Player Details


Nemanja Nikolić


5' 11"


176 lbs

Date of Birth

12.31.1987 (34)


Senta, Serbia



Player Category

International, Designated Player
2021 MLS Regular Season
2021 MLS Regular Season
Career Summary

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 his 31st appearance in the Fire's 5-2 rout over Orlando City SC ... Started and played the full 90 minutes in the Fire's 2-2 draw with Toronto FC on September 29 ... Started and played the full 90 minutes on September 21 in the Fire's 0-0 draw with FC Cincinnati ... Scored his 12th goal of the season on September 14 in the Fire's 4-0 win over FC Dallas ... 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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