Merlin's England 2004 Sticker Collection
- Season: 2004
- League: European Championships
- Publisher: Merlin
- Pages: 64
- Stickers: 369
- Shinys: England Badge, England Kits, England Manager, Star England Squad Members, England Players, Finals Stadium, Star Player per team, Country Badges, Certificate of Completion
- Signature Edition: For the England players
- Star Ratings: No
- 3D: No
- Album Available: No. Try eBay?
- Hardcover Binder: Yes
- Sticker Dimensions: 54mm x 68mm & 61mm x 85mm
Merlin's England 2004 Official Sticker Collection is the second Merlin sticker album to have a foreword written by Head Coach, Sven-Goran Eriksson. And, along with a large photo of Sven in all his glory, the first page also shows a large shiny sticker of the England Three Lions.
Seeing as Panini are the official sticker supplier for UEFA and FIFA, the Three Lions is the only genuine team logo to appear in the album, and, as with all the other ‘England’ albums, the other international teams have got photo-shopped kits and badges, as Merlin/Topps only have permission to replicate the England team’s images. Conversely, all Panini albums only show a plain white strip for England and a faked badge – as the FA won’t share the England rights, and visa versa with FIFA/UEFA.
Turning the page we see and summary page on Sven, with a bio and two large stickers, a small stats box is squeezed in at the bottom too. The facing page contains two large shiny stickers for the kits, on for the squad photo and gets the squad stickers started with three goalkeeper stickers. The ‘Road to Portugal’ follows and the next few pages contain stickers of the other squad members, moving through defenders, midfielders and on to forwards. Following from that, each player receives a bigger space with a shiny and a regular sticker – some even get a page to themselves and several extra stickers. These player pages also contain bio text and performance statistics.
The venues feature next, with a sticker per stadium. The stadium holding the final is a large shiny. The group pages each get a double-spread summary, with a country in each corner – a sticker of the star player and the manager, along with a diagram of the team formation and brief introductions. Then the countries each get a double-spread, containing 14 squad member stickers and a flag shiny (no real badges as Merlin to have rights for UEFA or FIFA tournaments).
The back page contains a space for the massive shiny ‘Certificate of Completion’ sticker.
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