sabato 27 settembre 2014

Merlin's Premier League 98

We present here the Merlin's Premier League 1998 album. It is the fifth official collection released by Merlin, started with the 1994 edition. This album includes also a special hardcover binder for the sticker album.
Arsenal won the Premier League in 1998, only one point ahead of Manchester United, with Owen (Liverpool), Sutton (Blackburn) and Dublin (Coventry) best scorer of the season (18 goals each).
The album starts with the table of contents on the left page and the first two stickers on the right page: the shining logo and trophy of the Premier League. Then, the 20 teams are showed in alphabetical order. Each team is displaced over six pages, with a total of 24 stickers: the first two pages show the team statistics, the manager photo and include five stickers (shiny club logo, shiny home kit, double team photo, and top scorer). the second two pages show the squad, with 16 player stickers, whereas the last two pages include the photos of the remaining players, more team statistics, and three stickers (internationl player, superstar, and hot shot). 

In the middle of the album we find three special sections: "Swop till you drop" with 8 stickers of players in action, "Merlin's collectors' awards" (8 stickers in action), and "McDonald's enjoy more football" with 6 more stickers (McDonald's logo and 5 action stickers, including Brazilian star Ronaldo).

Italian trio at Chelsea: Vialli, Di Matteo and Zola 

Other players from Serie A: Paolo Di Canio, Faustino Asprilla and Attilio Lombardo

 Young English trio: Beckham (22 years old), Owen (18 years old) and Lampard (19 years old)

 Club badges have a nice special material with logo in relief

Album details:
Full name: Merlin's Premier League 98
Publisher: Merlin
League: English Premier League
Season: 1997/1998
Number of teams: 20
Stickers per team: 24
Special section: - Introduction (2 stickers)
                          - Swop till you drop (8 stickers)
                          - Merlin's collectors' awards (8 stickers)
                          - McDonalds enjoy more football (6 stickers)

Total number of stickers: 504

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