The FA & Panini Bring Football Stickers Home
Wed 29th Apr 2015 | Marketing & PR
The Football Association has confirmed a new four-year deal with Panini, the world leader in the sticker collectable and trading card market.
England complete the Italian company's set of national federations and the team will now appear in Panini collections in their official England kit for the first time since Euro ‘96.
The team will feature in a range of products sold across the world, featuring global stars such as Wayne Rooney, Joe Hart and Jack Wilshere. The first collectable series, following the team on their quest to qualify for UEFA Euro 2016 in France, will be distributed globally and will appeal to England fans everywhere.
Globally renowned research company Futures Sport + Entertainment conducted a 2014 study highlighting that 826 million people follow the England team.
Since its foundation in 1961, Panini has become synonymous with football worldwide and now distributes in more than 120 countries. The company came to the fore in the United Kingdom with its Football ’78 series, which kick-started a love affair with Panini stickers for fans of all ages who embarked on a quest to complete their collections with the words ‘got, got, need’ heard across the football-obsessed nation.
The FA and Panini will offer unique experiences for collectors, creating a ‘swap shop’ in the family enclosure of Wembley Stadium where fans can complete their collections, and experience the latest Panini products.
Stuart Turner, Commercial Director of The FA said: “We are delighted to have teamed up with Panini. As The FA continues to make significant moves on an international scale, the aligned global plans and expansion is a perfect fit.
“Working with Panini following their recent successes at the FIFA World Cup in 2014 is a particularly exciting opportunity for The FA.
“As the governing body of football, this partnership will enable The FA to invest in developing more opportunities for people of all ages to play at the grassroots as well as connecting fans with their England heroes - whether first-time or seasoned collectors.”
Peter Warsop, Group Licensing Director said: “Panini is delighted to be back working with The FA.
“Panini is dedicated to its collectors and their aspirations to get authentic and official products; The FA agreement completes an important piece of the jigsaw in that as well as the official tournament rights, for such things as the Euro 2016, England joins other Federations to ensure 100% authenticity.
“Our first endeavours to bring official FA content to fans will be seen shortly in our introductory ADRENALYN XL Trading Card Game called ‘The Road to Euro’.
“Panini is also using England Team assets within its official FIFA Women’s World Cup sticker album to be launched in May.”
Posted by: Aaron Gourley
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