Michael Lynch

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.

Bruno Fornaroli celebrates one of his goals.

City go second after Fornaroli double sinks champions

Brattan hasn't played a lot of football in the past 12 months - his move to the UK saw him training a lot with the Manchester City under 23 squad and with several lower division teams but not making any first team appearances.

Heartbreak City, trained by Tony Martin, rolls around at trackwork at Werribee Racecourse

Big break for Heartbreak City in Melbourne Cup

Colourful racing identity is not a phrase heard quite so often on Australian racetracks these days as the big stables have become slicker and more professional. Image and "brand awareness" have become essential elements for success.

Jason Geria is among five A-League players in the squad.

Brattan's journey leads to place in Socceroos' squad

Melbourne City midfielder Luke Brattan and Melbourne Victory full back Jason Geria are among seven players who have been added to the Socceroos squad which drew with Japan and Saudi Arabia for the upcoming World Cup qualifier with Thailand.