Nikola Maksimović

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Nikola Maksimović
Никола Максимовић
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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 23)
Place of birth Bajina Bašta, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Torino
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– Torino 50 (0)
National team
2012– Serbia 7 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 31 May 2015.
† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 13 June 2015

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

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 Serbian giants 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 Maksimović was loaned to Italian Serie A club Torino with a buyout clause.[5][6] He made his official debut on 6 October in Genoa as a late substitute against Sampdoria, which finished 2–2.[7] He later played his first match as a starter on 16 December, won 2–0 away to Udinese,[8] and soon after earned a spot in the starting lineup, first as a central defender, then a right-sided midfielder. On 27 May 2014 Torino exercised the right to purchase Maksimović outright; Maksimović signed a contract until 2018.[9][10]

International career[edit]

He made 4 appearances for the Serbian national youth teams: two with the under-19[11][12] 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[13] and Sweden,[14] 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.[15] In the world cup U20 final in New-Zealand. Maksimovic scored against Brazil, leading Serbia to win the world cup.

Style of play[edit]

Able to play as a defensive midfielder (à la "Marcel Desailly," it is said),[16] 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.[17] At home he has been repeatedly compared to Nemanja Vidić.[18]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Statistics as of 29 October 2014.

Season Team League Domestic Cup European Competition Other Tournaments Total
Comp Apps Goals Comp Apps Goals Comp Apps Goals Comp Apps Goals Apps Goals
2008–09 Serbia Sloboda Užice PL 7 0 CS - - - - - - - - 7 0
2009–10 PL 24 2 CS - - UEL 3 0 - - - 27 2
2010–11 SL 20 1 CS 3 0 - - - - - - 23 1
2011–12 SL 12 0 CS 1 0 - - - - - - 13 0
Total 63 3 4 0 3 0 70 3
2011–12 Serbia Red Star Belgrade SL 12 0 CS 3 0 - - - - - - 15 0
2012–13 SL 13 1 CS 1 0 UEL 6 0 - - - 20 1
Total 25 1 4 0 6 0 35 1
2013–14 Italy Torino A 23 0 CI 0 0 - - - - - - 23 0
2014–15 A 27 0 CI 0 0 UEL 4 0 - - - 31 0
Career Total 138 4 8 0 13 0 159 4

International[edit]

Serbian national team
Year Apps Goals
2012 4 0
2013 0 0
2014 1 0
2015 2 0
Total 7 0

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Red Star: 2011–12

Individual[edit]

  • Serbian SuperLiga Team of the Year (1):
2011–12

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. ^ http://it.soccerway.com/matches/2013/12/15/italy/serie-a/udinese-calcio/torino-fc/1552147/
  9. ^ http://www.toronews.net/index.php/calciomercato/40953/ufficiale-maksimovic-al-toro-sino-al-2018.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  10. ^ http://torinofc.it/news/27/05/2014/maksimovic-un-sogno-che-si-avvera_5047.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  11. ^ http://it.soccerway.com/matches/2009/10/08/europe/uefa-u19-championship/faroe-islands-under-19/serbia-under-19/939331/
  12. ^ http://it.soccerway.com/matches/2009/10/11/europe/uefa-u19-championship/serbia-under-19/greece-under-19/939346/
  13. ^ http://www.sportnews.eu/calcio/31/05/2012/amichevoli-francia-serbia-2-0-segui-il-match/
  14. ^ https://it.eurosport.yahoo.com/calcio/amichevoli/2012/svezia-serbia-503295.html
  15. ^ http://it.soccerway.com/matches/2012/11/14/world/friendlies/chile/serbia/1403926/
  16. ^ http://www.toro.it/press/view/4379
  17. ^ http://www.milanlive.it/2013/04/24/calciomercato-milan-piace-maksimovic-in-patria-e-considerato-lerede-di-vidic/
  18. ^ it:Nikola Maksimović#cite note-3

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