Thursday Jun 08, 2023

“Asia’s best defender is here!” 55,000 people “KIM KIM KIM!” cry

Kim Min-jae (26, Naples) took the Italian stage.

Napoli played round 34 of Italian Serie A in the 2022-23 season at Diego Armando Maradona Stadium in Naples, Italy on the 8th (Korean time). On this day, Napoli beat Fiorentina 1-0 and enjoyed the victory celebration.

It is not an official championship ceremony. Napoli confirmed the championship early in the Udinese away game held earlier, and enjoyed the joy of winning with fans in this home game. The award ceremony will be held at the final home game.

Kim Min-jae was always the starting pitcher. Opponent striker Luka Jovic was scoreless in front of Kim Min-jae’s iron wall defense. Kim Min-jae recorded 2 interceptions and 7 clearances, and his pass success rate reached 91%.

A winning party was held immediately after the game. Each player returned to the ground one by one with an introduction from the announcer. Each of them appeared wearing a commemorative uniform with their own face on it. 안전놀이터

When introducing Kim Min-jae, a comment came out saying, “The best defender in Asia has come to realize the long-held dream of the late Maradona and the citizens of Naples.” The shouts of “KIM KIM KIM” by Napoli home fans reached the peak. Kim Min-jae appeared with applause.

Kim Min-jae is a central defender who moved to Serie A from Turkiye Fenerbahce last summer. Even at the time of his transfer, the Italian football world expressed doubts. I was very worried about whether Kim Min-jae would be able to fill the void left by Kalidou Koulibaly (Chelsea).

The gaze immediately changed. Kim Min-jae has established himself as a solid starting center back from the beginning of the season. In September of last year, he was the first Asian player to be awarded the Serie A Player of the Month award. Kim Min-jae started in 33 of Napoli’s 34 league games. Kim Min-jae played a big role in helping Napoli keep the minimum number of goals (23).


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