‘Korea’s defensive star’ Kim Min-jae is nominated for the AFC International Player of the Year Award… Will he follow Son Heung-min?
‘Korean classic defender’ Kim Min-jae (27, Bayern Munich) was included as a candidate for the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Awards International Player of the Year Award.
AFC announced award candidates in a total of 18 categories for the 2022 AFC Awards on the 13th (local time).
The names of two Korean players appeared. Kim Min-jae was nominated for the International Player of the Year award, and Lee Seung-won (Gangwon FC), who won the Bronze Ball at the FIFA U20 World Cup, was nominated for the Promising Player of the Year award.메이저사이트
Minjae Kim led Napoli to its first Italian Serie A title in 33 years last season and received the league’s best defense award. He was immediately transferred to Munich, a prestigious club in Germany, and was recognized for his performance.
The International Player Award is given to players from AFC member countries who leave their home league and perform well overseas.
Minjae Kim competes with Kaoru Mitoma (Brighton) and Mehdi Taremi (Porto) for the award.
There is interest in whether Kim Min-jae will be honored with the award for the second time following Son Heung-min (Tottenham). Previously, Son Heung-min received the International Player Award four times in 2015, 2017, 2019, and 2020.
Lee Seung-won, who was named as a candidate for Prospect of the Year, recorded 3 goals and 4 assists as the captain of ‘Kim Eun-joong-ho’ at the U20 World Cup in Argentina, which ended in June. At that time, he led Korea to advance to the semifinals. Seungwon Lee competes with Amin Hazbabi (Iran) and Machiki Kuryu (Japan).
Meanwhile, Kim Eun-jung, coach of the U-17 women’s national soccer team, is also nominated for Coach of the Year in the women’s category, and the awards ceremony will be held in Doha, Qatar on the 31st.