Nikola Maksimović

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Nikola Maksimović
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Maksimović playing for Torino in 2015
Personal information
Full name Nikola Maksimović
Date of birth (1991-11-25) 25 November 1991 (age 25)
Place of birth Bajina Basta, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Napoli
Number 19
Youth career
2002–2004 Kosmos Bajina Bašta
2004–2006 Sloga Bajina Bašta
2006–2008 Sloboda Užice
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2012 Sloboda Užice 63 (3)
2012–2013 Red Star Belgrade 25 (1)
2013–2014 Torino (loan) 23 (0)
2014–2017 Torino 43 (0)
2016–2017 Napoli (loan) 12 (1)
2017– Napoli 0 (0)
National team
2012– Serbia 19 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 04:21, 19 March 2017 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 9 October 2017

Nikola Maksimović (Serbian Cyrillic: Никола Максимовић; born 25 November 1991) is a Serbian professional footballer who plays as a centre back for Italian club Napoli and the Serbian national team.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Maksimović began his career in 2002 with Kosmos Bajina Bašta, for which he represented in the various youth competitions in Serbia, before he moved to FK Sloga Bajina Bašta in 2004. On 16 July 2006 he moved to the youth ranks of Sloboda Užice, where, precisely two years later, he made his debut for the first team in a game against FBK Kaunas. On 19 September 2010 Maksimović received the first yellow card of his career during a match against Spartak Subotica;[1] and scored the first goal of his professional career on 5 March 2011 in Lučani.[2]

Red Star[edit]

During the 2012 winter transfer window Maksimović was signed by Red Star Belgrade, for a reported fee of 300,000. He made his debut on 3 March 2012 in a match against Spartak Zlatibor.[3][4]

At the end of the season 51% of his contract was acquired by Cypriots Apollon Limassol.

Torino[edit]

On 23 July 2013 he was loaned to Italian Serie A club Torino with a buyout clause;[5][6] he made his official debut on 6 October as a substitute against Sampdoria in Genoa, finishing 2–2.[7] Over the course of the season he earned a spot in the starting lineup, first, as a central defender, then as a right-sided midfielder.

On 27 May 2014 Torino exercised the right to purchase him outright; Maksimović signed a contract until 2018.[8][9]

Napoli[edit]

On 31 August 2016 he was transferred to Napoli on loan with obligation to buy.[10] On 28 September 2016, Maksimović made his debut in 4–2 home victory over Benfica.[11] On 23 October 2016, he scored his first goal in Serie A, in 2–1 away victory over Crotone.[12]

International career[edit]

He made 4 appearances for the Serbian national youth teams: two with the under-19[13][14] and two with the under-21. He was first called up to the Serbian national team on 31 May 2012, for two friendly matches against France[15] and Sweden,[16] in which he was played as a starter. He returned for two friendlies against Ireland (where he entered in the second half) and Chile (from the onset), a 3–1 win.[17]

Style of play[edit]

Able to play as a defensive midfielder,[18] he grew up playing mainly as a central defender. He is agile for his considerable height (193 cm), combined with a predisposition for the air and marking opponents.[19] At home he has been repeatedly compared to Nemanja Vidić.[20]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Updated 20 April 2016.[21]

Club Season League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Sloboda Užice 2008–09 Serbian First League 7 0 0 0 7 0
2009–10 24 2 0 0 3 0 27 2
2010–11 Serbian SuperLiga 20 1 3 0 23 1
2011–12 12 0 1 0 13 0
Total 63 3 4 0 3 0 70 3
Red Star Belgrade 2011–12 Serbian SuperLiga 12 0 3 0 15 0
2012–13 13 1 1 0 6 0 20 1
Total 25 1 4 0 6 0 35 1
Torino 2013–14 Serie A 23 0 0 0 23 0
2014–15 27 0 1 0 9[a] 0 37 0
2015–16 16 0 0 0 16 0
Total 66 0 1 0 9 0 76 0
Napoli 2016–17 Serie A 8 1 2 0 2 0 0 0 12 1
Career Total 162 5 11 0 20 0 0 0 180 4
  1. ^ All appearances in UEFA Europa League

International[edit]

Serbian national team
Year Apps Goals
2012 4 0
2013 0 0
2014 1 0
2015 2 0
2016 8 0
2017 4 0
Total 19 0

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Red Star Belgrade

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://it.soccerway.com/matches/2010/09/19/serbia/super-liga/fk-subotica/fk-sevojno/965462/
  2. ^ http://it.soccerway.com/matches/2011/03/05/serbia/super-liga/fk-sevojno/fk-hajduk-kula/1053946/
  3. ^ http://www.crvenazvezdafk.com/vesti/konferencija/4733/Nikola+Maksimovi%C4%87+Zvezdin.html
  4. ^ http://www.fksloboda.org/vest.php?id=832
  5. ^ http://torinofc.it/news/27/05/2014/maksimovic-%C3%A8-del-toro_5046
  6. ^ "Maksimovic, verrà esercitata l'opzione". torinogranata.it. Retrieved 3 April 2014. 
  7. ^ "Nikola Maksimovic". torinofc.it/. Torino Football Club. Retrieved 3 April 2014. 
  8. ^ "Ufficiale Maksimovic al Toro sino al 2018". 
  9. ^ "Maksimovic un sogno che si avvera". 
  10. ^ Maksimovic al Napoli‚ torinofc.it, 31 August 2016
  11. ^ Maksimović debitovao za Napoli: Opustili se na kraju...‚ mozzartsport.com, 28 September 2016
  12. ^ Ljajić u 93, Maksimović se upisao!‚ mondo.rs, 23 October 2016
  13. ^ http://it.soccerway.com/matches/2009/10/08/europe/uefa-u19-championship/faroe-islands-under-19/serbia-under-19/939331/
  14. ^ http://it.soccerway.com/matches/2009/10/11/europe/uefa-u19-championship/serbia-under-19/greece-under-19/939346/
  15. ^ http://www.sportnews.eu/calcio/31/05/2012/amichevoli-francia-serbia-2-0-segui-il-match/
  16. ^ https://it.eurosport.yahoo.com/calcio/amichevoli/2012/svezia-serbia-503295.html
  17. ^ http://it.soccerway.com/matches/2012/11/14/world/friendlies/chile/serbia/1403926/
  18. ^ http://www.toro.it/press/view/4379
  19. ^ http://www.milanlive.it/2013/04/24/calciomercato-milan-piace-maksimovic-in-patria-e-considerato-lerede-di-vidic/
  20. ^ it:Nikola Maksimović#cite note-3
  21. ^ Nikola Maksimović at Soccerway. Retrieved 11 July 2015.

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