UEFA's guide to pronouncing Champions League clubs and players' names correctly

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The Champions League returns on Tuesday night and teams from across Europe will begin to battle it out to win the greatest prize in club football. 

This year, Liverpool are defending champions and after an impressive start to the season, Jurgen Klopp's team are favourites to win the competition and retain their crown. 

But it won't be easy. The likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus, Bayern Munich and Manchester City will all have hopes of lifting the trophy. 

Along with the usual suspects, there are also some lesser-known clubs in the Champions League this season and with that, lesser-known players. 

No doubt you'll be hearing some unfamiliar names on commentary when the likes of Slavia Prague, Genk and Olympiacos play. 

Luckily though, UEFA have released a guide to pronouncing some of the toughest player names you'll see this season.

Check it out below so you can impress your mates at the pub with the perfect pronunciation of Benfica's Andrija Živković, or Crvena Zvezda's Dušan Jovančić. 

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 

We all know these Ajax stars now

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)

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)

Antoine Griezmann – An-twan Gree-ez-man
Clément Lenglet – Long-lay
Moussa Wagué – Wa-gay 

Have you been pronouncing Griezmann's name the right way?

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)

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

Lewandowski celebrates for Bayern Munich

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

We all know how to pronounce Azpilicueta's name by now, right?

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

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

Good luck learning Galatasaray players' names

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)

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 

Juan Cuadrado isn't too tough to pronounce

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

We all remember Loïc Rémy from his time in England

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 

Lorenzo Insigne is a big name

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)

Dani Carvajal – Carva-hal
Thibaut Courtois – Tee-bo Cor-twa
Toni Kroos – Crowss 

Were we all pronouncing Toni Kroos' name wrong this whole time?

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

Lets not even start on Toby Alderweireld

VALENCIA (Balen-see-a)

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

Sebastian Driussi has a solid reputation in Russia

As you can see, it's a pretty exhaustive list. The more you know, right? 

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