First 45 minutes: Stable defense, aggressive offense in focus
Bayern Munich to face Liverpool next month on February 2
South Korea’s Kim Min-jae made a successful debut for Bayern Munich in the German professional soccer Bundesliga.
Kim started and played the first 45 minutes of the friendly between Munich and Kawasaki Frontale (Japan) at the Tokyo National Stadium in Tokyo, Japan, at 7 p.m. on Sept. 29.
It was his Munich debut. He did not play against Manchester City (England) on Sept. 26. At the time, coach Thomas Tuchel said, “It’s too early for him to play.”
Wearing the same number 3 shirt he wore with Napoli (Italy), Kim played in the center of the back four alongside French international defender Vincent Favre. Kim was on the left and Pavard on the right.
After signing a five-year contract with the Bavarians on May 19, Kim hadn’t had much time to train with the team, but he felt comfortable.
Living up to his nickname of ‘Monster’, the South Korean shut down the Kawasaki attack with his physicality. His participation in the offense was also impressive.
He threatened Kawasaki with a header from a corner in the sixth minute of the first half, and in the 11th minute, he intercepted a ball on the left flank and sent in a cross. Matthijs Tell connected with a sensational shot from Kim Min-jae’s cross, but he was unable to beat goalkeeper Jung Sung-ryong (Kawasaki).
After three weeks of basic military training in the off-season, he struggled to get back to full fitness, but his performance was fine. He’s getting in sync with his teammates.
Meanwhile, Munich won 1-0 thanks to Stanisic’s goal 12 minutes into the second half.
The Bavarians will travel to Singapore to play one more preseason friendly against Liverpool (England) on June 2.
Kim has signed a five-year contract with Munich until June 30, 2028. While details of the deal were not disclosed, local German media reported that Munich paid Napoli a transfer fee of 50 million euros ($71 million). 스포츠토토 His annual salary is estimated to be around 12 million euros (about 17 billion won).