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 In a country of 200 million people, when every boy grows up wanting to play for the Selecao, there's a special kind of pressure on Brazilian footballers.
Michael Lynch When a dog bites a human he is, if lucky, given a warning and one last chance to prove he can rub along with the rest of society. If he's unlucky, he is put down with little discussion on the matter.
Michael Lynch As the inquests over England's dismal World Cup failure gather pace, the team's coach, Roy Hodgson, has backed the idea of some of the country's best young players moving overseas to competitive...
Michael Lynch, Porto Alegre, Brazil Fathers and sons are nowadays pretty common in what is becoming an ever more rarefied gene pool in the AFL.
Michael Lynch, Porto Alegre, Brazil BY MICHAEL LYNCH
Michael Lynch, Porto Alegre, Brazil A World Cup emerges fully formed after a lengthy gestation - in this case, almost a decade.
Michael Lynch Alex Wilkinson could fairly be described as the accidental Socceroo, although some, less kindly, have suggested the closest parallel for the former Central Coast Mariners defender and his rapid rise...
Michael Lynch With 27 goals in its first eight matches, the Brazil World Cup is confounding expectations and making the dreamers smile.
Michael Lynch, Cuiaba Australia might have gone down 3-1 to Chile in their opening World Cup qualifying match, but they went down fighting, and coach Ange Postecoglou's men are certain to adopt the same combative attitude...
Michael Lynch, Cuiaba, Brazil It's one thing showing your opponent respect. That is a professional courtesy and ensures you are unlikely to underestimate them.
Michael Lynch, Cuiaba It seems to be a fact of life that the older you get, not only do your memories become more sepia tinted but your recall of facts and emotions is in inverse proportion to your age.
Michael Lynch Arturo Vidal, Chile's main man, is used to having praise heaped upon him.
Michael Lynch While the South Americans go into the match as clear favourites hope is rising in the Australian camp that they can pull off a surprise start to the tournament.
Michael Lynch No one could accuse Socceroo coach Ange Postecoglou of gilding the lily after he had watched his side lose 1-0 to Croatia in their final pre-World Cup hit out.
Michael Lynch Socceroo boss Ange Postecoglou blamed a lack of composure from his team's forwards for their inability to force a draw against Croatia in the final World Cup warm up game in Salvador on Saturday.
Michael Lynch, Salvador, Brazil Matthew Spiranovic may have less than 20 caps to his name, but when he runs out to represent Australia against Croatia on Saturday morning (AEST) he will be the veteran of a raw and inexperienced...
Michael Lynch There will, doubtless, be some disgruntled Melbourne Heart fans who will still be dismayed that the club has changed its name to Melbourne City and changed its first team strip to predominantly white...
Michael Lynch, Vitoria, When the time came to make the ultimate choice it was, in the end, inevitable that Tom Rogic, the injury plagued midfielder, and Josh Kennedy, the striker with the perennial back problem, would miss...
Michael Lynch, Vitoria, Brazil Its hard to imagine now, given that he has only 17 caps, but Matthew Spiranovic first played for Australia six years ago in a friendly against Ghana in Sydney.
Michael Lynch, Vitoria BY MICHAEL LYNCH