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UEFA Champions League: How to pronounce the players' names correctly

UEFA.com gives a phonetic guide to the trickiest player names in the UEFA Champions League knockout stage.

A UEFA Champions League microphone
A UEFA Champions League microphone UEFA via Getty Images

UEFA.com's ongoing mission to ensure that the world's football fans get the players' names right keeps rolling into the 2023/24 UEFA Champions League knockout stage.

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

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Arsenal

Jakub Kiwior – Ya-koob Keev-yor
Martin Ødergaard – Erder-gor
Jurrien Timber – Joo-ree-en

Atlético de Madrid

César Azpilicueta – Say-zar Ath-pilly-kwetta
Antoine Griezmann – An-twan Gree-ez-man
Koke – Ko-kay
Marcos Llorente – Yorrentay
Horațiu Moldovan – Ho-rats-yoo
Stefan Savić – Savitch

Barcelona

Ronald Araújo – A-row-ho ('row' to rhyme with 'cow')
İlkay Gündoğan – Eel-kye Goon-doh-wan
João Cancelo – Joo-wow Can-say-lo
João Félix – Joo-wow Fay-licks
Robert Lewandowski – Levandovski
Iñaki Peña – Inyarkee Penya

Bayern

Matthijs de Ligt – Ma-tice Dull-ict
Raphaël Guerreiro – Guh-ray-ro
Joshua Kimmich – Yoss-wa Kim-ik
Manuel Neuer – Noy-er
Sven Ulreich – Ool-rike

Yoss-wa Kim-ik
Yoss-wa Kim-ikGetty Images

Copenhagen

Viktor Claesson – Clar-son
Elias Jelert – Yay-lert
Christian Sørensen – Sern-sen

Dortmund

Lukas Nmecha – Nn-metcha
Salih Özcan – Sarlee Erz-chan
Jadon Sancho – Jay-dun

FC Porto

Stephen Eustáquio – You-stack-ee-yo
Francisco Conceição – Con-say-sow ('sow' to rhyme with 'cow')
Marko Grujić – Groo-yitch

Inter

Marko Arnautović – Are-now-toe-vitch
Tajon Buchanan – Byoo-cannon
Juan Cuadrado – Kwod-rado
Stefan de Vrij – Duv-rye
Hakan Çalhanoğlu – Chal-han-oh-lu
Marcus Thuram – Too-ram

Chal-han-oh-lu
Chal-han-oh-luInter via Getty Images

Lazio

Matteo Guendouzi – Gwen-doo-zee
Elseid Hysaj – El-said Hoo-sigh
Ciro Immobile – Immo-bee-lay
Adam Marušić – Ma-roo-shitch
Alessio Romagnoli – Roman-yo-lee

Leipzig

El Chadaille Bitshiabu – El Shad-eye Bitsh-ya-boo
Péter Gulácsi – Goo-lar-chee
Leopold Zingerle – Tsing-erler

Man City

Nathan Aké – Nah-tan A-kay
Kevin De Bruyne – De Bruh-ner
Rúben Dias – Roo-ben Dee-ash
Ederson – Ed-air-sun
Erling Haaland – Erling Har-land (at least that's how he pronounces it himself)
Mateo Kovačić – Kov-a-chitch

Erling Har-land
Erling Har-landGetty Images

Napoli

Jens Cajuste – Ca-yuster
Khvicha Kvaratskhelia – Kwitcha Kwarat-selya
Pasquale Mazzocchi – Mat-zocky
Leo Østigård – Ustee-gor

Paris

Ousmane Dembélé – Dem-bay-lay
Marquinhos – Mar-keen-yoss
Kylian Mbappé – M-ba-pay
Milan Škriniar – Shcreen-yar

PSV Eindhoven

André Ramalho – Ramal-yo
Olivier Boscagli – Boss-cal-yee
Luuk de Jong – Look de Yong

Real Madrid

Dani Carvajal – Car-va-hal
Dani Ceballos – Seb-eye-oss
Thibaut Courtois – Tee-bo Cor-twa
Éder Militão – Milly-tow ('tow' to rhyme with 'cow')
Luka Modrić – Mod-rich
Aurélien Tchouameni – Choo-a-may-nee

Real Sociedad

Ander Barrenetxea – Barren-et-shay-a

Barren-et-shay-a
Barren-et-shay-aAFP via Getty Images

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