Panini started in 1999 with the first Champions League collection. 1999/2000, 2000/2001 and 2001/2002 were the first three Champions League collections, all of them pretty rare nowadays. From 2002 to 2005 there was no Champions League collection available, the success in the market was not as good as expected.
In 2005, when the Champions League - the former European Cup of European Champions (Europapokal der Landesmeister) - celebrated its 50th anniversary, Panini decided to start again with an official Champions League collection, called "Champions of Europe". Champions of Europe is CL 2005/2006, it just has a different name.
From that time on until today Champions League collections became more and more popular and successful. Please check out our shop for these nice collections!