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    SportsGuide to Pronouncing the Names of Top Footballers at Euro 2024

    Guide to Pronouncing the Names of Top Footballers at Euro 2024


    With the Euro 2024 championship underway, fans from around the are tuning in to cheer on their favorite teams. However, for many unfamiliar with players outside their domestic league, the unique names of European footballers can pose a challenge to pronounce correctly. In this article, we break down how to properly say the names of some of the top stars in the tournament to enhance viewers' enjoyment and understanding.

    One name topping many teams' rosters is Bayern Munich's Joshua Kimmich. While his last name may look familiar to English readers, the German insists it is pronounced “Yo-zua Kimmeesh”. Staying in Germany, striker Jonathan Tah also advises it's “Yawna-thann Thaa”, not forgetting the subtle intonations. Meanwhile, for fans trying to cheer on defending champions France, it's important to remember midfield maestro N'Golo Kante's name unwinds smoothly as “En-golow Con-tay”.

    Eastern European countries also present some challenges, like Polish goalkeeper Wojciech Szczęsny of Juventus. While long, the flowing “Voi-chish Shtenz-neh” rolls off once you get the hang of it. Fellow midfielder Dominik Szoboszlai of Hungary helps with his demonstration that the tricky “Zs” makes a “S” sound. Spain too has introduced teenage talent Lamine Yamal, whose graceful name is pronounced “Luh-mean Ya-maal”.

    Other standouts making their mark include Switzerland's Kawdwo Duah as “Kwo-dwoh Di-ah” and Croatia's attacking Marin Pongracic said as “Maa-rin Pongraa-sitch”. While every nation brings its own rich cultural influence through players' names, taking time to correctly learn the pronunciations helps fans forge a deeper connection to the “Beautiful Game” enjoyed across Europe.

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