Ballon d’Or candidate – 26-year-old best player’ Kim Min-jae selected by Kaiser for 3 consecutive years with 100% pass success… Explosive power that overcame abuse

Ballon d’Or candidate Kim Min-jae (Bayern Munich) was evaluated as ‘Kaiser’ for the third consecutive time. 

Bayern Munich defeated Mainz 3-1 in the 8th round of the 2023-2024 German Bundesliga held at the MEWA Arena in Mainz, Germany on the 22nd (Korean time). Munich, undefeated in eight games, ranked third with 20 points (6 wins, 2 draws).

Kim Min-jae and Lee Jae-seong’s ‘Korean Derby’ was held. Both players, who are part of the Korean national team, started side by side and competed against each other. Kim Min-jae played full-time, and Lee Jae-seong finished his mission by stepping down as a substitute in the 18th minute of the second half. 

The game was unilaterally dominated by Munich. Munich took the lead with Kingsley Coman’s first goal in the 11th minute of the first half, and widened the gap with Harry Kane’s additional goal five minutes later. Although they conceded a consolation goal to Anthony Kachi in the 43rd minute of the first half, they secured victory thanks to Leon Goretzka’s goal in the 14th minute of the second half.

The offensive line also showed strength by scoring three goals, but the solid defense led by Kim Min-jae was also impressive. As predicted, coach Thomas Tuchel formed the central defense with the duo of Kim Min-jae and Matthias de Ligt. There were concerns as it was a combination that had been difficult to see and De Ligt had just returned from injury, but it was all unfounded.

Kim Min-jae also overcame concerns about overwork and performed close to perfection.

Kim Min-jae started 14 consecutive games for Bayern Munich and the Korean national team, but did not waver. Kim Min-jae started as a starter in all of the matches except for the substitute appearance in the DFL-Super Cup against Leipzig last August, and with this game, he played full-time in eight consecutive games in Munich alone.

Kim Min-jae boasted an impeccable defense from the beginning. He rose higher than his fellow midfielders, cut off the opponent’s passes one step faster, and dominated aerial balls with superior air superiority. Needless to say, there was a clean tackle and a strong physical fight that only touched the ball.

It was literally a wall. In the 30th minute of the second half, Kim Min-jae showed off his tremendous power by throwing away his opponent’s attacker, Brajan Gruda, from the left side with his body. Although it was a legitimate struggle using his shoulder, Grouda, who was hit by Kim Min-jae, was thrown off the sideline and rolled several times.

The highlight was the roaring scene in the 36th minute of the second half. Kim Min-jae did well to block a sharp ground ball cross toward Ludovic Azork inside the box. Then Minjae Kim clenched his fists and roared loudly, and smiled brightly as he hugged De Ligt, who came running towards him.

Bavarian Football once again selected Kim Min-jae as ‘Kaiser (Emperor)’. Kaiser has been selected for three consecutive games.

Bavarian Football praised, “Kim Min-jae has quietly been playing solid games so far. This game was no exception. Thanks to his tremendous strength and speed, he earned the nickname ‘Monster’ even in Bayern.”

Bavarian Football then added, “Kim Min-jae fully demonstrated his physical abilities while also shining with his passing skills. 100 pass attempts and 100 successful passes. That’s a 100% success record. It was a very clean performance from Bayern’s own monster.”

This season, Kim Min-jae is playing so many games that it is almost like overwork. He appeared in 45 matches for Naples alone. He even played with a minor injury at the 2022 FIFA Qatar World Cup. At that time, Minjae Kim played in 2 group preliminaries and 3 games in the round of 16.

He was unable to get a proper rest until just before his transfer to Bayern Munich ahead of this season. Kim Min-jae lived at the Nonsan Army Training Center for three weeks for basic military training. With his athlete-specific exercise program and diet interrupted, he lost 4kg of weight during training.

During the international match last October, he was selected for the Korean national team and played in the matches against Tunisia and Vietnam. It’s a schedule that would cause other players to collapse, but Minjae Kim is far from exhausted and boasts a near-perfect performance.

In particular, Kim Min-jae led the rear build-up stably, recording a 100% pass success rate.

According to soccer statistics media Footmob, he attempted 102 passes in 90 minutes and succeeded in all of them, and also made three long passes, all of which were connected to his teammates. In addition, he recorded 1 block, 3 clearances, 2 interceptions, 5 recoveries, and a 100% (2/2) aerial ball duel win rate, earning a rating of 7.3 points.

In particular, Kim Min-jae was the first Asian defender to be nominated for the Ballon d’Or. Although the results have not been released yet, the soccer media’s predicted rankings were high.  

He was also included in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) International Player of the Year nominations. The International Player of the Year Award is given to an Asian player playing overseas, not in Asia. In a way, it was natural since an Asian player was playing as a starter in the best team in Europe.

Minjae Kim was also selected as the best player in his age group. According to ESPN, Minjae Kim was recognized as the most outstanding 26-year-old player. 토스카지노 도메인

ESPN said, “Both Frenkie de Jong and Nicolo Barella are modern central midfielders who perform attacking duties well. “Both players play a supporting role rather than making a difference.”

Also, “Kim Min-jae is spending his second season in Europe’s top five leagues. It may be overestimating his performance for Naples last season. “But we chose the possibility that he could become one of the best central defenders in the world within the next five years.”

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