Maksimović playing for Torino in 2015
|Full name||Nikola Maksimović|
|Date of birth||25 November 1991|
|Place of birth||Bajina Bašta, SFR Yugoslavia|
|Height||1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|2002–2004||Kosmos Bajina Bašta|
|2004–2006||Sloga Bajina Bašta|
|2012–2013||Red Star Belgrade||25||(1)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 31 May 2015.
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; and scored the first goal of his professional career on 5 March 2011 in Lučani.
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.
On 23 July 2013 Maksimović was loaned to Italian Serie A club Torino with a buyout clause. He made his official debut on 6 October in Genoa as a late substitute against Sampdoria, which finished 2–2. He later played his first match as a starter on 16 December, won 2–0 away to Udinese, 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.
He made 4 appearances for the Serbian national youth teams: two with the under-19 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 and Sweden, 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. In the world cup U20 final in New-Zealand. Maksimovic scored against Brazil, leading Serbia to win the world cup.
Style of play
Able to play as a defensive midfielder (à la "Marcel Desailly," it is said), 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. At home he has been repeatedly compared to Nemanja Vidić.
Statistics as of 29 October 2014.
|Season||Team||League||Domestic Cup||European Competition||Other Tournaments||Total|
|2011–12||Red Star Belgrade||SL||12||0||CS||3||0||-||-||-||-||-||-||15||0|
|Serbian national team|
- Serbian Cup (1):
- Red Star: 2011–12
- Serbian SuperLiga Team of the Year (1):
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