Nemanja Nikolić (footballer, born 1987)

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Nemanja Nikolić
Nemanja Nikolić.JPG
Nikolić with Videoton in 2010
Personal information
Date of birth (1987-12-31) 31 December 1987 (age 31)
Place of birth Senta, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)[1]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Legia Warsaw
Number 11
Youth career
1996–2006 Senta
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2007 Barcs 18 (3)
2007–2008 Kaposvölgye 14 (11)
2008–2010 Kaposvár 48 (30)
2010–2015 Videoton 149 (87)
2015– Legia Warsaw 21 (21)
National team
2013– Hungary 16 (3)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 5 December 2015.
† Appearances (goals)

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18 November 2014

Nemanja Nikolić (Serbian Cyrillic: Немања Николић, Hungarian: Nikolics Nemanja) (born 31 December 1987) is a footballer who plays as a striker for Polish Ekstraklasa club Legia Warsaw. Born in Serbia, he chose to represent the Hungarian national team.

Earlier life

Nikolić was born on 31 December 1987, in Senta, a town with Hungarian majority, SAP Vojvodina, SFR Yugoslavia (now Serbia) to Hungarian mother and Serbian father. Nikolić was brought up in a bilingual community.

Club career

Kaposvár

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Nikolić playing for Kaposvár

On 7 February 2008 Nikolić was signed by Kaposvár. He played his first match against Videoton. He managed to score thirty goals in just 49 matches therefore many top Hungarian sides wanted to sign him such as Újpest, Ferencváros and Videoton.

Videoton

In 2010 Videoton signed Nikolić. He became top scorer in the 2009-10 season of the Hungarian League.[2][3]

Nikolić won the 2010-11 season of the Hungarian League with Videoton. With the arrival of the Portuguese coach Paulo Sousa Nikolić was often left out from the first squad in the early matches of the 2011-12 season of the Hungarian League. However, as a substitute he managed to score against Paks, Siófok (twice), Újpest (twice) and Pápa in a row in the Hungarian League.

On 2 August 2012, Nikolić scored the only goal of the first leg of the third round of the Europa league 2012-13 season, when Videoton beat the Belgian KAA Gent 1–0 at the Sóstói Stadion.[4] Nikolić also scored in the second leg of the tie which was won by 3–0 by Videoton at the Jules Ottenstadion.[5]

On 4 September 2012, Nikolić scored a goal in the Europa league 2012-13 season when Videoton beat Portugal's Sporting CP 3-0 at Stadion Sóstói.[6][7]

On 26 October 2014, Nikolić set the record of the 12 consecuitve goal scorer of Europe in the 2014-15 season.[8]

On 13 November 2014, Nikolić said that "it is an honour that AEK Athens F.C. wish to sign me".[9] On 14 November 2014, Nikolić was checked by Branko Milovanovic, the sport director of AEK Athens F.C..[10]

On 26 January 2015, Dailymail.co.uk cited Nikolić as a possible target for Premier League club Crystal Palace F.C. and Football League Championship club Reading F.C.. La Liga club Celta de Vigo and Ligue 1 club Girondins de Bordeaux are also showing an interest as Videoton brace themselves for offers.[11]

Legia Warsaw

On 8 June 2015, Nikolić joined Ekstraklasa club, Legia Warsaw.[12] On 19 July 2015, Nikolić debuted in the 2015-16 season of the Ekstraklasa by scoring two goals against Śląsk Wrocław at the Stadion Miejski, Wrocław.[13]

International career

On 11 October 2013 Nikolić debuted in the Hungary national football team against the Netherlands in an 8-1 defeat at the Amsterdam Arena in the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification.[14][15] On 14 October 2013 Nikolić scored his first goal in the national team against Andorra in the 51st minute.[16][17] His second goal was recorded as an own goal by Lima.

On 18 November 2014, Nikolić scored against Russia in a 2-1 defeat in a friendly match at the Groupama Arena, Budapest, Hungary.[18]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 15 October 2013 Ferenc Puskás Stadium, Budapest, Hungary  Andorra 1–0 2–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
2. 18 November 2014 Groupama Arena, Budapest, Hungary  Russia 1–2 1–2 Friendly match
3. 5 June 2015 Nagyerdei Stadion, Debrecen, Hungary  Lithuania 3–0 4–0 Friendly match

Honours

Club

Videoton

Individual

Club statistics

As of 18 October 2015
Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Barcs 2006–07 19 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 19 3
Total 19 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 19 3
Kaposvölgye 2007–08 14 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 11
Total 14 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 11
Kaposvár 2007–08 12 4 5 2 4 2 0 0 21 8
2008–09 22 16 3 1 5 7 0 0 30 24
2009–10 15 10 3 1 0 0 0 0 18 11
Total 49 30 11 4 9 9 0 0 69 43
Videoton 2009–10 15 8 1 1 3 1 0 0 19 10
2010–11 24 8 7 5 2 0 2 0 35 13
2011–12 30 19 6 4 10 7 1 0 47 30
2012–13 27 13 5 5 7 5 12 4 51 27
2013–14 28 18 1 0 3 1 2 0 34 19
2014–15 24 21 0 0 0 0 0 0 24 21
Total 148 87 20 15 25 14 17 4 210 120
Legia Warsaw 2015-16 20 21 4 2 0 0 5 1 29 24
Total 12 15 1 0 0 0 3 2 15 17
Career totals 234 141 32 19 34 23 20 6 320 189

source:[22]

Personal life

On 28 January 2011, Nikolić obtained Hungarian citizenship. András Cser-Palkovics, mayor of Székesfehérvár said that "We know about him that he knows the country, speaks the language since he has big plans with Videoton this year". Nikolić said that "I knew that it is not easy to obtain Hungarian citizenship but I hoped that due to the fact that my mother is Hungarian it would be easier but it turned out to be a bit more difficult".[23]

References

  1. http://www.vidi.hu/jatekosok/nikolics-nemanja.html
  2. "Nikolić thriving in Videoton spotlight". UEFA. 6 May 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Season review: Hungary". UEFA. 9 July 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "UEFA Europa League 2012–13: Videoton 1–0 KAA Gent". UEFA. 2 August 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "UEFA Europa League 2012–13: KAA Gent 0–3 Videoton". UEFA. 9 August 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "UEFA Europa League 2012–13: Paulo Sousa's Videoton stun Sporting". UEFA. 4 October 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Europa League round-up: Lazio and Inter win, but Napoli defeated". BBC Sport. 4 October 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "Nikolics Európa-rekorder! A DVTK és az otthon kapott hármasok". Nemzeti Sport. 27 October 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. "Videoton: Megtisztelő, hogy az AEK engem akar - Nikolics". Nemzeti Sport. 13 November 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. "Magyar-finn: Nikolicsot ezen a meccsen is figyelték". Nemzeti Sport. 15 November 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. "TRANSFER NEWS COLUMN". Dailymail.co.uk. 26 January 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  12. "Nemanja Nikolić piłkarzem Legii [Nemanja Nikolić is a Legia player]" (in Polish). 8 June 2015. Retrieved 8 June 2015. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  13. "Śląsk Wrocław 1-4 Legia Warsaw". UEFA.com. 19 July 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  14. "FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualification: Netherlands 8-1 Hungary". www.fifa.com. 11 October 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  15. "Eight-goal Oranje dent Hungary hopes". www.fifa.com. 11 October 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  16. "FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualification: Hungary 2-0 Andorra". www.fifa.com. 15 October 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  17. "Hungarian victory to no avail". www.fifa.com. 15 October 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  18. "Hungary 1-2 Russia". Eurosport. 18 November 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  19. "Nikolić piłkarzem miesiąca sierpnia Ekstraklasy 2015".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  20. "PIŁKARZ MIESIĄCA: NEMANJA NIKOLIĆ!".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  21. "Hat-trick Nikolicia!".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  22. www.hlsz.hu
  23. "Nikolics Nemanja letette az állampolgársági esküt". Nemzeti Sport. 28 January 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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