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Kim Min-Jae: Asia’s Next Footballing Superstar

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In recent years Asia’s growing influence on Western and European football has started to take shape.

Countries like Japan, South Korea, and China have seen tremendous growth and investment due to more players willing to relocate to western shores.

Growing up watching Premier League football, the number of players who came from Asia was relatively small. Manchester United’s Park Ji-Sung (Korea Republic) Manchester City’s Sun Jihi (China PR), and Everton’s Li Tie (China PR) were some of the names you’d see every week.

Now the Premier League has the likes of Son Heung-min (Spurs) and Japanese footballer Takumi Minamino (Liverpool), to name a couple
China’s growing influence on football.

Asian football, most notably China, has flexed its economic muscles and decided it wants a slice of the football’s massive economic pie.

Chinese President, Xi Jinping encouraged clubs to significantly increase funding into the sport in 2013. Superstars like, Tevez, Oscar, Hulk, Paulinho and many more made their way to the Chinese Super League for mouthwatering sums hitting as high as $820,000 a week, which adds up to £31.98 million GBP.

TV rights in China have already grown over the last four years by 400% and is expected to increase by another 500% in the upcoming six years. With more exposure comes a more significant interest in the league from Europe and more attention on who could be the next footballing icon to come out of Asia

Kim Min-Jae; The Monster

One footballer that I have picked is Beijing Guoan and South Korean international centre back Kim Min-Jae, nicknamed “The Monster”.

Kim Min-Jae started his career at Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors, a team in South Korea’s top flight. After being awarded the K League Young Player of the Year and nominated for a part of the K League Best XI, Kim Min-Jae was sold to Beijing Guoan in the Chinese Super League for $5 million in the 2018 season. Since then, Kim Min-Jae has gone on to win 30 caps for the South Korean national team at the age of 24.

The average height for South Korean men is 170.7 cm (5 ft 7 in), yet the Beijing Guoan centre back stands at 1.90 [c]m (6 ft 3 in). He is a substantial imposing figure, a term usually reserved for Serbians, the Dutch or individual footballers in Africa. It’s not hard to see why people call him “The Monster.”

While watching highlights of Kim, I picked out a couple of crucial attributes that the Korean excels in.

 

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Style of play

Beijing Guoan usually lines up in a 4-2-3-1 with Kim Min-Jae playing as the right-sided centre back. He is very comfortable on the ball and isn’t afraid to show for the ball and offer options to his goalkeeper and fellow players when pressed, and he’s adept at getting out of situations.

Kim Min-Jae: Asia's Next Footballing Superstar

The Korean isn’t afraid to dribble out from the back while being hunted down by opposition forwards. He completed 0.5 dribbles per game last season and is very comfortable playing out.

Passing

Another component of Kim’s game is the ability to pass the ball long when he’s beaten the opposition team’s press. After dribbling out, Kim will distribute the ball to other areas of the pitch. He has often been labelled in the media as “The South Korean van Dijk“. The similarities are there.

The Korean has a pass success percentage of 90% and tries 4.8 long balls per game.

I asked Harry Brooks, a football coach/analyst on his thoughts:

For me, he’s like Maguire but much faster, better foot coordination and turning at speed. He’s good at carrying the ball out, good passer, composed but an assertive defender.

“But of course, the biggest question is the quality of the league compared to the Premier League so there are question marks of course if his defending/on the ball work is an accurate barometer to a bigger and better league. I think he has a profile that can make it work.”

Defending

Like Harry Maguire, he is quicker than meets the eye, can handle the ball in tight areas and excellent in aerial duels due to his immense size. When faced with winning the ball back one on one down the flank, the Korean makes it look so easy. He is rarely outmuscled when competing for a ball due to his tremendous strength.

Kim Min-Jae: Asia's Next Footballing Superstar

During an interview, the Korean was asked about Real Madrid and Barcelona, he highlighted Madrid as the defensive attitude he admires most:

“The Real Madrid defenders are a bit rough, and while the Barcelona defenders are a bit soft. I personally like to hit.”

 

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Overall

Because of Kim’s mobility and intelligence, he doesn’t need to be overly aggressive because of how classy he is on the ball. His understanding of his defensive line, and when to break this sets him apart from his partners.

Tracking runners that go beyond the Beijing Guoan not sure what you want to say he’s going beyond here is another tool that the Korean possess.

The Monster has been linked to a host of clubs this season, none more so than Chelsea and Tottenham. The Korean has all the attributes to succeed in the Premier League, but it is tough to know when he’s played in a weaker league like the Chinese Super League.

I guess that he would make a superb signing for someone like Spurs and at the cost of £1.80m, it is a no-lose situation for someone like Spurs.

 

 

 

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3 Premier League Flops Who Made It Big Elsewhere

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3 Premier League Flops Who Made It Big Elsewhere

The English Premier League has welcomed some of the best players in the history of football. Players from different continents have made a huge impact on the league with impressive performances. There are others who failed to impress and can be termed as flops.

The League is quite unique from other European leagues. It is more competitive, fierce, physically challenging in nature. Needless to say, a player who isn’t mentally and physically geared up for this will stumble under the pressure.

Established stars can fall by the wayside with their former successes and triumphs becoming nothing more than a footnote in the EPL. Impressively, some of these players put in impressive performances when they moved to other leagues.

3 Premier League Flops Who Made It Big In Other Leagues

  • Paulinho

3 Premier League Flops Who Made It Big Elsewhere

Following the impending sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid, Tottenham bought several players, one of the players they bought was Paulinho.

Paulinho was signed from Corinthians in Brazil where he helped them win the Copa Libertadores, Brasileirao, and the FIFA Club World Cup.

They defeated Chelsea in the latter to lift the trophy. Importantly, he had just won the FIFA Confederations Cup with Brazil and was voted as the third-best player at the tournament.

He joined Tottenham as the club’s record signing in 2013, so a lot was expected of him. However, his performance was not as impressive as the club had envisaged. He was later sold to Guangzhou Evergrande in China at a loss.

The Brazilian’s transfer to the Chinese league resulted in a change of fortunes, as helped the club claim the Chinese league and the AFC Champions League title in his first season.

In the second, he was voted into the Chinese League team of the year in recognition of his performance. Also, he won the league, FA Cup, and Super Cup.

Although critics downplayed his performance, citing the standard of the Chinese league compared to the English league, Paulinho impressed in Spain too following a €40 million move to Barcelona.

Paulinho helped the club claim the league and the Copa del Rey trophy. His performance in his only season with Barcelona impressed Ronaldinho who said: “He really stood out.”

  • Iago Aspas

3 Premier League Flops Who Made It Big Elsewhere

Most Premier League fan remembers Aspas only as a Liverpool flop with the number 9 jersey. Aspas moved from boyhood club Celta Vigo to Liverpool for a deal estimated to be around £7.7 m, with Liverpool hoping to have unearthed a gem. However, that gem turns dregs, failing to score in any of his 14 league appearances.

After just one season, Liverpool decided that they have seen enough so they sent him on a season-long loan to Sevilla with an obligation to buy. In his season-long loan at the club, he was the joint top scorer in the Copa del Rey alongside Neymar with 7 goals and won the UEFA Europa League.

At the end of his season-long loan at Sevilla, the club signed him from Liverpool but sold him to Celta Vigo in the same transfer window. In every of his first 5 seasons at Celta Vigo, he scored in double digits.

In fact, in three of the 5 seasons, he won the Zarra Trophy awarded to the Spanish player with the most league goals in a season. As of December 2020, Aspas had won La Liga player of the month four times.

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  • Diego Forlan

3 Premier League Flops Who Made It Big Elsewhere

Perhaps, the most notable and interesting English Premier League flop who became a star in another League. He was not just impressive in another league; he was extraordinary with his National team Uruguay.

Sir Alex Ferguson signed Forlan in 2001 following the attacker’s impressive form at Independiente in Argentina. In his first season in England, Forlan made 18 appearances but failed to score a single goal. The two seasons after were not impressive either, hence his transfer to Villarreal.

Impressively, Forlan scored 25 league goals in his first season with Villarreal and won the league’s top scorers award (2004/05). Also, he was awarded the European Golden Shoe award alongside Thierry Henry the same year. He left the club two seasons later for Atletico with 59 goals scored in 128 matches.

In his second season with Atletico Madrid (2008/09), Forlan beat Samuel Eto’o to the Spanish league’s top scorer’s award. He scored 32 league goals in 33 league appearances that season which earned him the Pichichi trophy. Again, he won the European Golden Shoe but this time it was not shared with anyone.

The next season (2009/10), Forlan played a key role as Atletico won the Europa League. He scored six times in the tournament, including two in the 2-1 win over Fulham in the final. He was voted as the man of the match in the final.

With his national team, he was just as impressive; he scored the most goals at the 2010 FIFA World Cup alongside Thomas Muller, Wesley Sneijder, and David Villa.

Furthermore, he was voted into the FIFA World Cup dream team and won the Golden Ball and goal of the tournament title. By the time he retired, he was Uruguay’s highest goal scorer in history, a record which has since been broken by Luis Suarez.

Forlan eventually became so good that some Football fans think he is the caliber of player that could have won the Ballon d’Or.

 

Conclusion

There are several reasons why players struggle when they change clubs, especially to other countries. Culture, language, teammates, family are some factors that can affect their performances.

These 3 cases show that a player may fail to perform in one league but go on to become a star in another league.

 

 

 

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Top 10 Football Dribblers Of All Time

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Top 10 Football Dribblers Of All Time

The beautiful game of football is arguably the only sport that entertains its fans with the opportunity to witness a genuine instance of sheer genius with a series of beautiful nutmegs. The display of skills, footwork, eye-catching dribbles by different players makes the game more entertaining.

A lot of players around the world can dribble, go past a defender with a single flick and pace. However, good dribblers can be considered as one of the most important key players of a team, as they can unlock any kind of defense.

There are tons of Football dribblers, but only the best have made it onto the CheapGoals list.

10. Roberto Rivelino

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Rivelino’s magic with the ball was unbelievable, doing things nobody ever has or will do on a football pitch, and also had a quality of certainty about himself when he was on the ball.

He would not only wind past his opponents but also mortify them and smash defenders’ confidence. Sudden speeding up, various body bluffs would see him outfox defenders on numerous occasions, as some would say Garrincha made the ball talk to his feet.

9. Pelé

Other than being authoritatively one of the best footballers to ever graced the beautiful game and lived with three World Cup medals, this iconic Brazilian player was incredible at dribbling. Being able to control the ball in front of defenders and going past them with ease and confidence is something an aspiring footballer would dream of.

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8. George Best

Undoubtedly one of England’s greatest players, having scored 137 goals in 361 appearances for Manchester United in a career that spread over more than a decade for the Red Devils. He had the confidence to make use of the ball within and outside of his boot so well that he could cut around players quickly and easily.

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7. Ronaldo

De Lima is known for dribbling past defenders and after that going ahead to score a goal. only a few players have aced the popular ‘step over’ dribble as Ronaldo always proved to be a match-winner time over time with his solo dribbles.

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6. Johan Cruyff

One of Cruyff’s best abilities was that he had the ability to recognize any weakness and shortcoming in a defender. Like De-lima, he had a move named after him called “The Cruyff Turn”. It would appear as though he was passing the ball to a teammate but instead to kick the ball, he would turn 90 degrees and drag the ball within his foot behind his back leg. This sudden 90-degree move always left the opponent over to the cleaners.

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5. Garrincha

Talking about football dribblers, Garrincha compared to Pele was generally viewed as the best dribbler ever. His extraordinary speed combined with his stunning ball control always leaves defenders powerless, and unfit to deal with his mesmerizing dribbles. At just 5ft 6inches Garrincha’s low center of gravity helped him weave around opponents effortlessly.

Top 10 Football Dribblers Of All Time

4. Diego Maradona

Maradona uses a style of dribbling called “Gambetta” in which he would use his body position to trick into going the wrong way.

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Maradona is an impudent, supreme football dribbler – who uses his small stature to make an extraordinary impact which made him one of the best dribblers in football. His strength and control made it difficult to knock him off the ball.

3. Okocha

Considered by many as a standout amongst one of the most skillful players in football, he was commended for his abilities and inventiveness. only if his prime had lasted longer, he may very well have been crowned with Ballon d’Or but Okocha is one of the best football dribblers. Be that as it may, it always a joy to watch the Nigerian dazzle on the football pitch.

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2. Ronaldinho

The former PSG forward and Brazil legend came into the limelight amid his time with Barcelona scoring 70 goals in 145 caps for the club. Dinho brought his mesmerizing pattern of football from the streets of Brazil onto the world stage, and defenders couldn’t deal with his skills and frills.

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Every little thing about him appeared to be so superb. From his sly bluffs to his sudden change in increasing speed, all that he did was accompanied by a smile all over his face. His most popular trick was  ‘Snake Bite’ where he would trick defenders by pushing the ball sideways, however, all of a sudden pulling the ball back the other way. He is considered one of the best football dribblers.

1.Lionel Messi

Having for all intents and purposes wins everything minus a World Cup, the four-time Balon d’Or winner is magnificently unstoppable on his day. The Barcelona forward has scored lots of stunning goals, beating three, four, even five players before firing it in the back of the net.

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Honourable Mentions

Mathias Sindelar, Zinedine Zidane, Micheal Laudrup, Adama Toure, Magico Gonzalez, Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar Jr, Ariel Ortega, Eden Hazard,Dennis Bergkamp.

 

This is CheapGoal’s top 10 football dribblers, if any of our loving readers feel otherwise or have their preferred special list, pls don’t hesitate to drop and comment…

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