Nashat Akram Abid Ali Al-Eissa (Arabic: نشأت أكرم عبد علي العيسى , born 13 September 1984 in Al Hillah, Babylon, Iraq) is a retired Iraqi professional footballer who was an Iraqi international. Popularly dubbed "The Maestro" and "The Musician", Akram usually played as a playmaker or as an attacking midfielder and was known for his exceptional vision and excellent passing ability, as well as his ability to score goals from long range. Nashat was Iraq's most promising young prospect in the early 2000s, and became an integral part of the Iraq national team as he helped them win the 2007 AFC Asian Cup, winning the man of the match award in the final and being voted for the Team of the Tournament as well as finishing in third place in the AFC Footballer of the Year award in 2007.
He almost signed for Premier League club Manchester City in 2008, but work permit issues meant that he was not allowed to join, while he was also linked with clubs such as Sunderland and Málaga in his career. He won five league titles as a player: two with Iraqi club Al-Shorta, one with Saudi club Al-Shabab, one with Qatari club Al-Gharafa and one with Dutch club FC Twente.Close