The 2006/07 Bundesliga season was an exhilarating and closely fought campaign that captivated football fans across Germany. It showcased the passion, skill, and drama that make the Bundesliga one of the most exciting leagues in the world. The race for the title was highly competitive, with VfB Stuttgart eventually emerging as unexpected champions.
It is always an interesting German set to rank when Bayern aren’t the champions. Who knows what hidden gems will pop up. Lets get into the top 10.
10 – Simon Rolfes – #296 – Rookie Sticker from Panini German Football Bundesliga 2005-2006
Rolfes was a technically gifted player with excellent ball control and passing skills. His ability to dictate the tempo of the game from midfield made him a vital asset for his team. Rolfes had a great understanding of the game and displayed exceptional vision on the pitch, allowing him to anticipate the movements of his teammates and opponents.
One of Rolfes’ standout qualities was his passing range. He was known for his accurate short and long passes, which allowed him to initiate attacks and create scoring opportunities for his teammates. His ability to switch play and distribute the ball effectively from midfield was highly regarded.
The 2006/07 season saw Rolfes feature in every game of the season. The young midfielder established himself as a consistent first team player, helping Leverkusen to 5th place.
After 10 seasons at Leverkusen Rolfes retired.
9 – Joshua Kennedy Rookie Sticker – #406
Kennedy was a tall and imposing striker, standing at 6 feet 4 inches (193 cm). His height and strength made him a formidable presence in the penalty area, where he excelled at winning aerial duels and scoring goals with his head. He had a remarkable leap and timing, making him a constant threat during set pieces and crosses into the box.
During the 2006/07 Bundesliga season, Kennedy represented Karlsruher, but didn’t feature in any league matches.
Over the course of his career, Kennedy played for Australia 36 times, scoring 17.
Not the strongest rookie sticker but I am Australian so you will have to forgive the author’s bias.
8 – Miroslav Klose – #138 – Rookie Sticker from Panini German Football Bundesliga 2001-2002
Klose was a versatile and complete striker, capable of playing both as a target man and as a supporting forward. He possessed a great sense of positioning and timing, often finding himself in the right place at the right time to finish off chances. Klose had a natural instinct for scoring goals, whether it be with his head, both feet, or his impeccable sense of anticipation inside the penalty area.
During the 2006/07 Bundesliga season, Klose played a pivotal role in Werder Bremen’s success that season, forming a lethal partnership with fellow striker Diego. Klose’s ability to create space, make intelligent runs, and score goals made him a constant threat to opposition defences.
He scored 13 goals for the seaosna nd his team finished 3rd, making the Champions League.
Klose’s career has been immense. He has scored 71 goals for Germany in 137 caps and 16 of those goals came in World Cups, the current record.
7 – Diego Ribas – #133 – Rookie Sticker from Panini Campeonato Brasileiro 2002
Diego Ribas da Cunha, commonly known as “Diego”, is known for his technical ability, creativity, and flair.
Diego possessed exceptional close control and dribbling skills, making him a mesmerising player to watch. He had excellent ball control, allowing him to navigate through tight spaces and maintain possession in congested areas. His quick feet and agility enabled him to change direction swiftly, leaving opponents trailing behind.
During the 2006/07 Bundesliga season, his first in Germany, Diego played a crucial role in their attacking play. His ability to unlock defences with his vision and passing range made him a vital creative force for his team.
Not only did he create many goals, he scored 13 goals for the season and was the major reason Bremen finished third in the league. He won the Bundesliga player of the season and scored the goal of the year!
A very interesting sticker to get in my personal opinion.
6 – Vincent Kompany – #235 – Rookie Sticker from Panini Football Belgium 2003-2004
Kompany was a commanding and versatile defender known for his physicality, leadership, and defensive prowess. Standing at 6’4″ tall, he possessed great strength and aerial ability, making him a dominant force in aerial duels. His positioning and anticipation skills were exceptional, allowing him to read the game and make crucial interceptions and tackles.
One of Kompany’s standout qualities was his ability to organise and lead the defensive line. He had excellent communication skills and was known for his vocal presence on the pitch, marshalling his teammates and ensuring defensive solidity. His leadership qualities were recognised by his peers, and he often captained both club and country.
Kompany’s leadership and defensive skills were recognised during his time at Manchester City, where he played a pivotal role in the club’s success. He won numerous trophies, including several Premier League titles, and was widely respected by fans and pundits alike for his commitment and dedication to the game.
Here is his first sticker in Germany. He only played 6 league games but following two more season, he earned his move to City and the rest is history.
5 – Christopher Samba Rookie Sticker – #45
Samba is known for his towering height (over 6 feet 4 inches) and strong build, making him a dominant force in aerial battles and physical duels.
He possesses great upper body strength, which allows him to outmuscle opponents and win physical challenges.
Samba has excellent positional sense and anticipation, enabling him to make timely interceptions and clearances to break down opposition attacks. With his height and strong leaping ability, Samba is a threat in both defensive and attacking set-pieces, often scoring crucial goals with his head.
The 2006/07 Bundesliga season saw Samba get transferred mid season to Blackburn Rovers. It was at Rovers Samba made his name. He spent 6 seasons there, establishing himself as one of the Premier League’s most formidable defenders.
Many people might not know Samba, but watchers of the Premier League know he was a quality defender. For this reason I have ranked his rookie sticker at 6.
4 – Mehmet Scholl Final Sticker of Career – Rookie Sticker from Panini German Football Bundesliga 1991-1992
Scholl primarily operated as an attacking midfielder or winger throughout his career. He was widely recognized for his impeccable ball control and dribbling ability. Scholl had a unique blend of agility, close control, and quick feet, allowing him to navigate through tight spaces and evade opponents with ease. His dribbling skills often left defenders perplexed and created scoring opportunities for himself and his teammates.
One of Scholl’s standout qualities was his exceptional passing ability. He possessed great vision and accuracy in his distribution. Scholl had the ability to execute precise through balls, long-range passes, and delicate chips, unlocking defenses and creating goal-scoring chances. His creativity and inventiveness in the final third were highly regarded.
Scholl’s technical prowess extended beyond his passing and shooting skills. He had exceptional ball control and first touch, enabling him to receive and manipulate the ball effortlessly even under pressure. His close control allowed him to maintain possession in tight situations and dictate the rhythm of the game.
Scholl spent an incredible 15 years at Bayern. A true Bavarian club legend! In his final season he featured 14 times, scoring once.
3 – Nuri Sahin Rookie Sticker – #188
Sahin primarily operated as a central midfielder, known for his ability to control the tempo of the game and orchestrate play from deep positions. He possessed exceptional passing skills, both short and long-range, and had a keen eye for finding his teammates with accurate and incisive passes. Sahin’s vision and ability to read the game allowed him to pick out key passes and set up scoring opportunities for his teammates.
One of Sahin’s standout qualities was his technical proficiency. He had excellent ball control and a smooth touch, enabling him to maintain possession in tight spaces and under pressure. Sahin was comfortable receiving the ball under challenging circumstances and showcased a high level of composure on the ball. His technical skills allowed him to execute intricate dribbles and maneuver through opposition midfielders.
Moreover, Sahin was known for his intelligent positional play. He had a good understanding of the game and displayed excellent awareness of space, often positioning himself to receive the ball in advantageous positions. Sahin’s ability to find pockets of space and provide passing options made him an influential figure in the midfield.
The young playmaker played 24 times in the 2006/07 season. After great form over many seasons he earned a move to Real Madrid. Things didn’t work out in Madrid and he was soon back in Dortmund. Overall, he played 11 seasons at BVB and is a very popular player.
Turkish are big collectors of football. Sahin played 52 times for Turkey and is now a football manager in the Süper Lig. I strongly advise this rookie sticker, its demand will increase over the years.
2 – Kevin-Prince Boateng Rookie Sticker – #52
Boateng is known for his physicality, athleticism, and versatility on the field. He has played in various positions throughout his career, including central midfield, attacking midfield, and even as a forward. Boateng’s strength and power enable him to hold off opponents and win duels, making him a difficult player to dispossess.
One of Boateng’s standout qualities is his ability to drive forward with the ball at his feet. He possesses excellent dribbling skills and is adept at carrying the ball through midfield, breaking lines, and creating space for himself and his teammates. Boateng’s close control and quick changes of direction make him a potent attacking threat, capable of taking on multiple defenders and creating scoring opportunities.
Boateng also has a powerful and accurate shooting ability. He is capable of striking the ball with both feet, and his shots often carry a significant amount of pace and precision. His long-range shooting prowess and willingness to take shots from outside the box make him a constant goal threat.
Put simple, Boateng has the X-factor!
In the 2006/07 season he played 21 times before moving to Tottenham. He his most known for his time at AC Milan where he scored many important goals – See his goal in the Champions League vs Barcelona.
After Milan, Kevin-Prince has found himself playing for many different clubs. He is an unusual player, very gifted with a lot of flair but inconsistent and a difficult dressing room character.
Despite this, he has a long highlight reel and is a very popular player. For this reason his rookie sticker makes the second place.
1 – Mario Gomez Rookie Sticker – #462
Mario Gomez is the best rookie sticker in Panini German Football Bundesliga 2006-2007.
Gomez was primarily a center forward, and his playing style revolved around his poaching instincts and clinical finishing. He had an exceptional sense of positioning and timing, which allowed him to find spaces in the box and be in the right place at the right time to score goals. Gomez had a natural ability to anticipate crosses and set pieces, making him a constant threat in the air.
His physical presence was also a significant asset. Gomez possessed strength and aerial prowess, enabling him to outmuscle defenders and win headers. His ability to hold up the ball and bring others into play was crucial for his team’s attacking build-up.
His technique and composure in front of goal were outstanding, often making him lethal in one-on-one situations with the goalkeeper. Gomez had a keen eye for goal, displaying a natural instinct to score and a knack for being in the right place at the right time.
In terms of his movement off the ball, Gomez excelled at making intelligent runs and exploiting spaces in the opposition’s defence. He had a good understanding of timing his runs to stay onside and create separation from defenders. Gomez had a particular affinity for making runs towards the near post, where he could meet crosses and finish with precision.
During the 2006/07 Bundesliga season, Gomez played for VfB Stuttgart and had a breakout campaign. He scored 14 goals in 25 league appearances, establishing himself as one of the league’s top strikers. His performances propelled Stuttgart to an unlikely Bundesliga title!
He spent his prime years at Bayern, scoring goals for fun. He also featured for Fiorentina, Wolfsburg and Besiktas, before returning to Stuttgart to end his career. He scored 31 goals in 72 caps for the German National Team.
This is one of the most underrated rookie stickers out there. Gomez was a lethal striker that, I think, is not talked about enough.
Note: the sticker attached has an autograph signed onto it, the usual sticker is without the autograph.
Overall, the Panini German Football Bundesliga 2005-2006 set is quite a weak one. Currently (May 27, 2023), there aren’t stickers that have great value, although I would argue that Gomez is a very undervalued sticker.
Let me know what you guys think.