venerdì 20 novembre 2020

Topps Bundesliga 2020


Bundesliga 2019/2020 is the 11th album of the German Bundesliga released by Topps, since the season 2009/2010. This collection does not differ much from the latest ones, missing quality and contents. On the plus side, the collection features shiny stickers of the Bundesliga badges and star players, and also the second division is included (with just a regular badge sticker).
The album opens with the contents and an introductory page with three shiny stickers: the Bundesliga logos and the trophies of the two leagues. Then, the 18 Bundesliga clubs are shown in alphabetical order with 15 stickers per team: the shiny badge and 14 players. 

After the clubs of Bundesliga, the album continues with a section about goals, players and facts of the Bundesliga history ("Tore, tore, tore!"). In these two pages there are four stickers: Robert Lewandoski (two stickers), Claudio Pizarro and the official ball (shiny sticker). The last part of the album includes the clubs of the second league (2.Bundesliga). For each club there is the sticker of the badge and, printed on the album, some club data and the results of the latest seasons. 

Back cover of the album

Shiny metallic badge stickers

Young prospects Jadon Sancho and Ozan Kabak

German star players Timo Werner and Kai Havertz. They moved to Chelsea at the end of the season

Bayern Munchen won the Bundesliga title 2019/2020 with 82 points. Here the stickers of the rising star Alphonso Davies and the star player Robert Lewandowski (top scorer of the Bundesliga 2020 with 34 goals).

Album details:
Full name: Bundesliga 19/20
Publisher: Topps
Release: October 2019
League: German (Bundesliga and 2.Bundesliga)
Season: 2019/2020
Number of clubs and stickers per club:
  • Bundesliga (18 clubs, 15 stickers)
  • 2.Bundesliga (18 clubs, 1 sticker)
Other sections:
  • Introduction (3 stickers)
  • Tore,Tore,Tore! (4 stickers)
Update or Extra: No
Checklist: click here

Total number of stickers: 295

domenica 15 novembre 2020

Panini Foot 2020

Foot 2020 is the 45th album of the French league published by Panini. For the second consecutive year also an hardcover version of the album was released in a collector box containing the album and 35 packets. The collection includes some interesting new prospects, like Aouar (Lyon), Camavinga (Rennes) and Oshimen (Lille), togheter with big names, especially in PSG (MBappé, Icardi, Neymar, Di Maria). In March 2021 after the suspension and cancellation of the tournament, PSG were awarded the Ligue 1 title. MBappé and Ben Yedder were the best scorers of the league with 18 goals.
The sticker collection begins with an introductory page including the contents and two metallic stickers: the Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 trophies. In the following two pages, there is a section about referees and the new rules of the game with a total of 10 stickers. Then the 20 competing clubs of the Ligue 1 are shown in alphabetical order. Each club is displaced over four pages with 25 stickers. In the first two pages the squad is presented with two metallic stickers (the badge and the coach) and 20 stickers of players. The third page shows some stats and includes space up to four update mini-stickers of winter transfers. These stickers were included in the "Set Transfers" released in March 2020 with a total of 33 mini-stickers of players and coaches. In the last club page there are three special stickers: the home jersey (fabric sticker), the "danger" (metallic sticker) and "the rock" (metallic sticker).

The Ligue 2 section starts immediately after the Ligue 1. Each club includes the metallic badge (half sticker) and four players in action (two players per sticker). All the other players are listed in the album together with some facts about old players and stickers. After the suspension of the 2019-2020 season, Lens and Lorient were promoted to Ligue 1.

Back cover of the hardcover album

The hardcover album

The collector set including a hardcover album and 35 sealed packets Foot 2020

The update set released in March 2020

Lille star players Victor Osimhen (moved to Napoli at the end of the season) and Renato Sanches (ex Bayern Munchen)

Ligue 1 young talents: Aouar (Lyon) and Camavinga (Rennes)

The metallic badge and fabric jersey stickers from Foot 2020

MBappé stickers: portrait and "the danger"

PSG forwards: Mauro Icardi and Neymar Jr. 

Album details:
Full name: Foot 2019-2020
Publisher: Panini
Release: December 2019
Ligue: French (Ligue 1 and Ligue 2)
Season: 2019-2020
Number of clubs and stickers per club:
  • Ligue 1: 20 clubs, 25 stickers
  • Ligue 2: 20 clubs, 2.5 stickers
Other sections:
  • Introduction (2 stickers)
  • Arbitrage  (referees, 10 stickers)
Update: Set transferts (M1-M33)
Hardcover album: Yes
Checklist: click here

Total number of stickers: 562 + updates