EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 225
album: Juventus 2021-22 (Euro Publishing)
stickers: 216 (1-216) + 30 cards (J1-J30)
starter pack: album + 5 packets 3,50€
box: 50 packets (4 stickers + 1 card o 5 stickers per packet) 0,70€ each
“Juve, sogno di un grande amore”. You have to admit, for any team your heart beats, it’s impossible not to find yourself singing the refrain of the Bianconeri anthem. And if you really are a fan of the Old Lady, then this is your album. Small spoiler: we will open our review with a rather similar phrase also for the Inter and Milan albums released on the same days.
Just as it is not easy to make innovative albums year after year, it is also not easy for us to make reviews that do not seem both very similar to the previous editions, and to the albums of other clubs since the setting is practically the same.
In the first part of the album we find the squad with 25 players, all grouped on a page, followed by the new arrivals Kaio Jorge, Moise Kean and the European champion Manuel Locatelli. Only two stickers per player, more than enough since we will find them again later. Following is a page that presents a mix of the historical jerseys of the last 40 years with some famous triumphs. Valid and interesting news, even if reduced to a minimum. We believe Juventus’ triumphant history could have been developed in another way.
As always, a large part of the album is dedicated to the entire squad of the first team, each player plus coach Allegri has their own page and 5 stickers, in action, bust, puzzle. From Szczesny to Dybala all Juventus players are celebrated equally. Following is the interesting page with 8 stickers on the evolution of the Juventus logo from 1905 to the present day, a nice idea but also melancholy if you think about the involution of the logo itself, a matter of taste but we really don’t like the recent one ..
Final pages on the world of Juventus, given the many successes and the many contributions of players that it provides to the national team, we believe also this year that Juventus Women deserved much more space and in all respects should present the squad of all athletes such as the album ago at the beginning of the album with the men’s team.
To review the chromatic choice of the album, too black that also obscures certain graphics and in the long run tired, unless Juventus has become a black metal band we think they have exaggerated a little. A little bit of color or at least white would not be out of tune.
Fairly standard stickers that will still make fans happy, the 30 cards can instead be an excellent addition to those found in the other Panini and Topps collections, especially for lovers of thematic collections. In general, perhaps the publisher was as blown away by the departure of CR7 as the club but certainly a more captivating and less repetitive product could have been created.