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 defeated Reims 4–3 in the final at Parc des Princes, Paris, on 13 June 1956.
The participating clubs in the first five seasons of the European Cup were selected by French football magazine L'Equipe on the basis that they were representative and prestigious clubs in Europe. Of the originally selected teams, Chelsea of England were barred from participation by The Football Association, who saw the tournament as a distraction to domestic football. Chelsea were replaced by Gwardia Warszawa of Poland. In addition, Holland Sport, Honvéd and BK Copenhagen rejected the opportunity to represent the Netherlands, Hungary and Denmark respectively, being replaced by PSV Eindhoven, Vörös Lobogó and AGF 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.
|1955–56 European Cup|
|Dates||4 September 1955 – 13 June 1956|
|Champions||Real Madrid (1st title)|
|Goals scored||127 (4.38 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)||Miloš Milutinović (8 goals)|
|Rapid Wien||Anderlecht||AGF Aarhus||Reims|
|Vörös Lobogó||Milan||PSV Eindhoven||Gwardia Warszawa|
|Sporting CP||Saarbrücken||Hibernian||Real Madrid|
|Team 1||Agg.||Team 2||1st leg||2nd leg|
|Rapid Wien||6–2||PSV Eindhoven||6–1||0–1|
|Martins 14', 78'
|Report||M. Milutinović 45', 50'
|Szimcsák I 8'
Palotás 25', 59', 80'
Van Den Bosch 39', 79'
|Report||Turnbull 35', 53'
L. Reilly 44'
|Report||Glovacki 7', 72'|
|Rapid Wien||6–1||PSV Eindhoven|
|A. Körner 12', 62', 82'
Dal Monte 37'
|Di Stéfano 29', 61'
Real Madrid won 7–0 on aggregate.
|M. Milutinović 15', 29', 64', 74'
|Report||Brandão 49', 77'|
Partizan won 8–5 on aggregate.
|Buchanan 5'||Report||Abromeit 47'|
Hibernian won 5–1 on aggregate.
|Baszkiewicz 14'||Report||Eriksson 5', 17', 22'
Djurgården won 4–1 on aggregate.
|Van Den Bosch 38'||Report||Hidegkuti 25'
Kovács I 86'
Vörös Lobogó won 10–4 on aggregate.
|Report||Erik Bechmann Jensen 77'
Reims won 4–2 on aggregate.
|PSV Eindhoven||1–0||Rapid Wien|
Rapid Wien won 6–2 on aggregate.
|Binkert 32'||Report||Valli 8', 77'
Puff 75' (o.g.)
Milan won 7–5 on aggregate.
|Team 1||Agg.||Team 2||1st leg||2nd leg|
|Eklund 1'||Report||Combe 18'
Olsson 86' (o.g.)
Leblond 33', 57'
Lantos 77' (pen.)
|Castaño 12', 23'
Di Stéfano 70'
|R. Körner 26' (pen.)||Report||Nordahl 20'|
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
Hibernian won 4–1 on aggregate.
|Lantos 11' (pen.), 74' (pen.)
Palotás 53', 82'
Bliard 20', 44'
Reims won 8–6 on aggregate.
|Milutinović 24', 87'
Mihajlović 46' (pen.)
Real Madrid won 4–3 on aggregate.
Nordahl 23', 50'
Ricagni 26', 63'
Milan won 8–3 on aggregate.
|Team 1||Agg.||Team 2||1st leg||2nd leg|
Di Stéfano 62'
Reims won 3–0 on aggregate.
|Dal Monte 69' (pen.), 86' (pen.)||Report||Iglesias 65'|
Real Madrid won 5–4 on aggregate.
|Di Stéfano 14'
Rial 30', 79'
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