Kang Min-Soo is a solid centre-back who is making consistent progress for his club and the national team, in such a relatively short period of time since his professional debut.
He joined Chunnam Dragons at the age of 18, but it was in his second season at the club when newly appointed coach Huh Jung-Moo promoted Kang to the first team in 2005. He was a member of the FA Cup-winning side two years later, before making a move to local rivals Jeonbuk Motors the following season.
Kang won his first cap in a friendly with the Netherlands in June 2007, and went on to take part in the AFC Asian Cup under the guidance of Pim Verbeek. He also featured in the 2008 Olympic Football Tournament in Beijing, while playing in nine matches in the Asian Zone qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South AfricaÔ with his former boss at Chunnam calling him up at the very beginning of the preliminary competition.
Kang then joined Jeju United where he formed a partnership with national team-mate Cho Yong-Hyung in central defence throughout the 2009 season. His consistent performance for his club and country caught the eyes of Suwon Bluewings coach Cha Bum-Kun, who did not hesitate to sign him earlier this year.
Despite a series of transfers that have left the 24-year-old challenging for his place in three new clubs in as many years, Kang will be relishing his chance to establish himself in the national team and finally shine at South Africa 2010.