My dream 5-a-side: Diana Al Shammari / by Justin Salhani


Diana Al Shammari is a student at California State University. She's originally from Baghdad, Iraq and has also lived in Egypt. While growing up in Iraq, Al Shammari noted playing football was frowned upon for girls. This inspired her to write about these issues within the game. I've followed Diana's work for sometime and recently asked her to share with Guerrilla FC her dream 5 aside team.

GK Gianluigi Buffon
For me, he’s the greatest goalkeeper to ever stand between the goalposts. Legendary is an understatement to describe him.

Def Paolo Maldini
The only person I trust to play in defence in this hypothetical five-a-side. Unstoppable in his position and guaranteed to haunt strikers and whoever tries to face him. 

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Mid Zinedine Zidane
Can you blame me? The greatest midfielder to ever grace a football pitch and the greatest footballer ever for me. Bossing the midfield is guaranteed with him in this team and I’m sure he’ll provide some outrageously beautiful assists to the strikers.

Fwd Lionel Messi
What can I say? You simply can’t have a five-a-side without this magician in it. He’s simply unstoppable.

Fwd Gerd Müller
Der Bomber - one of the greatest goal scorers in history. Having him and Messi upfront would be every defender’s and goalkeeper’s nightmare.

Diana's on Twitter & Instagram

Words Adrian Kidaman
Edits Justin Salhani