Kim Min-jae has emerged as the best soccer player in Korea. He attended the 2023 Korea Football Association (KFA) Awards on July 2 and received the Player of the Year award. Kim, who ranked second to Son over the past two years, ranked first with a total of 137 points in a vote of 50 people, including the soccer team leader of the association’s media companies, the association’s technological development committee, and the national team’s reinforcement committee. Son Heung-min came in second with 113 points. The third place is Lee Kang-in, who received 84 points.
Son Heung-min (seven times) is the most decorated player of the year, which was established in 2010. Son has won the title for the past four years in a row, but fell behind Kim Min-jae this year. Kim also received the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) International Championship trophy that he received in November last year.
◆ It rose to the highest level in the world
Having started his career at KHNP in Gyeongju, Kim showed off his skills and skills by joining Jeonbuk Hyundai in 2017. Making a name for himself as the best defender in the K-League from Jeonbuk, he built his nest in Beijing Guoan (China) in 2019. He was criticized for going to China rather than Europe, but he gained various experiences. He joined Fenerbahce (Turkiye) in 2021 and started to challenge Europe in earnest.
Since then, he has grown every year. After being recognized for his potential at Fenerbahce, he joined Napoli, Italy, the origin of defense, last year. In Italy, he made his name known to the world. Napoli played a big role in winning the Scudetto (the Serie A title) for the first time in 33 years. Then, he moved to Bayern Munich, one of the most prestigious pro teams in Germany, last summer. He drew attention from the time he joined the club, and immediately took the starting lineup.랭크카지노
He firmly defended his defense line even in tight schedule between the German Bundesliga and the UEFA Champions League. He is on par with the best center backs in the world.
“It has been a very hectic year. I think it has been the most special year in my life,” Kim said. “I wonder if I will be able to gain more glory by playing soccer in the future. I should not stop here and try to develop further.”
“I am agonizing over whether I will be able to perform well again in the past year. I will do my best in 2024.”
In terms of defenders, it is the first time in eight years that a striker has won the prize since Kim Young-kwon in 2015. It is a big deal considering that a striker who can score many offensive points has the advantage. “I think (Kim) Young-kwon got the prize earlier, and defenders also get this award,” Kim Min-jae said with joy. “I hope defenders will have more confidence in themselves in the future.
Kim Min-jae, who became the first KFA player of the year in his career, started preparing for the AFC Asian Cup. The Bundesliga started its break from July 21 and Kim Min-jae got plenty of rest instead of participating in a training camp in Korea. As he has been busy with his breath, he has had a wonderful time.
Now, the team is in Asian Cup mode. It is the core of the Korean national soccer team led by Jürgen Klinsmann. With five consecutive wins, Klinsmann has scored 19 points and lost no points. Kim Min-jae is at the center of the team’s solid defense without allowing any points.
“The strikers’ firepower is so good that they are scoring in every game. I think our defenders should focus more. We will pay more attention because there are many games that we lead,” Kim said. “If I focus on the play that I am good at, I will be able to show good performance. It is a little funny to say the final because the preliminary round has not even started. I think they failed to advance to the quarterfinals in previous competitions. They may meet Japan sooner rather than in the final. It is right to take one step at a time.”