'Football culture' kits & apparel for the 2017-2018 season by Justin Salhani


With every new season a new array of kits and gear are unveiled. We’ve already revealed five kits we love at the professional level. But the gear we’re really excited about is found in the athleisure category - fit for the pitch and the streets.

Here, in no particular order, is some of the hottest gear found outside professional locker rooms.

Adidas x ASAP Ferg x Undefeated Kit

Adidas is probably the hottest athleisure brand right now, pairing up with some of the most daring designers and streetwear brands. This kit, a collaboration with ‘Trap Lord’, trap star ASAP Ferg's clothing line and streetwear brand Undefeated combines a football and skateboarding aesthetic. Extra points for the Adidas Originals' trefoil logo over the 3 Stripes.

Buy here.

Box2Box Football x Cult Kits T-shirts

These two football-specific brands collaborated to create t-shirts inspired by the 90s. Two of the decade’s best Argentine footballers - Gabriel ‘Batigol’ Batistuta and Diego Maradona feature here. We particularly like the nostalgia-driven Nintendo-style font used to write Batistuta’s name.

Buy here.

lack of guidance x Mundial Mag Diego Sweatshirt

Another piece of athleisure inspired by Argentinian football culture - this sweatshirt takes the iconic colors of Argentine super club Boca Juniors.

OldmcSic x sk1991 Kit

There’s a lot to like about the kit made by the Malaysian based group OldmcSic. The reddish-brown background with a criss-crossing box pattern and yellow trim for the sleeves and collar comes together nicely for a clean-yet-original kit. A lot of love for the sk1991 billy goat patch too.

Ringleaders Kit

This deep blue kit adorned with blue snowflakes is complimented nicely by the thin numbering on the shirt’s front. An instant classic that is simple yet speaks strongly to the brand’s identity.

Concept Club x Le site de la Sneaker Kit

Our friends over at Concept Club have an array of spicy kits to pick from. This time we’ve gone with the collab with Le site de la Sneaker. The white nike look is clean as always, and Le site de la Sneaker across the front is a nice touch. The patch adds a bit of color and the French patch on the sleeve brings the whole thing together.

Fish and Chips FC

This fully sublimated, light pink kit has two standout elements:

-the patch of a fish with the look of “I’m late to work, get this ball out of my way” and
-the sublimated newspaper articles - a clever nod to the newspaper that traditional fish and chips are served with to soak up the oil

Glory Hunters FC Keeper Kit

This collaboration between Soccer Bible, Avery Dennison, and the Portland-based Toffee League’s Glory Hunters brings all the collector’s cards you had stored away in a shoebox as a kid. Every diving save will surely recall the childhood trauma of seeing these collector’s items in non-mint condition.

Wild Bandana Nike Kit

Custom jersey makers Euro Social Gang teamed up with design wunderkind Matteo Caputo to design this bespoke, black, all-Italian kit. This Nike kit was made for Italian trapstar Izi's new single ‘Wild Bandana’ (you can check it out here on YouTube and see another ESG creation - the Orange County Kit). Keep an eye on these guys and a forthcoming collaboration with Guerrilla FC.

Buy here.

Casual Co Kit for Connoisseur FC

This Adidas kit’s front is adorned by the universal signal of the London Midlands trains. The double C badge is also a nice detail for a clean, iconic kit.

Joia Magazine’s Kappa Kit

Chilean art and design magazine Joia teamed up with Kappa to create an instant classic available in black and white. 

OBSCR Long Sleeve Kit

Go grab this from our friends over at RAYSBEACHCLUB. OBSCR’s white, longsleeve kit is a sleek, black and white design. The lace under the collar fuses historic football culture with modern design for a kit you can sport on the pitch or at your favorite dive bar.

Buy here.

Adsum Adidas Kit

Adidas is once against on the list, this time in collaboration with Adsum. The simple badge tells you all you need to know about this New York-based club while the dotted, pin stripes add a unique bit of style to this shirt.

Bowery FC 3rd x OnlyNY x Umbro Kit

This New York City-based club unveiled their 3rd kit recently - a deep blue (almost purple?) kit from the legendary brand Umbro with typography in a color called Alpine Mint. The shirt, a collaboration with OnlyNY, also features bold, graphic letters that speak strongly to the Bowery FC brand of rock music, skateboarding, and Manhattan's culture of grit.

Buy here.

Los Dejos Ikea Kit / Cookie Monster Kit

The founder and creative director of funkadelic Fokohaela has hit us with many awesome designs of late. This kit, however, is one of the most unique football kits we’ve ever seen. Made for his young son, Los Dejos made a digital camouflage design out of Cookie Monster Duplo building blocks. The classic Sesame Street logo runs across the front of the shirt and the badge is a digitized cookie. Not for sale (in this version, he’s said he’ll tweak the design to avoid legal repercussions and sell the updated version) but even though this was concepted for a child we know a handful of adults on Guerrilla FC who would rock this outside of daycare.

Nowhere FC x AS Roma Kit

The burgeoning culture surrounding amateur football has caught the eyes of professional clubs lately. New York based club Nowhere FC took their tye-dye motifs and created a few versions of AS Roma kits. Each kit represents a sub-section of the Roman Ultras and is inspired by elements of Roma’s history and culture.

(Note the photos feature three of our favorite players - our logo designer Khoi Bi Phan, former Guerrilla FC stalwart John Keiran, and Radja Nainggolan)

You can also check out Nowhere’s more-recent collaboration with Serie A’s Inter.

El Tigre Coreano

This Joma kit was designed by the king of football fashion design - Angelo Trofa. A collaboration with Seoul-based brand Nivelcrack, “El Tigre Coreano” is a one-of-a-kind kit. The white polo-collar inspires confidence and flair while the colorful design recalls the Taeguk and represents the Korean culture that inspire Nivelcrack’s work.

Buy here.

Puma x Daily Paper AW17 Collection

Listen, we like to try and be as precise as possible with these things. But this whole collab is just too hot. Check it out

Words Justin Salhani

5 new football kits we love by Justin Salhani

The relaxing offseason is over and now we look forward to the suffering inflected upon us by our respective clubs. Speaking of these clubs, they’ve all released their new kits for 2017/2018 in recent months. Here at Guerrilla headquarters, we joined in the fun and dropped the Muumba Kit. We hope it’ll keep us in your hearts as the season gears up.

But the Muumba aside, we at Guerrilla are always on the lookout for stylish or revolutionary kits. The five we’ve listed here get the ‘Harambe cool’ stamp of approval.

1. SC Freigburg 3rd kit

We tend to stay away from polo shirts, but the black collar with a V neck gives it a ‘Cantona feel’. Their main sponsor logo is centred and the SC Freiburg Logo is embroidered on the top of the right chest.

The only qualm we can find with this kit is it will be limited to away games.This here is a black and grey camouflage kit made by Hummel. The lilac accents that spice the jersey’s outline blend well with the black and grey camouflage colours.

2. Chapecoense Special Edition

Chapecoense de Futbol debuted a special edition kit by Umbro in the Joan Gamper trophy at the Camp Nou this past week. A traditional Chape away kit — white with the green Umbro logo accompanied with a green collar trim.

The kit is adorned with seventy-one stars printed on the front and the back of the shirt symbolizing the 71 victims of the plane crash that took the lives of most of their first team and staff last November. Somos todo Chape!

3. SC Braga 3rd Kit

Lacatoni, the Portuguese sporting brand, came up with a great concept for SC Braga’s third kit. It’s a black base, with a red polo collar and sleeve cuffs and a series of red horizontal stripes on the front that depict a gradient effect toward the top and bottom. This is another polo that breaks our ‘no collar’ rule. Much like Freiburg, we’re gutted this kit will only be used as an alternate to the away shirt.

4. Yokohama F Marinos FC Home Kit

The three time J1 league champions home kit got a revamp and added a bit of flair. The new kit uses a concept called Speed of Tri-colour based-on the speed of play in modern football.

This concept is the source for the seed inspired graphic on the front, sleeves, and shoulders of this crewneck jersey. The badge colours are red, blue, and white as a representation of the city of Yokohama’s flag.

5. Bayern Munchen Alternate Away Kit

The German giants will use this fan created Adidas masterpiece as their away kit during the Champions League season. We hope they’ll go far in the competition, enabling us to see beautiful football in cool kits. This is a modern inversion of classic elements.

The white jersey features thin red stripes down the front of the shirt, fading out as they reach the bottom. Adidas would do well to consider getting more fans to design shirts for clubs they sponsor.

Words Adrian Kidaman
Edits Justin Salhani

The artistry and suffering of Mesut Ozil by Justin Salhani

photo via Twitter

photo via Twitter

Words Justin Salhani
Edits Drew Mikhael

In “Home and Away,” a collection of letters exchanged during the 2014 World Cup by Norwegian author Karl Ove Knausgaard and Swedish writer Karl Eklund, the pair discuss their irrational love of football. Eklund, as is apparent in his writing, is a romantic and loves the “Bossa Nova” style of the Brazilians. Knausgaard prefers the cynicism of Italy and the Argentines and has a particular obsession with the Kafka-look-alike (then of Real Madrid) Angel Di Maria.

After the round of 16, when Switzerland fell to Argentina, Knausgaard reflects on Swiss playmaker Xherdan Shaqiri.

“…he scored three goals in the same match…and was technically excellent, he did some sensational things, and he has pace and a powerful shot. But there was something about him I didn’t like, his dummies were wasted on me, I didn’t like the aura he gave off. This is unfair, I know, it is a bit like saying about a writer that you don’t care whether his or her books are exceptionally good if something about their character puts you off, you can’t even say what it is, perhaps the way they walk.”

When picking favorite players or teams, emotion often trumps logic. Knausgaard shows as much when he describes Shaqiri’s style of play in glowing terms, only to express a baseless expression of dislike for the player. Facts and figures don’t do enough to draw our affection.

For me, Lionel Messi is the best player I’ve ever seen. His agility, close control, and finishing are unparalleled and that’s without discussing his sublime vision, passing, or ability from set pieces. Before Messi was the undisputed king of the Camp Nou, a similarly brilliant player but polar opposite personality ruled Barcelona. Ronaldinho’s tricks and control are an act of rebellion and therefore art in a game dominated by defensive tactics and cynical fouls.

I must confess, however, that while both players have captured my imagination and influenced my game in some capacity, neither can claim my total adoration (not that they’d give a damn). A player that has gained this nonsensical appreciation from me, however, is Arsenal & Germany playmaker Mesut Ozil.

Ozil is not exactly the antithesis to either Messi or Ronaldinho. Like Ronaldinho, he’s a skillful playmaker, though certainly less flamboyant. And like Messi, he’s a cold, calculating figure with a game that often favors efficiency over spectacle. Ozil is certainly not as explosive as either player, and his seemingly lethargic body language regularly draws ire of pundits.

For me, it is actually Ozil’s (often maligned) body language that draws me to him as a player. The fact pundits are in constant criticism of something as trivial as his how he ‘appears to run’ makes admiring Ozil all the more enticing. It is almost an act of rebellion in itself, and we already know how a member of Guerrilla FC appreciates an act of subversion.

I recall his goal against Chelsea in the fall of 2016. Alexis Sanchez chipped the ball to Ozil who volleyed it first time. The volley bounced off the ground and over Thibaut Courtois into the net. His demeanor was calm, elegant, unflinching even.

If most players had attempted a volley off the ground and over the keeper one might deem it a fluke. But Ozil’s demeanor made it look as though it was his intent. Considering his technical ability and speed of thought, who is to say he didn’t?

When Ronaldinho was in his verve, juggling over defenders and roasting defenders with his signature elastico, he was celebrated for his expressions of joy. He played with a smile on his face. Like a leading act at a music festival, he hyped the crowd and brought the party. But where Ronaldinho is the superstar musician, Ozil is the suffering artist.

Ozil’s talents don’t necessarily enthrall the crowd as though they’re at Carnival. Instead, like a magnificent painting does in a museum, they leave the crowd stunned and in an awe-induced silence.

When he plays, much like any great writer working on their magnum opus, he suffers. It is this suffering, I think, that draws me to Ozil. Like any artist, he is seeking perfection. His passes are strokes of his paintbrush and assists are perfect shaping of a sculpted bust.

Ozil’s suffering is not a rejection of joy. It is an expression of the human condition. He is burning to create. Art is a release and artists look to their trade because they are constantly angered or disenfranchised by the state of the world. The only solution is to create an entirely new world.

For Knausgaard or Eklund, that burning to create is channeled into a novel or a play. For Ozil, it is channeled into an assist. This is his only release. It is only then, that his suffering temporarily subsides and he can feel an ethereal release.

There are surely those who would disagree with me. Ronaldinho and Messi surely have more supporters around the globe. They definitely have more supporters among the professional pundits. They more than likely have more supporters in my social circles. But this is the beautiful thing about football. I don’t have to care what they think.

Top 10 football boots of 2017 by Justin Salhani

Words Adrian Kidaman
Edits Justin Salhani

After a long season of highs and lows, all true footy fans are gearing up for the Confederations Cup (snore). And whereas stars like Cristiano will surely be showing off their flashy new boots, here at Guerrilla FC Headquarters we want to take a look back at the boots that defined this past season and could define the coming one.

1. Puma Evotouch Pro

Released in September 2016, these are a mid-collar cut boot with a supple leather upper added to a modified ankle cut styling. Visually, this boot recalls a seventies look that would suit a player with the panache of Cryuff or Maradona. They come in a black and neon green colour scheme oozing flair without sacrificing control. Puma’s made some classic boots in their day and this looks to be another one.

2. Adidas Predator The Tongue Edition

Today, Paul Pogba is arguably the most marketable Adidas football athlete with his quick feet, cerebral play, and dope hair cuts and dabbing (hi haters). But in the early 2000s, the game belonged to David Beckham.

In 2001, England was in trouble. They ran the risk of missing out on the 2002 World Cup. It came down to the wire in a game against Greece. The midfield so many pundits labeled world class were struggling to put up a performance. The likes of Stevie Gerrard, Nicky Butt, and Paul Scholes couldn’t find a breakthrough.

In the game’s dying minutes, England was awarded a free kick. Up stepped Becks in his classic Predators to curl the ball into the net. He put his nation into the World Cup and his boots into our hearts.

Sixteen years on and Adidas has remade these beauties in a limited edition release. If you are about the free kicks these are the boots for you.

3. New Balance Visaro Pro


New Balance is pretty new to the boot game. But these gems are giving them a damn good start. These are covered in a Galaxy Black/Ultraviolet Blue camouflage pattern which takes inspiration from the Poisonous Dart Frog, one of the most poisonous creatures on the planet. This is a bold, yet unique look that is sure to make a statement on pitch..

Later this season they released the 2.0 version of the boot -- a limited edition worn by Arsenal & Wales star Aaron Ramsey. The design were based on Ramsey’s tattoos -- a pretty dope concept we’d like to see repeated with someone like Ricardo Quaresma.


4. Ryal Dribbling

Ryal is a throwback, Italian company that still makes handmade boots. When word went out that they were making their first high cut soccer cleat most people didn’t believe it. It is known as the Ryal Dribbling -- an all-black Kangaroo leather boot without a tongue and a neoprene technical sock which forms the boots collar. The boot costs $150 and is handmade in the Tuscan town of Fucechio. It’s a steal considering it will be custom made specifically for you. It’s also a refreshing switch of gears from the increasingly colourful, synthetic boots we see Nike and Adidas dropping every year.

5. Puma One Chrome


These are a limited-edition boot that offer a new concept by adding a synthetic microfiber that by default features a leather solution. These (plus your skill set) will surely make one stand out on the pitch.

6. Puma Vigor Black 

Noticing a theme here? The core concept here is a softer, more flexible boot to allow your foot to move freely. Comes with three primary pieces which are the inner spandex sock, the 3D AccuFoam dots, and the ADAP-LITED foam which makes up the outer shell of the boot.

7. Anta X Enjoyz

How many of you have heard of Chinese sportswear brand Anta? Well, they’ve linked up with Chinese football boot and kit website Enjoyz to bring you the first ever football boot designed via a collaboration between a news website and a sports manufacturer. A split design, the right shoe of the Anta Lion Enjoyz edition is turquoise blue with red and white, while the right shoe is red with turquoise and white details. The boot features Anta's logo and the bold lettering Enjoyz on the instep. A lion graphic on the outsole and the heel area as well as geometrical pattern on the inner side round off the unique designs of these cleats.

8. Concave Volt


Most boot experts say these Concaves are pretty comfortable and don’t take long to break in. All I care about is how they would look when rocking the Borussia Dortmund kit. Black and Yellow, Black and Yellow!

9. Under Amour Spotlight Blackout LE 

This are a a black camo style boot aimed at ensuring players can wear their boots with the utmost confidence and comfort. This would look brilliant with our Guerrilla FC kit.

10. Nike Tiempo Totti X Signature Boots

This season father time finally forced the King of Rome to abdicate his throne. Nike thanked him by making a limited-edition boot for the King himself. An all-gold, full-leather upper combined with subtle black detailing on the tongue makes these boots as legendary as Totti himself.  A rose Gold metallic sole rounds off the truly unique design alongside a prominent “Totti” writing across the heel section.

Guerrilla FC collaboration with UK's Mark Johnson by Justin Salhani

Words Justin Salhani

Guerrilla FC and UK-based graphic designer Mark Johnson have come together to create a limited edition poster print of Guerrilla kit 2.0. All the sizing and pricing details can be found here.

There are only 20 of these prints in existence - making it rarer than the kit itself. Also, check out Mark's other prints. We've shown our favorites below.

Futsal in Bali, Indonesia by Justin Salhani

Words & Photos Justin Salhani

The Indonesian national team loses, a lot. At least that’s what locals told me when I wore the team jersey around the Indonesian island of Bali this past April.

A bit of preliminary research shows the team is far from elite. Their lone World Cup appearance came in 1938 when they were still called the Dutch East Indies. The team lost 6-0 to eventual finalists Hungary. Since then they've hardly thrived. Their worst loss came just five years ago. Indonesia, a collection of islands, lost 10-0 to the much smaller island nation of Bahrain.

The domestic league has gone through a rambunctious few years. In 2012 the Indonesian football association was suspended from FIFA participation for having two professional leagues. A breakaway league couldn’t be controlled (that’s Guerrilla AF) and the following year the national team called up players from each league.

The Indonesian football association was suspended again in 2015 for government interference and the domestic competition was cancelled. That suspension has since been lifted.

When I was in Indonesia, local club Bali United beat Persib Bandung, the club of storied Ghanian international Michael Essien. I didn’t get to see the match, but supposedly Essien is far from the elite player who featured for clubs like Lyon, Chelsea, and Real Madrid. “Essien is fat,” a local tour guide told a friend of mine.

While in Bali’s capital, Denpasar, honorary Guerrilla (and newlywed) Hani Jaber and I ventured out to find some local kits. We paid 300,000 Rupiah ($22.50) and each of us got the Nike Indonesian National Team jersey and a Bali United jersey (I got black, Hani went red).

Bali United (left) and Indonesia National Team (right) kits

Bali United (left) and Indonesia National Team (right) kits

The Indonesian kit is clean. A red shirt with a white trim on the front of the collar and green on the back collar, shoulders, and end of the sleeves. The badge is Indonesia’s national emblem -- the Garuda (a large bird or bird-like creature from Hindu and Buddhist mythology) with a shield and it’s feet holding a scroll. The shield has five emblems, each one representing a principle of Indonesia’s national ideology.

The five principles are:

1. Belief in absoluteness of God

2. Just and civilized humanity

3. Indonesian unity

4. Democracy

5. Social justice

The scroll reads Bhinneka Tunggal Ika, which loosely translates to Unity in Diversity.

The Bali United kit is littered with sponsors. The front chest has three alone, including a food distribution company, and two motorized vehicle companies. Achilles, a four wheel vehicle company, is written where a brand would normally be. There’s also a sponsor on each shoulder, next to the badge, on each sleeve, and two on the back side of the shirt. The badge is a plaid pattern with a serif-font BU (for Bali United) surrounded by a canary yellow outline. A sans serif BALI UNITED is written above and a black and white soccer ball, also outlined in yellow rests on the base of the outline.


After Hani’s wedding, which featured an incredible speech by his best man on the mouth-breathing Harry Kane’s goal-scoring abilities, we traveled to Ubud -- an inland town in Bali surrounded by rice paddies and noted for its arts and culture.

A pitch in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

A pitch in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

I wore my Indonesian shirt out to a local restaurant on the first afternoon. The restaurant’s owner commented on my shirt with a smile. “We are always losing,” he told me.

The next day I wanted to get out and play a bit with some locals. A waiter at a venue had told me they play futsal in Ubud so I did a quick google search and drove over on my motorized scooter.

What the Balinese call futsal is small-sided football on turf (as opposed to a weighted ball on a hard floor court). I approached a group of school-age kids who had just finished playing bare-foot with a very light ball.

Two of the local kids on what they call a futsal court. 

Two of the local kids on what they call a futsal court. 

While the island gets many visitors from Europe, Australia, China, India, and beyond, I don’t think many venture out to local futsal courts. The kids were perplexed by my presence but eventually jumped back on the field to play a bit more. I removed my shoes (by request) and we played for around 30 minutes until the opposing team’s goalkeeper told me, “Sir, my teammates are too tired.”

We took a selfie and called it a day.

My new friends. They call me Uncle.

My new friends. They call me Uncle.

Guerrilla FC's Kit 2.0 by Justin Salhani

Words Justin Salhani
Photo Alejandro Davila Fragoso

On March 17, 2017, the guys at Guerrilla FC unveiled our new kit. A dashing greyscale camouflage print done by Macron was Guerrilla-ized and printed with details in gold, hot raspberry pink, white, and black.

The aim was to build a fashion item -- something you can wear off the pitch as easily as on. The reception was incredible. Below, we link to some of the articles that covered our new kit.

In Bed With Maradona - Guerrilla FC: A New Uniform (Luke Taylor)
NSS Mag - Meet Guerrilla FC and its kits (Francesco Abazia)
Kicks to the Pitch - Guerrilla FC Kit Unveiling Event (Raymond An)

10 of the most fashionable 'Football Culture' jerseys in the world by Justin Salhani

Guerrilla FC's new kit is now available for sale. In honor of our new shirt, Guerrilla Ambassador Raymond An picked ten shirts (in no particular order) that would add a bit of flair to any collector’s closet. But collectors, beware, you won't find these on eBay...

Words Justin Salhani

1. Nowhere FC - Korea edition (Nike)

The brains at Fly Nowhere have designed a number of gems. Each shirt is individually tye-dyed, meaning no two kits are exactly alike. This particular kit takes a South Korea kit designed by Nike, sleek in its own right, and adds a bit of Nowhere spice in the form of a tye-dye ripple design on the red and a wavy look on the white.

2. Bled FC (Nike)

This gold, green, and purple design is truly a work of art. This simple yet original pattern captivates the eye and might look equally stylish off the pitch as on it. You might miss the tiger lurking under the Nike sign.

3. The Gun FC (Puma)

This kit is a geometric design of triangles and diamonds that uses shades of green. The large black LAW on the front looks like a nod to classic French kits of the 80s and the gunmetal strip down the sleeve adds a bit of class to this daring shirt.

4. Brooklyn Circus (BKc)

Brooklyn Circus isn’t a football team, it’s a fashion brand. And this jersey is nothing if not fashionable. Available in white or black, with a sleek triangular pattern and HAITI plastered in gold across the chest. “The Jersey represents journey, hope and the power of creative collaboration,” BKc’s Instagram account reads.

5. Bowery FC (Nike)

The water effect on this Nike kit is eye-catching and the color scheme is neat. But the bit we love is the wolf badge, which recalls classic AS Roma kits from years passed. The Lagunitas Brewing is subtle and hard to make out but also a nice touch.

6. A.S. Velasca (Hummel)

Velasca’s been described as “the most artistic football club in the world.” Their jersey shows just as much. It’s a classic red or white Hummel kit sporting the black and white arrows down the sleeves. On the front, paint runs from a Nike check and an Adidas flower - a show of the club’s rejection of conformity. The original print type on the back is our favorite bit though.

7. Le Ballon FC (Angelo Trofa)

Inspired by Neapolitan playing cards, this kit reminds us of an old school arcade game called Q*bert. The color, the various patches, and the text make this an instant classic.

8. River Dubplate (Nike)

This is a classic white kit, but the design of the red stripe is what puts it over the top.

9. Cacahuete Sluts (???)

Who knows what brand this is. Also, who cares. We’re feeling the funky, rainbow-zebra style.

10. Paris 75ers (Nike)

The clean look and slick badge are cool. But the multi-colored Coca-Cola sponsor make this an instant classic.

Special pick

11. Paris St. Germain (Nike)

No words needed for this one. PSG is one of the coolest football brands in the game and this kit, designed by Mambo, is the coolest of the cool.

And don't forget to check out our latest kit.