Nazmi Albadawi

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Nazmi Albadawi
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Albadawi with FC Cincinnati in 2018
Personal information
Date of birth (1991-08-24) August 24, 1991 (age 28)
Place of birth Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
2008–2010 Triangle United
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009 Wake Tech Eagles
2010–2013 NC State Wolfpack 45 (17)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2013 Carolina RailHawks U23s 32 (12)
2014–2017 North Carolina FC 110 (17)
2018 FC Cincinnati 27 (11)
2019 FC Cincinnati 1 (0)
2019North Carolina FC (loan) 18 (3)
National team
2018– Palestine 9 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of October 19, 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of November 14, 2019

Nazmi Albadawi (born August 24, 1991) is a soccer player who plays as a midfielder. He played college soccer at North Carolina State University. Born in the United States, Albadawi represents the Palestine national football team.

Club career[edit]


Albadawi played club soccer for Triangle United Soccer Association, where he contributed to 3 consecutive USYSA Region III Championships from 2008 to 2010.

He played high school soccer for the Athens Drive High School Jaguars of Raleigh, North Carolina. He was a 4-year letter winner, winning all-conference selection three times, and all-region honors as a senior. He finished his high school career with 35 goals and 60 assists in 88 games.[1]


Albadawi played four years of college soccer at NC State between 2010 and 2013 and prior to that a year at Wake Technical Community College. On November 9, 2013, he scored a game-winner in overtime against in-state rivals UNC.[1]

While at college, Albadawi appeared for NPSL club Carolina RailHawks U-23's in 2012 and 2013.[2]


Albadawi signed with NASL club Carolina RailHawks on April 11, 2014.[3] On May 28, 2014, he netted his first career goal in a 2–0 win over the Charlotte Eagles in the 2nd round of the Lamar Hunt U.S Open Cup. On October 12, 2014, he was named NASL Player of the week after scoring one goal and one assist in a win against the San Antonio Scorpions. On December 1, 2014, the RailHawks picked up his contract option for the 2015 season.[4] On January 12, 2016 the RailHawks announced that Albadawi had been resigned to a multi-year contract.[5] During the 2016 season Albadawi started 29 games for the RailHawks scoring 3 goals and breaking the NASL single season assist record with 10. Following the season he was named to the NASL Best XI.[6]

Prior to the 2017 NASL season, Albadawi trained with Croatian First Football League side NK Istra 1961.[7]

On January 15, 2018, Albadawi signed with USL side FC Cincinnati on a multi-year contract.[8]

International career[edit]

He played his first international match for Palestine in a friendly against Pakistan that ended with a 2–1 win, scoring the winning goal.[9]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Palestine's goal tally first.
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. November 16, 2018 Faisal Al-Husseini International Stadium, Al-Ram, Palestine  Pakistan 2–1 2–1 Friendly

Personal life[edit]

Albadawi is the youngest of three siblings, having two older sisters. Albadawi was voted class president all four years of high school. His family hails from Tarshiha.[citation needed]

He married Yasmeen Mustafa on December 29, 2018.[citation needed]

Albadawi is a Muslim, saying in 2019, "I've grown a lot in faith the last couple years and it's something that's been very important to me."[10]


  1. ^ a b "2013 Men's Soccer Roster". NC State Wolfpack. NC State Wolfpack. Retrieved August 27, 2019.
  2. ^ "About RailHawks U-23's". Carolina RailHawks. Archived from the original on July 19, 2014. Retrieved June 13, 2014.
  3. ^ "RailHawks Sign Albadawi". NC State University Athletics. April 18, 2014. Archived from the original on December 14, 2018. Retrieved February 28, 2019.
  4. ^ "RailHawks Exercise Contract Options on Six Players". North Carolina FC. December 2, 2014. Archived from the original on October 16, 2017. Retrieved February 28, 2019.
  5. ^ "Nazmi Albadawi Re-signs With the RailHawks in 2016". North Carolina FC. January 12, 2016. Archived from the original on October 16, 2017. Retrieved February 28, 2019.
  6. ^ "Raleigh's Own Nazmi Albadawi Named to NASL's Best XI". North Carolina FC. November 11, 2016. Archived from the original on October 16, 2017. Retrieved February 28, 2019.
  7. ^ "Nazmi Albadawi and Brian Sylvestre Train with First-Division Croatian Team". North Carolina FC. January 12, 2017. Archived from the original on October 16, 2017. Retrieved October 15, 2017.
  8. ^ Kimura, Fumi (January 15, 2018). "FCC Inks NASL Record Holder Albadawi". FC Cincinnati. Archived from the original on January 16, 2018. Retrieved February 28, 2019.
  9. ^ Brennan, Patrick (November 16, 2018). "FC Cincinnati's Nazmi Albadawi scores goal in int'l debut for Palestine". Cincinnati Enquirer. Gannett Company. Archived from the original on February 28, 2019. Retrieved February 28, 2019.
  10. ^ Hatch, Charlie (June 3, 2019). "Ramadan A Factor For FCC Players". FC Cincinnati. Retrieved June 3, 2019.

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