“If you are not prepared enough to have confidence in yourself, you will not be able to seize the opportunity even if it comes.”
Cheonan City FC’s goalkeeper Kim Min-joon (23) went through several professional teams despite his modest age. He is currently the oldest and most experienced goalkeeper on the team. His chances of becoming the team’s first goalkeeper throughout his professional career are now very high. However, there is no such thing as an easy-to-get opportunity. Through his experience, Kim Min-joon understands the truth that ‘only those who are prepared can get a chance’.
After graduating from Boin High School, Kim Min-joon joined Sonan Bellmare in Japan’s J1 League in 2019. After his signing, he spent two seasons on loan with Fukushima United in the J3 League. Afterwards, he moved to Gyeongnam FC (2021) of the K League 2 under coach Seol Ki-hyun, and last year he played the season as a member of Gimhae City Hall in the K3 League. Because he was the second and third-choice goalkeeper both in Japan and in Korea, his league appearances are not many. He played 2 matches in his career in the K League 2.
Kim Min-joon, who will start the 2023 season at Cheonan City FC, said, “There is no psychological burden or impatience because there are few opportunities to participate. If you are thoroughly prepared in terms of your skills and physical condition, opportunities will surely come, and you will be able to seize them with confidence.”
Kim Min-joon, who is participating in the winter field training in Chonburi, Thailand, said, “Goalkeeper coach Kwon Chan-soo emphasizes basic skills a lot. I am fixing bad habits and making good ones.” “I learned a lot about the build-up because in Japan, goalkeepers value participation in the build-up process. The accuracy of the kick is good, but there is a weakness in the distance, so I am working hard to compensate,” he explained, as his strength and weakness.
What is Kim Min-joon’s resolution for the season when he may be given a chance, so winter training is more important? He said, “I think I will be able to experience more meaningful and diverse experiences at Cheonan City FC, which is newly participating in the professional league. I will do my best to prepare so that I can play well.” 스포츠토토