Thursday, June 04, 2015

Recently-Acquired Panini Sticker Album of the Day #6: Belgian 'Football 76'

Now, given its magnificence, as represented yesterday, what could be as good as the Belgian ‘Football 75Panini sticker album? Why, the ‘Football 76’ edition, a suitably fine companion to its predecessor, this time featuring full-length images of the fabulous assortment of players, resplendent not only in their personal grooming styles but also in their complete playing togs (or tracksuits), a delightfully different detail. Note the inclusion of the team managers this time & admire especially the casual ‘civvy’ style of the day sported by those of Beringen, (the tragically defunct name of) La Louviere (whose featured goalkeeper is the magnificently-named Jean-Paul Crucifix, something of a cross to bear, ho-ho) & Racing Mechelen: nice.

Other details occur: the filled-in nameplate featuring the handwritten evidence of the album’s original ownership (which person chose to favour the French legend beneath the players’ stickers over the Flemish alternative, as might be detected); the curious (in fact, rather bonkers) cartoon centrespread, with wibbly-edged shaped stickers; & the concluding section featuring, bilingually again, of course, the laws of the game.

All in all, the album constitutes another essential addition to the collection, &, rather than merely take my word for it, please enjoy this selection of sample pages…

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