sabato 25 luglio 2015

Futbol Para Todos - Apertura 2011 (Argentina)

 The album Futbol Para Todos Apertura 2011 includes the teams of the Argentinian Primera A, Primera B, and football stars of Europe. First the Primera A teams are shown, then Primera B teams. As usual for the albums of this publisher there is no fix number of stickers per team. Some teams cover half page, other two pages. For each team there are stickers of players in action and sometimes the team photo, the stadium and/or the club badge. Teams with most stickers are Boca Juniors (17 stickers) and River Plate (18 stickers). These two teams are also the only to have a club badge sticker. Stadium stickers are included for the following teams: Argentinos Jrs, Boca Jrs, Colon, Newell's, Velez, Aldosivi, Gimnasia de Jujuy, CSD San Juan, Chicarita Jrs, Club Ferro Carril, Huracan, Quilmes, and Club Atletico Guillermo Brown.

At the end of the album there is a section with football stars of Europe (Estrellas de Europa), in which there are the best Argentinian players playing abroad. On five pages there are 40 stickers of players in action, with details about position, team, date of birth, and nationality. The stickers of Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo open this section.

The back cover of the album

The stickers of Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo

Album details
Full name: Futbol Para Todos * Apertura 2011 
Publisher: Industria Argentina
League: Argentina (Primera A, Primera B Nacional)
Season: 2011
Teams: 20 of Primera A
             20 of Primera B
Stickers per team: variable from 2 to 18
Special sections: Estrellas de Europa (40 stickers)

Total number of stickers: 270

Panini Voebal 90

Panini Voetbal 90 is the 13th consecutive official collection of the Dutch football that Panini published since the season 1977/78. 
The album opens with a foreword and two stickers: the championship trophy and the KNVB cup. Then all the 18 teams of the Eredivise are shown in alphabetical order. Each team has two pages on which there is a total of 16 stickers: the team photo (2 stickers) and 14 players. Unfortunately there are no club badges in this album.

Eerste Divisie teams are also included. For each team there are only two stickers that compose the team photo.

At the end of the album there is a section dedicated to Dutch players playing abroad (Nederlandse Buitenlanders). Here we find 24 stickers on four pages. Among these players there are Gullit (Milan), Van Basten (Milan), Rijkaard (Milan), Ronald Koeman (Barcelona), Erwin Koeman (Mechelen), and Bosman (Mechelen).
The album ends with a page dedicated to AC Milan, the club that won the Champions League the season before with the support of the Dutch trio Gullit-Rijkaard-Van Basten. On this page there is a big photo of the team composed by 8 stickers.

The Dutch trio of AC Milan: Gullit-Van Basten-Rijkaard

The sticker of the great Brazilian Romario (PSV)

Album details
Full name: Voetbal 90
Publisher: Panini
League: Dutch Eredivisie and Eerste Divisie
Season: 1989/1990
Number of teams: 18 Eredivisie
                              18 Eerste Divisie
Stickers per team: 16 for Eredivisie teams
                               2 for Eerste Divisie teams
Special sections: Introduction (2 stickers)
                           Nederlandse Buitenlanders (24 stickers)
                           AC Milan (8 stickers)

Total number of stickers: 358

venerdì 24 luglio 2015

Torneo Nestor Kirchner / Copa America 2011 (Argentina)

We present here a special sticker album. Its peculiar feature is that it's divided in two parts, one about the Clausura Tournament 2011 (Torneo Nestor Kirchner) of the Argentinian league and the second about the upcoming Copa America Tournament held in Argentina the same year. Based on which side you open the album you start a different section, so that one cover represents the Clausura tournament and the other cover the Copa America tournament.
The section Clausura 2011 includes 148 stickers of all the 20 teams of the tournament. For each team there is a team photo sticker and stickers of players in action. The number of stickers per team is variable. Boca Juniors and River Plate have 13 stickers; Estudiantes, Gimnasia La Plata, Godoy Cruz, Independiente, and Racing have 9 stickers; San Lorenzo has 8 stickers; Colon, Newell's, Olimpo, and Velez have 7 stickers; All Boys, Argentinos Jrs, Arsenal, Banfield, Huracan, Lanus, Quilmes, and Tigre have 5 stickers.

The Copa America Argentina 2011 part covers all the participating team to the competition with a total of 52 stickers. Of course the team Argentina has a larger section with 18 action player stickers displayed over three pages. Brazil and Uruguay have 6 stickers, Paraguay has 5 stickers, Colombia has 4 stickers, Mexico has 3 stickers. Bolivia, Chile, Perù, and Venezuela are covered with 2 stickers each, whereas there is only one team photo sticker for Ecuador and Japan.

Leo Messi and Luis Suarez stickers

Album details
Full name: Torneo Nestor Kirchner Clausura 2011 / Copa America Argentina 2011
Publisher: Industria Argentina
League: Argentina Primera Division and Copa America
Season: 2011
Number of teams: 20 Argentina Primera Division teams
                              12 Copa America teams
Stickers per team: variable from 5 to 13 for Primera Division teams
                              variable from 1 to 18 for Copa America teams

Total number of stickers: 200

Eredivisie All Stars 2005/2006 (Cards)

Magic Box Int. published in the 2000s several cards collections of the Dutch Eredivisie. As for the other editions, the All Stars 2005/2006 collection includes a binder that can host 18 cards of all 18 teams of the competition. Each card shows the player in action with position and value of the player. The checklist of the binder includes more details about each player (date and place of birth, height and weight).

Three young champions we can find in this collection: Wesley Sneijder, Dirk Kuyt, AND Klaas Huntelaar

Collection details
Full name: All Stars trading card game 2005/2006
Publisher: Magic Box Int.
League: Dutch Eredivisie
Season: 2005/2006
Number of teams: 18
Cards per team: 18

Total number of cards: 324

giovedì 23 luglio 2015

Panini Football 2011 (Belgium)

Panini Football 2011 covers all the Belgian football: Pro League, Division 2, Division 3, and Women's league. Each Pro League team has three pages and 28 stickers! These stickers are: shining club badge, team photo (2 stickers), top player in action, home kit (fabric sticker), away kit (fabric sticker), the coach, and 21 players. There is no transfer set or update stickers in this collection. The great feature of this album are the fabric stickers for the home/away kit and that the top player has two stickers, one action and one portrait.

We have to mention the exceptional team of Genk with two young prospects like the goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois (now at Chelsea) and the offensive midfielder Kevin De Bruyne (Chelsea, Wolfsburg). The birth date of De Bruyne is erroneously written as 12/10/1987, whereas he was born on 28/6/1991.

Division 2 teams (EXQI League) have only two stickers: the team photo and the shining club badge (half sticker). The same for Division 3 teams, which are divided in two leagues, and the Women's league teams. There are no extra sections.

Three great Belgian players included in this album: Lukaku, Lestienne, and Benteke

What a duo at Genk! The rookie stickers of Thibaut Courtois and Kevin De Bruyne

Album details
Full name: Football 2011
Publisher: Panini
League: Belgium (Pro League, Division 2 , Division 3, Women)
Season: 2010/2011
Number of teams: 16 of Pro League
                              18 of Division 2
                              18 of Division 3
                              14 of Women's league
Stickers per team: 28 for Pro League teams
                              1.5 for Division 2 teams
                              1.5 for Division 3 teams
                              1.5 for Women's league team
Special sections: No

Total number of stickers: 584