January 21 – This Day in Soccer

neville_philPhil Neville Born on this Day

With a pocket full of winners’ medals, Phil Neville is one of the most decorated active players in the game and the Everton player was born in 1977 on this day in soccer history.  The versatile defender/midfielder won six Premiership titles, three FA Cups and the European Cup while he was playing with Manchester United from 1994 until 2005.

Neville and his brother, Gary, were two of ‘Fergie’s Fledglings,’ first joining the Manchester youth academy and working up to the full team during the 1994/95 campaign.

In August 2005 Neville joined Everton on a five-year contract for a fee in excess of £3.5 million. He has since worked his way to becoming the captain of the squad.

Neville has also earned time with the England national team.  He has earned 59 caps with the team and played in the 1996, 2000 and 2004 European Championships although he has never made a FIFA World Cup roster.

Soccer Birthdays

1901 – Ricardo Zamora, Spanish footballer (d. 1978)
1954 – Phil Thompson, English footballer and coach
1957 – Greg Ryan, American soccer coach
1959 – Alex McLeish, Scottish footballer and manager
1975 – Ito, Spanish footballer
1975 – Nicky Butt, English footballer
1977 – Phil Neville, English footballer
1980 – Dave Kitson, English footballer
1981 – Ivan Ergić, Serbian footballer
1982 – Dean Whitehead, English footballer
1983 – Moritz Volz, German footballer
1983 – Peter Philipakos, Greek-American soccer player
1985 – Alex Pérez, Spanish footballer
1987 – Joe Ledley, Welsh footballer

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