Last summer, news broke that Kim Min-jae (27), who wore the uniform of Bayern Munich in the German Bundesliga, had his rice cooker stolen while moving. There are many cases of European soccer stars being theft victims, but unusual news came out that Kim Min-jae had his belongings stolen while moving.
Germany’s Bild reported through the podcast Bayern Insider on the 18th (Korean time) that “Kim Min-jae’s beloved rice cooker was stolen during the move.” According to the media, Kim Min-jae left other items on the street while moving his belongings after joining Munich. While Minjae Kim was inside the house, he reported that a passerby had taken the item.
The media said, “For Koreans, a rice cooker is not an item that can be easily replaced. “Kim Min-jae had to wait patiently until his agent brought him a rice cooker,” he explained.
There are frequent reports of soccer stars being theft victims. Burglars often raid empty houses while players are away on long-distance flights, such as for the UFEA Champions League (UCL). They usually take money or valuables, but it is somewhat unusual for a rice cooker to be stolen, as in Kim Min-jae’s case.
Meanwhile, the media also recently highlighted Kim Min-jae’s activities. The media said, “Munich coach Thomas Tuchel relies heavily on Kim Min-jae, who ranked first in forward passes (430),” and added, “At the same time, in the last league game, he made mistakes such as allowing a goal due to a missed pass. “Minjae Kim must first get used to Coach Tuchel’s instructions,” he advised.
Meanwhile, Kim Min-jae joined the national soccer team led by coach Jurgen Klinsmann and started in the first match of Group C of the 2026 FIFA North and Central America World Cup Asia 2nd qualifying round against Singapore on the 16th, helping the team win 5-0. The next schedule is the second match of Group C against China at 9 p.m. on the 21st. As this is a trip to China, which is known for its roughness, attention is focused on whether players are injured. However, Kim Min-jae expressed his confidence by smiling at a meeting with reporters right after the Singapore game, saying, “We will be equally rough,” and “Wouldn’t it be okay if we start rough on defense?”