giovedì 28 giugno 2018

Panini Foot 2018

The traditional Panini album of the French League changes again its look in 2017/2018. The format of album and stickers is back to normal after the experiment of the previous season (large size album and stickers). Interesting addition of this album are the fabric stickers of the home kits for the clubs of Ligue 1.
The collection begins as usual with the 20 clubs of Ligue 1 shown in alphabetical order. Each club is displaced over 4 pages with a total of 26 stickers. On the first two pages there are 20 stickers of player portraits, with data and statistics of the players printed on the stickers. The other two pages include more details and facts about the club with six more stickers: the metallic club badge, the coach, the home kit (fabric sticker), the action sticker of a player to be followed (à suivre), the metallic sticker with signature of the best new signing of the club (top recrue) and the face of the star player to be stuck on his photo in action (top joueur).

After the clubs of Ligue 1, there is a section (Mercato d'Hiver) to place all the winter transfers stickers that can be found in the update set. There is space for a total of 48 stickers, but the update set includes only 39 new players. Therefore 9 spaces (from T40 to T48) will be left empty.

"Le Choc des Experts" is a two page section including 10 stickers of the most experienced players of Ligue 1. In this case, Panini gives a tribute to some of the oldest players of the league.

Also the Internationals of the league have a special section, with 10 metallic stickers of the best players in action. Among them Cavani, Neymar, Falcao, Di Maria, and Draxler 

Clubs of Ligue 2 are included but with only the club badge (half of a metallic sticker) and a team photo of celebrations.

The update set includes 39 stickers of new players, 2 correction stickers (to replace two players with mistakes), the mini-stickers "Joueur transféré"/"Coach remplacé" and the mini-stickers for the best keeper, coach, player, and young player based on the UNFP awards. The corresponding winners of the UNFP awards are Mandanda (Marseille), Emery (PSG), Neymar (PSG), and Mbappé (PSG).

The update set released in March 2018

 Stickers of Mbappé and Neymar. They won the UNFP award of Best young player and Best Player of Ligue 1 for the season 2017-18. The mini stickers "Meilleur Espoir" and "Meilleur Joueur" are included in the update set

The best Keeper (Mandanda) and best coach (Emery) elected by UNFP for this season 

Three young stars of Ligue 1: Lemar, Malcom and Depay

The two Italians of this collection: Mario Balotelli and Pietro Pellegri (born in 2001), who moved to Monaco from Genoa in January. His sticker is included in the update set

Club badges are metallic stickers and the home kits are fabric stickers 

Portrait and action metallic stickers of Sneijder. He got only five appearances with Nice before his transfer to Al Gharafa (Qatar)

Young players of this collection (born 1997 or younger)
Ligue 1: Wilfried Kanga (1998, Angers), Matheus Pereira and Malcom (1998 and 1997, Bordeaux), Durel Avounou and Jan Repas (both 1997, Caen), Félix Eboa Eboa, Ludovic Blas, and Marcus Thuram (all 1997, Guingamp), Hamza Mendyl, Valère Pollet, Fodé Ballo-Touré, Thiago Maia, and Ezequiel Ponce (all 1997, Lille),Houssem Aouar, Christopher Martins Pereira, Lucas Tousart, and Myziane Maolida (1998, 1997, 1997, and 1999, Olympique Lyonnais), Maxime Lopez (1997, Olympique Marseille), Ablie Jallow and Ibrahima Niane (1998 and 1999, Metz), Youri Tielemans and Jordi Mboula (1997 and 1999, Monaco), Jonathan Ikoné, Nordi Mukiele, and Killian Sanson (1998, 1997, and 1997, Montpellier), Chidozie Awaziem (1997, Nantes), Malang Sarr, Vincent Marcel, and Allan Saint-Maximin (1999, 1997, and 1997, OGC Nice), Christopher Nkunku and Kylian Mbappé (1997 and 1998, Paris SG), Gerzino Nyamsi, Faitout Maouassa, Joris Gnagnon, Ismaila Sarr, and Jordan Tell (97, 98, 97, 98, and 97), Assane Dioussé and Ronael Pierre-Gabriel (1997 and 1998, Saint-Etienne), Ihsan Sacko and Martin Terrier (both 1997, Strasbourg), Alban Lafont, Kelvin Amian, Issa Diop, Clément Michelin, and Ibrahim Sangaré (99, 98, 97, 97, and 97, Toulouse).
Mercato D'Hiver: Jeff Reine-Adelaide (1999, Angers), Timo Stavitski (1999, Caen), Oumar Solet (2000, Ol. Lyonnais), Pietro Pellegri (2001, Monaco), Bryan Passi (1997, Montpellier), Ihsan Sacko (1997, OGC Nice), Moataz Zemzemi (1999, Strasbourg)

Album details
Full name: Foot 2017-18
Publisher: Panini
Release: December 2017
League: French (Ligue 1 and 2)
Season: 2017/2018
Number of clubs: 20 of Ligue 1 and 20 of Ligue 2
Stickers per club: 26 for Ligue 1 and 1.5 for Ligue 2
Other sections:
  • Mercato d'hiver (39 stickers, T1-T39)
  • Le choc des experts (10 stickers)
  • La planète Ligue 1 conforama (10 stickers)

Update set: Yes (39 stickers)
Hardcover album: No
Checklist: click here

Total number of stickers: 609

lunedì 18 giugno 2018

Panini Football 2018 (Belgium)

For the season 2017/18, the official sticker collection of the Belgian football includes all the clubs of Pro League and Division 1B for a total of 378 stickers. 
The Pro League section is divided in two parts based on the ranking of the clubs at the end of the previous season. The first six clubs (Anderlecht, Club Brugge, Gent, Oostende, Charleroi, and Zulte Waregem) have 28 stickers over four pages: shining club badge, team photo (four stickers), coach, and 22 players. The other 10 clubs of Pro League have 19 stickers over two pages: shining club badge, coach, and 17 players. 

The Division 1B is composed by only 8 clubs. For each club there are the stickers of the shining club badge (half sticker) and 12 players divided in two stickers (six players per sticker). 

Club Brugge won the Pro League title 2017/18 winning both the regular season and the play-offs. Second place for Standard Liège and third for Anderlecht. The French Teddy Chevalier (Kortrijk) was the best scorer of the league with 21 goals.
In Division 1B, Cercle Brugge promoted to the Belgian Pro League defeating Beerschot in the play-off final.

 Three young Nigerian players of the Pro League: Kalu (7 goals in the season 2017/18), Dennis (7 goals) and Onyekuru (9 goals)

The Israelian Lior Refaelov, at Club Brugge since 2011, and the Dutch Richairo Zivkovic (ex Ajax, wrong flag on the sticker)

Young players of this collection (born in 1997 or younger)
Pro League: Emmanuel Adjei, Hannes Delcroix and Henry Onyekuru (1998, 1999, and 1997, Anderlecht), Ahmed Touba and Emmanuel Dennis (1998 and 1997, Club Brugge), Deiver Machado, Samuel Kalu, and Louis Verstraete (1998, 1997, and 1999, AA Gent), Hasan Ozkan (1997, KV Oostende), Julien Celestine and Dodi Lukebakio (both 1997, Charleroi), Yoan Severin, Idrissa Doumbia, Aliko Bala, and Ivan Saponjic (97, 98, 97, and 97, Zulte Waregem), Mickael Tirpan, Jean Amani, Alessio Castro-Montes, and Eric Ocansey (98, 98, 97, and 97, Eupen), Joakim Maehle, Sander Berge, Amine Khammas, and Benson Manuel (97, 98, 99, and 97, Genk), Tyron Ivanof (1997, Kortrijk), Bob Straetman (1997, Lokeren), Elias Cobbaut (1997, Mechelen), Benjamin Van Durmen, Lucas Morales, Taiwo Awoniyi, and Babacar Dioné (97, 99, 97, and 97, Royal Mouscron), Casper de Norre (1997, STVV), Ryan Mmaee (1997, Waasland Beveren)
Division 1B: Elliot Moore (1997, OHL Leuven), Emile Samyn (1997, Roeselaere), Jae Gun Lee and P. Armenakas (1997 and 1998, Tubize), Daan Heymans (1999, Westerlo)

Album details
Full name: Football Pro League 2018
Publisher: Panini
Release: November 2017
League: Belgian (Pro League and 1B)
Season: 2017/2018
Number of clubs: 16 of Pro League and 8 of 1B
Stickers per club: 28 or 19 for Pro League and 2.5 for 1B
Other sections: No
Update: No
Checklist: click here

Total number of stickers: 378

domenica 10 giugno 2018

Panini Calciatori 2018 (Hardcover album)

Panini Calciatori is certainly the most complete and detailed sticker collection released by Panini every year. For the second time, also hardcover version of the album was released. The large size album has thick cover and pages. Regular stickers of this collection are glossy, whereas special stickers are metallic or with a 3D effects (trophies and club badges).
The album begins with an introduction of four special stickers: the Serie A logo and the trophies of Serie A, Italian Cup and Supercup. Serie A clubs are shown as usual in alphabetical order. Each club is displaced over four pages. The first two pages include 24 stickers: the shining club badge (3D effect sticker), the home jersey (transparent sticker) and 22 players of the squad. On the third page there are two regular stickers (team photo and club stadium) and two metallic stickers (coach and players in action), whereas on the last page there are details and fact about the squad, but no stickers.

"Il Film del Campionato" is the usual section with the highlights of the current season 2017/2018. There are 25 stickers (numbered C1 to C25) out of which the first five can be found in the regular packets and the others were issued in four packets along the season with the newspaper "La Gazzetta dello Sport".

"Calciomercato" is the section with the winter transfers. The stickers of 48 new players and coaches were released in an update set together with the mini-stickers "Trasferito" and "Sostituito" to be stuck in correspondance of the transferred players and substituted coaches, according to the list included in the update set. Here we find for example the sticker of Rafinha (engaged by Inter) and Gattuso (new coach of Milan).

Serie B clubs are included with one page each. There are stickers of the club badge (half metallic sticker), the team photo and 18 players (three players per sticker). The total is thus 7.5 stickers per club.

Last section with stickers of this collection is the "Serie A Femminile" with 12 stickers of the Women's Serie A, numbered from F1 to F12.

The tin with the update set was released in March 2018

In the season 2017/2018, Juventus won its seventh title in a row. This time Napoli was second and top scorers with 29 goals were Icardi (Inter) and Immobile (Lazio). The relegated clubs were Crotone, Verona and Benevento. Among the rising stars, we can mention Federico Chiesa (Fiorentina) and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (Lazio). The youngest rookie player of this album is Pietro Pellegri (2001, Genoa), who moved to Monaco in January. This was the last season and therefore the last sticker of Buffon in Serie A. The new rising keeper this season has been the Brazilian Alisson (Roma).

Young stars stickers: Chiesa and Milinkovic-Savic 

 Top-scorers 2017/2018 with 29 goals: Icardi and Immobile 

 Last sticker of Buffon in Serie A and one of the best new keepers: Alisson

Club badges stickers are made with a special 3D effect

In each packet it is possible to find a winning card that gives right to a free packet "Calciatori Gol". In this packet there is one club badge sticker for the album and one card "Uomini da Copertina" (=cover men). There are in total 20 extra cards with one player per club.

Young players included in this album (born 1997 or younger)
Serie A:
Atalanta: Riccardo Orsolini (1997) and Luca Vido (1997)
Cagliari: Senna Miangue (1997), Filippo Romagna (1997), and Nicolò Barella (1997)
Chievo: Fabio De Paoli (1997)
Crotone: Rolando Mandragora (1997) and Marco Tumminello (1998)
Fiorentina: Bartlomiej Dragowski (1997), Rafik Zekhnini (1998) and Federico Chiesa (1997)
Genoa: Pietro Pellegri (2001)
Verona: Lee Seung-Woo (1998) and Moise Kean (2000)
Inter: Zinho Vanhesusden (1999), Yann Karamoh (1998) and Andrea Pinamonti (1999)
Juventus: Rodrigo Bentancur (1997)
Lazio: Luiz Felipe (1997)
Milan: Gianluigi Donnarumma (1999), Manuel Locatelli (1998), Patrick Cutrone (1998)
Napoli: Amadou Diawara (1997)
Roma: Gerson (1997), Cengiz Under (1997)
Sampdoria: Dawid Kownacki (1997)
Sassuolo: Pol Lirola (1997), Claud Adjapong (1998), Francesco Cassata (1997)
Spal: Alex Meret (1997) and Federico Bonazzoli (1997)
Torino: Vanja Milinkovic-Savic (1997), Lyanco (1997) and Oumar Sadiq (1997)
Udinese: Giuseppe Pezzella (1997) and Andrija Balic (1997)
Calciomercato: Riccardo Orsolini (1997, Bologna). Han Kwang-Song (1998, Cagliari), Pedro Pereira (1998, Genoa)
Serie B: D'Urso, Clemenza and Favilli (all 1997, Ascoli), Raul and Asencio (97 and 98, Avellino), Coppolaro and Cortesi (both 97, Brescia), Saric (97, Bari), Panico (97, Cesena), Varner and Kouamé (98 and 97, Cittadella), Castrovilli (97, Cremonese), Bennacer (97, Empoli), Da Cruz (97, Novara), Colombatto and Kwang-Song (97 and 98, Perugia), Coulibaly, Kanouté, Capone and Del Sole (99, 98, 99, 98, Pescara), Ghiglione and Bifulco (both 97, Pro Vercelli), Adamonis and A.Rossi (both 97, Salernitana), Pessina and Maggiore (97 and 98, Spezia), Plizzari (2000, Ternana), Audero (97, Venezia), Baraye and Di Paola (both 97, Virtus Entella)

Album details
Full name: Calciatori 2017/2018
Publisher: Panini
Release: December 2017
League: Italian (Serie A, Serie B, Women)
Season: 2017/2018
Hardcover album: Yes
Number of clubs: 20 of Serie A and 22 of Serie B
Stickers per club: 28 for Serie A and 7.5 for Serie B
Other sections:
  • Introduction (4 stickers)
  • Film del Campionato (25 stickers)
  • Calciomercato (48 stickers)
  • Serie A Femminile (12 stickers)
Update set: Yes (48 stickers)
Extra: Uomini da Copertina (20 cards)
Checklist: click here

Total number of stickers: 814