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Chicago Fire Sign Hungarian International Striker Nemanja Nikolics From Legia Warsaw

By Tamás Székely // 2016.12.21.

American soccer club Chicago Fire have completed the signing of Nemanja Nikolics from Polish first division side Legia Warsaw for a fee reported to be about 3 million US dollars. The Hungarian international striker has signed a three-year deal with the MLS club.

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Nikolic joins his new club from Legia Warsaw, where he has appeared in 56 league matches and scored 41 goals. The 28-year-old striker finished the 2015-16 season as the Polish league’s leading scorer, garnering him Player of the Year honors. Prior to his move to Poland, Nikolics plied his trade in Hungary with Videoton from 2010-15, where the 28-year-old scored 87 goals in 149 league matches. The league’s top scorer in 2010, Nikolic also led his side to the Hungarian title in 2011 and 2015. Nikolic additionally scored 34 goals in 68 cup matches as Videoton captured the 2012 Hungarian League Cups and the 2011 and 2012 Hungarian Super Cups. Born in Zenta, Serbia, Nikolics spent time as a youth player with the local team, however, he began his professional career with Barcs in Hungary. Nikolic made his international debut for Hungary in October 2013, since he has scored three goals in 23 appearances for the national team.

Chicago Fire had beaten several clubs, including English Premier League side Hull City for Nikolic’s services. “Through this transfer, we have secured a champion in his prime, and one of the most prolific goal scorers in Europe over the last few years,” said Chicago Fire general manager Nelson Rodriguez. “In addition to his on-field talents, Nemanja is a fantastic person. His relentless pursuit of victory and goals is certain to make him a fan favorite.” “I am very happy to be joining Chicago Fire”, Nikolics said, adding that “from the moment the club expressed interest and especially after speaking with manager Veljko Paunovic, and although I had other offers, this is where I wanted to be.”

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