UEFA Champions League Set Piece Takers

Europe’s premier competition of champions is set to make a return after a thrilling FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

As a number of teams will be competing in the latter stages of the tournament, we thought it would be a great idea to list each team’s set piece takers.

Here we’re talking about the players responsible for launching whipped free kicks and corners into the opposition box, as well as those tasked with converting penalties from the spot.


Champions League set piece takers list

So, without further ado, let’s go through each group to see which players assume the aforementioned on-field duties.

First up, we have…


Group A

ClubPenalties (Main)Penalties (Alternate)Free Kicks (Main)Free Kicks (Alternate 1)Free Kicks (Alternate 2)Corners (Main)Corners (Alternate 1)Corners (Alternate 2)
Ajax AmsterdamDušan TadićSteven BerghuisDušan TadićSteven BerghuisDušan TadićSteven Berghuis
LiverpoolMohamed SalahDarwin NúñezTrent Alexander ArnoldAndrew RobertsonAndrew RobertsonTrent Alexander Arnold
NapoliMatteo PolitanoHirving LozanoMatteo PolitanoKhvicha KvaratskheliaMatteo PolitanoKhvicha KvaratskheliaHirving Lozano
RangersJames TavernierAlfredo MorelosJames TavernierRyan KentJames TavernierRyan Kent


Napoli and Liverpool progressed to the next round, so all eyes will be on the likes of players like Matteo Politano, Khvicha Kvaratskhelia and Mohamed Salah when the sides compete in the round of 16.

For the English side, it is important to note that James Milner should overtake Salah in the penalty taking pecking order as he has a remarkable record of 30 penalties scored rom the spot out of a total of 35 attempts.

champions league set piece takers - james milner on penalties for liverpool due to good historical record

But whether he manages to step on the pitch is an entirely different question.


Group B

ClubPenalties (Main)Penalties (Alternate)Free Kicks (Main)Free Kicks (Alternate 1)Free Kicks (Alternate 2)Corners (Main)Corners (Alternate 1)Corners (Alternate 2)
Atlético de MadridYannick CarrascoAntoine GriezmannAntoine GriezmannKokeAntoine GriezmannKokeThomas Lemar
Bayer LeverkusenKerem DemirbayMoussa DiabyKerem DemirbayNadiem AmiriKerem DemirbayAmine Adli
Club BruggeHans VanakenNoa LangHans Vanaken-
PortoMehdi TaremiMateus UribeOtavioOtavio


This group features FC Porto and Club Brugge making it to the next round.

For the latter, expect Hans Vanaken to step up when required, whereas the former should have Mehdi Taremi assuming spot kick duty.


Group C

ClubPenalties (Main)Penalties (Alternate)Free Kicks (Main)Free Kicks (Alternate 1)Free Kicks (Alternate 2)Corners (Main)Corners (Alternate 1)Corners (Alternate 2)
BarcelonaRobert LewandowskiTBCOusmane DembeleRaphinhaFrenkie De JongOusmane DembeleRaphinhaPedri
Bayern MunichSadio ManéEric Maxim Choupo-MotingJoshua KimmichLeroy SaneJoshua KimmichLeroy Sane
Inter MilanHakan ÇalhanoğluLautaro MartínezHakan ÇalhanoğluHenrikh MkhitaryanHakan ÇalhanoğluHenrikh Mkhitaryan
FC Viktoria PlzeňTomáš Chorý--


Bayern Munich and Inter Milan made it through, at the expense of Barcelona.

We expect Joshua Kimmich to maintain his free kick and corner duties, whilst either of Sadio Mane, Choupo-Moting or Thomas Müller could attempt to convert from 12 yards.


Group D

ClubPenalties (Main)Penalties (Alternate)Free Kicks (Main)Free Kicks (Alternate 1)Free Kicks (Alternate 2)Corners (Main)Corners (Alternate 1)Corners (Alternate 2)
Eintracht FrankfurtDaichi KamadaRafael Santos BorréDaichi KamadaMario GötzeDaichi KamadaMario Götze
Tottenham HotspurHarry KaneSon Heung-minHarry KaneSon Heung-minDejan KulusevskiSon Heung-minIvan PerisicDejan Kulusevski
Olympique de MarseilleDimitri PayetAlexis SanchezDimitri PayetCengiz ÜnderDimitri PayetCengiz Ünder
Sporting CPPedro GonçalvesPedro GonçalvesFrancisco TrincãoPedro GonçalvesFrancisco Trincão


Despite Harry Kane’s missed penalty at the 2022 FIFA World Cup, you’d expect him to carry on taking the spot kicks for Tottenham.

He’s still got a very good record on them.

Should he be absent, Son Heung-min will deputize.

For Eintracht Frankfurt, Daichi Kamada should be the man for penalties and set pieces.


Group E

ClubPenalties (Main)Penalties (Alternate)Free Kicks (Main)Free Kicks (Alternate 1)Free Kicks (Alternate 2)Corners (Main)Corners (Alternate 1)Corners (Alternate 2)
ChelseaJorginhoPierre Emerick AubameyangReece JamesMason MountBen ChilwellBen ChilwellMason MountReece James
Dinamo ZagrebBruno Petković--
AC MilanOlivier GiroudTheo HernandezRafael LeãoTheo HernandezSandro TonaliRafael LeãoTheo HernandezSandro Tonali
RB SalzburgFernandoNoah Okafor--


Jorginho sometimes gets criticised for his awkward penalty taking technique, especially when the goalkeeper doesn’t commit to a side.

But when he slots them home, they do look well taken.

He should be on penalties for Chelsea.

Meanwhile, Olivier Giroud should take spot kicks for AC Milan in the absence of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.


Group F

ClubPenalties (Main)Penalties (Alternate)Free Kicks (Main)Free Kicks (Alternate 1)Free Kicks (Alternate 2)Corners (Main)Corners (Alternate 1)Corners (Alternate 2)
CelticAaron MooyGiorgos GiakoumakisAaron MooyAaron Mooy
RB LeipzigChristopher NkunkuEmil ForsbergChristopher NkunkuDominik SzoboszlaiDani OlmoChristopher NkunkuDominik SzoboszlaiDani Olmo
Real MadridKarim BenzemaLuka ModrićToni KroosLuka ModrićVinícius JúniorToni KroosLuka ModrićVinícius Júnior
Shakhtar DonetskDanylo SikanLassina Traoré--


Karim Benzema should line up for Real Madrid penalties, with RB Leipzig’s Christopher Nkunku taking the German side’s spot kicks before joining English side Chelsea in the summer.


Group G

ClubPenalties (Main)Penalties (Alternate)Free Kicks (Main)Free Kicks (Alternate 1)Free Kicks (Alternate 2)Corners (Main)Corners (Alternate 1)Corners (Alternate 2)
Borussia DortmundMarco ReusGiovanni ReynaMarco ReusJulian BrandtGiovanni ReynaGiovanni ReynaJulian Brandt
F.C. CopenhagenPep Biel---
Manchester CityErling Haalandİlkay Gündoğan / Riyad MahrezKevin De BruyneRiyad MahrezBernardo SilvaRiyad MahrezPhil FodenBernardo Silva
SevillaYoussef En-NesyriIvan RakiticJoan JordanIvan RakiticJoan JordanIvan Rakitic


Manchester City’s penalty order should be as follows:

  • Erling Haaland
  • İlkay Gündoğan
  • Riyad Mahrez; and
  • Kevin De Bruyne

In that order.

For Borussia Dortmund, things are a little bit unclear as their primary penalty taker (i.e. Marco Reus) might still be injured.

He missed the FIFA World Cup due to an ankle ligament injury, so it remains to be seen whether he’ll be back in time for the knockout stages.


Group H

ClubPenalties (Main)Penalties (Alternate)Free Kicks (Main)Free Kicks (Alternate 1)Free Kicks (Alternate 2)Corners (Main)Corners (Alternate 1)Corners (Alternate 2)
BenficaJoão MárioFredrik AursnesAlejandro GrimaldoJoão MárioRafa SilvaAlejandro GrimaldoJoão MárioRafa Silva
JuventusDušan VlahovićLeonardo BonucciÁngel Di MaríaFilip KostićFederico ChiesaÁngel Di MaríaFilip KostićFederico Chiesa
Maccabi HaifaDolev Haziza---
Paris Saint GermainNeymarKylian MbappeLionel MessiNeymarAchraf HakimiNeymarLionel MessiMarco Verratti


Finally, João Mário and one of Neymar or Kylian Mbappé should take penalties for Benfica and Paris Saint Germain respectively.

Lionel Messi should be on free kick duty for the Parisian giants.


Closing thoughts

That’s a wrap!

This article should have given you a lot of insight into the Champions League’s set piece specialists.

Hopefully you’ve enjoyed the short read.

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Samuel Waihenya
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