Muhammad Nadeem

Muhammad Nadeem Ahmed (also Muhammad Nadeem, Urdu: محمد ندیم احمد; born 5 March 1972 in Gojra, Punjab) is a retired Pakistani field hockey player.[1] He represented Pakistan in two editions of the Olympic Games (2000 and 2004), and he has served as a full-fledged member and single-time captain of the national field hockey team throughout his sporting career.

Muhammad Nadeem
Personal information
Full nameMuhammad Nadeem Ahmed
Nickname(s)ND
Nationality Pakistan
Born (1972-03-05) 5 March 1972 (age 49)
Nankana, Punjab, Pakistan
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight76 kg (168 lb)
Sport
SportField hockey

Nadeem made his official debut at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, where he and the Pakistanis missed a chance to claim a bronze medal against the Aussies in the men's field hockey tournament with an official score of 3–6.[2][3]

At the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Nadeem qualified for the second time as a member of the Pakistani squad in the men's field hockey after receiving a wild card invitation from the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Madrid, Spain.[4] Narrowly missing out a slot for the semifinals by two points, Nadeem helped the Pakistanis scored a goal of 4–2 to defeat the notorious New Zealand team in the fifth place classification match.[5] Serving as the team captain in field hockey, Nadeem was also appointed by the Pakistan Olympic Association to carry the Pakistani flag in the opening ceremony.[6]

Shortly after his second Olympics, Nadeem announced his official retirement from international hockey after intense pressures escalated him from the team's fifth-place finish at the concluded Games.[7]