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 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...
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 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 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 Melbourne Heart was the A-League’s form team and on an extraordinary roll that looked as though it could lead the club to an improbable finals berth.
Michael Lynch It's autumn, that time of year when the minds of the owners and trainers of good quality fillies and mares turn to thoughts of... black type.
Michael Lynch It was always going to be mission impossible for Melbourne Heart to make the play offs after their horror start to the season, and their faint hopes were all but mathematically extinguished following...
Roy Ward and Michael Lynch Just as he played his football, Harry Kewell left the game on a stage of his making on Wednesday and did so with a hint of mischief.
Michael Lynch Heart skipper decides to call it a day after a stunning career mostly played at the highest levels of the game.
Michael Lynch While the World Cup will, naturally, be top of Ange Postecoglou's agenda for the next three months or so, the Asian Cup will be running quietly as a background theme.
Michael Lynch Sydney FC coach Frank Farina and his Melbourne Victory counterpart Kevin Muscat were fuming with referee Jarred Gillett after calls for penalties were turned down at AAMI Park on Saturday night.
Michael Lynch Riding racehorses is hard enough to do when you are fully fit, never mind when you are managing a chronic illness.