martedì 25 novembre 2014

Panini Futebol 2014/2015

Panini Futebol 2014-15 is the official sticker collection of the Portuguese Primeira Liga. This season the Portuguese league has been expanded, from 16 to 18 participating teams. The album includes all the teams and two special sections, the new acquisitions ("Top acquisiçoes") and the best Portuguese players engaged for the qualification to the next European Championship ("França 2016"). The total collection is thus composed by 406 stickers, out of which 63 are special shining stickers (club badges and action stickers of "França 2016"). The cover of the album is similar to the last editions, but the sticker graphics has been renewed. The album opens with the season calendar on the left and the table of contents on the right, where we find also the sticker number 1 of this album, the championship trophy. Then, there is a spectacular double page with the stickers of all club badges. These are high quality shining stickers printed in relief. 

Each team has a total of 19 stickers: the team photo, the coach and 17 players. In the double pages there are team details and the last five years results in the Portuguese league.

After the 18 teams are showed, we find a double page with the top transfers of the season. Among these 18 stickers we find new Porto players Adrian, Casemiro, Brahimi, Martins Indi, Oliver, and Tello; new Benfica players Julio Cesar, Bebé, Derley, and Talisca; new Sporting Lisbon players Nani, Oriol Rosell, and Sarr.

Last section of the album concerns the best Portuguese players that could be selected by the National Team for the European Championship of France 2016. These 27 shining stickers in relief include the international players Cristiano Ronaldo, Pepe, Coentrao, Moutinho, and the rookie Ruben Neves (Porto).

The Portuguese league offers every season new talents. We have seen in this season some great new prospects. In particular Talisca (20 years old, new Brasilian signing of Benfica) who scored 8 goals in the first 10 matches and the 17 years old Ruben Neves of Porto (born on 13 March 1997), a midfielder who scored at his debut in the first game of the season. The album Panini Futebol 2015 includes thus the rookie sticker of Ruben Neves, the new talent of Portuguese football; however, Talisca has already appeared on sticker albums, on the Panini Campeonato Brasilero 2013 and early this year in the Panini Copa do Nordeste 2014, when he was playing for Bahia. You can read more in this post where I was able to identify him as the best young prospect of the album:

Old players become coaches: Sergio Conceiçao (ex Inter, Lazio) and Petit (ex Benfica)

Album details
Full name: Futebol 2014-15
Publisher: Panini
League: Portuguese "Primera Liga"
Season: 2014/2015
Number of teams: 18
Stickers per team: 19
Special sections: - Primera Liga Trophy (1 sticker)
                            - Primera Liga Club badges (18 stickers)
                            - "Top acquisiçoes" (18 stickers)
                            - "França 2016" (27 stickers)

Total number of stickers: 406

Young Prospects included (1993 or younger)
Academica: Ofori (1993), Magique (1993)
Arouca: Igor Rocha (93), Dabo (93), Colitto (94)
Belenenses: Tiago Silva (93), Sturgeon (94)
Benfica: Talisca (94)
Boavista: Sampaio (94)
Braga: Rafa (93)
Estoril: Toze (93), Fernandinho (93), Ricardo Vaz (94)
Gil Vicente*: Peck's (93)
Maritimo: José Sà (93), Kukula (93)
Nacional: Rui Silva (94), Rodrigues (93), Ayala (95), Gomaa (93), Willyan (94), Lucas Joao (93)
P.Ferreira: Barnes (95)
Porto: Ruben Neves (97), Oliver (94)
Rio Ave: Ederson (93), Prince (93), Hassan (93), Lopes (94)
Sporting: Sarr (94), Rabia (93), Joao Mario (93), Mané (94)
V.Guimaraes: Luis Rocha (93), Bernard (94), Cafù (93), Gui (93)
V. Setubal: Raeder (93), Venancio (93), Kiko (93), Yann (95), Schmidt (93), Pedro (93), Ponce (94).

*There is a mistake on the album, where Gladstone is set as born on 1995 when actually he is from 1985

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