1ª Copa de Europa

How the first European Cup was won

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NEWS | 15/05/2014

The Whites picked up their first silverware in the competition by beating Stade de Reims in the final. 
The first European Cup in history went to the Whites of Madrid. The club, through the work of Santiago Bernabéu, helped get the new competition up and running and began to enjoy a much bigger international impact on the back of such a successful inaugural edition.

Real Madrid made their debut in the competition on the 8th of September 1955 against Servette in Geneva. Miguel Muñoz was the first player to score for the Whites in the European Cup. After sending the Swiss side out, the next rivals standing in their path of the decisive match in Paris were Partizan and AC Milan.

The Grand final
The Parc des Princes was the venue as the side was crowned the new King of Europe. Real Madrid produced a show of strength to cancel out the French side's two goals in the opening 10 minutes, and then came back from Hidalgo's strike. In a legendary final, Marquitos and Rial scored the goals that made it 4-3 to ensure the first European Cup took pride of place in the Real Madrid trophy cabinet.

4- Real Madrid: Alonso, Atienza, Marquitos, Lesmes, Muñoz, Zárraga, Joseíto, Marsal, Di Stefano, Rial and Gento.
3- Stade Reims: Jacquet, Zimny, Jonquet, Giraudo, Leblond, Siatka, Hidalgo, Glovacki, Kopa, Bliard and Templin.

0-1 (min. 6): Leblond.
0-2 (min.10): Templin.
1-2 (min. 14: Di Stéfano.
2-2 (min. 30): Rial.
2-3 (min. 62): Hidalgo.
3-3 (min. 67): Marquitos.
4-3 (min. 79): Rial.

Referee: Arthur Ellis (England).
Venue: Parc des Princes (Paris).
Date: 13/06/1956.