Robin Bairner

Robin Bairner

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Robin Bairner is an eminent digital football journalist who has been writing about the sport for major global publishers since 2006, specialising in Ligue 1 and Scottish football. He has been chief editor of the FootballTransfers global edition since its launch in 2020. Previously Bairner had been a key member of the editorial team which helped become the world’s biggest football website. He covered multiple major competitions as a correspondent for Goal including the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, where he had the opportunity to work in Fortaleza. Among his highlights of the competition was Brazil’s quarter-final victory over Colombia.

Two years later, Robin was heavily involved at Euro 2016 as he reported on France’s run to the final, while at Russia 2018 he was Goal’s Ekaterinburg correspondent. These roles not only allowed him to develop a written profile, but also provided the opportunity to work on camera.

Bairner’s highly successful spell with Goal saw him take on a number of different roles, starting on the news desk before graduating the sub-editor and ultimately site manager.

Writing about football has always been a passion and Robin has produced notable features on a freelance basis for highly creditable publications such as The Blizzard and When Saturday Comes. Perhaps his most notable contribution was on Jean-Pierre Adams, a French footballer who had fallen into a coma and who had been tragically forgotten by the world at large, despite being a trailblazer as a black player in the France national team. It was a piece of work which attracted widespread acclaim and was subsequently published in an abridged version by The Guardian.

On top of this, Bairner has published exclusive transfer news on several of the world game’s leading players, including Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi.

Over the course of his distinguished career, Robin has built up a sizeable following on social media, most notably on Twitter where he is recognised as one of the foremost English language experts in French football. This credibility and reputation has opened doors to regular appearances on radio, notably the BBC and TalkSport, as well as a myriad of different podcasts, including the official Ligue 1 podcast. Bairner has a wide-ranging interest in sport and has also worked in tennis with the WTA, reporting on matches, writing features and interviewing legends of the game both past and present.

Away from his professional life, Robin supports Scottish League Two side Stirling Albion, where his writing career began by writing pieces for the matchday programme when still in school.

Articles from Robin Bairner

Casemiro, red card, Man Utd, 2022/23
  • 13 Mar 2023

‘Inconsistent!’ – Casemiro red card causes Ten Hag to lose it

Robert Firmino, MLS, 2023
  • 11 Mar 2023

Roberto Firmino targeted by THREE MLS sides

Mykhailo Murdyk Chelsea, 2022/23
  • 11 Mar 2023

Mudryk in Chelsea first... then hints at Arsenal admiration

Marcus Rashford, Eric Bailly graphic
  • 11 Mar 2023

Rashford to get his wish? Man Utd loan star set for unexpected Old Trafford return

Florentino Perez, Joan Laporta, Real Madrid, Barcelona
  • 11 Mar 2023

Real Madrid release statement on ‘well-founded suspicions’ of Barcelona corruption

Graham Potter, Chelsea, 2022/23
  • 10 Mar 2023

Chelsea’s first summer sale? Potter hints €73m star will leave

Roberto Firmino, Liverpool, 2022/23
  • 10 Mar 2023

Roberto Fimino: Liverpool star offers himself to Barcelona

Jim Ratcliffe, Shiekh Jassim, Man Utd, 2023
  • 10 Mar 2023

Man Utd takeover latest: Glazers procrastinating, Qatar confident, third bidder revealed

Joan Laporta, Barcelona, crisis
  • 10 Mar 2023

Barcelona charged with corruption over referee scandal

A decade of QSI at PSG: The huge net spend that bought Neymar, Mbappe but no Champions League
  • 10 Mar 2023

PSG's 10 best transfers of all time

Lionel Messi, Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting, PSG, Bayern, 2022/23
  • 9 Mar 2023

'Disappears completely!' - Messi slammed for PSG disrespect

Pep Guardiola, Graham Potter, Jurgen Klopp
  • 9 Mar 2023

Chelsea, Liverpool and Man City in transfer battle for Gvardiol

Eric Bailly, Marseille, 2022/23
  • 9 Mar 2023

Don’t sign Bailly! – Send Man Utd loanee back, Marseille told

Marcos Asensio, Real Madrid, 2022/23
  • 8 Mar 2023

Arsenal hold talks for 'very angry' Real Madrid star Barcelona want

Bruno Fernandes, Man Utd, 2022/23
  • 8 Mar 2023

Rashford backs Bruno Fernandes as Man Utd captain with ‘perfect’ comment

Wout Weghorst, Man Utd, 2022/23
  • 8 Mar 2023

‘Wout Weghorst is the worst Man Utd player ever’

Malo Gusto Chelsea
  • 8 Mar 2023

Lyon fume at Chelsea for Malo Gusto treatment

Neymar, PSG, 2022/23
  • 8 Mar 2023

Neymar injury: France World Cup winner ‘delighted’ PSG star is sidelined

Goncalo Ramos, Benfica, Man Utd, 2022/23
  • 8 Mar 2023

Man Utd given glowing Goncalo Ramos reference by Benfica coach Roger Schmidt

Mykhailo Mudryk, Chelsea, 2022/23
  • 8 Mar 2023

The big loser from Chelsea’s brilliant Champions League victory over Dortmund