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Real Madrid

reigned

in

Paris

for the first time on

June 13, 1956

.

It was in the

Parque de los Príncipes

, to the west of the city of love, at the premiere of the "

European Champions Cup

", that new competition promoted by

Santiago Bernabéu

.

66 years

later, Madrid,

his

Madrid, has an eternal headquarters for his battles in the capital of France.

There he has won

two Champions League finals

(1956 and 2000), he has lost one (

1981

) and from his

homeland Kylian Mbappé

He has told him "no", starring in one of the news stories of the last decade and channeling Madrid's sadness on the way to

Saint-Denis

, the venue for Madrid's fourth date with the orejona on the banks of the

Seine

.

In the white team, 2022 passes through Paris.

In the first continental crown,

Di Stéfano, Rial (two) and Marquitos

came from behind goals scored by

Leblond, Templin and Hidalgo

, future French coach, to beat

Stade de Reims

, French champion, 4-3.

There were

38,239 spectators

in the stands, the vast majority cheering on the Gallic team.

"In just ten minutes it was possible to see which was the public's favorite team," the chronicles of the time assured.

In those weeks something similar was experienced, although not with the same ending, to what the Madrid environment has experienced and suffered with Mbappé in recent months.

"I don't know why Real needs me"

Raymond Kopa

, a great star at Stade de Reims, had reached an agreement with the Bernabéu to play for Madrid from the following season.

He was

24 years old

and one of the best players in the world.

His were the assists for two of the three goals scored by his team that afternoon.

"After what I've seen in this game, I don't know why Real needs me.

His team is complete

», declared the striker after the game.

But Madrid needed him, and that's how it was shown.

Between 1956 and 1959, Kopa played 103 games, scored 30 goals, won

three European Cups

and two Leagues and crowned his stay with the

1958 Ballon d'Or

.

A career as a madridsita that, at least until 2025, Mbappé will not have.

At

23

, the Paris-born striker will not be part of the French colony of Valdebebas, historically necessary for Madrid to win European Cups.

In ten of the thirteen Whites' Champions League there were French footballers

in the squad.

Only in the first, in the fifth (1959) and in the sixth (1966) was it achieved without a French presence.

Kopa

started the custom,

Karembeu

followed in the seventh and

Anelka

in the eighth before

Zidane

's goal in the ninth.

Then

Benzema and Varane

would arrive for the four Champions in five years and now Karim,

Mendy and Camavinga

defend the French presence.

Paris and Spanish luck

After that debut in 1956, France would not host a European Cup final again until 1975, when

Bayern

beat

Leeds

at the Parc des Princes.

It has been the only Champions League final on French soil in which there has not been a Spanish team.

Six years later, the Gallic stadium would repeat to see Madrid fall, precisely against Liverpool, and Madrid's glory in French lands would find its place with the construction of the

Stade de France

in Saint-Denis, which gave him the eighth in that duel against

Valencia

in 2000.

Barça

would maintain the Spanish idyll with the stadium in

2006

and now, as an emergency venue after the

UEFA's refusal

to celebrate it in St. Petersburg due to the war in

Ukraine

, will see a new battle for Madrid to be champion of Europe.

Always Paris, although

Mbappé

is not

Raymond Kopa

.

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