Kim Min-jae, who is controversial about overuse, confirmed full-time in the match against China…Klinsmann “has to run even if it hurts” Despite the controversy, the “monster” remains. Kim Min-jae (27, Munich) is going to China after a long time.
The national soccer team, led by head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, will face the Chinese national team in the second round of the 2026 North-China World Cup Asian qualifying round at the Universiade Sports Center in Shenzhen, China, on the 21st.
South Korea defeated Singapore 5-0 in Seoul on the 16th. Cho Kyu-sung, Hwang Hee-chan, Son Heung-min, Hwang Ui-jo and Lee Kang-in scored side by side. South Korea aims to win five consecutive A-matches against China. 안전놀이터
The Korean national team was called to a hotel in Seoul and conducted training at Mokdong Stadium. On the 18th, many fans flocked to the open training despite the chilly weather to observe every move of the national team players. The players also responded with enthusiastic fan service. It was like an idol concert hall.
Despite the sharp wind, Kim Min-jae showed off his strong physical strength in training alone in shorts. It was in contrast to other players wrapping their bodies in cold weather supplies. Kim Min-jae played full-time against Singapore and contributed to a winless victory. There was no sign of tiredness.
European players who returned from their teams are in a situation where they play for the national team with their tired bodies due to long-distance travel. Leaving the familiar Paju NFC, staying in a hotel and training is not easy due to the cold weather. However, the players are determined to win in order to advance to the finals for the 11th consecutive World Cup.
Among the national team players, Kim Min-jae’s controversy over abuse is strong. This is Kim Min-jae, who has played full-time in 14 consecutive games for Munich. He traveled long distances to South Korea and will play full-time again without a break as the core of the national team’s defense.
“Kim Min-jae has played more than 90 minutes in every game over the past few months,” Munich general manager Christophe Freund said. Even in the Korean national team. He was so exhausted and stretched to the limit. He also lost his concentration because he was a human being,” he said, acknowledging Kim Min-jae’s abuse.
The long-distance call for the Korean national team is also burdensome to Kim Min-jae. Germany’s “Sport 1” said, “Kim Min-jae will play against Singapore in Seoul and play against China, 2,000 kilometers away. A few hours later, he has to return to Cologne, Germany, to play. If you add all the travel distances, it’s more than 20,000 km, he said.
European players do not travel long even on the national team. However, Korea has to fly 2,000 kilometers to go to the nearest China. Kim Min-jae, who played for Beijing Guoan from 2019 to 2021, is going to China for the first time in a long time.
In fact, Klinsmann doesn’t seem to have any concerns about the “Kim Min-jae controversy.” “Kim Min-jae doesn’t want to be tired or rest, and he will want to run,” he said. I think that’s how I wrote it because I had to write an article (Kim Min-jae’s controversy over abuse) in Germany. (Kim Min-jae) is ready to run,” he dismissed.
In fact, with South Korea winning 3-0 in the second half against Singapore, Klinsmann replaced five strikers and midfielders early. Son Heung-min and Kim Min-jae were automatically confirmed to play full-time. Since then, Son Heung-min has been tackled in his knee and fell. Klinsmann, who ran out of all five replacement cards, was also leaving Son Heung-min in pain.
Regarding the controversy over the abuse, Kim Min-jae said, “It’s better to run than to run bad. In addition, they are working well on how to improve their concentration or not to break it. If you manage it well, there is no big problem,” he dismissed.
The most vigilant situation in the match against China is also injury. China has hurt Korean players more than once from Hwang Sun-hong in the past to Um Won-sang in recent years. I know that China is not good at it anyway, but it can come out roughly because it has face in front of home fans.
Soccer fans are already worried that coach Klinsmann will save the national team players in the match against China. Kim Min-jae is certain to play full-time again this time. Fans just want him to finish the game without injury.