‘Monster’ Kim Min-jae (Napoli) was selected as a candidate for the Italian Serie A Team of the Year.

EA Sports unveiled 45 candidates for the 2022-2023 Serie A Team of the Year through its official channel on the 16th (Korean time). 5 goalkeepers, 13 defenders, 14 midfielders and 13 strikers were named. It is conducted for candidates selected by EA Sports itself, and voting has already begun. The final best 11 will be decided with 50% of fan votes and 50% of media related votes. This year’s team is based on a 4-3-3 formation.

Kim Min-jae,메이저사이트 of course, was nominated for the defender category. The 13 candidates for defenders consisted of 8 central defenders and 5 flank defenders. Kim Min-jae is Chris Smalling (AS Roma), Per Shurs (Torino), Giorgio Scalvini (Atalanta), Alessio Romagnoli (Lazio), Stefan Foch (Bologna), Glaisson Bremer (Juventus), Federico Basquirotto (Lecce), etc. Teammate Giovanni DiLorenzo was also included.

Minjae Kim is undoubtedly one of the best defenders this season. When ‘Legend’ Koulibaly left for Chelsea, Foley recruited Kim Min-jae from Turkiye Fenerbahce to fill the void left by him. Napoli, convinced of Kim Min-jae’s success through scouting for a long time, paid a buyout of 20 million euros. There was no adaptation period for the monster who entered the big league for the first time. He was very active from the beginning of the season and quickly became the center of the team. In September of last year, Kim Min-jae was selected as the Serie A Player of the Month. Kim Min-jae was the first Asian national player to be selected as the Serie A Player of the Month, which was awarded from the 2019-2020 season.

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With Kim Min-jae taking the center stage, Napoli recorded the fewest goals in the league this season. Kim Min-jae has already become a hero in Naples. ‘Kim, Kim, Kim’ has become a common ‘buzzword’ in Naples. In particular, in the aggressive Luciano Spalletti style, Kim Min-jae achieved amazing results with aggressive defense. A relay of praise from legends such as Fabio Cannavaro and Alexandro Costacurta followed. He performed fantastically, to the point of being debated as the best centre-back in the world beyond Italy. It is even mentioned in the best 11 of all time in Naples. Of course, there are opposing opinions about Kim Min-jae’s world club theory, but in general, at least in Europe, there is no disagreement about his performance this season. Kim Min-jae is regarded as the best center back in the world this season along with Ronald Arnaho, Eder Militang, Ruben Dias, and John Stones.

With Kim Min-jae’s performance, Napoli won the thrilling league championship trophy in 33 years. It is the third time Napoli has won the championship since the 1986-1987 season and the 1989-1990 season when the ‘legend’ Diego Maradona was active. Kim Min-jae was the first Korean to win the Scudetto. Based on the five European leagues, it is the third time that a Korean has won the championship trophy, after Park Ji-sung of Manchester United and Jung Woo-young of Bayern Munich. It is the first win as a defender. It is also the first time since AS Roma’s Hidetoshi Nakata in the 2000-2001 season that an Asian player won the Serie A championship. Kim Min-jae even received the guard of owner, which is rare in Italy.

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Based on these performances, Kim Min-jae is being courted by big clubs. Including Man Utd, who are showing the most active appearances recently, Chelsea, Man City, Liverpool, Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, etc. want Kim Min-jae. It is said that it can pay more than 50 million to 60 million euros, known as Kim Min-jae’s buyout. Kim Min-jae will be subject to a temporary buyout for 15 days from July 1st. He is also promising top-notch in terms of salary.

As much as he played his best, he is a candidate for Team of the Year. He is also likely to win the award. Kim Min-jae ranked high in various indicators this season. Napoli, to which Kim Min-jae belongs, nominated as many as seven people, including Victor Osimen and Hvitza Kravatshelia. It seems to be a natural result as he showed the best performance of the year.

Osimen, Cravats Helia, Rafael Leão (AC Milan), Paulo Dybala (AS Roma), Lautaro Martinez (Inter Milan), and Angel Di Maria (Juventus) were named in the attacking line. Midfielders include Stanislav Lobotka, Andre-Frank Zambo Angusha (Napoli), Sandro Tonali (AC Milan), Nicolo Barella, Hakan Chalhanoglu (Inter Milan), Adrien Rabiot, Niccolo Fazi Olli (Juventus) and Sergei Milinkovic-Savic (Lazio) were selected. The goalkeepers were Alex Meret (Napoli), Ivan Provedel (Lazio), Rui Patricio (AS Roma), Wojciech Szczesny (Juventus) and Guglielmo Vicario (Empoli).

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