Correct pronunciation of Champions League players' names 
Correct pronunciation of Champions League players' names 
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Correct pronunciation of Champions League players' names 

More often than not most players' names are not pronounced correctly, with commentators and fans alike at times struggling to get the right pronunciation. 

Most English speakers tend to mangle foreign names, and for this reason, UEFA.com cracked down on some of the toughest names of the round of the Champions League round of 16 players' names.

And this is how some of them are pronounced; 

AJAX (Eye-axe)

  • Carel Eiting – Eh-ting
  • Quincy Promes – Pro-mess
  • Dušan Tadić – Doo-shan Tad-itch
  • Donny van de Beek – Vonder-Bake
  • Hakim Ziyech – Zee-eck

ATALANTA

  • Martin de Roon – der-Own
  • Hans Hateboer – Hatta-boo-er
  • Simon Kjær – Kee-air
  • Mario Pašalić – Pa-shah-litch
  • Berat Xhimshiti – Jimsh-ittee

ATLÉTICO MADRID (At-LAY-tee-co)

  •  Joo-wow Fay-lish©Getty Images
  • João Félix – Joo-wow Fay-lish
  • Koke – Cokka
  • Saúl Ñíguez – Sow-ool Nee-gess
  • Ivan Šaponjić – Shap-on-yitch
  • Šime Vrsaljko – She-may Ver-sal-ko

BARCELONA (Bar-sell-owe-nah)

  •  On-twan Gree-ez-man©Getty Images
  • Antoine Griezmann – An-twan Gree-ez-man
  • Clément Lenglet – Long-lay
  • Moussa Wagué – Wa-gay

BAYER LEVERKUSEN (By-er)

  • Charles Aránguiz – Aran-gweess
  • Lukas Hradecky – Hra-dets-key
  • Ramazan Özcan – Erz-jan
  • Joel Pohjanpalo – Po-yan-pah-lo

BAYERN MÜNCHEN (By-ern Moon-shun)

  •  Levan-dovski©Getty Images
  • Jérome Boateng – Jeh-rom Bwa-teng
  • Mickael Cuisance – Kweez-onss
  • Robert Lewandowski – Levan-dovski
  • Daniels Ontužāns – On-too-jans
  • Ivan Perišić – Perish-itch

BENFICA (Ben-fee-ka)

  • Caio – Kye-oh
  • Ljubomir Fejsa – Lubo-meer Fay-sa
  • Andrija Živković – An-dree-a Jiv-kov-itch

BORUSSIA DORTMUND (Bo-rooss-ear)

  • Łukasz Piszczek – Woo-cah Peesh-check
  • Marco Reus – Royce
  • Julian Weigl – Yool-yan Vye-gul

CHELSEA

  • César Azpilicueta – Az-pilly-kwetta
  • Michy Batshuayi – Batch-why
  • N’Golo Kanté – Con-tay
  • Christian Pulišić – Police-sick
  • Kurt Zouma – Zoom-er

CLUB BRUGGE (Cloob Brooger)

  • Brandon Meckele – Meck-eh-le
  • Simon Mignolet – See-mon Meen-yo-lay
  • Siebe Schrijvers – See-ber Skrivers
  • Thibault Vlietinck – Tee-bo Flee-tink

CRVENA ZVEZDA (Tser-vay-nah zvez-der)

  • Srdjan Babić – Serd-yan Bab-itch
  • Richmond Boakye – Bo-atch-yay
  • Miloš Degenek – Mil-osh
  • Dušan Jovančić – Doo-shan Yovan-chitch
  • Veljko Simić – Velly-ko Sim-itch

DINAMO ZAGREB (Dee-na-mo)

  • Izet Hajrović – High-ro-vitch
  • Luka Ivanušec – Ivan-oo-shets
  • Damian Kądzior – Kon-jaw
  • François Moubandje – Moo-ban-jay
  • Danijel Zagorac – Zago-rats

GALATASARAY

  •  Shenner Erz-by-rak-ler©Getty Images
  • Adem Büyük – Boo-yook
  • Selçuk İnan – Sel-chook Ee-nan
  • Okan Kocuk – Co-chook
  • Şener Özbayraklı – Shenner Erz-by-rak-ler

GENK

  • Gaetan Coucke – Gay-tan Cooker
  • Patrik Hrošovský – Raw-shovski
  • Joakim Mæhle – Mah-ler
  • Jere Uronen – Yeh-ray Oo-ro-nen
  • Dries Wouters – Vow-ters

INTERNAZIONALE MILANO (Inter-nats-eon-ar-lay)

  • Stefan de Vrij – Duv-rye
  • Diego Godín – God-een
  • Milan Škriniar – Shkreen-yar

JUVENTUS (Yoo-ven-tus)

  • Voy-check Sh-chens-nay©AFP/Getty Images
  • Federico Bernardeschi – Ber-nar-desk-ee
  • Juan Cuadrado – Wan Kwad-rard-o
  • Mattia De Sciglio – De Sheely-o
  • Wojciech Szczęsny – Voy-check Sh-chens-nay

LIVERPOOL

  • Xherdan Shaqiri – Jer-dan Shat-cheery
  • Georginio Wijnaldum – Why-naldum

LOKOMOTIV MOSKVA (Lokomo-teev)

  • Vedran Ćorluka – Chor-loo-ka
  • Guilherme – Gil-yair-may
  • Benedikt Höwedes – Hoover-diss
  • Grzegorz Krychowiak – Gregorsh Crick-ovvy-ack

LOSC LILLE (Losc leel)

  • Luiz Araújo – Ar-ow-joh
  • Jérémy Pied – P-yay
  • Loïc Rémy – L-oik Ray-me
  • Adama Soumaoro – Soom-our-oh
  • Xeka – Shekka

LYON (Lee-on)

  • Houssem Aouar – Ow-ar (to rhyme with 'how are')
  • Fernando Marçal – Mar-sal
  • Jeff Reine-Adélaïde – Ren Adder-laid
  • Ciprian Tătăruşanu – Ship-ree-an Tata-roo-shah-noo

MANCHESTER CITY

  •  João Cancelo – Joo-wow Can-say-lo
  • Kevin De Bruyne – De Brurner
  • İlkay Gündoğan – Eel-kye Gun-doe-wan
  • Gabriel Jesus – Jay-zooss

NAPOLI

  • Elseid Hysaj – Hoo-sigh
  • Lorenzo Insigne – In-seen-yay
  • Kevin Malcuit – Mal-kwee

OLYMPIACOS (Olimpy-ar-koss)

  • Daniel Podence – Po-dense

PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN (Pah-ree San-Jer-man)

  • Idrissa Gueye – Gway
  • Layvin Kurzawa – Lay-van Kur-java
  • Thomas Meunier – Muh-nyay

RB LEIPZIG (Lie-pzig)

  • Matheus Cunha – Kun-ya
  • Emil Forsberg – Fors-berry
  • Péter Gulácsi – Goo-latch-ee
  • Konrad Laimer – Lime-er

REAL MADRID (Ray-al Ma-dreed)

  •  Tee-bo Cor-twa©UEFA.com
  • Dani Carvajal – Carva-hal
  • Thibaut Courtois – Tee-bo Cor-twa
  • Toni Kroos – Crowss

SALZBURG (Salts-berg)

  • Erling Braut Håland – Hor-land
  • Dominik Szoboszlai – Sob-oss-lie
  • Cican Stankovic – Seet-san Stank-ov-itch
  • Albert Vallci – Val-chee

SHAKHTAR DONETSK

  • Dodô – Dudu
  • Taison – Tie-sun
  • Tetê – Tet-ay

SLAVIA PRAHA

  • Jan Bořil – Yan Bor-jill
  • Ondřej Kolář – Ond-ray Co-larj
  • Přemysl Kovář – Premmy-sil Co-varj
  • Petr Ševčík – Shev-chick
  • Nicolae Stanciu – Stan-choo
  • Ladislav Takács – Tock-arch

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR

  • Toby Alderweireld – Ol-der-vay-reld
  • Serge Aurier – Oh-ree-ay
  • Ryan Sessegnon – Sess-en-yon

VALENCIA (Balen-see-a)

  •  Gon-sarlo Gair-diss©Getty Images
  • Francis Coquelin – Coker-lan
  • José Gayà – Guy-ya
  • Gonçalo Guedes – Gon-sarlo Gair-diss
  • Daniel Parejo – Pa-ray-ho
  • Manu Vallejo – Val-ay-ho
  • Daniel Wass – Vess

ZENIT

  • Sebastian Driussi – Dree-oo-see
  • Yaroslav Rakits'kyy – Rack-its-key

Names courtesy of UEFA.com. 

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