Here comes the Monster: who is Kim Min-jae, after South Korea’s Koulibaly

Kim Min-jae he shall be the third South Korean to play in Serie A and in comparison with his predecessors there are nice expectations for him, if solely in the center he’ll substitute Kalidou Koulibaly in Napoli.

IN THE BEGINNING THERE WAS AHN – In the summer season of 2000 the president of Perugia, Luciano Gaucci, two years after the pure alternative Hidetoshi Nakata, determined to deal with the Asian market, holding the first South Korean soccer participant along with the first Chinese (Ma Mingyu). Ahn, unhappy look and tail in the wind, takes virtually a 12 months to get used to. The issues are totally different in all instructions: from the largest distinction in soccer, to the presentation in a totally totally different tradition. Not to say the language barrier and never even the meals. Because if we will (justifiably) brag about meals, Ahn did not assume so in any respect, limiting himself to solely consuming ice cream. His expertise in Italy will finish after the 2002 World Cup, the striker is answerable for scoring the golden objective that eradicated Italy in the spherical of 16. Luciano Gaucci is shifting ahead, rejecting the goalkeeper and saying that he doesn’t need to pay the wages of the individual who destroyed Italian soccer. Ahn ties it on his finger and when the Peruvian authorities attempt to return it too late, the participant asks and will get a deal: he’ll first go to Japan, then the second probability will observe in Europe, first in Metz, France. then in Germany to Duisburg, leaving no hint. The undivided Koreans, maybe exactly due to the World Cups, that we’ve got to attend till 2017 to see one other participant undergo Serie A: it is Lee Seung-wool. Verona appears at us, comforted by the proven fact that the boy, then 19, has already skilled in Europe and a minimum of in Barcelona. And the inevitable and ugly title “Korea Messi”. He lived in Italy for 2 years, achieved many targets and left with out regrets.

THIRD TEST – Unlike his predecessors, Kim is fortunate: having performed in European championships and European cups, having discovered about the difficulties of a sizzling place like Istanbul. Fenerbahçe obtained his sport a 12 months in the past for 3 million euros, benefiting from the contract with Beijing Gouan (China) that may expire in 2022. he took with him when he arrived in Turkey. Arriving amid a lot doubt, what impressed him the most was his fast transition to European soccer, distinguishing himself as certainly one of the greatest gamers in the league. His former coach Slaven Bilic, who coached him in Beijing, has vowed that he can turn out to be a high participant.

THEY DO “THE BEAST” – Strong middle, 190 cm tall, regardless of his dimension can mix bodily power and good pace. Because of his dimension, virtually extra spectacular than his friends, he was referred to as “Monster” in South Korea. Other attributes embrace tactical management, focus, spatial consciousness and aerial athleticism. Last season he additionally appeared as a risk to defenders in the corners, though he couldn’t be described as a objective defender (just one objective in the final competitors). In Turkey they’re positive that the participant is prepared for the huge group of Serie A and that the Italian college may give him that artwork extra to maneuver ahead.

Idol in Korea – At the age of 25, he has 40 appearances for the South Korean nationwide group. At house he is an icon and the South Koreans in Istanbul adopted him throughout his match at Fenerbahçe. It is not excluded that his “followers” additionally observe him in Italy. Of course certainly one of them shall be a translator: amongst the varied traits of Kim we can not write proper now the regulation of languages, since he doesn’t communicate English. But seeing how shortly they modified European soccer this may very well be a secondary downside.


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