sabato 28 marzo 2020

Football 1998-99 - Tunisia

Football 1998-99 is the one and only sticker album dedicated by Panini to the Tunisian league. In the same period Panini produced for Africa also three albums of the Moroccan league (from 1999 to 2001) and one of the South African league (in 2000).
The album layout is very simple. It shows the 16 competing teams with 15 stickers per club (team photo and 14 players). There are no other stickers, badge or shiny stickers. At the end of the album we find a section about the Italian league, with no stickers.
The club Espérance de Tunis (ES Tunis in the album) dominated the season 1998-99, winning the second consecutive title. In the same year they won also the Tunisian Cup and they reached the final in the CAF Champions League (lost at penalties against Raja Casablanca).

Back cover of the album

 Radhi Jaidi played in his career for Bolton (2004-2006), Birmingham City (2006-2009)  and Southampton (2009-2012); The Hungarian Mihaili Toth played for several clubs in Europe and for Club Africain in 1999 (19 appearances and 9 goals)

Khaled Badra and Hassan Gabsi moved both to Genoa (Italy) in 2001

Album details
Full name: Football 1998-99
Publisher: Panini
League: Tunisian 
Season: 1998-1999
Number of teams: 16
Stickers per team: 15
Other sections: No
Checklist: click here

Total number of stickers: 240

mercoledì 25 marzo 2020

Panini Brasileiro 2000

The Brazilian championship 2000 was organized by "Clube dos 13" instead of the National Federation (CBF) due to legal complications and it was named Copa Joao Havelange. This special tournament was contested by 116 teams divided in groups followed by a knockout stage. Vasco Da Gama won the title defeating Sao Caetano in the final (1-1 and 3-1), counting on the goals of Romario, Juninho Pernambucano and Jorginho Paulista. The top scorer of the season was Adhemar (Sao Caetano) with 22 goals.

The Panini album of the championship includes the best 25 clubs taking part in the competition. The list of these clubs can be read in the table of contents at the beginning of the album. There is also an introductory page explaining the contents of this collection. For each club there are two pages with details and statistics, including six stickers (shiny badge, mascot, two team stickers, home kit, and coach), and other two pages with 14 players (the star player is a puzzle composed by two stickers). Some clubs have only 20 stickers: no coach sticker for Atletico Mineiro, Bahia, and Sport, and no mascot sticker for Flamengo. 

After the clubs, there is a six page section over the 30 years of history of the Brazilian league. Here there are records, statistics and 24 stickers of the Panini logo in football actions. 

The last section of the album is dedicated to the Champions of the Brasileirao 2000. These 15 special shiny stickers of Vasco da Gama (badge and 14 players) could be ordered directly to "Panini Brasil" at the end of the season, as explained in the last page of the album.

Back cover of the album: it shows the collection of 25 stickers released inside Milch products

The Brazilian evergreen Rogerio Ceni (Sao Paulo) and Felipe Scolari (Cruzeiro)

Future AS Roma players: Taddei and Juan

Lucio (ex Bayern Munchen, Inter) and Juninho (ex Lyon) before their European career

Rookie sticker of the 18 years old Adriano (future player of Inter and Brazil) and the unique season of Edmundo with Santos

Vasco da Gama won the Brazilian championship 2000

Shiny badge and home kit stickers of Cruzeiro

Album details
Full name: Brasileirao 2000 - Copa Joao Havelange
Publisher: Panini
League: Brazilian 
Season: 2000
Number of teams: 25
Stickers per team: 21 (except Atletico Mineiro, Flamngo, Bahia, and Sport with 20 stickers)
Other sections:
  • 30 años de historia (24 stickers)
  • Campeao do Brasileirao (15 stickers)
Extra: 25 stickers with player caricatures (inside Milch products)

Total number of stickers: 560