1956–57 European Cup

The European Cup of Champions 1956/57, was the second edition of the competition. 22 club teams participated, including 21 national champion of the previous season with Real Madrid of the defending champion.

The participants played in the pure Cup mode (except for the final) round-trip games for the crown of European club football. Case of a tie, there was a playoff on neutral ground. Twelve clubs had to start in the first round, another ten began in the second round.

The final took place on 30 May 1957 at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid in front of 120,000 spectators instead. Real Madrid won 2-0 against Fiorentina, the second edition of the competition. Scorer Dennis Viollet Manchester United with nine goals.

  • 2.1 playoffs

Preliminary round

The first legs were held until September 20, the return matches from 6 to 30 September 1956 by August 1.


The match took place on 16 September 1956.

First round

The first legs were held until November 22, the return matches from 8 November to 20 December 1956 by October 17.


The games were held on 28 November and 12 December 1956.


The first legs were held until February 17, the return matches on 6 February to 14 March 1957 by January 16th.


The first legs took place on 18 and 25 April 1957 on 3 and 11 April, the return games.


Top scorers