957
Athletic Bilbao Spain 5–3 England Manchester United
Uribe Goal 2'28'
Marcaida Goal 43'
Merodio Goal 73'
Arteche Goal 78'
Report Taylor Goal 48'
Viollet Goal 54'
Whelan Goal 85'
San Mamés, Bilbao
Attendance: 36,737
Referee: Albert Dusch (West Germany)

6 February 1957
Fiorentina Italy 3–1 Switzerland Grasshopper
Segato Goal 3'
Taccola Goal 10'12'
Report Ballaman Goal 31'
Comunale, Florence
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Fritz Seipelt (Austria)

14 February 1957
Real Madrid Spain 3–0 France Nice
Joseíto Goal 18'
Mateos Goal 49'72'

17 February 1957
Red Star Belgrade Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 3–1 Bulgaria CDNA Sofia
Kostić Goal 6'25'
Popović Goal 53'
Report Yanev Goal 88'
JNA Stadion, Belgrade
Attendance: 33,000
Referee: Riccardo Pieri (Italy)

Second leg[edit]

Manchester United won 6–5 on aggregate

Red Star Belgrade won 4–3 on aggregate

27 February 1957
Grasshopper Switzerland 2–2 Italy Fiorentina
Ballaman Goal 25'
Vukosavljević Goal 85'
Report Julinho Goal 7'
Montuori Goal 52'
Stadion Hardturm, Zürich
Attendance: 18,000
Referee: Fritz Seipelt (Austria)

Fiorentina won 5–3 on aggregate

14 March 1957
Nice France 2–3 Spain Real Madrid
Foix Goal 15'
Ferry Goal 82' (pen.)
Report Joseíto Goal 45'
Di Stéfano Goal 50'79'
Stade du Ray, Nice
Attendance: 21,724
Referee: John Husband (England)

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]

Second leg[edit]

Fiorentina won 1–0 on aggregate

25 April 1957
Manchester United England 2–2 Spain Real Madrid
Taylor Goal 62'
Charlton Goal 85'
Report Kopa Goal 25'
Rial Goal 33'
Old Trafford, Manchester
Attendance: 65,000
Referee: Marcel Lequesne (France)

Real Madrid won 5–3 on aggregate


30 May 1957
Real Madrid Spain 2–0 Italy Fiorentina
Di Stéfano Goal 69' (pen.)
Gento Goal 75'
Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, Madrid
Attendance: 120,000
Referee: Leo Horn (Netherlands)

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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