The Panini saga of Italian football (started in 1961) continues with another amazing album for the season 2012-2013. It is an extremely rich encyclopedia that with updates and extra stickers includes a total of 857 stickers!
The cover shows the top players of the 20 Serie A teams distributed on an Italy map according to the location of their team.
This year the album opens with 7 introductory stickers (silver shining): The official ball, the Serie A, Tim Cup and SuperCup Trophies and Logos.
As usual, the teams are showed in alphabetical order. Serie A teams for the season 2012-2013 are:
Atalanta, Bologna, Cagliari, Catania, Chievo Verona, Fiorentina Genoa, Inter, Juventus, Lazio, Milan, Napoli, Palermo, Parma, Pescara, Roma, Sampdoria, Siena, Torino, Udinese.
For each team we find a total of 24 stickers + 5 update stickers. A shining team logo, the team squad (2 stickers), the coach and 25 player portraits, including 5 players of the winter transfer updates.
The stickers "Trasferito" (provided by Panini with the update sticker set) must be placed in correspondance of the transferred players
Fiorentina was a positive surprise of the season, with a final 4th place. We find stickers of Ljaic (now at Roma), Jovetic (now at Manchester City) and Giuseppe Rossi (arrived from Villarreal during the winter market).
Disappointing season for Inter (9th place), which lost Sneijder (transferred to Galatasaray) and Coutinho (transferred to Liverpool) during the season, but purchased Kovacic (update sticker), a promising young play-maker (born 1994).
Juventus was champion again. Here we find stickers of the best players of the season (Vidal, Pirlo, Pogba), together with some low-performance players (Lucio, Bendtner, Anelka).
Milan got a final 3rd place, especially due to Balotelli, arrived from Manchester City in the winter market (update sticker). El Shaarawy was one good protagonist of the first part of the season,
Napoli (2nd place) was the main competitor of Juventus, showing brilliant players like Hamsik and Cavani. The latter is an amazing scorer that moved to PSG at the end of the season for over 60 millions of euros.
Cavani and Balotelli are two of the greatest top-players of the album:
The junior and the senior. The young Lamela is a rising star arrived in Rome from River Plate, but Totti is still the king of the team, and thus Lamela moved to Tottenham at the end of the season.
Rising Star. Mateo Kovacic is a young Serbian midfielder that moved to Inter from Dynamo Zagreb in January. We find his sticker in the update set. It is potential a future football star.
Logos of the three relegated teams (Pescara, Siena and Palermo):
After the Serie A teams, we find three special sections: "Campionato Primavera", "Lo Show del Gol" and "Il Film del Campionato".
For the first time there are two pages dedicated to the young teams (Campionato Primavera). The stickers of the 42 teams are included, together with the logo sticker of the competition.
20 stickers are dedicated to the best goals of the first part of the season ("Lo show del gol") distributed on 4 pages.
"Il film del campionato" are 16 stickers distributed on 2 pages telling the movie of the season. They could be found in two special packets offered with a sport magazine (one in January and one in June 2013).
Each Serie B team is placed on one page, with 6 stickers for the players (18 portraits), one for the squad and half sticker for the shining logo. The surprising winner of the Season was Sassuolo, which joined Serie A together with Hellas Verona and Livorno.
As usual also Lega Pro 1st and 2nd division are included. The first division shows team logos and squads stickers of each team, the second division only the team logos.
The final section of the album is "Il calcio che cambia": 12 stickers dedicated to new rules recently introduced in football.
Full name: Panini Calciatori 2012-2013
League: Italian (Serie A, Serie B, Lega Pro)
Number of teams: 20 Serie A
22 Serie B
Stickers per team: 29 Serie A
7.5 Serie B
Special Sections: -Campionato Primavera
-Lo Show del gol
-Il Calcio che cambia
Extra stickers: -Winter market update (100 stickers)
-Il film del campionato (16 stickers)
Total number of stickers: 857