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La Leggenda - Fabbri Editori Partwork 2009-10

Licensed from Hasbro by Fabbri Editori, this was a weekly partwork with a price of 9.90/9.95 Euros each. This was initially planned to be forty issues, but as is normal with partworks, success led to a few extensions. Interest clearly remained high as eventually 150 issues were produced.

Each issue was based on a different team, and focused on a particular year of note for that side. The small eight page magazine explained the significance of this, and included the line-up and little titbits of information (in Italian of course). Then the team was supplied in Subbuteo for you to play with. Excellent. The teams were in standard lightweight format, with an 1980s style base. However, close examination revealed that this was a new mould. It is rumoured that the Waddingtons moulds are "missing in action", but perhaps they were just in the wrong country. These were hard plastic figures of course, but like Netcam's teams, they were on flesh coloured plastic. The base was also a new mould with Subbuteo 09©Hasbro around the top. If the players and bases look familiar to British owners, then this is because these moulds were also used for the Marks and Spencer special edition of 2009.

The boxes were a fitting tribute to the lovely 1980s display box, with the familiar new Subbuteo logo, and team details printed on - so each team had a unique box. However, the interiors were plastic rather than polystyrene. The team colours themselves show the advances that have occurred since Subbuteo was in full production in the 1990s. The players really do look fantastic with detailed badges and trim as appropriate. By picking a particular year for each team, the makers managed to avoid the problem of out-of-date kits. Okay, all the kits are deliberately out-of-date, but they also successfully give a snap-shot in time.

The teams selected for the partwork are an interesting mix. The series started with the big national sides, and then covered the Italian league, South American club sides, and European club competitions. Obviously for a series aimed at the Italian market, there was a bias towards the Italian teams. There were five different Italian national sides (all just about different enough to warrant it!), plus home, away and even vintage sides for the top teams from Serie A. South American club football always had a big following in Italy (much less so in the UK), so these teams also make sense. The European mix had a great selection of club sides from the old Eastern block countries - something that the original Subbuteo mostly neglected. A notable absence though is any teams from the other big European leagues of England, Spain, France or Germany. I assume this was a licensing issue, a problem that sadly seems common in modern day production.

All in all, the range fills some notable gaps in the old Subbuteo lightweight ranges. It is nice to see reproductions of many of the World Cup qualifiers since 1994 when Subbuteo stopped producing them. I am pleased that Sao Paulo and Palmeiras from Brazil can join the other Brazilian lightweight teams I own.

September 2012 - This page would not have been so impressively illustrated without the assistance of Rui at Mad About Games, who kindly supplied me with a CD of his own team pictures. Mad About Games has a great range of these teams available to players and collectors. Follow the link - show that my site has a few visitors!

  1. Brazil 1970

  2. Italy 2006

  3. Argentina 1986

  4. West Germany 1974

  5. Holland 1974

  6. Uruguay 1950

  7. USSR 1960

  8. Italy 1982

  9. Cameroon 1990

  10. England 1966

  11. France 1998

  12. Spain 2008

  13. Sweden 1958

  14. Peru 1970

  15. Italy 1934

  16. Portugal 1966

  17. Republic of Ireland 1994

  18. Yugoslavia 1968

  19. Colombia 1990

  20. Greece 2004

  21. Hungary 1954

  22. Mexico 1986

  23. Italy (second kit) 1938

  24. East Germany 1974

  25. Italy 1968

At this point, the partwork changed tack (and also lost count), as it switched to the Italian League. Again, it focused on a particular year for each team, and again mixed up champions, with other notable sides. The big three of Italian football (Juventus, Milan, and Inter), all received a home kit, and away kit and a vintage kit. Oh, and this range starts on the same number as the other range finished.... 25...

Nice to see historic Italian champions Casale and Pro Vercelli in miniature.

  1. Juventus 1983

  2. Inter 2008-09

  3. Milan 1993-94

  4. Napoli 1986-87

  5. Roma 1982-83

  6. Lazio 1999-00

  7. Fiorentina 1968-69

  8. Sampdoria 1990-91

  9. Torino 1975-76

  10. Juventus 1995-96

  11. Inter 1964-65 (second kit)

  12. Milan 1962-63 (second kit)

  13. Palermo 2006-07

  14. Napoli 2007-08

  15. Catania 2008-09

  16. Verona 1984-85

  17. Udinese 1983-84

  18. Vicenza 1977-78

  19. Casale 1913-14

  20. Parma 1998-99

  21. Pro Vercelli 1912-1913

  22. Chievo Verona 2001-2002

  23. Juventus 1897

  24. Inter 1908

  25. Milan 1899

A third change of direction sees the range go off for a visit to South America, featuring famous continental champions.....

  1. Boca Juniors 2003

  2. Penarol 1982

  3. Santos 1962

  4. Flamengo 1981

  5. Fluminense 1984

  6. River Plate 1986

  7. São Paolo 1993

  8. Estudiantes (de La Plata) 1968

  9. Nacional Montevideo 1988

  10. Independiente 1984

  11. Grêmio 1983

  12. Nacional Medellin 1989

The partwork then returns to Italy for a single team.....

  1. Livorno 2004-2005

....before returning to the World Cup and European Championship participants. This batch feature some glorious excesses in kit design from the 1990s. Kits like Croatia, South Africa, Nigeria and the USA are beautifully reproduced.

  1. Denmark 1992

  2. Croatia 1998

  3. South Africa 1998

  4. Nigeria 1994

  5. Czechoslovakia 1976

  6. USA 1994

  7. Chile 1962

  8. Scotland 1974

  9. Ivory Coast 2006

  10. Australia 2006

  11. Paraguay 1998

  12. Ghana 2006

  13. Algeria 1982

  14. North Korea 1966

  15. Belgium 1986

  16. Poland 1974

  17. Romania 1994

  18. Bulgaria 1994

Eighty issues would have been a quite reasonable production run for a partwork, but the series was obviously still selling, and so it was increased once more. This time, it was expanded into European club football. Noticeably ignoring England (Licensing issues?), these teams were winners of (or at least, notable participants in) one of the three major  European competitions.

  1. Celtic 1966-67

  2. Porto 1986-87

  3. Red Star Belgrade 1990-91

  4. Rangers 1971-72

  5. Benfica 1961-62

  6. Panathinaikos 1970-71

  7. Galatasaray 1999-2000

  8. Dinamo Kiev 1985-86

  9. Anderlecht 1982-83

  10. Dukla Prague 1966-67

  11. Steaua Bucarest 1985-86

  12. Boavista 2000-01

  13. Ferencvaros 1964-65

  14. Aberdeen 1982-8

  15. Shaktar Donesk 2008-09

  16. IFK Göteborg 1981-82

  17. Sporting Lisbon 1963-64

  18. Sparta Prague 1991-92

  19. Dynamo Tbilisi 1980-81

  20. Partizan Belgrade 1965-66

  21. AEK Athens 1976-77

  22. Slavia Prague 2007-08

  23. Mechelen 1987-88

  24. Slovan Bratislava 1968-69

  25. Ujpest Dozsa 1938-39

After this point, teams were added to the World Cup, South American, and European ranges in small batches. So we start with the Americas (note the North American Cosmos)

  1. Vasco De Gama 1998

  2. Cruzeiro 1976

  3. Palmeiras 1999

  4. Olimpia Asuncion 1979

  5. Cosmos 1977

Then it was back to Europe again....

  1. Honved 1956

  2. Rosenborg 2000-01

  3. Fenerbahce 2006-07

  4. Malmo 1978-79

  5. Gornik Zabrze 1969-70

  6. Club Brugge 1977-78

Then the national sides make a reappearance.....

  1. Austria 1934

  2. Japan 2010

  3. Switzerland 1954

  4. Senegal 2002

  5. Germany 1990

  6. Morocco 1986

  7. Ukraine 2006

  8. Turkey 2002

  9. Russia 2008

Then we're heading to the Americas again, including a first Mexican side....

  1. Velez Sàrsfield 1994

  2. Club Deportivo Los Millionarios 1953

  3. Club de Fútbol América 2006

Okay, now it's Europe again, interestingly with a couple of really vintage years selected....

  1. Zenit St Petersburg 2007-08

  2. Videoton 1984-85

  3. Motherwell 1931-32

  4. Belenenses 1945-46

  5. Spartak Moscow 1990-91

  6. Besiktas 2008-09

  7. Standard Liege 2008-2009

And then it's..... South America once more. Did you guess?

  1. Botafogo 1957

  2. San Lorenzo 2002

The next three teams looked like a whole new range - club champions around the world.Was this designed to scare punters? This list could be unending.....

  1. Al-Hilal Club 2000

  2. Puma (Club Universitad Nacional) 1989

  3. Al-Ahly 2006

...but no, that seemed to have been a very short experiment, after which the list wound up with a final run of World Cup sides (and hurrah for that!)

  1. Norway 1998

  2. Angola 2006

  3. South Korea 2002

  4. Northern Ireland 1958

  5. New Zealand 2010

  6. Wales 1958

  7. Dutch East Indies 1938

  8. Slovenia 2010

  9. Zaire 1974

  10. Slovakia 2010

That brings us to the end of the run. Perhaps you are wondering where Togo and Trinidad and Tobago got to? Or Haiti? No, better not go there....


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