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.

Soccer

Olyroos could fail to qualify for Olympics

Michael Lynch Australia is facing the ignominy of failing to qualify a soccer team for the Olympics for the first time in 28 years.

Alex Wilkinson: The Socceroo who slipped through the net

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...

Soccer

What would have happened with our World Cup bid if we hadn't tried ...

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch The surprise is not that Australia had to find bribes - or development money, for those with rather more delicate tastes - to try to promote its case to host the 2022 World Cup, but that it did so...

Soccer

Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou to track players in Europe as he plans for World and Asian cups

Coach Ange Postecoglou is seeking to replicate the opponents the Socceroos face in the group phase of the World Cup.

Michael Lynch Socceroos likely to have only one warm-up game before taking on Chile.

Soccer

Victory chasing Chilean veteran

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Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory's search for a marquee player could end with Pablo Contreras.

Football

Contreras adds Latino spice to Victory

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory have nailed down a marquee signing for the season, confirming on Sunday what has been the subject of rumour all week – that Chilean international defender Pablo Contreras will be...

Soccer

Give Qatar the boot as World Cup host

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Michael Lynch When FIFA's bigwigs meet in Zurich early this week they should do the right thing and scrap plans to hold the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Soccer

Ange v Arnie ... and don't forget Tony

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Michael Lynch The race for the job of coaching the Socceroos is down to a trio of locally based coaches.

Soccer

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

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

Soccer

Clean slate for Victory skipper

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Michael Lynch The past 10 months have been very forgettable for Melbourne Victory skipper Adrian Leijer.

Soccer

Nix a timely test for Victory

Marco Rojas playing for Phoenix and Victory's Billy Celeski during the Januray 2011 game.

Michael Lynch It doesn't seem to matter how competitive Wellington is, it always seems to struggle against Melbourne Victory.

Soccer

Unheralded youth to carry hopes

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Michael Lynch Is there light at the end of the tunnel?

Soccer

Victory's South American Kiwi gains praise

Victory leap: Marco Rojas celebrates one of his goals on Friday.

Michael Lynch Marco Rojas has had a lot of international exposure for one so young.

After four years in the wilderness, Zadkovich gets his chance

Michael Lynch It's been a long time between international appearances for Ruben Zadkovich.

Soccer

Heart set to sign former Socceroo Garcia to bolster side

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Michael Lynch Melbourne Heart to sign former Socceroo Richard Garcia, subject to his passing a medical.

Foreigners, locals to form a long queue

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Michael Lynch Best-placed local candidate for Heart job would be assistant Ante Milicic.

Van 't Schip springs surprise and heads to Mexico

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Michael Lynch Cruyff ties get van 't Schip a billet with Mexican club Chivas.