Nadia Nadim is a senior Football player for the national team of Denmark, where she represented in the country's national team a total of 85 times and has scored a total of 33 goals throughout her career. In 2017, Nadia and her team won 2nd place in the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) Women's Euro Tournament.
She was also voted as 2016 and 2017's player of the year in Denmark while winning the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) in America and winning 2nd place in both the French Ligue 1 and the English Football Association Women's Super League (FA WSL). She is currently a medical student at Aarhus University and is playing for the Paris Saint Germain.
Five Facts About Nadia Nadim
Nadia can speak nine languages, including English, French, German, and Hindi.
Aryana Sayeed, a famous African singer, is her aunt.
She was ranked number 20 in the Forbes list's "Most Powerful Women in International Sports" of 2018.
She is currently a medical student and has assisted in reconstructive surgery since last 2020.
Her role in every match is a striker.
Famous Quote From Nadia Nadim
"I have one goal in life; I want to be the best in everything I do."
"I fell in love with football when I started playing it in a refugee camp when I was younger. I never knew women footballers could ever reach this level, but I consistently trained hard, and now I'm here."
"What I've been through as a kid forged me into this person I am. I really enjoy winning, and I want to succeed no matter what because I don't want to go back to where I was as a kid being poor."
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Biography Of Nadia Nadim
Nadia Nadim was born on January 2, 1988, in Herat, Afghanistan. She was raised by her mother and father, along with her four sisters. Her father worked as a general for the Afghan army. Still, when she was 10 years old, she received the tragic news that the Taliban executed her father. This Islamist military organization has been waging war in Afghanistan since 1994.
After hearing the news, her family has lived in fear and concluded that it was not safe to stay in Afghanistan for a family made up of 6 women. Nadia's widowed mother decided that they should escape to London since they have relatives there. Her mother sold most of their valuables and forged passports, and paid a smuggler to take them to Italy via Pakistan.
Upon reaching Italy, Nadia and her family rode a truck and believed that they were going to London. A few days passed, and they reached their destination, thinking that they would see the famous Big Ben of London. Little did they know that they were being dropped off at the place they would soon consider home.
Nadia and her family saw trees the moment that they disembarked from the truck. They asked a passer-by where they were and found out that they were dropped off in Denmark, a country situated in the northern areas of Europe.
Early Career as a Football Player
With all the events that happened, her life has turned upside down. She needs to adjust to her environment, to the people, and most of all, the language. Despite this, she learned the "easiest" language that she can learn, Football.
After learning football, Nadia started her career by joining and playing for the B52 in the city of Aalborg. She then represented Team Viborg from 2005 to 2006, then represented the IK Skovbakken from 2006 to 2012, and lastly, the Fortuna Hjørring in 2012 where she made her Champions League debut, scoring all the goals for her team and beating Scottish champions Glasgow City with a score of 2-1.
Nadia joined the Danish national team in 2009 and took on the Algarve Cup. Since then, she has represented Denmark a total of 85 times and has scored a total of 33 goals. Nadia and her team competed in the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) Women's Euro Tournament, earning her the UEFA Women's Euro bronze medal. In 2017, she competed again for the UEFA Women's Euro tournament, earning them a silver medal.
The Denmark national team competed against Italy to qualify for the UEFA Women's Euro to be held in 2022. Nadia's team won the match and earned her the "player of the match" achievement for scoring two goals in their 3-1 score.
A Part-Time Medical Student
Aside from Football, Nadia aspires to be a doctor and a cosmetic surgeon at that. She is attending as a medical student at Aarhus University, Denmark, and is now training to be a cosmetic surgeon. She is in her final year now and will soon earn her title of M.D.
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