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.

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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.

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...

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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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Bentleigh Greens' long wait for answer on progression to FFA Cup semi-final

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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...

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.

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...

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...

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.

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Frequent tryers

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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.

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Socceroos 2013: The power of passion and pride

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

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FFA delays Qatar appeal decision

Mark Bresciano in action in Qatar.

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.

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Will the next star Socceroo please stand up?

Adam Taggart made waves with an A-League hat-trick against Melbourne Heart and the young Newcastle Jets striker is definitely one to look out for.

Michael Lynch Australia's golden generation has pretty much run its race.

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Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou to track players in Europe as he plans for World and Asian cups

Coach Ange Postecoglou is seeking to replicate the opponents the Socceroos face in the group phase of the World Cup.

Michael Lynch Socceroos likely to have only one warm-up game before taking on Chile.

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Tom Rogic won't join Graham Arnold in Japan

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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.