Nadia Nadim

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Nadia Nadim
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Personal information
Full name Nadia Nadim
Date of birth (1988-01-02) 2 January 1988 (age 29)[1]
Place of birth Herat, Afghanistan
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Portland Thorns FC
Number 9
Youth career
Gug Boldklub
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
B52 Aalborg
2005–2006 Team Viborg
2006–2012 IK Skovbakken 3 (4)
2012–2015 Fortuna Hjørring 8 (4)
2014–2015 Sky Blue FC 24 (13)
2016– Portland Thorns FC 29 (13)
National team
2009– Denmark 71 (20)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 June 2017[2].
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 30 July 2017


Nadia Nadim (born 2 January 1988) is a Danish football player of Afghan origin who plays as a striker for Portland Thorns in the NWSL and the Danish national team.

Early life and club career[edit]

Nadim was born in Herat[3] and raised in Afghanistan until her father, an Afghan National Army (ANA) general, was executed by the Taliban in 2000.[4] Her family then fled to Denmark, where she began her football career, playing for B52 Aalborg, Team Viborg and IK Skovbakken, before moving to Fortuna Hjørring in 2012.[5] She made her Champions League debut in September the same year, scoring both goals in a 2–1 win over Scottish Champions Glasgow City.[6]

International career[edit]

Under Danish nationality law Nadim could not apply for citizenship until turning 18 in 2006. When citizenship was eventually granted in 2008, FIFA eligibility rules blocked Nadim from playing for Denmark, because she had not yet been resident for the requisite five years after turning 18.[7] A subsequent challenge from the Danish Football Association (DBU) led to FIFA's legal department making an exception to the rules in Nadim's case.[8]

Nadim immediately became a member of the Denmark national team, making her debut in the 2009 Algarve Cup in a 0–2 defeat by the United States.[9][10] In doing so, she became the first naturalised Dane to represent a Denmark senior national football team.[11] She participated in all three of Denmark's games at UEFA Women's Euro 2009 in Finland.

She was named in national coach Kenneth Heiner-Møller's Denmark squad for UEFA Women's Euro 2013.[12] In Denmark's opening group match against hosts Sweden Nadim featured as a substitute in an eventful 1–1 draw.[13]

International goals[edit]

Date Location Opponent Lineup # Min Score Result Competition
1
2009-03-09[m 1] Silves  Iceland 81.

off 81' (on Madsen)

1.1 36

5150.01005 1–0

5250.02005 2–0

Algarve Cup
2
2010-03-01[m 2] Albufeira  Finland 26.

on 65' (off Munk)

1.1 80

5150.02005 2–1

5150.02005 2–1

Algarve Cup
3
2012-09-15[m 3] Vejle  Czech Republic 87.

off 87' (on Troelsgaard)

1.1 55

5150.01005 1–0

5150.01005 1–0

UEFA Championship qualifier
4
2012-06-20[m 4] St. Pölten  Austria 90.Start 1.1 92

4850.01005 1–3

4850.01005 1–3

UEFA Championship qualifier
5
2013-06-20[m 5] Viborg  Iceland 45.

off 45' (on Jensen)

1.1 34

5150.01005 1–0

5250.02005 2–0

Friendly
6
2013-11-24[m 6] Valletta  Malta 90.Start 2.1 26

5250.02005 2–0

5550.05005 5–0

Friendly
7
2.2 46

5450.04005 4–0

8
2014-03-20[m 7] Albufeira  United States 90.Start 1.1 35

5250.02005 2–0

5550.02005 5–3

Algarve Cup
9
2014-09-13[m 8] Vejle  Malta 90.Start 2.1 28

5450.04005 4–0

5850.08005 8–0

World Cup qualifier
10
2.2 67

5750.07005 7–0

Professional career[edit]

Sky Blue FC[edit]

Nadim joined Sky Blue FC near the end of the 2014 NWSL season. Playing in 6 games, she scored 7 goals and registered 3 assists. She was named player of the week on 19 August and player of the month for the NWSL for August 14.

On 16 February 2015, Sky Blue announced that Nadim had been signed to play for Sky Blue in the 2015 season.[14]

Portland Thorns FC[edit]

On January 14, 2016, Nadim was traded to Portland Thorns FC.[15] Nadim finished the season as the team's top scorer with 9 goals in 20 games as the team won the 2016 league.

Personal life[edit]

In 2013 Nadim was attending medical school.[16] Nadim is Muslim.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.ourgamemag.com/2015/04/03/nadia-nadim-veni-vidi-vici/
  2. ^ "Nadia Nadim". Soccer Way. Retrieved 10 June 2017. 
  3. ^ http://www.ourgamemag.com/2015/04/03/nadia-nadim-veni-vidi-vici/
  4. ^ Benn, Tansin; Pfister, Gertrud; Jawad, Haifaa. Muslim women and sport. Google Books. p. 67. 
  5. ^ "Nadia Nadim". UEFA.com. UEFA. 27 September 2012. Retrieved 14 July 2013. 
  6. ^ "Women's Champions League: Glasgow City 1–2 Fortuna Hjorring". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). 26 September 2012. Retrieved 27 September 2012. 
  7. ^ "Ligatopscorer bremses af Fifa-regler" (in Danish). Jyllands-Posten. 21 November 2008. Retrieved 14 July 2013. 
  8. ^ Johansen, Anders; Wadland, Jacob (15 January 2009). "Nadia Nadim klar til kvindelandsholdet" (in Danish). Danish Football Association. Retrieved 14 July 2013. 
  9. ^ "Woznuk and DiMartino Score as U.S. Women Defeat Denmark 2–0 to Open 2009 Algarve Cup". U.S.Soccer. 4 March 2009. Retrieved 14 August 2014. 
  10. ^ "Nadia Nadim – Danish Football Association profile". Danish Football Association official website. Retrieved 27 September 2012. 
  11. ^ "Nadia Nadim". UEFA.com. UEFA. Retrieved 14 July 2013. 
  12. ^ Bruun, Peter (21 June 2013). "Upbeat Heiner-Møller confirms Denmark squad". uefa.com. UEFA. Retrieved 14 July 2013. 
  13. ^ Dutt, Sujay (11 July 2013). "Petersen's 'crazy' day for Denmark". uefa.com. UEFA. Retrieved 13 July 2013. 
  14. ^ "Sky Blue Signs Nadia Nadim for 2015 Season", http://www.nwslsoccer.com/home/862664.html, accessed 11 March 2015
  15. ^ http://www.timbers.com/post/2016/01/14/thorns-fc-acquire-forward-nadia-nadim-third-pick-2016-nwsl-college-draft-sky-blue-fc
  16. ^ "Nadia Nadim" (in Danish). Danish Football Association. Retrieved 14 July 2013. 
  17. ^ "Nadia Nadim Fled Afghanistan. Now She’s a Portland Thorns Forward and a Medical Student.". Portland Monthly. Retrieved 6 August 2017. 
Match reports
  1. ^ "Danmark – Island 2 – 0". dbu.dk. Retrieved 14 August 2014. 
  2. ^ "Danmark – Finland 2 – 1". dbu.dk. Retrieved 14 August 2014. 
  3. ^ "Danmark – Tjekkiet 1 – 0". dbu.dk. Retrieved 14 August 2014. 
  4. ^ "Danmark – Østrig 1 – 3". dbu.dk. Retrieved 14 August 2014. 
  5. ^ "Danmark – Island 2 – 0". dbu.dk. Retrieved 14 August 2014. 
  6. ^ "Danmark – Malta 5 – 0". dbu.dk. Retrieved 14 August 2014. 
  7. ^ "Danmark – USA 5 – 3". dbu.dk. Retrieved 14 August 2014. 
  8. ^ "Danmark – Malta 8 – 0". dbu.dk. Retrieved 5 May 2014. 

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