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Player Pronunciation

Player Pronunciation: Kieran Trippier

The Tottenham right-back is Lancashire to the core, yet there is a French flourish to his name which casts doubt on the pronunciation.

Player Pronunciation: Kevin De Bruyne

He’s back, so we should probably nail that surname once and for all…

Nothing but a ‘G’ thing at Manchester United, with Louis van Gaal and David de Gea

Silence may be golden with a hard ‘g’ but can the same be said for the surnames of Louis van Gaal and David de Gea? Perhaps a cameo appearance by a former Manchester United favourite will help to clarify this particular player pronunciation.

Player Pronunciation: Graziano Pellè

The apparent ambiguity over how to pronounce the surname of the breakout star of Southampton’s unexpectedly successful season is perhaps almost as much of a surprise as the lofty position the Hampshire club finds themselves in currently.  As the player… Continue Reading →

Player Pronunciation: Ole Gunnar Solskjær

As a first entry on this blog, the name of the aforementioned, much-loved super sub is perhaps as good a start as any, representing as it does an example of how previously unfamiliar, non-native pronunciations can adapt into common awareness and usage.

Player Pronunciation: Gustavo Poyet

Until recently, I would not have been aware as to any other pronunciation of the former Chelsea and Tottenham midfielder’s name. But it was in a recent post-match interview at current club Brighton

Player Pronunciation: Dirk Kuyt

In response to a friend’s suggestion, I have cast a casual linguistic eye over the pronunciation of one Dirk Kuyt, industrious forward for The Netherlands and Liverpool.

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