1956 European Cup Final

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1956 European Cup Final
Event1955–56 European Cup
Date13 June 1956
VenueParc des Princes, Paris
RefereeArthur Edward Ellis (England)

The 1956 European Cup Final was the first ever final in the pan-European football competition, the European Cup, now known as the UEFA Champions League. It was contested by Real Madrid of Spain and Reims from France. It was played at the Parc des Princes in Paris on 13 June 1956 in front of 38,000 people. Real Madrid reached the final by beating the now seven times champions Milan 5–4 on aggregate, whereas Reims beat Scottish club Hibernian 3–0 on aggregate. The match finished 4–3 to Real Madrid, who went on to record an unrivalled five consecutive European Cup titles. The match started brightly for Reims, with Michel Leblond and Jean Templin scoring to make it 2–0 inside ten minutes, but by half time Madrid had levelled the scores, through goals from Alfredo Di Stéfano and Héctor Rial. Reims took the lead again on 62 minutes through Michel Hidalgo, but Marquitos and Rial scored in the 67th and 79th minutes respectively to win the cup for Madrid.

Route to the final[edit]

Spain Real Madrid Round France Reims
Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg
Switzerland Servette 7–0 2–0 (A) 5–0 (H) First round Denmark AGF Aarhus 4–2 2–0 (A) 2–2 (H)
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Partizan 4–3 4–0 (H) 0–3 (A) Quarter-finals Hungary Vörös Lobogó 8–6 4–2 (H) 4–4 (A)
Italy Milan 5–4 4–2 (H) 1–2 (A) Semi-finals Scotland Hibernian 3–0 2–0 (H) 1–0 (A)



Real Madrid Spain4–3France Reims
Di Stéfano Goal 14'
Rial Goal 30'79'
Marquitos Goal 67'
Report Leblond Goal 6'
Templin Goal 10'
Hidalgo Goal 62'
Attendance: 38,239
Real Madrid
GK 1 Spain Juan Alonso
DF 2 Spain Ángel Atienza
DF 3 Spain Rafael Lesmes
MF 4 Spain Miguel Muñoz (c)
DF 5 Spain Marquitos
MF 6 Spain José María Zárraga
FW 7 Spain Joseíto
FW 8 Spain Ramón Marsal Ribó
FW 9 Spain Argentina Alfredo Di Stéfano
FW 10 Spain Héctor Rial
FW 11 Spain Francisco Gento
Spain José Villalonga Llorente
Real Madrid-Stade de Reims 1956-06-13.svg
GK 1 France René Jacquet
DF 2 France Simon Zimny
DF 3 France Raoul Giraudo
MF 4 France Michel Leblond
DF 5 France Robert Jonquet (c)
MF 6 France Robert Siatka
FW 7 France Michel Hidalgo
FW 8 France Léon Glowacki
FW 9 France Raymond Kopa
FW 10 France René Bliard
FW 11 France Jean Templin
France Albert Batteux

Assistant referees:
England J. Parkinson (England)
England Tommy Cooper (England)

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

  • European Cup 1955/56 from UEFA
  • European Cup 1955/56 from RSSSF
  • "European Champion Clubs' Cup – History" (PDF). UEFA. p. 164. Retrieved 25 May 2011.