giovedì 7 agosto 2014

Panini Calciatori 2013-2014

Panini Calciatori is the king sticker collection of Panini, published since 1961. Nowadays, Panini Calciatori is a massive album with almost thousand stickers(!) distributed among all the professional leagues of Italian football (including updates, special sections etc...). 
The Album 2013-2014 has a high quality cover with writing and logos in relief. Opening the album we find two stickers behind the cover: the official balls and the sticker number zero ("Topolino" - Mickey Mouse). On the right page nine stickers with all the trophies and the competition logos. Then all the Serie A teams are showed in alphabetical order. Each team is displaced over 4 pages with a total of 34 stickers: club badge, team photo, coach,  20 players, 5 updates, and the young squad. A special characteristic of the 2013-2014 edition is the fabric material on which the club badge sticker of each club is printed. The team photo is a big puzzle composed by six stickers. Also, a sticker of the young team is included. For each Serie A team there are 5 update stickers with 5 players that were either transferred to the team in the winter market or that were not included in the 20 players of the base set. With the update set there are also mini stickers to be attached in correspondance of the substituted coach or transferred player with the word sostituito or trasferito, respectively.

The special material (fabric) of the Serie A and B club badges 

Carlos Tevez was at his first season in Italy

The evergreen Miroslav Klose

The best scorer of the season was Ciro Immobile

After the Serie A team are showed, there are four special sections. The first is a double page dedicated to Topolino (Mickey Mouse) with 20 mascot stickers, one per team. This is due to the recent acquisition of Disney rights for Italy by Panini.

The second special section is dedicated to the Italian League "Derby": Juventus-Torino, Inter-Milan, Lazio-Roma, Genoa Sampdoria, Chievo-Hellas Verona. A total of 10 special smooth stickers over three pages. Then, there is one page with four stickers with all the referees of Serie A and Serie B.

Last section before Serie B teams is the Film of the Season 2013-14, with a total of 16 extra stickers about the best teams and players of Serie A and Serie B. These stickers were distributed separately in Italian newspapers (8 stickers in January and 8 stickers in June).

Each of the 22 Serie B teams is displaced over one page with a total of 8 stickers and a half: a fabric club logo (half sticker), the team photo, 18 players (3 per sticker), the coach (half sticker), and the young squad (half sticker). Palermo, Empoli and Cesena were the three teams that got promoted to Serie A for the 2014/2015 season.

The Lega Pro I Division teams have a shining club badge (a quarter of a sticker) and a team photo (half sticker), whereas the Lega Pro II Division have only the shining club badge (one quarter of a sticker). The Women's League (Serie A) is included with a team photo (half sticker) of each club.
Finally, the last section is a double page about the football technique ("Essere Calciatori") with 8 stickers of ex-player Zambrotta in action.

 Serie A teams special fabric club badges

A sealed packet of Panini Calciatori 2014

Album details

Full name: Calciatori 2013-2014
Publisher: Panini
League: Italian
Number of Teams: 20 for Serie A
                               22 for Serie B
                               34 for Lega Pro I
                               36 for Lega Pro II
                               16 for Women Serie A
Stickers per Team: 34 for Serie A
                               8.5 for Serie B
                               0.75 for Lega Pro I
                               0.25 for Lega Pro II
                               0.5 for Women Serie A
Special sections: - Introduction 11 stickers (trophies and logos)
                           - "Topolino" 20 stickers
                           - "Derby" 10 stickers
                           - "Arbitri" 4 stickers
                           - "Il Film del Campionato" 16 stickers
                           - "Essere Calciatori" 8 stickers
Total number of stickers: 991 (including updates)

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