martedì 22 agosto 2017

Panini Clausura 2015 - Mexico

The Mexican league is divided in two tournaments, Clausura and Apertura, to be played in the spring and in the autumn, respectively. Panini published in 2015 two separate albums for the two tournaments, whereas since 2016 only one album is released to cover both the Apertura and the Clausura of the following year.
The album Panini Clausura 2015 starts with the table of contents and the first two shining stickers: the trophy and the official ball of the competition. The 18 clubs of Liga Bancomer (Mexican Premier League) are shown in alphabetical order. Each club is displaced over two pages with a total of 18 stickers: the club badge (shining sticker), the mascot (shining sticker), and 16 players. Compared to all the others Mexican albums, the peculiar feature of this album is that the player stickers are all in action.

This album includes also the Liga Ascenso (second division). There is an introductory sticker of the trophy and then each of the 14 clubs is included with three stickers: the shining club badge and the team photo (two stickers).

Two glorious players of this album: Ronaldinho (ex PSG, Barcelona, Milan) played for Queretaro in the tournaments 2014 and 2015. Roque Santa Cruz (ex Bayern Munchen, Manchester City, Malaga) had a short appearance in the Mexican league with Cruz Azul

Stickers of mascots are an appreciated feature of Mexican albums

Album details
Full name: Clausura 2015
Publisher: Panini
League: Mexican (Liga Bancomer and Liga Ascenso)
Competition: Clausura 
Year: 2015
Number of teams: 18 Liga Bancomer and 14 Liga Ascenso
Stickers per team: 18 for Liga Bancomer and 3 for Ascenso
Other sections:
  • Introduction Liga Bancomer (2 stickers)
  • Introduction Liga Ascenso (1 stickers)
Update stickers: No

Total number of stickers: 369

venerdì 18 agosto 2017

Panini Calciatori 2017 (Hardcover album)

The legendary Calciatori series, the official sticker collection of the Italian league started in 1961/62, proposes for the first time in the season 2016/17 an hardcover version of the sticker album.
This hardcover album is simply faboulous, no doubt the best sticker album released for quality of the cover and thickness of each page.

The album opens with the introduction of the Italian competition and four shining stickers: Serie A logo and the trophies of the Italian League, Cup, and Supercup. 
The 20 Serie A clubs are shown in alphabetical order. Each team is displaced over four pages. The first two pages include 22 stickers of players, and the other two pages a large amount of information about the club and six stickers: one shiny sticker about some remarkable players of the current team, one sticker with two young talents (Generazione Z), a fabric sticker with the first uniform, a metallic sticker with the club badge, the team photo, and a shiny sticker of the coach.

In between the Serie A and Serie B teams there are four special sections. The first is "Record da campioni" with five stickers of first pages of the famous sport newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport. The second is "Raffigura", which presents 11 stickers with caricatures of Serie A players. The third section is the classic space dedicated to the winter transfers (Calciomercato). The 48 stickers of this section can be found in a dedicated update set (Aggiornamenti). In the update set there are also the mini-sticker to glued on top of transferred player ("TRASFERITO") and replaced coaches ("SOSTITUITO"). Last section before Serie B teams is the movie of the season (Film del Campionato). The 20 stickers of this section were sold in four special packets together with the sport magazine Gazzetta dello Sport along the season. They include the main facts and players of the Italian season 2016/2017.

Serie B teams are shown in alphabetical order. Each team on one page with a total of 7.5 stickers: the metallic club badge (half sticker), the team photo and 6 stickers of players with a total of 18 players (three players per sticker). Spal, Hellas Verona, and Benevento are the three clubs promoted to Serie A at the end of the season 2016/2017.

In some lucky sticker packets it is possible to find a winner card that gives right to get a special packet Calciatori GOL. In this packet there is one special shining Calciatori sticker and one tattoo. The series includes 12 special stickers (P1-P12) and 12 tattoo's (T1-T12). A dedicated poster to glue the 12 special stickers is included in the update set (Aggiornamenti). 

The poster for the special stickers P1-P12

The 12 special tattoo's T1-T12

The update set 

The stickers Generazione X are filled with Rookie players. Above the sticker of the young star Moise Kean and the forward Alessandro Murgia (1996)

The last Calciatori sticker of Francesco Totti (left) and on the right one of the best players of the season, Dybala 

Two revelations of the season: the Italian bombers Andrea Belotti (26 goals with Torino) and Federico Chiesa (27 appearances, 3 goals with Fiorentina)

Young prospects (born in 1996 or younger)
Serie A:
Atalanta: Franck Kessié (1996)
Bologna: Godfred Donsah (1996) and Sadiq Umar (1997)
Chievo Verona: Vittorio Parigini (1996)
Empoli: Assame Dioussé (1997), José Mauri (1996), Andrés Tello (1996)
Fiorentina: Kevin Diks (1996) and Federico Chiesa (1997)
Genoa: Olivier Ntcham (1996)
Inter: Gabriel Barbosa (1996)
Milan: Gianluigi Donnarumma (1999), Davide Calabria (1996) and Manuel Locatelli (1998)
Napoli: Amadou Diawara (1997)
Palermo: Josip Posavec (1996) and Norbert Balogh (1996)
Pescara: Rey Manaj (1997)
Roma: Gerson (1997)
Sampdoria: Patrick Schick (1996) and Lucas Torreira (1996)
Sassuolo: Pol Lirola (1997) and Lorenzo Pellegrini (1996)
Torino: Lucas Boyé (1996)
Udinese: Simone Scuffet (1996) and Adalberto Penaranda (1997)

Calciomercato (update set):
Senna Miangué (1997, Cagliari), Grigoris Kastanos (1998, Pescara), Alberto Cerri (1996, Pescara), Lorenco Simic (1996, Sampdoria)

Serie B: 
Ascoli: Felicioli, Cassata, Orsolini and Favilli (all 1997)
Avellino: Radunovic (96), Asmah (96), Diallo (97), Omeonga (96), Soumaré (96), Verde (96)
Brescia: Calabresi (96), Ndoj (96), Crociata (97), Bonazzoli (97)
Cittadella: Valzania (96)
Hellas Verona: Fares (96)
Latina: Coppolaro (97), D'Urso (97), Rocca (96)
Novara: Dickmann (96)
Perugia: Elezaj (96), Zebli (97)
Pisa: Peralta (96)
Pro Vercelli: Zaccagno (97) and Luperto (96)
Salernitana: Terracciano, Mantovani, Odjer (all 96)
Spal: Meret (97), Pontisso (97), Cerri (96)
La Spezia: Vignali (96) and Piu (96)
Ternana: Germoni (97), Palumbo (96) and La Gumina (96)
Trapani: Guerrieri (96) and Colombatto (97)
Vicenza: Bogdan (96)
Virtus: Cheick Keita (96)

Generazione Z
Stefano Mazzini and Bryan Cabezas (98 and 97, Atalanta), Davide Arras and Niccolò Barella (98, 97 Cagliari), Samuel Bastien (96, Chievo), Manuel Nicoletti (98, Crotone), Federico di Marco and Roman Tchanturia (97 and 96, Empoli), Ianis Hagi and Bartolomiej Dragowski (98 and 97, Fiorentina), Assane Gnoukouri and Senna Miangué (96 and 97, Inter), Moise Kean and Rolando Mandragora (2000 and 97, Juventus), Alessandro Murgia and Franjo Prce (both 96, Lazio), Alessandro Plizzari (2000, Milan), Roland Sallai and Accursio Bentivegna (97 and 96, Palermo), Robert Muric and Davide Vitturini (96 and 97, Pescara), Edoardo Soleri and Moustapha Seck (97 and 96, Roma), Pedro Pereira and Stanley Amuzie (98 and 96, Sampdoria), Claud Adjapong (98, Sassuolo), Sasa Lukic (96, Torino), Andrija Balic and Jakub Jankto (97 and 96, Udinese)

Album details
Full name: Calciatori Figurine 2016-2017
Publisher: Panini
League: Italian Serie A and Serie B
Season: 2016/2017
Release: December 2016
Number of teams: 20 of Serie A and 22 of Serie B
Stickers per team: 28 for Serie A and 7.5 for Serie B
Special sections:
  • Introduction (4 stickers)
  • Record dei campioni (5 stickers)
  • Raffigura (11 stickers)
  • Calciomercato (48 stickers) with update set
  • Il film del campionato (20 stickers) with special packets
Extra stickers: 
Calciatori GOL stickers (P1-P12) and tattoo's (T1-T12)

Total number of sticker: 813