The Champions League, formerly known as the European Cup, has a rich history that dates back to its inaugural season in 1955-56.
Sixteen teams from across Europe participated in the first edition of the tournament, including AC Milan, Anderlecht, and Real Madrid.
The first European Cup match took place on September 4, 1955, between Sporting CP and Partizan. It was an exciting encounter that ended in a thrilling 3-3 draw.
However, what made this match truly historic was the first goal ever scored in the European Cup.
Who scored the first goal of the Champions League?
João Baptista Martins, a player from Sporting CP, etched his name in the history books by scoring the first-ever goal in European Cup history.
His goal not only marked a significant milestone for the tournament but also set the stage for countless memorable moments to come.
As the tournament progressed, the inaugural final took place on June 13, 1956, at the iconic Parc des Princes stadium. The final was contested between Stade de Reims and Real Madrid, two teams that had showcased their prowess throughout the tournament.
The match itself was a thrilling affair, with both teams displaying their attacking prowess. Stade de Reims took an early lead, but Real Madrid staged a remarkable comeback.
Thanks to goals from Alfredo Di Stéfano, Marquitos, and Héctor Rial, Real Madrid emerged victorious with a 4-3 scoreline.
This historic final not only crowned Real Madrid as the first-ever European Cup champions but also highlighted the competitive nature and excitement that the tournament would come to be known for.
This article was updated 4 weeks ago