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...

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Western Sydney Wanderers defender Matthew Spiranovic battles for A-League fitness

Fitness cloud: Western Sydney's Matthew Spiranovic.

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.

horse racing

Patrick Payne takes Houlahan race and award

Richard Cully riding Fieldmaster.

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.

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Wells heads off Bashboy's historic steeplechase bid

John Allen riding Wells (right) in the Grand National Steeplechase.

Michael Lynch Sometimes a winner doesn't always pass the post first. 

Brazil post mortems begin in earnest after World Cup thrashing

Devastated: Brazilian fans react on Rio's Copacabana beach.

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...

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Ten things to take from the World Cup in Brazil 2014

Michael Lynch in Rio de Janeiro First of all, it is the people and the host community that make the tournament.

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Australia needs to set itself for long haul

Tim Cahill was one of the key players for the Socceroos in Brazil.

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.

England boss Roy Hodgson tells young players to move abroad

Roy Hodgson has urged England's young players to move abroad.

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...

Soccer

FIFA must bite the biter back - and hard

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.

World Cup provides place in the spotlight for the right reasons

Hard to get past ... Costa Rica's goalkeeper Keylor Navas celebrates the victory over Italy.

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?

End of the beautiful game: why fans have fallen out of love with Brazil

Figure of fun: Brazil striker Fred.

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.

Soccer

Williams believes Heart still has momentum

David Williams celebrates after scoring against Wellington Phoenix.

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.

Horse Racing

Fillies thoughts turn to ... black type

Trainer Mick Kent.

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.

Central Coast Mariners beat Melbourne Heart despite Orlando Engelaar wonder goal

Heart's Ben Garuccio

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...

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Harry Kewell: I want to go out on my terms

Harry Kewell.

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.

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Harry Kewell was the face of Australian football

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Michael Lynch Heart skipper decides to call it a day after a stunning career mostly played at the highest levels of the game.

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Socceroos can dare to dream in Asian Cup

Asian Cup draw

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.

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Coaches see red as Victory-Sydney play out tense draw

Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat on the sidelines during Saturday's game against Sydney FC.

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.

Horse Racing

Weir just mad about Harry Coffey

Laughing: Harry Coffey has been riding a steady stream of winners.

Michael Lynch Riding racehorses is hard enough to do when you are fully fit, never mind when you are managing a chronic illness.