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.

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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...

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Craig Moore to help guide Socceroos at World Cup

Answering the call: Craig Moore.

Michael Lynch So often the most valuable lessons are learnt in the most difficult of circumstances.

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Troisi must show Socceroo style if World Cup dream to become reality

In control: James Troisi leads the way at training.

Michael Lynch Time is running out for A-League players hoping to impress Socceroo coach Ange Postecoglou that they are worth a place in his World Cup squad of 23.

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James Troisi is using Victory's ACL games to win World Cup berth

Michael Lynch Money isn't everything, but it helps. Especially in soccer.

James Troisi using Melbourne Victory's ACL games to win World Cup berth

Michael Lynch Money isn't everything, but it helps. Especially in soccer.

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Socceroos poised to face Ecuador in World Cup hitout

Ecuador's President Rafael Correa (centre) posses with soccer head coach Reinaldo Rueda.

Michael Lynch Ange Postecoglou's World Cup preparations are set to step up a gear.

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FFA pondered sacking Holger Osieck as Socceroos stumbled into World Cup

Holger Osieck

Michael Lynch FFA chief executive David Gallop has admitted that the organisation had been looking at axing Holger Osieck as long ago as last June.

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Carlos Hernandez loses weight for World Cup chance

Carlos Hernandez

Michael Lynch Former Victory star knows that he won't get a better chance to make a late World Cup bid.

Carlos Hernandez trims the fat to push for spot in Costa Rica's World Cup squad

Carlos Hernandez

Michael Lynch Fitter, trimmer, leaner and slimmer than he has ever looked before, former Melbourne Victory star Carlos Hernandez knows that he will never get a better chance to make a late bid for a place in Costa...

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As the lowest-ranked nation at the World Cup, every group will be a group of death for Australia

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch Most people are likely to be fast asleep when Australia's World Cup destiny is decided on Saturday morning.

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

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

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Socceroos have drawn Spain and other top teams in their World Cup group

See you in June: Ange Postecoglou and Spain's Vincente del Bosque.

Michael Lynch Even without facing Brazil, the challenge has been thrown down to the Socceroos.

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World Cup 2014: Socceroos have plenty to play for in Brazil

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch Given the strength of the opposition it probably wouldn't have mattered whether Australia was careful in what it wished for or not.

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Archie Thompson hasn't given up on a World Cup berth

Archie Thompson.

Michael Lynch Archie Thompson is now 35, but he still harbours dreams of going to his second World Cup

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Ange Postecoglou warns World Cup hopefuls: you must be playing regularly and at a high level

Michael Lynch Several high-profile Australian internationals have got the remaining three weeks of the January transfer window to decide their 2014 priorities, Socceroos coach warns.

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Football family must shame FIFA into reopening bidding for tainted 2022 World Cup

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch There was a time when most Australians regarded the International Olympic Committee as the last word in sporting sleaze and conflict-of-interest corruption.

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FIFA's World Cup backflip should force fresh bid process

Former Argentine star Oscar Ruggeri (second left) holds up the FIFA World Cup next to former players Ubaldo Matildo Fillol (left), Julio Olarticoechea (second right) and Sergio Batista (right) in Mar del Plata, Argentina. The Cup, which is on being taken on tour, will remain in Mar del Plata until Wednesday.

Michael Lynch There was a time when most Australians regarded the IOC as the last word in sleaze.

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Frank Lowy demands FIFA to compensate for 2022 World Cup time shift

Frank Lowy.

Michael Lynch FFA chief Frank Lowy has demanded that FIFA pay back the $43 million worth of Australian taxpayer dollars wasted in the futile World Cup bid.

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Give Qatar the boot as World Cup host

Michael Lynch

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.

Football

Galekovic stakes strong claim for World Cup call-up

Dario Vidosic

Michael Lynch Had Australia’s batsmen in that dreadful first innings at Lord’s shown anything like the application, commitment, technique and concentration displayed by Eugene Galekovic in Seoul then the baggy...

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