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 Polish first-division club Legia Warsaw via transfer and signed as a Designated Player on Dec. 20, 2016.

2019 (CHICAGO FIRE): Recorded a start in the Fire's 2-1 loss against the New England Revolution on August 24 ... Awarded Man of the Match for recording his 49th and 50th goal in the Fire's 2-0 win over the Philadelphia Union on August 17 ... Donned the Captain's armband as he recorded his ninth goal of the season and his third consecutive game with a goal in the Fire's 3-2 away loss against the Portland Timbers on August 14 ... Scored his eighth goal of the season on August 10 in the Fire's 3-2 win over the Montreal Impact ... Scored his seventh goal of the season in the Fire's 1-0 win over the Houston Dynamo on August 3 ... Recorded a start in the Fire's 0-0 draw against D.C. United on July 27 ... Donned the Captain's armband in a 2-0 loss against Cruz Azul in the Leagues Cup on July 23 ... Recorded a start in the Fire's 2-0 loss against Philadelphia Union on July 20 ... Recorded an appearance in the Fire's 2-1 loss to FC Cincinnati on July 13 ... Recorded an appearance in the Fire's 1-0 loss against Sporting Kansas City on July 6 ... Recorded an appearance in the Fire's 5-1 win over Atlanta United FC on July 3 ... Recorded a start in the Fire's 1-1 draw against Real Salt Lake on June 22 ... Scored the lone goal in the Fire's fourth round U.S. Open Cup match against St. Louis FC, which the Fire lost 2-1 ... Recorded his 14th appearance of the season on June 1 in a 2-0 loss against Atlanta United FC ... Awarded Man of the Match for his first brace of the season which contributed to the Fire's 5-0 win over the New England Revolution on May 8 ... Scored his third goal in as many games as he helped the Fire defeat the Colorado Rapids 4-1 on April 20 ... Helped the Fire earn a point by scoring his second goal of the season on April 12 in a 1-1 draw against Vancouver Whitecaps FC ... Recorded his first goal of the season and 40th goal of his Chicago Fire career in a 2-2 tie against Toronto FC on April 6 ... Since joining the league in 2017, Nikolić has scored the second-most goals (40) in MLS regular season play ... Made his third start of the season in a 1-0 win against the New York Red Bulls on March 30 ... His efforts in the box led to a New York Red Bulls own goal ... Made his second start of the season in a 4-2 loss against Seattle Sounders FC on March 16 ... Made his season debut on March 9 in a 1-1 draw against Orlando City.

2018 (CHICAGO FIRE): Appeared in 31 games, 29 of which were starts in his second season with the Club … Nikolic’s first and second goals of the season came in a 4-3 loss against Sporting KC on March 10 ... Led the team in goals (15), and finished second in shots (52) and shots on goal (28) … Recorded four game winning goals … Remains the Club’s all time leader in goals scored per 90 minutes (0.65) ... Awarded the Fire’s 2018 Golden Boot for a second consecutive season … Received the Best MLS Player ESPY Award.

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 April 29 to May 17, and in 11 of 13 games from April 8 to July 1. … Nikolic tallied six times in the Fire’s final four games to help the team secure the No. 3 spot in the Eastern Conference … 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 Oct. 15. MLS Cup Playoffs: Started and played 90 minutes in the Fire’s 4-0 loss vs. NY on Oct. 25.

PROFESSIONAL CAREER: Began his professional career in 2008 with Kaposvari RFC … During the 2007-08 season he scored 11 goals in 14 appearances for Kaposvari … Won the Golden Boot after just one year into his professional career … Set a new club record by scoring in 12 consecutive league matches on Oct. 26, 2014 … Nikolic added 30 goals to his career tally in 49 appearances for Kaposvar before joining Videoton in 2010 … He scored 87 goals in 149 league matches across four years with Videoton, before joining Legia Warsaw … Scored two goals in his debut with the team on July 19, 2015 … Was the top scorer of the 2015-16 Ekstraklasa season with 28 goals in 37 matches …

INTERNATIONAL CAREER (HUNGARY): Made his senior-team debut for the Hungarian National Team on Oct. 11, 2013 … Scored his first goal on Oct. 14, 2014 against Andorra … Named to Hungary’s squad on June 18, 2016 for UEFA Euro 2016 … Announced his retirement from the national team on May 3, 2018 after recording 27 appearances and five goals during a five-year span … Saw action in nine UEFA Euro qualifying matches and five World Cup qualification matches …

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Career Statistics (Regular Season)
2019Chicago Fire292412189304520151630
2018Chicago Fire31291524432522894020
2017Chicago Fire3434242946411859115110
Career Totals-948751728262151073510760
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