1956 Ballon d'Or

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The 1956 Ballon d'Or, given to the best football player in Europe as judged by a panel of sports journalists from UEFA member countries, was awarded to Stanley Matthews on 18 December 1956.[1][2]

Matthews was the inaugural winner of the Ballon d'Or.[3]

Rankings[edit]

Rank Name Club Nationality Points
1 Stanley Matthews England Blackpool  England 47
2 Alfredo Di Stéfano[a] Spain Real Madrid  Spain 44
3 Raymond Kopa France Stade Reims / Spain Real Madrid  France 33
4 Ferenc Puskás Flag of Hungary (1946-1949, 1956-1957).svg Budapest Honvéd Flag of Hungary (1946-1949, 1956-1957).svg Hungary 32
5 Lev Yashin Soviet Union Dynamo Moscow  Soviet Union 19
6 József Bozsik Flag of Hungary (1946-1949, 1956-1957).svg Budapest Honvéd Flag of Hungary (1946-1949, 1956-1957).svg Hungary 15
7 Ernst Ocwirk Austria Austria Vienna / Italy Sampdoria  Austria 9
8 Sándor Kocsis Flag of Hungary (1946-1949, 1956-1957).svg Budapest Honvéd Flag of Hungary (1946-1949, 1956-1957).svg Hungary 6
9 Thadée Cisowski France Racing Club Paris  France 4
Ivan Kolev Bulgaria CDNA Sofia  Bulgaria 4
Billy Wright England Wolverhampton Wanderers  England 4
12 Júlio Botelho[b] Italy Fiorentina  Italy 3
13 Stefan Bozhkov Bulgaria CDNA Sofia  Bulgaria 2
Duncan Edwards England Manchester United  England 2
Gerhard Hanappi Austria Rapid Wien  Austria 2
Robert Jonquet France Stade Reims  France 2
Miguel Montuori Italy Fiorentina  Italy 2
Pepillo Spain Sevilla  Spain 2
Juan Alberto Schiaffino Italy Milan  Italy 2
Eduard Streltsov Soviet Union Torpedo Moscow  Soviet Union 2
21 Campanal II Spain Sevilla  Spain 1
Břetislav Dolejší Czechoslovakia Dukla Prague  Czechoslovakia 1
Roger Piantoni France Nancy  France 1
Kees Rijvers France Saint-Étienne  Netherlands 1

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Despite being born in Argentina, Alfredo Di Stefano acquired Spanish citizenship in 1956, and went on to play for the Spanish national football team.[4]
  2. ^ Despite being born in Brazil, Júlio Botelho acquired Italian citizenship in 1956.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pierrend, José Luis (23 October 2008). "European Footballer of the Year ("Ballon d'Or") 1956". RSSSF. Archived from the original on 16 January 2009. Retrieved 19 December 2008.
  2. ^ "50 Ans De Ballon D'Or" (in French). France Football. Retrieved 19 December 2008.
  3. ^ "European Footballer of the Year ("Ballon d'Or")". RSSSF. 22 October 2008. Archived from the original on 17 December 2008. Retrieved 19 December 2008.
  4. ^ "Europe dazzled by Di Stéfano". UEFA. 22 November 2004. Archived from the original on December 11, 2008. Retrieved 25 September 2014.

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