Kim Min-jae, who made a ‘fatal mistake’, is rather glad to have an A-match break…take an hour off from the controversy over the abuse
For the controversial Kim Min-jae (27, Munich), the A-match break is a boon.
Jürgen Klinsmann’s men will kick off their Asian qualifying campaign for the 2026 FIFA World Cup North America on Saturday at 8 p.m. against Singapore at the Seoul World Cup Stadium. South Korea will then face the Chinese National Team in Shenzhen, China on the 21st.
The team will convene at a hotel in Seoul on Nov. 13. The team will then train at Mokdong Stadium. Paju NFC is reportedly unavailable due to contractual issues. The KFA chose Mokdong as the venue for the training given that the match will be held in Seoul.굿모닝토토
There is one player for whom the break is welcome. It’s Kim Min-jae, who has been playing full-time for Munich for 14 consecutive matches and is in the midst of an ‘overwork controversy’. Traveling from Europe to Asia is a long way to go, but it’s a good thing he’ll be able to take a break and freshen up.
Bayern Munich defeated Heidenheim 4-2 in the 11th round of the Bundesliga for the 2023-2024 season at the Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany, in the early hours of the morning (KST), thanks to a multi-goal performance from Harry Kane. Munich, with 29 points, moved back to the top of the league, knocking Leverkusen (28 points) into second place. Heidenheim is 13th with 10 points.
Kim Min-jae got the start, playing full-time for the 14th consecutive game. He had a good game overall, but one fatal mistake led to the equalizer. In the 25th minute of the second half, Kim made a lazy forward pass that led to the equalizer.
The two mistakes are all the more unfortunate and devastating because Kim Min-jae played so well for the entire 90 minutes. Defenders are only recognized when they keep a clean sheet. Once a goal is conceded, the defense is criticized. This is the fate of defenders. For a world-class defender like Kim Min-jae, who plays for Munich, the judgment is even harsher.
Kim’s mistake led to Kane’s multi-goal performance. If the game had ended the way it did, Kim could have been blamed for the three points. Luckily, Munich went on to score two more goals and win 4-2. Kim Min-jae’s mistake could have been a one-off.
After the game, HootScore.com gave Kim the lowest rating of 5.9, labeling him as having made a fatal mistake. This was the worst rating of all 10 Munich field players. He performed well throughout the game, but one big mistake cost him all of his points. That’s the fate of defenders.
The good news is that Kim Min-jae can turn things around during the international break. Munich has about two weeks to prepare before the match against Cologne on the 25th. Players will be called up to their national teams.
For South Korea, Kim Min-jae is a key resource that needs to play full time. The World Cup qualifiers are just as important as the Bundesliga, but it’s a good thing that he’s been given the opportunity to meet with his teammates and take a break from the national team to get his body and mind back in order. He needs to rest, too.