martedì 23 aprile 2019

Panini Brasileiro 96

In 1996, the Brazilian championship featured several Brazilian stars. Among them, the future Italian Seria A players Cafu and Edmundo and the World champions Taffarel and Bebeto. The championship 1996 included 24 teams with a regular season of 23 rounds and a knock-out stage with the best 8 teams. In the end, Gremio won the title after a draw in the final against Portuguesa, because of a better position at the end of the regular season (6th place against 8th place).
The Panini sticker collection of the league includes all the 24 teams. At the beginning of the album, there is a special section of three pages with 24 stickers of club mascots. Each club is then displaced over two pages with a total of 15 pages: club badge and 14 players. Club pages are enriched by career details of each player included in the album. The collection does not include the Serie B nor any special sticker (shiny or metallic). 

Mascot stickers have a special section at the beginning of the album

Club badge stickers of Panini Brasileiro 96 are regular not shiny stickers

Stickers of future Italian Seria A stars: Cafu (Roma, Milan), Serginho (Milan), and Emerson (Roma, Juventus, Real Madrid, Milan)

Two young talents of Vasco da Gama in 1996: Juninho Pernambucano and Edmundo

Brasileiro stickers of two World Champions at USA 94: Taffarel (Atletico Mineiro) and Bebeto (Flamengo)

Album details
Full name: Campeonato Brasileiro 96
Publisher: Panini
League: Brazilian (Serie A)
Season: 1996
Number of clubs: 24
Stickers per club: 15
Other sections: Os Mascotes do Brasileirao (24 stickers)
Checklist: click here

Total number of stickers: 384

lunedì 15 aprile 2019

Panini Football 78 (Belgium)

In the season 1977/1978, Club Brugge won the Belgian league for the third consecutive time, with only one point more than Anderlecht. The best scorer was Harald Nickel (Standard Liège) with 23 goals.
The sticker album of the league is a Panini-style collection of the period. The cover shows the Belgian flag and five action photos on a light blue background. Inside, the album follows the usual alphabetical order for the clubs of First and Second Division. Each club of First Division includes 17 stickers over two pages: the badge, the team photo, the coach, and 14 players. Details of the club and the players are printed on the album.

The Second Division is introduced by the calendar of the season. The 16 clubs have 5 stickers each: the team photo, the badge, and three stickers of players for a total of 12 players. 

The last part of the album is dedicated to 14 unforgettable Red Devils. Here we find 14 stickers of legendary players of the Belgian National Team. Among them the just retired Paul van Himst, 18 goals in 30 matches with Belgium between 1960 and 1974. 

The back cover of the album Football 78

The Internationals Roger Davies (English) and Ademir Perdao (Brazilian), and Eric Gerets (future player of AC Milan and PSV Eindhoven)

Club badge stickers of Football 78

Album details
Full name: Football 78
Publisher: Panini
League: Belgium (First and Second Division)
Season: 1977/1978
Clubs and stickers: 
  • First Division (18 clubs, 17 stickers)
  • Second Division (16 clubs, 5 stickers)
Other sections:
  • Fourteen unforgettable Red Devils (14 stickers)
Checklist: click here

Total number of stickers: 400

giovedì 11 aprile 2019

Panini Football 1972-73 (Belgium)

Football 1972-73 is the first album released by Panini for a foreign league. Apart from the Belgian leagues (First and Second Division), this collection includes a large section of almost 100 stickers dedicated to the International football. Most of these stickers are badges of football clubs from Europe and South America. This album is the first of a long and uninterrupted series of Panini Belgian league albums that it is still ongoing. 
Panini proceeded with its expansion abroad in the following years, with the first league albums of France (1976), England (1978), the Netherlands (1978), Germany (1979), and Switzerland (1979).

The album Football 1972/73 opens with a foreword of Paul van Himst and the table of contents, followed by an introductory page of six stickers: FIFA logo, Belgian Football Association badge, UEFA logo, Raymond Goethals (coach of the National Team), and Paul van Himst (player of the National Team). 

The 16 clubs of the First Division are shown in alphabetical order, starting from Anderlecht. Each club features 15 stickers: club badge, team photo, and 13 players. Under each player there's a short biography printed on the album.

Clubs of Second Division are also included, but only with the badge sticker. These 16 badge stickers are displaced over two pages. 

The large section dedicated to the International football starts with 46 badge stickers of big European clubs, followed by 14 badge stickers of the major South American clubs. This is a magnificent overview of the International football at the beginning of the seventies. 

"Vedettes mondiales" includes 30 stickers of the best football players in 1972. Here we find stickers of unforgettable players like Beckenbauer, Gerd Muller, Bobby Charlton, Pelé, George Best, Giacinto Facchetti, Johann Cruyff, Eusebio. 

Last page of the album shows eight stickers of the International trophies of that period: World Cup, Euro Cup, Intercontinental Cup, Champions League Cup, Cup Winners' Cup, UEFA Cup, Mitropa Cup, and Belgian Cup.

Stickers of the Belgian star Paul van Himst and the Internationals Salvador Mammana and Peter Johansson

Badge stickers of European clubs

Badge stickers of South American clubs

Football stars of 1972/73: Pelé, Johan Cruyff, George Best

In the season 1972/73, Ajax won the Champions League, Liverpool the Cup Winners' Cup, and Milan the UEFA Cup. In Belgium, Club Brugge won the local league. 

Album details
Full name: Football 1972-73
Publisher: Panini
League: Belgium (First and Second Division)
Season: 1972/1973
Clubs and stickers:
  • First Division (16 clubs, 15 stickers)
  • Second Division (16 clubs, 1 sticker)
Other sections:
  • Introduction (6 stickers)
  • Big European clubs (46 stickers)
  • Big South American clubs (14 stickers)
  • World stars (30 stickers)
  • Trophies (8 stickers)
Checklist: click here

Total number of stickers: 360