Drinčić with Maccabi Haifa in 2015
|Full name||Nikola Drinčić|
|Date of birth||7 September 1984|
|Place of birth||Belgrade, SFR Yugoslavia|
|Height||1.81 m (5 ft 11 1⁄2 in)|
|2003–2004||→ Teleoptik (loan)||21||(0)|
|2004–2005||→ Spartak Subotica (loan)||18||(1)|
|2005–2006||→ Budućnost Banatski Dvor (loan)||28||(9)|
|2000||FR Yugoslavia U16[a]||2||(0)|
|2001||FR Yugoslavia U19[a]||1||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 9 May 2017.
After spending his development years in Partizan's youth academy, Drinčić made his senior debuts with the club's affiliated side Teleoptik. He signed a professional contract with Partizan in March 2004, making four league appearances until the end of the season. In the next two years, Drinčić was sent on loan to Spartak Subotica and Budućnost Banatski Dvor, enjoying a successful stint with the latter, scoring nine league goals from 28 appearances in the 2005–06 season.
In the summer of 2006, Drinčić was sold to Turkish Süper Lig club Gaziantepspor. He left the country after only six months, transferring to Russian club Amkar Perm. Over the following three years, Drinčić made 81 league appearances and scored four goals for the side.
In January 2010, Drinčić joined Spartak Moscow on a free transfer. He however broke his shinbone in a friendly just two weeks after joining the club, causing him to make a half-year break from competitive football. After recovering, Drinčić was never able to break into the starting eleven and appeared in just four league games for the club, eventually leaving at the end of the season.
In February 2011, Drinčić signed with fellow Premier League club Krasnodar. He collected 57 league appearances and scored three goals in the following two and a half years. On 2 September 2013, Drinčić was released from his contract.
In December 2013, Drinčić joined his former club Partizan on a free transfer, penning a three-year contract. He made 13 league appearances and netted three goals in the second part of the 2013–14 campaign. In the following 2014–15 season, Drinčić helped the club win the league title.
In June 2015, Drinčić signed a two-year contract with Israeli club Maccabi Haifa with an option for another season. His contract was eventually terminated in January of the following year by mutual consent. After returning to the country of his birth, Drinčić joined top-flight side Rad in July 2016. He left the club by mutual agreement in March 2017.
Drinčić was a regular member of the Serbia national under-21 team, making his debut in August 2006. He also participated at the 2007 UEFA Under-21 Championship in the Netherlands, winning the silver medal after losing to the hosts in the final.
Despite representing Serbia at youth level, Drinčić eventually chose to play for Montenegro on the senior level, believing it would get him more playing time. He made his debut for the Montenegro national team in the country's inaugural match versus Sweden in September 2007.
- Only official UEFA matches included
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- "Nikola Drinčić u Spartaku iz Moskve" (in Serbian). b92.net. 13 January 2010. Retrieved 16 March 2013.
- "Blow for Spartak as new boy Drincic breaks leg". espnfc.com. 25 January 2010. Retrieved 16 March 2013.
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- Никола Дринчич покидает "Краснодар" (in Russian). fckrasnodar.ru. 2 September 2013. Retrieved 26 December 2013.
- "עכשיו זה רשמי: ניקולה דרינצ'יץ' חתם במכבי חיפה" (in Hebrew). mhaifafc.com. 8 June 2015. Retrieved 9 May 2017.
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- "Čukarički već ima dva nova igrača". FK Čukarički official website (in Serbian). 9 June 2017. Retrieved 16 June 2017.
- "Jong Oranje clinch European crown". uefa.com. 24 June 2007. Retrieved 9 May 2017.
- "Drinčić otkrio zašto je odabrao Crnu Goru" (in Serbian). sportal.rs. 29 January 2011. Retrieved 16 March 2013.
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