Nemanja Nikolić (footballer, born 1987)

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Nemanja Nikolić
Nemanja Nikolić.JPG
Nikolić with Videoton in 2010
Personal information
Full name Nemanja Nikolić
Date of birth (1987-12-31) 31 December 1987 (age 29)
Place of birth Senta, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)[1]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Chicago Fire
Number 23
Youth career
1996–2006 Senta
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2007 Barcs 19 (3)
2007–2008 Kaposvölgye 14 (11)
2008–2010 Kaposvár 49 (30)
2010–2015 Videoton 149 (87)
2015–2016 Legia Warsaw 56 (41)
2017– Chicago Fire 6 (4)
National team
2013– Hungary 23 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:04, 15 April 2017 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 29 June 2016

Nemanja Nikolić (Serbian Cyrillic: Немања Николић, pronounced [němaɲa nǐkolitɕ]; Hungarian: Nikolics Nemanja [ˈnikolitʃ ˈnɛmaɲa]; born 31 December 1987) is a Yugoslavian-born Hungarian footballer who plays as a striker for Major League Soccer club Chicago Fire. Born in Serbia, he never got a call from the Serbian national team so he chose to represent the Hungarian national team.[2][3]

Early life[edit]

Nikolić was born in Senta, Yugoslavia to a Serbian father and a Hungarian mother. He began his career with his brother at FK Senta.

Club career[edit]

Kaposvár[edit]

Nikolić playing for Kaposvár

On 7 February 2008 Nikolić was signed by Kaposvár. He played his first match against Videoton. He managed to score thirty goals in just 49 matches therefore many top Hungarian sides wanted to sign him such as Újpest, Ferencváros and Videoton.

Videoton[edit]

In 2010 Videoton signed Nikolić. He became top scorer in the 2009-10 season of the Hungarian League.[4][5]

Nikolić won the 2010-11 season of the Hungarian League with Videoton. With the arrival of the Portuguese coach Paulo Sousa he was often left out from the first squad in the early matches of the 2011-12 season of the Hungarian League. However, as a substitute he managed to score against Paks, Siófok (twice), Újpest (twice) and Pápa in a row in the Hungarian League.

On 2 August 2012, Nikolić scored the only goal of the first leg of the third round of the Europa league 2012-13 season, when Videoton beat the Belgian KAA Gent 1–0 at the Sóstói Stadion.[6] He also scored in the second leg of the tie which was won by 3–0 by Videoton at the Jules Ottenstadion.[7] On 4 September 2012, he scored a goal in the Europa league 2012-13 season when Videoton beat Portugal's Sporting CP 3-0 at Stadion Sóstói.[8][9]

On 26 October 2014, Nikolić set a new record scoring in 12 consecutive league matches in the 2014–15 season.[10]

Legia Warsaw[edit]

On 8 June 2015, Nikolić joined Ekstraklasa club, Legia Warsaw.[11] On 19 July 2015, Nikolić debuted in the 2015-16 season of the Ekstraklasa by scoring two goals against Śląsk Wrocław at the Stadion Miejski, Wrocław.[12] On 16 March 2016 Nikolic scored a hat-trick against Zawisza Bydgoszcz at the Pepsi Arena, Warsaw. The match ended with a 4–0 win for Legia Warsaw.[13] On 15 May 2016 Legia became champions of the 2015–16 Ekstraklasa season by beating Pogoń Szczecin 3–0 at home. He was the top scorer of the 2015–16 Ekstraklasa season, scoring 28 goals in 37 matches.[14]

Chicago Fire[edit]

On 20 December 2016, it was announced that Nikolić would join Chicago Fire.[15]

International career[edit]

On 11 October 2013, Nikolić debuted in the Hungary national football team against the Netherlands in an 8–1 defeat at the Amsterdam Arena in the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification.[16][17] On 14 October 2013 Nikolić scored his first goal in the national team against Andorra in the 51st minute.[18][19] His second goal was recorded as an own goal by Lima.

On 18 November 2014, Nikolić scored against Russia in a 2–1 defeat in a friendly match at the Groupama Arena, Budapest, Hungary.[20]

Nikolić was called up to Hungary's squad for UEFA Euro 2016.[21] On 18 June 2016 he played in a 1–1 draw against Iceland at the Stade Vélodrome, Marseille in which his run and far post drive was re-directed in by Iceland for the last minute equalizer.[22]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 16 April 2017[14][23]
Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Barcs 2006–07 19 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 19 3
Total 19 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 19 3
Kaposvölgye 2007–08 14 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 11
Total 14 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 11
Kaposvár 2007–08 12 4 5 2 4 2 0 0 21 8
2008–09 22 16 3 1 5 7 0 0 30 24
2009–10 15 10 3 1 0 0 0 0 18 11
Total 49 30 11 4 9 9 0 0 69 43
Videoton 2009–10 15 8 1 1 3 1 0 0 19 10
2010–11 24 8 7 5 2 0 2 0 35 13
2011–12 30 19 6 4 10 7 1 0 47 30
2012–13 27 13 5 5 7 5 12 4 51 27
2013–14 28 18 1 0 3 1 2 0 34 19
2014–15 25 21 4 3 0 0 0 0 29 24
Total 149 87 24 18 25 14 17 4 215 123
Legia Warsaw 2015–16 37 28 7 6 1 0 10 2 55 36
2016–17 19 13 1 1 0 0 11 6 31 20
Total 56 41 8 7 1 0 21 8 86 56
Chicago Fire 2017 6 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 4
Total 6 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 4
Career totals 293 176 43 29 35 23 38 12 409 240

International[edit]

National team Season Apps Goals
Hungary 2013 2 1
2014 8 1
2015 6 1
2016 7 0
Total 23 3
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 15 October 2013 Ferenc Puskás Stadium, Budapest, Hungary  Andorra 1–0 2–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
2. 18 November 2014 Groupama Arena, Budapest, Hungary  Russia 1–2 1–2 Friendly match
3. 5 June 2015 Nagyerdei Stadion, Debrecen, Hungary  Lithuania 3–0 4–0 Friendly match

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Individual[edit]

Personal life[edit]

On 28 January 2011, Nikolić obtained Hungarian citizenship. András Cser-Palkovics, mayor of Székesfehérvár said that "We know about him that he knows the country, speaks the language since he has big plans with Videoton this year". Nikolić said that "I knew that it is not easy to obtain Hungarian citizenship but I hoped that due to the fact that my mother is Hungarian it would be easier but it turned out to be a bit more difficult".[36]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.vidi.hu/jatekosok/nikolics-nemanja.html
  2. ^ "Ексклузивно, Немања Николић, репрезентативац Мађарске: Нико ме из ФСС није гледао!". zurnal.rs (in Serbian). 20 June 2016. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
  3. ^ Jovanović, Jovan. "Priča dana Mađarski reprezentativac Nemanja Nikolić otvorio dušu za "Sport"". sport.rs (in Serbian). Dnevni list Sport. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
  4. ^ "Nikolić thriving in Videoton spotlight". UEFA. 6 May 2010. 
  5. ^ "Season review: Hungary". UEFA. 9 July 2010. 
  6. ^ "UEFA Europa League 2012–13: Videoton 1–0 KAA Gent". UEFA. 2 August 2012. 
  7. ^ "UEFA Europa League 2012–13: KAA Gent 0–3 Videoton". UEFA. 9 August 2012. 
  8. ^ "UEFA Europa League 2012–13: Paulo Sousa's Videoton stun Sporting". UEFA. 4 October 2012. 
  9. ^ "Europa League round-up: Lazio and Inter win, but Napoli defeated". BBC Sport. 4 October 2012. 
  10. ^ "Nikolics Európa-rekorder! A DVTK és az otthon kapott hármasok". Nemzeti Sport. 27 October 2014. 
  11. ^ "Nemanja Nikolić piłkarzem Legii [Nemanja Nikolić is a Legia player]" (in Polish). 8 June 2015. Retrieved 8 June 2015. 
  12. ^ "Śląsk Wrocław 1-4 Legia Warsaw". UEFA.com. 19 July 2015. 
  13. ^ "Legia Warsaw 4-0 Zawisza Bydgoszcz". UEFA.com. 16 March 2016. 
  14. ^ a b "N. Nikolics". soccerway.com. 16 May 2016. 
  15. ^ "Nikolić odchodzi z Legii - Legia Warszawa". legia.com. 
  16. ^ "FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualification: Netherlands 8-1 Hungary". www.fifa.com. 11 October 2013. 
  17. ^ "Eight-goal Oranje dent Hungary hopes". www.fifa.com. 11 October 2013. 
  18. ^ "FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualification: Hungary 2-0 Andorra". www.fifa.com. 15 October 2013. 
  19. ^ "Hungarian victory to no avail". www.fifa.com. 15 October 2013. 
  20. ^ "Hungary 1-2 Russia". Eurosport. 18 November 2014. 
  21. ^ "Hungary on the offensive with EURO squad". UEFA.com. 31 May 2016. 
  22. ^ "UEFA Euro 2016: Iceland 1–1 Hungary". UEFA.com. 
  23. ^ "HLSZ". www.hlsz.hu. Retrieved 2016-06-25. 
  24. ^ "Legia Warszawa: Ekstraklasa 2015-16". 
  25. ^ "Legia Warszawa win Polish Cup". 
  26. ^ "OTP Bank Liga Top Goalscorers 2009/10". 
  27. ^ "OTP Bank Liga Góllövőlista 2013/14" (in Hungarian). 
  28. ^ "OTP Bank Liga Top Goalscorers 2014/15". 
  29. ^ "Strzelcy" (in Polish). 
  30. ^ "Nikolić piłkarzem miesiąca sierpnia Ekstraklasy 2015" (in Polish). 
  31. ^ "PIŁKARZ MIESIĄCA: NEMANJA NIKOLIĆ!" (in Polish). 
  32. ^ "Hat-trick Nikolicia!" (in Polish). 
  33. ^ nemzetisport.hu (2016-05-16). "Légiósok: Nikolics három egyéni díjat is besöpört - NSO" (in Hungarian). Retrieved 2016-06-25. 
  34. ^ nemzetisport.hu (2016-05-16). "Légiósok: Nikolics három egyéni díjat is besöpört - NSO" (in Hungarian). Retrieved 2016-06-25. 
  35. ^ nemzetisport.hu (2016-05-16). "Légiósok: Nikolics három egyéni díjat is besöpört - NSO" (in Hungarian). Retrieved 2016-06-25. 
  36. ^ "Nikolics Nemanja letette az állampolgársági esküt". Nemzeti Sport. 28 January 2011. 

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