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

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.

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

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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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Australian on FIFA committee backs tough stance on racism

Lunch With Moya Dodd.

Michael Lynch The first Australian appointed to the FIFA executive committee, Moya Dodd, has pledged to work for inclusiveness in the world game, says the much criticised organisation is working towards cleaning...

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.

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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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...

My World Cup memories from Johan Cruyff's total football to Fabio Grosso's untimely tumble

Michael Lynch, Cuiaba It seems to be a fact of life that the older you get, not only do your memories become more sepia tinted but your recall of facts and emotions is in inverse proportion to your age.

The Brazilian paradox that the World Cup presents

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Michael Lynch, Porto Alegre, Brazil A World Cup emerges fully formed after a lengthy gestation - in this case, almost a decade.

Defence of the realm a thorny issue for Australia in countdown to the World Cup

The Socceroos.

Michael Lynch There are few teams that will go into this World Cup with as inexperienced a defence as Australia.

Write us off at your peril, says McKay

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...

Luke Wilkshire left out of final World Cup squad

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Michael Lynch, Vitoria, When the time came to make the ultimate choice it was, in the end, inevitable that Tom Rogic, the injury plagued midfielder, and Josh Kennedy, the striker with the perennial back problem, would miss...

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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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A-League club licences extended until 2034

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Michael Lynch Australia's nine A-League franchise holders can plan for the future with certainty.

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

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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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Socceroos 2013: The power of passion and pride

Holger Osieck and Frank Lowy

Michael Lynch It's been a tumultuous year for the Socceroos and the game. Here's how 2013 unfolded.

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Archie Thompson, Mark Milligan face dilemma over clash

Archie Thompson

Michael Lynch Archie Thompson and Mark Milligan, Melbourne Victory's two key players, are facing the classic club-versus-country dilemma: both want to play for the national team in the friendly against France in...