Nemanja Nikolić

Nemanja Nikolić
Nemanja Nikolić
Nemanja Nikolić
Real Name: Nemanja Nikolić
HT: 5' 11" WT: 176
Designated Player
Age: 31 (12/31/1987)
Birthplace: Senta, Serbia
Hometown: Senta, Serbia

How he joined the club: Acquired from Legia Warsaw (Ekstraklasa) via transfer, and signed as a Designated Player on Dec. 20, 2016.

2017 (CHICAGO FIRE): Nikolic won the MLS Golden Boot with 24 goals during his first campaign with the Fire. His goal-scoring output set a Fire record for single season. The Hungarian international striker added four assists while playing in each of Chicago’s 34 regular season games. Nikolic was named a finalist for the Landon Donovan MLS Most Valuable Player Award as well as the MLS Newcomer of the Year Award. Nikolic was selected to the MLS All-Star Game at Soldier Field, and played 45 minutes in the second half. He scored in four-consecutive games from 4/29 to 5/17, and in 11 of 13 games from 4/8 to 7/1. Nikolic tallied six times in the Fire’s final four games to help them secure the No. 3 spot in the Eastern Conference, and to capture the MLS Golden Boot. Nikolic pulled into the Golden Boot lead with a hat trick in the Fire’s final regular season home game, a 3-2 win vs. PHI on 10/15. MLS Cup Playoffs: Started and played 90 minutes in the Fire’s 4-0 loss vs. NY on 10/25. U.S. Open Cup: Started and played 120 minutes in the Fire’s Round of 16 match at FC Cincinnati on 6/29.

2016 (LEGIA WARSAW): Led the Ekstraklasa with 12 goals through the first half of their season. Nikolic also had two assists in 19 matches. He left in top form with six goals in his final three regular season matches, including a hat trick against Gornik Leczna on 12/18 and a brace against Piast Gliwice on 12/11. That stretch marked the second time during the season that Nikolic scored a goal in three consecutive games. UCL: Scored five goals in six games during qualification, and then added one goal in five group games. His goal during the group stage came against Borussia Dortmund at Westfalenstadion on 11/22. Polish Cup: Scored a goal in his lone appearance, a second round match against Gornik Zabrze.

2015-16 (LEGIA WARSAW): Led the Ekstraklasa with 28 goals, and was third in assists with 10. Named the league’s Player of the Year and Forward of the Year for his efforts. Nikolic opened the season on a tear with five goals in the club’s first three games. He had 15 goals through the team’s first 12 games, and recorded seven multi-goal games during the campaign. Helped Legia Warsaw to their 11th league title in club history. Europa League: Scored two goals during qualifying and appeared in 10 total games while helping Legia Warsaw reach the group stage. Polish Cup: Scored six goals in seven games, including a hat trick in the first leg of the semifinal. He scored four of Legia Warsaw’s six goals during the semis to help them advance to a title game against Lech Poznan. Started and played 83 minutes for Legia Warsaw in a 1-0 win against Lech Poznan to capture the championship.

2014-15 (VIDEOTON FC): Led the Hungarian first division with 21 goals in 25 games. Also had seven assists. Recorded four multi-goal games, and started the season with at least one goal in his first 11 games. Helped Videoton FC win the league title and reach the 2015-16 UEFA Champions League Second Qualifying Round. Named the league’s Player of the Year by the Hungarian federation. Magyar Cup: Scored three goals in four games, including two in the second leg of the semifinals. Played 90 minutes in a finals loss against Ferencvaros.

2013-14 (VIDEOTON FC): Tied for the league lead with 18 goals on the season. Also recorded five assists in 28 regular season games. He had four multi-goal games, and scored in each of the club’s first four games of the season. He had back-to-back-to-back braces to close that stretch. Europa League: Made two appearances in qualifying for Videoton FC. Magyar Cup: Made one appearance.

2012-13 (VIDEOTON FC): Tied for third with 13 regular season goals. He also had six assists in 27 games for Videoton FC. Nikolic had two multi-goal games, and scored a goal in five-consecutive games during one stretch in the campaign. Europa League: Scored four goals and had one assist in 12 games between qualifying and group phases. Magyar Cup: Scored five goals in five games, helping Videoton FC reach the semifinals.

2011-12 (VIDEOTON FC): Runner-up for the league’s Golden Boot with 19 goals. Nikolic also had four assists in 30 games, helping Videoton FC to a second-place finish. He recorded five multi-goal games, and scored in six-consecutive matches during one stretch in the campaign. UCL: Played in one match during the UEFA Champions League Second Round Qualification. Magyar Cup: Scored four goals in six games, helping Videoton FC reach the semifinals.

2010-11 (VIDEOTON FC): Scored eight goals in 24 games during his inaugural season with Videoton FC, helping them finish on top of the league table. Europa League: Played in both of Videoton FC’s qualifiers. Magyar Cup: Scored five goals in seven games, helping them reach the final. Scored in the final, but Videoton FC ultimately fell 3-2 against Kecskemeti TE.

2009-10 (KAPOSVARI RFC AND VIDEOTON FC): Won the league’s Golden Boot with 18 goals. Also recorded five assists while splitting games between Kaposvari RFC and Videton FC. Racked up 10 goals in 13 games for Kaposvari RFC before transferring to Videoton FC and closing his campaign with eight goals in his final 15 matches. Magyar Cup: Scored one goal in three matches for Kaposvari RFC.

2008-09 (KAPOSVARI RFC): Scored 16 goals and had six assists during his first season as a professional. His goal total was tied for second-most in the league.

INTERNATIONAL (HUNGARY): 2016: Made seven appearances for Hungary, including participation in the 2016 European Championship. Recorded two assists. 2015: Made six appearances and had one goal and one assist. Participation included four 2016 European Championship Group Stage matches. 2014: Made seven appearances, including four 2016 European Championship Group Stage Qualifiers. Scored a goal against Russia on 11/18. 2013: Made his Hungarian debut against the Netherlands on 10/11 in 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying. Had two appearances during the year, and scored a brace against Andorra on 10/15 in Group D Qualifying.

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Career Statistics (Regular Season)
2018Chicago Fire31291524432522894020
2017Chicago Fire3434242946411859115110
Career Totals-6563395389617087209130
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