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Robin Bairner

Robin Bairner has spent over 10 years reporting on European football and specialises in the French and Scottish games. He has attended two major tournaments for Goal and has been found in the likes of The Blizzard, The Guardian and When Saturday Comes.

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On This Day In 1982: Schumacher Flattens Battiston In World Cup Semi Final
Patrick Battiston had only been on the field seven minutes when he fell victim to what is widely recognised as the worst unpunished challenge in…
Why Gianluigi Buffon Faces A Huge Fight To Regain His PSG Spot
There were 14 minutes on the clock of Paris Saint-Germain’s Ligue 1 match against Guingamp when Marcus Thuram pulled the trigger on what was surely…
Celtic & Brendan Rodgers Proved That Glasgow Very Much Remains Green And White In Steven Gerrard's Old Firm Debut
The 1-0 victory achieved by the Hoops at Parkhead scarcely did justice to the gulf between themselves and Rangers over the course of 90 one-sided…
Football  / Steven Gerrard Undaunted By First Glasgow Derby
Steven Gerrard's Rangers Look To Add To Celtic's Problems In Glasgow Derby
In Glasgow’s east end, there are those who are of the opinion that the Old Firm game no longer exists. The current incarnation of Rangers,…
Celtic Risk Losing Brendan Rodgers If They Fail To Match His Ambition In The Transfer Market
By the time Brendan Rodgers squares up against Rangers manager Steven Gerrard for the first time in a managerial capacity on September 1, Celtic’s long-term…
Football  / Adrien Rabiot Is A Handful But Worth The Risk
Why Barcelona Should Take A Chance On PSG's Adrien Rabiot
It takes a certain type of player to come through the youth academy at any of Europe’s top clubs and flourish. The demands placed upon…
Steven Gerrard And Rangers Set For League Bow As The Good Times Return To Scottish Football
It is off the back of a wave of optimism that Scottish league football recommences on Saturday, with four Premiership fixtures. Celtic may be aiming…
Reformed Pogba Showing Manchester United Fans What They Can Expect Next Season
The Paul Pogba that has been on display in Russia during the World Cup has been one very different from the player so often on…
Football  / Gerrard Gets First Win As Gers Boss
Steven Gerrard Makes Winning Rangers Debut In Front Of Massive Crowd At Ibrox
The first leg of a Europa League qualifier is ground as unfamiliar to Steven Gerrard as baking Skopje will be when Rangers travel there for…
All Eyes On Steven Gerrard As A New Era Dawns At Rangers
Never before has there been such interest in a European club match played in July – and it is very possible that it will be…
Football  / Chelsea Duo Set For Semi Final Showdown
Eden Hazard Hails Chelsea Teammate As Best Defensive Midfielder In The World
It has taken France boss Didier Deschamps time to appreciate the importance of N’Golo Kante to his side but unleashed in Russia the Chelsea midfielder…
Football  / Uruguay The Quiet Achievers
Forget Iceland, Uruguay Are The Team Punching Above The Weight At The World Cup
Over the course of the last two years, Iceland seem to have carved their niche as everyone’s favourite second team in international football. Amiable, down-to-earth…
Football  / Who Is France's Most Important Player?
Why France's Most Important Player Is Not Paul Pogba Or Antoine Griezmann, But Olivier Giroud
Amid a France squad that is worth hundreds of millions of euro, it would be tempting to assume that a figure such as Paul Pogba,…
Football  / The 5 Biggest Flops At The World Cup... So Far
Barcelona's Lionel Messi And Luis Suarez Are Top Of The World Cup Flops
It is fair to say that World Cup 2018 has not exactly started with a bang. Games have been tight, goals have been hard to…
Football  / Pressure On France To Win World Cup
Why France Can't Win World Cup 2018
Three of the world’s five most expensive players are liable to line up for France on Saturday as they open their World Cup 2018 campaign…
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