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 27)
Place of birth Bajina Bašta, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Playing position Centre-back
Club information
Current team
Napoli
Number 19
Youth career
Kosmos Bajina Bašta
Sloga Bajina Bašta
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2010 Sevojno 31 (2)
2010–2012 Sloboda Užice 32 (1)
2012–2013 Red Star Belgrade 25 (1)
2013–2014Torino (loan) 23 (0)
2014–2016 Torino 43 (0)
2016– Napoli 20 (1)
2018Spartak Moscow (loan) 9 (0)
National team
2012– Serbia 20 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10:54, 3 February 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23 March 2018

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

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Maksimović began his career with Kosmos Bajina Bašta, before moving to Sloga Bajina Bašta. He represented both clubs in youth competitions. Maksimović made his senior debut for Sevojno in the 2008–09 Serbian First League. He also played against FBK Kaunas and Lille OSC in the 2009–10 UEFA Europa League.

In the summer of 2010, Sevojno merged with Sloboda Užice. 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]

Spartak[edit]

On 26 January 2018, he joined the Russian champions FC Spartak Moscow on loan until the end of the 2017–18 season.[13]

International career[edit]

He made 4 appearances for the Serbian national youth teams: two with the under-19[14][15] 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[16] and Sweden,[17] 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.[18]

Style of play[edit]

Able to play as a defensive midfielder,[19] 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.[20] At home he has been repeatedly compared to Nemanja Vidić.[21]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Updated 2 February 2019.[22]

Club Season League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Sevojno 2008–09 Serbian First League 7 0 7 0
2009–10 24 2 3 0 27 2
Total 31 2 3 0 34 2
Sloboda Užice 2010–11 Serbian SuperLiga 20 1 3 0 23 1
2011–12 12 0 1 0 13 0
Total 32 1 4 0 36 1
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
2017–18 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 4 0
2018–19 10 0 2 0 5 0 0 0 17 0
Total 20 1 5 0 8 0 33 1
Spartak Moscow (loan) 2017–18 Russian Premier League 9 0 2 0 11 0
Career Total 183 5 16 0 26 0 0 0 225 5
  1. ^ All appearances in UEFA Europa League

International[edit]

Serbia national team
Year Apps Goals
2012 4 0
2013 0 0
2014 1 0
2015 2 0
2016 8 0
2017 4 0
2018 1 0
Total 20 0

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Red Star Belgrade

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://int.soccerway.com/matches/2010/09/19/serbia/super-liga/fk-subotica/fk-sevojno/965462/
  2. ^ https://int.soccerway.com/matches/2011/03/05/serbia/super-liga/fk-sevojno/fk-hajduk-kula/1053946/
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-09-23. Retrieved 2013-07-23.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  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. ^ Никола Максимович перешел в «Спартак» (in Russian). FC Spartak Moscow. 26 January 2018.
  14. ^ https://int.soccerway.com/matches/2009/10/08/europe/uefa-u19-championship/faroe-islands-under-19/serbia-under-19/939331/
  15. ^ https://int.soccerway.com/matches/2009/10/11/europe/uefa-u19-championship/serbia-under-19/greece-under-19/939346/
  16. ^ http://www.sportnews.eu/calcio/31/05/2012/amichevoli-francia-serbia-2-0-segui-il-match/
  17. ^ https://it.eurosport.yahoo.com/calcio/amichevoli/2012/svezia-serbia-503295.html
  18. ^ https://int.soccerway.com/matches/2012/11/14/world/friendlies/chile/serbia/1403926/
  19. ^ http://www.toro.it/press/view/4379
  20. ^ http://www.milanlive.it/2013/04/24/calciomercato-milan-piace-maksimovic-in-patria-e-considerato-lerede-di-vidic/
  21. ^ it:Nikola Maksimović#cite note-3
  22. ^ Nikola Maksimović at Soccerway. Retrieved 11 July 2015.

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