Marko Nikolić (football manager)
|Full name||Marko Nikolić|
|Date of birth||20 July 1979|
|Place of birth||Belgrade, SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia|
|Lokomotiv Moscow (manager)|
|1998–1999||→ Dorćol (loan)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Born in Belgrade, Nikolić joined Rad as a trainee in 1989. He played for the club at all youth levels, together with the likes of Ivica Iliev, Milan Martinović, and Nemanja Vučićević, among others. After completing his formation, Nikolić spent some time on loan with third-tier club Dorćol, before retiring from the game due to an injury.
Spells at Rad
In his early 20s, Nikolić worked with Rad's youth teams for many years, before being promoted to the senior squad in 2008. He served as assistant manager to both Mihailo Ivanović and Aleksandar Janjić, eventually replacing the latter one on 26 October 2008, after the club earned just five points from the opening nine fixtures. Three days later, Nikolić became the youngest manager ever in the top flight of Serbian football, recording a 1–0 win over Vojvodina. He ultimately managed to save the club from relegation that season, finishing in ninth place. On 23 May 2011, two rounds before the end of the 2010–11 season, Nikolić secured a spot in the 2011–12 UEFA Europa League, but decided to leave the club due to "achieved goals".
On 7 June 2013, Nikolić was appointed manager of Vojvodina. He led the club to the play-off round in the Europa League, but lost to Sheriff Tiraspol 2–3 on aggregate. On 9 December 2013, Nikolić parted company with Vojvodina by mutual agreement.
On 16 December 2013, Nikolić was appointed manager of Partizan, replacing Vuk Rašović. Some of his first signings included his former Vojvodina players Miroslav Vulićević, Petar Škuletić, and Branislav Trajković. On 22 February 2014, Nikolić made his debut in a goalless draw away at Novi Pazar. He eventually failed to defend the league title in the 2013–14 campaign. In the following 2014–15 season, Nikolić qualified to the group stage of the Europa League, finishing bottom of the table. He was released by the club on 25 March 2015.
On 11 January 2016, Nikolić was presented as new manager of Slovenian club Olimpija Ljubljana, penning a two-and-a-half-year contract. He rejoined his countryman Ranko Stojić, the club's director of football, as they previously performed the same roles at Rad. On 10 April 2016, in a league fixture versus Zavrč, Nikolić reportedly called his player, Blessing Eleke, a "black idiot" for elaborately celebrating an injury-time equalizer in an eventual 1–1 draw. He later apologized to the player, club's management, and fans. However, on 14 April 2016, Nikolić received a seven-match ban and was fined €1,500 by the Slovenian FA following the incident. He eventually terminated his contract with the club by mutual consent on 18 April 2016.
Return to Partizan
On 4 August 2016, Nikolić returned to Partizan on a two-year deal. His first competitive game back in charge of Partizan ended in a 1–3 home loss to Vojvodina three days later. After recording two wins and two losses in the first four matches, Nikolić ran a streak of 37 consecutive games without a loss in both the league and cup (33 wins), eventually winning the double. On 31 May 2017, Nikolić terminated his contract with Partizan upon his request.
He managed the club to reach the play-offs of the 2018–19 UEFA Champions League. However, the club was defeated by AEK Athens F.C., therefore, the cub was eligible to play in the group stages of the 2018–19 UEFA Europa League. Vidi beat PAOK FC twice and they drew with Chelsea F.C.. However, in the following year Fehérvár FC was beaten by FC Vaduz in the third round of the 2019–20 UEFA Europa League.
On 25 November 2019, he was dismissed by Fehérvár FC after a 3-1 home defeat at the MOL Aréna Sóstó. The club directors expected that Fehérvár could gain more points in the first half of the 2019–20 Nemzeti Bajnokság I season than their rival Ferencváros since Ferencváros played in the 2019–20 UEFA Europa League. However, on the 12 match day Ferencváros led the championship.
On 14 May 2020, the board of directors of Russian Premier League club FC Lokomotiv Moscow announced the signing of Nikolić, with contract beginning on 1 June 2020. The Russian league was suspended until that date due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Russia.
- As of 22 July 2020
|Rad||26 October 2008||23 May 2011||86||31||28||27||36.05|
|Rad||6 March 2012||7 June 2013||47||20||10||17||42.55|
|Vojvodina||7 June 2013||9 December 2013||26||12||10||4||46.15|
|Partizan||16 December 2013||25 March 2015||51||34||11||6||66.67|
|Olimpija Ljubljana||11 January 2016||18 April 2016||8||4||4||0||50.00|
|Partizan||4 August 2016||31 May 2017||41||35||4||2||85.37|
|Fehérvár||6 June 2017||25 November 2019||120||69||27||24||57.50|
|Lokomotiv Moscow||1 June 2020||Present||8||4||4||0||50.00|
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- "JSL: Prva pobeda Rada" (in Serbian). b92.net. 29 October 2008. Retrieved 11 May 2017.
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- "Marko Nikolić novi trener Partizana" (in Serbian). partizan.rs. 16 December 2013. Retrieved 14 January 2014.
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- "Na današnji tiskovni konferenci je bil predstavljen novi trener članskega moštva" (in Slovenian). nkolimpija.si. 11 January 2016. Retrieved 11 May 2017.
- "Olimpija predstavila novega trenerja, igralskih okrepitev še ne" (in Slovenian). rtvslo.si. 11 January 2016. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
- "Olimpija Ljubljana manager keeps job after calling own player 'black idiot'". telegraph.co.uk. 12 April 2016. Retrieved 11 May 2017.
- "Marko Nikolić vređao svog igrača na rasnoj osnovi!" (in Serbian). mondo.rs. 12 April 2016. Retrieved 11 May 2017.
- "Nikolić ne bo smel voditi Olimpije do konca prvenstva" (in Slovenian). rtvslo.si. 14 April 2016. Retrieved 11 May 2017.
- "Predsednik NK Olimpija Milan Mandarić pojasnil razloge za prekinitev sodelovanja z Markom Nikolićem" (in Slovenian). nkolimpija.si. 18 April 2016. Retrieved 11 May 2017.
- "Epilog Nikolićeve neprimerne opazke: slovo od Olimpije" (in Slovenian). rtvslo.si. 18 April 2016. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
- "Marko Nikolić novi šef struke u Partizanu" (in Serbian). partizan.rs. 4 August 2016. Retrieved 11 May 2017.
- "Zajedničko saopštenje FK Partizan i Marka Nikolića" (in Serbian). partizan.rs. 31 May 2017. Retrieved 31 May 2017.
- "Marko Nikolic is the new manager of Videoton FC". vidi.hu. 6 June 2017. Retrieved 6 June 2017.
- "Videoton win third Hungarian championship title". mlsz.hu. 28 May 2018. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
- "Решение совета директоров ФК «Локомотив»" (in Russian). FC Lokomotiv Moscow. 14 May 2020.
- "SLS: Đurđević igrač sezone, Nikolić najbolji trener!" (in Serbian). rtvbn.com. 30 May 2017. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
- Marko Nikolić at Soccerway