sabato 30 aprile 2016

Panini Wales 2016

Euro 2016 is an historical event for UK and Ireland, as they will be represented by England, Wales, Ireland, and Northern Ireland. To celebrate this event Panini published official campaign sticker albums for these four National teams. We present here the one dedicated to Wales, but Ireland and Northern Ireland have a very similar one. For England it was released also an official sticker album few months before.
The album opens with the introductory section "Together. Stronger". Here there are five stickers on one page: the Federation logo (shining sticker), the Cardiff City Stadium, The team photo (two stickers), and the National team coach Chris Coleman. The album then includes the "Wales squad" with 36 stickers (on four pages) of players that are part of the National team. Then the collection goes deeper into the squad presenting 20 players in more details. Each player is shown on one page with characteristics, history, and six stickers: player portrait (shining sticker) and five action stickers (two individuals, one horizontal, and one photo composed by two stickers). The list of the 20 players included is the following: Hennessey, Fon Williams, Gunter, Richards, Collins, Ashley Williams, Chester, Taylor, Davies, Cotterill, Allen, King, Ramsey, Ledley, Edwards, George Williams, Bale, Robson-Kanu, Church, and Vokes.

Inside the album there are also two sections "The Road to France" with the successfull campaign during the qualification stage. In total there are 22 action stickers displaced over four pages.

Gareth Bale page

The section "Campaign Heroes" includes 12 stickers on two pages with the most remarkable and effective players during the campaign. Two of these stickers are shining: the shot stopper Hennessey and the star striker Robson-Kanu.

Last page of the album wishes "Bon Voyage" to the team with a nine sticker puzzle of celebrations.

Back cover of the album

Album details
Full name: Wales official campaign sticker collection
Publisher: Panini
Team: Wales National Team
Year: 2016
Sections: -Together. Stronger (5 stickers)
               -Wales Squad (36 stickers)
               -Wales players (120 stickers)
               -Road to France (22 stickers)
               -Campaign Heroes (12 stickers)
               -Bon Voyage (9 stickers)

Total number of stickers: 204

giovedì 28 aprile 2016

Eredivisie Album 2016 (Plus)

It was in the season 2010/2011 that the last sticker album of the Eredivisie was published (AH Eredivisie 2011). After 5 years, with big surprise the supermarket chain Plus released an official sticker collection of the Eredivisie. The album opens with some general introductory pages with no stickers and then the 18 Eredivisie teams are shown in alphabetical order. Each team displaced over two pages includes 12 stickers: 11 players and the club badge. On the team page there are also details of the club, the stadium, and the home/away kit of the season. No other sections are included, therefore the set counts 216 stickers. Player stickers are innovative, with personal and professional details of the players and all their signatures. 

Due to this long break and the young spirit of the Dutch competition, this album includes many rookie stickers. Ajax has a talented squad with the forward Milik, the technical El Ghazi, the complete midfielder Bazoer and the defenders Tete and Riedewald. Top scorer of the league is Vincent Janssen, young forward of AZ. In Feyenoord the defender Kongolo is already requested by European clubs. Jetro Willems was one of the most effective players of PSV who reached the round of 16 in the Champions League this season. Twente has one of the youngest team with the fabulous Hakim Ziyech (17 goals this season so far), the Peruvian Renato Tapia (who was transferred to Feyenoord during the winter market), and Ter Avest (born on 1997, but already a regular player in the squad). FC Utrecht includes the prolific striker Sebastien Haller (17 goals so far) and the American Rubio Rubin. Vitesse cooperates with Chelsea receiving the loans of Isaiah Brown, Lewis Baker, and Solanke (1997, 7 goals this season but unfortunately not included in this collection). Also the Albanian Rashica (1996, 8 goals) deserves to be mention.

Vitesse includes the young Chelsea loan Brown and the Albanian Rashica

Ajax future stars: El Ghazi and Bazoer

Two South Americans of FC Twente: Felipe Gutierrez from Chile and Reanto Tapia from Peru

Young prospects included (born in 1995 or younger)
ADO Den Haag: Danny Bakker (1995)
Ajax:  Tete (95), Riedewald (96), Bazoer (96), El Ghazi (95)
AZ: Dos Santos (1996)
Feyenoord: Karsdorp (1995)
De Graafschap: Vida (1995)
NEC: Bikel (1995)
Zwolle: Menig (1995) and Becker (1995)
Twente: Drommel (96), Ter Avest (97), Bijen (95), Tapia (95)
Utrecht: Rubin (1996)
Vitesse: Diks (96), Baker (95), Brown (97), and Rashica (96)
Willem II: Zivkovic (1996)

Album details:
Full name: Verzamelalbum Voetbalplaatjes 2015-2016 Eredivisie
Publisher: Plus
League: Dutch Eredivisie
Season: 2015-2016
Number of teams: 18
Stickers per team: 12
Special sections: No

Total number of stickers: 216

sabato 23 aprile 2016

Panini Football 76

In the season 1975/76, Panini published the first sticker album of the French league. Here we present this collection, which is the first of a long series that celebrates forty years of age with the current season 2015/16. This first album has a similar design of other Panini albums of that period released for other foreign leagues.
In the season 1975/76, Saint-Etienne won the third title in a row. In this album we find a young Michel Platini (21 years old with the shirt of Nancy), Carlos Bianchi (top scorer of the league with 34 goals for Stade de Reims), and Raymond Domenech (Lyon, future coach of the French National Team).
The album opens with the calendar of the season 1975/76 on the left page, while on the right page there is the foreword, table of contents and the first four stickers: the logos of the FIFA, UEFA, FFF (French National Federation), and UNEP (French Association of Professional Footballers). The 20 teams of Division 1 are then shown in alphabetical order, starting from Avignon and concluding with Valenciennes. Each team is displaced over two pages with a total of 17 stickers: the club badge, the coach, and 15 players. The team page includes also a brief description of the career and characteristics of coach and players. 

The second part of the album includes three special sections: Football trophies, best world players, and football comic strips by Prosdocimi. 
The section about football trophies includes table of honour and stickers of eight International competition: the World Cup, the Euro Cup, the Intercontinental Cup, the Champions Cup, the Cup of Cup Winners, the UEFA Cup, the Mitropa Cup, and the French Cup.

Quelques Grandes Figures du Football D'Aujourd'hui (Some big personalities of today football) includes 16 stickers of some of the best players of 1976 around the world. Among them we find Johan Cruyff, Franz Beckenbauer, Gerd Muller, Gianni Rivera, and Sandro Mazzola. 

Bruno Prosdocimi (born in 1936) is an Italian painter and cartoonist. In the section Le Football vu par Prosdocimi (Football seen by Prosdocimi), he presents 32 stickers to illustrate football. They are about characters (the referee, the president, etc...) and actions of the game (offside, penalty, etc...).

Club badges of Football 76

 Three big names of the first album of the French league: Carlos Bianchi, Raymond Domenech and Michel Platini

Album details
Full name: Football 76
Publisher: Panini
League: French (Division 1)
Season: 1975/1976
Number of teams: 20
Stickers per team: 17
Special sections: -Introduction (4 stickers)
                            -Trophies (8 stickers)
                            -International football stars (16 stickers)
                            -Football seen by Prosdocimi (32 stickers)

Total number of stickers: 400

domenica 17 aprile 2016

Panini Palmeiras - Centenario de glorias (Hardcover album)

To celebrate 100 years of Palmeiras, Panini released in August 2015 an album going through the history of the club and published also a special hardcover edition of the album. The club Palestra Italia was founded on the 26th August 1914 in Sao Paulo by Italo-Brazilians. It become later on Palmeiras and in the recent years had great talents like Roberto Carlos and Edmundo. 
In the following we present the list of sections and stickers of this fabulous collection, which includes also many metallic and fabric stickers (in satin material). 

Introduction - 2 stickers (both fabric stickers)
The foreword page includes two stickers of logos in a special fabric material 

Evoluçao dos escudos - 9 stickers (all fabric)
A spectacular page with an overview of the evolution of the Palmeiras badge along the years. Nine stickers in fabric material from the first badge of 1915 to the latest appeared in 1959.

Table of contents - 6 stickers (all fabric)
The album contents are spread on three pages with an extended page. Here appear also six stickers in fabric material: the flag, the mascot, the uniforms (home and away) and the 100 years celebratory stickers (home and away).

A bota inspiradora: 10 stickers (5 shining)
The origin of the club founded on August 26, 1914. A shining sticker of the first trophy (Taça Savoia) is included.

La nostra casa: 11 stickers (1 fabric)
This section is about the "Estadio Palestra Italia", the first home stadium of the club. A fabric sticker of  Heitor, who is the best scorer in the history of the club with 327 goals, is included.

Rebatismo de um campeao: 6 stickers

As primeiras taças: 16 stickers (4 shining)
This section presents the first great succes of the club, the Campeonato Paulista 1920. A big picture of the trophy is included, composed by four shining stickers.

Decada dourada: 17 stickers (1 shining)
Arrancada heroica: 13 stickers (1 shining)

Ostentando a sua fibra: 10 stickers (2 shining)
This section is about the successes in the Campeonato Paulista in the 40s.  Two shining stickers compose the photo of the captain Jairo Rosa Pinto.

Nasce a Academia: 11 stickers (1 shining)
Impiedoso: 6 stickers (1 shining)
Avassalador: 6 stickers (1 shining)

Titulo Historico: 16 sticers (2 shining)
The historic conquest of Paulistao 1993 and 1994, with Edmundo and Roberto Carlos.

Um time de cinema: 7 stickers (1 shining) 
Outra vez no topo: 10 stickers (1 shining)
Estreia de gala: 10 stickers (1 shining)
The first tournament Rio-Sao Paulo was organized in 1933 and who won the title? Palestra Italia! A big photo of that team is included in this page, composed by 8 stickers.
Maquina de Titulos: 8 stickers (1 shining)
The trophy of Rio-Sao Paulo 1951 is here included (shining sticker).

Foi um show!: 7 stickers (2 shining)
Batizando o Pacaembu: 5 stickers
Palmeiras de Amarelinha: 18 stickers (6 shining)
This section is about remarkable friendly tournaments. Also the day in which Palmeiras represented the Brazilian National team is included with a a big shining photo (6 stickers).

1° Campeao Mundial: 13 stickers (1 shining)
The first international tournament for clubs was the Copa Rio 1951, recognized later by the Fifa as the first World Cup for clubs. Palmeiras won the trophy in a double final against Juventus.

Fazendo historia: 18 stickers (1 shining)
This section is about international tournaments including the final of the World Cup for clubs in 1999 lost against Manchester United.

Nacional hegemonia: 14 stickers (1 shining)
Segunda academia: 18 stickers (2 shining)
Here the teams and players champions of the Campeao Brasileiro 1972 and 1973 are included.

Hepta e octo campeao: 15 stickers (3 shining)
Bi da Copa do Brasil 98/2012: 14 stickers (2 shining)
The two victories in the Copa do Brasil in 1998 and 2012.

A Mercosul è nossa!: 16 stickers (1 shining)
Sangue, suor e a conquista da America: 15 stickers (1 shining)
The conquest of the Copa Libertadores 1999

Palmeiras Campeao de tudo!: 16 stickers (1 shining)
Nossa nova casa espetacular!: 12 stickers
A double page about the new home of Palmeiras, the stadium Allianz Parque.

Arqueiros verde: 7 stickers
Artistas Palestrinos: 7 stickers (1 shining, 6 fabric)
The Parrot, the mascot of the club, is here seen by the eyes of Brazilian artists The results are six fabric stickers with artistic representation of the mascot.

Time do sonhos: 11 stickers (all shining)
Caricatures of the best players in the history of the club: Roberto Carlos, Heitor and Rivaldo (but not Edmundo) are included.

Mantos sagrados: 20 stickers (all fabric)
The evolution of Palmeiras shirt is presented with 20 stickers in special fabric material, from the first shirt in 1915 to the one of the last trophy (Copa do Brasil 2012). 

Album details:
Full name: Palmeiras Centenàrio de glorias
Publisher: Panini
Club: Palmeiras (Brazil)
Hardcover album: Yes
Sections: see description above
Amount of fabric stickers: 44
Amount of shining stickers: 55

Total number of stickers: 400