Reporter Park Ji-hyeok = Korean football’s leading defender Kim Min-jae (27, Naples) is trying to win the first season after moving to Italy. Expect a full-fledged hardening mode.
Kim Min-jae’s team, Napoli, will play the 21st round of the 2022-2023 Italian professional football Serie A against Spezia at 8:30 pm (Korean time) on the 5th.
Napoli is aiming for the ‘Scudetto (Serie A championship cup)’ after 33 years since the 1989-1990 season, when it last reached the top.
It is the first time since world-class soccer star Diego Maradona (Argentina) led the championship.
Napoli is the overwhelming leader with 17 wins, 2 draws and 1 loss (53 points) until the 20th round. They are far ahead of Inter Milan (40 points) in second place with a difference of 13 points.
If you catch Spezia and succeed in 5 consecutive wins, you can beat Inter Milan and win faster.
Kim Min-jae, who played for Fenerbahce (Turkiye), paid a transfer fee of 20 million euros (approximately 28 billion won) and changed into a Napoli uniform in July of last year.
This is the moment when they entered Serie A, called the world’s top league, along with the English Premier League (EPL), Spanish Primera Liga, German Bundesliga, and French Ligue 1.
He was in charge of one axis of Napoli’s defense and quickly adapted. In September of last year, he was awarded the Serie A Player of the Month award.
Kim Min-jae is the first Asian player to be selected as the winner since the awards began in the 2019-2020 season. He scored 2 goals and created a threatening scene in attack as well.
Napoli, which has gained a strong shield called Kim Min-jae, boasts the least number of goals among 20 clubs with 15 runs until the 20th round. The central defensive line, composed of Kim Min-jae and Amir Rahmani, showed off stable defense with 2 runs during the recent 4 consecutive wins.
In particular, after the match against AS Roma (2-1 victory) on the 30th of last month, AS Roma coach Jose Mourinho praised him as “Kim Min-jae is a fantastic player.” 메이저사이트
Kim Min-jae also contributed to advancing to the round of 16 by winning and winning the UEFA Champions League. Napoli will play the first leg of the Round of 16 against Frankfurt (Germany) on the 22nd.
Meanwhile, Spezia, which will face off in the 21st round, is focusing on widening the gap with the relegation zone (18th-20th), which remains in 17th place in the league.