Telegraph Sport takes a look back at how Real Madrid established such an impressive pedigree in the European Cup

REAL MADRID 4-3 STADE REIMS

1955-56 The first European Cup final. Reims, who beat Hibernians in the semi-final, were two-up after ten minutes but the great Alfredo Di Stefano put Real on the victory path. England’s Arthur Ellis, later of ‘It’s A Knock-out’ fame, refereed.

REAL MADRID 2-0 FIORENTINA

1956-57 Real were boosted by home advantage, with 124,000 fans, and a highly contentious penalty, from which Di Stefano opened the scoring. Gento added the second.

REAL MADRID 3-2 AC MILAN

1957-58 Gento, the left-winger, played in eight finals, winning six, including this one when his 107th-minute winner settled a tie that went into extra-time after four goals in the last half-hour.

REAL MADRID 2-0 STADE REIMS

1958-59 Mateos scored in the opening minute, Di Stefano added a second, and Real had won this repeat of the 1956 final. Reims subsequently declined so they went into liquidation but are now back in Ligue 1.

REAL MADRID 7-3 E FRANKFURT

1959-60 Sir Alex Ferguson was among a spellbound 127,000 at Hampden Park as Ferenc Puskas, with four goals, and Di Stefano with a hat-trick, turned on the style. Frankfurt actually led until the 27th-minute.

REAL MADRID 2-1 P BELGRADE

1965-66 Real, with Gento the only survivor from 1960, came from behind with goals from Amancio and Serena in the last 20 minutes. They would play only one more final, losing to Liverpool in 1981, in 32 years.

REAL MADRID 1-0 JUVENTUS

1997-98 Predrag Mijatovic ended Real’s long wait for a seventh title with the only goal. Coach Jupp Heynckes, knowing he would be fired after the game by Lorenzo Sanz, omitted the president’s son, Fernando.

REAL MADRID 3-0 VALENCIA

1999-2000 An all-Spanish final, but man of the match was McManaman, justifying his decision to leave Liverpool the previous summer. McManaman’s volley was bookended by goals from Morientes and Raul.

REAL MADRID 2-1 B LEVERKUSEN

2001-02 A stupendous volley by Zidane, connecting with a dropping ball on the edge of the area, won the tie after Lucio had levelled Raul’s opener. Also notable for Casillas, 21, coming off the bench to replace the injured Cesar.