Richard Buxton

I have been writing about football for newspapers, magazines and websites since 2009.

With experience of over 500 games as a personally accredited journalist, I've covered numerous competitions from the English Premier League and La Liga to the UEFA Champions League and FIFA World Cup.

A versatile writing style has seen my work featured by publications in the UK as well as overseas, including Sports Illustrated, The Football Association, Emirates Airline, MARCA, Sunday Mirror and Goal.com.

I have also interviewed leading figures in both the men's and women's game, with Raheem Sterling, Nikita Parris, Jadon Sancho, Richarlison, Steph Houghton and Georginio Wijnaldum among them.

Showcasing a number of additional skills, from photography to live blogging, I have a visible presence on multiple social media platforms and currently has more than 44,000 combined followers across Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and TikTok.

My knowledge and opinions are regularly sought on developing football stories by leading international broadcasters such as Sirius XM, talkSPORT Radio, BBC World Service, Newstalk, RMC Sport, ViaSat and DAZN.

Ronaldo a force of nature that not even Juve can stop

CARDIFF, WALES – No player can currently light up the biggest games and occasions like Cristiano Ronaldo. For the first time in some considerable period, the Champions League delivered a final truly befitting of its grandiose stage – and it has Real Madrid’s talisman to thank above all others. He is a force of nature that even Europe’s most diligent defence struggled to contain for long in a 4-1 loss; a player for whom time appears to stand still despite the rapid advancement of age. Juventus

Carlo Ancelotti the key to unlocking Everton and Richarlison's full potential

Life in the Premier League is a world away from the one that Richarlison once knew. Flip flops — not floodlights — became the Everton forward’s focal point growing up in Nova Venecia, a small Brazilian city located 480 miles south of Rio de Janeiro. A passion for ‘o jogo bonito’ (the beautiful game) was ignited during countless days on his native streets, with many of the friendships forged in that period continuing to endure to this day. ‘I played a lot in the streets because I had all my fri

Richarlison emerges from Brazil's treacherous trials system to become a Premier League star for Everton

Most footballers dreaming of a Premier League career have a greater chance of being struck by a meteorite than finding themselves propelled on to its star-studded stage. Richarlison knows better than most about that fine line between success and failure. While the Everton forward is flying the flag as one of more than 1,300 Brazilian exports plying their trade in the professional game globally, he almost became just another statistic. Hailing from the birthplace of ‘o jogo bonito’ carries no g

Everton happy not beating Liverpool to the title as they focus on European qualification

Carlo Ancelotti is the first to admit that he did not expect his Everton team to be involved in a title race when the Premier League kicked off in September. And although the Toffees go into Monday night’s match against Manchester City in second place, the Italian does not expect one of the season’s success stories to have a happy ending. In title terms, at least. The last time Everton won four consecutive games twice in a top-flight season was in 1986-87, the season the club last won the leag

Richard Buxton: BVB recover from scars of bomb attack

Something had to change in the wake of Borussia Dortmund's darkest hour. One of football's most likeable clubs has endured its fair share of struggles over the years, but a fateful evening, 20 months ago, gave the subject a new and chilling definition. April 11, 2017 is a date which will remain ingrained on the club after the team bus was targeted with a series of roadside bombs as it made its way to a Champions League quarter-final clash with Monaco. The culprit Sergej Wenergold, who had int

Athletic Bilbao Exclusive: Take a look behind the scenes at LaLiga's most unique club

Time has still failed to heal the wounds of Athletic Club Bilbao’s most recent low ebb, writes Richard Buxton. Dressed in the colours of the Ikurrina, the Basque Country’s flag, players of all ages shed tears after slumping in a comprehensive Europa League final defeat to Atletico Madrid. For some, the heartache was too much; Iker Muniain, the club’s youngest-ever debutant, goal scorer and greatest symbol of that promising team, was visibly distraught after Radamel Falcao had inflicted a third