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.

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

Europe v the Americas: Who will reign supreme?

2 July 2014

Brazil's World Cup has been played in the style that so many hoped for once football's showpiece was awarded to the country regarded as the home of the game's free spirits.

The last three weeks have provided a consistent narrative of fast, attacking football and excitement - exactly as the game's rulers would have imagined it when they handed the tournament to Brazil.

Read full article, World Cup 2014: Who holds the balance of power in world football?

'Surely Brazil not reaching the final is unthinkable'

27 June 2014

The South American dream lives on as this thrilling World Cup in Brazil shifts emphasis from the group stage into the knockout phase.

Romantics and those without a vested interest have visions of Brazil and Argentina meeting in Rio's Maracana in the final on 13 July - with iconic number 10s Neymar and Lionel Messi fighting for the right to bring glory to their country.

Read full article, World Cup 2014: Brazil favourites but Netherlands the ones to watch

Why Suarez's ban may be the final straw for Liverpool

26 June 2014

The shockwaves will have been felt from the Maracana in Rio, to Melwood back in Liverpool, as Luis Suarez received a four-month ban from all football-related activity and was suspended for Uruguay's next nine matches.

Uruguay's talisman has been removed from their World Cup reckoning for biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini and Liverpool will be without arguably the Premier League's finest player until November.

Read full article, Luis Suarez: What next for troubled Liverpool striker?

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