Phil McNulty

Chief football writer, BBC Sport

Analysis and opinion from our chief football writer

About Phil

Phil has covered football on regional and national newspapers since... Read more about Phil McNulty the late 80s and has been BBC Sport's Chief Football Writer since July 2000.

He has covered World Cups for the BBC in Japan and South Korea, Germany and South Africa as well as European Championships in Portugal and Poland and Ukraine.

Born in Liverpool, Phil attended De La Salle Grammar School which later had England striker Wayne Rooney as its most famous ex-pupil.

Phil's main brief is covering the Premier League, England and the Champions League and he can also be heard giving his analysis on BBC Radio 5 live, Radio Four and the World Service.

He was recently included in the UK Press Gazette's list of the top 50 UK sports journalists.

Lampard departs but his legacy lives on

26 August 2014
Frank Lampard

Frank Lampard, who has announced his England retirement, will forever be remembered as the catalyst for a revolution in the world game.

Sadly for the player and the national team, it was not via tournament success or delivering on the promise of the so-called "Golden Generation" of which he - and the likes of David Beckham, Michael Owen and Steven Gerrard - was a part.

Read full article, Frank Lampard retires from England but his legacy lives on

Man City deliver statement of intent

26 August 2014

If Manchester City wanted to send an ominous message that it will take something special to remove their status as Premier League champions, Sergio Aguero took 23 seconds to deliver it.

City - without needing to be anywhere near their best against the team that took the title race to its final day last season - were already cruising with a two-goal lead when Aguero made his 69th-minute entrance as a substitute for the limping Edin Dzeko.

Read full article, Man City deliver statement of intent with Liverpool win

Will Liverpool get Super Mario or Stupid Mario?

25 August 2014

Brendan Rodgers could not have shown more conviction - or been more convincing - when he stated in the strongest possible terms in Miami that Mario Balotelli would not be signing for Liverpool. There was no room for doubt or argument.

Throw the ever-changing world of the transfer market forward three weeks and 24-year-old Balotelli was boarding a plane in Italy bound for Merseyside ahead of completing one of the summer's most surprising deals.

Read full article, Mario Balotelli: Liverpool's calculated £16m gamble

Circus at the Palace: Where did it go wrong?

23 August 2014

The dark humour that has served Crystal Palace's fans well in the 10 days of turmoil that have turned their club upside down surfaced even before the demoralising defeat by West Ham United.

As an urban fox startled the players during the warm-up by racing across and around the perimeter of the pitch and out of the gate, one supporter announced: "He's late for his job interview."

Read full article, Circus at Crystal Palace: Where did it go wrong?

Who will finish where in the Premier League?

13 August 2014

Louis van Gaal has arrived at Old Trafford, Luis Suarez has left Anfield, and Manchester City and Chelsea have spent big again - so with the new Premier League season just days away from kick-off, here are my predictions for where each team will finish.

The selection of Chelsea as champions is made with some conviction after manager Jose Mourinho's summer in the transfer market - but choosing who will fill the other Champions League places has never been more difficult.

Read full article, Premier League 2014-15: Who will finish where?

'Broken' Gerrard's painful England exit

21 July 2014

When England captain Steven Gerrard revealed he had been left "broken" by the failure of a World Cup campaign in Brazil that effectively only lasted six days, there was nothing that would fix the pain.

It meant a decision that was already in the making even before he left for South America was merely confirmed by England's exit - only two games into a tournament he hoped would provide a perfect finale to his international career.

Read full article, Steven Gerrard: England captain 'broken' before retirement

No Rooney? How might England look in 2018

15 July 2014

As the World Cup drew to its conclusion amid the colour and splendour of the Maracana in Rio, England's brief and undistinguished contribution to Brazil's World Cup did not even merit a footnote.

Blink and you would have missed them. Months of preparation amounted to defeats by Italy and Uruguay in the space of six days before England manager Roy Hodgson and his squad were making the plans for the flight home.

Read full article, World Cup 2014: How might England line up for Russia 2018?

Gotze goal a fitting finale to memorable World Cup

14 July 2014

Germany's players and supporters could barely tear themselves away from the Maracana as Brazil's World Cup got the winners it deserved and the winning goal it deserved.

The giant figures of Per Mertesacker and Benedikt Howedes were the unlikely leaders of the dance troupe that spread from the turf in Rio to the fans celebrating behind the goal to the strains of Daft Punk's disco anthem Get Lucky.

Read full article, Germany win World Cup: Mario Gotze goal the perfect finale

Phil McNulty's guide to the World Cup semi-finals

7 July 2014

Brazil have struggled to cope with the expectation of a nation, Germany have excelled only in short spells, Argentina are supposedly over-reliant on Lionel Messi and the Netherlands required an unlikely goalkeeping intervention to beat Costa Rica.

But those four sides - despite plenty of scares along the way - are the ones left standing at the semi-final stage of the 2014 Fifa World Cup.

Read full article, World Cup 2014: Phil McNulty's guide to the semi-finals

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