IRVING, Texas, April 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Although the highly anticipated UEFA Euro 2012 soccer tournament doesn't officially begin until June 8, passionate fans and collectors can get in on the excitement early next month when Panini America (www.paniniamerica.net), the world's largest sports and entertainment collectibles company, releases the official UEFA Euro 2012 Sticker & Album Collection in the United States.
Licensed by UEFA, the 539-sticker, 64-page album collection releases to American audiences in late May, but is available for presale now at iCollectPanini.com (www.iCollectPanini.com), the official online store for Panini America.
The biggest stars on Europe's best teams — including England's Wayne Rooney, Holland's Wesley Sneijder, Germany's Mesut Ozil, Spain's Xavi, France's Franck Ribery and Italy's Daniele De Rossi — are featured in a set comprised of 400 Glossy White Frame stickers, 100 glossy Black Frame stickers and 39 Holographic Foil stickers.
The special 64-page, full-color album includes numbered spaces for every sticker and slots for team-picture puzzles, tributes to past Euro champions and more.
"Next to the FIFA World Cup, the UEFA Euro tournament is arguably the most important soccer event in the world and appeals to a rabid international fan base, including millions of passionate supporters here in America," said Jason Howarth, Panini America Vice President of Marketing. "The official UEFA Euro 2012 Sticker & Album Collection is an affordable and entertaining way for those fans to capture the immense excitement of this prestigious tournament."
Panini America is the only company in the world that manufactures licensed trading cards and stickers for the NBA, NFL, NFL PLAYERS, NHL, NHLPA, MLBPA and FIFA World Cup. The company also has exclusive relationships with USA Baseball, USA Basketball and the U.S. Soccer Women's National Team. In addition Panini also has relationships with the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, The Pro Football Hall of Fame and the National Baseball Hall of Fame and owns exclusive entertainment licenses with Disney, Justin Bieber and Michael Jackson, and more than 600 global licenses with other sports and entertainment properties.
The Panini Group, established almost 50 years ago in Modena, Italy, has subsidiaries throughout Europe, Latin America and the United States. Panini is the world leader in officially licensed collectibles and is the most significant publisher of collectibles in the U.S., with official licenses for MLBPA, NBA, NFL, NHL, FIFA, USA Baseball, Disney, Nickelodeon, Warner Bros., and other key properties from many other licensors. Panini has distribution channels in more than 100 countries and employs a staff of over 800. For more information visit us at www.paniniamerica.net, www.paninigroup.com or www.paniniamerica.wordpress.com. You can also follow Panini America on social media platforms Facebook, Twitter and on YouTube.
Tracy Hackler, Panini America
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