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 Patrick Payne crowned a wonderful jumps racing season by ensuring his victory in the JJ Houlahan award for jumps trainers with the victory of improving hurdler Fieldmaster at Sandown.
Michael Lynch Sometimes a winner doesn't always pass the post first.
Michael Lynch Western Sydney Wanderers centre back Matthew Spiranovic, a key man for the Socceroos in the World Cup, is battling to be fit for the start of the new A-League season in October.
Michael Lynch The morning after the evening before and the sun rose in Belo Horizonte. But the city's image will never be the same, forever now inextricably linked with the biggest disaster in Brazilian...
Michael Lynch in Rio de Janeiro BY MICHAEL LYNCH
Michael Lynch in Rio de Janeiro First of all, it is the people and the host community that make the tournament.
Michael Lynch Sitting in the Maracana watching the two best international teams in the world it was impossible not to muse, at least momentarily, on how far Australia still has to go.
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 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 Who knew that Costa Rica had topped an alternative economics foundation's poll as the happiest place to live in the world twice in the past five years?
Michael Lynch One of the interesting things about this World Cup is how little love in the there appears to be for Brazil outside their own country.
Michael Lynch With 27 goals in its first eight matches, the Brazil World Cup is confounding expectations and making the dreamers smile.
Michael Lynch, Porto Alegre, Brazil A World Cup emerges fully formed after a lengthy gestation - in this case, almost a decade.
Michael Lynch Melbourne Racing Club chairman Mike Symons summed it up perfectly in a tweet he sent out in the wake of perhaps the most successful Warrnambool carnival ever.
Michael Lynch Training horses to produce their best on raceday is only one part of a trainer's job description.
Michael Lynch They have been called many things in their nine years in the A-League, including chokers and underachievers in their early seasons when they struggled to make an impression and qualify for the...
Michael Lynch In Australian racing, the fashion in recent times has been to favour younger jockeys. But the tide in Melbourne may be turning.
Michael Lynch There are few teams that will go into this World Cup with as inexperienced a defence as Australia.
Michael Lynch, Vitoria, Brazil A mood of quiet and determined confidence is developing among the Socceroos now they have recovered from their 22-hour journey, checked into their luxury beachside hotel and begun to mentally prepare...
Michael Lynch Winger Tommy Oar is expecting coach Ange Postecoglou's heavy duty training regime to continue when the Australian squad settles into its Brazilian base over the next few days, and that's completely...