Arguably the latest album from legendary label maker Panini will be the most eagerly awaited for any football fan in Wales.
The last time Wales competed in the FIFA World Cup in 1958, there were no sticker albums, but now news of the new Panini World Cup sticker album has reached social media and the excitement is growing.
New album photos and poster boxes have been leaked by Panini’s Facebook fan groups, while new ads for the South American market give a brief glimpse inside the new album’s pages.
According to the Panini Football Club on Facebook, what we know so far is that the World Cup album will be released in the UK on August 24.
It will feature 670 images, including 50 special offers, in its regular version.
It is not yet known if there will be versions with additional images like there was in 2018. However there will be a hardcover version
The set will be available in Brazil from August 19, then on August 24 in the United States and in some European countries, including the United Kingdom. The release will be in phases worldwide until mid-September.
Panini World Cup 2022 continues a long tradition of collectibles centered around the world’s largest football tournament.
While the World Cup usually takes place during a time frame from May to July, the 2022 edition runs from November 21 to December 18.
The set of posters has appeared in every World Cup since 1970, usually producing a frenzy of collecting and trading to complete an album.
As usual, fans will find 2022 World Cup Panini posters for each of the 32 teams participating in the tournament. This represents the finals of the World Cup with only 32 teams, with the number of teams set to increase in 2026 to 48 teams.
Ironically, although Wales qualified for the World Cup for the first time in 64 years, Cymru actually appeared on the Panini World Cup album Argentina 1978.
Then there were a number of teams that did not qualify. The posters featured Wales’ shining badge, as well as Terry Urath, Joy Jones, John Toshack and Leighton James.
Of course, Welles’ appearance on a standalone label album for Euro 2016 and the resulting championship album was a defining moment for fans. However, the global spread of Panini World Cup 2022 album will propel the nation to hitherto unknown heights.
According to Greg Lansdown – Panini sticker expert and author of Panini Football Stickers: The Official Celebration: A Nostalgic Journey Through the World of Panini and Stuck on You: The Rise & Fall … & Rise of Panini Stickers, Wales has truly hit the world stage. .
Welsh football fans grew up with Panini Football Posters from the late 1970s onwards – and her famous collections would be the classic ‘Football 78’ to ‘Football 93’ (covering the English and Scottish leagues); Euro and World Cup albums.
While the European debut of Welsh in 2016 – and the debut of the Panini Euro Wales as a qualifying nation – was a special thing for many, Panini’s first World Cup poster album appeared, as a qualifying (Wales appeared in 1978 as an ‘Excluded Country’) cut above.
“Now Gareth Bale, Aaron Ramsey and Dan James will be swapped as World Cup posters from South America to Africa, North America to Asia and Europe to Australia.
“Wales really really hit the big Panini time!”
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