Nikola Drinčić

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Nikola Drinčić
Nikola Drinčić (2).JPG
Drinčić with Maccabi Haifa in 2015
Personal information
Full name Nikola Drinčić
Date of birth (1984-09-07) 7 September 1984 (age 34)
Place of birth Belgrade, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Radnički Niš
Number 20
Youth career
Partizan
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2006 Partizan 4 (0)
2003–2004Teleoptik (loan) 21 (0)
2004–2005Spartak Subotica (loan) 18 (1)
2005–2006Budućnost Banatski Dvor (loan) 28 (9)
2006 Gaziantepspor 15 (1)
2007–2009 Amkar Perm 81 (4)
2010 Spartak Moscow 4 (0)
2011–2013 Krasnodar 57 (3)
2013–2015 Partizan 36 (5)
2015 Maccabi Haifa 13 (0)
2016–2017 Rad 14 (0)
2017–2018 Čukarički 36 (4)
2018– Radnički Niš 7 (0)
National team
2000 Yugoslavia U16[a] 2 (0)
2001 Yugoslavia U19[a] 1 (0)
2006–2007 Serbia U21 11 (0)
2007–2014 Montenegro 33 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 September 2018

Nikola Drinčić (Serbian Cyrillic: Никола Дринчић, pronounced [nǐkola drîːntʃitɕ]; born 7 September 1984) is a professional footballer, playing as a central midfielder for Radnički Niš.

After playing for Serbia's national under-21 team, Drinčić represented Montenegro at senior level between 2007 and 2014.

Club career[edit]

Early years[edit]

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,[1] 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.

Amkar Perm, Spartak Moscow and Krasnodar[edit]

Drinčić playing for Spartak Moscow in 2010

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.[2] 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.[3] 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. On 3 November 2010, Drinčić made his UEFA Champions League debut in a 1–4 away loss to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, coming off the bench in 67th minute as substitute for Aleksandr Sheshukov.[4] On 8 December 2010, he made assist in a 1–2 away victory against Žilina in UEFA Champions League.[5]

In February 2011, Drinčić signed with fellow Premier League club Krasnodar.[6] 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.[7]

Return to Partizan[edit]

In December 2013, Drinčić joined his former club Partizan on a free transfer, penning a three-year contract.[8] He made his competitive debut for the club in a 0–0 away draw with Novi Pazar on 22 February 2014.[9] On 8 March 2014, Drinčić scored his first goal for the club, in a 5–0 away league victory over Radnički 1923.[10] In next round, he scored a goal from a free kick to give his team a 4–2 win over Rad.[11] On 26 April 2014, Drinčić scored a spectacular goal from a free kick in a Belgrade derby in a 2–1 home win over Red Star Belgrade.[12] Drinčić was again named in the competition's best eleven due to his performances throughout the season.[13]

In the following 2014–15 season, Drinčić played four matches in the 2014–15 UEFA Europa League group stage. On 18 October 2014, Drinčić scored again against Red Star and again from a free kick, helping club to reach a 1–0 victory in 147th Derby.[14] On 14 March 2015, he scored a goal from a free kick in a 2–0 home league victory over Rad.[15] He recorded a 38 appearances in all competitions and scored two goals and seven assist in 2014–15 season as the club won the title. He was again named in the competition's best eleven due to his performances throughout the season.[16]

Later years[edit]

In June 2015, Drinčić signed a two-year contract with Israeli club Maccabi Haifa with an option for another season.[17] His contract was eventually terminated in January of the following year by mutual consent.[18]

After returning to the country of his birth, Drinčić joined top-flight side Rad in July 2016.[19] He made his competitive debut for the club against Radnički Niš on 5 August 2016.[20] He left the club by mutual agreement in March 2017.

In June 2017, Drinčić signed one-year deal with Čukarički.[21] On 21 July 2017, Drinčić made his competitive debut for the club against Vojvodina.[22] In next round, Drinčić scored a spectacular goal in a 2–0 home league victory over Napredak.[23]

In August 2018, Drinčić signed with Radnički Niš.[24]

International career[edit]

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.[25]

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.[26] He made his debut for the Montenegro national team in the country's inaugural match versus Sweden in September 2007.

Statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Partizan 2013–14 13 4 0 0 0 0 13 4
2014–15 23 2 5 0 10 0 38 2
Total 36 6 5 0 10 0 51 6
Maccabi Haifa 2015–16 13 0 5 0 0 0 13 0
Total 13 0 5 0 0 0 13 0
Rad 2016–17 14 0 0 0 0 0 14 0
Total 14 0 0 0 0 0 14 0
Čukarički 2017–18 35 4 4 0 0 0 39 4
2018–19 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 36 4 4 0 0 0 40 4
Radnički Niš 2018–19 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Total 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0

International[edit]

National team Year Apps Goals
Montenegro 2007 2 0
2008 7 1
2009 9 0
2010 0 0
2011 6 0
2012 5 2
2013 3 0
2014 1 0
Total 33 3

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Montenegro's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 27 May 2008 Podgorica City Stadium, Podgorica  Kazakhstan 2–0 3–0 Friendly
2 25 May 2012 King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels  Belgium 2–2 2–2 Friendly
3 7 September 2012 Podgorica City Stadium, Podgorica  Poland 1–1 2–2 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Partizan

International[edit]

Serbia

Individual[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Only official UEFA matches included

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nova tri musketira u crno-belom" (in Serbian). partizan.rs. 19 March 2004. Retrieved 9 May 2017.
  2. ^ "Nikola Drinčić u Spartaku iz Moskve" (in Serbian). b92.net. 13 January 2010. Retrieved 16 March 2013.
  3. ^ "Blow for Spartak as new boy Drincic breaks leg". espnfc.com. 25 January 2010. Retrieved 16 March 2013.
  4. ^ "Chelsea 4 - 1 Spartak Moscow". BBC Sport. 3 November 2010. Retrieved 11 August 2017.
  5. ^ "Spartak comeback leaves Žilina without a point". uefa.com. 8 December 2010. Retrieved 11 August 2017.
  6. ^ "Nikola Drinčić u Krasnodaru" (in Montenegrin). vijesti.me. 21 February 2011. Retrieved 16 March 2013.
  7. ^ Никола Дринчич покидает "Краснодар" (in Russian). fckrasnodar.ru. 2 September 2013. Retrieved 26 December 2013.
  8. ^ "Drinčić u Partizanu, Nađ najavio nova pojačanja" (in Serbian). novosti.rs. 20 December 2013. Retrieved 11 August 2017.
  9. ^ "Partizan ponovo zaustavljen u Novom Pazaru!" (in Serbian). mondo.rs. 22 February 2014. Retrieved 11 August 2017.
  10. ^ "Raspucan Partizan oduševio Grobare" (in Serbian). mondo.rs. 8 March 2014. Retrieved 11 August 2017.
  11. ^ "Usijanje na Vračaru: Partizan jedva do bodova, tuča Lazovića i Kneževića! (VIDEO)" (in Serbian). mozzartsport.com. 16 March 2014. Retrieved 11 August 2017.
  12. ^ "Kojić ne da titulu! (VIDEO)" (in Serbian). mozzartsport.com. 26 April 2014. Retrieved 26 May 2013.
  13. ^ "OVO JE JELEN SUPER TIM!" (in Serbian). jelenfootball.com. 30 May 2014. Retrieved 5 February 2017.
  14. ^ "DEJA-VU: DRINČIĆ, "SLOBODNJAK", POBEDA PARTIZANA!" (in Serbian). mondo.rs. 18 October 2014. Retrieved 11 August 2017.
  15. ^ "Drinčić načeo, a Ninković dotukao Rad: Partizan ponovo na "+4" od Zvezde!" (in Serbian). blic.rs. 14 March 2015. Retrieved 11 August 2017.
  16. ^ "TIM SEZONE U SUPERLIGI: Čuka ima više igrača od večitih zajedno!" (in Serbian). mozzartsport.com. 25 May 2015. Retrieved 10 July 2015.
  17. ^ "עכשיו זה רשמי: ניקולה דרינצ'יץ' חתם במכבי חיפה" (in Hebrew). mhaifafc.com. 8 June 2015. Retrieved 9 May 2017.
  18. ^ "דרינצ'יץ' שוחרר ממכבי חיפה" (in Hebrew). mhaifafc.com. 21 January 2016. Retrieved 9 May 2017.
  19. ^ "Nikola Drinčić novi igrač Rada" (in Serbian). b92.net. 30 July 2016. Retrieved 9 May 2017.
  20. ^ "Radnički noći na vrhu" (in Serbian). mondo.rs. 5 August 2016. Retrieved 11 August 2017.
  21. ^ "Čukarički već ima dva nova igrača". FK Čukarički official website (in Serbian). 9 June 2017. Retrieved 16 June 2017.
  22. ^ "Bempa razgalio "Karađorđe" i rasplakao se!" (in Serbian). mondo.rs. 21 July 2017. Retrieved 11 August 2017.
  23. ^ "ČUKARIČKI - NAPREDAK 2:0 (0:0)". FK Čukarički official website (in Serbian). 29 July 2017. Retrieved 11 August 2017.
  24. ^ NIKOLA DRINČIĆ U RADNIČKOM at FK Radnički Niš official website, 7-8-2018 (in Serbian)
  25. ^ "Jong Oranje clinch European crown". uefa.com. 24 June 2007. Retrieved 9 May 2017.
  26. ^ "Drinčić otkrio zašto je odabrao Crnu Goru" (in Serbian). sportal.rs. 29 January 2011. Archived from the original on 20 March 2014. Retrieved 16 March 2013.

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