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.

Central Coast Mariners beat Melbourne Heart despite Orlando Engelaar wonder goal

Heart's Ben Garuccio

Michael Lynch It was always going to be mission impossible for Melbourne Heart to make the play offs after their horror start to the season, and their faint hopes were all but mathematically extinguished following...

Football

Ange Postecoglou has to take chances with youngsters

Michael Lynch Taking a punt with kids is not such a radical idea of for Ange Postecoglou's Socceroos.

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Soccer

Socceroo youth move by Ange Postecoglou is not just child's play

Mathew Leckie in action.

Michael Lynch Taking a punt with kids is not such a radical idea for the Socceroos.

Soccer

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.

Soccer

The lure of Liverpool

Liverpool fans singing Never Walk Alone.

Michael Lynch The MCG will be packed out for Liverpool practice match. Does this say something about Australian crowds, or the power of the brand?

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Cahill's surprise New York move

Moving on: Socceroo Tim Cahill will leave the EPL.

Michael Lynch Tim Cahill's quitting English Premier League and moving to far less demanding competition hardly a surprise.

Soccer

The tough choices

No bull: Tim Cahill's move to the US was the best one for him despite talk about him turning his back on the A-League.

Michael Lynch Tim Cahill's decision to move to the US rather than the A-League isn't the end of the world.

Confusion reigns as A-League chases Beckham

David Beckham

Michael Lynch and Sebastian Hassett But spokesman for star's management team denies he is interested.

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A-League clubs seek superstar boost

Leaving Los Angeles: Three A-League clubs would love to have David Beckham come and play.

Michael Lynch When the story broke that David Beckham might come to Australia, cynics quickly scoffed.

Soccer

Victory shows more heart

Richard Garcia

Michael Lynch It was a Saturday night of contrasts for the two Victorian teams.

Soccer

Heart hopeful Beckham will give it the nod

David Beckham

Michael Lynch Scott Munn confident his club is well placed to secure superstar's signature.

From Beckham to what?

Michael Lynch There is more to the long-term success of clubs than marquee signings.

Soccer

Club chiefs furious over Asian snub

Melbourne Victory chairman Anthony Di Pietro.

Michael Lynch Anthony Di Pietro says Australian soccer must boost its ties with Asia and commit to understanding its soccer politics and culture or risk being 'kicked in the guts' by its confederation.

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Nurturing home-grown talent key to growth

David Beckham

Michael Lynch It seems the dream of Becks ending his days in Australia have been well and truly dashed.