Nazmi Albadawi

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Nazmi Albadawi
Personal information
Date of birth (1991-08-24) 24 August 1991 (age 26)
Place of birth Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
FC Cincinnati
Number 5
Youth career
Athens Drive Jaguars
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009 Wake Tech Eagles
2010–2013 NC State Wolfpack
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2013 Carolina RailHawks U23s 32 (12)
2014–2017 North Carolina FC 110 (17)
2018– FC Cincinnati 0 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of October 30, 2017.

Nazmi Albadawi (born August 24, 1991) is an American soccer player who plays as a midfielder for FC Cincinnati. He played college soccer at North Carolina State University.

Personal life[edit]

Albadawi is the youngest of 3 siblings, having 2 older sisters. Albadawi was voted class president all four years of high school.



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, NC. 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.


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]