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 31)[1]
Place of birth Herat, Afghanistan
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Paris Saint-Germain
Number 10
Youth career
Gug Boldklub
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
B52 Aalborg
2005–2006 Team Viborg
2006–2012 IK Skovbakken
2012–2015 Fortuna Hjørring
2014–2015 Sky Blue FC 24 (13)
2015–2016Fortuna Hjørring (loan)
2016–2017 Portland Thorns FC 37 (15)
2018 Manchester City 15 (4)
2019– Paris Saint-Germain 12 (6)
National team
2009– Denmark 85 (29)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 October 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19 December 2018

Nadia Nadim (born 2 January 1988) is an Afghan-Danish football player who plays as a striker for French Division 1 Féminine club Paris Saint-Germain.

Early life and club career[edit]

Nadim was born in Herat[1] and raised in Afghanistan until her father, an Afghan National Army (ANA) general, was executed by the Taliban in 2000.[2] 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.[3] She made her Champions League debut in September the same year, scoring both goals in a 2–1 win over Scottish Champions Glasgow City.[4]

Club career[edit]

Nadia Nadim playing for the Portland Thorns FC in 2017

Sky Blue FC[edit]

Nadim joined NWSL club 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 on 14 August. On 16 February 2015, Sky Blue announced that Nadim had been signed to play for Sky Blue in the 2015 season as well.[5]

Portland Thorns FC[edit]

On 14 January 2016, Nadim was traded to Portland Thorns FC.[6] Playing as a striker, she finished the 2016 season as the team's top scorer with 9 goals in 20 games as the team won the 2016 NWSL Shield. In the 2017 season, she helped the team to a second-place finish in the league[7] and victory in the NWSL Championship game.

Manchester City[edit]

On 28 September 2017, Nadim signed for FA Women's Super League side Manchester City for the 2018 season. She joined the club in January 2018,[8] and made her debut with Manchester City on 7 January 2018 in a 5–2 win over Reading. After six minutes on the pitch she scored her first goal for the team, and 26 minutes later she made an assist when Manchester City scored their second goal in the match.[9] In her second match for the team she scored the winning goal in a 1–0 victory over Chelsea in the semifinale of the Continental Tyres Cup.[10]

On 26 July 2018, while on the US tour with Manchester City, the BBC reported that Nadim had requested a transfer out of the club, stating that she had never felt at home there and wanted out.[11] On 19 December 2018 Manchester City announced that Nadim would be departing the club and her contract would be terminated on 1 January 2019, allowing her to sign with another club.[12]

Paris Saint-Germain[edit]

On 3 January 2019, Nadim signed for Paris Saint-Germain.[13]

Playing style[edit]

Nadim is recognized for her energetic and determined style of play.[14] She is successful from the penalty spot, having converted all but one of her penalties in the NWSL (and with the one miss being a block by the goalkeeper and immediately scored by Nadim) and both of her attempts at Euro 2017.[15]

International career[edit]

Nadim (left) playing for Denmark in 2017

Under Danish nationality law Nadim could not apply for citizenship until turning 18 years old 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.[16] 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.[17]

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.[18][19] In doing so, she became the first naturalised Dane to represent a Denmark senior national football team.[20] 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.[21] In Denmark's opening group match against hosts Sweden Nadim featured as a substitute in an eventful 1–1 draw.[22]

In the UEFA Women's Euro 2017 tournament, she was instrumental in Denmark's advancement, scoring the tying goal in Denmark's eventual 2–1 win over favorites Germany in the knockout stages, and scoring a go-ahead goal in the final, which Denmark ultimately lost to host Netherlands 4–2.

International goals[edit]

Key (expand for notes on “international goals” and sorting)
Location Geographic location of the venue where the competition occurred
Sorted by country name first, then by city name
Lineup Start – played entire match
on minute (off player) – substituted on at the minute indicated, and player was substituted off at the same time

off minute (on player) – substituted off at the minute indicated, and player was substituted on at the same time
(c) – captain
Sorted by minutes played

# NumberOfGoals.goalNumber scored by the player in the match (alternate notation to Goal in match)
Min The minute in the match the goal was scored. For list that include caps, blank indicates played in the match but did not score a goal.
Assist/pass The ball was passed by the player, which assisted in scoring the goal. This column depends on the availability and source of this information.
penalty or pk Goal scored on penalty-kick which was awarded due to foul by opponent. (Goals scored in penalty-shoot-out, at the end of a tied match after extra-time, are not included.)
Score The match score after the goal was scored.
Sorted by goal difference, then by goal scored by the player's team
Result The final score.

Sorted by goal difference in the match, then by goal difference in penalty-shoot-out if it is taken, followed by goal scored by the player's team in the match, then by goal scored in the penalty-shoot-out. For matches with identical final scores, match ending in extra-time without penalty-shoot-out is a tougher match, therefore precede matches that ended in regulation

aet The score at the end of extra-time; the match was tied at the end of 90' regulation
pso Penalty-shoot-out score shown in parenthesis; the match was tied at the end of extra-time
Light-purple background colorexhibition or closed door international friendly match
Light-yellow background color – match at an invitational tournament
Pink background color – Continental Games or regional tournament
NOTE on background colors: Continental Games or regional tournament are sometimes also qualifier for World Cup or Olympics; information depends on the source such as the player's federation.

NOTE: some keys may not apply for a particular football player

Date Location Opponent Lineup # Min Score Result Competition
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
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
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
2012-06-20[m 4] St. Pölten  Austria Start 1.1 92

4850.01005 1–3

4850.01005 1–3

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

off 45' (on Jensen)

1.1 34

5150.01005 1–0

5250.02005 2–0

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

5250.02005 2–0

5550.05005 5–0

2.2 46

5450.04005 4–0

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

5250.02005 2–0

5550.02005 5–3

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

5450.04005 4–0

5850.08005 8–0

World Cup qualifier
2.2 67

5750.07005 7–0





Personal life[edit]

In 2017 Nadim was attending medical school at Aarhus University (remotely, during the soccer season) with the aim of becoming a surgeon when her playing days are over.[23][24] Nadim is Muslim,[25] and speaks nine languages (Danish, English, German, Persian, Dari, Urdu, Hindi, Arabic and French).[26][14]

Afghan singer Aryana Sayeed is her aunt.[27]


  1. ^ a b "Nadia Nadim: Veni Vidi Vici » Our Game Magazine".
  2. ^ Benn, Tansin; Pfister, Gertrud; Jawad, Haifaa. Muslim women and sport. Google Books. p. 67.
  3. ^ "Nadia Nadim". UEFA. 27 September 2012. Retrieved 14 July 2013.
  4. ^ "Women's Champions League: Glasgow City 1–2 Fortuna Hjorring". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). 26 September 2012. Retrieved 27 September 2012.
  5. ^ "Sky Blue Signs Nadia Nadim for 2015 Season",, accessed 11 March 2015
  6. ^
  7. ^ National Women's Soccer League. "2017 Standings". Retrieved 2 January 2018.
  8. ^ "Nadia Nadim: Manchester City Women sign Denmark striker". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). 28 September 2017. Retrieved 28 September 2017.
  9. ^ Andersen, Jens (7 January 2018). "Nadim på tavlen i debut for Manchester City". Retrieved 8 January 2018.
  10. ^ "Nadia Nadim matchvinder mod Chelsea". 15 January 2018. Retrieved 20 January 2018.
  11. ^ "Nadia Nadim: Manchester City's Denmark striker hands in transfer request". BBC Sport. 26 July 2018. Retrieved 28 July 2018.
  12. ^ "Nadia Nadim to depart City". 19 December 2018. Retrieved 19 December 2018.
  13. ^ "Nadia Nadim da fuga aos talibãs ao Paris SG". Record (in Portuguese). 4 January 2019. Retrieved 9 January 2019.
  14. ^ a b "Nadia Nadim | An incredible journey..." Manchester City Football Club. 28 September 2017. Retrieved 2 January 2018.
  15. ^ "Top 10 Thorns Stories of 2017". Stumptown Footy. 30 December 2017. Retrieved 2 January 2018.
  16. ^ "Ligatopscorer bremses af Fifa-regler" (in Danish). Jyllands-Posten. 21 November 2008. Retrieved 14 July 2013.
  17. ^ Johansen, Anders; Wadland, Jacob (15 January 2009). "Nadia Nadim klar til kvindelandsholdet" (in Danish). Danish Football Association. Retrieved 14 July 2013.
  18. ^ "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.
  19. ^ "Nadia Nadim – Danish Football Association profile". Danish Football Association official website. Retrieved 27 September 2012.
  20. ^ "Nadia Nadim". UEFA. Archived from the original on 14 July 2013. Retrieved 14 July 2013.
  21. ^ Bruun, Peter (21 June 2013). "Upbeat Heiner-Møller confirms Denmark squad". UEFA. Retrieved 14 July 2013.
  22. ^ Dutt, Sujay (11 July 2013). "Petersen's 'crazy' day for Denmark". UEFA. Retrieved 13 July 2013.
  23. ^ "Nadia Nadim" (in Danish). Danish Football Association. Archived from the original on 28 June 2013. Retrieved 14 July 2013.
  24. ^ Best, Katelyn (17 April 2017). "Nadia Nadim Fled Afghanistan. Now She's a Portland Thorns Forward and a Medical Student". Portland Monthly. Retrieved 2 January 2018.
  25. ^ "Nadia Nadim Fled Afghanistan. Now She's a Portland Thorns Forward and a Medical Student". Portland Monthly. Retrieved 6 August 2017.
  26. ^ "The Afghan refugee and trainee surgeon who can speak nine languages – and has just signed for Manchester City". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 28 September 2017.
  27. ^ Schönwetter, Paul (29 July 2017). "Nadia Nadim – Dänemarks 'Zlatan'". Tagesspiegel (in German). Retrieved 15 March 2018.
Match reports
  1. ^ "Danmark – Island 2 – 0". Retrieved 14 August 2014.
  2. ^ "Danmark – Finland 2 – 1". Retrieved 14 August 2014.
  3. ^ "Danmark – Tjekkiet 1 – 0". Retrieved 14 August 2014.
  4. ^ "Danmark – Østrig 1 – 3". Retrieved 14 August 2014.
  5. ^ "Danmark – Island 2 – 0". Retrieved 14 August 2014.
  6. ^ "Danmark – Malta 5 – 0". Retrieved 14 August 2014.
  7. ^ "Danmark – USA 5 – 3". Retrieved 14 August 2014.
  8. ^ "Danmark – Malta 8 – 0". Retrieved 5 May 2014.

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