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1956 European Cup Final
Event1955–56 European Cup
Date13 June 1956
VenueParc des Princes, Paris
RefereeArthur Edward Ellis (England)
Attendance38,239
1957

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

Flag of Spain Real Madrid Round Flag of 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 Flag of Denmark AGF Aarhus 4–2 2–0 (A) 2–2 (H)
Flag of SFR Yugoslavia 001 Partizan 4–3 4–0 (H) 0–3 (A) Quarter-finals Flag of Hungary Vörös Lobogó 8–6 4–2 (H) 4–4 (A)
Flag of Italy Milan 5–4 4–2 (H) 1–2 (A) Semi-finals Scotland Hibernian 3–0 2–0 (H) 1–0 (A)

Real Madrid

Real Madrid entered the European Cup competition as the title winners of the 1954–55 La Liga. In the opening round, they were drawn with Swiss champions Servette FC. After they secured a 2-0 victory away from home in the first leg, they secured a 5-0 victory at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium with Alfredo Di Stéfano scoring two goals in the victory. In the quarter-finals they were drawn against Yugoslavian side FK Partizan who had finished fifth in the previous season. In the opening leg at home, Heliodoro Castaño Pedrosa scored two goals as fellow goals from Francisco Gento and Alfredo Di Stéfano gave Real Madrid a four goal lead heading into the away leg at Belgrade.

Match

Details

13 June 1956
20:30 CET
Real Madrid Flag of Spain 4–3 Flag of France Reims Parc des Princes, Paris
Attendance: 38,239
Referee: Arthur Edward Ellis (England)
Di Stéfano Soccerball 14'
Rial Soccerball 30'79'
Marquitos Soccerball 67'
Report Leblond Soccerball 6'
Templin Soccerball 10'
Hidalgo Soccerball 62'
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Real Madrid
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Reims
GK 1 Flag of Spain Juan Alonso
DF 2 Flag of Spain Ángel Atienza
DF 3 Flag of Spain Rafael Lesmes
MF 4 Flag of Spain Miguel Muñoz (c)
DF 5 Flag of Spain Marquitos
MF 6 Flag of Spain José María Zárraga
FW 7 Flag of Spain Joseíto
FW 8 Flag of Spain Ramón Marsal Ribó
FW 9 Flag of Spain Flag of Argentina Alfredo Di Stéfano
FW 10Flag of Spain Héctor Rial
FW 11Flag of Spain Francisco Gento
Manager:
Flag of Spain José Villalonga Llorente
GK 1 Flag of France René Jacquet
DF 2 Flag of France Simon Zimny
DF 3 Flag of France Raoul Giraudo
MF 4 Flag of France Michel Leblond
DF 5 Flag of France Robert Jonquet (c)
MF 6 Flag of France Robert Siatka
FW 7 Flag of France Michel Hidalgo
FW 8 Flag of France Léon Glowacki
FW 9 Flag of France Raymond Kopa
FW 10Flag of France René Bliard
FW 11Flag of France Jean Templin
Manager:
Flag of France Albert Batteux


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

See also

External links

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