Thursday, May 26, 2016

New Addition: Panini Copa America, Part one

Another new feature that I will be starting on this blog is to add Panini Copa America Albums piece by piece, featuring one nation per edition

Panini Copa America 1999:

 1999 Nation: Paraguay

Panini Copa America 2001:

 2001 Nation: Argentina (Argentina withdrew from the actual tournament due to security concerns)

Panini Copa America 2004:

2004 Nation: Peru

Panini Copa America 2007:

2007 Nation: Venezuela

Panini Copa America 2011:

 2011 Nation: Argentina

Panini Copa America 2015:

2015 Nation: Chile

New Addition: Panini UEFA European Championships, Part one

Panini Europeo 1980:

Panini Euro 1984:

Panini Euro 1988:

Panini Euro 1992:

Panini Euro 1996:

Panini Euro 2000:

Panini Euro 2004:

Panini Euro 2008:

Panini Euro 2012:

Panini Euro 2016:

Panini World Cups, Part Six

Panini World Cup 1970:

Panini World Cup 1974:

Panini World Cup 1978:

Panini World Cup 1982:

Panini World Cup 1986:

Panini World Cup 1990:

Panini World Cup 1994:

Panini World Cup 1998:

Panini World Cup 2002:

Panini World Cup 2006:

Panini World Cup 2010:

Panini World Cup 2014:

Nations: Brazil and Croatia

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Cartoons and Diagrams, Part Six

Cartoon I:

Photo From: Goal, Issue 8, May 1996

Explanation: This cartoon shows Argentina and Fiorentina goleador Gabriel Batistuta as Rambo

Cartoon II:

Photo From: El Gráfico Nª 3.271  15-06-1982

Explanation: This cartoon is a diagram of Jairzinho’s goal vs. England in the 1970 World Cup (June 7, 1970, World Cup, Brazil 1-England 0)

 Cartoon III:

Photo From: 86 - Flash - Campionato Del Mondo Mexico

Explanation: This cartoon shows Brazil’s Toninho Cerezo

 Cartoon IV:

Photo From: (Magazine Source unknown) / Contribution From a blog viewer (special thanks to Daniel Antonio Escobar Riquelme)

Explanation: This cartoon references Brazil stars Oscar, Emerson Leao, Zico, Paulo Roberto Falcao and Luis Muller, who were on the bench prior to their first match vs. Spain during the 1986 World Cup.

 Cartoon V:

Photo From: Foot Magazine, Issue 13, May 1982

Explanation: This cartoon shows Hungary’s Laszlo Fazekas.

 Cartoon VI:

Photo From: 86 - Flash - Campionato Del Mondo Mexico

Explanation: This cartoon shows Poland’s Zbigniew Boniek

 Cartoon VI:

Photo From: Foot Magazine, Issue 30, December 1983

Explanation: This cartoon is a diagram of Frankie Vercauteren’s goal vs. Scotland (October 12, 1983, EC Qualifier, Scotland 1-Belgium 1)

 Cartoon VII:

Photo From: France Football, June 27, 1978 (Originally in La Nacion)

Explanation: This cartoon references Argentina Manager Cesar Luis Menotti (with his cigarettes) leading the Argentina squad like marionettes.

Cartoon VIII:

Photo From: France Football, Issue 1927, March 15, 1983 (Originally in La Gazzetta dello Sport)

Explanation: This cartoon references Juventus’ Michel Platini and AS Roma’s Paulo Roberto Falcao dueling for the 1982/83 Serie A title.

 Cartoon IX:

Photo From: Placar, Issue 12, June 5, 1970

Explanation: This cartoon shows Brazil’s Clodoaldo.

Cartoon X:

Photo From: France Football, Issue 1708, January 3, 1979

Explanation: This cartoon references former Stade Reims great Raymond Kopa wishing for his declining club to be saved in Christmas/New Year.

  Cartoon XI:

Photo From: The Game, Issue 6, September 1995

Explanation: This cartoon shows Wimbledon’s Vinnie Jones.

  Cartoon XII:

Photo From: France Football, Issue 1769,  March 4, 1980 (Drawn by Dero)

Explanation: This cartoon references Saint Etienne’s Robert Herbin as a veteran of European Campaigns telling war stories to relative European newcomers such as Strasbourg Manager Gilbert Gress and Nantes Manager Jean Vincent.

  Cartoon XIII:

Photo From: France Football, Issue 1875, March 16, 1982 (Drawn by Dero)

Explanation: This cartoon references Nantes’ Technical Director Robert Budzynski and New Manager Jean-Claude Suaudeau lamenting the loss of Jean Vincent, who had just left to manage Cameroon in the 1982 World Cup.

Cartoon XIV:

Photo From: Soccer International, Volume 4, Issue 6, June 1993

Explanation: This cartoon shows Germany’s Lothar Matthaus.

 Cartoon XV:

Photo From: 86 - Flash - Campionato Del Mondo Mexico

Explanation: This cartoon shows Scotland’s Graeme Souness.

 Cartoon XVI:

Photo From: Foot Magazine, Issue 15, July 1982

Explanation: This cartoon is a diagram of Erwin vandenbergh’s goal vs. Argentina in the 1982 World Cup (June 137, 1982, World Cup, Belgium 1-Argentina 0)

 Cartoon XVII:

Photo From: Placar, Issue 14A, June 19, 1970

Explanation: This cartoon references Brazil’s path to the 1970 World Cup. (By today’s standards and sensibilities, some of these could be perceived somewhat xenophobic)

 Cartoon XVIII:

Photo From: France Football, Issue 2005, September 11, 1984 

Explanation: These diagrams how Michel Platini’s 20 league goals for Juventus during the 1983/84 season.

Second Acts and comebacks, Part Eight

1- Jean-Claude Suaudeau and Nantes 1992/97
Former Nantes Manager Jean-Claude Suaudeau had led Nantes to the French league title in 1983. A few seasons later he was replaced and Nantes was slowly fading as a force and even near bankrupty.
He was re-appointed Manager and in 1992, he gambled on a class of graduates from the academy and improved the team’s fortunes.
His new base that included future Internationals such as Christian Karembeu, Reynald Pedros, Patrice Loko and Nicolas Ouedec helped Nantes to achieve UEFA Cup Qualifications in successive seasons and ultimately the French League title in 1995.

Photo From: Onze-Mondial, Issue 87, April 1996
(Jean-Claude Suaudeau)

2- Giuseppe Signori and Bologna, 1998
Italian forward Giuseppe Signori had left Lazio midway through the 1997/98 season after realizing he was surplus to requirements of the new Manager Sven-Goran Eriksson. He landed at Sampdoria and had an equally uneventful six months.
At the end of the season he joined Bologna. They had been successful the previous season to rehabilitate Roberto Baggio. Signori adapted well to the new surroundings and refound his predatory form.

Photo From: Onze-Mondial, Issue 122, March 1999
(Giuseppe Signori at  Bologna)

3- Carlos Dunga and Brazil 1993/98
Brazilian midfilder Carlos Dunga had been one of the scapegoats of the Lazaroni era, which was dubbed as the ‘Dunga era’. (not affectionately).
Upon taking over Carlos Alberto Parreira had even decalred that the ‘Dunga era’ is over. Dunga himself was struggling at Fiorentina and Pescara.
He transferred to the German Bundesliga at Stuttgart in 1993. He slowly regained his old form to become indispensable to Parreira.
He won back his National team spot and even became Team Captain midway into the 1994 victorious World Cup and remained in the set up until 1998.

Photo From: The Game, Issue 5, August 1995
(Carlos Dunga)

4- Michael Laudrup and Barcelona 1989/94
Denmark’s Michael Laudrup had been disappointing at Juventus for his last couple of seasons. Johan Cruyff at Barcelona had transferred out Gary Lineker and sought out Michael Laudrup. The more technical Laudrup flourished in the new Barcelona set up and had some of his finest years as a Footballer.

Photo From: Onze-Mondial, Issue 38, March 1992
(Michael Laudrup at Barcelona)

5- Olaf Thon and Schalke 1994/98
Olaf Thon was seen as West Germany’s bright hope in midfield (1986/88). He somewhat stagnated after his transfer to Bayern Munich in 1988 (beset by injuries).
After switching to Libero, he somewhat got back in the National team in 1993 to be injured again. It was at this point that Lothar Matthaus also switched to the Libero position for club and country to block his path.
Once Thon moved back to Schalke in 1994, he played as a Libero to such a great effect that he may have extended his own career. His displays earned him a place in the 1998 Germany World Cup squad as a veteran (though not as a starter).

Photo From: Mondial, new series, issue 102, September 1988
(Olaf Thon, June 10, 1988, UEFA European Championships, West Germany 1-Italy 1)