Kim Min-jae, who is spending his first 안전놀이터 season after transferring to Naples, plans to leave his name in Naples history in one season. 

Napoli won 3-0 in the second leg home game against Frankfurt in the round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League in the 2022/23 season held at the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium in Naples, Italy on the 16th (Korean time).

Kim Min-jae, who played as the starting defender in the game that day, was replaced by Joao Jejus in the 21st minute of the second half and showed tremendous concentration on defense until he left the ground, leading the team to no goals. 

Napoli confirmed their advance to the quarterfinals with a win on the day, recording a total of 5-0 in the first and second legs of the round of 16. This was the first time Napoli, founded in 1926, advanced to the quarterfinals of the Champions League, and Kim Min-jae was named together in the history of the Champions League being newly written by the club. 

In particular, Kim Min-jae’s season will coincide with Napoli’s tremendous performance and will be engraved in the fans’ memories along with the club’s history. 

Kim Min-jae moved to Napoli from Fenerbahce in the Turkiye League ahead of this season and immediately took the starting position. Kim Min-jae has emerged as a first-class contributor to Napoli’s Serie A lead, completely filling the void left by his predecessor, Kalidou Koulibaly. 

Thanks to Kim Min-jae’s performance, Napoli accumulated 68 points with 22 wins, 2 draws and 2 losses in Serie A, leading Inter Milan (50 points, 16 wins, 2 draws and 8 losses) in second place by 18 points, and the championship is already imminent.

Napoli did not win the league for 33 years after two victories in the 1986/87 season and 1989/90 season with ‘Legend’ Diego Maradona. 

Most recently, there was an experience of rising to second place in the 2018/19 season, but it fell short of winning. However, after the first season that Kim Min-jae joined, he was on the verge of recapturing the top.

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