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Thursday, 10 November 2011

Phil Neville

Name in native country: Philip John Neville
Date of birth: 21.01.1977
Place of birth: Bury
Height: 1,80
Nationality: England
Position: Midfield - Defensive Midfield
Foot: right
Nickname: Pip
Chant: Phil Nevile superstar, he's got more medals than Steve Gerrard!

Neville is a experienced defensive midfielder who can also play as a full back or even as a centre back if required.

Did You Know? Neville is a great cricket player and could of made it in that sport if he'd not wanted to become a professional footballer!

On 4 August 2005, Neville joined Everton on a five-year contract for a fee in excess of £3.5 million. He made his debut in a UEFA Champions League qualifier against Villarreal CF of Spain, coming face-to-face with his former Manchester United colleague Diego Forlan.

The following weekend, Neville made his FA Premier League debut for the Toffees, against Manchester United. The match marked the first time Phil and brother Gary had played for opposing teams.

Neville's attitude, work-rate and willingness to play anywhere has seen him become one of manager David Moyes' favourites. On 8 August 2006 Neville was announced as vice captain to David Weir, and – on Weir's departure to Rangers in January 2007 – he became the club captain.

In the Manchester United versus Everton match on 29 November 2006, Phil and his brother Gary became the first siblings to captain their respective clubs against each other in the Premier League.

Neville commented in the press about the first ever red cards of his long career (he never received any playing for Manchester United), claiming that he would perhaps not have been booked in a game against Fulham if he had been playing for United.

However, he finished with more cards than any other Premier League player in 2005–06 (including another red soon after his first).

Whilst at Manchester United he was booked many times, such as in the 2002–03 season when he got far more cards than any other United player in all competitions, despite only starting 35 competitive games.

Additionally, in September 2003 Neville also received a warning from the FA regarding his future conduct for his behavior after Manchester United's game against Arsenal.

Neville scored his first goal for Everton in a 3–0 Premier League victory against Newcastle United on 30 December 2006. He has also scored two other goals for the club, a cross that evaded the keeper against Bolton. and a deflected low cross against Aston Villa.

On 30 March 2008, Neville was assaulted by a Liverpool fan as he took a throw-in during the 1-0 Merseyside derby Premier League defeat at Anfield.

On 24 April that year, the fan, 48-year-old Michael Blackmore, was later banned from all matches in England and Wales for three years after admitting common assault. He was also banned from Anfield for life by Liverpool Football Club officials.

On 19 April 2009, Neville scored his penalty to help knock out his former club, Manchester United in a penalty shootout in the semi-finals of the FA Cup.

He sent the keeper the wrong way, putting it low to the keeper's right. On 19 February 2011, Neville scored the winning penalty in the penalty shoot-out against Chelsea to knock them out of the FA Cup after a 1–1 draw at Stamford Bridge.

On 9 April 2011, Neville scored a great goal against Wolves, his twelfth senior goal and his first in three years.

On 21 September, Neville scored in the League Cup game against West Bromwich Albion, this time a clinical goal which was the deciding goal in the game. The goal was taken gracefully by Neville who curled it in the top left hand corner of the net.

Neville left Everton at the end of the 2012-13 season to finish his playing career somewhere else as well as looking into the prospect of a career in coaching.

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