Phil Neville

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Phil Neville
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Phil Neville (2017)
Surname Philip John Neville
birthday January 21, 1977
place of birth Bury , Greater ManchesterEngland
position Defense , midfield
Years station
1990-1994 Manchester United
Years station Games (goals) 1
1994-2005 Manchester United 263 (5)
2005-2013 Everton FC 242 (4)
National team
Years selection Games (goals)
England U-21 7 (0)
2007 England B 1 (0)
1996-2007 England 59 (0)
Stations as a trainer
Years station
2013-2015 Manchester United (assistant coach)
2015 Salford City (interim)
2015-2017 Valencia CF (assistant coach)
2018– England (women)
1 Only league games are given.

Philip John "Phil" Neville (born January 21, 1977 in Bury , Greater Manchester ) is a former English football player and current football coach. He played for Manchester United for over ten years with his older brother Gary until 2005 . Between 1996 and 2007 he was sporadically in the squad of the English national team . He took part in three European Championship finals in 1996, 2000 and 2004, but not in any football World Cup.

The versatile Neville won six English championships during his United career, won three FA Cup victories and celebrated his sporting climax in 1999 with the Champions League title . He acted both in defense and in midfield and was initially - although known more as a "right footer" - mainly set up as a left full -back. In his last two seasons for Manchester United, he moved to the defensive midfield position and mostly retained this role even after his move to Everton .

Neville has been the coach of England's women's national soccer team since January 2018 . Previously, he was an assistant coach at FC Valencia .

Club career

Manchester United (1994-2005)

From youth to the professional department (1994–1998)

Phil Neville was - like his brother Gary - part of the youth academy of Manchester United and came shortly after his 18th birthday on February 11, 1995 in the 3-0 derby win as a left-back against Manchester City for the first time in a championship game. Although he never developed firmly in a position as a regular player in the following years, he was a fixture in the team from the 1995/96 season at the latest. In the season that earned him the " double " from the English championship and FA Cup in 1996 , he mostly occupied the right side of defense after brother Gary had moved into central defense after Gary Pallister was injured .

Neville suffered setbacks in the 1996/97 season, mainly due to injury breaks. He had to undergo knee surgery after just three games and then sit out for six weeks. This was followed by thigh problems, which he suffered in the warm-up phase of a Champions League game against Juventus Turin , and especially in December 1996, he contracted Pfeiffer glandular fever , which even seemed to jeopardize the continuation of his professional career for a short time. As early as February 1997, he managed to return to the squad and to win the second championship title in a row he contributed 18 league appearances - enough for another medal in his collection. Hopefully he started with good performances in the ultimately trophyless season 1997/98, which still did not bring him a regular place. When the regular left-back Denis Irwin was out for two months in November 1997, Neville took the position and after his return mostly moved back to the center of the defense. A first for Neville was his first competitive goal on February 28, 1998 in a 1-0 win against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge .

Collection of titles as a supplementary player (1998-2005)

In the Champions League , Neville put his first goal on the European stage in November 1998 in a 5-0 win against Brøndby IF . Although he came to appearances from the start nine times in a row at the time, his place often remained on the bench or as a substitute and substitute player. The first doubts about the long-term prospects in the club arose despite further games in February 1999, but Neville enjoyed the trust of coach Alex Ferguson especially when he won the FA Cup . He was here both in the semi-final against Arsenal (2-1 after extra time) and in the final against Newcastle United (2-0) over the entire route. In addition to his third English championship medal, he also won the Champions League title, where in the decisive phase he only made a short ten-minute assignment in the quarter-final second leg against Inter Milan (1-1); in the semifinals against Juventus Turin and in the 2-1 final triumph against FC Bayern Munich he was missing. At the beginning of the 1999/2000 season he represented his injured brother until December 1999 and then returned to the "second link". He gained first experience in the left midfield on a temporary basis, but his role remained limited to that of the versatile substitute player in the four-man defense association during the season that brought him the fourth championship - only eleven league appearances after the turn of the year prove this status.

Neville won the fifth English championship in 2001 and he received special attention at the beginning of the 2002/03 season when he was assigned the role of replacing Roy Keane on a long-term basis and again temporarily in central midfield. Also in the formation that was changed in this way, “United” won another English Premier League title in 2003. From then on, he developed into a serious contender for a midfield position and forced himself to compete with players like Kléberson , Nicky Butt and Éric Djemba-Djemba . When he won the FA Cup in 2004, however, he was only marginally involved, helped in the semifinals after his substitution for Ole Gunnar Solskjær to save the narrow 1-0 victory in the last quarter of an hour over time and sat in the 3-0 win in the final the Millwall FC on the bench.

The signs were now stronger for goodbye. After Nicky Butt, another “veteran supplementary player” left the club in the summer of 2004 and Neville had only been in the starting line-up in only twelve league games in the 2004/05 season , the question of future prospects arose, especially since Club had again missed out on the title decisions and the pressure on signing new players increased. Finally, Neville agreed with the club's management that he could leave Manchester United after a total of 389 competitive games. In public and retrospectively among United supporters, he was denied recognition for a long time, as his inconspicuous style of play was often perceived as "just average" - an image that attached to his brother Gary to a lesser extent. Experts, on the other hand, valued his uncomplicated, versatile and mature style of play and attributed a large proportion of the great successes of Manchester United to him.

Everton FC (2005-2013)

On August 4, 2005, Neville moved to Everton FC for a transfer fee of £ 3.5 million, where he signed a five-year contract. Due to his team-friendly style of play, the high willingness to run and his ability to occupy several positions, he quickly became a favorite player of coach David Moyes , who eventually made him runner-up behind David Weir . When Weir moved to the Glasgow Rangers in January 2007 , he finally took over the position. A premier in the Premier League had already taken place on November 29, 2006, when he and his brother had each led their two teams as captains.

At the end of the 2008/09 season he led the "Toffees" into the FA Cup final and played this in the central defensive switch point in midfield against Chelsea , which ended with a narrow 1: 2 defeat. Four years after moving from Manchester United, he had developed into a "leading figure" in Liverpool through combative commitment, game intelligence and passport control. The increased importance was particularly evident in the 2009/10 season, when Neville was out for three months from September 2009 due to a knee injury and the positive results increasingly failed to materialize.

On August 22, 2011, Everton FC announced that the central midfielder had extended his contract for another two years until the end of the 2012/13 season. After that season, Neville announced the end of his playing career.

English national team

On May 23, 1996 Phil Neville made his debut for England's senior team against China . Shortly thereafter, then coach Terry Venables appointed him as the youngest player in the squad for the European Championship in his own country . There he remained, however, in contrast to his brother, who played in every game up to the semifinals, without commitment.

Keegan's successor Glenn Hoddle did not give up him two years later until the official announcement of the 22-man squad for the 1998 World Cup in France , although the personality was somewhat lost in public because it was overshadowed by the surprising disregard of Paul Gascoigne . At Euro 2000 , which took place two years later in the Netherlands and Belgium , he was back in the team under coach Kevin Keegan and was even allowed to play all three group games; Unfortunately for England the tournament ended prematurely and Phil Neville in particular was considered one of the “scapegoats” because he had caused the penalty for the decisive goal against Romania .

For the 2002 World Cup in South Korea and Japan , none of the Neville brothers was in the English squad - while Gary had to take a break due to injury, Phil again did not receive a World Cup nomination. Two years later, however, they were both back in the squad for Euro 2004 in Portugal , when Phil Neville only received a single six-minute short appearance against Croatia . It was the last major tournament he played for the English national team. Most recently he couldn't get past players like Ashley Cole and Wayne Bridge and at the 2006 World Cup in Germany he was just one of the "standby players" in the extended circle. After the 2006 World Cup, the new coach Steve McClaren initially called him to the English team and Neville started as a right full-back in the European Championship qualifier against Andorra . After that, however, he was always disregarded in further nominations.


  • Champions League winner: 1999
  • World Cup Winner : 1999
  • English champion: 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003
  • FA Cup winners: 1996, 1999, 2004
  • Charity Shield Winner: 1996, 1997, 2003
  • FA Youth Cup Winner: 1995

useful information

  • In his youth, Phil Neville played successfully cricket and was part of the U-19 selection of the County of Lancashire together with the later top player Andrew Flintoff .
  • With his brother Gary, Phil Neville was the first sibling pair in the England national team after Jack and Bobby Charlton .
  • In addition to Gary, Philips' twin sister Tracey is a successful athlete as a multiple national netball player .

Web links

Commons : Phil Neville  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Phil Neville new coach of the England women's national team
  2. Phil Neville, nuevo miembro del cuerpo técnico de Nuno Espirito Santo , website of FC Valencia, accessed on June 29, 2015
  3. Barry J. Hugman (Ed.): The 1995-96 Official PFA Footballers Factfile . Lennard Queen Anne Press, 1995, ISBN 0-09-180854-5 , pp. 153 .
  4. Barry J. Hugman (Ed.): The 1996-97 Official PFA Footballers Factfile . Lennard Queen Anne Press, 1996, ISBN 1-85291-571-4 , pp. 176 .
  5. Barry J. Hugman (Ed.): The 1997-98 Official PFA Footballers Factfile . Lennard Queen Anne Press, 1997, ISBN 1-85291-581-1 , pp. 197 .
  6. Barry J. Hugman (Ed.): The 1998-99 Official PFA Footballers Factfile . Lennard Queen Anne Press, 1998, ISBN 1-85291-588-9 , pp. 217 .
  7. Barry J. Hugman (Ed.): The 1999-2000 Official PFA Footballers Factfile . Lennard Queen Anne Press, 1999, ISBN 1-85291-607-9 , pp. 221 .
  8. Barry J. Hugman (Ed.): The 2000-2001 Official PFA Footballers Factfile . Lennard Queen Anne Press, 2000, ISBN 1-85291-626-5 , pp. 233 .
  9. Barry J. Hugman (Ed.): The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2003/2004 . Lennard Queen Anne Press, 2003, ISBN 1-85291-651-6 , pp. 313 f .
  10. Barry J. Hugman (Ed.): The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2004/2005 . Lennard Queen Anne Press, 2004, ISBN 1-85291-660-5 , pp. 296 f .
  11. Barry J. Hugman (Ed.): The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2005/2006 . Lennard Queen Anne Press, 2005, ISBN 1-85291-662-1 , pp. 296 .
  12. "Ferguson gamble pays off on non-vintage night" ( Memento of 17 October 2007 at the Internet Archive ) (The Guardian)
  13. ^ Everton captain Phil Neville signs contract extension. (BBC Sport)
  14. ^ "Neville in for injured Reo-Coker" (BBC Sport)