‘Monster defender’ Kim Min-jae (26, Naples) will play in a big match with Juventus, the most winning team in Italian professional soccer Serie A (first division).
The Italian daily newspaper ‘La Repubblica’ reported on the 12th (Korean time), “Napoli’s Kim Min-jae will play the first match of his career against Juventus, which he will never forget.”
‘La Repubblica’ is tied together with its affiliate ‘Las Tampa’ as one of the four major national newspapers in Italy. Napoli will play the 2022-23 Serie A round 18 home game against Juventus at 4:45 am on the 14th.
Serie A is a major stage that is rated fourth in the league rankings of the European Football Federation (UEFA). This season, Napoli is the leader with 14 wins, 2 draws, 1 loss, +26 points, and 44 points.
Juventus are in the second place group with defending champions AC Milan with 37 points. Kim Min-jae started as a central defender in the away match against Sampdoria in the 17th round of Serie A, but was replaced after playing only the first half.
The Italian football media ‘Tuto Napoli’ said, “The rumor that Kim Min-jae’s muscles have hardened due to accumulated fatigue is not true. He just needed to rest.”
Kim Min-jae signed a contract with Napoli six months ago by giving Fenerbahce (Turkiye) 18.05 million euros (24.2 billion won). 18.05 million euros is the highest transfer fee ever for a defender in Turkish professional football, which ranks 12th in the European league rankings.
With the joining of Naples, Kim Min-jae was used as a full-time digester 15 times in Serie A. He drew attention because he was a midway substitute after 16 games. In September 2022, the Italian Football Federation and in October, the Monthly MVP selected by the Professional Football Players Association were awarded one after another.
‘Tuto Napoli’ emphasized, “There was an argument that coach Luciano Spalletti (63, Italy) replaced the coach in consideration of a big match to predict injury,” but “Kim Min-jae was just tired.”
The coaching staff under Spalletti also said, “There are no injuries. “You don’t have to worry about whether you can play against Juventus,” explains ‘Tuto Napoli’ that he was relieved after receiving a report about Kim Min-jae.
“La Repubblica” said, “Kim Min-jae has already captured the hearts of the Naples fandom. He wants to beat Juventus even to repay the support.”
Juventus is a soccer team representing the north and Napoli is a rivalry with Italian regional feelings. ‘La Repubblica’ said, “Naples citizens and colleagues have been telling me how important the match against Juventus is. Kim Min-jae also fully understands.” 카지노사이트
“It will be a very tense and special match for Kim Min-jae in many ways. Not only the relationship between the clubs, but also the competition to win the 2022-23 Serie A is at stake.”
As soon as Kim Min-jae made his debut in the UEFA Champions League, the world’s best club competition, he played all 540 minutes of 6 matches in the round of 32 as a center back.
Napoli advanced to the round of 16 of the 2022-23 Champions League with 5 wins, 1 loss, +14 points, 15 points and 1st place in Group A, raising the European club rankings by three places. Kim Min-jae has established himself as a key defender in a world-class team.