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Champions League group stage: how to pronounce the players’ names correctly – UEFA.com

UEFA.com’s ongoing mission to ensure that the world’s football fans get the players’ names right keeps rolling into the 2021/22 UEFA Champions League group stage.

We have selected some of the ones that do not quite sound like they look in English. Be brave: read them aloud!


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Ajax (Eye-axe)


Nooss-air Maz-rao-ee

Nooss-air Maz-rao-eeGetty Images

Steven Berghuis – Stay-ven Berk-house
Ryan Gravenberch – Graffen-berkh
Noussair Mazraoui – Nooss-air Maz-rao-ee
Perr Shuurs – Schoo-ers
Dušan Tadić – Doo-shan Tad-itch

Atalanta

Marten de Roon – Der-Own
Berat Djimsiti – Jim-city
Remo Freuler – Froiler
Hans Hateboer – Hatta-boo-er
Josip Iličić – Yo-zip Illy-chitch
Teun Koopmeiners – Turn Cope-miners
Joakim Mæhle – Yo-kim Male
Mario Pašalić – Pa-shah-litch

Atlético

Antoine Griezmann – An-twan Gree-ez-man
Koke – Ko-kay
Stefan Savić – Sa-vich
João Félix – Joo-wow Fay-lish
Jan Oblak – Yan Oh-black
Šime Vrsaljko – She-may Ver-sally-ko

Barcelona (Bar-sell-owe-nah)


Mem-fiss De-pie

Mem-fiss De-pieGetty Images

Ronald Araújo – Ara-ahoo-ho
Sergio Busquets – Boo-skets
Luuk de Jong – Duh-Yong
Frenkie de Jong – Duh-Yong
Memphis Depay – De-pie
Clément Lenglet – Long-lay
Ricard Puig – Putch

Bayern (By-ern Moon-shun)

Joshua Kimmich – Yo-zoo-ah Kim-ikh
Robert Lewandowski – Levan-dov-ski
Manuel Neuer – Man-well Noy-er
Tanguy Nianzou – Ton-gee Ni-yan-zoo
Josip Stanišić – Stanish-itch
Sven Ulreich – Ool-rike
Niklas Süle – Soo-ler

Benfica

Diogo Gonçalves – Gon-salvish
Souahilo Meïté – Swy-lo May-tay
Julian Weigl – Yoo-lee-an Vye-gull

Beşiktaş (Beshiktash)


Miralem Pee-ah-nitch

Miralem Pee-ah-nitchGetty Images

Michy Batshuayi – Bat-shway
Ersin Destanoğlu – Destan-och-loo
Necip Uysal – Nay-jip Oy-sal
Oğuzhan Özyakup – Oh-oo-zan Erz-yar-cup
Miralem Pjanić – Pee-ah-nitch
Salih Uçan – Sally Oo-chan
Domagoj Vida – Domma-goy

Chelsea

César Azpilicueta – Az-pilly-kwetta
N’Golo Kanté – Con-tay
Christian Pulišić – Police-sick
Antonio Rüdiger – Roo-digger
Saúl Ñíguez – Sa-ool Nyee-geth
Thiago Silva – Chee-ah-go
Hakim Ziyech – Zee-eck
Thomas Tuchel – Too-khel

Club Brugge

Faitout Maouassa – Fay-too Mow(to rhyme with ‘cow’)-assa
Simon Mignolet – See-mon Min-yo-lay

Dortmund

Marco Reus – Royce
Emre Can – Em-ray Jan
Thomas Meunier – Tom-ah Mur-nee-ay
Roman Bürki – Berk-ee
Raphaël Guerreiro – Guh-ray-ro
Erling Haaland – Hor-land

Dynamo Kyiv

Tomasz Kędziora – Tom-ash Ken-jaw-ra

Inter


Hakan Chal-ha-nok-loo

Hakan Chal-ha-nok-looGetty Images

Hakan Çalhanoğlu – Chal-ha-nok-loo
Stefan de Vrij – Duv-rye
Edin Džeko – Jecko
Roberto Gagliardini – Gal-yar-dini
Milan Škriniar – Shkrinny-ar

Juventus (Yoo-ventus)

Federico Bernardeschi – Bernard-ess-kee
Giorgio Chiellini – Kee-ell-ee-nee
Paulo Dybala – Dee-ba-lah
Wojciech Szczęsny – Voy-check Schen-snee
Adrien Rabiot – Ad-ree-an Rab-yo
Federico Chiesa – Key-ay-sa
Juan Cuadrado – Wan Kwad-rard-o
Matthijs de Ligt – Duh-Licht
Dejan Kulusevski – Day-an Koo-loo-shef-ski

Leipzig (Lipe-zig)

Angeliño – An-jel-een-yo
Emil Forsberg – Fors-berry
Péter Gulácsi – Goo-latch-ee
Konrad Laimer – Lime-er
Lazar Samardžić – Samard-jitch
Dominik Szoboszlai – Sob-oss-lie

Liverpool


Kwee-veen Kelleher

Kwee-veen KelleherRitzau Scanpix/AFP via Getty Ima

Caoimhin Kelleher – Kwee-veen

LOSC Lille

Zeki Çelik – Chellick
Ivo Grbić – Gurb-itch
Yusuf Yazıcı – Yazidger

Malmö (Mal-mer)

Felix Beijmo – By-mo
Veljko Birmančević – Vellyko Beerman-chay-vitch
Antonio Čolak – Chollack
Oscar Lewicki – Lev-itski
Søren Rieks – Rix

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Manchester City

Kevin De Bruyne – De Bruh-nah
İlkay Gündoğan – Ilk-eye Gun-doe-wan
Gabriel Jesús – Jay-zooss
Aymeric Laporte – Em-rick
Nathan Aké – A-kay
João Cancelo – Joo-wow Can-say-lo

Manchester United


Eh-reec By-yee

Eh-reec By-yeeGetty Images

Eric Bailly – Eh-reec By-yee
David de Gea – De Hayer
Victor Lindelöf – Linda-love
Anthony Martial – Mar-see-al
Donny van de Beek – Von der Bake

Milan

Olivier Giroud – Jee-roo
Simon Kjær – Care
Mike Maignan – Main-yan
Alexs Saelemaekers – Sah-ler-markus
Ciprian Tătăruşanu – Ship-ree-an Tata-roo-shah-noo

Paris (Pah-ree San-Jer-man)

Ángel Di María – Ang-el (with a hard ‘g’ – not like the English word ‘angel’)
Marquinhos – Mar-keen-yoss
Georginio Wijnaldum – Why-nal-dum
Lionel Messi – Lee-oh-nell
Idrissa Gueye – Gay
Thilo Kehrer – Tee-lo Carer
Presnel Kimpembe – Kim-pem-bay

Porto (Poor-too)


Joo-wow Mah-ree-o

Joo-wow Mah-ree-oDeFodi Images via Getty Images

Diogo Leite – Light
Jesús Corona – Hay-zooss
João Mário – Joo-wow
Agustín Marchesín – Agoo-steen March-ez-een
Pepe – Pep
Matheus Uribe – Oo-ree-bay

Real Madrid (Ray-al Ma-dreed)

Dani Carvajal – Car-va-hal
Toni Kroos – Crows
Luka Modrić – Mod-rich
Thibaut Courtois – Tee-bo Cor-twa
Éder Militão – Milly-tau
Eden Hazard – Ay-den

Salzburg (Solts-burg)

Zlatko Junuzović – Joo-noo-zov-itch
Jérôme Onguéné – On-gennay
Kamil Piątkowski – Pyont-kov-skee
Benjamin Šeško – Sheshko
Luka Sučić – Soo-chitch
Alexander Walke – Val-ker

Sevilla


Youssef En-Ness-eerie

Youssef En-Ness-eerieDeFodi Images via Getty Images

Marcos Acuña – Ak-oon-ya
Youssef En-Nesyri – En-Ness-eerie
Ivan Rakitić – Rackit-itch

Shakhtar Donetsk

Dodô – Do-do (both syllables are like the ‘do’ sound in ‘dot’)
Tetê – Teh-teh (both syllables are like the ‘te’ sound in ‘text’)

Sheriff

Dumitru Celeadnic – Chell-yad-nick
Serafim Cojocari – Ko-zho-kar
Maxim Cojocaru – Ko-zho-kar-oo
Nichita Corneencov – Kor-nee-en-kov
Serghei Paşcenco – Pashenko
Evgheni Pleşco – Plesh-ko
Stjepan Radeljić – Rad-el-yitch

Sporting CP

Daniel Bragança – Bragan-sa
João Goulart – Joo-wow Go-lar

Villarreal


Et-yen Ka-poo

Et-yen Ka-pooDeFodi Images via Getty Images

Paco Alcácer – Al-cass-air
Étienne Capoue – Ka-poo
Samu Chukwueze – Chook-way-zay
Francis Coquelin – Cocker-lan
Pervis Estupiñán – Estoo-peen-yan
Daniel Parejo – Par-ay-ho

Wolfsburg

Sebastiaan Bornauw – Bor-now
Josuha Guilavogui – Gee-la-vo-gee
Maxence Lacroix – La-kwa
Lucas and Felix Nmecha – N-mekka
Jérôme Roussillon – Roo-see-on
Aster Vranckx – Vranks
Wout Weghorst – Vowt Vek-horst

Young Boys

Michel Aebischer – Ay-bisher
Nicolas Bürgy – Burg-ee
Quentin Maceiras – Mass-air-ass
Esteban Petignat – Pet-in-yat
Miralem Sulejmani – Soo-lay-mar-nee
Sardar Azmoun – Awz-moon

Zenit

Sardar Azmoun – Oars-moon
Artem Dzyuba – Tsoo-ba

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