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Nazmi Albadawi

Influential Palestinian-American soccer player

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Date of Birth:



Raleigh, USA

Place of Birth:

Why Featured?

Represented Palestine internationally, achieving significant milestones in his career while contributing to the visibility and success of Palestinian athletes on the global stage.

Brief bio

Nazmi Albadawi is a retired Palestinian-American professional soccer player who made his mark as a midfielder. Throughout his career, he played for notable teams such as North Carolina FC and FC Cincinnati, and represented the Palestine national team internationally. His journey from local talent to an international player showcases his dedication and impact on the sport.

Major Milestones


  • Professional Debut (2014): Albadawi started his professional career with North Carolina FC, making his debut against Indy Eleven​​...See More

  • Record-breaking Season (2016): Achieved a career-high with 10 assists in one season with North Carolina FC, showcasing his skill as a playmaker​​.

  • International Representation: Made his debut for the Palestine national team, marking a significant milestone in his career by representing his heritage on an international platform​​.

  • Move to FC Cincinnati (2018): Signed a multi-year deal with FC Cincinnati, contributing to the team's success in the USL Championship​​.

  • Retirement Announcement (2021): Announced his retirement from professional soccer, planning to continue his connection with soccer through coaching and pursuing a career in technology​​.

  • Promoting Palestinian Representation in Sports: Albadawi's participation in the Palestine national team brought attention to Palestinian athletes in international soccer.

  • Leadership on and off the Field: Served as captain for North Carolina FC, leading by example and contributing significantly to the team's successes​​.

  • Youth Development: Post-retirement, Albadawi committed to coaching youth teams, contributing to the development of future soccer talents​​.

  • Breaking Records: Set the NASL single-season assist record in 2016, highlighting his exceptional playmaking abilities​​...See More

  • Community Engagement: Throughout his career, Albadawi has been involved in various community initiatives, leveraging his platform to give back and inspire young athletes.

Date of Last Update: 
February 4, 2024

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