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 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 On paper, it looks as though qualification had been achieved in straightforward fashion. But Australia must make changes to be competitive at the World Cup.
Michael Lynch Effervescent, exuberant, an essential cog in the Socceroos' scoring armoury, he is a man who produces goals at regular intervals and celebrates in his own inimitable style whenever he does so.
Michael Lynch Effervescent, exuberant, an essential cog in the Socceroos' scoring armoury. He is a man who produces goals at regular intervals and celebrates in his own inimitable style when he does so.
Michael Lynch So how did it come to this? Australia could, by Tuesday night, be all but out of World Cup calculations.
Michael Lynch So how did it come to this? Australia could, by tonight, be virtually out of World Cup calculations. But at least Holger Osieck's men have their destiny in their own hands.
Michael Lynch FFA says it did send a welcoming party to Melbourne airport for the arrival of World Cup opponent Jordan and it does not know why national coach, Adnan Hamad, was held by Australian customs for four...
Michael Lynch Football Federation Australia officials are bemused by claims from World Cup opponents Jordan that no Australian representatives were there to meet them at Melbourne airport on Wednesday evening when...
Michael Lynch Be careful what you wish for. Australia's move into FIFA's Asian Football Confederation seven years ago was greeted as a triumph and the best route for the game's development.
Michael Lynch Be careful what you wish for. Australia's move into FIFA's Asian Football Confederation seven years ago was greeted as a triumph and the best route for the future development of the game.
Michael Lynch Melbourne Heart says it is happy to get the chance to take on Socceroos skipper.
Michael Lynch The Socceroos will be working overtime between March and July next year when they play four World Cup qualifiers and four matches in the East Asian Cup finals in South Korea.
Michael Lynch Socceroos will be working overtime in four crucial months between March and July.
Michael Lynch Damien De Bohun, the new head of the A-League, has no doubts about the chief task facing the competition in the next few years as he gears up for his first season in charge of the premier domestic...
Michael Lynch Richard Garcia has spent half his 30 years living and playing at high-level clubs in England, yet the midfielder remains perhaps one of the least-known players to have pulled on the Socceroo shirt in...
Michael Lynch Bid to persuade FIFA to rethink start time for Australia-Saudi Arabia World Cup qualifying tie.
Michael Lynch Support for Clive Palmer's complaints show how much ground those who run the sport have lost with some sections of the public.
Michael Lynch Trying to qualify for major competitions through the Asian Football Confederation is becoming increasingly difficult.
Michael Lynch When two of Australia's richest men - billionaires both - butt heads things are likely to turn ugly.
Michael Lynch Reflections on holding a World Cup in a place where the weather can be really hot.