venerdì 18 aprile 2014

Topps Bundesliga 2014

This year sticker album of Bundesliga was published by Topps and distributed by Penny Market. The style of the album is very similar to the previous year, but the total number of stickers has been reduced to 280; however the cover of the album is thicker and thus of a better quality. Bayern Munchen has been again by far the best team of the League and includes all the big stars (Robben, Ribery, Mandzukic etc...), but with only 12 players per team some good talents and young prospects have been excluded, like for example Max Meyer (1995, Schalke), who played most of the matches and will have to wait next season to get his first sticker.
The album opens with the table of contents and the first two stickers: a shining Bundesliga logo and the official ball of the competition. Then, the 18 teams are showed in alphabetical order. For each team there are 15 stickers: the club badge (silver sticker), the squad (double sticker) and 12 players.

Even though there are only 12 players per team, we can find some rookie stickers of talents that raised this year. In particular we can mention:
-Hakan Calhanoglu (1994, Hamburg): a Turkish offensive midifielder that scored so far 10 goals at his first year in Bundesliga; he is now on the radar of Chelsea for next season.
-Timo Werner (1996, Stuttgart): a very young German forward, who played regularly and scored so far 4 goals.
-Maximilian Arnold (1994, Wolfsburg): 7 goals in 23 matches so far; he is doing a great season.

The last part of the album is dedicated to the 50 years of Bundesliga, with statistics, history and all the winners. In this section we find 8 stickers: the Bundesliga meister (a puzzle of 8 stickers) and 4 players that made the history of the competition. These players are Gerd Muller (best scorer with 365 goals), Karl-Heinz Korbel (most appearances, 602), Mehmet Scholl (8 titles won like Oliver Kahn) and Nuri Sahin (the youngest debutant, 16 years and 335 days old).

Album details
Full name: Fussball Bundesliga 2013/2014
Publisher: Topps
League: German Bundesliga
Number of teams: 18
Stickers per team: 15
Special sections: - 2 stickers of Introduction (logo and ball)
                           - 8 stickers "50 years of Bundesliga"

Total number of stickers: 280

Young prospects included (1993 or younger):
Holzhauser (1993, Augsburg), Brooks (1993, Hertha Berlin), Ginter (1994, Freiburg), Jullien (1993, Freiburg), Calhanoglu (1994, Hamburg), Bittencourt (1993, Hannover), Parker (1993, Mainz), Draxler (1993, Schalke), Rudiger (1993, Stuttgart), Timo Werner (1996, Stuttgart), Arnold (1994, Wolfsburg)

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