Sticky Issues

Panini are known all over the world. It’s the plural of the word panino,
Italian for “small bread roll”. So panini are sandwiches.

But Panini also happens to be the family name of the brothers Giuseppe and
Benito. In 1961, they published their first “Calciatori” album, a collection
of Serie A football stickers. Inter captain Bruno Bolchi was on card number
one, while Milan’s Swedish superstar Nils Liedholm, who had just retired,
was pictured on the album’s cover. Continue reading


Colouring Games

Winning isn’t everything, they say. That’s true. Equally important is how you look.

At least that’s the impression one gets whenever clubs unveil their new kits for the coming season or national teams present their shirts and shorts for an upcoming tournament. It never fails to elicit howls of protest from fans who always complain about one thing or another, be it the colours or the cut or the collars.

But seldom were the complaints as loud as in March, when a number of countries introduced the kits they will be wearing at the World Cup in Brazil this summer. That’s because many teams, among them tournament favourites or co-favourites like Argentina, England, Germany, Portugal or Spain, dropped their traditional look and switched to one-colour kits. Continue reading