Michael Lynch, The Age's expert on soccer, has had extensive experience of high level journalism in the UK and Australia. Michael has covered the Socceroos through Asia, Europe and South America in their past three World Cup campaigns. He has also reported on Grands Prix and top class motor sport from Asia and Europe. He has won several national media awards for both sports and industry journalism.
Michael Lynch The Socceroos will find the going rather easier when they face Saudi Arabia in London.
Michael Lynch Socceroo boss Ange Postecoglou is adamant that the only way his young players can learn to play at the highest level is by taking on the best they can in friendly internationals.
Michael Lynch World Cup quarter-finalists Belgium eased to a 2-0 victory over a new-look Australian side featuring several players making their first appearances for the national team in an international friendly...
Michael Lynch Hindsight is always 20/20, so the World Cup, in retrospect, now looks like the easy part for Ange Postecoglou as he seeks to rebuild the Australian side and make it a major contender for Asian Cup...
Michael Lynch The English Premier League is set to kick off this weekend and so many of the players scorned for their performances in Manaus, Rio de Janeiro and Belo Horizonte are now being lionised and sold to...
Michael Lynch Darren Weir has rightly been saluted for his breakout season in winning the Victorian trainers' title.
Michael Lynch Patrick Payne crowned a wonderful jumps racing season by ensuring his victory in the JJ Houlahan award for jumps trainers with the victory of improving hurdler Fieldmaster at Sandown.
Michael Lynch Sometimes a winner doesn't always pass the post first.
Michael Lynch Western Sydney Wanderers centre back Matthew Spiranovic, a key man for the Socceroos in the World Cup, is battling to be fit for the start of the new A-League season in October.
Michael Lynch Racing needs all the friends it can get.
Michael Lynch Sitting in the Maracana watching the two best international teams in the world it was impossible not to muse, at least momentarily, on how far Australia still has to go.
Michael Lynch in Rio de Janeiro First of all, it is the people and the host community that make the tournament.
Michael Lynch in Rio de Janeiro BY MICHAEL LYNCH
Michael Lynch The morning after the evening before and the sun rose in Belo Horizonte. But the city's image will never be the same, forever now inextricably linked with the biggest disaster in Brazilian...
Michael Lynch One of the interesting things about this World Cup is how little love in the there appears to be for Brazil outside their own country.
Michael Lynch in Salvador Quite rightly, the world's strikers have been lauded for what has been a goalfest of a World Cup.
Michael Lynch Who knew that Costa Rica had topped an alternative economics foundation's poll as the happiest place to live in the world twice in the past five years?
Michael Lynch Like Spanish star David Villa, England midfielder Frank Lampard will reportedly play for Melbourne City before joining New York City.
Michael Lynch in Belo Horizonte Can Didier Deschamps, the French coach, become only the third man in history to both lift the World Cup as a captain and then coach his country to glory?
Dom Bossi and Michael Lynch The group phase of the World Cup is over, and half the squads have now departed. Traditionally its time to pick a Team of the Tournament - at least thus far.