Michael Lynch

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.

Ange Postecoglou's Socceroos look to mark their progress against Belgium

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...

Defence of the realm a thorny issue for Australia in countdown to the World Cup

The Socceroos.

Michael Lynch There are few teams that will go into this World Cup with as inexperienced a defence as Australia.

Matthew Spiranovic gets his chance to become the main man

Matthew Spiranovic

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.

Spiranovic ready for Socceroos leadership role

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...

Chile's key man Arturo Vidal in race against time to face Australia

Chilean Arturo Vidal is tipped for a big-money move after the World Cup.

Michael Lynch Arturo Vidal, Chile's main man, is used to having praise heaped upon him.


Socceroos 2013: The power of passion and pride

Holger Osieck and Frank Lowy

Michael Lynch It's been a tumultuous year for the Socceroos and the game. Here's how 2013 unfolded.


Rearing cubs a key part in helping Brisbane roar in A-League

Michael Lynch Brisbane Roar has the sort of title-winning form that brought it championships in 2011 and 2012.


More steak, less sizzle needed from Tom Rogic in A-League at Melbourne Victory

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch It can't be easy being charged with the responsibility of being your nation's saviour, especially when you are not long out of your teens.

Michael Mifsud under pressure to get Melbourne Heart pumping

Michael Mifsud

Michael Lynch When Michael Mifsud got on the end of a passing move at a Melbourne Heart training session on Thursday morning and slammed the ball into the net his teammates cheered and shouted their encouragement.


Melbourne Heart looks to striker Michael Mifsud

Adelaide United goalkeeper Eugene Galekovic blocks an attempt on goal by Michael Mifsud.

Michael Lynch Heart striker Michael Mifsud needs to start hitting the target, writes Michael Lynch.


Matthew Spiranovic's excellence with the Wanderers puts him in line for a World Cup berth

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch Matthew Spiranovic's A-League excellence puts a World Cup berth within reach.


Socceroos call in big guns

Aziz Behich

Michael Lynch Holger Osieck mixes it up for Australia's clash with South Korea in a friendly.

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Aussie goalie in Champions League final

Borussia Dortmund's goalkeeper Mitchell Langerak.

Michael Lynch But will Mitchell Langerak be stuck on the bench?

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Socceroos on brink of World Cup berth

Australia v Jordan.

Michael Lynch Australia is so close to a third consecutive World Cup appearance that it can almost taste it. But Holger Osieck, its phlegmatic German coach, is right to remember the old adage that there’s many a...


Kruse the man of the hour

Robbie Kruse.

Michael Lynch All players have one moment, or one game, where they announce themselves, making such an impression that their place in fans' affections is guaranteed.


Well done Socceroos, but improvement is needed


Michael Lynch On paper, it looks as though qualification had been achieved in straightforward fashion. But Australia must make changes to be competitive at the World Cup.

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The lure of Liverpool

Liverpool fans singing Never Walk Alone.

Michael Lynch The MCG will be packed out for Liverpool practice match. Does this say something about Australian crowds, or the power of the brand?

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Barbarouses has Victory in sight

The Kiwi connection: Kosta Barbarouses is Victory hope.

Michael Lynch It might look as if Ange Postecoglou is going back to the future in bringing in Kosta Barbarouses.


Socceroos can do with fresh blood

Fairfax Media writer

Michael Lynch You reap what you sow. And Holger Osieck is continuing to reap a mountain of criticism.

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'Mosquito' Mifsud creates new buzz as Heart's marksman

Michael Mifsud.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Heart's new striker Michael Mifsud could be forgiven for feeling that his head is in a spin.