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European Cup 1955–56

 

European Cup 1955–56

1955–56 European Cup
Tournament details
Dates 4 September 1955 – 13 June 1956
Teams 16
Final positions
Champions Real Madrid (1st title)
Runners-up Stade Reims
Tournament statistics
Matches played 29
Goals scored 127 (4.38 per match)
Top scorer(s) Miloš Milutinović (8 goals)

The 1955–56 European Cup was the first season of the European Cup, UEFA's premier club football tournament. The tournament was won by Real Madrid, who beat Stade Reims 4–3 in the final at Parc des Princes, Paris, on 13 June 1956.

The participating clubs in this first edition of the European Cup were selected by the French football magazine L'Equipe on the basis that these were the most representative and prestigious clubs in Europe. Of the originally selected teams, Chelsea (England) was barred from participation by the country's Football Association, who saw the tournament as a distraction to domestic football. Chelsea were replaced by Gwardia Warszawa of Poland. In addition, Holland Sport, Honved and BK Copenhagen rejected the opportunity to represent the Netherlands, Hungary and Denmark respectively, being replaced by PSV Eindhoven, Vörös Lobogó and Aarhus. This was also the only UEFA tournament to include a representative of Saarland, unified into West Germany in 1957.

The first round pairings were fixed by the organisers and not drawn as would be the case for all future European Cup matches.

Teams

Rapid Wien Anderlecht AGF Aarhus Stade Reims
Vörös Lobogó Milan PSV Eindhoven Gwardia Warszawa
Sporting CP Saarbrücken Hibernian Real Madrid
Djurgården Servette Rot-Weiss Essen Partizan

First round

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Sporting CP 5–8 Partizan 3–3 2–5
Vörös Lobogó 10–4 Anderlecht 6–3 4–1
Servette 0–7 Real Madrid 0–2 0–5
Rot-Weiss Essen 1–5 Hibernian 0–4 1–1
Djurgården 4–1 Gwardia Warszawa 0–0 4–1
AGF Aarhus 2–4 Stade Reims 0–2 2–2
Rapid Wien 6–2 PSV Eindhoven 6–1 0–1
Milan 7–5 Saarbrücken 3–4 4–1

First leg

4 September 1955
Sporting CP 3–3 Partizan
 14'78'
 65'
Report  45'50'
 73'
Estádio Nacional, Lisbon
Attendance: 30,000
Referee: Dean Harzic (France)

7 September 1955
Vörös Lobogó 6–3 Anderlecht
 8'
 25'59'80'
 28'
 83'
Report  7'
 39'79'
MTK Stadion, Budapest
Attendance: 35,000
Referee: Friedrich Mayer (Austria)

8 September 1955
Servette 0–2 Real Madrid
Report  74'
 89'
Charmilles Stadium, Geneva
Attendance: 7,000
Referee: Robert Sautelle (France)

14 September 1955
Rot-Weiss Essen 0–4 Hibernian
Report  35'53'
 44'
 81'

20 September 1955
Djurgården 0–0 Gwardia Warszawa
Report

21 September 1955
AGF Aarhus 0–2 Stade Reims
Report  7'72'
Idrætsparken, Copenhagen
Attendance: 18,000
Referee: Klaas Schipper (Netherlands)

21 September 1955
Rapid Wien 6–1 PSV Eindhoven
 12'62'82'
 55'
 56'
 60'
Report  18'
Pfarrwiese, Vienna
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Emil Schmetzer (West Germany)

1 November 1955
Milan 3–4 Saarbrücken
 15'
 33'
 37'
Report  5'
 43'
 67'
 69'
San Siro, Milan
Attendance: 18,000
Referee: Gottfried Dienst (Switzerland)

Second leg

12 October 1955
Real Madrid 5–0 Servette
 29'61'
 44'
 46'
 54'
Report
Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, Madrid
Attendance: 40,318
Referee: Riccardo Pieri (Italy)

Real Madrid won 7–0 on aggregate.


12 October 1955
Partizan 5–2 Sporting CP
 15'29'64'74'
 88'
Report  49'77'
Partizan Stadium, Belgrade
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: György Dankó (Hungary)

Partizan won 8–5 on aggregate.


12 October 1955
Hibernian 1–1 Rot-Weiss Essen
 5' Report  47'
Easter Road, Edinburgh
Attendance: 30,000
Referee: Arthur Edward Ellis (England)

Hibernian won 5–1 on aggregate.


12 October 1955
Gwardia Warszawa 1–4 Djurgården
 14' Report  5'17'22'
 29'
Wojska Polskiego, Warsaw
Attendance: 25,000
Referee: Dean Harzic (France)

Djurgården won 4–1 on aggregate.


19 October 1955
Anderlecht 1–4 Vörös Lobogó
 38' Report  25'
 78'
 85'
 86'

Vörös Lobogó won 10–4 on aggregate.


26 October 1955
Stade Reims 2–2 AGF Aarhus
 47'
 60'
Report  77'
 83'
Stade Auguste Delaune, Reims
Attendance: 5,845
Referee: Alfred Bond (England)

Stade Reims won 4–2 on aggregate.


1 November 1955
PSV Eindhoven 1–0 Rapid Wien
 9' Report
Philips Stadion, Eindhoven
Attendance: 8,000
Referee: Aloïs Smidts (Belgium)

Rapid Wien won 6–2 on aggregate.


23 November 1955
Saarbrücken 1–4 Milan
 32' Report  8'77'
o.g.)
 86'

Milan won 7–5 on aggregate.

Quarter-finals

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Djurgården 1–4 Hibernian 1–3 0–1
Stade Reims 8–6 Vörös Lobogó 4–2 4–4
Real Madrid 4–3 Partizan 4–0 0–3
Rapid Wien 3–8 Milan 1–1 2–7

First leg

23 November 1955
Djurgården 1–3 Hibernian
 1' Report  18'
 49'
o.g.)
Firhill Park, Glasgow[1]
Attendance: 21,962
Referee: Arthur Edward Ellis (England)

14 December 1955
Stade Reims 4–2 Vörös Lobogó
 14'
 33'57'
 42'
Report  34'
pen.)
Parc des Princes, Paris
Attendance: 36,088
Referee: Gottfried Dienst (Switzerland)

25 December 1955
Real Madrid 4–0 Partizan
 12'23'
 36'
 70'
Report
Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, Madrid
Attendance: 105,532
Referee: Dean Harzic (France)

18 January 1956
Rapid Wien 1–1 Milan
pen.) Report  20'
Pfarrwiese, Vienna
Attendance: 18,000
Referee: Jaroslav Vlček (Czechoslovakia)

Note - differences in information: website RSSSF writes that goal on 26 minute scored Robert Körner, website UEFA writes that goal on 26 minute scored Alfred Körner

Second leg

28 November 1955
Hibernian 1–0 Djurgården
 70' Report
Easter Road, Edinburgh
Attendance: 31,346
Referee: Arthur Edward Ellis (England)

Hibernian won 4–1 on aggregate.


28 December 1955
Vörös Lobogó 4–4 Stade Reims
pen.)
 53'82'
Report  6'
 20'44'
 52'
MTK Stadion, Budapest
Attendance: 35,000
Referee: John Husband (England)

Stade Reims won 8–6 on aggregate.


29 January 1956
Partizan 3–0 Real Madrid
 24'87'
pen.)
Report
Partizan Stadium, Belgrade
Attendance: 40,000
Referee: Josef Gulde (Switzerland)

Real Madrid won 4–3 on aggregate.


12 February 1956
Milan 7–2 Rapid Wien
 15'
 23'50'
 26'63'
 56'
 75'
Report  35'
 59'
San Siro, Milan
Attendance: 35,000
Referee: Leo Horn (Netherlands)

Milan won 8–3 on aggregate.

Semi-finals

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Stade Reims 3–0 Hibernian 2–0 1–0
Real Madrid 5–4 Milan 4–2 1–2

First leg

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

19 April 1956
Real Madrid 4–2 Milan
 6'
 25'
 40'
 62'
Report  9'
 30'
Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, Madrid
Attendance: 129,690
Referee: Dean Harzic (France)

Second leg

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

Stade Reims won 3–0 on aggregate.


1 May 1956
Milan 2–1 Real Madrid
pen.) Report  65'
San Siro, Milan
Attendance: 30,000
Referee: Erich Steiner (Austria)

Real Madrid won 5–4 on aggregate.

Final

13 June 1956
18:00 CEST
Real Madrid 4–3 Stade Reims
 14'
 30'79'
 67'
Report  6'
 10'
 62'
Parc des Princes, Paris
Attendance: 38,239
Referee: Arthur Edward Ellis (England)

Top goalscorers

8 goals
6 goals
5 goals
4 goals
3 goals

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Match switched to Glasgow due to a frozen pitch in Sweden ("Hibernian reach the first European Cup semi-finals 1956". A Sporting Nation: Rock 'n' Roll Era 1950–1959. BBC. November 2005. Retrieved 18 April 2010. )

External links

  • 1955–56 season at UEFA website
  • 1955–56 All matches – season at UEFA website
  • All scorers 1955–56 European Cup according to protocols UEFA
  • European Cup results at Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation
  • "50 years of the European Cup" (PDF). UEFA. October 2004. Retrieved 17 July 2008. 
  • 1955-56 European Cup - results and line-ups (archive)
  • European Cup 1955-56 – results, protocols, players statistics
  • website eurocups-uefa.ru European Cup 1955-56 – results, protocols
  • website Football Archive 1955–56 European Cup
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