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 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 There was a time when most Australians regarded the International Olympic Committee as the last word in sporting sleaze and conflict-of-interest corruption.
Michael Lynch There was a time when most Australians regarded the IOC as the last word in sleaze.
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...
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.
Michael Lynch National Premier League giant killers Bentleigh Greens will have to wait a month to see if they can make the semi-finals of the FFA Cup after being given a date of October 29 for their quarter-final...
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 First of all, it is the people and the host community that make the tournament.
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 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, 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...
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.
Michael Lynch, Porto Alegre, Brazil A World Cup emerges fully formed after a lengthy gestation - in this case, almost a decade.
Michael Lynch Australia goes to the World Cup as the second-lowest ranked country, and the coach has a hectic schedule ahead to bridge the gap.
Michael Lynch It's been a tumultuous year for the Socceroos and the game. Here's how 2013 unfolded.
Sebastian Hassett and Michael Lynch Football Federation Australia will wait for final confirmation from FIFA about the rescheduling of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar before deciding whether or not to launch an appeal.
Michael Lynch Australia's golden generation has pretty much run its race.
Michael Lynch Socceroos likely to have only one warm-up game before taking on Chile.
Michael Lynch Socceroos midfielder Tom Rogic will not be linking up with his former Central Coast Mariners boss Graham Arnold in Japan as he tries desperately to get game time to strengthen his World Cup claims.