Panini and French League have a long history together, since the first album was published in 1976. The collection has been released every year for the last 40 years. The album of the season 2015/2016 is thus a special event and Panini released an hardcover version of the album to celebrate the 40 years anniversary. The album has a different cover picture and there are four introductory pages about the history of Ligue 1, but for the rest it is the same of the softcover version and the stickers of the collection are also the same.
Ligue 1 teams are as usual shown in alphabetical order. Each team is displaced over four pages with a total of 24 stickers: the club logo (metallic sticker), the coach, the top player (metallic sticker), the top recrue ("top purchase", metallic sticker), the top espoir ("top young promise", metallic sticker), and 19 player portraits. As usual since 2007 the collection is updated with a transfer set released in the spring with the players arrived during the winter market. For each team there is space up to four update stickers.
PSG had no rivals during the season, confirming the title ownership of the previous years.
The section about Ligue 2 teams starts with the calendar of the season. Teams are then shown in alphabetical order with two teams on one page. Each team includes two stickers: the metallic club badge and the team photo. Details about the squad, palmares and results of the last seasons are also included.
Nancy, Metz and Dijon are promoted to Ligue 1 for the next season, whereas Evian, Créteil and Paris FC are relegated to the National League.
A new entry in Panini Foot, the club Red Star FC from Saint-Ouen (north of Paris)
The back cover of the hardcover album
Update stickers of this collection are included in a transfer set released in March. In the transfer set there are a total of 40 stickers to be glued on each team page, with a maximum of 4 stickers per team. In the set there are also 6 corrections stickers to update the original stickers that had small mistakes in the player details. Mini-stickers "Joueur Transféré" (for players) and "Nouveau coach" (for trainers) are also included and they can be glued in correspondance of the coaches and players that left the club during the winter market session. After consulting online websites with the list of transfers during the winter session, these are the players that require the ministicker "Joueur Transféré" (I suggest that the mini-sticker is glued below or above the original sticker, but not on top):
Dia (Ajaccio), Butelle, Mohsni, and Camara (Angers), Saivet (Bordeaux), Bègue (Guingamp), Meité and Guirassy (Lille), Koné and Bouanga (Lorient), Bisevac and Beauvue (Olympique Lyonnais), Boschilia (Monaco), Bangoura (Nantes), Rafetraniaina, Vercauteren, and Benrahma (Nice), Lavezzi (PSG), Doucouré and Habibou (Stade Rennais), Ahamada and Aguilar (Toulouse), Bernardoni, Petric, Ayasse, and Cabot (Troyes).
Six correction stickers included in the Set Transferts.
In the original stickers there were mistakes in the player details.
The rookie goalkeeper Bernardoni has two stickers in this album: with Troyes and with his new club Bordeaux (update sticker)
Cavani and Ibrahimovic next to each other on the album. Surprisingly Pastore was chosen as top player of PSG.
Three interesting prospects of Foot 2016: Maxwell Cornet (1996, Lyon), Augustin (1997, PSG) and Nkoudou (1995, Marseille)
Young prospects included in the album (1995 or younger)
Biancardini (1997, Ajaccio), Fofana, Houri, and Kamano (95, 96, and 96, Bastia), Prior, Crivelli, and Gajic (95, 95, and 96, Bordeaux), Le Joncour (95, Caen), Coco (96, Guingamp), Maignan, Pavard, Guillaume, and Guirassy (95,96,95,96, Lille), Cornet and Kalulu (both 1996, Olympique Lyonnais), Sparagna and Nkoudou (both 1995, Olympique de Marseille), Bahlouli, Boschilia, Lemar, Rony Lopes, and Pasalic (95,96,95,95,and 95, Monaco), N'Diaye and Bensebaini (both 95, Montpellier), Kwateng (1997, Nantes), Hassen, Koziello, Refetraniaina, Benrahma (95,95,96, and 95, Nice), Kimpembe, Rabiot and Augustin (95,95, and 97, PSG), Kyei and Siebatcheu (95 and 96, Stade de Reims), Cavaré and Boga (95 and 97, Stade Rennais), Maupay (96, Saint-Etienne), Bodiger and Ben Ali (both 1995, Toulouse), Bernardoni and Corentin Jean (97 and 95, Troyes)
Update Set: Benrahma (1995, Angers), Bernardoni, Arambarri and Malcom (97, 95, and 97, Bordeaux), Rémi Walter (1995, Nice)
Full name: Foot 2015-16 (40 ans, 1976-2016)
League: French (Ligue 1 and Ligue 2)
Number of teams: 20 of Ligue 1 and 20 of Ligue 2
Stickers per team: 24 for Ligue 1 teams + up to 4 update stickers
2 for Ligue 2 teams
Hardcover album: Yes
Update stickers: Set Transferts
Total number of stickers: 520 + 40 update stickers