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.

Goalkeeper Mitchell Langerak has been playing for Stuttgart.

Langerak poised to push for Socceroos' No.1 spot

It might be thought that an Australian goalkeeper who is still in his late 20s with two German League titles and a German Cup to his name might have played more than six times for his country.

Back-to-back: W-League champions Melbourne City.

Union's plan to grow women's soccer

Women's soccer is set to receive a major boost on Tuesday when the players' union releases a roadmap that envisages the top sixty players in the competition being paid a minimum of $60,000 a year.