1957 European Cup Final

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1957 European Cup Final
Event1956–57 European Cup
Date30 May 1957
VenueSantiago Bernabéu, Madrid
RefereeLeo Horn (Netherlands)
Attendance124,000[citation needed]
1956
1958

The 1957 European Cup Final was a football match played at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium in Madrid, Spain, on 30 May 1957 to determine the winners of the 1956–57 European Cup. It was contested between Real Madrid of Spain and Fiorentina of Italy. Real Madrid won 2–0 after goals from Alfredo Di Stéfano and Francisco Gento in the second half.[1] It was the first of four finals (also counting the Champions League era, followed by the 1965, 1984 and 2012 finals) where one of the teams played in its home stadium, and also the first final when the winning team played at their home stadium.

Controversy surrounded Real Madrid's first goal after Dutch referee Leo Horn ignored his linesman signalling that Enrique Mateos was offside before awarding a penalty for a foul on Mateos that appeared to have been committed outside the penalty area.[2]

Route to the final[edit]

Spain Real Madrid Round Italy Fiorentina
Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg
Austria Rapid Wien 5–5
(Replay: 2–0)
4–2 (H) 1–3 (A) First round Sweden IFK Norrköping 2–1 1–1 (H) 1–0 (A)
France Nice 6–2 3–0 (H) 3–2 (A) Quarter-finals Switzerland Grasshopper 5–3 3–1 (H) 2–2 (A)
England Manchester United 5–3 3–1 (H) 2–2 (A) Semi-finals Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Red Star Belgrade 1–0 1–0 (A) 0–0 (H)

Real Madrid[edit]

Real Madrid qualified for the 1956–57 European Cup as the competition's defending champions, having beaten Stade de Reims 4–3 in the 1956 final at the Parc des Princes in Paris.[3] As the title holders, they were given a bye directly to the first round, where they were drawn against Austrian champions Rapid Wien. Two goals each from Alfredo Di Stéfano and Ramón Marsal gave them a 4–2 win in the first leg at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium.[4] In the second leg, Ernst Happel scored a hat-trick to put Rapid 3–0 ahead, but a Di Stéfano goal made the score 3–1.[5] The game finished 5–5 on aggregate. As the away goals rule was not implemented until 1965, a play-off took place at the Bernabéu, where goals from Joseíto and Raymond Kopa gave Madrid a 2–0.[6]

The quarter-finals saw Madrid take on French champions Nice. A Joseíto goal and two from Enrique Mateos gave Madrid a 3–0 win at home. In the away tie, Jacques Foix pulled a goal back for Nice, but another goal from Joseíto and two by Di Stéfano secured Madrid's victory; a late penalty by Nice's Ferry meant the tie finished 6–2 on aggregate.[7]

Manchester United were Madrid's opponents in the semi-finals. Goals from Héctor Rial and Di Stéfano put Madrid 2–0 up just after the hour mark; Manchester United pulled a goal back through Tommy Taylor, but Mateos' goal a minute later cancelled it out. Kopa and Rial each scored in the first half in the second leg at Old Trafford, which practically put the tie beyond doubt, though Taylor and Bobby Charlton scored in the second half to reduce the aggregate score to 5–3. That result sent Real Madrid through to their second straight European Cup final.[8]

Fiorentina[edit]

Fiorentina qualified after winning the 1955–56 Serie A. They were placed into the South-Central Europe group for the preliminary round draw, but were not among the first four teams drawn and received a bye to the first round. There they faced IFK Norrköping of Sweden, who had also received a bye. In the first leg at Stadio Artemio Franchi, they fell behind to an early goal by Harry Bild, but Claudio Bizzarri [it] equalised shortly afterwards and the match finished 1–1. In the second leg, Giuseppe Virgili scored the only goal of the game to give Fiorentina a 2–1 win on aggregate.[9]

In the quarter-finals against Grasshoppers of Switzerland, Fiorentina jumped out to a 3–0 lead early in the first leg thanks to goals from Armando Segato and Romano Taccola (2), but Robert Ballaman pulled one back for the visitors. Julinho extended Fiorentina's aggregate lead early in the second leg, only for Ballaman to again reduce the Swiss side's deficit; nevertheless, Miguel Montuori scored Fiorentina's fifth goal of the tie, rendering Branislav Vukosavljević's late goal mere consolation in a 5–3 aggregate scoreline.[10]

Red Star Belgrade of Yugoslavia were Fiorentina's opponents in the semi-finals. The first leg was played in Belgrade and went goalless until two minutes from the end, when Maurilio Prini scored for the Italians.[11] The second leg went goalless, and Fiorentina won the tie to become the first Italian side to reach the European Cup final.

Match[edit]

The final was held at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium on 30 May 1957. Leo Horn of the Netherlands refereed the game. A penalty from Di Stéfano and a goal from Gento gave Madrid a 2–0 victory and retention of the title. This was their second European Cup victory in as many years.[12]

Details[edit]

 Real Madrid Spain2–0 Italy Fiorentina
Di Stéfano Goal 69' (pen.)
Gento Goal 75'
Report
Real Madrid
Fiorentina
GK 1 Spain Juan Alonso
RB 2 Spain Manuel Torres
LB 3 Spain Rafael Lesmes
RH 4 Spain Miguel Muñoz (c)
CH 5 Spain Marquitos
LH 6 Spain José María Zárraga
OR 7 France Raymond Kopa
IR 8 Spain Enrique Mateos
CF 9 Spain[b] Alfredo Di Stéfano
IL 10 Spain Héctor Rial
OL 11 Spain Francisco Gento
Manager:
Spain José Villalonga
Real Madrid-Fiorentina 1957-05-30.svg
GK 1 Italy Giuliano Sarti
RB 2 Italy Ardico Magnini
LB 3 Italy Alberto Orzan
RH 4 Italy Sergio Cervato (c)
CH 5 Italy Aldo Scaramucci
LH 6 Italy Armando Segato
OR 7 Brazil Julinho
IR 8 Italy Guido Gratton
CF 9 Italy Giuseppe Virgili
IL 10 Italy Miguel Montuori
OL 11 Italy Claudio Bizzarri [it]
Manager:
Italy Fulvio Bernardini


See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Originally scheduled for 20:00, Fiorentina requested that kick-off was brought forward as they were not accustomed to playing under artificial lights.
  2. ^ Di Stéfano, a native Argentine, had represented both Argentina and Colombia earlier in his international career; however, he became a naturalised citizen of Spain in 1956, and began playing for the Spanish national team in 1957.[13][14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ European Cup 1956/57 from UEFA
  2. ^ Simpson, Paul; Hesse-Lichtenberger, Uli (October 2005). Sleight, Hugh (ed.). "50 Things You Never Knew About... The European Cup". FourFourTwo. Teddington: Haymarket Consumer (134): 101. ISSN 1355-0276.
  3. ^ "1955/56: Madrid claim first crown". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. Retrieved 8 April 2020.
  4. ^ "1956/57, First round, 1st leg". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. Retrieved 8 April 2020.
  5. ^ "1956/57, First round, 2nd leg". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. Retrieved 8 April 2020.
  6. ^ "1956/57, First round". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. Retrieved 8 April 2020.
  7. ^ "1956/57, Quarter-finals, 2nd leg". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. Retrieved 8 April 2020.
  8. ^ "1956/57, Semi-finals, 2nd leg". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. Retrieved 8 April 2020.
  9. ^ "1956/57, First round, 2nd leg". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. Retrieved 8 April 2020.
  10. ^ "1956/57, Quarter-finals, 2nd leg". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. Retrieved 8 April 2020.
  11. ^ "1956/57, Semi-finals, 1st leg". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. Retrieved 8 April 2020.
  12. ^ "Home comforts bring second title for Madrid". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. Retrieved 8 April 2020.
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  14. ^ [2]

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