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1955–56 European Cup
Tournament details
Dates 4 September 1955 – 13 June 1956
Teams 16
Final positions
Champions Spain Real Madrid (1st title)
Runner-up France Reims
Tournament statistics
Matches played 29
Goals scored 127 (4.38 per match)
Attendance 900,021 (31,035 per match)
Top scorer(s) Yugoslavia Miloš Milutinović (8 goals)

The 1955–56 European Cup was the first season of the European Cup. The tournament was won by Real Madrid. They beat Reims 4–3 in the final at the Parc des Princes, Paris, on June 13, 1956.

The participating clubs in the first five seasons of the European Cup were selected by French football magazine L'Equipe. Of the originally selected teams were English champions Chelsea and Scottish champion Aberdeen. This was the only UEFA tournament to include a team from Saarland, before it was unified into West Germany in 1957.

Teams

Austria Rapid Wien Belgium Anderlecht Denmark AGF Aarhus France Reims
Hungary Vörös Lobogó Italy Milan Netherlands PSV Eindhoven Poland Gwardia Warszawa
Portugal Sporting CP Saar (protectorate) Saarbrücken Scotland Hibernian Spain Real Madrid
Sweden Djurgården Switzerland Servette West Germany Rot-Weiss Essen Yugoslavia Partizan


First Round

Team #1   Agg.   Team #2   1st leg     2nd leg  
Sporting CP Portugal 5–8 Yugoslavia Partizan 3–3 2–5
Vörös Lobogó Hungary 10–4 Belgium Anderlecht 6–3 4–1
Servette Switzerland 0–7 Spain Real Madrid 0–2 0–5
Rot-Weiss Essen West Germany 1–5 Scotland Hibernian 0–4 1–1
Djurgården Sweden 4–1 Poland Gwardia Warszawa 0–0 4–1
AGF Aarhus Denmark 2–4 France Reims 0–2 2–2
Rapid Wien Austria 6–2 Netherlands PSV Eindhoven 6–1 0–1
Milan Italy 7–5 Saar (protectorate) Saarbrücken 3–4 4–1

Quarter-finals

Team #1   Agg.   Team #2   1st leg     2nd leg  
Djurgården Sweden 1–4 Scotland Hibernian 1–3 0–1
Reims France 8–6 Hungary Vörös Lobogó 4–2 4–4
Real Madrid Spain 4–3 Yugoslavia Partizan 4–0 0–3
Rapid Wien Austria 3–8 Italy Milan 1–1 2–7

Semi-finals

Team #1   Agg.   Team #2   1st leg     2nd leg  
Reims France 3–0 Scotland Hibernian 2–0 1–0
Real Madrid Spain 5–4 Italy Milan 4–2 1–2

First leg

4 April 1956
Reims France 2–0 Scotland Hibernian Parc des Princes, Paris
Attendance: 35,486
Referee: Manuel Asensi Martín (Spain)
Leblond Goal 67'
Bliard Goal 89'
Report

19 April 1956
Real Madrid Spain 4–2 Italy Milan Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, Madrid
Attendance: 129,690
Referee: Dean Harzic (France)
Rial Goal 6'
Iglesias Goal 25'
Olsen Goal 40'
Di Stéfano Goal 62'
Report Nordahl Goal 9'
Schiaffino Goal 30'

Second leg

18 April 1956
Hibernian Scotland 0–1 France Reims Easter Road, Edinburgh
Attendance: 44,941
Referee: Arthur Edward Ellis (England)
Report Glovacki Goal 57'

Reims won 3–0 on aggregate.


1 May 1956
Milan Italy 2–1 Spain Real Madrid San Siro, Milan
Attendance: 30,000
Referee: Erich Steiner (Austria)
Dal Monte Goal 69' (pen.)86' (pen.) Report Iglesias Goal 65'

Real Madrid won 5–4 on aggregate.

Final

13 June 1956
20:30 CET
Real Madrid Spain 4–3 France Reims Parc des Princes, Paris
Attendance: 38,239
Referee: Arthur Edward Ellis (England)
Di Stéfano Goal 14'
Rial Goal 30'79'
Marquitos Goal 67'
Report Leblond Goal 6'
Templin Goal 10'
Hidalgo Goal 62'
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