PLAYER PROFILE: Nazmi Albadawi #10

Nazmi Albadawi
Albadawi in 2019
Personal information
Full name Nazmi Nidal Nazmi Albadawi[1]
Date of birth (1991-08-24) August 24, 1991 (age 32)
Place of birth Raleigh, North Carolina, United States[1]
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Position(s) 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 U-23's 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)
2020–2021 North Carolina FC 23 (2)
Total 211 (45)
International career
2018–2019 Palestine 9 (1)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of September 13, 2021
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of November 14, 2019

Nazmi Nidal Nazmi Albadawi (Arabic: نظمي نضال نظمي البدوي; born August 24, 1991) is a former Palestinian professional footballer who recently played as a midfielder for North Carolina FC and the Palestine national team.

Early life

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 four-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.[2]

College career

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.[2]

While at college, Albadawi appeared for NPSL club Carolina RailHawks U-23's in 2012 and 2013.[3]

Club career

Carolina Railhawks/North Carolina FC

Albadawi signed with NASL club Carolina RailHawks on April 11, 2014.[4] On May 28, he netted his first career goal in a 2–0 win over the Charlotte Eagles in the second round of the Lamar Hunt U.S Open Cup. On October 12, 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, the RailHawks picked up his contract option for the 2015 season.[5] On January 12, 2016 the RailHawks announced that Albadawi had been re-signed to a multi-year contract.[6] During the 2016 season, Albadawi started 29 games for the RailHawks, scoring three goals and breaking the NASL single-season assist record with 10. Following the season, he was named to the NASL Best XI.[7]

Prior to the 2017 NASL season, Albadawi trained with Croatian First Football League side NK Istra 1961.[8]

FC Cincinnati

On January 15, 2018, Albadawi signed with USL side FC Cincinnati on a multi-year contract.[9] After playing one game for Cincinnati during their inaugural MLS season in 2019, he was loaned back to North Carolina FC on May 30.[10]

Return to North Carolina FC

On November 21, 2019, he re-signed with North Carolina FC for the 2020 season.[11]

On September 3, 2021, Albadawi announced his retirement from professional soccer.[12] On September 13, 2021, Albadawi was named USL League One Player of the Week for Week 23 of the 2021 season after scoring a brace against New England Revolution II in his final professional game.[13]

International career

Albadawi played his first international match for Palestine in a friendly against Pakistan that ended with a 2–1 win, scoring the winning goal.[14]

Personal life

Albadawi's family hails from Tarshiha.[15] He is a Muslim, stating in 2019: "I've grown a lot in faith the last couple years and it's something that's been very important to me."[16]

Career statistics


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


  1. ^ a b "Nazmi Albadawi". Global Sports Archive. Retrieved May 28, 2021.
  2. ^ a b "2013 Men's Soccer Roster". NC State Wolfpack. NC State Wolfpack. Retrieved August 27, 2019.
  3. ^ "About RailHawks U-23's". Carolina RailHawks. Archived from the original on July 19, 2014. Retrieved June 13, 2014.
  4. ^ "RailHawks Sign Albadawi". NC State University Athletics. April 18, 2014. Archived from the original on December 14, 2018. Retrieved February 28, 2019.
  5. ^ "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.
  6. ^ "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.
  7. ^ "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.
  8. ^ "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.
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ "Former Fan-Favorite Captain and Homegrown Nazmi Albadawi Returns to NCFC". North Carolina FC. May 30, 2019. Retrieved November 21, 2019.
  11. ^ "Club Great Nazmi Albadawi Signs Contract With North Carolina FC to Return for 2020 Season". North Carolina FC. November 21, 2019.
  12. ^ "NCFC Captain Nazmi Albadawi Announces Retirement". September 3, 2021.
  13. ^ "USL League One Team of the Week - Week 23". September 13, 2021. Retrieved August 1, 2022.
  14. ^ 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.
  15. ^ "FC Cincinnati's Nazmi Albadawi on stepping up to MLS and playing for Palestine". the Guardian. March 7, 2019.
  16. ^ Hatch, Charlie (June 3, 2019). "Ramadan A Factor For FCC Players". FC Cincinnati. Retrieved June 3, 2019.

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