The 1959–60 European Cup was the fifth season of the European Cup, Europe's premier club football tournament. The competition was won by Real Madrid, who beat Eintracht Frankfurt 7–3 in the final at Hampden Park, Glasgow. It remains the record score for the European Cup final. It was Real Madrid's fifth consecutive European Cup title.
The tournament saw the first participation by a Greek club, having withdrawn from the previous season.
The draw for the preliminary round took place in Cernobbio, Como, Italy, on Monday, 6 July 1959. As title holders, Real Madrid received a bye, and the remaining 26 teams were grouped geographically into two pots. The first two teams drawn in each pot also received byes, while the remaining clubs would play the preliminary round in September.
The calendar was decided by the involved teams, with all matches to be played by 30 September.
1 Kuopion Palloseura withdrew after the draw, Eintracht Frankfurt walkover.
Wiener Sportclub beat Petrolul Ploieşti 2–1 on aggregate.
Nice beat Shamrock Rovers 4–3 on aggregate.
Barcelona beat CDNA Sofia 8–4 on aggregate.
IFK Göteborg beat Linfield 7–3 on aggregate.
Jeunesse Esch beat ŁKS Łódź 6–2 on aggregate.
Milan beat Olympiacos 5–3 on aggregate.
Fenerbahçe beat Csepel 4–3 on aggregate.
Rangers beat Anderlecht 7–2 on aggregate.
Cervena Hviezda Bratislava beat Porto 4–1 on aggregate.
Wolverhampton Wanderers beat Vorwärts Berlin 3–2 on aggregate.
1 Sparta Rotterdam beat IFK Göteborg 3–1 in a play-off to qualify for the quarter-finals.
2 Nice beat Fenerbahçe 5–1 in a play-off to qualify for the quarter-finals.
Real Madrid beat Jeunesse Esch 12–2 on aggregate.
Wiener Sportclub beat Boldklubben 1909 5–2 on aggregate.
Sparta Rotterdam and IFK Göteborg drew 4–4 on aggregate.Play-off
Sparta Rotterdam won the play-off 3–1.
Rangers beat Cervena Hviezda Bratislava 5–4 on aggregate.
Wolverhampton Wanderers beat Red Star Belgrade 4–1 on aggregate.
Barcelona beat Milan 7–1 on aggregate.
Eintracht Frankfurt beat Young Boys 5–2 on aggregate.
Fenerbahçe and Nice drew 3–3 on aggregate.Play-off
Nice won the play-off 5–1.
1 Rangers beat Sparta Rotterdam 3–2 in a play-off to qualify for the semi-finals.
Real Madrid beat Nice 6–3 on aggregate.
Barcelona beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 9–2 on aggregate.
Eintracht Frankfurt beat Wiener Sportclub 3–2 on aggregate.
Sparta Rotterdam and Rangers drew 3–3 on aggregate.
Rangers won the play-off 3–2.
The top scorers from the 1959–60 European Cup (including preliminary round) are as follows: