sabato 25 maggio 2013

Panini Scottish Premier League (SPL) 2010

Official sticker collection

Panini SPL 2010 is a rich sticker collection of the Scottish Premier League that hosts the 12 competing teams.
The first page shows two introductory stickers: the trophy and the logo of the competition (with the sponsor Clydesdale Bank).

The 12 teams of the SPL 2010 are shown in alphabetical order: Aberdeen, Celtic, Dundee United, Falkirk, Hamilton, Hearts, Hibernian, Kilmarnock, Motherwell, Rangers, St Johnstone, St Mirren.
Each team is placed on 4 pages and contains 31 stickers! On the first page there are 5 stickers: team logo (silver shining sticker), Home kit (silver shining), Away kit, and team squad (2 stickers). The other 3 pages are dedicated to the players of the team. Four players (goalkeeper, 2 defenders and 1 forward) are composed by two stickers and the other players by one sticker in action plus one small portrait (half sticker). Seven of the action players are silver shining stickers. These pages are filled with details, info and facts about the team and the players.

the first team on the album is Aberdeen, which closed the season in the 9th position

Celtic was second with 81 points at the end of the season, behind the Rangers (with 87 points). Great performers were the goalkeeper Artur Boruc and the Greek forward Samaras (10 goals).

Winner of SPL 2010 is Glasgow Rangers with great bombers like Kris Boyd (23 goals, top scorer) and Kenny Miller (18 goals).

There are 3 special sections included in the album. The first is "Internationals" with 12 foreigners players (one per team):

"Club Captains" shows the 12 captains on special gold shining stickers:

"Games to look out for" presents 12 stickers of the 12 most interesting matches of the coming seasons:

more team badges and kit

back cover of the album

The collection includes also an extra poster with the calendar of the season, a mega photo of the club captains (below) composed by 10 stickers and 12 extra stickers that could be found with the Daily record and the Sunday mail during the season.

Album Details:

Full Name: Scottish Premier League 2010

Publisher: Panini

League: Scotland 

Number of teams: 12 

Stickers per team:  31

Special sections: "Internationals" (12 stickers)
                            "Club Captains" (12 stickers)
                            "Games to look out for" (12 stickers)
                            Club captains poster (10 stickers)
Extra stickers: 12 poster stickers given free with Dayly Record and Sunday Mail

Total number of stickers: 420 (+12 extra)

sabato 18 maggio 2013

Panini London 2012

Official sticker collection

Panini and the Olympic Games are together again for the summer event of London 2012. Last edition was Panini Supersport 1988, in occasion of the Seoul Olympic Games. 
This album was published in UK for "London 2012" and thus it contains all the main British athletes of all sports included at the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Besides, we can find the main international stars of each sport.
The album starts with a welcome page, which contains the two first stickers: the silver logos of the Olympic and Paralympic Games:

The following two pages ("London 2012 by numbers") describe the London Olympic Games with curiosities and facts (each associated to a number) with 12 stickers. Do you know that the athletes competing at London 2012 were 10500? 

The album continues showing all the olympic sports. For each sport we have a silver logo of the sport (pictogram sticker), a mascot sticker, the main British athletes (with silver stickers for the best athletes) and silver stickers of the international stars. 
The sports included are: Aquatics (Diving, Swimming, Synchronised Swimming, Water Polo), Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball and Wheelchair Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Boccia, Boxing, Canoe (Slalom, Sprint), Cycling (Bmx, Mountain Bike, Road, Track), Equestrian (Dressage, Eventing, Jumping), Fencing and Wheelchair Fencing, Football, Goalball, Gymnastics (Artistic, Rhytmic, Trampoline, Handball, Hockey, Judo, Modern Pentathlon, Rowing, Sailing, Shooting, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Tennis and Wheelchair Tennis, Triathlon, Volleyball, Weighlifting, Wheelchair Rugby, and Wrestling. 
The amount of stickers for each sport is variable. Athletics is the largest sport with 73 stickers, the smallest are the paralympic sports Goalball and Boccia with 3.5 stickers.
The great stars we find on the album are Michael Phelps (swimming), Usain Bolt, Asafa Powell (Athletics), LeBron James (Basket), Mark Cavendish, Bradley Wiggins, Fabian Cancellara (Cycling), Gareth Bale, David Beckham (Football), Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic (Tennis).

In the album we find also 2 pages dedicated to the venues of London 2012 with 9 stickers; 3 of them are silver stickers (Olympic Stadium, Aquatics Centre and Lord's Cricket Ground).

Other special sections are "Take a breather" with 3 stickers (Usain Bolt, Hiroshi Hoketsu and Tasha Danvers) and "London Calling: The Story of London 2012" with 28 stickers, which tell the story of London 2012 since July 2003 when London was selected as a candidate with other 8 cities.

 The back cover of the album Panini London 2012

As an appendix to the album we find a poster ("Gold Rush!") of the international favourites that has 24 stickers (included in the packets of the collections). Here we find superstars like Oscar Pistorius and Rafael Nadal.

Album Details:

Name: London 2012 Official Sticker Collection

Publisher: Panini

Sport: Olympic Games

Number of pages: 64

Number of sports: 42                       
Stickers per sport:  between 3.5 (Goalball and Boccia) and 73 (Athletics)

Sticker size: 5.3 x 6.8  cm
Special Stickers: Poster "Gold Rush!" with 24 stickers included in the sticker packets

Total number of stickers: 483

Star Athletes:

Michael Phelps (swimming), Usain Bolt, Asafa Powell (Athletics), LeBron James (Basket), Mark Cavendish, Bradley Wiggins, Fabian Cancellara (Cycling), Gareth Bale, David Beckham (Football), Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal (Tennis).

venerdì 10 maggio 2013

Panini Foot 2012 - France

La collection officielle de stickers (Ligue 1, Ligue 2, National Féminines)

The "Panini Foot 2012" is a complete guide of French football for the season 2011-2012, including all the teams of Ligue 1, Ligue 2 and the Women National team. This album appeared in December 2011, during the 50 years celebrations of Panini (1961-2011). For this reason the album starts with a celebrative stickers "Panini 50" on the page with the match calendar of Ligue 1.

The album has a similar structure of the previous edition. Each Ligue 1 team is placed on four pages; the first page has four stickers: one golden team logo, the team squad (divided in two stickers) and  the coach (one sticker placed horizontally). In the other three pages there are 20 players portraits (on 20 stickers) and one star player in action (one silver sticker), plus there is space for the winter transfers up to 4 stickers ("zone transferts").
At the end of the season Montpellier won the Ligue 1 unexpectly. The star of the team is Younes Belhanda (silver sticker) and best scorer Olivier Giroud (who was transferred to Arsenal for the next season).

Paris Saint-Germain finished at the second place, with great performances by Pastore, Ménez and Nené. They were very active during the winter transfers. In fact, there are 5 update stickers: Ancelotti (new coach), Alex, Maxwell, Thiago Motta and Le Crom.

 As for PSG there is one more stickers than the places available on the "zone transferts", one sticker can be placed on top of one other gluing only the top part of it, in this way:

The "set transferts" with the update of the winter transfers was out in April 2012 and contains 53 stickers: Eduardo, Saad, Gigliotti (Ajaccio), Mandjeck, Lapo (Auxerre), Mariano, Obraniak (Bordeaux), Khaled, Sissoko, Alphonse, Jemaa (Stade Brestois), Montaroup (Caen), Yeboah, Achour, Diabaté, Kumordzi, Koné, Kakuta (Dijon), Kahlenberg, coach Correa (Evian), Cetto, Roux, John Ruiz (Lille), Gassama, Lautoa, Douniama (Lorient), Al-Kamali (Lyon), Mango, Osei, Brandao (Marseille), Puygrenier, Bayal, Mollo (Nancy), Anin, Grandin, coach Marsiglia (Nice), Le Crom, Maxwell, Alex, Thiago Motta, coach Ancelotti (PSG), Diallo, Erding (Rennes), Brison, Aleksic (Saint-Etienne), Banana, Doubai, Davies, Osanga (Sochaux), Aurier (Toulouse), Djuric, Camara (Valenciennes).

Maxime Gonalons was one of the surprises of the previous season and he is the "star player" of Lyon chosen by Panini:

After the Ligue 1 teams, two pages are dedicated to the film of the league ("Le film du Championnat"). It contains 10 extra stickers that were released on two special packets, one on Febraury 7 and the other on June 19 with the magazine "France Football". The first five stickers concern the first half of the season, with the best scorer Giroud (Montpellier), best player Barbosa (Evian), best goalkeeper Sirigu (PSG) and leader of the Ligue (PSG). The second five stickers concern the final results of the season: two stickers for the Ligue 1 champions (Montpellier), one for the Ligue 2 champions (Bastia), one for the best scorer Giroud (Montpellier) and one for the best player of the season Hazard (Lille).

 Then we have a section for the Women National Team (2 pages): 18 players on 9 stickers are included:

 Ligue 2 teams are placed each on one page with 7 stickers: one gold team logo, one team squad, 5 player stickers (3 players per sticker for a total of 15 players)

Sporting Club de Bastia won Ligue 1, reaching thus the other team from Corsica (Ajaccio) in Ligue 1.

AS Monaco is a noble team just fallen in Ligue 2. They did not manage to get back immediately to the French football élite.

 Album Details:

Name: Panini Foot 2012

Publisher: Panini

League: French (Ligue 1 and Ligue 2)

Number of teams: 20 Ligue 1 
                             20 Ligue 2

Stickers per team:  25 + update for Ligue 1 teams

                                7 stickers for Ligue 2 teams

Sticker size: 4.9 x 6.8 cm
Special Stickers: 1 sticker "Panini 50"
                            9 stickers "Equipe de France Féminine A"

Extra stickers:  10 stickers V1-V10 "Film du Championnat" (with "France Football")
                         53 stickers "Set Transfert" (Update April 2012)

Total number of stickers: 723 = 660 (album) + 53 (update) + 10 (V1-V10)

Star Players (silver stickers):

Benjamin André, Ndinga, Modeste, Baysse, M'Baye Niang, Sankharé, Mongongu, Payet, Emeghara, Gonalons, André Ayew, Belhanda, Bakar, Ospina, Sakho, M'Vila, Goulham, Boudebouz, Rivière, Tae-Hee Nam.

domenica 5 maggio 2013

Panini Foot Belgium 2012

Official sticker collection

The Panini collection of Belgian Football League started with the season 1972-1973 and since then it was out every year, reaching the 40th edition with this album of the season 2011-2012. Therefore, it is an important collection, a guaranteed appointment renewed every year.
This Panini Foot 2012 is like a Bible of Belgian Football, as it includes Pro League, Second Division, Third Division and Women League, for a total of 84 teams (in 72 pages)!
The album starts with the Pro League (the Premier League of Belgium) and its 16 teams. Each team is placed on three pages: one page with 6 stickers (silver logo, trainer, 2x uniform kit in fabric, 2x team squad) and the details about the team and the players, and two pages for the teams players (20 stickers for 20 players). The players stickers have a different shape (following the player head) and are placed on a background with a football field in a similar position where they normally play. The two stickers of the team uniform (In and Out) are in a nice fabric material and the team logo is printed on a shining silver foil.
Anderlecht won the season, in front of Club Brugge (2nd) and Gent (3rd).

In the picture below we can appreciate the quality of the silver foil logo and the two team uniform, which are in fabric material:

After the Pro League teams, the team of second division (2de klasse) are shown. The second division is one group of 18 teams and are placed on 6 pages (3 teams per page). For each team there are 12 players and a silver team logo: 2 stickers for the players (6 players per sticker) and 1/3 of sticker for the logo. The second division teams are: Aalst, Antwerp, Boussu Dour, FC Brussels, Sporting Charleroi, FCV Dender, Eupen, Heist, Lommel United, Oostende, Roeselare, Sint-Niklaas, Tienen, Tubize, Visé, Waasland-Beveren, Wetteren, White Star Woluwe. 

The third division (3de klasse) is divided in two groups (A and B) of 18 teams each. The presentation of the 3rd division teams on the album is the same as the 2nd division: 3 teams per page with 2 stickers for 12 players and 1/3 sticker for the silver team logo.
The 3rd division group A has the following teams: Ath, Bertrix, Bleid-Gaume, URL Centre, Coxyde, Deinze, Heppignies-Lambusart-Fleurus, Huy, Olsa-Brakel, Charleroi-Marchienne, Oudenaarde, Mouscron-Peruwelz, Ronse, Torhout, Tournai, Verviers, Virton, KRC Waregem.
The 3rd division group B is composed by: Bocholt, Aupel Boom, Bornem, Dessel, Diegem, Geel-Meerhout, KSC Grimbergen, Hamme, Hoogstraten, Hasselt, La Calamine, RC Mechelen, Patro Eisden Maasmechelen, Temse, Turnhout, Union St.-Gilloise, Wijgmaal, Woluwe-Zaventem.

In this edition, there is also a section on Women Football (Dames/Vrouwen). For each of the 14 teams of the first division, there is 1 sticker of the squad and 1/2 sticker for the silver team logo. These teams are: KVV Achterbroek, RSC Anderlecht, Beerschot AD, Club Brugge KV, VV Rassing Harelbeke, KSK Heist, WD Lierse SK, Oud-Heverlee Leuven, Standard Fémina de Liège, Sint-Truidense, DVC Eva's Tienen, Waasland Beveren Sinaai Girls, FC Fémina White Star Woluwe, Dames Zulte Waregem.

Maxime Lestienne is a young Belgian prospect (born 1992) playing for Club Brugge. Other players included in the album that we have to mention are Kevin de Bruyne (Transferred to Chelsea at the end of the season) of Genk, the icelandic Alfred Finnbogason (now playing and scoring for Heerenveen) of Lokeren and Denis Alibec of Mekelen on loan from Internazionale.

Album Details:

Name: Panini Foot 2012

Editor: Panini

League: Belgium (Pro League, 2nd division, 3rd division, 


Number of teams: 16 Pro League 
                             18 Second division

                              36 Third Division

                               14 Dames

Stickers per team:  26 stickers for Pro League

                              2 and 1/3 stickers for Second division

                              2 and 1/3 stickers for Third Division

                              1 and 1/2 for Dames
Extra stickers: No

Total number of stickers: 563

Remarkable Players:

Biglia, Mbokani, Matias Suarez (Anderlecht), 

Vetokele (Cercle Bruges), Lestienne, Vleminckx

(Club Brugge), Kevin de Bruyne, Jelle Vossen 

(Genk), El Ghanassy (Gent), Joseph Monrose

(Kortrijk), Wesley Sonck (Lierse), Alfred 

Finnbogason (Lokeren), Denis Alibec (Mechelen)

Tchité (Standard).