Lyon, the defending champions, were looking to win their seventh consecutive Ligue 1 title. However, they faced stiff competition from Marseille, Bordeaux, and Nancy. The race for the championship was closely contested, with several teams taking turns at the top of the league table throughout the season.
In the end, Lyon managed to secure their seventh successive Ligue 1 title with a comfortable 4-point margin over runners-up Bordeaux. Lyon finished the season with 79 points and losing 7.
At the bottom of the table, three teams were relegated to Ligue 2 for the following season. These teams were Metz, Strasbourg, and Lens.
Panini FOOT 2007-2008 brought some new faces and some future fan favourites! A great set for rookie stickers! Let’s get into the list!
10 – Patrick Kluivert – #152 – Final Sticker of Career – Rookie Sticker from Panini Voetbal 1994/95
Patrick Kluivert is a former Dutch professional footballer who played as a striker. He was known for his technical ability, speed, and scoring prowess.
During his playing career, Kluivert played for several top European clubs, including Ajax, AC Milan, Barcelona, and Newcastle United. In the 2007/08 season, he played for Lille in the French Ligue 1.
Kluivert was a clinical finisher and had excellent positioning, which allowed him to score goals from different angles and situations. He was also a strong header of the ball and was a constant threat to the opposition defence. Kluivert was at his best for FC Barcelona, where he scored over 100 goals for the Catalan giants.
During his time at Lille, Kluivert had a modest season, scoring 4 goals in 14 appearances. Late in his career, he struggled with injuries and he finished his career with Lille.
I think this is a cool piece being the final sticker of his career. A cheap pick up for an icon of the game.
9 – Bafétimbi Gomis – #412 – Rookie Sticker from Panini Foot 2004/05
Gomis is a powerful and aggressive forward who often uses his physicality to outmuscle defenders and win aerial duels. He is also a tireless worker who never gives up on a ball, chasing defenders to win possession for his team.
One of Gomis’ most notable attributes is his finishing ability. He is an excellent goal-scorer who was deadly in front of the goal. Gomis has a keen sense of timing and positioning, which allows him to make intelligent runs and find space in the box.
During his 2007/08 season with St. Etienne, Gomis was the leading scorer in Ligue 1, with 16 goals in 35 appearances. He helped the team finish 5th in the league that season. Gomis’ ability to hold up the ball and link up with his teammates was also a key asset, and he was often involved in creating chances for his fellow attackers.
St. Etienne finished uncharacteristically high on the table this season (in this era). Much down to Gomis who was their top scorer and joint third top scorer in the league. For this reason, I think this is a nice sticker, sneaking in at number 9.
8 – Anthony Modeste Rookie Sticker – #337
Anthony Modeste plays as a striker. He is known for his physical presence, aerial ability, and clinical finishing in front of goal. Modeste is also capable of playing with his back to the goal and holding up the ball to bring his teammates into play.
During the 2007/08 season with Nice, Modeste had a modest season. The youngster scored 1 goals in 20 appearances. In the 2009/10 season, Modeste bagged 20 goals in the Ligue 2 for Angers, resulting in a move to Bordeaux the following year.
Modeste’s playing style is characterized by his strength and athleticism. He is able to hold off defenders and create space for himself and his teammates. He is also a strong header of the ball, and is known for his ability to score goals from crosses and set-pieces.
Throughout his career, Modeste has been a bit of a nomad. He has also played for clubs in France, Germany, England and China. Wherever he has played, and is known for his hard work and dedication on and off the pitch.
Modeste’s rookie sticker is an interesting one for collectors. He is an unusual player; he either scores boat loads of goals, or scores hardly any. Currently at Borussia Dortmund, he may become more sought after if they win the league this season. At the time of writing, they are 1 point behind leaders, Bayern, with 4 matches to go.
7 – Steve Mandanda Rookie Sticker – #215
Steve Mandanda is known for his exceptional reflexes, shot-stopping abilities, and commanding presence in the box.
Mandanda began his career at Le Havre, where he played for two seasons before joining Marseille for the 2007/08 season. In his first season helped Marseille finish third in the league that season, earning a spot in the Champions League for the following campaign.
Mandanda’s playing style is characterized by his athleticism and agility. He is quick off his line and has excellent reactions, allowing him to make reflex saves from close range. He is also a commanding presence in the box, often coming off his line to claim crosses and high balls. His distribution is generally good, and he is comfortable with the ball at his feet.
Throughout his career, Mandanda has been recognized as one of the top goalkeepers in French football. He has won several individual awards, including the Ligue 1 Goalkeeper of the Year award five times. He has also been a regular for the France national team, totalling 35 caps.
Mandanda’s career has been marked by consistent excellence and longevity. He has been a fixture at Marseille for over a decade, and has played a key role in their successes over the years. For this reason, I think this is a great rookie sticker to add to any collection.
6 – Moussa Sissoko Rookie Sticker – #488
Sissoko began his professional career with Toulouse in the 2007/08 season, where he played an integral role in the team’s midfield. He played in 30 league matches and contributed with 1 goal. Sissoko’s impressive performances earned him a nomination for the Ligue 1 Young Player of the Year award.
Sissoko is known for his physical attributes, including his strength, stamina, and speed. He is an excellent box-to-box midfielder, capable of both defending and attacking. He has exceptional engine, which allows him to run all game and carry the ball forward from midfield and create opportunities for his teammates.
During his time at Toulouse, Sissoko was regarded as one of the most promising young players in France. His performances earned him a move to Newcastle United in the English Premier League in 2013. He later played for Tottenham Hotspur and over 5 seasons racked up over 200 appearances. Sissoko has also been a regular player for the French national team, playing 71 times and represented France in various tournaments.
Considered a wonder kid in his time, Sissoko’s rookie sticker is a flash back to the past! I think anyone who has managed 71 caps for France is worth collecting.
5 – Papiss Cissé Rookie Sticker – #257
Papiss Cissé is a Senegalese striker who made a name for himself with his impressive goal-scoring ability and athleticism on the pitch. Cissé is known for his powerful shots, his excellent positioning, and his ability to find the back of the net from difficult angles.
In the 2007/08 season, Cissé played for FC Metz in Ligue 1, where he only made 9 appearances without scoring. Metz had a very disappointing campaign, finishing bottom of the table.
Cissé’s playing style was characterized by his speed, agility, and physical strength. He was a strong, physical presence on the pitch, using his body to shield the ball and hold off defenders. He was also an excellent finisher, known for his accuracy and his ability to find the back of the net from almost any position on the field.
Papiss Cisse gained significant popularity during his time playing for Newcastle United in the English Premier League. He joined the club in January 2012 from Freiburg and quickly made an impact, scoring 13 goals in just 14 appearances in his first half-season with the team.
Cissé’s most memorable moment with Newcastle came in 2012 when he scored a stunning goal against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. It was already 1-0, courtesy of a Cissé strike, when Cissé unleashed a spectacular swerving shot from 30 yards out that sailed past Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech and into the top corner of the net, for his second goal of the game. The goal was widely hailed as one of the best of the season and earned Cissé the Premier League Goal of the Season award.
One of the great EPL icons and a great rookie sticker for the collection. Especially toons!
4 – Kevin Gameiro Rookie Sticker – #464
Gameiro’s playing style was characterised by his ability to make runs behind the defence, dribble past defenders, and score goals with ease. He was particularly dangerous on the counter-attack and was often deployed as a lone striker, using his speed to break away from defenders and create scoring opportunities for himself and his teammates.
In the 2007/08 season, Strasbourg were relegated to the Ligue 2. Gameiro managed to sore scoring 6 goals in 34 appearances and his performances earned him a move to Lorient the following season. He continued to excel and establish himself as one of the most promising young strikers in French football.
Gameiro has always been a reliable goal scorer, playing for the likes of PSG, Sevilla, Atletico and Valencia. Overall, Gameiro was a dynamic and skillful striker who was able to score goals consistently at the highest levels of football.
With over 200 career goals at some of the biggest teams in Europe, I think this is a great rookie sticker!
3 – Karim Benzema – #204 – Rookie Sticker from Panini Foot 2006/07
Karim Benzema currently plays as a striker for Real Madrid. Benzema is known for his versatility as a forward, which allows him to play as a central striker or on the wing, and for his impressive technique, ball control, and finishing ability.
During his time with Lyon in the 2007/08 season, Benzema established himself as one of the most exciting young talents in French football. He was the top scorer in Ligue 1, scoring 20 goals in 36 appearances, and also contributed 9 assists to help Lyon win the league title. Benzema’s impressive performances earned him the Ligue 1 Player of the Year award, as well as interest from top clubs around Europe, eventually moving to Real Madrid the 2009/10 season.
Benzema’s playing style is characterized by his ability to hold up the ball, link up with his teammates, and create scoring opportunities. He is also a deadly finisher, capable of scoring from close range or from distance with either foot. His dribbling ability is also a key part of his game, as he is able to take on defenders and create space for himself and his teammates.
Benzema is immensely popular for everything he has achieved in the game. If he did nothing this season, this sticker would still be valuble as its his second year sticker. The fact he won the golden boot and player of the year makes it even better! Highly recommended sticker!
2 – Miralem Pjanić Rookie Sticker – #254
Miralem Pjanić is a Bosnian football player known for his creative midfield skills and free-kick abilities. He began his professional career at Metz in the 2007/08 season, where he played a significant role in the midfield.
Pjanić’s playing style is defined by his technical skills, vision, and passing abilities. He is a player who can read the game very well and has a great sense of positioning. He is known for his excellent dribbling skills, close control, and ball retention, which allows him to maintain possession in tight spaces. He is also a very good passer of the ball, with a wide range of passing and the ability to deliver incisive through-balls.
One of the standout features of Pjanić’s game is his free-kick abilities. He has a reputation for being one of the best free-kick takers in the world, with the ability to bend the ball around walls and into the top corner of the goal. He has scored numerous goals from free-kicks throughout his career, both at club and international level.
In the 2007/08 season, Pjanić played 32 games for Metz, scoring 4 goals, but, unfortunately Metz were relegated. Despite being just 17 years old at the time, he was already considered one of the best players in the team, and his performances caught the attention of several top European clubs. At the end of the season, he signed for French giants Lyon, where he continued to develop his skills and establish himself as one of the best midfielders in the world.
In my opinion, Miralem is up there with the greatest ever free kick takers. He has had a fantastic career playing for the like of Lyon, Roma, Juventus and Barcelona. One of my personal favourite stickers and a rookie that is highly unappreciated. I think this sticker would be much more respected if he wasn’t from Bosnia.
1 – Hatem Ben Arfa Rookie Sticker – #203
Hatem Ben Arfa is the best rookie sticker in Panini Foot 2007-2008.
Hatem Ben Arfa is a French attacking midfielder known for his technical ability and trickery on the ball. He is considered one of the most talented French players of his generation. Ben Arfa began his professional career at Olympique Lyonnais during the 2004/2005 season, where he quickly caught the eye of fans and pundits alike with his dazzling dribbling skills.
Ben Arfa is known for his exceptional ball control and quick feet, which allow him to weave his way through defenses and create scoring opportunities. He is also a strong and powerful runner, capable of bursting past defenders and accelerating away from them with ease. Ben Arfa is equally adept at playing on either wing or as an attacking midfielder, and he often uses his pace and quickness to create space and time on the ball.
During the 2007/2008 season, Ben Arfa had a breakout campaign with Lyon, helping the club win their seventh consecutive Ligue 1 title. He scored six goals and provided four assists in 30 league appearances, earning himself a reputation as one of the most exciting young players in Europe, as he was nominated for young player of the year.
Despite his undeniable talent, Ben Arfa has sometimes been criticized for a lack of discipline and for his tendency to hold onto the ball for too long. Nevertheless, his ability to produce moments of magic on the pitch has made him a fan favourite at every club he has played for, including Marseille, Newcastle United, and Paris Saint-Germain.
As the saying goes, “The streets know Hatem Ben Arfa.” I think this is a super rookie sticker because of his popularity. I think you could consider Ben Arfa unfulfilled potential, but he sure has entertained over his career and thats what the fans come for!
I hope you guys enjoyed the list. Was a particularly hard one to rank and a gave some preferences to the strikers because thats what people tend to buy. What do you guys think of Ben Arfa being number one? Did I make the right choice?
Let me know in the comments.
Thanks for reading!