“Got, got, need” is officially back and better than ever.
With three months to go until the FIFA World Cup in Qatar, thousands of grown adults are already planning to purchase their first pack of stickers after a trip to the local newsagent.
You’ll inevitably end up spending your hard earned money on 18 packs of stickers-a-day and a massive pile of swaps, but the nostalgia of collecting keeps us going back for more.
Part of me wants to collect the Panini World Cup sticker book this year for nostalgic purposes
— Michael Goncalves (@mgoncalves_1) August 25, 2022
So what will you get for your money? Each pack [90p] holds five stickers, with boxes [£45] holding 50 packs.
In total, there are 670 stickers to collect, including 50 silver foil versions and as usual, each of the 32 teams in this year’s tournament are featured on its own spread of two pages.
Here’s how social media reacted to the release of Panini‘s latest World Cup sticker book this week. Will you be joining in?
You’re never too old, are you? Well seeing as it’s the first time in my lifetime Wales have qualified for a World Cup, and are therefore in an @OfficialPanini sticker album, I’m all over it. That’s my excuse and, pardon the pun, I’m sticking to it! #GotGotNeed ??????? pic.twitter.com/NucJBm00xq
— christopher (@christopher7590) August 26, 2022
Somebody who will almost definitely be involved in collecting this winter is Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden, who was “obsessed” with collecting Panini stickers last season.
The England international would even ask his girlfriend to “nip into the shop” to get him every pack they had in stock.
Last year, in an interview with The Telegraph, Foden’s family opened up about the England international’s love for stickers.
“He’s obsessed with these stickers at the moment,” said his girlfriend Becca Cooke. “We’d been to the zoo this week and I popped into Morrison’s on the way home and had to ring him because I saw they had a big box of stickers there.
“We’ll be driving along and he’s like, ‘Stop, they sell stickers there. Go on Bec, can you nip into that shop and get me every pack they’ve got. I don’t want them to know it’s me’.”
Foden’s mum, Claire, also gave the world an insight into the 22-year-old’s sticker obsession.
“Me and his dad FaceTimed him when he was away with England last month and he’s sat there in his room doing his sticker books,” she said.
“I think he’s got about four on the go. Panini, Match Attax. It’s hysterical. It’s a good thing, don’t get me wrong, but that’s how obsessed he is about football.”
At one stage, the Manchester City academy product was one sticker away from completing his 2021/22 collection but rather ironically, he was missing… Phil Foden.