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

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

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.

Racing

The people's favourite

Michael Lynch Eight people hold legal title to the great mare, but thousands have accepted her as their own.

Horse Racing

Victorian racing's stakeholders pool resources for new media business

It's a Dundeel defeats Atlantic Jewel

Michael Lynch Racing needs all the friends it can get. 

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.

Soccer

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.

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?

World Cup goalfest inspires keepers to excel

Michael Lynch in Salvador Quite rightly, the world's strikers have been lauded for what has been a goalfest of a World Cup.

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.

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.

Pressure cooker Brazil means heat on Selecao as Chile aim to spoil the party

Handling the pressure ... Neymar has scored four times for Brazil at the World Cup.

Michael Lynch In a country of 200 million people,  when every boy grows up wanting to play for the Selecao, there's a special kind of pressure on Brazilian footballers.

Team of the World Cup ... so far

Dom Bossi and Michael Lynch The group phase of the World Cup is over, and half the squads have now departed. Traditionally its time to pick a Team of the Tournament - at least thus far.

Soccer

Frank Lampard to join David Villa at Melbourne City

Frank Lampard

Michael Lynch Like Spanish star David Villa, England midfielder Frank Lampard will reportedly play for Melbourne City before joining New York City.

Chile's key man Arturo Vidal in race against time to face Australia

Chilean Arturo Vidal is tipped for a big-money move after the World Cup.

Michael Lynch Arturo Vidal, Chile's main man, is used to having praise heaped upon him.

Matthew Leckie looms as Chile line breaker for Socceroos

Australia's Matthew Leckie and Luka Modric, of Croatia, contest the ball during Friday night's friendly at Pituacu Stadium in Salvador, Brazil.

Michael Lynch While the South Americans go into the match as clear favourites hope is rising in the Australian camp that they can pull off a surprise start to the tournament.

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.

World Cup

Socceroos overawed by Chile: Postecoglou

Ange Postecoglou gestures from the sidelines during Australia's loss

Michael Lynch, Cuiaba, Brazil It's one thing showing your opponent respect. That is a professional courtesy and ensures you are unlikely to underestimate them.

Battling Socceroos take heart from Chile loss and look to upset Dutch

Michael Lynch, Cuiaba Australia might have gone down 3-1 to Chile in their opening World Cup qualifying match, but they went down fighting, and coach Ange Postecoglou's men are certain to adopt the same combative attitude...

It's a goalfest in the land of Jogo Bonito - let's hope it continues

Michael Lynch With 27 goals in its first eight matches, the Brazil World Cup is confounding expectations and making the dreamers smile.