domenica 26 gennaio 2014

Panini Brasileiro 2013 - Hardcover Deluxe Edition

The album Brasileiro 2013 was realesed by Panini in July 2013 as the official collection of the Brazilian Serie A and B. For the third year in a row there is also a limited hardcover deluxe edition of the album that we show here. The main new feature of Brasileiro 2013 is that for each Serie A player there is also a mini-sticker. In this way it is possible to decide the 11 regulars of each team with tactics and positions, placing the mini-stickers in the dedicated area of each team. For each Serie A team there are 2 stickers that contain 7 mini-sticker each, covering the 14 players of the team. 

 The "sticker 0" of the album (right corner) is the Brasileiro 2013 logo

The album begins as usual with the Brasileiro 2013 logo (sticker number zero) in the first page. Before the Serie A teams are presented, there is a double page dedicated to the best scoarer of all times for the top 24 Brazilian teams. These 24 golden shining stickers include also the total number of goals realized in the Brazilian Seria A. Among these players we can find legends like Zico (909 goals with Flamengo), Roberto Dinamite (698 goals with Vasco) and in particular Pelé (1091 goals with Santos)

Pelé sticker of Brasileiro 2013

Brasileiro 2013 includes all the 20 Serie A teams, appearing in alphabetical order: Atletico Mineiro, Atletico Paranaense, Bahia, Botafogo, Corinthians, Coritiba, Criciuma, Cruzeiro, Flamengo, Fluminense, Goias, Gremio, Internacional, Nautico, Ponte Preta, Portuguesa, Santos, Sao Paulo, Vasco, Vitoria.
For each team there are 18 stickers distributed over two pages: the club logo (shining silver), the mascotte (shining silver), 14 players portraits and 2 stickers containing the mini-stickers. In the left corner of the team pages there is an empty field where it is possible to stick the mini-stickers, choosing the 11 regulars ("Escale seus titulares"), deciding tactics and positions. Our choice of tactics and players was based on the 2013 season statistics (from the website mixed with personal preferences.
In Brasileiro 2013 we can find a mix of young prospects and old stars. We have a clear example with the first team of the album, Atletico Mineiro. Next to each other, there are the stickers of Ronaldinho and the young Bernard (born 1992), who moved to Shakhtar Donetsk after a brilliant season with Atletico Mineiro.

The old legend (Ronaldinho) and the rising star (Bernard)

Among the young prospects that played regularly during the season, we can mention several players that could have a future in Europe: Bernard (1992, Atletico Minero, just moved to Shakhtar), Madson (1992, Bahia), Talisca (1994, Bahia), Doria (1994, Botafogo), Vitinho (1993, Botafogo, just moved to CSKA Moska), Mayke (1992, Cruzeiro), Vinicius (1993, Cruzeiro), Rafinha (1993, Flamengo), Alex Telles (1992, Gremio), Bressan (1993, Gremio), Douglas Santos (1994, Nautico), Gabriel (1996, Santos), Neilton (1993, Santos), Rodrigo Caio (1993, Sao Paulo), Ademilson (1994 Sao Paulo).
In this album there are also several old stars that had already a career in Europe and are now back to Brazil: Gilberto Silva, Ronaldinho, Jo (Atletico Mineiro), Seedorf (Botafogo), Renato Augusto, Pato (Corinthians), Deco, Fred (Fluminense), Elano, Ze Roberto (Gremio), Juan, Forlan (Internacional), Marcos Assunçao (Santos), Lucio, Luis Fabiano (Sao Paulo), Juninho Pernambucano (Vasco).

Last November 13, 2013, Cruzeiro won its third Brasileiro with 11 points more than Gremio. The bottom 4 teams (Fluminense, Vasco, Ponte Preta and Nautico) were relegated in the second division.

The 11 regulars of 2013 champions Cruzeiro

Damiao and Forlan stickers of Internacional

Gabriel "Gabigol" Barbosa (born 1996) and Neilton (1993) first sticker.
Write down their name, these two Santos young stars are Neymar successors.

Each Serie B team is placed on one page with a total of 6 stickers: 1 club logo (silver shining), 1 team mascotte (silver shining) and 4 stickers of player portraits (3 per sticker for a total of 12 players). The 20 teams are: ABC, America MG, America RN, ASA, Atletico Goianense, Avai, Boa, Bragantino, Cearà, Chapecoense, Figueirense, Guarantiguetà, Icasa, Joinville, Oeste, Palmeiras, Paranà, Paysandu, Sao Caetano, Sport. 
First appearance in Brasileiro for Paysandy, Chapecoense and Oeste. Palmeiras won the 2013 Serie B title and was promoted together with Chapecoense, Sport and Figueirense to play Serie A in 2014. 

A big name in the Brazilian Serie B: Palmeiras. They include a rising star, Leandro Moura, who scored 13 goals in this season. 

One sealed packet of Panini Brasileiro 2013

The hardcover album (limited edition)

A special sticker that can be found in the packets.
It gives right to one sealed packet.

Album details
Name: Campeonato Brasileiro 2013
Publisher: Panini
League: Brazilian
Number of teams: 20 Serie A and 20 Serie B
Stickers per teams: 18 stickers for Serie A teams
                                 6 stickers for Serie B teams
Special stickers: 1 sticker Brasileiro 2013 logo
                           24 stickers "Artilheiros inspiradores"

Total number of stickers: 505

sabato 18 gennaio 2014

Merlin's F.A. Premier League 2007

Here we present the Official Sticker Collection of the English Premier League for the season 2006/2007, published by Merlin. The Merlin series started in the season 1993/1994, after taking over the Panini collection.
Manchester United ended the 2007 season as Premier League champions with 89 points, second place for Chelsea with 83 points, and then Liverpool and Arsenal (both with 68 points). The album opens with a foreword from Richard Scudamore (Chief Executive of the FA Premier League) and the first two stickers: The FA Logo and the FA Trophy.

The album features the 20 Premier League teams in alphabetical order, as showed in the table of contents. Each team is placed over four pages with a total of 25 stickers: 3 big stickers (the squad, the kits and the star player), the clud badge (silver foil) and 21 player portraits. Each portrait sticker includes the signature of the player and a number of stars (from 1 to 5) based on his value. 
Five stars players of the collection are: Gallas, Henry, Fabregas (Arsenal), Cech, Cole, Terry, Lampard (Chelsea), A.Johnson (Everton), Carragher, Gerrard (Liverpool), Neville, Ferdinand, Cristiano Ronaldo, Giggs, Rooney (Manchester United), Owen (Newcastle), Campbell (Portsmouth), Lennon (Tottenham), Tevez (West Ham).
The 20 Star Players are (big sticker) are: Henry (Arsenal), Barry (Aston Villa), Gamst (Blackburn), Anelka (Bolton), Bent (Charlton), Lampard (Chelsea), A.Johnson (Everton), Diop (Fulham), Gerrard (Liverpool), Barton (City), Rooney (United), Downing (Middlesbrough), Parker (Newcastle), Campbell (Portsmouth), Doyle (Reading), Jagielka (Sheffield Utd), Lennon (Tottenham), King (Watford), Tevez (West Ham), Heskey (Wigan).

The sticker of a 22 years old Arjen Robben

In the middle of the the album there is a section with the "Most Wanted" stickers. One player per team has been selected based on the analysis of stickers ordered online by collectors of Merlin's Premier League 2006. These are 20 big stickers placed over 6 pages.

Cristiano Ronaldo official sticker of the season 2006/07

The rookie sticker of Giuseppe Rossi, 19 years old at Newcastle. 
Now great player of Fiorentina and Italy national team.

In West Ham we find two amazing Argentinian players: Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano. They were both 22 years old, at the first experience in Europe. Tevez scored 7 goals in that season and then moved to bigger clubs (Manchester United, City and Juventus). Mascherano played only 5 matches before moving to Liverpool in January 2007. In this Merlin's collection we find two stickers of Tevez (one star player, one portrait) and two of Mascherano (one with West Ham and one update sticker with the new Livepool jersey).

This collection has also an update sticker set that includes 25 stickers of players transferred during the winter market. These stickers include also players details and can be optionally used to replace other stickers of the album.
The 25 update stickers are: Denilson (Arsenal), Maloney, Carew, Bardsley (Aston Villa), Dunn, Warnock (Blackburn), Thompson (Bolton), Song, Tatcher (Charlton), Davies, Montella (Fulham), Fernandes (Everton), Mascherano (Liverpool), Ball (City), Larsson (United), Lauren (Portsmouth), Stead (Sheffield Utd), Huddlestone, Rocha (Tottenham), Neill, Young, Quashie, Upson, Davenport, Boa Morte (West Ham).
Here we can mention the rookie sticker of Song (Charlton), now at Barcelona, and Young (West Ham), now at Manchester Utd. Also, we find two great bombers as the Italian Montella (Fulham), ex Sampdoria and Roma, and the Swedish Larsson (Manchester Utd).

Album Details
Full Name: Merlin's F.A. Premier League  2007
Publisher: Merlin
League: English Premier League
Number of teams: 20
Stickers per team: 25 (3 big and 22 normal)
Special sections: -FA Logo and Trophy (2 stickers)
                           -"Most Wanted" (20 stickers)
Extra stickers: Update sticker set (25 stickers)

Total Number of stickers: 522 + 25 update stickers