How to pronounce the players' names correctly

UEFA.com gives a phonetic guide to the 32 UEFA Champions League group stage sides.

Marry-o Man-joo-kitch
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UEFA.com's ongoing mission to ensure that the world's football fans get the players' names right begins again in 2018/19; read and learn!

AEK ATHENS (Ike A-thenz)
Uroš Ćosić – Oo-rosh Cho-sitch
Marko Livaja – Lee-vye-er
Ezequiel Ponce – Eh-se-kee-el Pon-say
André Simões – An-dray See-moyss

AJAX (Eye-axe)
Václav Černý – Vats-lav Chair-knee
Matthijs de Ligt – Ma-tie-ss de Licht
Noussair Mazraoui – Nooss-air Maz-rao-ee
Luis Orejuela – O-ray-kwe-lah
Lasse Schöne – Lesser Shoo-ner
Perr Shuurs – Shoo-ers
Kaj Sierhuis – Kye Seer-high-ss
Daley Sinkgraven – Sink-rah-ven
Dušan Tadić – Doo-shan Tad-itch
Donny van de Beek – von der Bake
Maximilian Wöber – Voh-ber

An-twan Gree-ez-man
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ATLÉTICO (At-LAY-tee-co)
Antoine Griezmann – An-twan Gree-ez-man
Koke – Ko-kay
Saúl Ñíguez – Sa-ool Nyee-geth
Stefan Savić – Sa-vich

BARCELONA (Bar-sell-owe-nah)
Lionel Messi – Lee-oh-nell
Ivan Rakitić – Ra-key-titch
Thomas Vermaelen – Ver-mah-len

Le-van-dov-ski
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BAYERN MÜNCHEN (By-ern Moon-shun)
Joshua Kimmich – Yo-zoo-ah Kim-ikh
Robert Lewandowski – Le-van-dov-ski
James Rodríguez – Ha-mess Rod-rEE-geth
Manuel Neuer – Man-well Noy-er
Sven Ulreich – Ool-rike

BENFICA (Ben-fee-kah)
Ljubomir Fejsa – Lyoo-boh-mihr Face-ah
João Filipe – Ju-wow Fee-lee-pee
Jona – Joan-ice
Andrija Živković – An-dree-ar Jeev-ko-vitch

CLUB BRUGGE (Club Bru-kher)
Rezaei Kaveh – Rez-ay-ee Car-veh
Brandon Mechele – Mecker-ler
Benoit Poulain – Ber-nwah Poo-lan
Thibault Vlietinck – Tee-boh Flee-tink

CRVENA ZVEZDA (Ser-vay-na zvay-zda)
Learn these rules and all names from Serbia are easy. The letters 'č', 'š' and 'ž' make the sounds 'ch', 'sh' and 'zh' in English, and 'ić' (frequently at the end of surnames) is 'itch'. A 'j' is soft like an English 'y'. See examples below.

Goran Čaušić – Chow-shitch
Branko Jovičić – Yovvy-chitch

Ak-in-fay-yev
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CSKA MOSKVA (Tsess-kah Moskva)
Igor Akinfeev – Ak-in-fay-yev
Alan Dzagoev – Tsa-goy-ev

DORTMUND
Mario Götze – Gert-ser
Łukasz Piszczek – Woo-cash Peesh-check
Christian Pulišić – Police-sick (not pronounced the usual Croatian way)
Marco Reus – Royce
Julian Weigl – Yoo-lee-an Vye-gull

GALATASARAY (Ga-la-tass-a-rye)
Ahmet Çalık – Ark-met Chall-uk
Muğdat Çelik – Moo-day Chell-ik
Sinan Gümüş – Ger-moosh
Selçuk İnan –  Sel-chook Ee-nan

HOFFENHEIM (Hoff-en-hime)
Ermin Bičakčić – Be-chack-chitch
Pavel Kadeřábek – Ka-der-zha-bek
Håvard Nordtveit – Haw-var Nort-vet
Ádám Szalai – Ah-dam Sall-oy

Rad-ya Nine-go-lon
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INTER MILAN (In-tair Mee-lan)
Radja Nainggolan – Rad-ya Nine-go-lon
Milan Škriniar – Shkrinny-ar
Šime Vrsaljko – She-may Ver-sal-ko

JUVENTUS (Yoo-ven-tus)
Federico Bernardeschi – Bernard-ess-kee
Emre Can – Em-ray Jan
Giorgio Chiellini – Kee-ell-ee-nee
Paulo Dybala – Dee-ba-lah
Mario Mandžukić – Man-joo-kitch
Miralem Pjanić – Pee-ah-nitch
Wojciech Szczęsny – Voy-check Schen-snee

Jer-dan Sha-cheery
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LIVERPOOL
Simon Mignolet – See-mon Min-yo-lay
Xherdan Shaqiri – Jer-dan Sha-cheery
Georginio Wijnaldum – Why-nal-dum

LOKOMOTIV MOSKVA (Lock-oh-mot-eev Moskva)
Vedran Ćorluka – Chor-loo-ka
Benedikt Höwedes – Her-veh-dess
Grzegorz Krychowiak – Gregorz Crick-ovvy-ack

LYON (Lee-on)
Houssem Aouar – Ow-arr
Fernando Marçal – Mar-sal

Ilk-eye Gun-doe-wan
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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

MANCHESTER UNITED
Eric Bailly – Eh-reec By-yee
David de Gea – De Hayer
Victor Lindelöf – Linda-love
Anthony Martial – Mar-see-al

MONACO (Mon-ah-co)
Jean-Eudes Aholou – Jon Erd Owl-oo
Danijel Subašić – Sooba-shitch

Ham-sheek
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NAPOLI (Nah-po-lee)
Vlad Chiricheş – Kiri-kesh
Marek Hamšík – Ham-sheek
Elseid Hysaj – El-say-eed Hoo-sigh
Lorenzo Insigne – In-seen-yer
Kévin Malcuit – Mal-kwee
Piotr Zieliński – Zhee-el-een-ski

PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN (Pah-ree San-Jer-man)
Gianluigi Buffon – Boo-fon
Layvin Kurzawa – Kur-zha-va
Marquinhos – Mar-keen-yoss
Thomas Meunier – Tom-ah Mur-nee-ay
Adrien Rabiot – Ad-ree-an Rab-yo
Thomas Tuchel – Too-khel

PLZEŇ (Pl-zen-yuh)
Like the languages of the former Yugoslavia, the letters 'č', 'š' and 'ž' make the English sounds 'ch', 'sh' and 'zh' in Czech. Accents on vowels (and the letter 'y' indicate where vowels are stressed (like Spanish), and Czech has some unusual consonants of its own: notably, 'ř' sounds like the English 'rj', while a 'c' is more like 'ts'.

Jan Kovařík – Ko-var-jeek
Jan Kopic – Kop-its
Jakub Řezníček – Rjez-nee-check
Milan Petržela – Pet-r-zhay-la
Radim Řezník – Rjez-neek

Ee-care Ca-see-yass
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PORTO (Poor-too)
Diogo Leite – Jogo Leych
Iker Casillas – Ee-care Ca-see-yass
Jesús Corona – Hay-zoos

PSV EINDHOVEN (Pay-ess-vay Eye-nd-hoh-ven)
Luuk de Jong – De Yong
Eloy Room – Rome
Jeroen Zoet – Yer-own Zoot

REAL MADRID (Ray-al Ma-dreed)
Dani Carvajal – Car-va-hal
Dani Ceballos – They-baye-oss
Toni Kroos – Crows
Luka Modrić – Mod-rich

Jecko
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ROMA (Roh-mah)
Ante Ćorić – Ant-ay Chor-itch
Edin Džeko – Jecko
Cengiz Ünder – Jen-giss Oon-dah

SCHALKE (Shall-ker)
Ralf Fährmann – Fair-man
Cedric Teuchert – Toych-hurt
Mark Uth – Oot

SHAKHTAR
Bruno Dentinho – Den-cheen-yo
Taison – Tie-sun

Al-der-vay-reld
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TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
Toby Alderweireld – Al-der-vay-reld
Serge Aurier – Or-ee-ay
Eric Dier – Die-er

VALENCIA (Bal-en-thee-ah)
Francis Coquelin – Caw-ker-lan
Gonçalo Guedes – Gon-salo Gair-jiss
Daniel Parejo – Par-e-kho
Daniel Wass – Vess

YOUNG BOYS
Guillaume Hoarau – Gee-ome O-wa-ro
Djibril Sow – So
Gregory Wüthrich – Voo-trikh

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