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The quest for La Decima: Real Madrid’s nine other European Cup wins

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It has been 12 years since Real Madrid won their ninth European Cup by claiming the 2002 Champions League title in Scotland.

Since then, the Galacticos era has seen its fair share of pomp and silverware - but the big milestone 10th European Cup trophy has remained elusive.

All that stands between Real and La Decima on Saturday are their local rivals Atletico Madrid - who have already shocked both Spain and the footballing world once this season by breaking the Liga duopoly to win the Spanish league title.

Before we find out whether they can do it again or if Real will finally claim a nice round number of 10 European titles, here is how they earned the first nine, in chronological order:

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1956

1st Round - Servette 2-0, 5-0 (7-0)
Quarter-Final - Partizan Belgrade 4-0, 0-3 (4-3)
Semi-Final - AC Milan 4-2, 1-2 (5-4)
Final - Stade de Reims 4-3

Reims' Michel Leblond scored the first ever goal in a European Cup final after six minutes and Jean Templin put Reims 2-0 ahead after 10 minutes, but Real made it 2-2 after half an hour with goals from Alfredo di Stefano and Hector Rial. Michel Hidalgo, who coached France to victory in Euro '84, scored to put Reims back in front with 28 minutes to go before goals from Marquiotos and Rial clinched the first of Real's five successive wins

1957

2nd Round - Rapid Vienna 4-2, 1-3 (5-5) won replay 2-0
Quarter-Final - Nice 3-0, 3-2 (6-2)
Semi-Final - Manchester United 3-1, 2-2 (5-3)
Final - Fiorentina 2-0

Real retained the trophy at home at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium but had to wait until the 69th minute to take the lead through a penalty from Di Stefano. Francisco Gento added the second 15 minutes from time.

1958

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2nd Round - Antwerp 2-1, 6-0 (8-1)
Quarter-Final - Seville 8-0, 2-2 (10-2)
Semi-Final - Vasas Budapest 4-0, 0-2 (4-2)
Final - AC Milan 3-2

A thriller decided in extra-time with Gento's winning goal. Juan Alberto Schiaffino put Milan ahead after an hour before a burst of three goals in six minutes saw Di Stefano make it 1-1 after 74 minutes, Ernesto Grillo put Milan back in front three minutes later and Rial equalise two minutes after that.

1959

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2nd Round - Besiktas 2-0, 1-1 (3-1)
Quarter-Final - Wiener Sport Club 0-0, 7-1 (7-1)
Semi-Final - Atletico Madrid 2-1, 0-1 (2-2) won replay 2-1
Final - Stade de Reims 2-0

Real beat Reims for the second time in four finals but this was a more straight-forward victory than their 1956 success even though Ferenc Puskas was absent through injury and Raymond Kopa suffered an injury in the game. Enrique Mateo put Madrid ahead in the first minute and Di Stefano made it 2-0 after 47 minutes.

1960

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2nd Round - Jeunesse Esch 7-0, 5-2 (12-2)
Quarter-Final - Nice 2-3, 4-0 (6-3)
Semi-Final - Barcelona 3-1, 3-1 (6-2)
Final - Eintracht Frankfurt 7-3

One of the most famous matches in history proved to be the crowning glory of Real's early dominance of the competition. Richard Kress put Eintracht ahead after 18 minutes but Real were imperious and won with a hat-trick from Di Stefano and four from Puskas.

1966

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1st Round - Feyenoord 1-2, 5-0 (6-2)
2nd Round - Kilmarnock 2-2, 5-1 (7-3)
Quarter-Final - Anderlecht 0-1, 4-2 (4-3)
Semi-Final - Internazionale 1-0, 1-1 (2-1)
Final - Partizan Belgrade 2-1

Gento, the only survivor from Real's winning teams of 1956-60, captained the side to their last European Cup success for 32 years with another come-from-behind win, this time over Partizan, the first team from eastern Europe to reach the final.

1998

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1st Group Stage
Rosenborg 4-1, 0-2
Olympiakos 5-1, 0-0
Porto 2-0, 4-0 (1st place)
Quarter-Final - Bayer Leverkusen 1-1, 3-0 (4-1)
Semi-Final - Borussia Dortmund 2-0, 0-0 (2-0)
Final - Juventus 1-0

Real's 32-year wait to be crowned champions of Europe for the first time since 1966 ended when Predrag Mijatovic scored the only goal of the game, somewhat fittingly, in the 66th minute. The victory did not save coach Jupp Heynckes' job though as he was sacked eight days later.

2000

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1st Group Stage
Olympiakos 3-3, 3-0
Molde 4-1, 1-0
Porto 3-1, 1-2 (1st place)
2nd Group Stage
Dynamo Kiev 2-1, 2-2
Rosenborg 3-1, 1-0
Bayern Munich 2-4, 1-4 (2nd place)
Quarter-Final - Manchester United 0-0, 3-2 (3-2)
Semi-Final - Bayern Munich 2-0, 1-2 (3-2)
Final - Valencia 3-0

Real Madrid won the first final in Paris and won the first final of the new century as well with victory in the first European Cup final between teams from the same country. Fernando Morientes headed them ahead six minutes before the break, with a 67th minute goal from Steve McManaman and the third in the 75th minute from Raul giving Real their eighth success.

2002

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1st Group Stage
Roma 2-1, 1-1
Lokomotiv Moscow 4-0, 0-2
Anderlecht 4-1, 2-0 (1st place)
2nd Group Stage
Sparta Prague 3-2, 3-0
Panathinaikos 3-0, 2-2
Porto 1-0, 2-1 (1st place)
Quarter-Final - Bayern Munich 1-2, 2-0 (3-2)
Semi-Final - Barcelona 2-0, 1-1 (3-1)
Final - Bayer Leverkusen 2-1

In 1960 Real won the European Cup in Glasgow with one of the greatest team performances ever, and in 2002 they won it there with one of the greatest goals ever, volleyed home by Zinedine Zidane at the end of the first half. Raul became the first player to score in two Champions League finals when he scored after eight minutes and though Lucio replied five minutes later, Real were not to be denied.

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