Thursday Sep 21, 2023

Kim Min-jae’s ‘flame’ evolves into a ‘follow-up’ with captain Son Heung-min… Fans’ concerns are still

 First of all, the fire caused by Kim Min-jae (27, Naples) has been extinguished to some extent.

The Korean national soccer team played friendly matches against Colombia and Uruguay on the 24th and 28th respectively, drawing 2-2 and losing 1-2.

It was a game that should have attracted the attention of fans as it was the first match presented by national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann, but after the match against Uruguay, other news caught the fans’ attention. It was Kim Min-jae’s Mixed Zone interview. 안전놀이터

In the interview, Kim Min-jae met with reporters and said, “It’s difficult. My mental state is also very broken. For the time being, I plan to focus only on my team. It’s just football-wise and physically difficult, so I want to focus on my team rather than the national team.” “He left a meaningful comment.

Some have interpreted this as suggesting that he would retire from the national team. However, on the morning of the 29th, Kim Min-jae left for Italy without a specific apology or explanation.

On the 29th, through personal social media, Kim Min-jae said, “I never took it for granted when I didn’t do my best while playing the national team, when I was listed on the national team list, or when I started playing in the national team game. I gave everything and died. He said, “With yesterday’s interview, the 49 games I played with the Taegeuk mark disappeared, and I became a player who did not know the meaning and weight of the Taegeuk mark and took it lightly.”

The ‘Kim Min-jae Happening’, which seemed to end like this, flared up again. 

After the incident of Kim Min-jae’s ‘retirement from the national team’, Son Heung-min posted on his social media, “Playing for the country, wearing the uniform of the Korean national soccer team is always a proud and honor. I was able to feel it again. I couldn’t give you a gift with a wonderful victory, but I will try to become a team that develops in the future. Thank you to everyone who supported us for 10 days.”

Immediately after, it was confirmed that Kim Min-jae and Son Heung-min ‘unfollowed’ each other’s social media. 

In response, fans voiced their concerns, saying, “Isn’t there a discord between the two?” Some fans even raised the suspicion that Kim Min-jae unilaterally blocked Son Heung-min because all the ‘likes’ that Son Heung-min left on Kim Min-jae’s posts in the past disappeared.

However, after this controversy was confirmed again on the 30th, the flames that ignited the national team evolved into Son Heung-min and Kim Min-jae’s ‘counter-arm’. Fans claimed that Son Heung-min asked Min-jae Kim to follow him first. However, fans are still concerned about what specifically happened between the two and what kind of conflict the two players, who were in charge of attack and defense, had.


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