On this day – the First European Cup Final

13th June 1956: The first European Cup Final is played. Real Madrid beat Stade de Reims from France 4-3 in front of a crowd of 38,239 at the Parc des Princes in Paris. Real Madrid won the five first European Cup Finals and Argentine striker Alfredo Di Stéfano scored in all five finals including a hat-trick in the 7-3 win over Eintracht Frankfurt in Glasgow in 1960.

The first Final was refereed by Arthur Edward Ellis from England.

Stade de Reims now play in Ligue 2 in France and had their heyday between 1949 and 1962 when they won the French championship six times with stars such as Raymond Kopa and Just Fontaine. Stade de Reims also lost to Real Madrid in 1959 final.

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